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Days

12

Route

Negombo > Colombo

Trip Rating

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From

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Trip Overview

Join our 12 Day Sri Lanka group tour where you’ll spot dolphins, hike up misty mountains, explore tea plantations, visit ancient temples, play cricket on the beach and have the adventure of a lifetime

AGE RANGE: 18 - 45 yrs

Route

Negombo to Colombo

Stays

11 nights of accommodation

Meals

11x Breakfasts, 2x Lunches, 2x Dinners

Transport

All transport Day 1 to 11. Coaches, trains, tuk-tuks and more

Activities

11 included, 5 optional extras over 8 locations

Crew

Your tour guide, your drivers & your local guides

Route

Negombo to Colombo

Stays

11 nights of accommodation

Meals

11x Breakfasts, 2x Lunches, 2x Dinners

Transport

All transport Day 1 to 11. Coaches, trains, tuk-tuks and more

Activities

11 included, 5 optional extras over 8 locations

Crew

Your tour guide, your drivers & your local guides

Sri Lanka is the rising star of Asia, and for good reason! Our 12 day group tour itinerary has been carefully selected to show you the best of this green and luscious gem of the Indian Ocean. Head up to the misty mountain tops to hike the hill country and explore tea plantations before travelling down to the sun drenched beaches and national parks where we’ll search for wild elephants. Spot dolphins, visit ancient temples, play cricket on the beach and have the adventure of a lifetime with your new OLA family. The smells of spices, tea and traditional foods will bring your senses alive as you adventure through this island nation.

Itinerary

Day 1 – Welcome to Sri Lanka!

Arrive in Colombo any time on Day 1. Your local guide or someone from our transport company will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to your hotel. In the evening you and all the other guests will have a fantastic Sri Lankan Welcome Meal to introduce you to their delicious cuisine!

Accommodation: Twin/Double Rooms – Beacon Beach Hotel (or similar)
Activities: Welcome Dinner
Optional Extras: N/A
Meals: Dinner
Physical Rating: Low

Day 2 – Sigiriya: Dambulla Cave Temple & Pidurangala Hike

Today the journey really begins! We drive to Dambulla and stop by the famous Dambulla Cave Temple to marvel at ancient carvings and statues before heading to a local restaurant to sample the best food Sri Lanka has to offer & then check into our hotel. Have a quick dip in the pool before heading off to Pidurangala Buddhist Monastery for unparalleled 360 degree views of the local area and Sigiriya at sunset.

Accommodation: Twin/Double Rooms – Kashapa Lion Rock (or similar)
Activities: Dambulla Cave Temple & Pidurangala Monastery
Optional Extras: N/A
Meals: Breakfast
Physical Rating: Medium/High

Day 3 – Sigiriya: Rock Climb Experience

Start the morning by climbing Sigiriya, considered by locals to be the eighth wonder of the world. Over 1500 years of history in one place! We’ll then stop for a fantastic Sri Lankan lunch with a local family. The rest of the day is yours to relax by the pool, book a massage or opt for an elephant safari!

Accommodation: Twin/Double Rooms – Kashapa Lion Rock (or similar)
Activities: Sigiriya Rock Climb
Optional Extras: Extra Safari, Massage
Meals: Breakfast
Physical Rating: High

Day 4 – To Kandy: Spice Garden, Cooking Class, Tuk Tuks & Temple

Today we embark into the Knuckle Mountain Range. We head to a spice garden where you will learn the secrets to Sri Lankan cooking before heading into the country’s second biggest city, Kandy. And what better way to see the city than in the back of some local transport, Tuk Tuks! Lastly we will visit the Temple of the tooth.

Accommodation: Twin/Double Rooms – Queens Hotel (or similar)
Activities: Spice Garden Visit, Cooking Class, Tuk Tuk Tour & Temple of the Tooth
Optional Extras: N/A
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Physical Rating: Low/Medium

Day 5 - Ella: Tea Estate & 'That' Iconic Train Journey

Start the day by making our way to the tea country! Tour a working Tea estate, pick tea and taste the finest Ceylon After lunch, jump on the train from Nuwara Eliya to Ella – voted one of the world’s most scenic train rides in the world!

Accommodation: Twin/Double Rooms – Ella Gap Hotel (or similar)
Activities: Tea Estate Visit, Train Journey
Optional Extras: N/A
Meals: Breakfast
Physical Rating: Medium/High

Day 6 - Ella: Free Day to Explore & Relax

Today you have a day to yourself in the wonderful mountainous town of Ella! Try out many optional activities including hiking Ella Rock or Diyaluma Falls. Treat yourself to a massage or just using the downtime to chill out by the pool!

