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12 Day Sri Lanka Tour Package

Discover the unexpected in Sri Lanka

This 12-day tour of Sri Lanka will take you up into the misty mountain tops, to sun coated beaches, and explore the national parks searching for wild elephants on safari! 

Experience the jewel of the Indian Ocean! A place where the sights, smells, and tastes will dazzle your senses and leave you wanting more. Sri Lanka has long been captivating intrepid travelers with its incredible beauty and vibrant culture. One Life Adventures - Sri Lanka will take you to the best places the country has to offer in 12 days. From temples, mountain ranges, national parks, and incredible beaches. 

Booking Conditions

Age Restriction: 70

Fitness Requirement: Normal fitness

What's included

  • One Life group leader, local Sri Lankan cultural guide, and private driver
  • All accommodation in fancy hotels and 2 funky hostels
  • Airport pickup on day 1
  • Welcome dinner
  • Most breakfasts, some lunches, and some dinners
  • All transport including vans, buses, tuk-tuks
  • Train ride on the ‘most beautiful train journey in the world’
  • Visit to the famous Temple of the Tooth in Kandy
  • Visit to the tea country estates to pick your own tea with locals
  • Visit to spice garden
  • Curry cooking lesson with local villagers
  • Guided walk to view Little Adam’s Peak
  • Hike to Ella Gap and the 9 Arches Bridge
  • Rural style safari camp
  • BBQ under the stars
  • Wild elephant safari in Udewalawe National Park
  • Guided nature walks
  • Entrance into the UNESCO World Heritage site Sigiriya
  • Visit to the Pidurangala Monastery 
  • Walk through the Dambulla Buddhist caves
  • Blue whale watching (seasonal)
  • Visit to a turtle hatchery and sanctuary to learn about sea turtles
  • Bike tour through rice paddies and local villages with visit to secret garden to drink fresh coconut
  • Walk around the iconic Galle Fort
  • Visit to the Pidurangala Monastery 

What To Bring

  • Passport and separate photocopy of the ID page of your passport
  • Flight tickets
  • Printed copy of your travel insurance details
  • Your One Life Adventures confirmation vouchers/tickets
  • Entry visa (if required)
  • Enough clean clothes to last the trip – Pack for warm weather and pack light.
  • A light rain jacket or emergency rain poncho
  • Comfortable shoes and sandals - They will probably get dirty so don’t bring anything fancy!
  • Sun hat or cap
  • Phone & charger
  • International plug adapter – The voltage in the Philippines is 220-240 volts
  • Swimwear and towel
  • Credit cards and money – Please do not bring travelers cheques
  • Small padlock
  • Earplugs
  • Camera and spare battery
  • Mp3 player or books for the longer bus journeys
  • A money belt
  • Basic medical supplies such as aspirin, ibuprofen, motion sickness tablets, Imodium
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • A sense of adventure!

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Itinerary

Day 1 : Day 1 - Welcome to the pearl of the South Seas. Sri Lanka!
Arrive on day one and be greeted at the airport by your tour guide, who will load your luggage into a tuk tuk as you ride through the tree lined and sunbaked streets of Negombo to your first hotel. Today is your day, explore the canals, the lagoons or get your base tan on the beach, for in the evening we meet as a group and hit the town for your welcome dinner and drinks.
Meals :Dinner

Day 2 : Day 2 - Today the adventure really begins
Fill up on a delicious breakfast in the hotel before we hop on our private bus to take a quick tour around Negombo’s famous market and lagoon. Your local tour guide will amaze you with tales and secret information of Sri Lanka so you can really feed your sense of wonder. We then drive into the heart of the island, stop off for a delicious buffet lunch before checking into your stunning hotel in Sigiriya, the jewel of the Cultural Triangle. Take the afternoon to dip in the pool or walk the dusty streets, before we meet in the evening to explore the magnificent Dambulla Caves. History and religion bounce off every painted wall and stone Buddha statue, leaving you with a unrivalled sense of spirituality.
Meals :Breakfast

