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Lanka Loop - 12 Days

Negombo to Unawatuna

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Lanka Loop - 12 Days

Negombo to Unawatuna

5 star review 114 Reviews

£1 deposit
From £1199
Almost Everything Included
Awesome Accommodation (2 per room)
Perfect for Solo Travellers
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£1 deposit
From £1199
Almost Everything Included
Awesome Accommodation (2 per room)
Perfect for Solo Travellers
Book Now Schedule a Call Back

Trip Highlights

Experience the very best of travelling Sri Lanka in just under 2 weeks. This 12 Day backpacking adventure really does capture everything Sri Lanka has to offer. Think safari’s with wild elephants, lush green tea plantations, golden sandy beaches and super friendly locals. This 2 week trip covers all of your Sri Lanka bucket list spots with local village experiences, temples, surfing, the famous train to Ella and much much more!

What’s Included

Accommodation? Check! Activities? Yep. Guides? Of course! Meals? We threw in a bunch to keep you going!

We’ve got you covered 😉


Negombo: Day 1

We’ll pick you up from the airport, get you checked in and introduce you to your new travel family. Why not take a wander down to the beach or squeeze in a cheeky nap before we head out for dinner and drinks on our first evening together. The following morning, there is no better way to start exploring the diversity of Sri Lanka’s culture than jumping into Tuk Tuks for a local tour around Negombo!

Dambulla: Day 2-3

Time to hit the road and make our way to Dambulla. Here we’ll explore the ancient golden cave temple and take in the most incredible 360 degree views of the iconic Lions Rock, Sigiriya. Let us show you the real Sri Lanka as we cruise further into the countryside for an authentic village experience. We’ll introduce you to our local friends and finish the day with a secret evening experience that we don’t plan to share with anyone other than you guys.

Kandy: Day 4

Wake up, and say goodbye to our beautiful Dambulla mango orchard retreat and let’s head to Kandy. We stop for lunch in one of our favourite spots before enjoying some free time to explore Sri Lanka’s second largest city. We’ll finish the day visiting the sacred Temple of the Tooth for the evening ceremony before heading out for dinner & drinks!

Ella: Day 5-6

Ready for an adventure in the breathtaking mountains of Sri Lanka? We’ll be learning how to pick and make our very own tea before catching the famous blue train to the spectacular hill town of Ella, sharing the experience with fellow travellers and locals. Enjoy free time during the day and let’s grab a beer or two in the evening, but maybe not too many…we have a couple of epic walks up our sleeves with views that never fail to impress, including the incredible Little Adam’s Peak!

Udawalawe National Park: Day 7

At the top of everyone's bucket list is observing some of this planet's most incredible animals. So how does a safari through the jungle searching for hundreds of free roaming elephants sound? After spending the night in our beautiful glamping style bungalows in the heart of Udawalawe National Park, we’ll hop into open top jeeps and go on the lookout not only for elephants, but crocodiles, monkeys, water buffaloes and many more animals wandering wild in the National Park.

Mirissa & Weligama: Day 8-9

You’ve experienced the culture, you’ve explored the mountains and now it’s time for you to kick back and embrace the chilled out beach vibes of the south. Spend your morning sipping coffee and soaking up the sun on Mirissa beach before we take a short trip along the coast to Weligama for our surf lesson. Whether it’s your first time or not, our super cool local friends will have you riding on the waves in no time!

Unawatuna & Galle: 10-12

From one beautiful beach town to another, it’s time to head further down the coast and explore the local area of Unawatuna. We’ll go snorkelling in the shallow waters with giant sea turtles and swing from palm trees for that perfect Instagram shot. Leave before introducing you to Galle? No chance! Let's wander the quirky streets of this Dutch Fortress, pick up those last minute souvenirs and get involved with the locals playing cricket. It’s the perfect place to enjoy our final sunset together and end an epic trip with dinner and drinks!

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Where We Stay

The accommodation in Sri lanka is something we do better than anyone else! From our glamping style bungalows in the heart of Udawalawe National Park to watching the sunset over the ocean from our infinity pool in Mirissa. When we’re not out having an awesome time, you’re relaxing in our unique & comfortable accommodation.

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Trip Details

What’s Included

Start: Negombo Finish: Unawatuna
Tour Length: 12 days
Travel Style: Fully Guided
Avg Group Size: 12 - 16
Age Range: 18 - 39
No. of Activities: 15+
No. of Included Meals: 15
Tour Price: From £1199 per person

What’s included for the price:

  • All activities & local experiences
  • Secret spots along the way
  • Twin/double share accommodation
  • Local Guides & a Western Group Leader
  • Airport pickup on arrival
  • Private WhatsApp group
  • No Hidden Costs!
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas & Vaccinations
  • Flights to/from Sri Lanka
Included Activities & Experiences
  • Local Tour of Negombo by Tuk Tuk
  • Dambulla Golden Cave Temple
  • Local Village Visit by Boat
  • Secret Evening Local Experience
  • Traditional Cooking Demonstration
  • Pidurangala & View of Sigiriya Rock Fortress
  • Sacred Temple of the Tooth Ceremony
  • Visit a Tea Plantation & Learn to Make Tea
  • Famous Train Ride to Ell
  • Visit 9 Arches Bridge
  • Trek to the summit of Little Adams Peak
  • Open Jeep Wildlife Safari
  • Afternoon at Hiriketiya Beach
  • Pre Surf Yoga Session
  • Learn to Surf in Weligama
  • Beach Vibes & Nights Out
  • Snorkel with Turtles in Unawatuna
  • Afternoon Exploring the Galle Fort
Trip Preparation

Do I need a visa?

