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Backpacking Tours Sri Lanka

Experience the best of stunning Sri Lanka with all the usual Backpacking Tours comforts you have come to expect!

[Day 11 snorkel trip available Dec - Mar only. Tour price reduced Apr - Nov!]

  • 18 Meals (Vegetarian Options)
  • All Trips and Excursions
  • All Accommodation
  • Airport Pick-Up & Drop-Off
  • All In-Country Transport
  • Free Sri Lanka T-Shirt
  • Private Facebook Group
  • Full Tour Photo Album
  • No Hidden Charges
  • International Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visa (Required)

Sri Lanka Tour

$1565 USD
Pay $350 deposit

Experience the very best stunning Sri Lanka with all of the usual Backpacking Tours comforts!

  • Tour Length 15 Days
  • No. Of Activities 30+
  • No. of meals 18
  • Avg group size 12 - 18

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Tour Itinerary

Day 1

Meet & Greet

Your Sri Lanka trip begins! Settle in at the hotel, meet your tour guides, and get to know your travel mates before a complimentary welcoming dinner of Sri Lankan delights. Then, a night out in the capital of Colombo.

  • Meals Included Dinner
  • Accommodation Hotel
Day 2

Elephant Rock & Dambulla Cave Temple

Breakfast is included and then we're off to the Sri Lankan countryside! En route to Dambulla, we make a stop off at the lesser-known Elephant Rock for the first of many epic viewpoints. Then, check-in at the hotel before sunset explorations of the Buddhist Dambulla Cave Temple - also known as the Golden Temple of Dambulla. Scientists have dated remains found here back to the 1st century BCE!

  • Meals Included Breakfast
  • Accommodation Hotel
Day 3

Let's Go To Sirigiya Rock!

Sirigiya Rock - also known as Lion Rock - is likely the most famous and well-known site in all of Sri Lanka! There once stood a sprawling palace and fortress at the summit, then a Buddhist monastery. Oh, and the summit towers 200 metres high. Today, we wind our way up the stairs to soak in the epic views and learn about the history of this ancient UNESCO World Heritage Site. Finish with a local village visit to meet the welcoming locals. Includes relaxing boat cruise on the lotus pond and a Sri Lankan feast for lunch.

  • Meals Included Breakfast, Lunch
  • Accommodation Hotel
Day 4

Pidurangala Rock & Kandy Lake Cultural Show

Now for a sunrise view of where we stood yesterday! Adjacent to Sirigiya Rock is Pidurangala Rock and a quick 25-minute walk to the summit provides some seriously breathtaking views. Then we're off to Kandy! First, we stop off for the big views of the city from Arthur's Seat. After you can enjoy your afternoon, use the rooftop pool, or explore Kandy Lake. Then a fascinating night-time viewing of the famous Kandy Lake Cultural Dance.

  • Meals Included Breakfast
  • Accommodation Hotel
Day 5

Famous Train Ride To Ella!

Catch sunrise over Kandy Lake (if you so please)! After breakfast in Kandy... all aboard! We set you up with ideal seating for the famous train ride through the stunning tea plantations that blanket central Sri Lanka. Soak in the sights as we roll into Ella for three days of heavenly views and adventure in lovely Ella.

  • Meals Included Breakfast
  • Accommodation Hotel
Day 6

Tea Plantation & Little Adam's Peak

Start the day wandering through some of the most picturesque tea plantations of Sri Lanka. Your specialised local guide for the morning will breakdown the entire tea production process from seedlings to that delicious cuppa that we love oh so much. After, today's quick trek brings us to the tip-top of Little Adam's Peak. At the summit, you will be greeted but a dramatic 360-degree view that is straight out of a postcard. Then some time to explore the lovely mountain town of Ella.

  • Meals Included Breakfast
  • Accommodation Hotel
Day 7

Cooking Class & 9-Arch Bridge

Cooking lessons are the best lessons! Now that your appetite is ready for a feast, we're off for a full-on Sri Lankan cooking class given by a welcoming family in their own home. A home tucked away in the mountains surrounding Ella and that provide some jaw-dropping views for the morning. After the cooking lesson and lunch, a quick walk to 9-Arch Bridge for one of the most famous viewpoints in all of Sri Lanka. By this point you will agree, it's hard to find a bad view in this country.

  • Meals Included Breakfast, Lunch
  • Accommodation Hotel
Day 8

Baby Elephant Orphanage & Waterfalls

Diyaluma Falls soars 220 m (720 ft) high and is the second-highest waterfall in Sri Lanka. This makes for the perfect stop off as we head south from Ella to Udawalawe National Park. The trek to the top winds up to a big view and pools perfect for a cool-off dip. You can also take the plunge with a cliff jump into the many pools scattered here. Did we mention the views are epic? Then off for a night in Udalawalwe National Park.

  • Meals Included Breakfast
  • Accommodation Hotel
Day 9

Wild Safari & Mirissa Beach

Early pick up from the specialised jeeps for the morning safari! This will likely be a top highlight of your Sri Lanka tour. A park guide will join each jeep to explain what you see, the history of the park, and to provide their years of insight into the many herds of elephants who call Udawalawe National Park home. You can expect to see wild herds of elephants - and also crocodiles, toque monkeys, water buffalo, Sambur deer, many bird species, and more. After an epic safari, we head to the coast and the backpacker-favourite of Mirissa Beach.

