4 Week Sri Lanka Tour


4 weeks Sri Lanka Catered

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  • 30 Mar - 27 Apr 2019
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Overview

This is the ultimate tour of Sri Lanka, spending three weeks surfing in both the West and East Coast of the 'Pearl of the Indian Ocean', followed by a final week traveling through the beautiful Hill Country, visiting tea plantations, monasteries, temples, taking a traditional cookery class and climbing the famous 5,000ft Sri Pada pilgrimage.

If you're looking to see the best of Sri Lanka, we've done the planning for you! We will spend two weeks surfing and exploring Ahangama and it's neighbouring surf spots in the West, go back in time for a week in the infamous Arugam Bay, before travelling in land to explore Kandy, Ella and Adam's Peak. As well as surfing we have lots of extra activities and excursions planned, making this the ultimate Sri Lankan surf adventure!

What to Expect

Whatever your current surf ability, you'll soon see your skills progress with three weeks of surf coaching, as well as developing excellent core strength and flexibility with surf specific yoga sessions. All our surf instructors hold internationally recognised qualifications and are there to ensure overall progression, as well as your safety in the water. During surf lessons we will surf the best waves according to your ability and surf conditions, there's an amazing range of breaks within easy tuktuk ride of our camp, including the intermediate reef break just infront the camp.

If you're seeking an awesome warm-water surf trip and looking to max out on experiences while doing so, then Sri Lanka is your destination and this trip the winning formula. The most colourful cuisine, azure blue peeling waves with empty line-ups, dreamy beachfront accommodation and a once in a lifetime cultural experience awaits...

March or October?

These are both brilliant times to visit Sri Lanka, and your on the shoulder of the peak seasons making the flights cheaper and the line-up quieter! What's the difference between the Spring and Autumn tour? Very little actually, we simply change the order of the tour slightly so that you're surfing in the best location for the time of year - Spring is West to East, and Autumn is East to West, with both tours completing with a week in the magical hill country in land. Please note, if you're booking onto the October trip, you will need to arrive in Colombo by 12pm midday - see FAQs for more travel advise.

March Tour: 2 Weeks Ahangama, 1 Week Arugam Bay, 1 Week Hill Country.

October Tour: 1 Week Arugam Bay, 2 Weeks Ahangama, 1 Week Hill Country.

What's Included

  • Airport transfers (arrival / departure date only - see FAQs for details)
  • Accommodation twin, triple or quad rooms. Limited private doubles available
  • Welcome BBQ & drinks
  • Breakfast, lunch and 5 dinners per week in Ahangama
  • Breakfast and lunch in Arugam
  • Breakfast only in the Hill Country
  • Daily Surf Lessons + guided surfs
  • Surf equipment hire for duration
  • Video analysis (av. 2 per week)
  • Yoga classes (min. 5 per week)
  • Private transfer to Arugam Bay in an air conditioned minibus
  • Yala East National Park tour
  • Pottuvil Lagoon Tour
  • Waterfall visit in Ella
  • Halpewatte Tea Factory visit
  • Ayurvedic full body massage 
  • Temple of the Tooth visit
  • Botanical Garden visit 
  • Traditional cookery class
  • Adams Peak climb 
  • Leaving dinner

Yoga Our Sri Lankan Surf Camps include five yoga sessions per week, led by experienced yoga instructors. Yoga is the perfect way to stretch out and unwind after a surf, while the flexibility and core strength developed through yoga is also hugely beneficial to your overall surfing performance.

Video Analysis This is a tried and tested technique that helps you to improve your surfing. We take lots of photos throughout your trip to help you improve and they also make for inspiring memory joggers when you're back home.

Yala National Park We will spend a morning at Yala East National park where you'll get the chance to see elephants, leopards and a whole host of wildlife in their natural environment.

Pottuvil Lagoon Tour: Led by our local guides, we paddle on traditional crafted catamarans from the main land to a secluded beach inhabited by local fisherman. Expect to see an abundance of wildlife such as elephants, eagles, water buffalo, crocodiles and more.

