Backpacking Sri Lanka

Backpacking Sri Lanka

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Backpacking Sri Lanka

15 Days Starting and ending in Colombo, Sri Lanka

Visiting: Negombo Beach, Dambulla, Athugala Rock, Dambulla Royal Cave Temple and Golden Temple, Sigiriya, Sigiriya Rock Hide, Pidurangala, Kandy, Sigiriya Village Food, Ella, Little Adam's Peak, Nine Arches Bridge, Udawalawa, Diyaluma Waterfall, Weligama, Udawalawe National Park Safari, Turtle point, Coconut Tree Hill, Unawatuna, Galle Dutch Fort, Colombo, Tsunami Photo Museum for Free, HONGANJI TSUNAMI MUSEUM

Tour operator:

Backpacking Tours

Tour code:

BSLA

Specialist Group:

18-30 Somethings

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

6 - 16

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

18-45

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:

English

Trip Styles:

Active, Adventure Tours

Interests:

Beach Tours, Cultural

Activities:

Sightseeing, Trekking

From: $1938 $1877 Mid-Year Mayhem Discount: -$61

NB: Prices correct on 16-Jul-2024 but subject to change.

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Tour Overview

Experience the best of stunning Sri Lanka with all the usual Backpacking Tours comforts you have come to expect! Sri Lanka is known for its incredible natural beauty, extraordinary biodiversity and miles of unspoiled beaches.

Highlights

  • Welcoming Dinner

  • Sirigiya Rock (Lion Rock)

  • Athugala Temple

  • Dambulla Cave Temple

  • Sirigiya Rock Museum

  • Local Village Visit

  • Boat Ride On the Lake with Sigirya Rock View

  • Pidurangala Rock Trek

  • Tuk Tuk

  • 9 Arch Bridge

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Backpacking Sri Lanka

Backpacking Sri Lanka

Backpacking Sri Lanka

Backpacking Sri Lanka

Backpacking Sri Lanka

Backpacking Sri Lanka

Backpacking Sri Lanka

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Day 1 : Welcome Dinner

Location: Negombo Beach

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner

Your Sri Lanka trip begins! Settle in at the hotel, meet your tour guides, and get to know your travel mates before a complimentary welcoming dinner of Sri Lankan delights. Then, a night out in the capital of Colombo.

Day 2 : World Heritage Sites Of Negombo

Location: Dambulla, Athugala Rock, Dambulla Royal Cave Temple and Golden Temple

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

Breakfast is included and then we're off to the Sri Lankan countryside! En route to Dambulla, we make a stop off at the lesser-known Elephant Rock for the first of many epic viewpoints. Then, check-in at the hotel before sunset explorations of the World Heritage Dambulla Cave - also known as the Golden Temple of Dambulla. Scientists have dated remains found here back to the 1st century BCE!

Day 3 : Let's Go To Sirigiya Rock!

Location: Sigiriya, Sigiriya Rock Hide, Pidurangala

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

Sirigiya Rock - also known as Lion Rock - is likely the most famous and well-known site in all of Sri Lanka! There once stood a sprawling palace and fortress at the summit, then a Buddhist monastery. Oh, and the summit towers 200 metres high. Today, we wind our way up the stairs to soak in the epic views and learn about the history of this ancient UNESCO World Heritage Site. The final trip of the day is at sunset -adjacent to Sirigiya Rock is Pidurangala Rock and a quick 25-minute walk to the summit provides some seriously breathtaking views... and photos!

Day 4 : Exclusive Village Tour

Location: Kandy, Sigiriya Village Food

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

We've prepared for you a unique experience in the local village of Sigiriya. Take a walk through the rustic rural community, experience conventional rice fields, vegetable farming, cultivation of native yams and other crops, poultry keeping, and much more. You're sure to be hungry by this point, so we have an authentic Sri Lankan curry with rice and roti too. At the end of the trip, you would have experienced true Sri Lankan hospitality immersed with warmth and genuine smiles.

Day 5 : Free Time In Kandy City

Location: Kandy

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

Catch the sunrise over Kandy Lake (if you so please)! Today is a dedicated day for you to rest and do as you want. Kandy is a vibrant city, boasting a lively nightlife scene, bars clubs and endless restaurants for you to explore.

Day 6 : Famous Train Ride To Ella & Tea Plantation

Location: Ella

Accommodation: Hostel

Meals Included: Breakfast

Let's go trekking! Start the day wandering through some of the most picturesque tea plantations of Sri Lanka, known as Little Adam's Peak. At the summit, you will be greeted but a dramatic 360-degree view that is straight out of a postcard. After today's trek, your specialised local guide for the afternoon will break down the entire tea production process from seedlings to that delicious cuppa that we love oh so much. Then some time to explore the lovely mountain town of Ella.

