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Sri Lanka Escape

12 days from £1,399

Safari, beaches and culture, from Negombo to Mirissa

With endless golden beaches, atmospheric ruins, and elephants and leopards galore, Sri Lanka packs a big punch for a small island. This tropical adventure takes you through the best of the country, from the soaring heights of Sigiriya Rock, and Kandy’s sacred temples, to the hill country’s rolling tea plantations and the pristine sands of Mirissa and Talalla. You’ll learn to surf, meet the locals in a rural village, take the most beautiful train journey in the world, see elephants on a sunrise jeep safari, and chat with the monks in a Buddhist monastery. What’s more, we’ve put together a selection of stylish stays from a luxe eco-retreat on an unspoilt beach, to a modern city centre hotel with stunning views over the urban skyline. 


Highlights include

Buddhist monastery visit
Udawalawe jeep safari
Sigiriya Rock
Ella train journey
Temple of the Tooth
Spice garden visit
River boat ride
Little Adam’s Peak hike
Negombo tuk-tuk tour
Nine Arches Bridge
Talalla eco-retreat
Welligama surf lesson

Itinerary

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Accommodation & Meals

Accommodation

This trip features a carefully curated selection of stylish stays, from a luxe yoga and surf retreat on an unspoilt beach, to a modern city centre hotel with rooftop pool and stunning views over the urban skyline. 

Lots of our travellers are solo travellers, so when you book with us, we’ll pair you up with a like-minded roommate of the same sex. Our trips are great for couples or friends as well - just let us know you’re together, so we can be sure to put you in the same room.

Negombo (1 night): Funky hotel with a colourful 70s vibe, rooftop bar, wooden decked pool, and lush tropical gardens opening onto Negombo Beach (twin share/double rooms with en suite, Wi-Fi and air con).

Sigiriya (2 nights): Simple hotel with tropical gardens, generous pool, and tranquil lake views (twin share/double rooms with en suite, Wi-Fi and air con).

Kandy (1 night): Large, modern hotel with great views of the city and a rooftop pool and bar (twin share/double rooms with en suite, Wi-Fi and air con).

Ella (2 nights): Small hotel set in the mountains with sun terrace, stunning, flower-filled gardens and views of Ella Peak (twin share/double rooms with en suite, Wi-Fi and air con).

Udawalawe (1 night): Boutique hotel with pool and poolside restaurant on the border of Udawalawe Elephant Park (twin share/double rooms with en suite, Wi-Fi and air con).

Talalla (2 nights): Luxury eco-retreat set amongst the palm trees on a pristine beach with freshwater lap pool, yoga pavilions, Ayurvedic spa, and a gourmet open air restaurant (twin share/double/ triple rooms with en suite, Wi-Fi and air con).

Mirissa (2 nights): Laid back beach club on Mirissa Bay, with private beach area, large pool right on the beach, and restaurant with Indian Ocean views (twin share/double rooms with en suite, Wi-Fi and air con).

The above information is only intended to be used as a guide, giving you a flavour of some of our accommodation providers, and the style of accommodation you may be staying in. Please note that all nights are subject to change.

Meals

11 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners are included on this trip. You’ll have the freedom to eat wherever and whenever you like the rest of the time.

Similar to South Indian food, yet with its own distinct flavours, Sri Lankan cuisine is one of the world’s most underrated. Making use of local ingredients from coconut and jackfruit to fresh seafood and an array of spices, Sri Lankan cooking delivers incredible dishes influenced by years of colonisation. From sour fish curry, hoppers (Sri Lanka’s answer to the pancake), and comforting dhal to roti and lamprais (meat, rice, and chilli sauce wrapped in a banana leaf and steamed), you’ll find that the food is diverse, delicious, and very affordable. 


Reviews

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Amy G
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Elisha was quick to deal with our query and responded adequately. Booking was swift and easy.

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Chelsie P
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Great service. Never disappointed and they are always there to help with any questions!

Whitney B
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Very easy to navigate.

Stephanie B
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Amazing! The staff are incredible and so helpful. Couldn’t recommend enough. Becca has been fantastic in helping me plan my trip too! X

Anonymous
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TESS WAS GREAT, SHE WENT ABOVE AND BEYOND TO HELP ME WITH MY TRIP. CANT THANK HER ENOUGH FOR HER HELP.

Jacob
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Incredibly helpful throughout the whole process, not just with the actual assistance the company provides but through the communication and transparency they've shown thus far.

CHARLOTTE S
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Becca was really good with all the questions I had about the trip and answered them fully without pushing me into booking anything. I decided on the Thai Experience and looking forward to it!...

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Anonymous
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Booked this as a surprise for my grandson. Very accomodating and helpful staff

Anonymous
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Great- they made everything very easy and were very efficient!

Alexander M
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The advisor, Jane, was very helpful and tolerated our many requests!

Anonymous
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The booking process is super easy and email responses are super quick!

Lucy C
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Great communication but not pushy, lots of options to choose from and really helpful team to help decide!

Leah
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Amazing customer service!

Megan P
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So many amazing trips & deals available! All the information is clearly available and all the reps are friendly & helpful with fast responses- I can't wait for my trip!

Anonymous
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Exciting trips and helpful agents... Tqvm..

Anonymous
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Good information and easy website to navigate!!!

Sophie B
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Emma was a fantastic travel advisor, helping me every step of the way. This is a great company to book with and I highly recommend if you’re looking to travel!

Anonymous
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Very good

Alisha
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I recently went on the 25 day Thai Experience, which had the most amazing itinerary. JJ was the BEST tour guide and made the trip so memorable. He was there 24/7 for all of us and made travelling...

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Sophie O
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Very helpful xx

Anonymous
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very helpful with lots of info

Anonymous
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Emma was extremely helpful

Kallum S
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Really helped me get established in NZ for my working holiday.

Emma W
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Really helpful with questions and extremely easy to book with, I’m looking forward to the trips


Dates & Prices


Flights

To get a flight quote use the buttons below or call our fantastic flights team on 01892 277037.

Cheapest flights between London and Colombo for the next 6 months.

*Prices updated every 72 hours

Cheapest: £406 August, 2024
Most expensive: £771 July, 2024

Extra information

Fly into Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB) on day 1, where one of our team members will be waiting to transfer you to our starting accommodation in Negombo.

The trip ends on day 12 in Mirissa. Return airport transfers are not included but your tour guide can help you book any onward travel. There is a free bus which takes you back to the starting hotel in Negombo. It leaves in the morning and arrives in Negombo around 2pm. A taxi from there to the airport is approximately £10. Alternatively, you can book a taxi direct from Mirissa to the airport for around £60-£70. We recommend you book an evening flight or fly home the following day. 

The maximum group size is 16.

This trip is designed for travellers aged 18-39.

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