For most travellers, Sri Lanka is an easy country to visit with a simple ‘Visa on Arrival’ process. This visa is issued for a duration of 30 days and can be arranged by applying online here. It’s important that you apply for this prior to travel as you may be asked at check-in when arriving at the airport.

There is an FAQ section on the official Sri Lanka Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) website, click here to take a read!

What vaccinations do I need?

There are no specific vaccinations that you need for any of the destinations we travel but there are vaccinations that your doctor may recommend having as a precaution. That's why we advise just paying a visit to your local GP if you’re unsure. They will know what jabs you’ve previously had and which you need to update. All destinations and areas we travel are low risk but best to be on the safe side. Click here for a useful resource provided by the UK government.

Is travel insurance compulsory?

It’s super important that you get yourself covered for your trip with us. It’s not expensive and certainly does give you and your loved ones peace of mind. We actually require all customers to show proof of cover at the beginning of the tour. We’ll need to see your name, area of cover and dates that the insurance is valid.

Will I receive a packing list?

You sure will, 6-8 weeks before the trip we’ll be sending an ‘Arrival Guide’ with a bunch of information to help you prepare for the trip. This will include safety and cultural tips plus a packing list.

Should I bring a suitcase or backpack?

Most people do prefer travelling with a backpack and it’s generally easier when moving around but it’s not uncommon for some travellers to bring a suitcase. We suggest bringing something you are comfortable with carrying and lugging around.

Is there a limit to my luggage weight?

We suggest not going crazy with the packing and keeping it simple. Try and bring loose/floaty clothing that isn’t too thick or heavy. No need to bring heels or walking boots. We limit the luggage to 20kg per person. Best to leave the kitchen sink behind 🤣

Are there laundry services on tour?

Throughout the trip there will be a few opportunities to do laundry but we always suggest bringing enough underwear and essentials for the full trip. Your Group Leader will let you know the best time to do laundry but this usually doesn’t happen until 4 or 5 days into the tour.

Do I need to bring a towel?

At all the hotels we stay there will be towels provided to be used for showering and freshening up. We suggest buying a microfibre towel as they are small and dry fast for using on the beach and swimming.

How much spending money do I need?

You don’t need much at all considering almost all of the big ticket items are included! We suggest no less than £300 to be safe. Some people spend less and some more, it really depends on your spending habits. If you love shopping or are prone to a few more big nights than the average person then you could spend more. You can spend far less if you are tight with your budget but this kind of average works well for most.

What's the best way to manage my money?

We always recommend when travelling to a new country that you have some form of local currency with you. Having some money exchanged already will give you something to spend at the airport when you land.

We would recommend getting a Wise card as they have great exchange rates and it stops you from getting stung by your bank for withdrawing overseas. Wise cards don’t just make things easier but they make it safer as you can use your main bank account as a backup.

Will there be a Whatsapp group?

There sure will! Some people like it to be a surprise and meet their new travel family when they arrive… others want to get chatting straight away. We’ve got our own private Facebook group, Feel Free Family, for you to meet other travellers. Add yourself into the group and make a post asking who else has booked or thinking about booking the same date as you. We’ll be setting up the private Whatsapp group 2 weeks before the tour and we’ll invite you in via a link in the ‘Welcome Email’.

Your Arrival

When should I arrive on Day 1?

We suggest aiming to arrive as early as possible on the 1st day, this isn’t essential but we’ll head out for dinner and drinks around 5pm. If you get in during the morning/early afternoon you’ll have time to relax, have a shower and go for a wander. Don’t stress if you can’t find a flight that works, the main activities start on the morning of day 2.

Can I arrive a day or 2 early?

You sure can! We actually recommend it to those people doing longer journeys as you’ll no doubt be tired and appreciate that time to recharge before we get stuck into it.

Will I get an airport pickup?

Anyone staying at our accommodation that arrives on Day 1 or decides to book extra nights with us will be picked up by our trusted drivers at the airport. They’ll be stood waiting at the airport with a Feel Free Travel sign so you’ll have no issues finding them 👍🏼

Which airport should I choose in Colombo?

You’ll be glad to know there is only 1 big international airport in Colombo and it’s ‘Bandaranaike International Airport’. The airport itself is much closer to Negombo where we start the tour than it is Colombo.

How do I know where to meet at the airport?

