Sri Lanka 15 day adventure trip

A unique adventure tour of the real Sri Lanka

From lush jungles to some of the most beautiful beaches on the planet

Little known Sri Lanka gives you a rare chance to be close to an incredibly rich biodiverse environment with deep cultural history and amazing locals. Beautiful beaches and warm waters meet lush jungles and towering mountains. Your U.Trip explores a culture deep in peace and harmony, visits national parks and wildlife sanctuaries, experiences the relaxed way of life both in the larger cities and in the smaller villages and meets truely beautiful locals intent on sharing their lives with you. Yoga, temples, margaritas on the beach and one of the best one day train rides in the world – two weeks in Sri Lanka is a perfect way to explore this stunning island nation.

At a glance

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City life to nature

We start your amazing journey in the coastal commercial city of Negombo – a stone’s throw from the airport – with an exploration through the fish markets and amongst the lagoon which supports the local’s seafood cuisine. Tuk tuks and markets define this city break before heading to the holy town of Dambulla for a spectacular mountain views from the Sigiriya Rock Fortress.

  • Explore fish markets and the lagoon in the city of Negombo
  • Head to the holy town of Dambulla
  • Experience amazing mountain views from the Sigiriya Rock Fortress
Trains, mountains and of course elephants

Epic train rides through spectacular lush biodiverse forests define our next part of the journey as we move between Nuwara Eliya to Ella on the world renowned “Sri Lanaka Train’. In Ella, you have the chance to explore the local restaurants and bars, hike to Little Adam’s Peak and visit the famous Nine Arches Bridge. We conclude this block with a sunrise safari at Udawalawe Wildlife Sanctuary and National Park as we seek to find elephants, wildlife and water birds.

  • Experience the epic train ride between Nuwara Eliya and Ella
  • Try the local bars and restaurants in Ella
  • Hike to Litlle Adams Peak
  • Visit the famous Nine Arches Bridge
  • Explore the wildlife with a sunset safari at Udawalawe Wildlife Sanctuary and National Park
Best beaches... ever

We move back to the coast in this final part of the tour as we learn to surf in beautiful tepid waters from golden palm-tree-lined sand beaches. We have the opportunity to understand more of the local culture as we take time to share a day with monks at a monastery, in which we’ll help with their conversational english and they’ll educate us on their religion and culture. Beach side BBQ’s, sunsets and relaxing exploration days see’s us through to the end of your 15 days.

  • Learn how to surf in beautiful waters and palm-tree lined beaches
  • Share the day with local monks at a monastery and learn about their religion and culture
  • Watch epic sunsets and relax on the beach with a BBQ

Your adventure starts in the seaside resort town of Negombo, located on the West Coast, and only 10 minutes from the international airport. Your U.Guide will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your accommodation. Today you’ll have the opportunity to meet your fellow travellers and your tour guide. If you arrive early, head out and explore the beach and lagoons which give this town it’s unique character

 

Negombo

Its a relaxed first day as we take a tuk tuk to explore the famous fish markets of Negombo, the second largest of its kind in Sri Lanka. Known locally as ‘Lellama’ we suggest you take time to speak and interact with the local fisherman, whose livelihoods are dependent on the markets and the industry. The fish auction is especially lively and worth catching!

This afternoon you have time to explore on your own – consider taking a boat tour of the lagoon for a locals view of the town!

Negombo

Today we head north and inland to the holy town of Dambulla.

Dambulla is the gateway to a number of iconic Sri Lankan historical sites including the Sigiriya Rock Fortress. We settle in to our accommodation and you are welcome to explore the town on your own and get a feel for mountain life.

Dambulla

We take a day trip to the city of Sigiriya, where we will visit the famous Sigiriya Rock Fortress by climbing the adjacent rock tower – a relaxed 350 metre ascent amongst stunning landscapes. The view from the top is nothing less than spectacular. In the afternoon we’ll learn how locals spend their day as we visit a small village one the outskirts of Sigiriya where a member of the village will give us our first authentic experience – a traditional Sri Lankan cooking class.

Sigiriya

Today we venture south to the capital city of Kandy. Located on a plateau surrounded by mountains of rainforests and tea plantations, Kandy is a sacred city known for the UNESCO World Heritage site ‘the Temple of the Tooth Relic (a sacred tooth of Buddha)’. We’ll stop to along the way to experience a local spice garden and discover the flavour palette which makes Sri Lankan food so unique.

This afternoon we’ll explore the Temple of the Tooth Relic and then head out for an evening of fun after dark amongst Kandy’s nightlife.

Kandy

Sri Lanka is famous for its tea industry which remains the largest source of employment in rural Sri Lanka. We experience first hand this essential livelihood as we learn to pick, brew and share a cuppa with our local village hosts.

A highlight of travelling Sri Lanka is the world-famous train ride from Nuwara Eliya to Ella, said to be one of the most beautiful train journeys in the world, so sit back and enjoy 2-3 hours of stunning views as we make our way down to Ella this afternoon.

Ella

Explore beautiful Ella at your own pace today. This small highland town has the best of Sri Lanka rolled into one place – amazing lush jungles, flowing waterfalls and extensive rural tea plantations. And there’s plenty of action to be had as well – zip line above the rich bio-diverse terrain, hike to the epic Ravana Falls or stay local and visit the numerous vibrant bars and restaurants which hum with local life.

