Sri Lanka on a Shoestring
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Get yourself to a destination that's long been a culture-loving backpacker's dream, on this affordable 12-day whirlwind tour of the southern half of Sri Lanka. Discover beautiful ruins, hike through tea plantations, tour a spice garden, and then chill out on the serene Unawatuna Beach. Explore Sri Lanka with a group of new friends and you'll never want to travel alone again.

Duration: 12 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Physical rating: Light
Accommodation standard:   Not Rated% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 154224
Starts: Negombo, Sri Lanka Finishes: Colombo, Sri Lanka
You will visit
  • Negombo
  • Colombo



Day 1: Negombo

There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting


Day 2: Negombo/Polonnaruwa (1B)

Opt to explore Negombo in the morning before transferring inland to the Dambulla Province.

Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s))


Day 3: Polonnaruwa (1B, 1L)

Meet locals and share a meal in a local village. Enjoy free time to go on safari or explore nearby ruins.

Included Activities:
Local Lunch and Village Visit


Day 4: Polonnaruwa (1B)

Enjoy a free day to explore more of the region. Opt to visit Sigiriya Fortress, Polonnaruwa Temple, or Dambulla Caves.


Day 5: Polonnaruwa/Kandy (1B)

Visit a spice garden en route to Kandy. Opt to visit the Temple of the Tooth, take in a cultural show, or watch a cricket match.

Included Activities:
Spice Garden Visit

Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))


Day 6: Kandy/Nuwara Eliya (1B)

Travel by train and tuk tuk to stunning Nuwara Eliya. Visit a tea plantation and opt to explore the nearby hills by foot.

Included Activities:
Tea Plantation Visit

Local train (2.00-3.00 hours)


Day 7: Nuwara Eliya/Bandarawela (1B)

Opt to trek the trails of Horton Plains NP in the early morning, then travel to Bandarawela.

Private Vehicle (4.00-5.00 hours)


Day 8: Bandarawela (1B)

Set out on a hike through the cooler hills cloaked in tea bushes, and opt to take a cooking class or visit the local market during free time.

Included Activities:
Hill Hike


Day 9: Bandarawela/Unawatuna (1B)

Set off towards the southern coast and finish the day's journey oceanside.

Local bus (5.00 hour(s))


Day 10: Unawatuna (1B)

Enjoy a free day to bliss out seaside, go on a whale or dolphin watching tour, or take a day trip to the colonial port town of Galle.


Day 11: Unawatuna/Colombo (1B)

Travel to the capital, Colombo. Enjoy an orientation walk of the fort area and Pettah Bazaar.

Additional Notes:
If you would prefer to leave the tour a day early and finish at the beach, there is ample accommodation both in Unawatuna and nearby beach towns. The Colombo airport can be reached by taxi for approximately USD100, or there are train and bus connections from nearby Galle for much less.

Included Activities:
Orientation Walk
Pettah Bazaar Visit

Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours)


Day 12: Colombo (1B)

Depart at any time.

Included Activities:
Departure Day

    • Sri Lankan lunch at a local village
    • Spice garden visit
    • Tea plantation tour
    • Trekking through Bandarwela region
    • Orientation walk in Colombo
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    • Hotels/guest houses (11 nts)
    Meals Included
    • 11 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 0 dinners
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout
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Tour Highlights:
  • Trek through luscious green hills
  • Journey by train through Sri Lanka's most breath-taking scenery
  • Sample local cuisine at a village meal
  • Inhale local flavours at a spice garden
  • Explore southern Sri Lankan beaches.