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12 Days Culture tour itinerary for sri-lanka: Wend On This Backpacker Adventure Tour

Nuwara Eliya, Kandy, Negombo, Colombo, Galle, Dambulla, Sigiriya, Minneriya National Park, Ella, Udawalawe National Park, Mirissa, Hikkaduwa

Culture
Culture Tour
Adventure
Adventure Sports Tour
Sightseeing
Sightseeing Tour

Take this thrilling trip of Sri Lanka to the misty mountain tops, down to the sun coated beaches and explore the national parks searching for elephants. Pidurangala Monastery, Temple of the Tooth, Ayurveda massage, scenic train rides, and many more will be rewarded to you. 

DAY 01

Welcome to the pearl of the South Seas. Sri Lanka!

  • Arrive on day one and be greeted at the airport by your Sri Lankan tour guide, who will load your luggage into a tuk-tuk as you ride through the tree-lined and sunbaked streets of Negombo to your first hotel.

  • Today is your day, or get your base tan on the beach.

  • In the evening, meet as a group and hit the town for your welcome dinner and drinks.

DAY 02

Today the Adventure Really Begins

  • Fill up on a delicious breakfast in the hotel before you hop on a private bus/van to start our journey to Sigiriya.

  • On the way, stop off to explore the magnificent Dambulla Caves, history and religion bounce off every painted wall and stone Buddha statue, leaving you with an unrivalled sense of spirituality.

  • Then, check into a stunning hotel in Sigiriya, the jewel of the Cultural Triangle.

  • Finish your epic day with a sunset climb to the quiet Buddhist monastery of Pidurangala, to get an open and unobstructed shot of what it is you’ll be climbing in the morning!

DAY 03

Sigiriya Rock (Lion Rock)

  • An early wake-up time today as you put on your hiking shoes, grab a camera and head out to climb the incredible Sigiriya Rock. Protruding proudly out of the earth, ruins of a grand palace provide evidence all around the grounds of a once violent and noble Sri Lankan history.

  • View the ancient wall paintings, the sanskript marked mirror wall and the huge stone lion paws guarding the ascent to the summit. The views from the top are unrivalled as you travel through time examining the ruins.

  • This afternoon, you have the option to go on an extra safari in Minneriya National Park, where elephants patrol the land (please note, this safari is included during whale watching off-season).

  • To fill those hungry bellies, stop by a local family for lunch who will prepare a traditional feast before taking a well-deserved rest on a lounger in the afternoon sun.

DAY 04

Let's Travel South Kandy and Cooking Class.

  • Say goodbye to Sigiriya and embark on your travels down south towards Sri Lanka’s second-largest city, Kandy.

  • Stop at a spice garden on the way to learn about where your favourite spices come from and take a cooking class, where you’ll learn the secret to a perfect Sri Lankan curry! Here, the local chef will teach you how to make dhal and chicken curry as well as fried cashew coconut sambal and poppadoms.

  • Then, continue your drive to Kandy, check in to the next accommodation and take in the sights and sounds of this bustling city with a Tuk Tuk tour!

DAY 05

Temple of the Tooth and Train into the Mountains

  • Eat your breakfast overlooking the hills of Kandy before heading into town to visit the sacred Temple of the Tooth. This is a religious shrine which is said to house the tooth of Buddha himself.

  • Jump on the bus and travel through the mountainous region of the hill country. The hills are ablaze with small green tea plants which Sri Lanka is famous for.

  • Stop by a functioning tea factory to learn how the tea is processed and ends up in your cup at home, whilst actually learning how 7 different types of tea are made all from the same plant!

  • A trip to Sri Lanka is not complete without experiencing life on the train and the journey from Nuwara Eliya to Ella is dubbed as the best journey in the world. 180-degree views of tea plantations, waterfalls, lakes and local villages pass on by as your train traverses the tracks cut into the mountainside.

  • Try the sweet milk tea on board, converse with friendly locals and take pictures back home.

  • After checking into the hotel, head to Ella for dinner and drinks in everyone’s favourite mountainous town.

DAY 06

Free Day in Ella

  • Today is yours to do as you please. Ella plays host to some of the best Ayurveda massage parlours in Sri Lanka. A thousand year old technique which removes any aches or pains you may have, or simply as an excellent way to relax. Your Ella tour guide will let you know what other activities you can do in the area.

DAY 07

Safari Time!

  • Today, rise early to explore some of the hidden gems of Ella, such as the 9 Arch Bridge and Little Adam’s Peak.

  • Afterwards, continue your way down south and check into our epic campsite, just 45 minutes away from the stunning Udawalawe National Park!

  • Be greeted with welcome drinks and a delicious Sri Lankan buffet lunch.

  • After eating, jump into jeeps and go on safari, searching the wilderness for herds of elephants, buffalo, crocodiles, monkeys, eagles, hawks, peacocks, mongoose and if you’re lucky, leopards. Truly a once in a lifetime experience, your day in the national park will be a tough one to beat.

