What's included

  • 10 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 8 dinners, including Kandy street food and an exclusive beach BBQ<br />
    10 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 8 dinners, including Kandy street food and an exclusive beach BBQ
  • 10 night’s based on sharing twin rooms in unique and beautifully designed hotels<br />
    10 night’s based on sharing twin rooms in unique and beautifully designed hotels
  • All activities - from fortress hiking to the safari - included, with a local Flash Pack guide and driver
    All activities - from fortress hiking to the safari - included, with a local Flash Pack guide and driver
  • Max 13 Flashpackers
    Max 13 Flashpackers
  • Private minibus, safari jeep, train from Nuwara Eliya to Ella, bikes and airport pickup any time on day 1
    Private minibus, safari jeep, train from Nuwara Eliya to Ella, bikes and airport pickup any time on day 1

Look for the elusive leopard on safari in Yala National Park, and help release rescued baby turtles into the ocean. Cycle around the ancient temples of Polonnaruwa, climb to the summit of Sigiriya Rock Fortress at sunset and learn the art of tea-making at a vast hillside estate. Savour a beach-side BBQ, hunt down the best Sri Lankan street food and stay at a series of unique hotels with beautiful pools and views

 

From the mist-clad valleys and dreamy tea plantations of the Hill Country to the golden tropical beaches of the chilled-out southern coast, Sri Lanka is a country of dazzling contrasts. Our adventure here promises soup for the soul, with an irresistible blend of wildlife, spiritual hikes and high-end hotels. We’ll climb 1,200 steps to the summit of Sigiriya Rock Fortress to watch the sun go down over rolling plains, and cycle through the ancient ruins of Polonnaruwa. We’ll look for leopards and elephants at Yala National Park, and help baby turtles on their way to freedom in a unique conversation project. We’ll hop aboard one of the world’s most beautiful train rides from Nuwara Eliya to Haputale, before hiking through the cloud forest. We’ll watch the magic of tea-making unfold at a hillside estate and gather round an exclusive beach-side BBQ by the sea. We’ll feast on street food in Kandy, and kick back by an infinity pool framed by palm trees in Ahungalla. All this, with like-minded travellers and a series of spectacular hotels thrown into the bargain. Flashpackers, are you ready for a journey like no other?

 

The Flash Pack promise

Here at Flash Pack, we’re committed to unique adventures that deliver great value for money. We pack our trips with epic experiences (unlike other companies, all activities are included), hand-pick stylish hotels and match you with like-minded people.

  • Stay at a series of hand-picked hotels in evocative settings, with beautiful pools and views
  • Spot the elusive leopard, elephants, sloth bears and other wildlife at Yala National Park
  • Cycle leisurely around the ancient temples of Polonnaruwa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Learn the art of tea-making at a plantation in the heart of the luscious Hill Country
  • Climb 1200 steps to the summit of Sigiriya Rock Fortress at sunset
  • Release baby turtles into the ocean at a conversation project, for a once-in-a-lifetime experience
  • Savour an exclusive beach BBQ dinner of home-cooked Sri Lankan food, around a fire by the sea
  • Take one of the world’s most beautiful train rides through the cloud forest from Nuwara Eliya to Haputale

Itinerary

Day 1: Cocktails and pool views in Negombo

Say hi to Sri Lanka in style by checking into your tropical hideaway; a chic coastline hotel with one largest pools on the island. Get to know your fellow Flashpacker crew and guide over a hearty meal, and an Arak cocktail or two

 

Touch down at Colombo International Airport and expect to be treated like royalty, as you’re welcomed in traditional Sri Lankan style. Here you’ll meet your guide who’ll be whisking you away to your first hotel in Negombo. The Jetwing Lagoon Resort can be found on the shores of a lagoon that was once a trading port for the Portuguese and the Dutch, and it’s truly beautiful. Spend your afternoon here relaxing at the pool or beach (tough decision), before a quick group briefing at around 17:30. Then at dusk, the city comes to life with many handicraft stalls, quirky shops and the famous Lewis Place lined with lively restaurants and bars. Enjoy a hearty dinner and drinks here, and get to know your Flash Pack group and leader, before returning to the resort to sleep off some of that pesky jet lag.

