- Explore some of the most gorgeous destinations in Sri Lanka
- Trek through luscious green hills up to Little Adam's Peak and witness the breath-taking scenery
- Chill on the beaches of this pristine island and soak in the sun
- Learn the Sinhalese language and also how to cook the local cuisine
- Go for spice garden tours and plantation tours
- Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Anuradhapura and Sigiriya
Are you excited to go for a backpacking across Sri Lanka? This tiny island nation is a cultural hub of Southeast Asia where Buddhism was spread in its earliest days. If you have the zeal to go for an unconventional trip during your gap year, then exploring Sri Lanka on a shoestring budget would be the perfect option. In a span of 12 days, you'll get to discover the beautiful ruins in Anuradhapura and Sigiriya, hike through tea plantations and trek to Little Adam's Peak, take a tour of the spice garden, and then relax on the beaches of Hikkaduwa.
Day 1 - Arrival in Negombo
Your adventure begins today, as you'll arrive in Negombo. You can book your flights for Bandaranaike International Airport, Colombo, which is approximately 38 km from Negombo. Get in touch with us to know more about how you can travel from Colombo to Negombo. There will be a brief orientation in the evening followed by a group dinner, where you'll get to know your new friends and continue the journey with them.
Day 2 - Negombo to Anuradhapura
It's time to travel to Anuradhapura. On the way, we'll stop at a local village and share a meal with the community folks.
Day 3 - Anuradhapura
You have the entire day to explore Anuradhapura, which is marked as a UNESCO Heritage City. You can also choose to visit Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Polonnaruwa Temple, and Dambulla Cave.
Day 4 - Anuradhapura to Kandy
On the way to Kandy from Anuradhapura, visit the Temple of the Tooth, which houses an important relic – a tooth of Lord Buddha kept in a well-preserved golden casket. After reaching Kandy, you can opt to go for the cultural show in the evening.
Day 5 - Kandy
It's your free day in Kandy. You can either choose to stay indoors and chill with your friends or head out to explore the town. You can go for a scenic stroll around the Kandy Lake (Bogambara Lake).
Day 6 - Kandy to Nuwara Eliya
For breakfast, we'll be going to the Sthree Craft Shop and Café - to enjoy a local breakfast prepared by women and youth living with disabilities. Later, we'll continue our journey to the stunning town of Nuwara Eliya. Visit the tea plantations, and see how the finest Orange Pekoe Ceylon tea is produced.
Day 7 - Nuwara Eliya to Ella
Put on your trek shoes, because we'll go and explore the trails of Horton Plains National Park in the early morning. In the afternoon, we'll continue our journey to Ella and enjoy a free evening, relaxing there. Those who have a knack for cooking can go for a cookery class as well.
Day 8 - Ella
In the morning, we'll go for a short hike to Little Adam's Peak. In the afternoon, enjoy a delicious local meal at Ella and return back to the cooking classes if you're interested. The adventure lovers can also choose to go for a trek to the Ella Rock.
Day 9 - Ella to Hikkaduwa
We'll stop en route for a walking tour of Galle Fort. And then continue the journey to Hikkaduwa, a beach paradise in southern Sri Lanka.
Day 10 - 12 Hikkaduwa
You have 2 days to explore this gorgeous beach town. Soak in the sun, relax at the beaches, and go for a whale or dolphin spotting tour.
Note: On Day 12, you can book your flight for home, or carry on with your journey to some other exciting place. You can drop us a mail regarding your further journey or coordinate with our in-country staff member.
Dates & Cost
Accommodation - Simple hotels or guesthouse (twin-share) (11 nts), sleeper train (1 nt), homestay (2 nt).
A variety of styles of hotels/guest houses are used in India. These can vary in terms of service, efficiency and cleanliness. In many instances they might not be like what you are used to back home. Power cuts can and are a regular occurrence in many places, especially throughout North and Central India. Although a number of hotels have generators there may be times when these won’t work. It is also recommended when you are in your room to lock the door, as staff will sometime enter without reason.
Meals Included - 1 lunch
Eating is a big part of traveling. Travelling with Go Discover Abroad you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. Vegetarians will be able to find a huge range of different foods - India is vegetarian heaven. For all trips please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.