Experience rugged adventure in Sri Lanka
Raft the rapids of the Kelani River, abseil down a sheer waterfall drop and hike through the breathtaking Knuckles mountainscape
Experience rugged adventure in Sri Lanka
About your trip
Pristine coastline, mighty mountains and ethereal cloud forests? This is Sri Lanka at its wild, rugged best.
You’ll hike the beautiful mountainscapes of Knuckles and Horton Plains, before glamping beneath the stars with your fellow travellers. You’ll abseil through the jungle and raft down Kelani River, and you’ll relax on perfect beaches, the warm Indian Ocean at your fingertips.
From mountain to beach, this adventure will see you explore the wildest corners of Sri Lanka in 9 glorious days.
- Accommodation in twin rooms
- Local transport
- Most meals included
- Max 14 travellers per group
- ATOL protected
- Private airport transfers
Remember, flights aren't included and prices are based on sharing a twin room. If you'd like to upgrade to a single room, you can add this during the booking process or by contacting our Customer Experience team.
Day 01 Touch-down in Negombo
And so your Sri Lanka adventure begins. Upon arrival, an airport transfer will greet you off your flight, ready to take you to your coastal hotel. Meet your fellow travellers and guide over a cold beer, then head out together for your first-night meal at a local restaurant in Negombo. You’re officially on holiday-time.
Day 02 White water rafting on the Kelani River
This morning, go into town for a true flavour of local life, putting your bartering skills to the test at Negombo’s Fish Market. You’ll then head onto Kitulgala, checking into your new lodge just in time for lunch. Fuel up here, because this afternoon you’ll be white water rafting. Spend a few hours letting the wild river currents throw you around (it’s fun, we promise), then you’ll unwind for the night with a well-earned dinner overlooking the river.
Day 03 Abseil down a waterfall drop
The jungles of Kitulgala are calling. Explore its rivers, forest trails and dense foliage on a morning trek, making your way to a secluded waterfall in the heart of the rainforest. We hope you’re feeling brave, because you’ll then launch yourself from the top of the waterfall, abseiling through the rushing waters down to the rainforest. Simply lean back off the edge and walk straight down – easy, right? Recover after your light adrenaline hit with lunch, then head onto the (elegantly named) Knuckles Mountains – your new home for the night.
Day 04 Trekking in the misty mountains
Today you’ll be trekking through the misty mountains. The landscape is perpetually shrouded in a delicate fog, owing to its location on the frontier between wet and dry zones. Home to spotted deer, purple-faced leaf monkeys and mongeese – among many other species – this is a region of blooming biodiversity and eerie beauty.
Day 05 On the road to Kandy
Say goodbye to the highlands – you’re off 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. Upon arrival in the sacred city, you’ll visit a local family, where you’ll learn a few Sri Lankan recipes – with a chance to gorge afterwards, of course. The afternoon is yours to explore the city, from the banks of Kandy Lake (the ‘Sea of Milk’ in local lore) to the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. One of the most sacred sites in the country, the temple houses what’s believed to be the Buddha’s tooth.
Day 06 Into the tea hills
Now for Sri Lanka’s beautiful tea country. Expect lush slopes threaded with tea plantations, and cascading waterfalls streaming through the greenery. Your first stop will be the town of Nuwara Eliya, the old stomping ground of English and Scottish tea traders – with colonial cottages and Tudor-style hotels adding to the effect. Explore the town by foot, before your spectacular train journey that will see you cutting through the misty highlands. Arrive at your new hotel together, surrounded by sweeping views of the tea hills.
Day 07 Scenic hikes in Horton Plains
Start the day with a gentle hike through the Horton Plains National Park. Explore the slopes of this grasslands plateau, until it plummets suddenly to a sheer drop known as World’s End. Shrouded in cloud forest, and flowing with rivers, this is a region of abundant beauty. Enjoy a picnic lunch with your group, before hiking onwards to the thundering waters of Bambarakanda Falls, the last stop of the day and the tallest waterfall in Sri Lanka.
Day 08 South coast serenity
We like to keep things balanced; you’ve spent days hiking through the mountains, which means it’s beach time. Make your way to the south coast, where soft white sands and warm seas await. Arrive on the coast just in time for a late afternoon swim, ready to savour these last few days with new friends beneath the sun.
Day 09 Beachside chilling
Savour a leisurely lie-in, unwind on the beach with a book or take a stroll through your coastal surroundings. Historically, the south was harder for Indian invaders to colonise, meaning that the region flourished as a hub of Sinhalese culture. Today, this sea-swept landscape is peppered with ancient temples and spiritual sites – perfect for an afternoon of sightseeing. If you’re still raring for action, get stuck into an afternoon of SUP or river canoeing. In the evening, gather with your group for a beach BBQ party, enjoying your final evening together.
Day 10 Until next time, Sri Lanka
Wake up to breakfast at the hotel, then your adventure has come to an end. It’s now over to you to make your own way to your next destination. Not quite done with South Asia? See how you could extend your adventure with our trip to Northern India.
Our Favourite Hotels
Browse a selection of our favourite hotels, for a flavour of where you may stay on this trip.
Borderlands Lodge, Kitulgala
Rustic adventure resort looking over the river
Decked out with wooden and bamboo furnishings, it’s all about paring things back for a back-to-basics riverside experience.
Why we stay here
Enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding landscape in this beautiful nature lodge. With thatched roofing and exclusive access to the river, as well as a campfire, rekindle your connection with the natural world.
Shinagawa Beach Resort, Balapitiya
Located between palm trees and beach
Wake up to the fresh sea breeze over breakfast, with Sri Lanka’s unspoilt coastline literally on your doorstep.
Why we stay here
Besides the 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.
Eco hotel with expansive views of the landscape
Inspired by ancient architectural traditions and modern comforts, this hotel will leave you feeling refreshed and well-rested.
Why we stay here
Boasting spacious interiors, an outdoor pool and an ayurvedic spa, ease yourself into refined comfort in the heart of the Sri Lankan countryside.
"I would absolutely recommend anyone go on a flash pack tour, especially to Sri Lanka. So much knowledge with a fun friendly way of presenting it. Having gone through a "rough trot" just prior to leaving, was definitely just what i needed."
"Highly recommend for any solo traveler looking for like minded people to share a fantastic experience with. I’ve traveled a lot but my Sri Lanka adventure rates first on my list beautiful country great group superb itinerary."
"Flash Pack set me up with a fantastic vacation! From the time I booked until my first day in Sri Lanka they were easily accessible and provided me with all the information I needed."
"Flash Pack provided a very well organised holiday with plenty of interesting activities. All the hotels were fantastic and the mini van was very comfortable. They even thought about the little things and provided water bottles which is one less thing to worry about. "
Fly in and out of Colombo International Airport (CMB).
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.
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 but we’ll always do our best to ensure it has little impact on your experience. From time to time, we may also make changes to your itinerary to try out new ideas and keep things fresh and exciting.
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