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9 nights accommodation
7 nights in Hotel, 2 nights in Glamping - Luxury Camping
You'll spend this adventure in twin-share hotel accommodation, as well as some extra cool experiences, we call them Special Stay's because frankly, that's exactly what they are. You'll be treated to two very special nights - think glamping alongside the riverbed.
12 included Meals
9 Breakfast, 2 Dinner, 1 Lunch
Take a break and enjoy your mornings with all breakfasts on us, and we’ve even thrown in two dinners and a lunch. This means less time planning where to eat and more time exploring. Even with all these meals, there’s still plenty of opportunities to discover hidden gems and dine with the locals.
Team
Expert Trip Manager, Driver and Local Guides
A highly trained Trip Manager who brings your adventure to life. An expert driver who knows foreign roads better than Google Maps. Local Guides who make tourist traps a thing of the past. This is your team. Smart, friendly, fun, and integral to everything we do.
Transport
All transport included during the trip
Getting around Asia is half the fun, and all transport is included for the duration of your trip. Private, air conditioned mini coaches allow you soak up all that scenery in style, but it's our unique, local forms of transport that make the journey all part of the adventure.
Your group
Our trips are exclusively 18-35. This means you'll be travelling with people just like you, from all over the world. Small group sizes ensure you'll never miss out on the action, and laughter and friendships are always guaranteed.
Experiences
13 included, 6 optional that you can add
This trip is packed full of inclusions that will set your heart into a flutter. We'll roam a spice garden and tea plantation, take a morning Safari in Udawalawe National Park and did we mention that we also visit an Elephant Transit home?
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Say Ayubowan to Contiki’s newest hot spot, Sri Lanka. This adventure is going to take you all over, from national parks to beaches to the world-famous tea country, we’ve squeezed in all the highlights to create the perfect 10-day trip. Imagine hand-picked inclusions and free time add-ons that deliver the best Sri Lanka has to offer.
Travel is best shared. This is a small group adventure of 12-30 people, aged between 18-35 exclusively, giving you the perfect balance of new friends to travel with and access to even more authentic experiences.
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Negombo
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Kandy
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Ella
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Udawalawe National Park
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Unawatuna
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Colombo
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DAY 1 - Arrive Negombo
Negombo
Our Sri Lankan adventure begins in Negombo. Find your feet in this diverse & laid-back town with coastal beaches, local fish markets and a working Dutch-style canal system. This evening you'll meet up with your Trip Manager and your team for a full brief of the travels about to unfold, before heading out for the first taste of some local delicacies.
DAY 2 - Negombo to Kandy
Negombo

This morning we head inland to what was once the last imperial city of Sri Lanka, Kandy.

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Locally guided tour of the Temple of the Tooth
Kandayan Cultural dance performance
Spice Garden visit
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Street food tour by Tuk Tuk
US $27.00
Kandy
Home to the most important of Buddhist relics - the tooth of Lord Buddha - we of course have a locally guided tour of the Temple of the Tooth (what else!) awaiting us. Tonight, you have the chance to watch history and mythology explode into colour & rhythm with some traditional Kandyan Folk dance. Later, choose to tuck into some local street food. Try a 'Hopper' - we promise you've never eaten a curry like this before, and you haven't really tried Sri Lankan street food until now.
DAY 3 - Kandy to Ella
Kandy
Today we head further into the hill country on the train, passing lush green hills and waterfalls enroute to Nuwara Eliya. This small town with colonial-era buildings is found in the heart of Sri Lanka's famous Ceylon tea industry. We'll stop to visit a tea plantation to find out how different teas are grown, plucked and packaged before continuing on to our next destination of Ella.
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Local train journey from Kandy to Nanuoya
Visit a Tea Plantation
Ella
DAY 4 - Ella
Ella
The day is yours to explore the beautiful countryside and laid-back backpacker hub of Ella, nestled among green cloud forests and tea plantations. In the early morning, feel free to head to Horton Plains National Park and walk to "World's End", one of the highlights here. Or spend the day in Ella doing the local walks that show off the incredibly insta-worthy views down through the Ella Gap, including the cascading waterfalls this small town is famous for. If you're lucky, you might even get to meet one of the locals: the leaf-eating Langur monkey.
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Horton Plains National Park Hike
US $77.00
DAY 5 - Ella to Udawalawe National Park
Ella

Our journey continues south, as we head down from the hill country into the southern plains where a rich abundance of wildlife awaits us.