Accommodation: Twin/Double Rooms – Ella Gap Hotel (or similar)
Activities: N/A
Optional Extras: Ella Rock Hike, Diyaluma Falls, Massage, Yoga
Meals: Breakfast
Physical Rating: N/A

Day 7 - Udawalawe: Little Adam's Peak, Elephant Safari & Glamping

Hike Little Adam’s Peak and visit the world famous Nine Arch Bridge in the morning. Afterwards, we journey out of the mountains and grab lunch on the way to Udawalawe National Park to get up close and personal with the elephants! Post-safari, head to your glamping site for a bbq buffet.

Please bring an overnight bag with you for this night!

Accommodation: Twin/Double Rooms – Athgira River Camping (or similar)
Activities: Guided Ella Hikes & Elephant Safari
Optional Extras: Massage
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Physical Rating: Medium/High

Day 8 - Mirissa: Paradise Beach Time

Leave the campsite and head down to the beach in Mirissa! You have a free afternoon to rent a surf board, or sit back and catch some rays before heading over to coconut tree hill for sunset!

Accommodation: Twin/Double Rooms – Randiya Beach Hotel (or similar)
Activities: N/A
Optional Extras: Surfing, Massage
Meals: Breakfast
Physical Rating: N/A

Day 9 - Mirissa: Free Time

Today is your day to savor and indulge in the beauty of Mirissa.

Accommodation: Twin/Double Rooms – Randiya Beach Hotel (or similar)
Activities: N/A
Optional Extras: Surf Lesson, Whale Watching (Oct-Apr)
Meals: Breakfast
Physical Rating: NA

Day 10 - Mirissa: Galle Bike Tour with Local School Visit & Galle Fort

Start the day with a 12km cycle through the lush southern Paddy Fields, stopping at a local school en-route. In the afternoon, walk around the old Dutch Fort in Galle, buy some souvenirs and taste some of the best ice cream in Sri Lanka!

Accommodation: Twin/Double Rooms – Randiya Beach Hotel (or similar)
Activities: Bike Tour, Visit to Local School & Galle Fort
Optional Extras: N/A
Meals: Breakfast
Physical Rating: Low

Day 11 - Mirissa: Tsunami Memorial & Turtle Sanctuary

Spend the morning on the beach before heading to the memorial for the 2004 Tsunami. Afterwards, head over to the Turtle Sanctuary to see some super cute and freshly hatched turtles! We then drive to Colombo for our final night.

Accommodation: Twin/Double Rooms – Pegasus Reef (or similar)
Activities: Tsunami Memorial & Turtle Sanctuary
Optional Extras: N/A
Meals: Breakfast
Physical Rating: Low

Day 12 – Depart

Today is where we say goodbye!

Your tour guide can help you arrange your onward travel if you’d like the assistance. All the best for your onward journey!

Accommodation: N/A
Activities: N/A
Meals: Breakfast
Physical Rating:  N/A

Sri Lanka 12 Day Tour Itinerary Map, One Life Adventures

Inclusions

Our crew comprises of award winning tour guides who will make your trip unforgettable. Expertly trained and prepared for every circumstance – they’ll be your new best mate and a fountain of knowledge all wrapped up in one, and will stop at nothing to make your trip life changing.

We’ve packed a full itinerary so you can see the best in your time. Not only that, we’ve personally tried and tested all of the accommodation, transport and meals included on this trip to be sure you’re receiving a quality experience.

Group

Maximum group size 22 people*

Stays

11 nights of accommodation

Transport

All transport Day 1 to 11. From our large and comfy, air-conditioned coaches, to the world famous breathtaking train journey, and the famous Sri Lankan tuk-tuks and more

Crew

Your tour guide, drivers & local guides

Meals

11 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners

Activities

  • Sigiriya Climb
  • Elephant Safari
  • Train to Ella
  • Tea Plantation Visit & Tea Picking
  • Cooking Class
  • Temple Visits
  • National Park Glamping Experience
  • Galle Fort Visit
  • Bike Ride Through Local Villages
  • Tuk Tuk Tour Around Kandy
  • Pidurangala Monastery Climb

Optional Activities: Massages, Surf Lessons, Blue Whale Watching (Seasonal), 2nd Elephant Safari, Scuba Diving

Health & Safety

The safety and well-being of our guests and staff are paramount, which is reflected in our commitment to maintaining the highest standards of care, support, and vigilance.