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Arrive at the lovely Jetwing Lagoon

Take a pew by the pool

Start as you mean to go on

Meet your fellow Flashpackers

Soak in that sun, sea and sand

Look out for the traditional fishing catamarans in Negombo

Check out traditional fishing catamarans on the beach

The busy fishing port is bursting with energy

Enjoy Arak cocktails and watch the sun go down

Savour your first Sri Lankan sunset

Day 2: Sigiriya Fortress at sunset

Travel to Dambulla – looking out for wild elephants en-route – and settle in to Amaya Lake Hotel; your elegant lakeside retreat. Tackle the 1,200 steps to the summit of Sigiriya Rock Fortress, and see the horizon turn pink over the plains

 

Enjoy breakfast at the resort before heading to the beach-side fish market in Negombo. If we arrive early enough, you’ll be able to observe how the local fishing folk engage in negotiation with wholesalers at the fish market (you’ll be a pro-haggler in no time). Afterwards we’re hitting the road and heading to Dambulla where you can check into your lakeside hotel. From here, it’s a short drive to one of Sri Lanka’s most famous attractions – the 5th century Sigiriya Rock Fortress. With its Water Gardens, the Mirror Wall, ancient graffiti and panoramic views, make sure you’ve got your camera prepped for this legendary sight. Bond with your fellow Flashpackers as you climb up the 1200 steps in time for a picturesque sunset across the rolling plains. After descending the steps back down to ground level, the rest of the evening can be spent drinking beer or, for the brave, some arrack – a traditional coconut spirit that will go down nicely in your tropical surroundings.

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Sunset over the Lion Rock in Sigiriya

Climb to the summit of Sigiriya Rock Fortress

It's one epic feat

Only 1200 steps stand between you and the top

Look out across vast rolling plains

Enjoy a spectacular sunset

Kick back at Amaya Lake Hotel, your stunning retreat

It's a special place indeed

Day 3: Temple-hopping Polonnaruwa by bike

Jump aboard a fleet of bikes to meander through the ancient temples of Polonnaruwa, a UNESCO gem. Relish a unique dinner in a nearby village, surrounded by fire torches, dancing and singing

 

Saddle up this morning for a leisurely bike ride around the medieval city of Polonnaruwa. Here we will cycle through the city’s ancient wonders, cruising past the temples of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. All this pedal power is hungry work, so we’ll stop by a local farmer’s house for lunch overlooking the rice paddy fields. The afternoon is then yours to do as you please back at your hotel. This is one of our Flashpacker’s favourite hotels, with a gorgeous pool and moreish cocktails. Relax and unwind in your lakeside surroundings. Come evening, we’ll be spoiling you with another authentic meal at a nearby village. Expect fire torches, hearty curries and plenty of singing and dancing.

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Cycling holidays Sri Lanka

Swap the minibus for bikes, and cycle around the temples

Cruise around the UNESCO World Heritage Site

Explore its impressive ruins

Dig into a hearty lunch at a local farm

And enjoy a fire-lit dinner al fresco

Important notes

Fly into and out of Colombo International Airport (Bandaranaike International Airport)

When booking your flight home, do remember that Colombo airport is around 2.5 hours away so a morning flight would mean a very early start. Therefore, please make sure your flight leaves after 12pm at the earliest. 

Each year Yala National Park closes its gates to let the park recover, typically this is between September 1 to October 15, yet this changes each year. If your trip coincides with these dates then please ask our team to find out what else we have up our sleeves.   

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. From time to time we may also make changes to your itinerary to try out new ideas and keep things fresh.

We take safety very seriously on Flash Pack adventures, click here to learn more.

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