Rafting, mountaineering and a week of surf camp are just some of the experiences that await during this exciting trip to Sri Lanka. You also get an insight into the Sri Lankan culture and visit some of the country’s most iconic places.
You combine Sri Lanka’s stunning scenery and interesting culture with active adventures. Now everything awaits from nerve-wracking rafting, bike rides in the jungle, mountaineering on one of Sri Lanka’s holiest mountains, hiking and visits to villages. the trip ends with a week of surf camp on the coast with surfing, yoga and sun & swimming. Check ehotelat for hotels in Sri Lanka.
Day 1: Departure from Scandinavia
You fly from Sweden to Sri Lanka, where you arrive the next day.
Day 2: Arrival in Negombo
Upon arrival at Colombo Airport, you will be picked up and taken to your hotel in Negrombo. Depending on when you arrive at the hotel, you can spend some time on your own before dinner is served at the hotel.
Day 3: Dambulla – Habarana
After breakfast it heads off, first to Dambulla which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with over 150 worryingly well-preserved Buddha statues in five different caves. All in all, there are over 80 different caves here that are used by the monks for mediation. You then go on to Habarana where you stay the next two nights. ( F )
Day 4: Bike ride to the ruined city of Polonnaruwa and elephant safari in Minneriya
After breakfast, head to Polonnaruwa, where you explore one of the island’s most impressive places by bike. The ancient city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and among the ruins you can cycle around between well-preserved Hindu and Buddhist archeological treasures. In the afternoon you take a jeep tour around Minneriya National Park. You also go on excursions through wetlands and drylands and can see wild elephants, amphibians and a whole lot of different bird species. ( F )
Day 5: Village visit and Sigiriyaklippan
Today you climb in Sigiriya, after which the city is named. The ancient kings of Sri Lanka built a huge palace on top of the mountain around the fifth century. This palace is surrounded by beautiful gardens, swimming pools and fortresses. To reach the top, follow the many steps that run in and out between the rock’s rock formations. It’s a beautiful walk. Do not forget to stop and admire the view of the unspoilt nature. In the afternoon you then go on to Hiriwaduna. Here you can go on an exciting hiking trip and enjoy the fantastic bird life. With a little luck, you might even see a crocodile. On the journey you will pass small communities where you get an insight into the villagers’ everyday life and daily chores. Late afternoon you then go to the old capital Kandy ( F )
Day 6: On your own in picturesque Kandy
Spend the day just as you please. Kandy is a charming old kingdom that is beautifully situated by a lake, surrounded by mountains, waterfalls and jungle. Stroll through the narrow and idyllic streets, or take a walk by the bazaar and the city’s craft center. Also do not miss the “Tooth Temple”, which according to legend houses one of the Buddha’s cheek teeth. In the evening you can go and see a colorful performance with entertainment, music and magnificent costumes. ( F )
Day 7: Rafting
You will be picked up at your hotel and go to Kithulgala where rafting can begin. The adventure begins with some exciting and nerve-wracking rapids, where foam splashes and adrenaline are mixed together into a fascinating cocktail. Later, where the river widens and the water is calmer, you have the opportunity to enjoy the scenic area. Among other things, you will pass the place where the movie “Bridge over the river Kwai” was shot in 1956. It is also an excellent place for a refreshing dip. ( F )
Day 8: Bike ride through the jungle
Today you go on a bike ride to the more than 30,000 year old cave Belilena. It is a wonderful excursion of about eight to ten kilometers through the rainforest from Kithulgala. The cave is located about 2,000 meters above sea level and attracts with a breathtaking view of the jungle. It contains the remains of a lost generation of lankeser and skeletons have been found that are more than 32,000 years old. After a bike ride in the local area, the journey returns to your hotel where you can spend the day in any way you like. The area offers lots of activities, so if you want to experience more adventures you have come to the right place. ( F )
Day 9: Climb Adams Peak
