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Temples, trains and turtles in Sri Lanka and Maldives!

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Group Size: Max 22

Trip code: SRLA

Duration: 12-16 days

Guided group tour of Sri Lanka
Add on a 4 day Maldives experience
Loads of amazing included activities

Jet over to sunny Sri Lanka and discover the beautiful landscapes, beaches and cultural sites of this incredible country. Starting in Negombo, this tour ticks off the biggest and best sights, including Sigiriya Rock, Uda Walawe National Park and Mirissa. Along the way, you’ll get involved with fantastic included activities, including a whale-watching cruise, a cooking class and a turtle sanctuary visit. You’ll also have plenty of opportunities to just relax and soak up the glorious sun! If you want even more adventures, why not book an add-on adventure in the Maldives and enjoy beach time and watersports in paradise?

Trip highlights

  • Climb the incredible Sigiriya Rock and enjoy breathtaking views from the summit
  • Learn how to prepare 4 Sri Lankan curries at an included cooking class!
  • Travel from Nuwara Eliya to Ella by train – voted one of the best journeys in the world!
  • See wonderful wildlife on safari in Uda Walawe National Park
  • Supercharge your experience with an add-on adventure in the beautiful Maldives!
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What's included
  • 11 nights’ accommodation
  • 11 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners
  • All transport between included activities
  • Arrival transfer
  • Welcome diner
  • Sigiriya rock visit
  • See the Dambulla Buddhas
  • Temple of the Tooth visit
  • Beautiful train journey in Kandy
  • Tea plantation visit
  • Uda Walawe National Park Safari
  • Climb Little Adam’s Peak
  • Curry cooking class
  • Turtle sanctuary visit
  • Both a local and Western guide
  • Maldives add on only - 4 nights accommodation
  • Maldives add on only - Return airport transfers via speedboat
  • Maldives add on only - Daily breakfast
  • Maldives add on only - Half day island hopping excursion with lunch
  • Maldives add on only - Full day resort visit with lunch
  • 24 hour emergency support
What's not included
  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Travel Insurance
  • Most meals
  • Optional activities
  • Return airport transfer
  • Maldives Add On Only - flights between Sri Lanka and Maldives
Further trip information

Day 1: Welcome to Sri Lanka. Touch down in Sri Lanka and meet your tour guide in the airport, who’ll transfer you to your starting accommodation. Tonight, get to know the rest of your group over a welcome meal and drinks in town. Dinner included.

Day 2: Negombo/Dambulla. Wake up and grab some breakfast before heading to your hotel for a relaxing afternoon by the pool. Enjoy an evening visit to the impressive Dambulla Caves. Breakfast included.

Day 3: Sigiriya and Pidurangala. Wake up before the sunrise to climb the magnificent Sigiriya Rock and then visit the peaceful Buddhist monastery of Pidurangala. Look out over the gorgeous Minneriya and Kaudulla National Parks, home to elephants and leopards. Tuck into a delicious meal prepared by a local family and then spend the rest of the day as you wish. Breakfast included.

Day 4: Sigiriya – Kandy. Wander a fragrant spice garden en route to Kandy. Hone your Asian cooking skills with a Sri Lankan curry making class. You’ll learn how to whip up 4 different curries, and also how to prepare poppadoms and coconut sambal. Breakfast and lunch included.

Day 5: Temples and Trains. Visit the Temple of the Tooth, a sacred shrine that is said to house the tooth of Buddha! It’s then time to journey into the mountains. Stop off at a tea factory to see where your morning brew comes from and then climb aboard the train from Nuwara Eliya to Ella. This beautiful train journey has been described as the best journey in the world! Breakfast included.

Day 6: Free time in Ella. After a free morning, take a tour of the area, discovering hidden gems such as 9 Arch Bridge and Ella Gap, with its views of the Sri Lankan plains. You’ll then enjoy an unforgettable sunset on Little Adam’s peak. Breakfast included.

Day 7: Uda Walawe National Park. Continue south towards Uda Walawe National Park for a safari. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife, including elephants, buffalo, crocodiles, monkeys, eagles, hawks and peacocks. Next up, a BBQ dinner at camp. Does life get any better than this? Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 8: Beach Bliss in Mirissa. Enjoy a tour of the exotic flora and fauna that can be found in the area. After some breakfast, you’ll journey on to Mirissa, a stunning beach town. Breakfast included.

Day 9: Whale Watching. A real treat today! Wake up early and head to the beach for a whale watching boat trip. Look out for gorgeous blue whales and relax on deck, before heading back to the shore for some beach time. Breakfast included.

Please note: During the months between June and August, due to poor weather conditions, whale watching will be replaced with an extra safari on day 3.

Day 10: Hikkaduwa. Enjoy a seafront breakfast and then visit the stunning colonial buildings of Galle Fort. Take a bike ride through the surrounding villages and rice paddies and learn how to make coconut rope. The rest of the day is yours to explore, shop and relax. Breakfast included.

Day 11: Turtles and Colombo. Visit a turtle sanctuary, where injured and newborn turtles are nurtured and cared for before being released back into the wild. Arrive in Colombo and explore. Tonight, say farewell to your group over a meal and then party long into the warm night. Breakfast included.

