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 adventurous mindset that will take you on one authentic ride. There’s gigantic ancient rocks to climb, delicious beach barbecues 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!
  • 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 Nuwara Eliya to Haputale
  • 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!


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

Arrive at the lovely Jetwing Lagoon

Enjoy your first Sri Lankan sunset

Relax by the pool of Jetwing Lagoon

Day 2: Sigiriya Fortress, a Sri Lankan Must See

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 you can check into your lakeside hotel. From here 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, ancient graffiti and panoramic views, just make sure you’ve got your camera is all we’re going to say. 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

Prepare to climb to the top of this rock!

Climb Sigiriya Rock Fortress

Only 1200 steps stand between you and the summit!

Look out to amazing views

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

Your home for the next 2 nights!

Enjoy a stunning sunset

Day 3: Temple hopping through Polonnaruwa by bike

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 so is the perfect place to 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 & cycle around the temples

Have an authentic lunch at a local farm

Cruise around the UNESCO World Heritage Site

Explore its impressive ruins

Enjoy 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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