After breakfast, head to the village of Maskeliya, where the day is spent relaxing. Save energy for tonight’s hike to Adams Peak. Adams Peak is Sri Lanka’s fourth highest mountain at 2,243 meters. It is one of the island’s most important pilgrimage destinations for Buddhists, Hindus and Christians. At the top is an imprint in the ground, which is claimed to be a giant footprint. According to Buddhists, it is the footprint of the Buddha, while Hindus consider it to be Shivas. Christian pilgrims believe that it was here that Adam first set foot on earth. You start the hike around midnight so that you have time for the approximately 5,000 steps to the top before sunrise. It is a fantastic experience to then watch the sun turn the darkness into a green and vibrant landscape. The view is unforgettable and worth the effort. ( F)
Day 10: Adams Peak
Today you spend the day descending from Adams Peak. Back in Maskeliya, you spend the day on your own. It is a good idea to relax in the hotel and gather your strength again after the night’s adventurous excursion. ( F )
Day 11: Lapoint surf camp
From the highlands you now continue out to the coast. On the way you stop in Galle, where a visit to the old fort is recommended. Upon arrival at Ahangarna, you will be driven to Lapoint Surf Camp. After check-in, go on a tour of the local area. Then you can take a long-awaited dip in the roaring waves, lean back under the swaying palm trees, or just wander around and soak up the atmosphere. In the evening, an information meeting is held while dinner is served. Two yoga sessions are included during your stay so you have a chance to stretch your sore muscles. Accommodation: Surf Camp. ( F , M )
Day 12: Introduction and start
The weather will determine how you spend your day. Depending on when the waves are best, you start with breakfast and surf afterwards, or start with some fruit and coffee and then eat a proper breakfast after surfing. On the beach, all travelers are divided into groups based on knowledge level. You then get a surfboard to practice on. First, an introduction is given about equipment and safety and if you are a beginner, you start by learning some basic principles in surfing on dry land, including kayaking and “popups”. After classes, you can linger on the beach and practice a little more, or explore the island. ( F , M )
Day 13: Surfing and time on your own
New day, new challenges. You may feel a little tender in the body after yesterday, but there is nothing a second lesson can not cure! The next few hours are spent surfing. After lunch you have some free time on your own. We suggest that you hop in a tuk-tuk and go on a tour to experience everyday life around you. You can also stay on the beach and relax. ( F , M )
Day 14: Surfing and excursion to the city
Today, the tide determines whether you should eat early breakfast and then surf, or vice versa. Hopefully you now feel more confident on the board and in the waves. The more you practice, the faster you get better. There are always new things to learn. If you feel like it, you can join the assembled troupe on a tour and drinks in Mirissa. Here you can also settle down at a nice restaurant. ( F , M )
Day 15: Spend the day just as you please.
Some travelers want to surf as much as possible – others also want to take the opportunity to relax by the pool. Spend the day just the way you want. Many activities await around the camp. You can visit tea plantations and temples, go horseback riding in the local area, or go whale watching. Hopefully you get to see these amazing marine mammals. Dinner is served as usual in the camp. ( F , M )
Day 16: Surfing
The day is set aside for surfing and the only break is lunch, as well as possibly a massage. After dinner, it may be a good idea to check out the nightlife again, either in Mirissa or Hikkaduwa, where there are plenty of opportunities for a successful evening in town. ( F , M )
Day 17: Last surf day
Today is the last day you can surf and develop your technology in the waves. At this point, you probably feel a little safer, catch more waves and do not get tired as quickly. You now have a very good understanding of what surfing is all about, both in theory and in practice. All you need to get even better is more time to exercise. ( F , M )
Day 18: Departure from Surf Camp
Time to check out. The adventure is over for this time if you do not book another week – which many do. You have the opportunity to stay in the camp for as long as you want, until you travel further in the world, or fly home to Sweden. ( F , M )
Day 19: Arrival in Scandinavia
Arrival time to Scandinavia depends on the airline.
Nine nights in a middle-class hotel
Seven nights in a dormitory at the surf camp