Sri Lanka Uncovered: Wildlife, serenity & culture - Novoto

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Overview

Pearl of the Indian Ocean! Sounds fancy, right? This beautiful island provides you with everything that you want for your trip – beautiful peaks, majestic beaches, culturally rich monuments, and good places to relax. Appreciate the extensive bio-diversity that this country possesses as we take you through it. Volunteer for a day in a Buddhist Monastery, undertake a traditional cooking class with local families, and so much more! Discover this incredible island in 12 days!

Who's Leading The Tour?

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Donald, Tour Leader

Aniket, Founder

Trip Highlights

Witness exotic wildlife at Wilpattu National Park
Take part in an Elephant walk experience
Learn how to make an authentic Sri Lankan cuisine
Witness an authentic Kandyan dance performance
Learn the traditional lifestyle of Sri-Lankan fishermen

What’s Included?

Accommodation : 11 nights

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Attractions & experiences: 23 included

Tour leader, 24X7 backup and pre-departure support

Meals: 11 breakfasts, 2 lunches & 3 dinners

All domestic transport and transfer

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Exclusions

  • 12 days, 6 stops
  • Is this for you?
  • Max group size: 12
  • Difficulty Level: Light
  • Age Requirement: Designed for 18-35s

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Negombo

Ayuban!

Welcome aboard! After your arrival, you’ll be taken to your accommodation by your tour leader. After getting settled, take part in the Meet Your Crew Session, a great opportunity to bond with your fellow travellers. Later, visit the Negombo Fish Market, enjoy delicious street food, and witness Sri Lankan fishermen earning their livelihoods. Get ready for the next 12 amazing days but with your Crew Bonding Night Out!

What’s included
  • Transfer from Airport
  • Meet Your Crew Session
  • Negombo Fish Market Visit with street food
  • Crew Bonding Night Out
  • Dinner
  • Twin Accommodation: Blue Bird
Impact inclusions

Get introduced to the unique Sri Lankan culture with a visit to Negombo fish market.

Day 2: Wilpattu

Road trip check!

Enjoy a delicious breakfast and get moving to Wilpattu National Park. On your way, visit a salt factory and the historically significant Yapahuwa Rock Fortress. The latter is home to Sri Lanka’s first and only lion sculpture with Chinese features. On arrival at Wilpattu, check into your guesthouse for Your Authentic Stay. The evening is free for you to enjoy the serene background.

What’s included
  • Visit the salt factory
  • Yapahuwa Rock Fortress visit
  • Your Authentic Stay
  • Breakfast
  • Twin/Triple Accommodation: Green Sapphire
Impact inclusions

You can’t miss the unique learning experience during the visit to the salt factory and seeing the alluring Yapahuwa Rock Fortress!

Day 3: Wilpattu

Wildlife high-life!

Start your day with an early morning safari at the Wilpattu National Park! It is the largest National park in Sri Lanka and is famous for leopards, sloth bears, and crocodiles. It is also believed to be much calmer and quieter than the other parks and hence it will help you have a fuller experience. The rest of the day is available for independent activities. So, get going with your crew to enjoy the serene atmosphere.

What’s included
  • Wilpattu National Park Safari
  • Breakfast
  • Twin/Triple Accommodation: Green Sapphire
Impact inclusions

Visit one of the largest as well as oldest National Parks in Sri Lanka which is very popular for its Asiatic leopard population.

Day 4: Sigiriya

Instagram day!

Today, we made our way to Sigiriya, an ancient rock fortress. The rock itself is a lava plug left over from an ancient long extinct volcano!! You will also be passing the Pidurangala Buddhist Monastery with huge cultural significance. Legends say that it is the place where Sri Lanka first got introduced to Buddhism. Basically, get your cameras ready for your much-awaited clicks!

What’s included
  • Sigiriya Rock Fortress visit
  • Pidurangala Buddhist Monastery visit & hike
  • Breakfast
  • Twin Accommodation: Sun Shine Villa
Impact inclusions

When in Sri Lanka, the world-famous Sigiriya Rock Fortress is a must for your cameras and your eyes.

Day 5: Sigiriya

As local as it gets!

