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Under 49's

Sri Lanka Solo Travel Trip

Explore Sri Lanka is jam-packed with impressive discoveries waiting to be uncovered while travelling around this tropical island gem.  A country rich in culture, ancient history, white sandy beaches, lush leafy tea plantations, and an amazing elephant population.

Join other travellers on this Under 49’s trip – set with the ideal balance between planned travel and free time, hotel accommodation that packs value for money (no dorm nights on this trip), hassle free travel point to point, welcome and farewell group dinners, and loads of added value with included activities and sightseeing, all while being led by a passionate Sri Lankan expert to share the love of their country.

If you’re 30 to 49 and travelling solo, this trip is made for you! Feel free to tell a fellow solo traveller buddy too.

Essentials Small Group Travel for Solos 

If you’re 30 to 49 and travelling solo, this trip is made for you! Feel free to tell a fellow solo traveller buddy too.

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PACKAGE DETAILS
  • Ages:
    30 - 49
  • Duration:
    12 Days
  • Status:
    Bookings open
  • Region:
    Asia
  • Destinations:
    Sri Lanka
  • Travel Style:
    Essentials
  • Accommodation:
    Hotels
  • Prices from:
    AUD $3245 own room
  • Transport:
    Minivan, Train, 4WD vehicle, Local transport
  • Pace:
    3
  • Max Group Size:
    16
REVIEWS

'Loved my tour to Sri Lanka. It is such an amazing and diverse country and I would recommend you visit before it becomes too commercial.'

Trudy, NSW

'The ambiance and content of the trip was really excellent. Moreover the Tour Guide, was probably the best I have ever had on any tour. Absolutely recommend this holiday.'

Kyria, NSW
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INCLUSIONS

ACCOMMODATION & MEALS

  • 11 nights comfortable hotel stay
  • 11 breakfasts
  • 2 lunches
  • 2 highlight dinners (welcome and farewell) 

SIGHTSEEING & TRAVEL

  • English-speaking locally based trip leader
  • Arrival transfer#
  • Private air-conditioned vehicle and driver
  • One way train journey
  • Boat ride

ADDITIONAL SERVICES

  • Small group, not more than 16 travellers

# Arrival transfer included – we meet all flights given arriving day 1 or prior with additional night/s booked as part of your package.  
Travel insurance is a mandatory requirement for joining this tour and is in addition to the package price.

Not included:  

  • Sightseeing local payment USD95
  • Airfares to/from Colombo (unless requested – service booking fee applies)
  • Airport departure transfer
  • Travel insurance
  • Excess baggage
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Any tips or porterage at airports, hotels, drivers & local staff
  • Meals and beverages not specified on itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry & medical expenses
  • Incidental expenses such as taxi fares, telecommunications 

Departure Dates for this tour

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Prices per person (in AUD)

Twin Share
(2 per room)

Solo
(Own Room)

Tour package (days 1-12)

AUD $2640

AUD $3245 

PRE TOUR:  Group Hotel Negombo including breakfast, with airport transfer

AUD $105

AUD $155

POST TOUR:  Group Hotel Colombo including breakfast

  AUD $90

 AUD $150

SHARE & SAVE
If you are happy to share with a roommate of the same sex, save on the price of taking a room to yourself (subject to roommate availability). If sharing (twin share) pre and post are booked at rate of your own room unless your roommate also books the additional night/s of stay.

 


Trip Code: LK231022

Itinerary

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Great value accommodation – 3 star + (no dorm rooms)
  • Diverse exploring – ancient culture and landmarks, the highlands, superb coast and wildlife!
  • Climb the incredible Sigiriya Rock Fortress
  • Take in the beauty of the land on the Kandy train journey
  • Witness the majestic elephant in its natural surrounding
  • Chill out at the laid back Unawatuna Beach
  • Free time included
  • Best of small group travel – in your age group!
  • Welcome and farewell dinner highlights

PRE TOUR STAY
Consider arriving a day before the tour starts or staying on after the tour ends. You can relax and refresh after your flight.  Also provides a buffer in case of unexpected delays. The cost of the additional night/s of stay applies. Ask our travel team about this option, and the additional costs. 

