What's included

  • 10 breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 8 Dinners<br />
    10 breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 8 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 13
    Max 13
  • private minibus, safari jeep, train from Nuwara Eliya to Ella, bikes & airport pickup any time on day 1
    private minibus, safari jeep, train from Nuwara Eliya to Ella, bikes & airport pickup any time on day 1

Sri Lanka 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. There’s gigantic ancient rocks to climb, delicious beach barbeques and cute baby turtles to release into the Indian Ocean… Flashpackers, you’re welcome.

  • Visits to 4 UNESCO World Heritage Site – Galle Fort, the Citadel of Polonnaruwa, Kandy and Sigiriya Rock Fortress
  • Wildlife safari in Yala National Park, look out for leopards and elephants!
  • Bathe a local elephant in Amaya Lake
  • Cycle through the ruins of Polonnaruwa by bike
  • Release baby turtles at a turtle hatching and conservation project
  • Take one of the world’s most beautiful train rides from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya
  • Explore the luscious tea estates of Ella and taste world class Ceylon Tea
  • Climb the 1200 steps to the Sigiriya Rock Fortress
  • Some of our favourite Flash Pack hotels are in Sri Lanka!

Itinerary

Day 1: Cocktails and catch of the day in Negombo

Touch down at Colombo International Airport and expect to be treated like royalty, you’ll be 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. 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 dinner here getting to know each other 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: Elephant Bath Time in Dambulla!

Enjoy breakfast at the resort before heading to the beachside 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 an awesome elephant encounter awaits. After checking into your hotel, this evening we’ll walk through the local village and board catamarans on Amaya lake. Here we’ll reach a elephant bathing point where you can join in with the washing and feeding of an elephant alongside its mahout. This elephant has been rescued from mass tourism, so its conditions aren’t as perfect as the wild but we do our very best to promote these responsible animal experiences. This evening it’s time for an authentic dinner outside a local farmer’s house. Expect fire torches, hearty curries and plenty of singing and dancing.

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Look out for the traditional fishing catamarans in Negombo

Look out for the traditional fishing catamarans in Negombo

Enjoy the hustle and bustle of the fish market!

Learn to haggle like a pro

It's elephant bath time!

Meet Monica, the local elephant

Your home for the next 2 nights!

Day 3: Sigiriya Fortress, a Sri Lankan Must See

After an early breakfast there’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 complete with ancient graffiti, and so much more, just make sure you’ve got your camera is all we’re going to say. After descending the 1200 steps, lunch is served at a farmer’s house overlooking the rice paddy fields. Then it’s onwards to the medieval city of Polonnaruwa, another UNESCO World Heritage Site (we’re getting so cultured by now). Here we will hop on bicycles to explore the city’s amazing ancient wonders. 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

Prepare to climb to the top of this rock!

Climb Sigiriya Rock Fortress

Only 1200 steps stand between you and the summit!

Cycling holidays Sri Lanka

Swap the minibus for bikes & cycle around the temples

Cruise around the UNESCO World Heritage Site

Important notes

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.   

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. 

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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