Day 12: Tour ends. Exchange contact details with your group and then head over to the airport. Your incredible Sri Lankan tour has come to an end! Breakfast included.

Add-on Adventure: Discover the Maldives!

Not ready to go home? Supercharge your adventure with this epic 5-day experience in the Maldives.

Day 1: Arrive at Male. Touch down in Male and take a speedboat or seaplane across to Mafushii. Settle in to your gorgeous beach resort.

Day 2: Island Hopping. After breakfast take a half day excursion exploring mulitple reefs. Snorkelling equipment is provided.

Day 3: Resort Visit. Today is dedicated to relaxation. Head across to an exclusive Maldivian resort and stretch out on the white sand beaches and wander the lagoons and colourful reefs. Paradise!

Day 4: Free Day. Enjoy a free day to relax, swim, snorkel and get involved in exciting optional activities!

Day 5: Departure. Leave the Maldives behind and head home or on to your next travel adventure.

Please note: This Maldives add-on adventure is unguided.

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Arrival information

Arrive into Bandaranaike International Airport on day 1. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your accommodation with your guide.

The tour ends in Colombo on day 12. A return transfer is not included but is easy to arrange. Speak to us about your onward travel plans for advice about your best return transfer options. If you are flying onwards to the Maldives Add-On then you should aim to book a flight from Sri Lanka to the Maldives in the morning.

Maldives Add-on

The journey from Colombo to Male airport takes around an hour. You will receive a speedboat transfer upon arrival which will take you to the resort. Please note you must arrive between 9am and 5pm local time in order to get this transfer. If you arrive outside of these times, a transfer will cost $150 USD.

Accommodation & meals

11 nights’ shared accommodation are included. You will stay in a combination of twin and triple share rooms in funky hotels, cool hostels, local guesthouses and safari camps.

11 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners are included. You will need to purchase the majority of your meals yourself. This is a great way to soak up Sri Lankan culture by sampling local delicacies and speaking to local people in restaurants and food markets.

Maldives Add-on

If you book the Maldives add-on adventure you will also enjoy 4 nights on a beautiful beach front resort. No meals are included.

Single Use Plastics

Our local team have installed safe refillable water stations at every overnight stop on this tour and also at many of the activity destinations as well. In an effort to reduce the use of single use plastics, we ask that you bring your own refillable water bottle with you on this trip.

Minimum age & eligibility

The minimum age to join this tour is 18.

You will need to get a visa before arrival for Sri Lanka with a UK passport. You can apply for a Electronic Travel Authorization visa online (ETA) through the offical Sri Lankan ETA website. 

If you intend to stay for more than 30 days in Sri Lanka you will need to apply for a 90 day visa through the Department of Immigration and Emigration in Sri Lanka and make an appointment with the Sri Lankan embassy in the UK (fees apply). Once you are in Sri Lanka you can extend your visa while you are out there if necessary.

Maldives Add-on

Visitors to the Maldives will be granted a 30-day visa on arrival, providing you have a valid passport and an onward travel ticket.

Visa rules and regulations are subject to change. Please check the relevant embassy websites for up to date information.

Covid safety

This trip is designed with your safety and wellbeing in mind. As a result of Covid-19, many of our suppliers and partners around the world are introducing new policies and procedures surrounding health and safety in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. As the state of travel is evolving these new safety measures will adapt over time, and will be different for each trip. Here are some of the changes you may see on your trip:

Arrival safety meetings
Most trips have an arrival meeting on the first day where the guide or local team will run through the trip, the safety protocols, and to answer any questions you may have. Now more than ever it is important you arrive in time for these meetings.

Proof of vaccination or negative covid test
For the safety of all travellers, at the start of some trips you may be required to show evidence that you are fully vaccinated (14 days after your second dose) and/or show evidence of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of the tour start date in order to join the programme.

Updated hygiene and safety procedures
Our suppliers and partners have health and safety procedures in place on all of our trips. These protocols will be updated and adapted as a response to the Coronavirus outbreak, dependent on local restrictions and laws.

Transport and accommodation choices
Our suppliers and partners choose the accommodation and transport on our trips very carefully, and you may see a change to what would normally be used as a response to the outbreak. This may involve such changes as enhanced use of private transport or quieter accommodation.

Trained and knowledgeable staff
Our staff in the UK are trained to help you with your trip before you depart and answer any questions you may have. In addition, the local team and guides on our trips are there to help with any health and safety concerns and to ensure our trips run safely and smoothly.

Reduced group sizes
Some trips will run with reduced group sizes to start with. You may find that trips are more intimate and chilled, whilst still being packed with fun and adventure.

Your guide or the local team will be on hand to help you seek medical attention should you require it during your trip. As medical facilities and standards can vary around the world, you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place before you depart to cover you for any medical emergencies.

24/7 emergency support
We operate an emergency phone line for our travellers abroad. This is operated by a UK based member of staff 24/7 if you have a genuine emergency or urgent matter that you need attending.

It is important that you take measures to make travelling safer for yourself and others around you. Ensure you frequently wash your hands, cover your face when you sneeze and cough, bring and use your own hand sanitiser and facial coverings/masks, and enable social distancing where necessary. You should also ensure you listen to the instructions and guidance of the local team at all times, and follow all local laws and restrictions.