 

DAY 01            

Welcome To This Beautiful Island, Sri Lanka

Welcome to Sri Lanka’s Bandaranayke International Airport!  After you pass customs and collect your luggage, you’ll be met by an Encounter Travel representative. It’s then a short transfer to our beach hotel in Negombo.

This afternoon at 3pm, meet up with your group leader and your travel buddies in the hotel lobby for a trip briefing. Then, there’s a quick zip around Negombo to get a feel for the area, and we head out to one of the top-rated pubs for our welcome dinner. This is the start of the fun of your fun exploring Sri Lanka’s highlights.

Meals: Dinner

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Day 1 airport to group hotel transfer
  • Group briefing
  • Negombo orientation tour
  • Welcome group dinner 


SPECIAL NOTES:

  • If arriving early today, a pre tour hotel stay would be required to guarantee a morning check-in to the hotel.
  • The Entrance Fees local payment to be paid direct to your trip leader at the group meeting today. 

 

DAY 02            

The Adventures Begin - Negombo / Kurunagela / Dambulla

Enjoy the first of many delicious breakfasts in Sri Lanka, and try some of the Sri Lankan breakfast choices.

Now, get set for the start of the adventures ahead.  We head out early for Kurunagala to visit Reedi Viharaya Temple. Here we have the unique chance to participate in offering Alms for the Buddhist Monks – a once in a lifetime experience! In Buddhism, alms or almsgiving is the respect given by a lay Buddhist to a Buddhist monknun, spiritually-developed person or other sentient being.  Think of it as a symbolic connection to the spiritual realm.

We’ll also visit the village of Ridigama to see the Reedi Vihara Temple, a 2nd-century BCE Theravada Buddhist temple.  Then, we continue on the Sri Lanka’s cultural triangle for our next two nights in Dambulla. Arriving to Dambulla, the rest of the afternoon is free time.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch


SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Visit Reedi Viharaya Temple - participating in an offering for the Buddhist Monks
  • Visit the Reedi Vihara temple in the village of Ridigama
  • Travel to Dambulla, Sri Lanka’s cultural triangle


SPECIAL NOTES:

For temple visits, shoes are removed. Modest dress is necessary for temple visits including covering knees and shoulders. 

 

DAY 03            

Dambulla / Sigiriya / Polonnaruwa / Dambulla

Grab your hiking shoes! We take breakfast early so we can start out first thing to reach Sigiriya Rock to make our climb before it’s too hot, plus we’re aiming to miss the crowds.

SPECIAL HIGHLIGHT
The 5th century Sigiriya rock complex is an incredible world heritage site. It rises 200 metres from the jungle scrub and is fondly known as the ‘Lion Rock’.  It’s here you also visit the world-renowned frescoes of the ‘Heavenly Maidens’ of Sigiriya, reaching the frescoes by a spiral stairway.

After we’ve conquered the climb (anyone reasonably fit and mobile won’t find it a problem) we visit a local village and take a bullock cart ride though the village paths up to the lake, then cross the lake by canoe.  You’ll get to take part in a cooking demonstration by the local women from the village and enjoy a locally prepared lunch. It’s then an easy ride back to our vehicle with a tuk tuk ride along the village paths.  

From hiking to biking. This afternoon cycle around the ruins of Polonnaruwa. Polonnaruwa was the 2nd capital city of Sri Lanka, built in the 11th and 12th centuries AD, and also a world heritage site.  Ruins include the Royal Palace, city buildings, temples and even a swimming pool.  There’s also the impressive, and massive four statues of the Buddha carved out of rock.

It’s been an amazing day out – back to our Dambulla hotel to chill out.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Visit and climb 5th century Sigiriya rock fortress, a world heritage site.
  • A bullock cart village ride though the village paths
  • Lake crossing by canoe
  • A cooking demonstration by the local village women, and a homemade lunch
  • Tuk Tuk village ride
  • Visit Polonnaruwa ruins by bicycle 


SPECIAL NOTES:
Have a pair of walking shoes/non slip shoes for the climb, and bring a hat.

