What's included

  • 10 breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 7 Dinners<br />
10 breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 7 Dinners
  • 10 night’s based on sharing twin rooms<br />
10 night’s based on sharing twin rooms
  • All activities with a local Flash Pack guide & driver throughout the tour All activities with a local Flash Pack guide & driver throughout the tour
  • Max 14 Max 14
  • private minibus, safari jeep, train from Ella to Nuwara Eliya, bikes & airport pickup no matter what time you arrive! private minibus, safari jeep, train from Ella to Nuwara Eliya, bikes & airport pickup no matter what time you arrive!

Sri Lanka really has it all. Blissful beaches stretching as far as the eye can see, amazing wildlife from elephants to leopards, ancient ruins with stories to tell, and flavoursome cuisine that the welcoming locals can’t wait for you to try. Our Flash Pack tour will take you above and beyond this Sri Lankan paradise, quite literally with a refreshing mountain visit to a tea plantation but also in our off-the-beaten-track attitude that will take you on one authentic ride. If doing your bit for the conservation of CUTE BABY TURTLES doesn’t have you booking immediately, then the tour also needs your help in giving some village locals a run for their money in a hotly contested cricket match- join Team Flash Pack!

  • Visits to three UNESCO World Heritage Sites - Galle Fort, the Citadel of Polonnaruwa and Kandy
  • Release baby turtles at a turtle hatching and conservation project*
  • Wildlife adventures with leopards and elephants in the Yala National Park
  • Stay in the luscious tea estates of Ella and taste world-class Ceylon Tea
  • Take one of the world’s most beautiful train rides with the locals from Ella to Kandy
  • Climb the 1200 steps to the Sigiriya Rock Fortress
  • Walk to the Demodara Nine Arch Bridge in Ella
  • Stay in some of Sri Lanka's best boutique hotels
  • Explore Sri Lanka with a local Flashpacker guide

Itinerary

Day 1: Cocktails and catch of the day in Negombo

Touchdown at Colombo International Airport and expect to be treated like royalty, you’ll be welcomed in traditional Sri Lankan style with a garland of flowers so you can shimmy over to your English-speaking guide who’ll whisk you straight to Negombo. Just a 30 minutes drive away, the Jetwing Lagoon Resort is situated on the shores of a lagoon that was once a trading port for the Portuguese and the Dutch. Spend your afternoon relaxing at the resort or on the beach opposite, then gather by the Negombo Lagoon to meet your fellow Flashpackers over a welcome cocktail. At dusk the city comes to life with many handicraft stalls, curio shops and gem stores and the famous Lewis Place is lined with many charming restaurants and bars. Enjoy Sri Lankan style fish & chips before returning to the resort to sleep off some of that pesky jet lag.

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Meet your fellow Flashpackers

Soak in that sun, sea and sand

Enjoy Arak cocktails & watch the sun go down

Day 2: Explore Negombo and become a turtle hero

Enjoy breakfast at the resort before a tour of your shoreside surroundings 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). After the tour, we’ll travel three and a half hours south to Balapitiya to visit a sea turtle conservation project, but trust us, this drive will be worth it as soon as you learn about the sea turtles in need of rescuing. You may even get an opportunity to help release tiny baby turtles into the sea, a truly memorable experience as you watch them face the open ocean on their own. After wishing them well on their journey into the wild, enjoy dinner on the coast complete with delicious egg hoppers and curries.

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Conserve cuteness at a turtle conservation project

Watch the turtles venture into the sea

Enjoy a local foodie experience as the sun sets

Day 3: Galle culture and poolside chilling

After breakfast at the resort, we’re heading to Yala: Sri Lanka’s most famous national park. Along the way we will stop at Galle Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which is brimming with beautiful architecture and interesting history. We’ll arrive at our Yala Flashpacker hotel in the afternoon and chill by the pool, it’s a hard life. In the evening, you can hit the town with your guide or get some beauty sleep in preparation for the beauty of a sunrise safari the following morning.

 

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Take a walking tour around Galle Lighthouse

Admire the stunning coastline of Galle

Relax at the pool before your sunrise drive

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