Pure Sri Lanka with Contiki

11 days
07 Oct 24 to 12 Dec 24
Book by 30 Jun 24
Ayubowan! Welcome to Southeast Asia's gem, Sri Lanka. This adventure will take you from national parks to beaches, exploring ancient fortresses and temples. In this perfect 11-day trip, we've included all the highlights and a few lesser-known secrets. With carefully selected inclusions and additional free time add-ons, experience the best Sri Lanka has to offer on this unforgettable journey.


  • 11 Day Contiki Guided Holiday
  • 9 nights in Hotels, 1 night in Special Stay
  • 10 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 2 Dinners
  • Transport by private coach and trains
  • Experienced Trip Manager and Local Guides
  • Optional free time add on experiences (additional costs apply)
  • Included Experiences
  • Guided Tour: Sigiriya Rock Fortress
  • Kandy to Nanuoya by Train
  • Visit the Elephant Transit Home (MAKE TRAVEL MATTER ® Experience) and much more!


  • Flights
  • Arrival/ departure transfers
  • Visas
  • Travel Insurance
  • Spending money and items of a personal nature


  • You have to be between the age of 18 and 35 years old to travel with Contiki
  • Additional costs apply for optional free time add on experiences
  • Secure your spot today with a deposit from as low as R1000* and pay the rest 60 days before departure


  • 10 Nights Contiki Tour
  • 13 Meals
  • Included experiences and sightseeing


Day 1: Start 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. Accommodation: Camelot Beach Hotel (or similar)

Day 2: Negombo to Sigiriya

Negombo This morning we'll drive inland to Sigiriya, an ancient rock fortress town in the Matale District. Sigiriya Home to palace ruins set on a giant ancient lava rock, and surrounded by ancient relics of gardens and reservoirs, Sigiriya is a hotspot of historical significance here in Sri Lanka. After checking in to our accommodation, we'll begin our explorations with a guided visit to Hiriwadunna village, a spiritually important site where Prince Siddhartha was said to have attained Buddhahood. We'll sit down for an authentic Sri Lankan lunch here at the village, surrounded by greenery and wildlife. After waving goodbye to Hiriwadunna, we'll head back to our hotel where we'll join together for an included dinner tonight. Accommodation: Habarana Village by Cinnamon (or similar) Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Sigiriya

Sigiriya We couldn't visit Sigiriya without exploring the incredible Sigiriya Rock Fortress that's been dominating the skyline ever since we've arrived, and morning is the best time to visit. After our included breakfast we'll take a trip to the fortress to check out the UNESCO-listed 'Lion's Rock', with it's 5th-century buildings, painted rock frescoes and massive pair of lion paws at the entrance. We're back on the road, this time to visit the nearby town of Dambulla where you'll have the chance to find your own lunch. Here we'll find another World Heritage Site, the sacred Dambulla Cave Temple, the largest best-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka complete with five inner sanctuaries, 150 gilded Buddha statues, and Buddhist murals. Accommodation: Habarana Village by Cinnamon (or similar) Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 4: Sigiriya to Kandy

Sigiriya Feel like a morning adventure? You'll have the opportunity to explore the Pidurangala Rock –a rite of passage for Sigiriya first-timers – on a sunrise trek. Otherwise, catch some extra sleep and save your energy for later. Awed by our time brushing with the ancient world in Sigiriya, it's time to move on to the vibrant cultural scene in Kandy. Kandy Today we're gathering to watch history and mythology explode into colour & rhythm at a traditional Kandyan Folkdance show. Then tonight, you can choose to tuck into some local street food on a tuk-tuk food tour. Ever tried 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. Accommodation: Queen's Hotel (or similar) Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 5: 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. Ella We've arrived at Ella where new adventures await! Accommodation: Oak Ray Ella Gap Hotel (or similar) Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 6: 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. Accommodation: Oak Ray Ella Gap Hotel (or similar) Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 7: 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. 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. Accommodation: Athgira River Camping (or similar) Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8: Udawalawe National Park to Unawatuna via Galle

Udawalawe National Park Say goodbye to the wilderness, because today you're heading along the coast to the beachside town of Unawatuna. 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. Galle 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. Unawatuna Later this evening, you can opt to learn the ways of Sri Lankan cooking with our cooking demonstration and dinner. Accommodation: The Long Beach Hotel (or similar) Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 9: 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. Accommodation: The Long Beach Hotel (or similar) Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 10: Unawatuna to Colombo

Unawatuna Today we'll reach our final destination, the bustling capital city of Colombo. En route 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. 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 10 days with your Sri Lanka crew. Accommodation: Fairway Hotel (or similar) Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 11: End 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. Included Meals: Breakfast

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Prices are per person twin share/multi share as per itinerary, and are subject to availability and rate of exchange changes. Offers above are a guide only and will vary depending on departure date, our guide price is based on the cheapest departure within the stipulated season and availability is correct at time of loading. Visas may be necessary and insurance is essential. Pentravel and Tour Operator terms and conditions apply, and may be found on our website. Offer can be removed at any time. Pricing varies pending departure date. Trips valid for travellers aged 18-35 years. Excludes flights. Only R1000 deposit per person is required to confirm your trip booking. Deposit is due within 3 days of booking; airlines may impose different penalties and cancellation fees. Payment due in full 120 days before departure. All savings / discounts mentioned has already been included in advertised price. Pentravel and Tour Operator reserves the right to withdraw or amend promotional offers at any time. Advertised price is based on 2 December 2024 departure. At time of loading this may not be a definite departure. These packages are based on CASH price. E&OE;.

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