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Group Size: Avg 12-15

Trip code: SLIN

Duration: 12 days

12-day guided group tour
Unique accommodation
Safari and a surf lesson included

Experience the very best of Sri Lanka on this fantastic 12 day group tour. Taking in all of the country’s biggest and best highlights, you’ll get involved with unique activities and unforgettable excursions. Explore Negombo by tuk tuk, visit a local village, ride the train from Nuwara Eliya to Ella, go on safari in Udawalawe National Park, discover the historic streets of Galle, & much more! This is the perfect introduction to this amazing country, plus you’ll be staying in unique accommodation, including funky boutique hotels and glamping resorts!

Trip highlights

  • Visit a local village and see how to prepare authentic Sri Lankan cuisine
  • Hike up Little Adam’s Peak and drink in the stunning Sri Lankan landscape
  • Spot herds of free roaming elephants on an amazing sunrise wildlife safari
  • Relax on Sri Lanka's most beautiful beaches and learn to surf
  • Visit a local Buddhist Monastery, spend time with the monks and teach them some English
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What's included
  • 11 nights’ accommodation
  • Airport pick-up
  • Tuk tuk ride in Negombo
  • Dambulla Rock Cave Temple visit
  • Local village excursion
  • River boat ride
  • Local cooking experience
  • Sunset at Sigiriya Rock
  • Spice Garden visit
  • Temple of the Tooth visit
  • Tea Plantation visit and waterfall hike
  • Train journey to Ella
  • Little Adams Peak hike
  • Nine Arch Bridge visit
  • Wildlife safari in Udawalawe National Park
  • Surf lesson on Welligama Beach
  • Buddhist Monastery visit and English teaching
  • 10 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
  • All transport between included destinations
  • Dedicated tour guide
  • 24-hour emergency support
What's not included
  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Travel Insurance
  • Most meals, snacks and drinks
  • Optional activities
  • Return airport transfer
Further trip information

Day 1: Arrive into Sri Lanka. Touch down into Colombo airport, where you’ll be met and transferred to your accommodation in Negombo. Spend the rest of the day relaxing after your flight, lazing by the sea and meeting the rest of your group.

Day 2: Negombo/Dambulla. Today, you’ll hit the streets of Negombo in a classic form of Asian transport: a tuk tuk. Soak up the vibrant atmosphere of this city and explore the bustling local fish market. You’ll then journey north to the beautiful town of Dambulla, where you’ll spend the night in a picturesque ‘glamping’ resort. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included today.

Day 3: Temples, villages and Sigyria Rock. Discover the majestic Golden Temple Cave, before making your way to a local village, where you’ll cruise the waterways by boat, then see how delicious Sri Lankan cuisine is prepared, and even try it for lunch! This evening, watch a magnificent sunset over the mighty Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Breakfast and lunch included.

Day 4: Colourful Kandy. Journey south towards Kandy, stopping off to visit a fragrant spice garden. Visit the magnificent white-walled Temple of the Tooth and then explore the streets of Kandy. Breakfast included.

Day 5: Scenic Train to Ella. Travel south through lush green tea fields. You’ll stop off at a tea factory and learn how to pick and make tea, before hiking to a spectacular local waterfall. You’ll then climb aboard the train from Nuwara Eliya to Ella. This train journey has been described as the best journey in the world! Breakfast included.

Day 6: Little Adam’s Peak. Enjoy free time this morning to chill out and wander the sleepy streets of Ella. This afternoon, hike up Little Adam’s Peak and gaze out at the jaw-dropping views of green mountain slopes and plunging valleys. After our epic hike, you can enjoy a night out in town with your group. Breakfast included.

Day 7: Udawalawe National Park. Today, you’ll tick off a must-see Sri Lankan highlight: the incredible Nine Arch Bridge. You’ll then continue south to Udawalawe National Park, which is home to elephants, buffalo, crocodiles, monkeys, eagles, hawks, peacocks, and more! Breakfast and dinner included.

Day 8: Safari. Discover Udawalawe National Park on safari. Watch the sunrise over the sweeping highlands of the park, and watch free roaming wildlife in the slanting morning sunlight. This afternoon, journey to the south coast and hit some tropical beaches. Breakfast and dinner included.

Day 9: Tallala Eco Retreat. We'll head to the tranquil gem of Tallala today, where we'll be staying at a hidden eco-retreat! Today is all about rest and relaxation, as you chill out in the amazing beachside location. Try out some optional yoga sessions, or just grab a coconut and stretch out under a plam tree! Breakfast included. 

Day 10: Learn to Surf. This morning, you’ll enjoy some chill out time on one of Sri Lanka’s most beautiful beaches, before hopping along the coast to the laid-back sands of Welligama Beach. Here, you’ll learn to surf like a pro with an included surf lesson. Breakfast included

Day 11: Buddhist Monastery Visit. Today, you’ll visit a nearby Buddhist Monastery and gain a unique insight into Buddhist ways of life. Spend time with student monks, before heading back to Mirissa for a farwell meal on the beach with your group, and one last night out together! Breakfast included

Day 12: Tour Ends. Your tour comes to an end today in Mirissa. Time to say goodbye to your group and head to Colombo airport. Airport transfers are not included but are easy to arrange. Your trip guide will be on hand to help you organise onward travel. 

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Arrival information

Arrange your flight to arrive into Colombo Airport any time on day 1, where you’ll be met and transferred to your accommodation in Negombo. If you wish to arrive a few days early, you will still be entitled to a free pick up, but extra accommodation will be at your own cost of around £30 payable locally.

The tour ends in Mirissa on day 12. You can leave any time. There is a free bus that will travel back to Colombo from Mirissa that will leave on the morning of day 12 and arrive in the late afternoon, then a taxi to the airport from Colombo will cost around £10. You should not book any flights that depart from Colombo before 7pm on day 12.

Accommodation & meals

Accommodation

11 nights of twin-share accommodation are included on this group tour. You will stay in a combination of hotels and glamping resorts.

Meals

10 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners are included. You will need to purchase the rest of your meals yourself. This is a great opportunity to sample some of Sri Lanka’s delicious local cuisine!

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. It’s your responsibility to obtain the necessary visas for your time away. Visa rules are subject to change without prior notice, so please do check visa requirements at the time of your trip.

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.

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.

Healthcare
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.

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