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Welcome to The Pearl of the Indian Ocean! 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. Moreover, you will get the opportunity to wholly and completely embrace this country’s culture. Volunteer for a day in a Buddhist Monastery, undertake a traditional cooking class with a local family, and participate in other such activities. This itinerary covers cities, towns and villages across the country, ranging from popular cities like Kandy to off-beat experiences; we travel through it all and give you a true sense of this incredible island in 12 days!
Ayuban! We warmly welcome you to the Pearl of the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka. After your arrival, you will be picked up by your tour leader and be taken to the accommodation in Negombo. Once you have gathered up all your energy, you will take part in Meet Your Crew Session, a great opportunity to bond with your fellow travellers. Later on, we visit Negombo Fish Market, have delicious street food and witness Sri Lankan fishermen earning their livelihoods. Get a good night’s sleep as there is a lot to do in the next 12 days. Have a Crew Bonding Night Out as Negombo has some amazing options for nightlife.
NOTE – The trip starts with a full-day program early morning on Day 2. Make sure you arrive anytime on Day 1 latest. If you are arriving a day before please let us know in advance so that we can arrange your accommodation.
Get introduced to the unique Sri Lankan culture by visiting the fish market and indulging in some delicious street food
We hope you had enough sleep because the adventure has just begun! Have a delicious breakfast as we prepare to take you to Wilpattu National Park. On your way, you will visit a salt factory where you shall witness the salt making procedure 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 and relax. The evening is free for you to enjoy the serene background. Overnight in Wilpattu.
You can’t miss the unique learning experience during the visit to the salt factory and seeing the alluring Yapahuwa Rock Fortress!
Start your day with an early morning safari at the Wilpattu National Park! It is the largest National park in Sri Lanka and famous for leopards, sloth bears, and crocodiles. Also, the unique feature of this park is the existence of “Willus” -Natural, sand-rimmed water basins or depressions that fill with rainwater. 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.
Visit one of the largest as well as oldest National Parks in Sri Lanka which is very popular for its leopard population
Today, we make our way to Sigiriya. It is an ancient rock fortress located in the northern Matale District near the town of Dambulla in the Central Province. Being famous for its palace ruins on top of a massive 200 meter high rock, it is surrounded by the remains of an extensive network of gardens, reservoirs and other structures. 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!
When in Sri Lanka, the world famous Sigiriya Rock Fotress is a must for your cameras and your eyes
Another day, another early morning activity. Today, you will hike up the Piduranga Rock and visit the Buddhist monastery on its way. On return to your accommodation, enjoy your breakfast and head on for some independent activities and 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, you will participate in a local village tour which will be topped off with a cooking class and delicious dinner. This will not only add on to your cooking skills but will also give a very close peek into the culture of Sri Lanka! Get the most of it and spend quality time with the locals to tick off the day!
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 in here. On arrival in Kandy, check in your accommodation and relax. The rest of the day is free for independent activities with your gang!
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 colors and shapes!
Post breakfast, you will visit an Elephant Transit Home where you shall take part in the Elephant walk experience and top it off with a delicious lunch! Next, visit the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic which will be followed by a high energy cultural dance. With elaborate costumes, gyrating dance moves and show-stopping, fire breathing stunts, a Kandyan dance performance is one of the defining experiences in Kandy. After dinner, you will head for a night walk exploring the streets and markets to learn more about this amazing city.
Witness the Kandyan dance, a performance consisting of all types of dance routines and traditional costumes of the country
This day is one of our favourite days, and we hope that you will agree with us! Freshen up, as you leave for Ella by train – considered one of the most beautiful train trips around the world. This is one of those Instagram moments of this trip as the train takes your through the majestic green landscape filled with tea estates. On arrival, check into your accommodation and enjoy the rest of the day with some fun activities and Explore With Your Crew as this town has endless things to offer!
This train journey is considered to be one of the most alluring train trips. It takes you through stunning landscapes of lush tea plantations and mountain views!
In Sri Lanka and not been on a Tuk tuk? Leave early morning, with a breakfast takeaway, on tuk-tuk to Diyaluma Falls. You would surely love the scenery you cross in this 1-hour journey. Once you reach, it’s time for hiking! Diyaluma Falls is the 2nd biggest waterfall in Sri Lanka and is the perfect spot for a full-day adventure. There are multiple falls and natural pools throughout this hike in the Badulla region. Enjoy the beauty. Later on, you will visit a school of special needs and engage in an educative discussion with the staff there. You can also opt to hike up Ella rock. The evening is free for independent activities.
Travel can make us realise our privilege. So, make sure to learn from it. Visit a special need school and engage in meaningful discussion
Start your day by heading to Unawatuna which is known for its coral reef and palm-lined beaches. We will be passing the Nine Arch bridge, a must see. Also, visit the famous Lipton tea estate for a walk through the tea fields and maybe give a shot at tea picking. 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. It is a major tourist allure and a combination of culture as well as art. Wander around and try spotting the sea turtles! The rest of the day is free for independent activities.
Go on a fishing trip with local fishermen and learn about their lifestyle, topped off with a lunch to bless your bellies!
Nearing towards the end of this trip! But nothing to feel sad about as there’s still one amazing day to go! 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 travelers. Exchange ideas, provide insight, and let us know how we can make an even greater impact. Next, spend some quality time with your mates near the beach! Later in the afternoon, head for a guided tour of Galle where we explore the local buzz, the markets, the food and also visit the Galle fort! Make the most of this day and End With A Bang Night which includes a dinner on the beach followed by your and your crew hitting the amazing bars that this beach town has to offer.
This is it! The last 12 days have been out of the world. You have made life long 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!
NOTE: Make sure you book your flights for later this day or next day so that it leaves you time to reach the nearest airport. You can also choose to spend a few extra days in this beautiful country! And if that is the case, please let us know in advance so that we can make arrangements accordingly.
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.
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.
There are multiple flights arriving and departing from Negombo. Take your pick.
You will be required to obtain either an Sri Lankan 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.
For a trip of 15 days, you would be better off with a light packing. Carry comfortable footwear and light clothes. Make sure you carry the essentials- your passport, VISA, and Sri-Lankan currency.
Oh also, leave some room in your suitcases. You never know what you might like to buy here.
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.
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
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 directly call us on our helpline.
Unfortunately, no. We leave that to your discretion to book travel insurance of your choice.
Definitely! Your entire experience would be well-documented in the form of videos, and also in other means as approved by the group.
April to September is summer in Sri Lanka where temperatures are generally around 35 C at most destinations in this tour. From October onwards the temperatures start going down averaging around 25 C during the day at most locations