Experiences on your own:
  • Soar through nature in the Zip Line
  • Visit the enchanting Ravana Falls
Ella

Adam’s Peak is a conical mountain just outside of Ella and is said to be home to Sri Pada, a sacred footprint of Buddha. It’s the most sacred mountain in Sri Lanka, and today we’ll hike to the summit where a cool refreshment and spectacular views await you. You’ll hike at your own pace and enjoy the lush jungle and mountain outcrops as we ascend, passing the monastery responsible for the protection of the Sri Pada footprint, and which delivers us high amongst the clouds.

Ella and Adam's Peak

The iconic landmark, the Nine Arches Bridge, is built exclusively of rocks, bricks and cement and stands beautifully with its 9 arches in the middle of Sri Lanka’s lunch green unspoiled nature. We are fortunate to walk the bridge and snap those insta worthy photos before moving onto Udawalawe National Park, where our accommodation stands at the gateway to the Park.

Ella

Udawalawe Wildlife Sanctuary and National Park is an important habitat for Sri Lankan elephants, wildlife and water birds. Our sunrise safari today will explore parts of this dry monsoon forest which spans over 30,000 hectors of land and is full of wild elephants, crocodiles and buffaloes. In the afternoon, we head to the small picturesque coastal market town, Dikwella, where we share a delicious beach side bbq as the sun sets.

Udawalawe

It’s a relaxed day today as we move from one stunning beach to another, landing in our luxurious beach front eco retreat in Talalla. Talalla is known for having one of Sri Lanka’s most stunning beaches and as we have nothing on the program today, it’s a day to enjoy at your leisure. Relax and absorb the sheer beauty of Sri Lankan ocean from a hammock under palm swaying trees, join a yoga lesson, learn to surf or treat yourself to a full spa and wellness retreat.

Experiences on your own:
  • Attend a yoga lesson
  • Visit a spa and wellness retreat
Dikwella & Talalla

It’s a relaxed day full of sun, sand and surf. We continue the beach hopping as we head to the party town of Mirissa. We make a stop at the turquoise shores of Weligama beach, where you have the opportunity to learn to surf in beautiful warm waves with a local surf instructor. We move on to Mirissa later in the afternoon.

Mirissa

Raise late and wander the beach and the town at your own leisure. We have a free day to do exactly nothing, or a little of something! Continue the day where you left off yesterday, surfing the gentle point break or head out further beyond the waves on a Whale Watching Tour. Our U.Guide is available to help plan and book any extra activities you might like to do.

Experiences on your own:
  • Take on Whale Watching
Mirissa

It’s an interactive culture day as we spend time with Buddhist monks at a local monastery, exchanging english lessons for a peek into their lives, beliefs and daily routines. It’s our last night together so as the sun sets, we’ll enjoy a shared meal, cooked by our fabulous local hosts on the beach and prepare for departure tomorrow.

Weligama

It is the last day of our epic 15 day Sri Lanka adventure and we sincerely hope you’ve enjoyed the unique culture, stunning landscapes and truely beautiful people. For those venturing to the airport, your guide will make sure you are comfortable getting there. You always have the option to stay longer, or combine this trip with another in South East Asia – Thailand for more beaches or Japan for an intensive cultural and food immersion

Colombo

We can help you!

This itinerary is a guide only. Given the spontaneous nature of our trips, our lack of control over the weather,
and many other factors that can effect a group, where we go and what we do each day may vary.

Always included: 

  • Covered by the Travel Guarantee Fund in Denmark
  • 100% climate-neutral travel
  • Professional travel experts and local guides
  • We do all the planning for you
  • Personalized meetings before departure
  • 24/7 emergency telephone
  • Your own personal travel profile with program, add-ons, flight tickets etc.
  • Packing list and advice
  • Certification of participation
  • Advice and assistance with booking flights
  • Possibility of purchasing cancellation and travel insurance
  • All entrances and fees for experiences
  • All tour accommodation

 

Transport:

  • Airport transfer
  • Mini bus
  • Togtur
  • Tuk Tuk

 

Experiences:

  • All of Sri Lanka’s best destinations in 15 amazing days
  • Experience west coast sunsets on over turquoise waters and golden beaches.
  • Take a fun ride in a Tuk Tuk as you explore local villages and beaches
  • Visit sacred Buddhist temples
  • Learn how to cook traditional Sri Lankan food from an experienced local host
  • Pause and appreciate stunning landscapes from lush jungle covered mountain tops
  • Visit a local spice plantation and expand your taste buds
  • Learn to pick and make traditional tea on a working plantation
  • Experience the world-famous train ride “The Sri Lanka Train’ between Nuwara Eliya to Ella.
  • Learn to surf in temped waters in Weligama
  • Take the perfect insta worthy picture when we visit the famous Nine Arches Bridge
  • Photograph the elephants whilst on a memorable sunrise safari at a national wildlife reserve and sanctuary

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Your expected footprint on this trip: 0.81 tons of CO2

(not including flights). Find out more about our commitment to net-zero travel and how you can lower your footprint.

Accommodation: 518kgs Approx. 14 nights at 37kgs per night Transport: 172kgs Approx. 700km at 24kgs per 100km Optional activities: 30kgs Approx. average (2 activities) Food & drinks: 11kgs Approx. 700g per day

Your local investment on this trip: LKR730,800

The average expected amount our U.Traveller’s spend that goes directly into the local economy.

Find out more about our love for supporting local businesses

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  • More inclusions, head to head, than other trips meaning you get more value for your spend, you see more and you experience more!
  • Invest in yourself and your future with a U.Trip that seamlessly combines the fun, excitement and adventure of gap year and backpacker travel with Impact Experiences that add value to your ‘self’ and your CV.
  • U. creates the opportunity for you to challenge your own understanding of the world with first hand experiences of local communities and the challenges facing them.
  • A team with over 100 years collective travel experience

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