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Visit an Elephant transit home
Special Stay Safari Riverside Glamping
Udawalawe National Park
Our first stop is at the Udawalawe Elephant Transit Home, where orphaned baby elephants are cared for before being released back into the wild. In this unmissable experience that's sure to pull a few heartstrings, we'll get to watch the babies at feeding time, while you try to restrain yourself from adopting one then and there. But tear yourself away, because next we're heading to our Special Stay accommodation for the night: glamping alongside the Walawe riverbed in full Safari style, surrounded by the vibrant flora and fauna of the Sri Lankan jungle.
DAY 6 - Udwalawe National Park
Udawalawe National Park
The Udawalawe National Park  is one of the best places to get a glimpse of the Sri Lankan Elephants, so this morning we'll jump aboard our Safari Jeep and explore the park, keeping an eye out for the abundance of wildlife: see if you can spot a water buffalo, and keep your camera handy to snap the brightly coloured native birds. Once you're all safari'ed out, you'll be free to spend the afternoon relaxing by the pool, or hiring a bike for your own cycle adventure.
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Special Stay Safari Riverside Glamping
Morning Safari in Udawalawe National Park
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Half a day afternoon safari at Udawalawe National Park
US $57.00
DAY 7 - Udwalawe National Park to Unawatuna
Udawalawe National Park

Say goodbye to the wilderness, because today you're heading along the coast to the beachside town of Unawatuna.

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Visit the UNESCO listed port city of Galle
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Cooking demonstration and dinner
US $27.00
Unawatuna
The South West coast of Sri Lanka is famous for its beaches, mangrove forests and picturesque colonial port towns set up in turn first by the Portuguese, secondly by the Dutch and finally the English, and Unawatuna is no exception. This afternoon we'll take a trip to explore the UNESCO-listed historic fort city of Galle, a must-see for its distinctly unique mishmash of European and South Asian traditional architecture. Check out the Portuguese Franciscan chapel, Dutch coat of arms and British Queen Victoria Jubilee Tower. Later this evening, you can opt to learn the ways of Sri Lankan cooking with our cooking demonstration and dinner.
DAY 8 - Unawatuna
Unawatuna
The Southern tip of Sri Lanka is a favourite hangout spot for some of the most majestic creatures in the world: whales. We're heading to Mirissa, considered to be the best place to get a glimpse of the Blue Whale, Sperm Whale and dolphins, and this morning is your chance to head out whale-watching for an unmissable up-close encounter. After the morning's excitement, the afternoon is yours to unwind on the tropical palm-studded beach with clear turquoise waters, or opt in for a surf lesson at nearby Weligama Bay.
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Mirissa Whale watching (seasonal)
US $52.00
Weligama Surf School
US $42.00
DAY 9 - Unawatuna to Colombo
Unawatuna
Today we'll reach our final destination, the bustling capital city of Colombo. Enroute we'll make a stop to learn about the traditional art of balsa-wood mask painting, followed by a visit to the Kosgoda Turtle Conservation centre.
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Visit Traditional Mask Painting centre
Visit Kosgoda Turtle Conservation centre
City tour of Colombo
Colombo
Once we hit Colombo, the best way to continue is with a sightseeing tour of this sprawling, richly multicultural city. Marvel at the atmospheric temples & showstopping mosques, check out the rose-tinted colonial buildings and, if you're brave enough, pick up some hot cobra chillies or souvenirs from the truly authentic (and famously chaotic) Pettah Bazaar. Tonight you can put on your party pants, because we've already sussed out the best rooftop bars and we're going out in style - the perfect way to cap off the last incredible 9 days with your Sri Lanka crew.
DAY 10 - Depart Colombo
Colombo
Your Contiki trip finishes this morning in Colombo. Say goodbye to your new friends and plan a meet up somewhere in the world soon.
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