Wake up to hike the Pidurangala Rock and visit the Buddhist monastery on its way and then Explore With Your Crew. You can opt to go for a fishing trip or opt to hire out bicycles and explore some of the attractions yourselves. In the evening, participate in Your Rural Experience on a village tour which will be topped off with a cooking class and delicious dinner.

What’s included
  • Explore With Your Crew
  • Your Rural Experience
  • Breakfast & Dinner
  • Twin Accommodation: Sigiriya Sun Shine Villa
Impact inclusions

Immerse in Lankan culture on a village tour followed by a home cooked meal.

Day 6: Kandy

Enter the caves!

Today, we leave for one of the most popular cities in Sri Lanka – Kandy. Enjoy your breakfast, and pack your bags! On the way, you can opt to visit the Dambulla Caves. This cave has unique wall art which can be only found here. On arrival in Kandy, check-in your accommodation and relax. The rest of the day is free for independent activities with your gang!

What’s included
    • Dambulla Caves visit
    • Explore With Your Crew
    • Breakfast

Twin Accommodation: Mango Guest House

Impact inclusions

Dambulla caves are a unique tourist spot. It is home to the World’s most acclaimed Cave complex of magnificent Buddha images and rock paintings of vivid colours and shapes!

Day 7: Kandy

The show is on!

Visit an elephant rescue centre to take part in the Elephant walk experience while topping it off with a delicious lunch! Next, visit the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic to see a high-energy cultural dance – Kandyan dance. This performance is one of the defining experiences in Kandy. After dinner, you will head for a night walk exploring the streets and markets

What’s included
  • Elephant Experience
  • Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
  • Kandiyan cultural dance
  • Kandy Night walk
  • Breakfast & Lunch
  • Twin Accommodation: Mango Guest House
Impact inclusions

Witness the Kandyan dance, a performance consisting of all types of dance routines and traditional costumes of the country.

Day 8: Ella

'Out of this world' train ride!

This day is one of our favourite days, and surely you will agree with us! Freshen up, as you leave for Ella by train. This is one of those Instagram moments of this trip as the train takes you through the majestic green landscape filled with tea estates. On arrival, check into your accommodation and Explore With Your Crew as this town has endless things to offer!

What’s included
  • Ella train ride
  • Explore With Your Crew
  • Breakfast
  • Twin Accommodation: Bunk Station
Impact inclusions

This train journey takes you through stunning landscapes of lush tea plantations and mountain views!

Day 9: Ella

It’s a tuk-tuk day!

Leave early morning, with a breakfast takeaway, on a tuk-tuk to Diyaluma Falls. You would surely love the scenery you cross on this journey. On arrival, hike up to the falls, the 2nd highest waterfall in Sri Lanka, perfect for a full-day adventure. Later on, visit a school of special needs and engage in an educational discussion with the staff there. You can also opt to hike up Ella rock.

What’s included
  • Diyaluma falls hike
  • Your Responsible Activity: Sri Sudarshi School Visit
  • Breakfast
  • Twin Accommodation: Bunk Station
Impact inclusions

Travel can make us realise our privilege. Visit a special needs school and engage in meaningful discussion.

Day 10: Unawatuna

A bit of this and a bit of that

Head towards Unawatuna which is known for its coral reef and palm-lined beaches. We will be passing the Nine Arch bridge along with the famous Lipton tea estate for a walk through the tea fields. Later on, participate in a fishing trip with local fishermen and enjoy a scrumptious lunch! On arrival in Unawatuna, check into your accommodation and head for an orientation walk. Wander around and try spotting the sea turtles!

What’s included
    • Nine Arch bridge
    • Lipton tea estate walk
    • Fishing trip
    • Breakfast & Lunch
    • Twin Accommodation: Rawanaz
Impact inclusions

Go on a fishing trip with local fishermen and learn about their lifestyle, topped off with a lunch to bless your bellies!

Day 11: Unawatuna

Don't want this to end!

Post breakfast, take part in Your Impact Event, an interactive trip closure session to discuss the trip. At Novoto, we constantly strive to make sure our expeditions have a positive impact on both the host communities and our travellers. Later, head for a guided tour of Galle to explore the local buzz, the markets, the food, and the Galle fort! Get ready for your End With A Bang Night which includes a dinner on the beach before hitting the amazing bars that this beach town has to offer. This is your last night!