Day 7 : Cooking Class & Little Adams Peak

Location: Ella, Little Adam's Peak, Nine Arches Bridge

Accommodation: Hostel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Cooking lessons are the best lessons! Now that your appetite is ready for a feast, we're off for a full-on Sri Lankan cooking class given by a welcoming family in their own home. A home tucked away in the mountains surrounding Ella and that provide some jaw-dropping views for the morning. After the cooking lesson and lunch, a quick walk to 9-Arch Bridge for one of the most famous viewpoints in all of Sri Lanka. By this point you will agree, it's hard to find a bad view in this country.

Day 8 : Breathtaking Diyaluma Waterfalls

Location: Udawalawa, Diyaluma Waterfall

Accommodation: Camp

Meals Included: Breakfast

Diyaluma Falls soars 220 m (720 ft) high and is the second-highest waterfall in Sri Lanka. This makes for the perfect stop off as we head south from Ella to Udawalawe National Park. The trek to the top winds up to a big view and pools perfect for a cool-off dip. You can also take the plunge with a cliff jump into the many pools scattered here. Did we mention the views are epic? Then off for a night in Udalawalwe National Park.

Day 9 : Jeep Safari & Beach!

Location: Weligama, Udawalawe National Park Safari

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

Early pick-up from the specialised jeeps for the morning safari! This will likely be a top highlight of your Sri Lanka tour. A park guide will join each jeep to explain what you see, the history of the park, and to provide their years of insight into the many herds of elephants who call Udawalawe National Park home. You can expect to see wild herds of elephants - and also crocodiles, toque monkeys, water buffalo, Sambur deer, many bird species, and more. After an epic safari, we head to the coast and the coast of Weligama, a major tourist attraction of Sri Lanka known for its beach and corals.

Day 10 : Surf Lesson & Beach Day!

Location: Weligama

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

Weligama Beach offers the ideal conditions for a surf lesson with soft, sandy bottoms, moderate swell, and great views. This is just a short skip up the coast and this is where you will spend the afternoon learning how to get up on that surfboard! The groups are broken down into small groups and this is definitely appropriate for first-timer surfers. After the surf lesson, we're off to the famous Coconut Hill for an epic sunset over Mirissa Beach. Sri Lanka sunsets never disappoint!

Day 11 : Turtle Beach & Coconut Hill

Location: Weligama, Turtle point, Coconut Tree Hill

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

Today is dedicated to peace and relaxation! Soak up the sun by the pool, or check out the stunning beaches just a short walk from your hotel: Turtle beach and Dalawella Beach.

Day 12 : Cycle Tour & Free Time

Location: Unawatuna

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

Morning cycle tour to see why Unawatuna is Sri Lanka's best-kept secret adventure spot! Our local guides lead a winding route through the stunning tea plantations and along the dramatic coastline. Learn about the local way of life from the locals themselves, no better way. After, chill at the hotel pool, grab a beach cabana on Unawatuna Beach, and we must say the seafood here is top-notch. Treat yourself, you're on holiday! Another sunset on Unawatuna is a great option but you can elect to do as you please with the rest of this day.

Day 13 : Magnificent Galle Dutch Fort

Location: Galle Dutch Fort

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

Galle has been a bustling port town dating back to 125–150 AD when local Sinhalese merchants traded here with the Ancient Greeks. Galle Fort, in the Bay of Galle on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka, was built first in 1588 by the Portuguese. Then the Dutch took control and heavily fortified the fort during the 17th century. Sri Lanka has invested heavily to retain the integrity of the original buildings and fort structure where today we explore, and check out the famous lighthouse.

Day 14 : Tsunami Museum & Farewell Dinner

Location: Colombo, Tsunami Photo Museum for Free, HONGANJI TSUNAMI MUSEUM

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Soak in some morning rays on the beach, this is the last beach day and the final full day of the tour.. we're not crying, you're crying! Before we head to Colombo, we stop by the Honganji Vihara Tsunami Monument and Tsunami Photo Museum to learn about the devastating effects of the 2004 tsunami. The local communities here and spread throughout the country are still recovering to this day. Your entry ticket (included) to the photo museum supports the reconstruction of the local volunteers who manage the museum. Then off to Colombo for a farewell feast (also included) and a final evening with your travel mates.

Day 15 : Goodbye (For Now!)

Location: Bandaranaike International Airport

Meals Included: Breakfast

Sri Lanka tour complete! Enjoy a final breakfast together and say your farewells and 'until-next-times' before catching your airport transfer (included) and flight home - or heading off to continue your travels. You've covered some serious ground over the last 15 days. If all goes to plan, this incredible country and everyone you met along the way will stick with you for a lifetime.

What's Included

  • Accommodation

  • Airport Transfers at Destination

  • Fully Guided

  • Transport

  • Meals

What's Not Included

  • Insurance

  • Optional

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  • Are all entrance fees included in the price?

    Yes

  • Can you assist with pre or post tour accommodation?

    Yes, please contact us.

  • Will I know the names and details of all the accommodation before I depart?

    Yes

  • Do you require a visa for this holiday?