  • Meals Included Breakfast
  • Accommodation Hotel
Day 10

Surf Lesson & Coconut Hill

Weligama Beach offers the ideal conditions for a surf lesson with soft, sandy bottoms, moderate swell, and great views. This is just a short skip up the coast and this is where you will spend the morning learning how to get up on that surfboard! The groups are broken down into small groups and this is definitely appropriate for first-timer surfers. After the surf lesson, back to Mirissa for some beach time and relaxation. Get in some yoga, try the many cafes, and enjoy some you-time. Then we're off to the famous Coconut Hill for an epic sunset over Mirissa Beach. Sri Lanka sunsets never disappoint!

  • Meals Included Breakfast
  • Accommodation Hotel
Day 11

Turtle Release (All Year) & Snorkel With Turtles (Seasonal)

There are a lot of issues facing the sea turtle populations in Sri Lanka and we do our best to help out any way we can! From December - March, today begins with a snorkel trip to swim with sea turtles. Due to rough seas outside of these months, the snorkel trip is not available (and the tour price is reduced). Then off to the Koggala Turtle Sanctuary, Hatchery, and release program are not one of those problems (year-round). This organisation works together with local fisherman to bring in injured sea turtles, try to curb the hunting of turtles for their meat and supposed medicinal properties, and to bring awareness to the waning numbers of sea turtles in the area. Hatchlings are one way to bring up the population and you will release one into the wild to help accomplish this goal. Then up the coast to Unawatuna Beach.

  • Meals Included Breakfast
  • Accommodation Hotel
Day 12

Sea & Tea Coastal Cycle Tour

Morning cycle tour to see why Unawatuna is Sri Lanka's best-kept secret adventure spot! Our local guides lead a winding route through the stunning tea plantations and along the dramatic coastline. Learn about the local way of life from the locals themselves, no better way. After, chill at the hotel pool, grab a beach cabana on Unawatuna Beach, and we must say the seafood here is top-notch. Treat yourself, you're on holiday! Another sunset on Unawatuna is a great option but you can elect to do as you please with the rest of this day.

  • Meals Included Breakfast
  • Accommodation Hotel
Day 13

Galle Dutch Fort & Narigama Sunset

Galle has been a bustling port town dating back to 125–150 AD when local Sinhalese merchants traded here with the Ancient Greeks. Galle Fort, in the Bay of Galle on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka, was built first in 1588 by the Portuguese. Then the Dutch took control and heavily fortified the fort during the 17th century. Sri Lanka has invested heavily to retain the integrity of the original buildings and fort structure where today we explore, check out the famous lighthouse, and grab lunch. Then we are off to Hikkaduwa for a final beach sunset on Narigama Beach!

  • Meals Included Breakfast
  • Accommodation Hotel
Day 14

Last Beach Day, Tsunami Museum & Farewell Dinner

Soak in some morning rays on Hikkaduwa Beach or meander down to Narigama Beach. This is the last beach day and final full day of the tour.. we're not crying, you're crying! Before we head to Colombo, we stop by the Honganji Vihara Tsunami Monument and Tsunami Photo Museum to learn about the devastating effects of the 2004 tsunami. The local communities here and spread throughout the country are still recovering to this day and your entry ticket (included) to the photo museum supports the reconstruction of the local volunteers who manage the museum. Then off to Colombo for a farewell feast (also included) and final evening with your travel mates.

  • Meals Included Breakfast, Dinner
  • Accommodation Hotel
Day 15

Goodbye (For Now!)

Sri Lanka tour complete! Enjoy a final breakfast together and say your farewells and 'until-next-times' before catching your airport transfer (included) and flight home - or heading off to continue your travels. You've covered some serious ground over the last 15 days. If all goes to plan, this incredible country and everyone you met along the way will stick with you for a lifetime.

  • Meals Included Breakfast

Tour Map

  • Welcoming Dinner
  • Athugala Temple
  • Dambulla Cave Temple
  • Sirigiya Rock (Lion Rock)
  • Sirigiya Rock Museum
  • Local Village Visit
  • Boat On Lotus Pond
  • Pidurangala Rock Trek
  • Sea Turtle Snorkel (Seasonal)
  • Beach Day Mirissa
  • Kandy Cultural Show
  • 9 Arch Bridge
  • Famous Train Ride To Ella
  • Little Adam's Peak
  • Tea Factory Tour
  • Tea Sampling At Factory
  • Sri Lanka Cooking Class
  • Diyaluma Falls
  • Visit Elephant Orphanage
  • Wild Safari
  • Half-Day Surf Lesson
  • Visit Coconut Tree Hill
  • Visit Turtle Hatchery
  • Release Baby Turtle
  • Sea & Tea Cycle Tour
  • Honganji Vihara
  • Weligama Beach
  • Unawatuna Beach
  • Tsunami Photo Museum
  • Galle Dutch Fort
  • Sunset On Narigama Beach
  • Goodbye Dinner