Day 3 : Day 3 - Sigiriya Rock
An early wake up time today as we put on our hiking shoes, grab our camera and head out to climb the incredible Sigiriya Rock. Protruding proudly out of the earth, ruins of a grand palace provide evidence all around the grounds of a once violent and noble Sri Lankan history. View the ancient wall paintings, the sanskript marked mirror wall and the huge stone lion paws guarding the ascent to the summit. The views from the top are unrivalled as you travel through time examining the ruins. After descending we then head over to the quiet Buddhist monastery of Pidurangula to get an open and unobstructed shot of the rock you have just climbed. From here you can view the national parks of Minneriya and Kaudulla where elephants and leopards patrol the land and where you have the option to go explore in the afternoon. To fill those hungry bellies, we stop by a local family who prepare a traditional feast for us before taking a well-deserved rest on a lounger in the afternoon sun.
Meals :Breakfast

Day 4 : Day 4 - Let's travel south. Kandy and cooking class
Today we say goodbye to Sigiryia and embark on our travels down south towards Sri Lanka’s second largest city, Kandy. We will stop at a spice garden on the way to learn about where our favourite spices come from. Here we traverse the hills that provide a stunning view of the artificial but now notoriously beautiful Kandy Lake. We will stay in a funky and modern hostel. In the afternoon we head to a village to have a cooking class and learn the secret to a perfect Sri Lankan curry. Here, our local chef, will teach you how to make 4 different curries, as well as poppadoms and coconut sambal (only for those who dare!). In the evening we will stroll around the lake and take the sights and sounds of this bustling city.
Meals :Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5 : Day 5 - Temple of the Tooth and train into the mountains
Eat your breakfast overlooking the hills of Kandy before we head into town to visit the sacred Temple of the Tooth. This is a religious shrine which is said to house the tooth of Buddha himself. We then jump on the bus and travel through the mountainous region of the hill country. The hills are ablaze with small green tea plants which Sri Lanka is famous for. We stop by a functioning tea factory to learn how the tea is processed and ends up in your cup at home, whilst actually learning how 7 different types of tea are made all from the same plant! A trip to Sri Lanka is not complete without experiencing life on the train and the journey from Nuwara Eliya to Ella is dubbed as the best journey in the world. 180 degree views of tea plantations, waterfalls, lakes and local villages pass on by as your train traverses the tracks cut into the mountainside. Try the sweet milk tea on board, converse with friendly locals and take pictures to make you the envy of all your friends back home. After we check into our hotel, we’ll head into Ella for dinner and drinks in everyone’s favourite mountainous town.
Meals :Breakfast

Day 6 : Day 6 - Free day in Ella
The morning is yours to do as you so please. Ella plays host to some of the best Ayurveda massage parlours in Sri Lanka. A thousand year old technique which removes any aches or pains you may have, or simply as an excellent way to relax. We will meet in the afternoon to explore the hidden gems of Ella, such as the 9 Arch Bridge, Ella Gap and then hike up Little Adam’s peak for sunset. We recommend bringing a drink or two, you’ll see why when we get to the top.
Meals :Breakfast

Day 7 : Day 7 - Safari time!
Today we continue our way down South and check into our campsite, 45 minutes away from the stunning Uda Walawe National Park. Our hosts will greet us with welcome drinks and cook us a delicious Sri Lankan buffet lunch whilst you take a well earned dip in the river. After lunch we jump into jeeps and go on safari, searching the wilderness for herds of elephants, buffalo, crocodiles, monkeys, eagles, hawks, peacocks, mongoose and if you’re lucky, leopards. Truly a once in a lifetime experience, your day in the national park will be a tough one to beat. After driving round the park, we’ll head back to camp where our hosts will have a BBQ dinner waiting for us, best way to end an amazing day.
Meals :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 : Day 8 - Time for the beach
Wake up early to take a walk on the wild side with your personal local guide. He will teach you all about the flora and fauna in the area, whilst the campsite dogs follow you through the fields. Monkeys, elephants and peacocks roam the fields around the campsite, so be sure to be on the lookout. After breakfast we’ll drive to the South West Coast, arriving at the stunning beach side town of Mirissa. A place where the world class waves hit the sand, where turtles inhabit the water, and where the beer is ice cold. After a week in the hill country, this is exactly what you need.
Meals :Breakfast