Nightlife A couple of nights a week, you'll head out with the crew for an evening out in Mirissa, Galle or Hikkaduwa.

Waterfalls Once in the Hill Country we will take it easy in Ella, visiting waterfalls, walking up mini Adam's Peak and going on a tour of one of the local tea factories.

Massage One Ayurvedic Full Body Massage is included. This is an ancient traditional method of massage and will be very needed after three weeks of relentless surfing.

Temple of the Tooth In Kandy we will visit the famous Temple of the Tooth - the cream of the crop when it comes to temples in Sri Lanka.

Botanical Gardens We will also visit the beautiful Botanical Gardens, where monkeys swing freely in the trees and some of the countries most colourful flowers and trees grow.

Adams Peak Climbing Adam's Peak is our crescendo. Adam's Peak or Sri Pada is an important pilgrimage site and we will join other pilgrims as they walk the 5,500 steps up to the top of the mountain! The goal is to be on top of the mountain at sunrise, when the distinctive shape of the mountain casts a triangular shadow on the surrounding plain and can be seen to move quickly downward as the sun rises. 

Accommodation

In Ahangama we're based at Sion Surf Camp, right beside the beach with an (almost) private wave! There are twin, triple and quad rooms, with limited private double rooms a short walk away at the Lagoon. Expect incredible feasts, easy dawn surfs and lots to explore.

In Arugam Bay we have traditional cabanas right on the beach which sleep 2-3 people in each, so expect to be woken up by the waves crashing into the bay every day. Our accommodation in the Hill Country will be a combination of homestays and B&Bs sleeping two per room.

4
weeks

TimeLine

Here you'll find a day by day breakdown of your course.

  • Welcome to Sri Lanka (6th Oct 2018 / 30th March 2019) 1 Day

    Upon arrival you will be greeted at the airport by your Trip Leader and other riders, before travelling by private transfer to the surf camp in Arugam Bay (October 2018 trip / Stop 1), or the surf camp in Ahangama (March 2019 trip / Stop 1).

    Here you will be introduced to the team and given time to settle in before we tuck in to dinner and drinks 'Sri Lanka style'.

  • Surf, Yoga, Explore 13 Days

    Improve your surfing day in, day out and reap the physical and mental benefits of practicing yoga. Make the most of your surfing down time by discovering Sri Lanka's flavourful food, welcoming people and timeless ruins. (If you're on the March 2019 tour, the first 2 weeks will be spent in Ahangama. If you're on the October 2018 tour, then you spend the first week in Arugam Bay, followed by 2 weeks in Ahangama. Both trips complete with a final week in the Hill Country.)

  • Travel to the other coast! 7 Days

    Stock up on rotis for the seven hour journey through the most beautiful parts of the country and glimpse incredible jungle scenery! The journey itself is an adventure and without fail we’ve spotted elephants casually doing their thing on the side of the road every time. A week of relaxation and exploration awaits, including two surf lessons, five sunrise yoga sessions and an excursion to Yala National Park and a bicycle tsunami village tour. Arugam Bay is one of the most chilled out places on earth, you’ll settle in just fine... (If you're on the March tour, this week in Arugam occurs in Week 3 after Ahangama. If you're on the October tour, then you start your tour with this 1 Week in Arugam Bay).

  • Hill Country 7 Days

    Spend the final week traveling the Hill Country through Ella, Kandy and Adams Peak, visiting tea plantations, monesteries, temples, climbing the famous 5,000ft Sri Pada pilgrimage and receiving a much needed traditional ayurvedic massage before heading home.

  • Departure day (3rd Nov 2018 / 27th April 2019) 1 Day

    On your final night, we will all still be aching from climbing all 5,500 steps at Adam's Peak so a big Sri Lankan curry will be much needed, followed by a couple of cold Lion Beers! The team will then take you to the airport for the final farewell. 