We’ll send everyone up to date arrival instructions 2 weeks before the trip with exactly where to meet the driver. Once you get picked up we’ll get you back to the hotel and checked in. If your flight is running late don’t worry, we’ll be tracking it on Google and will wait for you to arrive.

What’s the plan on Day 1?

We will pick you up from the airport and get you all settled in. If you arrive earlier in the day then we’ll give you some ideas of things to do so that you can explore the local area with others that have already arrived. In the evening it’s time to meet your new travel family and we’ll take you out to one of our favourite spots for dinner and drinks.

Is there Wifi on tour?

Almost all of our accommodations on all of our trips have free WIFI so you can contact your friends and family back at home whilst you’re travelling. There are certain places we visit that don't but we will always give you a heads up well in advance so that you can prepare and let your loved ones know at home you may be unreachable.

After the Trip

What time does the tour finish?

All our tours finish on the morning of the final day, this will give you plenty of time to get back to the airport ready for that flight home or onto your next destination

What happens after my tour?

It really depends from group to group… sometimes we’ll have a whole bunch of people hanging out once the tour has finished, travelling for days, weeks or even months together. But others you’ll have many people going separate ways. As the trip unfolds you’ll soon learn about each other's travel plans and share ideas for what adventures lie ahead. The hardest part is saying your goodbyes and giving your last big hugs to the people who are leaving straight after the trip finishes.

Can I get help with return airport transfers?

You sure can, our Group Leaders are available throughout the trip to chat about your onward travel plans. They will be there to offer help and assistance when it comes to booking flights, taxis, buses, and ferries. It’s always a good idea to get your flights booked before you arrive including any internal flights for after your tour.

When should I book my return flight?

It’s a good idea to book your return flight late afternoon or even later that evening on the final day. This will give you plenty of time to get back to the airport ready for that connecting flight. Departing earlier than this can cause issues and is not advised.

Can I stay extra days?

You sure can, we suggest waiting until you arrive and chat with your Group Leader. You might have a bunch of ideas now but after chatting with the rest of the group and getting a feel for things you might change your mind. This is why we don’t offer the option to extend your trip before you arrive.

I’m doing more than 1 trip, how do I book my connecting flight?

We’ve actually written a whole blog on this as it’s pretty important you arrive as early as possible. Click here to read more.

Do I get help with onward travel?

It would be a real shame to lock up all our travel tips. Some people are just on a short break from work and others are on a slightly longer backpacking adventure. Either way your Group Leader will help you plan anything from a return airport transfer to giving you a bunch of awesome ideas for the rest of your time in South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I travel solo/come alone?

Absolutely! Our trips are built for solo travellers and believe us… sharing new experiences with a group of new friends is one of the best things you can do. A large majority of the people that travel with us are 1st time travellers doing it alone so don’t worry, you’ll never be alone with us.

What’s the average age of people on these trips?

On average we attract travellers between the ages of 22-32, but we also get younger travellers straight out of school as well as working professionals in their mid to late 30’s

How big are the group sizes?

We keep our group sizes small with an average of 12-16 people per group so that everyone gets to know each other and experience things at a pace that is enjoyable for all.

What’s included in the price?

We include most of the big ticket items like accommodation, activities, local experiences, secret stops, local guides, a western group leader and a bunch of meals. We also include an airport pickup on arrival!

What’s not included?

You’ll just need to sort your international flights, travel insurance, visas and spending money 🙌🏼

Do we stay in hostels or hotels?

The accommodation on our trips is something we do better than anyone else and our trips definitely wouldn’t be the same without the awesome places we stay. We’ve handpicked these places to give you the perfect balance of comfort, security and convenience. We really do love where we stay and so do all our happy travellers 😍

For all solo travellers we will pair you up with other travellers of the same sex… girls with girls & guys with guys. If you are travelling with a friend let us know and we can pair you together… same if you are travelling as a couple, we will arrange a double room where possible!

Do you cater for specific dietary/allergy requirements?

We’ll always do our very best to make sure you have delicious meals along the way no matter what your dietary requirements. You’ll be asked during the booking process and again during ‘Check in’, be sure to share as much information as possible to help us prepare for your arrival.

Can I combine more than 1 trip together?

It’s very common for our travellers not to just come and do 1 trip but combine them together. After all, the flight tickets are not cheap! Most of our trips are programmed in a way that you can finish 1 trip and start the other on the same day. If you need help with the planning just let us know!

How do I book?

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We always recommend reserving your spot before booking your flight. When our trips are full… unfortunately they are FULL 😬 Checkout our ’How it Works’ page for more information on booking your trip!!

This all seems too good to be true, how do I know it’s legit?

This is a question we recently added to our FAQ’s as we hear it time and time again so we wanted to give you all a few ways to verify who we are;

Is This For You?

If spotting a wild elephant on safari is on your travel bucket list and the thought of learning how to surf gets you excited… then this 12 day Sri Lanka trip is definitely the one for you! Most people travel solo or others bring a friend, either way by the end of this adventure you’ll have a bunch of new buddies for life.

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