    Yes, you will need a pre-arranged visa to enter Sri Lanka. Most all passport holders - with at least 6 months validity remaining on their passport - will be granted a 30-day e-visa that is very simple to arrange online. You can find the government website for this process by clicking here. The cost of the visa upon arrival at either airport is $20 USD. Please allow at least three days for the evisa to process. If you have any questions about the process, we’re always here to help!

  • Will passengers from another country be participating in the tour?

    Yes

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    No

  • Are all the relevant entry visa’s included in the price of the tour?

    No

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    Yes, we provide airport transfers on days 1 and 21 of your tour. Please let us know your flight number and date/time of arrival. We will email you the airport transfer schedule.

  • What is the fitness level required to do this tour?

    Low fitness level required.

  • Is free Wi-Fi available in the accommodation used?

    Yes, all of the accommodation on our tour offers wi-fi as well as most cafes and restaurants. You also have the option to purchase a sim card for about £7 ($10USD) upon arrival.

  • What is the tipping policy?

    Tipping is optional.

  • What happens if a group doesn’t make its minimum required number of passengers?

    In the unlikely circumstances that the tour is cancelled, you will be fully refunded.

  • Is there any free time to explore places during the tour?

    Yes

Reviews from travellers on this tour

Philip Mason  

Philip Mason

02-Jun-2022

I have no idea how to express my experience with BPTT, all I can say is I have made life long friends including the guides. I have seen things that most people would only dream of! I felt 100% comfortable knowing my guides were there if I needed anything even helping me with an extra week in Thailand! Recommend this to anyone who wants to stop dreaming and start seeing for yourselves! Thank you for everything until next time...

Amy Jones  

Amy Jones

14-Mar-2023

Words could not possibly describe how amazing this trip was from start to finish! I looked at so many tour companies before I booked Backpacking through Thailand and by far this one looked the best and the tour exceeded my expectations! All the activities where incredible truly a life changing experience! Thank you Heart and Tony for showing me round your beautiful country! They where such amazing tour guides and made you feel like part of a family for a short period of time! For a girl going by myself I was a bit worried like anyone would but not once did I feel unsafe or uneasy! This was the best experience and I would not hesitate to recommend and will defiantly be booking another tour for Bali or Vietnam!

Nick Bardowell  

Nick Bardowell

23-Jan-2023

Not only was the itinerary jam packed with so many amazing experiences that I will truly cherish forever but the tour guides went above and beyond to make sure every single person had a wonderful time. I've already recommended BTT to everyone I know and will continue to do so, they are the first tour group I will look up the next time I book my travels.

Amy Johnson  

Amy Johnson

20-Jan-2022

If your thinking of traveling through Thailand deffo book this tour, heart showed us the best places and I'm so grateful for this tour as I would've been alone otherwise, made some friends for life and such good value for money, thanks again x

Ciara Barnes  

Ciara Barnes

24-Jan-2023

One of the best decisions ever booking onto this tour! Our tour guide S was absolutely amazing and the tour exceeded all my expectations. From the people I met on the tour to all the places and activities we got to experience it was the trip of a lifetime and one I will never forget. Would 100% recommend to anyone you definitely won’t regret it.

Becky Walshe  

Becky Walshe

02-Oct-2022

I cannot even put into words how amazing this tour was. Seeing Thailand through Heart, S & Izzy eyes was just life changing. I will never forgot any part of the trip or any of the people I spent 3 weeks with and met along the way. Just want to say a massive thank you to BTT for everything they showed me and helped me experience for the first time. If you are thinking about booking this tour, don't think just book it you will not regret it. Thailand will always have a place in my heart and I can 100% recommend booking on this tour. Roll on next year when I can do one of the other tours with this amazing company!! ���

Philippa Cutts  

Philippa Cutts

20-Feb-2022

One of the best summers of my life. Amazing experiences with the most amazing people.... Not to mention our tour guides S and Dom... Without them I couldn't imagine a better tour

Ostin Moran  

Ostin Moran

07-Jan-2022

I have booked 3 tours and I have just finished my first in Vietnam. You couldn’t ask for a more knowledgeable and helpful tour guide. All my questions were answered swiftly before hand. And my Vietnam tour was exactly as advertised

Lisa-Marie Somogyi  

Lisa-Marie Somogyi

29-Mar-2022

I would recommend this trip to anyone. The tour guides are magic. They take good care of everyone and the cost covers all your excursions and accommodation so all you have to do it relax and enjoy yourself. I made friends

Cric Morin  

Cric Morin

26-Oct-2022

DO IT! (I didn't get paid for this post) If I was, I'd still be travelling! Heart and S were my guides and they made you laugh, answered any question you had and are genuinely the two best guys you can travel with! Now for the tour... my first solo trip and I HIGHLY recommend it for solo female travellers. Such a good mix of people on the trip and just the right amount of people. We saw so much and it helped that our guides were two locals! Great mix of going out and relaxing on the beach or poolside. This tour is well thought out, trust me... you will have a blast!

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