 

DAY 04            

From The Cultural Centre To The Old Capital - Dambulla / Naula / Matale / Kandy

Dambulla Rock Temple is a must see in Sri Lanka, and today’s our day. Dambulla is a World Heritage site and is the most impressive of Sri Lanka’s cave temples.  It’s one of a kind - a complex of five caves with over 2000 square metres of painted walls and the ceiling is the largest area of painting found in the world. It doesn’t end there - these caves have over 150 images of the Buddha and one mighty colossal figure of the Buddha carved out of rock spanning 14 metres.

From Dambulla, experience the local way of life as we take a local bus to Naula, then meeting up with our vehicle to continue to Kandy. By now, you’ve worked out that Sri Lankans love their spices – so on the way to Kandy, we’ll see for ourselves where they all come from with a visit to a spice garden.

Tonight, an overnight stay in Sri Lanka’s old capital, Kandy. 

Meals: Breakfast

 

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Visit Dambulla Rock temple
  • Take a local bus ride
  • Visit a spice garden
  • Travel to Kandy

 
SPECIAL NOTES:
There’s stair climbing to reach the caves. To go inside the caves, you must remove your shoes and have your shoulders and legs covered.

 

DAY 05          

A Day For Kandy

We’re on foot – a morning walking tour of Kandy will take us to the local vegetable market and market place. Kandy is tea country, and we visit a working tea plantation and factory – you’ll see your next cup of tea in a whole new light after getting to know the process from the plant to the cup.

Kandy’s a great spot for free time so we’ve set aside some hours today so you can make your own discoveries. If you enjoy beautiful gardens, opt to join your guide for a visit to Peradeniya to walk around the Royal Botanical Gardens; first built as a pleasure garden by a Sinhala king, then expanded by the British. 

Tonight, we visit the Temple of the Tooth and take in a show of the Kandyan Cultural Dance Performa.

Meals: Breakfast 

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Kandy walking tour
  • Tea plantation and factory visit
  • Visit Temple of the Tooth
  • A cultural dance show

FREE TIME EXTRAS:
Visit the Royal Botanical Gardens; USD10 (or equivalent local currency)

 

DAY 06  

Kandy To Tea Country Train Ride - Kandy / Nuwara Eliya

Today is a special scenic train journey from Kandy’s Peradeniya Railway Station, to reach the high mountain train station of Nanu Oya, where we disembark to travel to our overnight stay in Nuwara Eliya.  Nuwara Eliya is in hill country in central Sri Lanka. It’s the land of tea! You could be forgiven for thinking you are parts of England when you make discoveries of this town.

There’s nothing flash or luxurious about the train, as you join locals for the journey. But it’s the outlook that impresses; waterfalls, stunning views of hills laden with tea plants, and winding the way through the mountains as the climb trains higher and higher.  You’ll know it’s getting higher as you feel the change in the temperature, and this is where a jacket or sweater will be needed.

Meals: Breakfast

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Scenic train journey through the mountains from Kandy
  • Travel to Nuwara Eliya


SPECIAL NOTES:
Pack some snacks, drinks, and lunch for the train journey.

 

DAY 07  

From Mountains To An Elephant Safari - Nuwara Eliya / Ella / Udawalawe

We travel by road from Nuwara Eliya to reach Ella, where we start our trek to the Nine Arch Bridge in Ella, spanning 91 metres and 24 metres high. It’s an INSTA photo moment – towering from the jungle, with the backdrop of the forest. After a good leg stretch we carry on, travelling to Udawalawe via Wellawaya.

When we arrive to our lodging you can take it easy or opt to visit the Elephant Transit Home. It’s a special temporary home for orphaned elephant calves where they are taken care of until they are independent and able enough to be released back to the wild.  The transit home has been recognised as one of best wild animal rehabilitation centres in the world. Situated on the western border of Udawalawe National Park, the elephants have no boundaries in the area and have freedom to roam wherever they want, and wild elephants also visit the transit home.

Meals: Breakfast

 

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • A trek to Nine Arch Bridge
  • Travel to Udawalawe

FREE TIME EXTRAS:

  • Visit the Elephant Transit Home; USD25 (or equivalent local currency),

SPECIAL NOTES:
Walking boots / shoes recommended for the trek to Nine Arch Bridge, water and a day pack.

