Ultimate Sri Lanka
10 days from £700 (was £875)
- See some of the best views in Sri Lanka from the top of Sigiriya Rock Fortress
- Take the train ride to Ella - one of the most beautiful in the world
- See wild elephants on safari in Udawalawe National Park
- Bliss out in the gorgeous beachside town of Unawatuna
- Hike up Little Adam’s Peak in Ella, for a breath-taking panorama
- Visit the Temple of the Tooth in colourful Kandy
With atmospheric ruins, pristine jungle, delicious food, friendly locals and beaches for days, Sri Lanka is one of Asia’s brightest stars. Spend 10 unforgettable days exploring this exotic destination on our small group tour. See elephants in the wild, chill on beautiful beaches, go on jungle hikes, discover sacred sites, visit tea plantations and swim in waterfalls. We’ll take you to all the highlights including colourful Kandy, picturesque Ella, the awe-inspiring Sigiriya Rock Fortress and Udawalawe National Park – it’s the trip of a lifetime.
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Day 1: Negombo. Welcome to Sri Lanka! One of our local team members will meet you from the airport and take you to your boutique beachfront hotel in Negombo. Meet your guide and group this evening for a welcome dinner and drinks.
Day 2: Sigiriya. Head inland today. Our first stop is the Dambulla Cave Temple. Cut into the rock face, this temple is home to around 150 Buddha statues and paintings. Next up it’s the Gold Buddha, a giant hilltop statue overlooking the town. We’ll rest our heads in Sigiriya tonight.
Day 3: Sigiriya. Rise with the sun to climb Sigiriya Rock. Be prepared to climb the 1,200 steps to the top of the rock but trust us the views of the stunning landscapes are worth it! We’ll explore the town this afternoon before an authentic Sri Lankan meal in a local farming village.
Day 4: Kandy. We’ll travel to colourful Kandy today to take in its colonial architecture, beautiful lake and the Temple of the Tooth, home to Sri Lanka’s most important relic – a tooth from Buddha himself! Explore the temple before watching the sun go down over the Lake.
Day 5: Ella. This morning’s stop is a tea plantation, where we’ll learn all about the process from leaf to cup. Then we’ll visit a cooking school to learn how to make some authentic Sri Lankan dishes before taking one of the most beautiful train rides in the world, to the chilled-out town of Ella.
Day 6: Ella. It’s an early start again as we climb Little Adam’s Peak. The views from the top are out-of-this-world. This afternoon we’ll visit the magnificent Nine Arch Bridge to walk the tracks and watch the train pass through.
Day 7: Udawalawe National Park. Start the day with a refreshing dip in a local waterfall before travelling to Udawalawe National Park. We’ll be spending the night in a glamping resort where you’ll feel close to nature without sacrificing any creature comforts.
Day 8: Unawatuna. Hop into your jeep ready for this morning’s safari in Udawalawe. Keep your eyes peeled for buffalo, jackals, macaques, langurs, leopards and of course, wild elephants. Then travel on to the gorgeous beachside town of Unawatuna.
Day 9: Unawatuna. Make the most of your last day in paradise with a dip in the pool and a stroll on the sand. Join the group this afternoon for a walk through the jungle to yet another beautiful beach. Then enjoy a farewell dinner and drinks with your travel family.
Day 10: Trip end. Check out at any time today. Either travel back to Colombo Airport or stay on to continue your travels in Sri Lanka. See you again soon!
- 9 nights’ accommodation
- 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 3 dinners
- Tour guide
- Airport pick up on arrival
- All on-trip transport
- Dambulla Cave Temple visit
- Golden Buddha Temple visit
- Local farming village dinner
- Sigiriya Rock visit
- Temple of the Tooth visit
- Tea plantation visit
- Cooking class
- Train to Ella
- Little Adams Peak hike
- Nine Arch Bridge walk
- Udawalawe safari
- Jungle beach walk
- 24 hour emergency support
- Travel insurance
- International flights
- Return airport transfer
- Most meals, snacks and drinks
- Optional activities and excursions
9 nights of accommodation are included on this trip. The majority of the accommodation is twin share, although we do use triple rooms on occasion. Let us know if you’re travelling with a friend or partner so we can ensure you’re in the same room. We can also arrange pre trip accommodation at an extra cost. Speak to your travel adviser for more information.
