- Prices between £1999 - £2499
- 10 days
Embrace adrenaline thrills on the Kelani River
Tackle the thrashing rapids by white water rafting
Unwind on pristine white sand beaches
Worship the sun on Sri Lanka’s dreamy south coast
Abseil down a rushing waterfall drop
Release your inner daredevil as you descend over the jungle
Trek through the wild beauty of Bambarakanda
Explore a landscape of rocky cliffs and flowing waterfalls
Traverse the peaks of Knuckles Mountain Range
Absorb panoramic views of the jagged horizons
9 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 8 dinners
9 nights’ accommodation in rustic hotels
All activities, including white water rafting and abseiling
Max 13 Flashpackers
Internal transportation including epic train ride from Nanuoya to Ella
Airport transfers upon arrival
Borderlands Lodge, Kitulgala
Rustic adventure resort looking over the river
We love this rustic nature lodge for the spectacular views of the surrounding landscapes. This is a true back-to-basics riverside experience.
Why we stay here
The stripped-back feel, thatched roofing and exclusive access to the river, as well as a campfire, make it the perfect place to rekindle our connection with the natural world.
Luxurious eco hotel with expansive views of the landscape
Inspired by ancient architectural traditions and sumptuous modern comforts, you’ll feel refreshed and soothed by your visit.
Why we stay here
Boasting gorgeous spacious interiors, an outdoor pool and an ayurvedic spa, settle into a world of bliss in the heart of the Sri Lankan countryside.
Shinagawa Beach Resort, Balapitiya
Located between swaying palm trees and white sandy shores
Wake up to the fresh sea breeze over breakfast, with Sri Lanka’s gorgeous unspoilt coastline literally on your doorstep.
Why we stay here
Besides the truly incredible location, enjoy a good massage in the luxurious spa or unwind in the pool, before dining on the beach and dipping into the sea for an evening swim.
The Flash Pack Promise
Here at Flash Pack, we’re committed to unique adventures that deliver great value for money. We pack our trips with epic experiences (unlike other companies, all activities are included), hand-pick stylish hotels and match you with like-minded people.
Touch-down in Negombo
Flashpackers, welcome to Sri Lanka! An airport transfer will greet you off your flight, ready to whisk you off to your stunning coastal hotel. Freshen up after your journey, before meeting your fellow Flashpackers and Pack Leader over a welcome drink. Then we’ll head out for our first meal of the trip at a local restaurant in Negombo. Tuck into delicious Sri Lankan dishes – think creamy coconut and fiery chilli flavours, enjoyed alongside soft fragrant rice. Settle into the evening over plentiful drink, getting to know your fellow Flashpackers as you toast to the epic adventure that awaits.Read more
White water thrills
This morning, we’ll venture into town to uncover the sights of Negombo Fish Market for a true flavour of local life. Observe as the fishermen lay the freshly caught fish out along the beach, leaving them to dry beneath the hot sun. Stroll through the stalls, absorbing the sights and sounds of a Sri Lankan market; from bartering locals to the chitchat of traders and fishermen. We’ll then make our way to Kitulgala, arriving just in time to check into our new hotel and head out for lunch. After fuelling up on rice and curries – the adventure begins. Prepare to tackle the rushing rapids of Kelani River, as we gear up for an afternoon of white water rafting. Embrace the rough and tumble of the rapids for a few adrenaline-fuelled hours, before we head back to our rustic nature lodge, tucking into a well-earned dinner overlooking the river.Read more
Abseil down a waterfall drop
Today, we’ll immerse ourselves in the wild beauty of Kitulgala, exploring its waterfalls, flowing rivers and lush forests. Navigating our way through the jungle on a morning trek, we’ll make our way to a secluded waterfall, where the excitement kicks in. Then, prepare to channel your inner daredevil as we abseil from the top, gliding down the face of the rocks through the gushing water. Lean back into the air, feeling the fresh breeze from the waterfall revitalise and energise you. After an action-packed morning, we’ll return to the lodge, where we’ll fuel up on lunch. Then, we’ll venture onto our next destination in the stunningly gorgeous Knuckles region. With rolling verdant hills and jagged peaks piercing the sky, it’s not hard to see how this vast mountainscape earned its English epithet. Settle into your new surroundings beneath the mountain stars, drink in hand – this is the break you deserve.Read more
Mountain exploration in Knuckles
Flashpackers, get your mountain boots ready – we’ll spend today traversing the ridges and folds of the Knuckles landscape. Known as Dumbara in the local Sinhala language, this is a region of eerie beauty and rugged intrigue. From its vast grasslands to rocky peaks, prepare to encounter a haven of blossoming biodiversity; the natural habitat of spotted deer, purple-faced leaf monkeys and mongeese – among many other species. Situated on the frontier between wet and dry zones, the mountainscape is shrouded in an ethereal fog, making for some epic hiking experiences – not to mention the incredible photo opportunities. After a day of mountain exploration, we’ll return to our lodge in time for a delicious feast. Enjoy a drink with your fellow Flashpackers at the resort bar, against the breathtaking backdrop of the mountains.Read more
On the road to Kandy