 

DAY 08  

From Safari To The Coast - Udawalawe / Unawatuna

Animals don’t sleep in and morning is the best time to spot them!   We jump into our jeeps for our safari of Udawalawe National Park – it’s the most reliable place to see elephants in their wild habitat year round.

There’s some 400-500 elephants living in the park and herds of up to 50 are commonly seen!  We’ll also be on safari to seek the other park inhabitants; toque monkeys, grey langur, spotted deer, wild pig, sambar, eagles and more.  Leopards live in the park (though you will be lucky to spot one, but it does happen).  Will be back to our lodging for breakfast and then we take off for the coast!

Arrive to the hip beach spot of Unawatuna on Sri Lanka’s south coast – home for the next 3 nights. Just a one kilometre stretch, this beach is lined with coconut palms and a white sandy shore. You’ll love this town for its laid back feel, with spots to chill out ‘backpacker style’, for cheap eats and beers.

Meals: Breakfast

 SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Jeep safari in Udawalawee National Park
  • Travel from National Park to the coast


SPECIAL NOTES:
For safari have soft/natural coloured clothing that blends with nature. Take a light jacket or sweater for the early morning safari. If you have binoculars bring them along.

 

DAY 09 

Chill Time By The Beach - Unawatuna

It’s too easy to spend the entire day at the beach – soak up some rays, surf and hang out. But if you like to mix it up you can join a walking tour around Galle Fort this morning. With a Dutch heritage, Galle Fort has a unique character – it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take a walk with your guide around the old Dutch buildings and take some free time to explore, or you may like some time for a bit of shopping.

Tonight, pick a local eatery with your travel buddies, kick back and enjoy the beach lifestyle in Sri Lanka.

Meals: Breakfast 

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Free time at the beach


FREE TIME EXTRAS:

  • Walking tour of Galle Dutch Fortress

SPECIAL NOTES:
Want to do a spot of shopping for momentos of Sri Lanka, join the visit to Galle Fort. There’s some good shopping options for souvenirs and gifts.

 

DAY 10            

Sri Lanka’s Beautiful South Coast - Unawatuna

Take a leisurely breakfast at your hotel and have an entire day free to suit yourself, or you may be tempted to head out for a whale watching boat trip (may be dependent on your season of visit)

Meals: Breakfast

 

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • A free day to suit yourself 


FREE TIME EXTRAS:

  • Whale Watching boat trip from Mirissa @ USD 70.00 per person as deemed available by the season.

 

DAY 11            

From Beach To City Bustle - Unawatuna / Balapitiya / Kodgoda / Colombo

After breakfast, we head for Colombo. Along the way we stop for a scenic cruise along the Madhu River.  This cruise is the chance to see life along the river; pass dozens of islets forested with mangroves, feel the calm pace of rural life, pass by a  200-year-old temple, and  watch the locals cultivating cinnamon.  We make a stop at the Turtle Hatchery at Kosgoda – a conversation centre protecting sea turtle eggs and treating injured turtles.

Arriving to Colombo there’s a bit of free time – good idea to jump in a tuk tuk and explore. A party tonight – we farewell Sri Lanka with Dinner at Elevate by Jetwing 04 course meal.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

 

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Cruise along Madhu River
  • Visit a turtle hatchery at Kosgoda
  • Travel to Colombo
  • Farewell group dinner

DAY 12 

Farewell - Colombo

Wow, you’ve just explored the incredible tear drop island of Sri Lanka! Take a moment to remember all that you packed into these amazing twelve days. Now it’s time to farewell your travel buddies and make your way home (or travel to your next exciting destination).

You can book a transfer to the airport with your guide, or make your own way there.

Meals: Breakfast  

SPECIAL NOTES:
There is the option to book a departure transfer to the airport with your trip leader.

 

Itineraries may be subject to change, due to circumstances outside of our control. If there is any itinerary change prior to departure of significance we aim to inform you prior to travel.  Itinerary changes while on tour will be informed by your tour leader/guide while on tour. 