Day 9 : Day 9 - Whale watching
Today we wake up early and head to the beautiful golden sand beach. We jump on board one of THE best boats in the area to view the largest animals in the world. Watch as blue whales, jump, swim and dive around you and be blown away by their size. After an hour or two on the boat, we head back to relax for a while before heading to our second spectacular beach destination; Hikkaduwa
Meals :Breakfast

Day 10 : Day 10 - Bike through rice paddies and villages
After breakfast by the beach, we’ll drive down the stunning Galle Fort. A city encased in walls, with Dutch, Portuguese and British Colonial buildings still stand proud. The cobbled streets lead to the sea, where crazy Sri Lankan locals swan dive into the ocean. We start our bike ride through some beautiful local villages and rice fields, stopping to learn about how coconut rope is made, and drink a fresh king coconut in a secluded tropical garden. Afterwards, we’ll give you some time to take photos of the area or to buy souvenirs from one of the many boutique and unique stores. The perfect place to write a postcard and send it home with tales of your incredible time over the past 11 days.
Meals :Breakfast

Day 11 : Day 11 - Turtle sanctuary and Colombo
After your breakfast, we will pack up our things for the 2 hour drive along the coast to the bustling capital city of Colombo. On the way we stop off at small turtle sanctuary, where baby turtles learn to take that first swim and injured adults are rehabilitated back into the wild. Across the road we’ll view the humbling 2004 Tsunami Memorial, where you can listen to survival tales and view pictures of the event. We then arrive into Colombo and check into our boutique hostel, you’ll have some free time to visit the national museum or art gallery close by, or take a tuk tuk and run around the manic streets of the Pattah Markets for some final souvenir shopping. We’ll then meet together in the evening for a final dinner together before partying the night away on one of the cities glitziest roof top bars.
Meals :Breakfast

Day 12 : Day 12 - Time to say goodbye!
Time to say our final goodbyes with the friends you have just made over the course of an incredible 12 days. For some of you, this means continuing your holiday on the phenomenal beaches of the Maldives with our add on package, for others, its either back home or to continue your travels. Whatever your next destination may be, we hope we have educated you on a country that provides so much, that possess incredible variation in exploration and we hope we have inspired you to explore more.
Meals :Breakfast

Pickups

Start Date 2018

Jan. 14, 2018

Jan. 31, 2018

Feb. 17, 2018

Mar. 5, 2018

Mar. 22, 2018

Apr. 20, 2018

May. 8, 2018

May. 30, 2018

Jun. 16, 2018

Jul. 4, 2018

Jul. 21, 2018

Aug. 8, 2018

Aug. 27, 2018

Sept. 13, 2018

Sept. 30, 2018

Oct. 16, 2018

Nov. 1, 2018

Nov. 17, 2018

Dec. 4, 2018

Dec. 20, 2018

Dec. 23, 2018

 

Start Date 2019

Jan. 7, 2019

Jan. 14, 2019

Jan. 21, 2019

Jan. 28, 2019

Feb. 4, 2019

Feb. 11, 2019

Feb. 18, 2019

Feb. 25, 2019

Mar. 4, 2019

Mar. 11, 2019

Mar. 18, 2019

Mar. 25, 2019

Apr. 1, 2019

Apr. 22, 2019

Apr. 29, 2019

May. 6, 2019

May. 13 , 2019

May. 20, 2019

May. 27, 2019

Jun. 10, 2019

Jun. 24, 2019

Jul. 8, 2019

Jul. 22, 2019

Jul. 29, 2019

Aug. 26, 2019

Sep. 9, 2019

Sep. 16, 2019

Sep. 23, 2019

Sep. 30, 2019

Oct. 7, 2019

Oct. 14, 2019

Oct. 21, 2019

Oct. 28, 2019

Nov. 4, 2019

Nov. 11, 2019

Nov. 18, 2019

Nov. 25, 2019

Dec. 2, 2019

Dec. 9, 2019

Dec. 16, 2019

Dec. 23, 2019

Dec. 27, 2019

Optional Excursions

Optional Activities (Available to sign up on tour with your guide)