At One Life Adventures we:

  • Ensure our guides are trained in First Aid, CPR, and essential safety protocols, ensuring the highest level of preparedness for any situation
  • Are committed to upholding the highest standards of safety and as such our guides undergo continuous Health & Safety training to stay in line with evolving practices and ensure optimal guest care
  • Maintain a dedicated on-the-ground staff to office support system for emergencies and guest health concerns
  • Ensure our guides travel with comprehensive local medical clinic contact information and knowledge of an extensive network of varied medical support along the tour route
  • Offer general advice and guidance on how to stay safe whilst travelling through your chosen destination

Visit Health & Safety information

Night Stays

From post-safari glamping to hotels nestled in small mountain towns – we’ve curated the perfect blend of accommodation. We commit to only staying in places we have personally loved, so you can relax and recharge knowing you’re in the best spot.

After an amazing encounter with elephants on safari, you obviously need somewhere just as epic to reflect on the experience. On this night you’ll sleep under the stars in a jungle camp deep inside national park territory in Udawalawe, in stylish and comfortable rooms with an epic pool too!

From the hotel room of Sigiriya with gorgeous lake views, to the luxury beachfront pool in the surf town of Hikkaduwa – you’ll spend your nights in twin share rooms of comfort.

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FAQs

Before you set out with us on the trip of a lifetime, we want to go over a few things. Sri Lanka is an amazing country with so much to offer, but like with most countries in Asia, things sometimes don’t go according to plan. This is why we may have to slightly alter the itinerary if we need to. One Life is committed to giving you the best possible experience, so if we need to change something we’ll make sure we’ll replace it with something equally awesome!

What is the age range of the tour?

We have an age range of 18 – 45 years old for our tours. Most of our guests are aged between 21-35 years old, though this range varies to slightly older with certain destinations, and are looking to experience our adventurous “flashpacking” style of travel. Our tours are perfect for people of all different backgrounds to share travel experiences with like-minded conscious fellow travellers.

I am completing my visa application and it’s asking for the address on my first night, can you tell me what it is?

The address is 185 Porutota Rd, Negombo 11500, Sri Lanka.

How much spending money do you recommend for this tour?

We recommend a minimum of $400 AUD for the full twelve days, but it depends on what kind of spender you are. We include a spending guide in your welcome pack. You should bear in mind that tips are expected in Sri Lanka, they are not compulsory but there is very much a tipping culture for around 10% of the bill. On our trips we usually form a tipping kitty between everyone and split it between the restaurants and hotels that we visit.

Do I need to arrive at a certain time to get the airport pick up?

No, you can arrive whenever! As long as you arrive on day 1, we will arrange a pick up for you. Just let us know your arrival details once your flights are confirmed.

I am arriving a day early, can I still get an airport pick up?

Unfortunately not. Airport pickups are on day 1 of the tour only. We do however give you very simple instructions on how best to get from the airport to Beacon Beach Hotel in your information pack so you shouldn’t have any trouble!

Do I need to bring temple wear?

Yes you will need to bring temple wear for use at various points throughout the tour. You’ll need to cover your legs, shoulders & chest so for men remember to wear t-shirts rather than singlets and for women, sarongs are ideal to drape over your shoulders.

Do I need to bring hiking gear?

Ideally yes, sandals and some trainers/running shoes would be fine.

Can I bring a 25kg suitcase?

While we really don’t recommend bringing such a large or heavy suitcase, we can make it work. It will be a bit awkward or uncomfortable at times but if it’s absolutely necessary for you to have it then we can make it work. Our recommendation is to bring a backpack no more than 20kg.

I’ve seen that you ride bikes on the Sri Lanka tour, can I skip this part as I can’t ride a bike?

Yes you can skip the bike ride if you prefer, you can actually join the group in a tuk tuk instead so you don’t miss out on the views or the school visit!

I’ve seen the tour starts in Negombo, but I can only fly into Colombo - is this okay?

Yes, Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport is actually located in Negombo, so as long as we have your flight details and you arrive on day 1, you will be picked up.

Can you cater for my dietary requirements on this trip?

Yes, we can cater for most dietary requirements. Please notify us prior to arriving on day 1 so we can arrange this for you.

I love the sound of the itinerary, but I’m going to go further South afterwards so would like to leave the tour early instead of going back up to Colombo - is this okay?

Absolutely, you can finish the tour wherever you like! Just bear in mind that you’ll miss out on some of the activities and accommodation and there won’t be a refund for those.

Visas & General FAQs

For more information about your visa requirements as well as the answers to more general frequently asked questions, visit Visas & General FAQs

*Group Size Disclaimer: Our standard maximum group size is 22 people for an optimal tour experience. However, on very rare occasions, we may accept up to 24 people due to logistical considerations.

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