Days 12 | Starts Negombo | Finishes Colombo | From $1995

Sri Lanka Tour

 

This backpacker adventure tour of Sri Lanka will take you up into the misty mountain tops, down to the sun coated beaches and explore the national parks searching for elephants. Guided with 1 legendary One Life guide, and a Sri Lankan cultural guide for the whole tour! On this adventure, you will experience a 12-day tour package taking you through the green and luscious gem of the Indian Ocean, where smells of spices, tea and traditional foods will bring your senses alive.

Crew

Your group leader, drivers & local guides

 

ACTIVITIES

20 included, 1 optional extra over 9 locations

 

Transport

all transport from day 1 to day 12

 

Accomm

11 nights of accommodation

 

OLA Family

Maximum group size 22 people

 

Food

11 breakfasts |   2 lunches  |   3 dinners

 

CREW

Your group leader, your drivers & your local guides

You’ll get not only one of our famous One Life guides, but also a Local Legend Sri Lankan guide for your whole tour. Our crew comprises of award winning tour guides who will make your trip unforgettable. Expertly trained and prepared for every circumstance – they’ll be your new best mate and a fountain of knowledge all wrapped up in one and will stop at nothing to make your trip life changing.  Our drivers and assistants will make you feel safe on even the craziest of Asian roads and our local guides are second to none – they’ll partner up with your tour leader for your entire trip to show you how passionate they are about their home.

 

ACTIVITIES

#20 included, #1 optional extra over #9 locations

Sri Lanka is the hidden gem of the Indian Ocean, it’s hard to believe the incredible range of scenery but this country has it all. From rolling hills of tea plantations, to World Heritage ancient ruins and temples, and of course the exquisite beaches – no two days will be alike! One day you’ll be hiking a UNESCO world heritage site, the next you’ll be watching blue whales and dolphins in the ocean! Take in the delicious scents of spices and tea in the highlands, meet friendly locals on a rural village bike tour, see elephants up close in the wild, the list goes on! we’ve filled your itinerary with breathtaking highlights – from the jungles to the wildlife, you will have the trip of a lifetime.

 

TRANSPORT

We include all your transport, from day 1 to day 12

Transport in Asia can be chaotic; we’ll take the stress away with our comfortable vehicles, unbeatable playlists and bus games. From our large and comfy, air-conditioned coaches, to the world famous breathtaking train journey, and the famous Sri Lankan tuk-tuks – we’ll show you the best transport in the country!

 

ACCOMMODATION

#11 nights of accommodation

You and your travel buddies will be throwing your slumber parties in twin share rooms, with 1 night in a boutique hostel dorm. From sleeping under the stars deep in a jungle glamping site, to funky hostels and luxury beachfront hotels, we’ve picked the ultimate places to recharge your batteries! For an extra supplement, you can request to upgrade to a private single room.

 

OLA FAMILY

Maximum group size #22 people

We like to cap our group sizes so you’ll never feel like you’re just another number being shepherded around. Smaller groups mean you’ll leave your trip with a whole new family; we don’t worry about age so you shouldn’t either! You’ll be travelling with like-minded people from all different walks of life but one thing in common – the passion to travel differently.  

 

FOOD

#11 breakfasts #2 lunches #3 dinners

Sri Lanka is a foodie’s paradise and their hospitality is hard to beat. You will be treated to the most delicious cuisine everywhere you go – from an incredible homestay food tasting, to exploring spice gardens and learning the secret to a perfect Sri Lankan curry. You’re sure to be well fed and watered with this delicious cuisine. Sri Lanka is reknowned for delicous curries (vegetarian or meat), breads, sambals, and of course the famous “hoppers”.

 

IN A NUTSHELL

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DAY 1 – HI SRI LANKA!

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DAY 2 – ADVENTURE TIME

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DAY 3 – SIGIRIYA ROCK

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DAY 4 – KANDY!

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DAY 6 –TRAIN JOURNEY

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DAY 6 – EXPLORE ELLA

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DAY 7 – SAFARI TIME

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DAY 8 – BEACH TIME

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DAY 9 – SEE WHALES!