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ACCOMMODATION

Destination

Hotel Name

Nights

Negombo

Goldi Sands

1

Dambulla/Sigiriya

Tropical Life (Dambulla)
OR
Wewa Addara, (Sigiriya)

2

Kandy

Hotel Topaz

2

Nuwara Eliya

Galway Heights

1

Udawalawe

Grand Udawalawe

1

Unawatuna

Hotel J

3

Colombo

Fairway Hotel

1


Hotels are subject to change, due to circumstances outside of our control. Should this occur, a hotel of a similar standard will be provided.

 

Goldi Sands Encounter Travel
Grand Udawalawe Hotel, Udawalawe

Grand Udawalawe Hotel, Udawalawe

Hotel J Unawatuna Explore Sri Lanka Encounter Travel

Hotel J, Unawatuna

HOTEL DESCRIPTIONS

GOLDI SANDS, NEGOMBO

Situated on the Negombo Beach is just 15 minutes away from the Bandaranaike International Airport. Negombo is one of Sri Lanka’s most sought after tourist destinations because of its idyllic location. This comfortable 3 star hotel is a great introduction to the island life of Sri Lanka. All rooms elegantly decorated in keeping with the theme of the hotel are equipped with telephone, piped music, mini refrigerator, electronic safe, hair dryer, tea and coffee making facilities and en-suite bathrooms with hot and cold water. The hotel also provides 24 hour room service, internet facilities, foreign currency encashment and laundry services.

TROPICAL LIFE, DAMBULLA
Situated on the highest point of Sri Lanka’s hill capital, Hotel Topaz is an enchanting Kandy city hotel that offers luxury and seclusion in the regal city of Kandy.

HOTEL TOPAZ, KANDY
Situated on the highest point of Sri Lanka’s hill capital, Hotel Topaz is an enchanting Kandy city hotel that offers luxury and seclusion in the regal city of Kandy.

GALWAY HEIGHTS, NUWARA ELIYA 
Among the rich greenery of the central hill country is Galway Heights. The rooms are full of comforts with stylish décor and include a 32-inch TV for your entertainment. The hotel includes the Galway Pub, with Irish and English menu choices. Guets are provided with complimentary Wi-Fi during their stay. Enjoy a step up in accommodation at this quality hotel.

WiFi:  Free

GRAND UDAWALAWE HOTEL. UDAWALAWE
The Grand Udawalawe Safari Resort is situated on 7 acres of land only 500 metres from the Ath Athuru Sevana (Elephant Orphanage), and is only a five minutes drive from the Uda Walawe National Park. Rooms include air conditioning, 24 hours TV / DVD Players, free wi-fi, tea making facilities 24 hours room services, direct dialing telephone (including IDD) / 24 hours laundry service and a doctor on call.

WiFi:  tba         

HOTEL J, UNAWATUNA
Long admired as one of our best beach destinations, Unawatuna is a buzzing town filled with adventures by the Indian Ocean – be it in the water, through coastal jungles, or even in the midst of myth and legend, Hotel J is at the heart of all the action. Hotel J is a good value 3 star hotel including an all day restaurant and bar, and swimming pool.

Each of the rooms has been designed with contemporary styling. Free Wi-Fi alongside an LCD TV with satellite channels come as standard amenities.

WiFi:  Free  

FAREWAY HOTEL, COLOMBO 
Enjoy the modern style, comfortable rooms with excellent service.

Complimentary WiFi coverage, motion controlled sensor driven room temperature controls and the convenience of checking your bills from the comfort of your room using the IPTV systems are just a few standout features that have positioned Fairway Colombo as a superior choice for a hotel in Colombo.

WiFi:  Free

 

Hotel descriptions are taken from the hotel website and edited to suit our page. We confirm the wifi status of information provided by the hotel but can’t guarantee the service and/or wifi speed. 


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GETTING THERE

Starts In: Negombo, Sri Lanka
Ends In: Colombo, Sri Lanka

Arrival: Colombo, Sri Lanka
Departure: Colombo, Sri Lanka

 First Day Information
Arrival day commences with afternoon group meet up at 3PM. Followed by a group welcome dinner.

Final Day Information
There are no tour excursions on the final day. An airport transfer is included to meet your departure flight. Hotel Check In/Out Times
Consider the hotel check in time on arrival and the hotel check out time on departure. If you arrive prior to the check in time, the hotel will store your luggage until the check in time and can also store your luggage until you are ready to depart for your onward journey.  Hotel check in:  most hotels have check in from 2PM or 3PM
Hotel check out: most hotels require check out by 10AM or 11AM.


