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Discover Sri Lanka's incredible cultural and natural highlights on this eight-day tour. Explore a spice plantation, look for elephants on safari in Udawalawe National Park, and visit a stunning tea plantation. Wrapping up in Unawatuna, this tour is designed for add-on beach time to complete your vacation.

  • Duration: 8 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Physical rating: Light
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: ASLE/153320
  • Starts: Negombo, Sri Lanka
  • Finishes: Unawatuna, Sri Lanka
  • Age requirement: 12 +
You will Visit
  • Negombo
  • Kandy
  • Ella
  • Udawalawe National Park
  • Unawatuna

Itinerary

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Day 1: Negombo

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

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Day 2: Negombo/Kandy

Drive to Kandy, visiting a spice plantation en route. Enjoy lunch at G Adventures-supported Sthree Craft Shop and Café. Later, explore Temple of the Tooth.

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Day 3: Kandy

Explore Kandy with a free day.

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Day 4: Kandy/Ella

Travel by private vehicle to the historic town of Nuwara Eliya and enjoy a scenic lakeside lunch. Continue the journey to the rolling green valleys of the Ella area and spend 2 nights at the G Adventures-supported AMBA estate, an organic farm and guest house.
Livelihood opportunities in the valley of Bandarawela, Sri Lanka are limited for low income community members. Many rely on agricultural work, especially in the tea plantations, which can be arduous with little financial gain. Amba Estate came to the area with the purpose of promoting economic growth through their organic tea plantation, paying fair wages, sharing their profits with their workers, and creating opportunities for growth. Having established its place in the travel market, Amba is now ready to support community cooperatives as a means of better spreading the income of tourism throughout the valley.

Planeterra is working alongside Amba Estate by supporting the initial investment for the first community-led microenterprise that will work in partnership with Amba. Planeterra's catalyst grant covers the equipment, training and setup costs for a group of six women to formally become a chutney co-operative. The chutney will be sold back to Amba Estate for travellers to consume, as well as sold to guests and in markets throughout Sri Lanka. G Adventures travellers began visiting Amba in July 2018. They now have the opportunity to eat the delicious chutneys, meet the women and see how it's made!

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Day 5: Ella

In the morning, enjoy a tour through the tea plantation and learn about one of the nation's most popular exports followed by a tea tasting. After enjoy free time to soak in the stunning scenery, opt to hike to Ella Rock, or visit Ella town by tuk tuk. This evening, enjoy a cooking demonstration of classic homestyle Sri Lankan dishes, a delicious mixture of savoury and sweet.

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Day 6: Ella/Udawalawe National Park

Depart Amba Estate in the morning after enjoying a delicious home cooked breakfast. Begin the journey to Udawalawe National Park and visit the Elephant Transit home before enjoying an afternoon wildife safari through Udawalawe National Park. Afterwards, head to a tented camp by the lake on the boundary of National Park and relax with a BBQ dinner around the campfire.

07

Day 7: Udawalawe National Park/Unawatuna

After breakfast transfer from Udawalawe to Galle for a tour of the fort and city. Later, head to Unawatuna for some beach time and a final night with the group.

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Day 8: Unawatuna

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Your G for Good Moment: Lunch at Sthree Craft Shop and Café, Kandy Your G for Good Moment: AMBA Estate, Ella
    • Spice plantation visit
    • Temple of the Tooth visit
    • Tea tasting
    • Cooking demonstration
    • Udawalawe National Park safari
    • Barbecue and camp at Udawalawe National Park
    • Galle City and Fort tour
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Standard hotels/guest houses (6 nts), camping (1 nt)
    • 6 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
    Transport
    • Private vehicle, 4x4, local bus, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout
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Tour Highlights:
  • Explore stunning beaches
  • Search for wildlife on a safari
  • Gain insight into the national heritage at a tea plantation
  • Indulge in the world-class flavours of Sri Lanka
  • Stay overnight at a local tea estate
  • Camp outside a national park