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Sri Lanka Adventure Tour - One Life Adventures

Colombo

5.0 (4 reviews)

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Fast becoming one of the top spots for young travellers, once you arrive in Sri Lanka, you will understand why it is so popular! Join us for this 12 day adventure tour, showing you the incredible beauty and vibrant culture that makes this country so special. From stunning temples and mountain ranges to national parks with elephants, and incredible beaches.


Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to the pearl of the South Seas. Sri Lanka!
Arrive on day one and be greeted at the airport by your tour guide. Load your luggage into a tuk-tuk and ride through the tree-lined and sunbaked streets of Negombo to your first hotel. Today is your day, explore the canals, lagoons or get your base tan on the beach, for in the evening we meet as a group and hit the town for your welcome dinner and drinks.
Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Today the Adventure Really Begins
Fill up on a delicious breakfast in the hotel before we hop on a private bus to start our journey to Sigiriya. On the way we will stop off to explore the magnificent Dambulla Caves, where history and religion bounce off every painted wall and stone Buddha statue, leaving you with an unrivalled sense of spirituality. Then we’ll continue on to check into our stunning hotel in Sigiriya, the jewel of the Cultural Triangle. We will finish our epic day with a sunset climb to the quiet Buddhist monastery of Pidurangala, to get an open and unobstructed shot of what it is we’ll be climbing in the morning!
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3: Sigiriya Rock
An early wake-up time today as we put on our hiking shoes, grab our camera and head out to climb the incredible Sigiriya Rock. Protruding proudly out of the earth, ruins of a grand palace provide evidence all around the grounds of a once violent and noble Sri Lankan history. View the ancient wall paintings, the sanskript marked mirror wall and the huge stone lion paws guarding the ascent to the summit. The views from the top are unrivalled as you travel through time examining the ruins. This afternoon you have the option to go on an extra safari in Minneriya National Park, where elephants patrol the land (please note, this safari is included during whale watching off-season). To fill those hungry bellies, we stop by a local family for lunch who will prepare a traditional feast for us before taking a well-deserved rest on a lounger in the afternoon sun.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4: Let's Travel South. Kandy and Cooking Class
Today we say goodbye to Sigiriya and embark on our travels down south towards Sri Lanka’s second-largest city, Kandy. We will stop at a spice garden on the way to discover where our favourite spices come from and have a cooking class where we’ll learn the secret to a perfect Sri Lankan curry! Here, our local chef will teach you how to make dhal and chicken curry as well as fried cashew coconut sambal and poppadoms. Then we’ll continue our drive to Kandy, check in to our next accommodation and take in the sights and sounds of this bustling city with a tuk tuk tour!
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Temple of the Tooth and Train into the Mountains
Eat your breakfast overlooking the hills of Kandy before we head into town to visit the sacred Temple of the Tooth. This is a religious shrine which is said to house the tooth of Buddha himself. We then jump on the bus and travel through the mountainous region of the hill country. The hills are ablaze with small green tea plants which Sri Lanka is famous for. We stop by a functioning tea factory to see how the tea is processed and ends up in your cup at home, whilst actually learning how seven different types of tea are made all from the same plant! A trip to Sri Lanka is not complete without experiencing life on the train and the journey from Nuwara Eliya to Ella is dubbed as the best journey in the world. 180-degree views of tea plantations, waterfalls, lakes and local villages pass on by as your train traverses the tracks cut into the mountainside. Try the sweet milk tea on board, converse with friendly locals and take pictures to make you the envy of all your friends back home. After we check into our hotel, we’ll head into Ella for dinner and drinks in everyone’s favourite mountainous town.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 6: Free Day in Ella
Today is yours to do as you please. Ella plays host to some of the best Ayurveda massage parlours in Sri Lanka. A thousand-year-old technique which removes any aches or pains you may have, or simply as an excellent way to relax. Your tour guide will let you know what other activities you can do in the area.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 7: Safari Time!
Today we will rise early to explore some of the hidden gems of Ella, such as the 9 Arch Bridge and Little Adam’s Peak. Afterwards, we will continue our way down south and check into our epic campsite, just 45 minutes away from the stunning Udawalawe National Park! Our hosts will greet us with welcome drinks and a delicious Sri Lankan buffet lunch. After we’ve eaten we jump into jeeps and go on safari, searching the wilderness for herds of elephants, buffalo, crocodiles, monkeys, eagles, hawks, peacocks, mongoose and if you’re lucky, leopards. Truly a once in a lifetime experience, your day in the national park will be a tough one to beat. After driving around the park, we’ll head back to camp where our hosts will have a BBQ dinner waiting for us, the best way to end an amazing day.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: It's Time for the Beach!
Take the morning to chill out by our campsite pool and just enjoy your surroundings – monkeys, elephants and peacocks roam the fields around the campsite, so be sure to be on the lookout. After breakfast we’ll drive to the south west coast, arriving at the stunning beachside town of Mirissa. A place where the world class waves hit the sand, where turtles inhabit the water, and where the beer is ice cold. After a week in the hill country, this is exactly what you need.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 9: Whale Watching
Today we wake up early and head to the beautiful golden sand beach. We jump on board one of THE best boats in the area to view the largest animals in the world. Watch as blue whales, jump, swim and dive around you and be blown away by their size. After an hour or two on the boat, we head back to relax for a while before heading to our second spectacular beach destination; Hikkaduwa.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 10: Bike Through Rice Paddies and Villages
After breakfast by the beach, we start our bike ride through some beautiful local villages and rice fields, stopping to drink a fresh king coconut in a secluded tropical garden & even to a dog care clinic to those that would like to visit. Afterwards, we’ll give you some time to take photos of the area or to buy souvenirs from one of the many boutique and unique stores. The perfect place to write a postcard and send it home with tales of your incredible time over the past 11 days. Then we’ll drive down to the stunning Galle Fort, a city encased in walls, where Dutch, Portuguese and British Colonial buildings still stand proud. The cobbled streets lead to the sea, where crazy Sri Lankan locals swan dive into the ocean.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 11: Turtle Sanctuary and Colombo
After your breakfast, we will pack up our things for the 2-hour drive along the coast to the bustling capital city of Colombo. On the way, we stop off at small turtle sanctuary, where baby turtles learn to take that first swim and injured adults are rehabilitated back into the wild. Across the road, we’ll view the humbling 2004 Tsunami Memorial, where you can listen to survival tales and view pictures of the event. We then arrive into Colombo and check into our boutique hostel, you’ll have some free time to visit the national museum or art gallery close by, or take a tuk-tuk and run around the manic streets of the Pattah Markets for some final souvenir shopping. We’ll then meet together in the evening for a final dinner together before saying our goodbye!
Meals: Breakfast

