Sri Lanka

APRIL 2024
9 day itinerary

Safaris, Beaches and Waterfalls

2024: 26th April – May 4th
(2023: 2nd – 10th December – SOLD OUT)
Country: Sri Lanka
Cost: €2,100
Availability: 11 spots available for 2024

After hosting three AMAZING trips to Sri Lanka, Janet’s Journeys is finishing off 2023 with another unforgettable trip to this magical country!

This trip is a mix between adventure, culture and relaxation as we have an 8-day jam-packed itinerary hitting all of Sri Lanka’s hotspots!

Join us on this extraordinary journey as we explore the enchanting wonders of Sri Lanka and embark on an epic adventure!

SPECIAL OFFER: Sign up for the  Sri Lanka group trip and the Maldives group trip together and get a 200 euro discount! Combined price: 3,600 for both tours.

What’s Included


All Transport
Meals, as stated
All Accommodation
Airport transfers
All activities, as stated


Meals that are not specified
Personal expenses
International Flights
Travel Insurance
Tips for guides etc
Additional adventure activities


This is the full itinerary for my 2023 trip to Sri Lanka.

Please read the itinerary in detail, and if you’re interested in joining send me an email to telling me in short why you would like to join

How to applyIf accepted, you will receive an email and have 5 days to pay the 500 euro deposit. The balance will be due 6 weeks before the trip start date. Payment in instalments is an option if you desire

Day 1 - Colombo

Welcome to Sri Lanka! You will arrive in the capital Colombo, home to beautiful palm tree-lined beaches!

As people will be arriving at different times throughout the day, we will have a relaxing day by the pool so everyone can get acquainted!

Hotel: Jetwing Blue, Negombo.

Meals: Group dinner.

Day 2 - Dambulla

After breakfast, our mini bus will transfer us to Dambulla where we will stop off at the incredible Dambulla Rock Cave!

We’ll check into Cinnamon Lodge Habarana and get ready for an afternoon safari in Minneriya National Park where we are guaranteed to see Asian Elephants!

Hotel: Cinnamon Lodge Habarana.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Day 3 - Dambulla

After an early hotel breakfast (their buffets are incredible!), we’ll make our way to one of the most famous sites in Sri Lanka, Sigiriya.

This is a huge rock fortress and ancient archaeological site where you can hike up and enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding countryside at the top!

In the afternoon, we will have lunch in a traditional local restaurant, and take a boat ride to a nearby to visit a local village.

Hotel: Cinnamon Lodge Habarana.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Day 4 - Kandy

After breakfast we will head to Kandy to visit the famous “Temple of the Tooth Relic”.

We will then visit one of the most iconic photo spots in Sri Lanka, Ambuluwawa Tower in Gampola!

We’ll then make our way to Sri Lanka’s “tea country”,  in the highlands of Nuwara Eliya.

We can explore Nuwara Eliya  –a village that looks like an old English countryside town!

Hotel: Galway Heights

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 5 - Ella

In the morning, our bus will drop us at the Nuwara Eliya train station for us to take the famous “Kandy to Ella train”.

Our bus will keep our big bags and meet us at the Ella station so we can enjoy the ride, and take way too many photos!

Upon arrival in Ella, we’ll check into our hotel and have lunch at a local restaurant in town.

The town gives ‘Bali vibes’ as it’s super geared towards backpackers and has so many great bars and restaurants. It’s the backpacking epicenteepicentrer of Sri Lanka!

Lunch and dinner not included today as there are so many nice restaurants in town to explore.

We’ll do some sightseeing in the afternoon to Nine Arch Bridge and some local waterfalls to go swimming.

Hotel: Resort Myriad Hotel, Ella

Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 - Yala

Today, we have an early wake up call and we start our  hike up Little Adams Peak (30 mins, don’t worry!) to catch the sunrise. This is one of the most spectacular views in all of Sri Lanka.

After breakfast, we will drive to Yala National Park! Make sure to keep an eye out to see wild elephants walking along the road!

In the afternoon we’ll do a jeep safari in Yala, where you can see wild elephants, incredible bird life and leopards!

We’re staying at one of my favourite hotels in Sri Lanka as it’s practically INSIDE the National Park and often has some very large visitors at night…

There’s even a lake on the grounds full of crocodiles…and yes sometimes they do come walking out looking for some snacks!

Hotel: Cinnamon Wild Yala

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 7 - Mirissa

Today we head to Mirissa, a super famous surf spot and beach on the south coast.

En route, we will stop off at some famous photo spots and beautiful south coast beaches!

We’ll then check into our hotel with beach views.

Hotel: TBC

Meals: Breakfast and dinner. We can get lunch along the beach.

Day 8 - Galle

Chill time! We can spend the day relaxing at the beach with an option to take a surf lesson!

We will organise a bus transfer to Galle in the late afternoon, an old Dutch fort city that feels like a step back in time.

Amazing for shopping and souvenirs and lots of amazing restaurants too!

Hotel: TBC

Meals: Breakfast and dinner. Get your lunch in Galle.

Day 9 - Departure

The end of an epic adventure!

We head back to Colombo for our international flights home!

Meals: Breakfast included

To note:

These trips will not be led by Janet but by a Janet’s Journeys regular. There will be a local guide and driver, and your trip leader will be there to answer questions, curate the epic playlist, and ensure the group has a ridiculous amount of fun each and every day.

Refund policy:

Your deposit, in theory, is non-refundable. As the tour company requires it to book all the hotels etc. However if I can find someone to take your place, I’ll refund you in full, minus bank charges.

For the balance of your payment, the tour company can refund this up to 6 weeks before the trip should you have an emergency/illness / need to cancel. Anything closer than 6 weeks, and they cannot refund you. However, again, if I can find someone last minute to fill your spot, then yes you get your money back. Case by case basis.

I suggest you take out travel insurance that covers trip cancellations, that way should something awful happen like you get Covid, you will get a full payout from your insurance company.

*All rooms on all trips are shared. We will partner you with an adventure buddy – an amazing way to make new friends! 


Have look through some more of our group trips!