AIRPORT TRANSFERS

AIRPORT TRANSFERS - ARRIVAL

Airport Transfers are included on arrival given that;

  • you arrive on day 1 of the tour
    OR
  • you have extended your stay and you have booked the pre tour group hotel with us as part of your package.

If you are making your own flight arrangements, we require your flight itinerary no later than 45 days prior to travel (and even if you are not making airport transfer arrangements with us).  Where transfers are part of your arrangement, if your itinerary is not provided to us within the required timeframe, you forfeit the airport transfers, or additional fees may be incurred for the service.

AIRPORT TRANSFERS – DEPARTURE

Not included as part of tour package price. A departure transfer can be booked on location direct with your tour leader. Or buddy up with fellow travellers in the group for anyone on the same departure flights to arrange a taxi to the airport.

 FLIGHT INFORMATION
As an Australian travel company we can provide flight assistance for flights originating from Australia. If joining the tour from outside Australia we recommend making your own flight arrangements or to use the service of a travel advisor located within your country of residence for access to best fares.

DETAILS

Read on for other key trip information that you should know before you decide on joining the group.

TRIP AVAILABILITY
If this trip seems right for you then we encourage you to book early and secure your place with a deposit.  Tour space is limited. Also, many services on this tour must be booked well in advance. To ensure your place, please check trip availability at your earliest convenience

FELLOW TRAVELLERS
You will enjoy this group experience with a maximum of 16 travellers. This is a Solos Only tour (couple free). You are welcome to join with a friend, but couples do not join this tour. The trip is for ages 30 to 49 years.

THE PACE  [3 out of 5]

Being fit is the best way to enjoy the trip! Anyone of reasonable fitness is suitable to join the tour. This is a moderately paced, small group tour.  Some days will require early morning starts and much of the sightseeing is on foot and walking tours. There’s also an easy paced bicycle tour as part of the touring.

The itinerary includes many ancient places such as temples and to make a full discovery of these places of visits, climbing stairs is required. Some touring may not be suitable for travellers with mobility issues and/or low fitness levels.  If unsure about your suitability for the trip please contact us to seek further advice.   

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TIPPING
Tipping is not included in your tour package. Tipping may not be your custom, or the custom of your home country, however it is significant in many parts of the world for roles in tourism. It’s customary to tip tour service personnel including your group tour leader, driver, local guides, restaurant staff, and hotel porters. It’s also appreciated to leave small tips for room attendants and restaurant wait staff.  We appreciate that for many travellers tipping is awkward, and they are unsure about how and what amount to tip. Below is a guide.

Trip Leader                   Approximately USD 5.00 Per Person Per Day
Driver & Helper             Approximately USD 3.00 Per Person Per Day

Room attendants           Approximately USD 1.00 Per Person Per Day
Porters                         Approximately USD 1.00 Per Room 

10% tipping in restaurants.

ABOUT THE MEALS   
It’s regular that our trips include welcome dinners and farewell dinners for our groups. In addition, we include other group dining experiences to ensure that everyone can enjoy the benefit of travelling and dining as a group.  There’s nothing better than to share a meal with new friends and discuss the day’s adventures.

The Local Cuisine
The lunch and dinner meals included with the itinerary are Sri Lankan cuisine. A few dinners and lunches are included but otherwise you can make your own choices.

For meals not included it’s a great chance to make your own local discoveries. Make sure you try a hopper, a Sri Lankan specialty, kind of like a very light crepe usually made from rice and coconut. You can eat very cheaply at local eateries.  Dining at more upmarket restaurants as a guide is from around USD9 and above. Of course, there’s a huge range of prices from the cheapest being street vendors to high prices in 5 star hotels. For cheap eats, it may be as little as a USD2-4 for a meal.

For days where lunch or dinner isn’t included, your guide will be on hand to offer recommendations. The hotel breakfasts will offer a variety including Sri Lankan breakfast and some western breakfast options. 