Day 12: Time to Say Goodbye!
Time to say our final goodbyes with the friends you have just made over the course of an incredible 12 days. For some of you, this means continuing your holiday on the phenomenal beaches of the Maldives with our add on package, for others, it's either back home or to continue your travels. Whatever your next destination may be, we hope we have educated you on a country that provides so much, that possess incredible variation in exploration and we hope we have inspired you to explore more.
Meals: Breakfast


Your Adventure Includes

  • Local Sri Lankan cultural guide and private driver
  • 11 Nights accommodation in fancy hotels and 2 funky hostels
  • Airport pickup on day 1
  • All transport including vans, buses, tuk-tuks
  • Train ride on the ‘most beautiful train journey in the world’
  • Activities as listed in the itinerary 
  • 11 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners

The Specifics

Additional Costs:

  • Some meals are included in the tour price - additional meals purchased at own expense 
  • Optional extra activities can be purchased at various locations throughout tour
  • Airport drop off in Colombo 
  • Pick up and accommodation if guests are not arriving on Day 1 of the tour

Extra Information:

  • Departures: Contact us to find out the full list of departure dates and days
  • Airport transfer is included on Day 1 of the tour only 
  • All bookings must reconfirm 24-48 hours prior to departure 
  • Check and arrange visa requirements prior to booking
  • Travel insurance recommended for this trip
  • Contact us for more information on inclusions, extras and essential info to know before you go!

Reviews

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Lynsey G 04 Dec 2019
Cannot recommend this tour enjoy. We were super lucky to have Kelly as our guide who was extremely organised, good fun and a great listener! The itinerary packs so much in with many early mornings but means you get to see the most of this beautiful country.
Caitlin W 02 Nov 2019
The tour was just amazing and I would recommend it to anyone. Its really really good value with some incredible activities and experiences that allows you to see the best of Sri Lanka. Simen was the best guide ever. He really is one in a million and a real asset to the company. He also took us to all the best restaurants and made sure we all enjoyed every single meal! Simen was so passionate and enthusiastic about Sri Lanka and making sure that we learnt about how to improve the places we saw and not just visit as tourist by being responsible travellers. Even though he had done the tour so many times before he was more excited about everything we did than any of us! He connected with the whole group and went above and beyond to make sure we were having the time of our lives by bringing us together and making sure we all felt welcome and included the whole time and was just the nicest person ever
Louise M 02 Apr 2019
The One Life 11 night Sri Lanka trip is the best way see Sri Lanka in two weekend. Kelly is the best guide I have ever had on a tour and would go out of her way to ensure everyone got to do everything they had planned for on the trip, even if Mother Nature tried to get in the way! I was recommend the trip to anyone wanting to visit Sri Lanka !
Stephanie K
The tour was really amazing. Everything was organized very well so that we were able to just enjoy and explore. Rich was a good guide who tried to answer all the questions we had and helped organizing stuff we wanted to do in our free time. The local guide Rihas was really good as well and helped us learn about and understand his country.
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