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DAY 10 – BIKE TOUR

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DAY 11 – BABY TURTLES

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DAY 12 – GOODBYE!

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DAY 1 – WELCOME TO THE PEARL OF THE SOUTH SEAS – SRI LANKA!

Arrive on day one and be greeted at the airport by your tour guide, who will load your luggage into a tuk tuk as you ride through the tree lined and sunbaked streets of Negombo to your first hotel. Today is your day, explore the canals, the lagoons or get your base tan on the beach, for in the evening we meet as a group and hit the town for your welcome dinner and drinks.

 

DAY 2 – TODAY THE ADVENTURE REALLY BEGINS!

Fill up on a delicious breakfast in the hotel before we hop on our private bus to take a quick tour around Negombo’s famous market and lagoon. Your local tour guide will amaze you with tales and secret information of Sri Lanka so you can really feed your sense of wonder. We then drive into the heart of the island, stop off for a delicious buffet lunch before checking into your stunning hotel in Sigiriya, the jewel of the Cultural Triangle. Take the afternoon to dip in the pool or walk the dusty streets, before we meet in the evening to explore the magnificent Dambulla Caves. History and religion bounce off every painted wall and stone Buddha statue, leaving you with a unrivalled sense of spirituality.

 

 

DAY 3 – SIGIRIYA ROCK

An early wake up time today as we put on our hiking shoes, grab our camera and head out to climb the incredible Sigiriya Rock. Protruding proudly out of the earth, ruins of a grand palace provide evidence all around the grounds of a once violent and noble Sri Lankan history. View the ancient wall paintings, the sanskript marked mirror wall and the huge stone lion paws guarding the ascent to the summit. The views from the top are unrivalled as you travel through time examining the ruins. After descending we then head over to the quiet Buddhist monastery of Pidurangula to get an open and unobstructed shot of the rock you have just climbed. From here you can view the national parks of Minneriya and Kaudulla where elephants and leopards patrol the land and where you have the option to go explore in the afternoon. To fill those hungry bellies, we stop by a local family who prepare a traditional feast for us before taking a well-deserved rest on a lounger in the afternoon sun.

 

DAY 4 – LETS TRAVEL SOUTH – KANDY AND COOKING CLASS

Today we say goodbye to Sigiryia and embark on our travels down south towards Sri Lanka’s second largest city, Kandy. We will stop at a spice garden on the way to learn about where our favourite spices come from. Here we traverse the hills that provide a stunning view of the artificial but now notoriously beautiful Kandy Lake. We will stay in a funky and modern hostel. In the afternoon we head to a village to have a cooking class and learn the secret to a perfect Sri Lankan curry. Here, our local chef, will teach you how to make 4 different curries, as well as poppadoms and coconut sambal (only for those who dare!). In the evening we will stroll around the lake and take the sights and sounds of this bustling city.

 

DAY 5 – TEMPLE OF THE TOOTH & TRAIN INTO THE MOUNTAINS

Eat your breakfast overlooking the hills of Kandy before we head into town to visit the sacred Temple of the Tooth. This is a religious shrine which is said to house the tooth of Buddha himself. We then jump on the bus and travel through the mountainous region of the hill country. The hills are ablaze with small green tea plants which Sri Lanka is famous for. We stop by a functioning tea factory to learn how the tea is processed and ends up in your cup at home, whilst actually learning how 7 different types of tea are made all from the same plant! A trip to Sri Lanka is not complete without experiencing life on the train and the journey from Nuwara Eliya to Ella is dubbed as the best journey in the world. 180 degree views of tea plantations, waterfalls, lakes and local villages pass on by as your train traverses the tracks cut into the mountainside. Try the sweet milk tea on board, converse with friendly locals and take pictures to make you the envy of all your friends back home. After we check into our hotel, we’ll head into Ella for dinner and drinks in everyone’s favourite mountainous town.