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Available Extras

Entry visa into the country. Each country has its own visa conditions, but most nationalities will require a tourist visa to enter Sri Lanka. Please consult the Sri Lanka consulate or embassy in your own country 

Optional extra safari in Sigiriya 

Optional Surf Lesson

Maldives add-on package (self guided)

Flights to and from the Maldives

Airport drop-off in Colombo

Pickup & Accommodation, (If not arriving on Day 1 of Tour.)

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Recent Independent Reviews

  • On Tourradar June 30, 2019

    Fantastic tour! Sri Lanka was incredible and One Life is the main reason for that. I would never have been able to see as much of the country on my own and I can see how it would be difficult to organise it all as a solo traveller. Its a very busy tour with a lot of activities and early starts but that means you get to see so much of what the country has to offer. Hats off to Simen for looking after everyone from day one. He went above and beyond making sure everyone was having the best time and also making sure the group bonded and got to know each other and always kept us entertained

    On Tourradar June 20, 2019

    Where to start! Fantastic trip from start to end. Everything was very organised, and I felt like I got to see most of what Sri Lanka had to offer. I had no idea it would be as diverse as it was, Sri Lanka was beautiful from day one from the beaches to the mountains. If youre vegetarian you will love the food as there always seemed to be better options for vegetarians than others which was refreshing. Accommodation exceeded expectations as we stayed in great hotels for most of the trip and also had an amazing night glamping! Our guides Simon and Ravi were incredible. They looked after our every need and answered all our questions as well as keeping us entertained for 12 days. Simons passion for his job was infectious and you could tell he genuinely loved his job. I was also impressed by how much focus he put on sustainable tourism and giving back to where we went as well as providing us with free water all tour so we didn’t have to buy plastic bottles. If you want to see Sri Lanka One Life is the only way to go!

    On Tourradar May 20, 2019

    I did quite a few tours before, but this has been definitely my favorite one so far! Simen was really easy going and making sure that everyone was happy! Also loved the fact that we had a local guide (Ravi who was absolutely AMAZING). So therefore we really got to know the country and it’s culture. Highly recommend the tour. We stayed in very nice hotels as well.

    On Tourradar May 16, 2019

    The tour was actually so amazing! It was so well organised and I felt like I really got the most out of it for the price of the tour...unlike some of the tours I’ve done in the past there was no major sneaky add ons which I really liked as a backpacker. Our guide was so great, really nice & made sure everything was running well and that everyone was having a fantastic time.. nothing was ever too much trouble. I loved that he genuinely was passionate about reducing waste & helping contribute and encourage others to do the same... with refillable water stations, a quick beach clean up and actually standing by sustainable travel & sticking to it. Our local guide was a blast as well, very informative and was always down for a chat. Would recommend and have recommended this tour company to many fellow travellers already! 10/10 would do it again!

    On Tourradar May 14, 2019

    This was the best tour we could have chosen! I travelled with two friends of mine and we were not sure if doing a tour with other people was the best options for us, but we could not have picked a better tour! Everything was perfect: the activities, the food, the accommodation, and our guide, Simen, was INCREDIBLE! We got to do so many different activities that otherwise we would never have done on our own, and the big variety gave us a real taste of Sri Lanka. And so much is included in the tour, that it would have costed us a fortune to do it all individually by ourselves. We also did our tour at a very tricky time, as we arrived in Colombo on the day of the most recent terrorist attacks, however we never felt unsafe in the country. Simen was great at keeping us informed on what was going on and most, of all, keeping us safe. We also travelled on our own for a bit after the tour, and we felt really safe everywhere around the country, surrounded by lovely people who were always happy to help. I would recommend travelling to Sri Lanka and the One Life Adventure tour to anyone!