9 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 3 dinners are included. You’ll need to buy the rest of your meals and any snacks and drinks yourself. This offers you maximum flexibility to enjoy the amazing local cuisine. Food in Sri Lanka is generally delicious and very affordable.
The trip starts in Negombo on day 1. You’ll need to fly into Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB) where you’ll be met by one of our friendly local team and transferred to your starting accommodation. There are no activities planned until this evening when you’ll meet your group, so arrive at a time that suits you. You can request a transfer up to two days before the tour begins.
The trip finishes in Unawatuna on day 10. The closest airport is Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB). You’ll need to arrange your own return transfer but your guide can help with this. Taxi takes between 2 and 3 hours so you should leave plenty of time to get to the airport to account for traffic or unforeseen delays.
You need to be 18 or over to join this trip.
You’ll need a visa to enter Sri Lanka. If you’re staying for less than 30 days, you can get a visa online before you travel. Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from your date of entry to Sri Lanka.
When’s The Best Time To Go?
Sri Lanka is a great destination all year round. The island is always hot (28 - 32°C and 15 - 18°C in the highlands). There are two separate monsoon systems so that from May to September the east coast and northern regions are fine and dry and from October to February, the west is best.
What Kind Of Clothes Should I Pack?
Cool, lightweight cotton clothing is best for hot, humid climates. You may have to cover up when visiting certain regions or religious buildings, so make sure you’ve got something that covers your knees, shoulders and chest. We’d also suggest you pack a pair of trainers as we will be doing some short hikes. Proper walking boots are probably not necessary.
What Kind Of Bag Should I Take?
We’d always suggest a rucksack rather than a suitcase as they’re easier to travel with. We’ll be moving around quite a lot and a heavy suitcase in the heat isn’t fun!
Due to Covid-19, many of our partners and suppliers across the globe are putting in place new procedures and policies regarding health and safety in response to the outbreak. These new measures will adapt and change as the state of travel evolves, and the policies and procedures will vary depending on each trip. Some changes that you may experience on our trips are:
Updated safety & hygiene procedures
Health and safety measures will be adapted by our partners and suppliers, dependent on local laws and restrictions.
Different transport & accommodation
You may find yourself on transport or in accommodation that would not typically be used, such as hostels that are more secluded, or on more private transport. This may vary by trip, or even by individual departure dates.
Most trips include a meeting on arrival with the guide or local team to discuss the trip, and this is an opportunity for you to ask any questions. You should arrive in time to attend these briefings.
Emergency support 24/7
We have a UK based 24/7 emergency phone line if you have a genuine urgent matter that you need attending.
Knowledgeable & Trained Staff
We can help answer any questions or concerns you may have before you depart. Whilst travelling the guide or local team on our trips are there to help, and to ensure the smooth running of our trips.
Should you require medical assistance whilst travelling, the local team or guide will be able to help you get to a point of care. Medical facilities and standards can vary across the glove, so you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place.
Varying group sizes
To begin with, many trips will run with amended group sizes, so you may find smaller groups than would be typical. This may vary by trip, or even by individual departure dates.
Whilst there may be changes on our trips, it is vital that you make travelling safer for yourself, your travel companions, the local staff and guides, and the people of the country you are visiting. You should follow all local laws and restrictions, and follow the guidance of the local team. In addition, you can help make travel safer by bringing and using your own face coverings/masks and hand sanitiser, social distance where appropriate, wash your hands frequently, and cover your face when coughing or sneezing.