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The Southern Sri Lanka trip starts from and ends in Negombo. It is an adventure trip that takes 9 days taking you through Negombo in Sri Lanka. Southern Sri Lanka is a guided small group trip that includes accommodation in hotels, transport, meals and others.

Visit areas of stunning natural beauty, national parks boasting some of the best wildlife viewing opportunities in all of Asia and wander through bustling towns and cities. Southern Sri Lanka has many hidden gems and surprises.
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4.2 - Very Good Based on 8 reviews
A great mixture of mountains and ocean
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4 - Very Good
“I had 8 fantastic days in Sri Lanka. The hiking was gorgeous and those who wanted could take it at a bit of a slower pace. There are quite a few early mornings, but all worth it. The only thing I was a little surprised at and would have liked a heads up about is the fact that two of us joined a different tour group that had already been together for a week. This would have been good to know so that I wasn’t super confused the night before and morning we left Negombo when only two of us showed up.”
Very Good
4 - Very Good
“This was my 3rd trip with Tucan and have loved every single one! Can't wait to book my next adventure! ”
Average
3 - Average
“The tour was fast paced and packed a lot in which was great. For the most part good use was made of the time we had. ”
Very Good
4 - Very Good
“Overall the tour was good. Sri Lanka's natural beauty allows for an enjoyable experience. ”
Welcome to Sri Lanka! You are free to arrive today at your leisure.

Negombo is situated by the shores of a lagoon by the same name. Once a Portuguese and Dutch trading port, popular attractions here include the Old Dutch fort gate built in 1672, the Dutch Canal, and the old churches and fishing villages which surround the area. In fact, due to the many ornate Roman Catholic churches scattered throughout, Negombo is sometimes known as "The Little Rome". It also has a huge and rather inviting white sandy beach!

Around 6 pm you will meet the local Tucan Travel representative for your pre-departure meeting and if not too tired after your flight you can join him for an evening meal.
Accommodation
  • 1 night(s) in hotels at Camelot Beach Hotel or similar . Upgrade to your own room here.
After breakfast, we head inland away from the coast towards Nuwara Eliya, located in the heart of Sri Lankan hill country where the higher altitudes and cooler climate offers the perfect environment to grow the world-renowned Sri Lanka tea. Also today we may meet some new faces as we combine with other Tucan Travel customers arriving from the North of the island.
Accommodation
  • 1 night(s) in hotels at Windsor Hotel or similar . Upgrade to your own room here.
Meals
  • 1 Buffet Breakfast(s)
OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS
  • Adam's Peak - early morning trek for sunrise at 2,243m on top of one of Sri Lanka's most famous landmarks - $18 per person, Hiking through the tea plantation (free)
Today we enjoy an included tour to enjoy the velvety green tea plantations carpeting the rolling hills and to visit one of the local plantations and tea factory. The rest of the day offers time to be spent at your leisure, and a chance to relax and enjoy the cooler climes.
Accommodation
  • 1 night(s) in hotels at Windsor Hotel or similar . Upgrade to your own room here.
Meals
  • 1 Breakfast(s)
Early in the morning we leave the hotel and head towards the impressive Horton Plains National Park. The park is home to many species of wildlife, including the sambar deer, macaques, leopards, wild boar and mongooses. The area is surrounded by the country's highest mountains, shrouded in cloud and rivers. This is the only National Park in Sri Lanka in which visitors are allowed to walk around freely so we will take the opportunity for a trek through the high mountain vegetation and lakes.

Our goal is 'Worlds End' where the 2000 metre plateau comes to an abrupt end, plunging 700-1000 meters to the valley floor. On the way we will visit Baker's Falls for panoramic views of the waterfalls, see a great deal of wildlife, including with purple­faced langurs, wild boar and barking deer as well as a small number of leopards.

We board a train from Nuwara Eliya and enjoy the slow pace through the mountain scenery as we head to Ella. Ella is a sleepy village in Sri Lanka's Hill Country.
Accommodation
  • 1 night(s) in hotels at Hotel 88th ELLA or similar . Upgrade to your own room here.
Meals
  • 1 Breakfast Box
This morning we enjoy a short 5km trek to Little Adam's Peak. After watching the sunrise we will visit Nine Arch bridge breakfast, followed by the Ravana Waterfalls.

