Savour the serene beauty of Sri Lanka
Cycle through the ancient temples of Polonnaruwa, hike to the summit of Sigiriya Rock Fortress and search for leopards in Yala National Park.
Savour the serene beauty of Sri Lanka
Seek out leopards, elephants and sloth bears in Yala National Park
Take a spectacular train ride through the misty highlands of tea country
Release tiny baby turtles into the sea at a turtle conservation project
Climb 1,200 steps to the top of Sigiriya Fortress as it glows with sunset
About your trip
Dramatic landscapes, fragrant cuisine, pristine beaches and exotic wildlife. Sound like your perfect adventure combination? Ours too.
Imagine sunset from the summit of Sigiriya Fortress, cycling through the ancient ruins of Polonnaruwa and seeking out enigmatic leopards at Yala National Park. A land of elephants, ancient spirituality and misty highlands, we challenge you not to fall head over heels for the real Garden of Eden.
This is Sri Lanka’s full beauty in 11 days. Let’s go.
- 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 Cocktails in Negombo
Welcome to beautiful Sri Lanka. Arrive at your hotel in Negombo, and unwind after a long flight by the pool or at the beach (tough decision, we know). Then, meet your fellow travellers and guide in the early evening, enjoying an aperitif together before heading out for a welcome dinner that’ll no doubt be imbued with an air of excitement.
Day 02 Sigiriya Fortress at sunset
This morning, head into town for a true flavour of local life, putting your bartering skills to the test at Negombo’s Fish Market. Observe as the fishermen lay the freshly caught fish out along the beach, amid the gentle hubbub of market chit-chat and crashing waves. Then, make your way to one of Sri Lanka’s most famous attractions: the 5th century Sigiriya Rock Fortress. With its mysterious water gardens, mirror wall and ancient inscriptions, you’ll find it was well worth the 1,200 steps to the top.
Day 03 Temple explorations in Polonnaruwa
Today’s activities will see you uncover the medieval city of Polonnaruwa by bike. Cycle through the relics of a lost civilisation, past crumbling temples and ancient Buddhas, taking in the faded splendour of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then, stop by a local farmer’s house to refuel for lunch, before returning to the hotel for the afternoon (the pool and cocktail bar are calling). Come evening, head out for dinner with your group at a nearby village. Expect fire torches, curries and plenty of singing and dancing…
Day 04 Sacred sights and street food in Kandy
Savour a quiet morning, enjoying a leisurely lie-in and relaxed breakfast. Then it’s time to roll your sleeves up at a spice garden, where you’ll uncover the secrets of Sri Lankan cuisine and learn how to infuse your curries with spice (a fair warning: go easy on the chillies). You’ll then continue the journey 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 stronghold of the ancient Sinhala kings. Don’t miss a taste of Kandy’s famous street food – we recommend kottu, a chilli-infused roti dish and one of the nation’s favourite snacks.
Day 05 Into the tea hills
Today will see you make the journey into 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 all boarding a spectacular train journey cutting through the misty highlands. Arrive at your new hotel in Haputale and unwind for the evening, surrounded by sweeping views of the tea hills.
Day 06 Tea-making and mountain walks
Take breakfast and tea at the hotel (in Tea Country, it would be rude not to) before heading out to explore the town of Ella with your fellow travellers. Head into the jungle to discover the Demodara Nine Arch Bridge arches, an atmospheric railway spot in the heart of the valley. You can even take a stroll along the train track itself – fear not, it’s actually safer than it sounds. Then, visit a tea plantation, where your group will witness the processes that bring our much-loved drink to life. Return to the hotel in time for dinner and a sunset cocktail.
Day 07 The road to a Sri Lankan safari
Take advantage of a free morning, with a lazy alfresco breakfast overlooking the misty hills. You can spend the rest of the morning sunbathing, swimming or trekking to a nearby waterfall – we’ll let you call the shots. Come afternoon, you’ll begin the journey out of the tea hills and into Yala National Park. Your hotel for the evening is wonderfully located at the edge of the park, with the sounds of wildlife to lull you to sleep. There may be no lions in this mighty jungle, but the leopards are certainly afoot…
Day 08 Wildlife and a journey to the coast
This morning, you’re off on a game drive. The park is home to elephants, sloth bears, crocodiles and wild boars – as well as the highest density of leopards in the world. Have your binoculars handy for leopard spotting; these beautiful creatures are notoriously elusive, but you may just catch a glimpse of their magnificent spots. Later in the afternoon, it’s time to head to the coast, where our destination is the port city of Galle.
Day 09 Beach life in Kosgoda
Today is all about sun, sea and sand. Relax on the white sands overlooking the Indian Ocean, embracing the lazy barefoot lifestyle. Whether it’s booking yourself in for an aromatherapy spa session or sinking into a novel over a beer, today is yours to recharge with your group after an action-packed week. A dusk stroll along the beach, with its wide skies and gently swaying palm trees, is not to be missed.
Day 10 A sunset barbecue
Enjoy some beachside chilling this morning before being transported to a turtle conservation project in Kosgoda. You’ll learn all about the issues facing marine conservation, and the battle that baby turtles face against pollution and ecological damage. You may even get an opportunity to help release tiny baby turtles into the sea, watching as they face the open ocean on their own. Then, enjoy a final barbecue feast with your fellow travellers, the beach aglow in a soft sunset.
Day 11 So long, Sri Lanka
After a final breakfast at the hotel, your Sri Lankan adventure has come to an end. It’s now over to you to make your own way to your next destination. If you feel like exploring South Asia further, take a peek at our Northern India itinerary – the Taj Mahal awaits.
Our Favourite Hotels
Browse a selection of our favourite hotels, for a flavour of where you may stay on this trip.
Amaya Lake Hotel, Dambulla
Eco-resort close to Kandalama Lake
A secluded spa hotel tucked away in abundant foliage a short walk from the waters of Kandalama Lake.
Why we stay here
From sipping a King Coconut cocktail at the swim-up bar and watching hummingbirds dart across the lawns to feasting on kottu and hoppers by candlelight in the gardens, this is the perfect Dambulla hideaway.
Mountain lodge with stunning views of Beragala
Wake up to a chorus of birdsong and then head down to the Clouds restaurant for breakfast on the sunny terrace, losing yourself in the sweeping mountain views.
Why we stay here
The private decks make for a good bird-watching spot, while the outdoor pool and hot tub are a great place to station yourself after a day exploring the nature trails.
Jetwing Lagoon, Negombo
Ayurvedic spa hotel on Negombo Lagoon
Even the most intrepid travellers need a few days of sleeping in a plush bed and only having to decide between a day at the pool or a day at the beach.
Why we stay here
A great spot for R&R: order yourself a drink from the bar and get comfortable on one of the day beds that line the impressive 100-metre pool. Weary hikers should book the Paada Abhyanga, a revitalising Ayurvedic foot massage.
What Flashpackers say
"Flash Pack as a whole have changed and enriched my life for the better by taking me to amazing places, where I made friends from all over the world, with memories to last a lifetime."
"I had an unforgettable trip to Sri Lanka with Flash Pack. Met a great group of co-travelers and had the time of my life."
"The tour itinerary was great, so many bucket list items fit into 11 days, but what takes this tour from great to phenomenal is the local guide, and staff who are with you everyday."
"The hotels were great and most importantly the group was amazing! Very like-minded people and we all bonded instantly."
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Fly into and out of Colombo International Airport (CMB).
When booking your flight home, do remember that Colombo airport is around 2.5 hours away from our end destination of Kosgoda, so a morning flight would mean a very early start. Therefore, please make sure your flight leaves after 12pm at the earliest.
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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