After breakfast at the lodge, we’ll check out and make our way to Kandy. Boasting UNESCO World Heritage status, this city is one of the most sacred sites of the Buddhist world, as well as the last capital of the ancient kings of Sri Lanka. Once we reach Kandy, we’ll find a local restaurant for lunch, before checking into our new hotel. Then we’ll head out to uncover the ancient city sights, along the banks of the serene Kandy Lake. Also known as the Sea of Milk, this iconic lake plays a major role in local mythology and folklore. Be sure to head into the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic – one of the most sacred places in Sri Lanka and a major pilgrimage destination, housing what’s believed to be the Buddha’s tooth. After exploring the city streets, prepare for a unique off-the-beaten-track experience as we join a Kandyan family for dinner. Share stories and perspectives, as you feast together on local home-cooked dishes, gaining valuable insight into real Kandyan lives. It’s an experience you’re guaranteed to remember for a long time to come.Read more
Head into the tea hills
After breakfast at the hotel, we’ll start making our way into Sri Lanka’s beautiful tea country. Expect lush verdant slopes threaded with tea plantations, and cascading waterfalls streaming through the greenery. Our first stop is the town of Nuwara Eliya; with colonial-era cottages and Tudor-style hotels, this was once the stomping ground of English and Scottish tea traders. We’ll take a stroll around this quaint little settlement, before boarding one of the most scenic train rides in the world. Settle into a dreamlike journey, as we venture through the tea hills on a journey through the clouds. Then we’ll alight in Ella, where we’ll check into the hotel and settle down for dinner. Take it easy after your journey, settling into your hilltop hotel beneath the uninterrupted skies.Read more
Lose yourself in the lush mountains
We’ll start the day in the Horton Plains National Park. Explore the gentle slopes of this grasslands plateau, until it plummets suddenly to a sheer drop known as World’s End. Flowing with rivers and aquatic ecosystems, prepare to experience a region of abundant fertile beauty. Horton Plains is situated in the highlands, meaning that the area is shrouded in the delicate mists of cloud forest. We’ll pause for lunch, before continuing to Bambarakanda Falls – the tallest waterfall in Sri Lanka. Enjoy spectacular views of the thundering waters, before we hike our way through the tea hills back to the hotel. Come evening, tuck into a delicious feast – you’ve worked hard for it!Read more
En route to the south coast
We like to keep things balanced, so after days spent hiking through the stunning highlands, it’s time to hit the beach! We’ll make our way to Sri Lanka’s dreamy south coast – prepare for soft white sands, lapping waves and swaying palm trees. It’s a long journey from the Tea Country, but the hours spent travelling will be well worth it once you hit the beach for a luxurious late afternoon swim. Feel the warm sand between your toes as you kick back for a deep chill, savouring these last few days in paradise before our trip comes to an end. We’ll dine at our beach resort, with a spectacular sunset over the Indian Ocean providing the backdrop.Read more
Today is yours to do as you please. It’s been a full-on itinerary, so make the most of this final day to take things slowly, as you unwind to the rhythms of the south coast. Embrace a laid-back pace as you explore a region known for its rural lifestyle, from coconut farming to the traditional technique of stilt-fishing. Historically, the south was harder for Indian invaders to colonise, meaning that the region flourished as the beating heart of Sinhalese culture. Today, this beautiful sea-swept region is peppered with ancient temples and spiritual sites, making for an afternoon of cultural delights. If you’re still raring for action, get stuck into an afternoon of SUP or river canoeing along the coast. Alternatively, simply kick back on the beach – it’s completely up to you. Come evening, we’ll gather for a delicious beach BBQ party; tuck into a charcoal-grilled feast as sunset floods over the coast, celebrating the epic adventure we’ve had.Read more
Until next time, Sri Lanka!
After our final breakfast at the hotel, our wonderful journey has come to an end. It’s now over to you to make your own way to your next destination. What a fantastic trip it’s been: you’ve white water rafted the rapids of Kelani River; you’ve abseiled down a waterfall in Kitulgala; you’ve uncovered the wild beauty of the Knuckles Mountains; and you’ve experienced the blissful paradise vibes of the South Coast. Not quite done with South Asia? Check out our trip to Northern India. Wherever you’re heading next, it’s been an incredible adventure.Read more
- Fly in and out of Bandaranaike International Airport. Please try to arrive before 2pm on day 1, although we will arrange a transfer for you at whichever time you arrive.
- Depart at your own leisure anytime on day 10.
- The level of accommodation on this trip is varied. In two of the places we visit it is more basic and rustic than you would normally expect on a Flash Pack adventure. On night two there are communal male and female bathroom blocks. The accommodation has been selected for its unique location, how close it will bring you to nature, and the proximity to activities to minimise travel time. For more information, please contact the team.
Please ensure that your travel insurance covers the activities included as part of the adventure. If you have any questions, please contact the team.
- Please be aware that the itinerary, activities and hotels are subject to change. These changes can happen with little notice due to availability, poor weather, seasonal changes, or other circumstances beyond our control. From time to time we may also make changes to your itinerary to try out new ideas and keep things fresh.
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