What’s included
  • Your Impact Event
  • Galle city guided tour
  • End With A Bang Night
  • Breakfast & Dinner
  • Twin Accommodation: Rawanaz

Day 12: Departure

Goodbye!

This is it! The last 12 days have been out of the world. You have made lifelong friends and memories. But it is time to bid adieu. It has been a pleasure to give you a first-hand experience of this amazing country and we hope to see you travelling with us again!

What’s included
  • Breakfast

Impact

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Enabling to make sustainable travel a regular practice

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Supporting local businesses dependant on tourism

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Promoting cultural exchange, via conversation with locals

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Catering to your personal growth as travelling can be your best teacher

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Supporting rural communities through your experiences

Orientation and Support

Be in touch 24x7

For any problems, we are available via our helpline number and social media

Friendly Staff

Our staff is very friendly, and are there to make your experience comfortable!

Authentic Service providers

We partner up with local accommodations and activity providers

Get the right information

From booking your tour to the end of your trip and beyond, we will be here to support you in every step

Efficient Safety and health facilities

Travelling to a new country can be daunting but don’t worry cause your health is our priority

Cultural Exchange

Homestays instead of hotels

Authentic homestays make up for most of your stay accommodations. Live the local way!

Interaction with local individuals

Nobody can provide you with an experience as authentic as the amicable locals. Through them, get to know a destination

Experienced personnel

Your tour guide and hosts are extremely experienced, having served travellers like you for a long time!

Visiting off-beat destinations

Besides the popular destinations like Wilpattu National Park; we also explore unique ventures like fishing trips, staying in monasteries, and attending special cooking classes and schools for special needs!

Try Local food

Whether it is Kottu Roti in Anuradhapura or parippu of Trincomalee; make sure that you try the local flavour. You’ve got travel experience, and so does your palate

Usual day during the Trip

Look forward to what the day has to offer. Enjoy the breakfast provided by the host family at 8:30 AM. Freshen up, and get ready. By 9:30, join your fellow travellers for an exciting day. Get greeted by Novoto executives, as they take you sight-seeing as per the daily itinerary.

At noon, we make a stop for lunch and refreshments. After lunch, we continue with the sight-seeing with regards to the schedule. Enjoy your day as you come across well-known and new destinations.

After 5 PM, the evening is kept free for a range of independent activities with fellow travellers. Occasionally, there shall be organised social events in the evening.

Finally, dinner is provided by the homestay. Rest and think about the fond memories created.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are flights included in my trip?

International flights booked for arrival/ departure have not been included in our travel fee. It must be purchased separately.
However, in case of any inquiries, you can contact us.

What do I do about the visa?

You will be required to obtain either an Indian E-Visa (you can check your eligibility here – https://www.visahq.co.uk/) or apply in person at your nearest Indian Embassy prior to your travels.

What do I carry?

For a trip of 15 days, you would be better off by a light packing. Carry comfortable foot wears and light clothes. Make sure you carry the essentials- your passport, VISA, and Indian currency. Oh also, leave some room in your suitcases. You never know what you might like to buy here.

Is tipping included?

No, tipping has not been included in your travel plan. It’s up to you to decide the amount for the same. We totally respect your discretion.

Who are my travel companions?

We very much believe in privacy. Hence, we are sorry that we cannot reveal their names. However, we have a wide range of travellers from all over the world who you will meet on your first day.

How do I contact in case of an emergency?

No need to worry! We have our on-ground team for your assistance. Besides that, you can get in touch with us through our social media handles on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. You can call us directly on our helpline.

Is there any minimum age requirement?

Although our trips are designed for 18-35s, we don’t believe in limiting it to them. So, as long as you’re 18+, feel free to be a part of the tours!

Does Novoto provide me a travel insurance?

Unfortunately, no. We leave that to your discretion to book travel insurance of your choice.

Will there be any showcase?

Definitely! Your entire experience would be well-documented in the form of videos, and also in other means as approved by the group.

What’s the weather like?

April to September is summer in India where temperatures are generally soaring around 40 C at most destinations in this tour. From October onwards the temperatures start going down averaging around 22 C during the day at most locations.

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