Sri Lanka on a Shoestring
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Get yourself to a destination that's long been a culture-loving backpacker's dream, on this affordable 12-day whirlwind tour of the southern half of Sri Lanka. Discover beautiful ruins, hike through tea plantations, tour a spice garden, and then chill out on Hikkaduwa Beach. Explore Sri Lanka with a group of new friends and you'll never want to travel solo again.

  • Duration: 12 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Physical rating: Light
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Tour code: 154224
  • Starts: Negombo, Sri Lanka
  • Finishes: Colombo, Sri Lanka
You will Visit
  • Negombo
  • Colombo



Day 1: Negombo

There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting


Day 2: Negombo/Polonnaruwa (1B)

Opt to explore Negombo in the morning before transferring inland to the Dambulla Province.

Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s))


Day 3: Polonnaruwa (1B, 1L)

Meet locals and share a meal in a local village. Enjoy free time to go on safari or explore nearby ruins.

Included Activities:
Local Lunch and Village Visit


Day 4: Polonnaruwa (1B)

Enjoy a free day to explore more of the region. Opt to visit Sigiriya Fortress, Polonnaruwa Temple, or Dambulla Caves.


Day 5: Polonnaruwa/Kandy (1B)

Visit a spice garden en route to Kandy. Opt to visit the Temple of the Tooth, take in a cultural show, or watch a cricket match.

Included Activities:
Spice Garden Visit

Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))


Day 6: Kandy/Nuwara Eliya (1B)

Travel by train and tuk tuk to stunning Nuwara Eliya. Visit a tea plantation and opt to explore the nearby hills on foot.

Included Activities:
Tea Plantation Visit

Local train (2.00-3.00 hours)


Day 7: Nuwara Eliya/Bandarawela (1B)

Opt to trek the trails of Horton Plains NP in the early morning, then travel to Bandarawela.

Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours)


Day 8: Bandarawela (1B)

Set out on a hike through the cooler hills cloaked in tea bushes, and opt to take a cooking class or visit the local market during free time.

Included Activities:
Hill Hike


Day 9: Bandarawela/Hikkaduwa (1B)

Set off towards the southern coast stopping en route for a walking tour of Galle Fort. Finish the day's journey oceanside on the beaches of Hikkaduwa.

Included Activities:
Galle Fort Tour

Private Vehicle (4.00-5.00 hours)
Private Vehicle (0.50 hour(s))


Day 10: Hikkaduwa (1B)

Enjoy a free day to bliss out on the beach or go on a whale or dolphin watching tour.


Day 11: Hikkaduwa/Colombo (1B)

Travel to the capital, Colombo. Enjoy an orientation walk of the fort area and Pettah Bazaar.

Additional Notes:
If you would prefer to leave the tour a day early and finish at the beach, there is ample accommodation both in HIkkaduwa and nearby beach towns. The Colombo airport can be reached by taxi for approximately USD80-90, or there are train and bus connections from nearby Galle for much less.

Included Activities:
Orientation Walk
Pettah Bazaar Visit

Private Vehicle (2.00-3.00 hours)


Day 12: Colombo (1B)

Depart at any time.

Included Activities:
Departure Day

    • Sri Lankan lunch at a local village
    • Spice garden visit
    • Tea plantation tour
    • Trekking through Bandarwela region
    • Galle Fort tour
    • Orientation walk in Colombo
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    • Hotels/guest houses (11 nts)
    • 11 breakfasts, 1 lunch
    • Private vehicle, train, tuk tuk, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout
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Tour Highlights:
  • Trek through luscious green hills
  • Journey by train through Sri Lanka's most breath-taking scenery
  • Sample local cuisine at a village meal
  • Inhale local flavours at a spice garden
  • Explore southern Sri Lankan beaches