The traditional cuisine of Sri Lanka has been influenced by many nationalities over the years including the Dutch, English, Arabs, Malays, Moors, Indians and Portuguese. Food is colourful with many vegetarian options and by the coast seafood features.  The staple diet is rice and curry and the curry is usually offered as a variety of small dishes of curry including vegetarian, chicken, fish and some beef and mutton curries.  The curries are accompanied by other dishes including dhal and sambol (like a chutney). Coconut milk is widely used in the curries. And contrary to belief of some westerners, curries are not usually ‘hot’ in taste, but rather ‘spiced’ for flavour. Given Sri Lanka is a tropical island, tropical fruits are abundant. Be sure to sip on a King Coconut juice.

About the Water in Sri Lanka
Due to poor quality of drinking water in Sri Lanka, you must only drink bottled water and only bottled water from reliable sources. Also, use bottled water for brushing teeth. Most hotels have bottled water included in the room for the purpose of brushing teeth.

GROUP TRIP LEADER
This is a private group tour with a driver and tour guide from Sri Lanka (your trip leader). Your trip leader is there to assist with group arrangements and to act as the liaison for all tour services. If the group size falls below 7 passengers, then one driver-guide will escort the group.

The role of the trip leader is to lead the group, take charge of all the trip logistics on tour, and of course, make sure the trip runs as smoothly as possible so ultimately you have the best possible experience. From time to time, as is the nature of travel, ‘hiccups’ can occur, such as unexpected delays to due to traffic congestion, unexpected weather conditions that make a change of plans necessary, and many other things that go hand in hand with travel. In these circumstances your group leader will do their utmost to make the best possible alternative plans – please be ready to accept that these situations are out of the control of anyone and trust in your group leader to assist as best as possible.

TRANSPORT
Touring is mostly by road.  Also, enjoy a local train journey during the day and a boat ride. There’s also a jeep safari for your visit to the National park. The touring vehicle size will vary depending on the final number of travellers.

LUGGAGE INFORMATION AND RESTRICTIONS
For airline luggage restrictions refer to your ticket details. Please note that the maximum luggage weight for touring may be less than the airline maximum limit.

Checked Luggage Maximum Weight: 20 kilograms
Hand Luggage Maximum Weight/Information: One small piece of carry-on luggage is permitted such as a backpack. This must be a soft bag.

ABOUT MOBILE PHONE USE / INTERNET 
While on tour, there will be access to wifi at certain areas only. There will be times where wifi will not be accessible at all. The hotels will have wifi/internet facilities available to use. You may like to purchase a prepaid sim card to take with you while travelling. Otherwise, ask your phone provider about International Roaming packages/offers for your mobile phone.  SIM cards or international roaming packages can be good options to keep in touch with friends and family back home.  Be sure the sim card you purchase will cover all the countries you are travelling to. 

Many hotels these days offer WiFi—some for free, others for a modest fee.

WhatsApp
If you don’t already use this service, we recommend downloading this application also. It’s a mobile phone App that offers fast, simple, secure messaging and calling for free (data charges may apply – ask your phone provider).

As a general indication, for many of our tours, our guides use WhatsApp to communicate with the group.

TRAVELLER REVIEWS

'Loved my tour to Sri Lanka. It is such an amazing and diverse country and I would recommend you visit before it becomes too commercial.'

Trudy, NSW

'The ambiance and content of the trip was really excellent. Moreover the Tour Guide, was probably the best I have ever had on any tour. Absolutely recommend this holiday.'

Kyria, NSW
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Since 2006 leading the way for solo travellers. As a boutique tour operator, we delight in detail, delivering personal service and finding your next best memory.©
Australian Owned
100% Australian, created by Australians for Australians; we 'get' the Australian travel style. And, better still, our arms are open to welcome our friends from other countries around the world, who'd like to travel with friendly Aussies.©
Small Group Tours
Travel solo, not alone when you join one of our small group tours. Share your journey, without the drawbacks of big coach tours or the solitude of being alone.©
Age-Matched Tours
From our traveller feedback we know that our age-matched holidays are one of the main reasons that solo travellers choose to join us. All our 'Solos Only ' tours are age-matched, making for a better chance that you'll be travelling other like minded single travellers. ©