We then continue to Yala National Park where we will spend a night just outside of the park. We will take a game drive for your best chances to see elephants, leopards and bears. Yala National Park was established in 1900 and has one of the densest populations of wildlife in Asia. The park has two important pilgrimage sites, Sithulpahuwa and Magul Vilhara and has been the center of past civilisations.
Accommodation
  • 1 night(s) in hotels at Rain Tree Resort or similar . Upgrade to your own room here.
Meals
  • 1 Buffet Breakfast(s)
We depart this morning heading towards Unawatuna. On the way we visit the Udawalawe Elephant Transit Home, an important sanctuary that aims to rehabilitate orphaned elephant calves for release back into the wild.

Upon arrival you are free to explore or relax on some of the most beautiful beaches in Sri Lanka. Off the coast, there are excellent diving opportunities, with a number of coral reefs and shipwrecks to be explored. Turtles come onto the beach at night to lay their eggs. There are a number of optional activities here to enjoy, and with two nights in Unawatuna, there is plenty of time to make the most of the surroundings.

This evening we enjoy a Sri Lankan cooking class.
Accommodation
  • 1 night(s) in hotels at Sanmira Renaissance or similar . Upgrade to your own room here.
Meals
  • 1 Breakfast(s), 1 Dinner(s)
Today we include a city tour of nearby Galle, an old fortified city founded by Portuguese colonists in the 16th century, and later expanded by the Dutch.

There are also a number of optional activities to enjoy in and around Unawatuna, and with two nights here, there's plenty of time to explore or simply take the opportunity to enjoy the surroundings and relax at the end of your enjoyable, activity-packed adventure.
Accommodation
  • 1 night(s) in hotels at Sanmira Renaissance or similar . Upgrade to your own room here.
Meals
  • 1 Buffet Breakfast(s)
OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS
  • Whale watching – US$65
On route back to Negombo we visit a Turtle hatchery Upon arrival to Colombo, expect a busy and vibrant city with a mixture of modern life and colonial buildings. Enjoy driving through the Commercial area or the 'Fort', so named because both the Portuguese and Dutch had a fort here. We drive past 'Pettah', a hectic bazaar full of ancient vehicles, bargains, mosques and temples, then visit a Hindu temple and drive past Jumi-UL Alfar Jumma Mosque. We continue through the Wolvendaal Dutch Church, Hultsdorf Law courts, to the residential area of Cinnamon Gardens and on to Independence Square and Bandaranayake Memorial International Conference Hall.
Accommodation
  • 1 night(s) in hotels at Camelot Beach Hotel or similar . Upgrade to your own room here.
Meals
  • 1 Breakfast(s)
OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS
  • Madhu Ganga River Cruise – US$10
Your adventure of a lifetime comes to an end today. If you have a late flight or have lengthened your stay by adding post tour accommodation you will have more time to explore the sights.

Your adventure of a lifetime comes to an end today. If you have a late flight or have lengthened your stay by adding post tour accommodation you will have more time to explore the sights.
Meals
  • 1 Breakfast(s)
what’s included
Accommodation
  • 8 night(s) in hotels
Meals
  • 3 Buffet Breakfast(s), 4 Breakfast(s), 1 Breakfast Box, 1 Dinner(s)
Transport
  • Private Vehicle
Excursions
  • Sight Seeing Tour in Nuwaraeliya
  • Entry & trek in Horton Plains National Park
  • Scenic Train ride to Ella
  • Ella Rock or Little Adam's peak
  • Nine Arch Bridge and Ravana waterfalls
  • Game drive at Yala NP
  • Visit to Udawalawe Elephant Transit Home
  • Sri Lankan cooking class including dinner
  • Galle City Tour
  • Turtle Hatchery
  • Moonstone Mine
  • Cinnamon Cultivation and Colombo City Tour
Staff & Experts
  • Trip Leader throughout the tour
what’s excluded
  • Visas and travel insurance
  • Spending money ampndash budget for meals snacks drinks limited souvenirs laundry tips and any extras
  • International flights tofrom the startend of your tour and departure taxes
  • Tips on excursions visas travel insurance personal items and single rooms.
  • Optional excursions - On each trip you may find there are some excursions that are not included. This might be because they are not to everyones taste or there may be various options of differing value to choose from. More information on the excursions we recommend is listed under each day of your itinerary though prices may vary. If you are after something in particular dont hesitate to ask your tour leader.
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A deposit of 500 USD is required to confirm this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 60 days before departure. For any departures within 20 October 2019 full payment is required.

Travel Insurance

The Southern Sri Lanka tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.

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For this Southern Sri Lanka tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

CancellationNo additional cancellation fees apply for this Southern Sri Lanka tour. You can cancel the tour up to 61 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 60 days of departure.
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