Sri Lanka on a Shoestring

18-to-Thirtysomethings, Negombo to Hikkaduwa

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

Get yourself to a destination that's long been a culture-loving backpacker's dream, on this affordable 12-day whirlwind tour of central and southern Sri Lanka. Discover beautiful ruins, hike through tea plantations, tour a spice garden, and then chill out on Hikkaduwa Beach. Explore Sri Lanka with a group of new friends and you'll never want to travel solo again.

What’s included

  • Your G for Good Moment: Tamarind Gardens Farm, Digana Your G for Good Moment: Breakfast at Sthree Craft Shop and Café, Kandy
  • Sri Lankan lunch at a local village
  • Spice garden visit
  • Tea plantation tour
  • Little Adam's Peak Tour
  • Galle Fort tour
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities


  • Trek through luscious green hills
  • Journey amongst sri lanka's most breath-taking scenery
  • Sample local cuisine at a village meal
  • Inhale local flavours at a spice garden
  • Explore southern sri lankan beaches


Day 1 Negombo There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Negombo/Sigiriya Transfer to UNESCO World Heritage City, Sigiriya. Opt to visit the Dambulla Cave Temple or the ancient Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Transport: Private Vehicle (4.50 hour(s), 156km)
Day 3 Sigiriya Enjoy a free day to explore more of the region. Opt to visit Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Polonnaruwa Temple, Minneriya National Park or Anurhadhapura historical site.
Day 4 Sigiriya/Digana (1L, 1D) Accommodations at Tamarind Gardens Farm homestay are simple and authentic. Rooming will be in twin and triple-share rooms. Included Activities: Spice Garden Visit Digana Guided Village Walk Tamarind Gardens Farm Transport: Private Vehicle
Day 5 Digana/Kandy (1B) Early birds can opt to get a productive start to the day and join their Tamarind hosts for their morning routines. Join Ayesha and Nalin at 6:00 am for first-hand experience with farm life. Get up close with the farm animals, feeding the cows and chickens. Enjoy breakfast at Tamarind Gardens and soak in the views of the Victoria Reservoir over tea before departing for Kandy. Have an afternoon of free time to explore the stunning city that is Kandy, opting to visit a cultural dance, the Temple of the Tooth, or a cricket match. Transport: Private Vehicle
Day 6 Kandy/Nuwara Eliya (1B) Stop for breakfast at G Adventures-supported Sthree Craft Shop and Café. Travel to stunning Nuwara Eliya. Visit a tea plantation and opt to explore the nearby hills on foot. Included Activities: Tea Plantation Visit Breakfast at Sthree Craft Shop and Café Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 80km)
Day 7 Nuwara Eliya/Ella Opt to trek the trails of Horton Plains National Park in the early morning. In the afternoon, travel to Ella and enjoy a free evening. Choose to relax and explore Ella or participate in a traditional cooking class. Transport: Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours)
Day 8 Ella Spend the morning trekking Little Adam's Peak. Later, enjoy some free time in scenic Ella. Opt to trek to Ella Rock or take a local cooking class. Included Activities: Little Adam's Peak Trek
Day 9 Ella/Hikkaduwa Set off towards the southern coast stopping en route for a walking tour of Galle Fort. Finish the day's journey oceanside on the beaches of Hikkaduwa. Included Activities: Galle Fort Tour Transport: Private Vehicle (4.50-5.00 hours) Private Vehicle (0.50 hour(s))
Day 10 Hikkaduwa Enjoy a free day to bliss out on the beach or go on a whale or dolphin watching tour.
Day 11 Hikkaduwa Opt to relax on the beach or enjoy exploring this bustling beach town.
Day 12 Hikkaduwa Depart at any time. Additional Notes: The Colombo airport can be reached by private taxi or bus. Your CEO can help you arrange a transfer. Included Activities: Departure Day