Sri Lanka on a Shoestring
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Until Dec 17 Jan 18 to Jun 18

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 Hikkaduwa Beach. Explore Sri Lanka with a group of new friends and you'll never want to travel solo again.

  • Duration: 12 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of: Local Culture & Cuisine, Sightseeing, Walking Tour
  • Physical rating: Light
  • Accommodation standard:   Not Rated%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: ASNC.A/201421
  • Starts: Negombo, Sri Lanka
  • Finishes: Colombo, Sri Lanka
You will Visit
  • Negombo
  • Polonnaruwa
  • Kandy
  • Nuwara Eliya
  • Bandarawela
  • Hikkaduwa
  • Colombo



Day 1: Negombo

Arrive at any time.
There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting.


Day 2: Negombo/Polonnaruwa

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


Day 3: Polonnaruwa

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


Day 4: Polonnaruwa

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


Day 5: Polonnaruwa/Kandy

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.


Day 6: Kandy/Nuwara Eliya

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


Day 7: Nuwara Eliya/Bandarawela

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


Day 8: Bandarawela

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.


Day 9: Bandarawela/Hikkaduwa

Set off towards the southern coast stopping en route for a walking tour of Galle Fort. Finish the day's journey oceanside on the beaches of Hikkaduwa.


Day 10: Hikkaduwa

Enjoy a free day to bliss out on the beach or go on a whale or dolphin watching tour.


Day 11: Hikkaduwa/Colombo

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


Day 12: Colombo

Depart at any time.

    • Local Living: Local Lunch and Village Visit, Polonnaruwa
    • Spice garden visit
    • Tea plantation tour
    • Trekking through Bandarwela region
    • Galle Fort tour
    • Orientation walk in Colombo
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    • Hotels/guest houses (11 nts)
    • 11 breakfasts, 1 lunch
    • Private vehicle, train, tuk tuk, walking
    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