  • After driving around the park, head back to the camp, where your hosts will have a BBQ dinner waiting for you, the best way to end an amazing day.

DAY 08

It's Time for the Beach!

  • Take the morning to chill out by your campsite pool and just enjoy your surroundings – monkeys, elephants and peacocks roam the fields around the campsite, so be sure to be on the lookout.

  • After breakfast, drive to the South West Coast, arriving at the stunning beachside town of Mirissa. A place where the world-class waves hit the sand, where turtles inhabit the water, and where the beer is ice cold. After a week in the hill country, this is exactly what you need.

DAY 09

Whale Watching (Seasonal Activity)

  • Wake up early and head to the beautiful golden sand beach.

  • Jump onboard one of the best boats in the area to view the largest animals in the world.

  • Watch as blue whales jump, swim and dive around you and be blown away by their size.

  • After an hour or two on the boat, head back to relax for a while before heading to your second spectacular beach destination; Hikkaduwa. (Please note: during whale watching off-season, will include an extra safari on day 3 instead.)

DAY 10

Bike Through Rice Paddies and Villages

  • After breakfast by the beach, start your bike ride through some beautiful local villages and rice fields, stopping to drink a fresh king coconut in a secluded tropical garden & even to a dog care clinic to those that would like to visit.

  • Afterwards, get some time to take photos of the area or to buy souvenirs from one of the many boutique and unique stores. The perfect place to write a postcard and send it home with tales of your incredible time over the past 11 days.

  • Then, drive down to the stunning Galle Fort, a city encased in walls, where Dutch, Portuguese and British Colonial buildings still stand proud. The cobbled streets lead to the sea, where crazy Sri Lankan locals swan dive into the ocean.

DAY 11

Turtle Sanctuary and Colombo

  • After your breakfast, pack up your things for the 2 hour drive along the coast to the bustling capital city of Colombo.

  • On the way, stop off at small turtle sanctuary, where baby turtles learn to take that first swim and injured adults are rehabilitated back into the wild.

  • Across the road, view the humbling 2004 Tsunami Memorial, where you can listen to survival tales and view pictures of the event.

  • Arrive into Colombo and check into your boutique hostel.

  • Have some free time to visit the national museum or art gallery close by, or take a tuk-tuk and run around the manic streets of the Pettah Markets for some final souvenir shopping.

  • Meet together in the evening for a final dinner together before saying goodbye!

DAY 12

Time to Say Goodbye!

  • Time to say your final goodbyes with the friends you have just made over the course of an incredible 12 days. Whatever your next destination may be, hope you have been educated on a country that provides so much, that possess incredible variation in exploration and hope you are inspired to explore more. Hope to see you next time to visit North Sri Lanka.

  • 1150 USD Per Adult , 650 USD Per Child
  • Accommodation

  • Guide

  • Meals (11 Breakfast/ BBQ)

  • Transport

  • Additional Services

    • A visit to the famous Temple of the Tooth in Kandy

    • A visit to the tea country estates to pick your own tea with locals

    • A visit to an organic spice garden

    • Tuk tuk tour of Kandy

    • Curry cooking lesson with locals

    • Hike to Little Adam's Peak and the 9 Arches Bridge

    • Safari glamping site with pool

    • Wild elephant 4x4 safari in Udawalawe National Park

    • Climb the amazing UNESCO World Heritage Sigiriya Rock

    • A visit to the Pidurangala Monastery

    • Walkthrough the Dambulla Buddhist caves

    • Blue whale watching (seasonal)

    • A visit to a turtle hatchery and sanctuary to learn about sea turtles

    • A visit to a local school

    • Walk around the iconic Galle Fort

    • A visit to the Sri Lankan Tsunami memorial

  • Flight

  • Insurance

  • Additional Services:

    • Tipping.

    • Departure transfer.

    • Other meals, snacks and drinks.

    • Pre and post-tour accommodation.

  • Sri Lanka - 12 Days ASY Tours

  • Beginning in Negombo and ending in Colombo, This backpacker adventure tour of Sri Lanka will take you up into the misty mountain tops, down to the sun coated beaches and explore the national parks searching for elephants. Guided with 1 legendary ASY Tours guide, and a Sri Lankan cultural guide for the whole tour! 

Nuwara Eliya, Kandy, Negombo, Colombo, Galle, Dambulla, Sigiriya, Minneriya National Park, Ella, Udawalawe National Park, Mirissa, Hikkaduwa

Culture
Culture Tour
Adventure
Adventure Sports Tour
Sightseeing
Sightseeing Tour
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Asy Tours

starting from
USD 1150
Type of Tour

Private or Group Tour

Departures

This tour is offered throughout the year on the following days of the week.

  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Saturday
  • Sunday