 

 

DAY 6 – FREE DAY IN ELLA

The morning is yours to do as you so please. Ella plays host to some of the best Ayurveda massage parlours in Sri Lanka. A thousand year old technique which removes any aches or pains you may have, or simply as an excellent way to relax. We will meet in the afternoon to explore the hidden gems of Ella, such as the 9 Arch Bridge, Ella Gap and then hike up Little Adam’s peak for sunset. We recommend bringing a drink or two, you’ll see why when we get to the top.

 

 

DAY 7 – SAFARI TIME

Today we continue our way down South and check into our campsite, 45 minutes away from the stunning Uda Walawe National Park. Our hosts will greet us with welcome drinks and cook us a delicious Sri Lankan buffet lunch whilst you take a well earned dip in the river. After lunch we jump into jeeps and go on safari, searching the wilderness for herds of elephants, buffalo, crocodiles, monkeys, eagles, hawks, peacocks, mongoose and if you’re lucky, leopards. Truly a once in a lifetime experience, your day in the national park will be a tough one to beat. After driving round the park, we’ll head back to camp where our hosts will have a BBQ dinner waiting for us, best way to end an amazing day.

 

 

DAY 8 – IT’S TIME FOR THE BEACH

Wake up early to take a walk on the wild side with your personal local guide. He will teach you all about the flora and fauna in the area, whilst the campsite dogs follow you through the fields. Monkeys, elephants and peacocks roam the fields around the campsite, so be sure to be on the lookout. After breakfast we’ll drive to the South West Coast, arriving at the stunning beach side town of Mirissa. A place where the world class waves hit the sand, where turtles inhabit the water, and where the beer is ice cold. After a week in the hill country, this is exactly what you need.

 

 

 

DAY 9 – WHALE WATCHING

Today we wake up early and head to the beautiful golden sand beach. We jump on board one of THE best boats in the area to view the largest animals in the world. Watch as blue whales, jump, swim and dive around you and be blown away by their size. After an hour or two on the boat, we head back to relax for a while before heading to our second spectacular beach destination; Hikkaduwa!

 

DAY 10 – BIKE THROUGH RICE PADDIES AND VILLAGES

After breakfast by the beach, we’ll drive down the stunning Galle Fort. A city encased in walls, with Dutch, Portuguese and British Colonial buildings still stand proud. The cobbled streets lead to the sea, where crazy Sri Lankan locals swan dive into the ocean. We start our bike ride through some beautiful local villages and rice fields, stopping to learn about how coconut rope is made, and drink a fresh king coconut in a secluded tropical garden. Afterwards, we’ll give you some time to take photos of the area or to buy souvenirs from one of the many boutique and unique stores. The perfect place to write a postcard and send it home with tales of your incredible time over the past 11 days.

 

DAY 11 – TURTLE SANCTUARY & COLOMBO

After your breakfast, we will pack up our things for the 2 hour drive along the coast to the bustling capital city of Colombo. On the way we stop off at small turtle sanctuary, where baby turtles learn to take that first swim and injured adults are rehabilitated back into the wild. Across the road we’ll view the humbling 2004 Tsunami Memorial, where you can listen to survival tales and view pictures of the event. We then arrive into Colombo and check into our boutique hostel, you’ll have some free time to visit the national museum or art gallery close by, or take a tuk tuk and run around the manic streets of the Pattah Markets for some final souvenir shopping. We’ll then meet together in the evening for a final dinner together before partying the night away on one of the cities glitziest roof top bars.

 

DAY 12 – TIME TO SAY GOODBYE!

Time to say our final goodbyes with the friends you have just made over the course of an incredible 12 days. For some of you, this means continuing your holiday on the phenomenal beaches of the Maldives with our add on package, for others, its either back home or to continue your travels. Whatever your next destination may be, we hope we have educated you on a country that provides so much, that possess incredible variation in exploration and we hope we have inspired you to explore more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accommodation with a Difference

Let’s be honest, the quality of your accommodation can have a huge influence on the overall enjoyment of your trip – period! Fortunately, One Life Adventures has done it again and sourced some of the finest accommodation in Sri Lanka – once more we have thrown in our signature uniqueness and produced some brilliant places to recharge our batteries. 

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