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FAQs

Got a question about this course? Here's the best place to start. If you don't find your answer here, you can request a callback or get in touch using our contact page.

For those joining us in March, Ahangama is the first stop on the tour. The journey is around 2-3 hours South - perfect for a bit of shut eye pre surf!

For those joining us in October, the first stop is Arugam Bay. The jounrey is around 8 hours East. It's a long way but it's worth it, and the views will keep you entertained!

Which ever trip you're on, the team will greet you in Arrivals and take you back to the camp.

It takes around 7 hours to get through the jungle and beautiful hill country, where you usually see elephants in their natural habitat and lots of other wildlife.

Guests joining us in March will travel to Arugam Bay for 1 Week, after spending the first 2 weeks in Ahangama.

Guests joining us in October will travel to Ahangama for 2 weeks, having spent the first week in Arugam Bay.

Flights need to be booked into Colombo International airport, which is also known as Bandaranaike and Katunayake airport.

In Ahangama (2 weeks) your breakfast and lunch is all included, as well as 5 evening meals per week (so budget 2 evening meals). In Arugam Bay (1 week) your breakfast and lunch is included (so budget for evening meals) and in the Hill Country (1 week) your breakfast only is included (so budget for lunch and dinners). It's always good to have some spare cash for snacks on the road and evening beers as well!

A meal in Sri Lanka can range from as little as £1 for a simple rice or curry, while a fresh tuna steak and a large Lion beer will set you back about £5. You can get two rotis and a milo for 100RS (50p) and rice and curry for 200RS (£1).

The majority of surfers on our trips are beginners with minimal surfing experience. Sri Lanka is the perfect place to learn with super fun waves and friendly beach breaks but we can also cater to more advanced surfers. Our Trip Leaders are very experienced surfers and coaches that tailor their coaching to your skill level, so you'll leave Sri Lanka an infinitely better surfer than when you arrived.

None! Sri Lanka is a tropical paradise where wetsuits aren't required. We provide rash vests to offer some protection from the sun - just don’t forget your swim wear and plenty of sun cream! The surf camps have a variety of boards that you can use throughout your stay.

October Tour: YES! As the transfer from Colombo airport to Arugam Bay on the East Coast is around 8 hours, you will need to arrive by midday on the first day of your trip (6th October). However, on your departure day (3rd November) you can fly at any time and we will get you to the airport in time.

March Tour: No - You simply need to arrive at Colombo airport any time on the first day of your trip, but ideally not before 4am (30th March 2019) and depart Colombo anytime on the final day of your trip (27th April 2019). As the airport is just a few hours away, we can arrange pick ups throughout the day.

We send out more specific trip information and arrival instructions once you have secured your place, but essentially a trip leader will be there to greet you in the Arrivals hall at Colombo airport.

Everyone traveling to Sri Lanka must have Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) for entering in to Sri Lanka. Visit www.eta.gov.lkfor more information.

Before you leave for Sri Lanka, please go and see either your local GP or travel surgery and explain where you are going, so that you can be vaccinated accordingly. It is important to do this is good time and we would suggest sorting this 3 or 4 weeks before you leave. For more information, please check out the following websites:

Fit for Travel - www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk and The World Health Organisation – www.who.int.

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements for Sri Lanka. However, the following vaccinations are recommended: Typhoid (monovalent), Polio, Tetanus, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Rabies. The health risks in Sri Lanka are different to those encountered in Europe and North America. Watch out for bowel diseases such as diarrhoea and amoebic dysentery, vector borne diseases such as malaria and dengue fever, and a variety of fungal infections. Sri Lanka’s physicians are very experienced in dealing with locally occurring diseases.

For the latest travel advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office including security and local laws, plus passport and visa information, check http://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.

testimonials


Fun waves and the friendliest people - simply the best surf trip ever.

Will Jessup

This was one of the best vacations of my life! Surfed a lot, met amazing people and there was a great atmosphere at the surf camp. Beautiful beach right in front of you and the surf camp is situated in a very authentic and local area. Max, Angie and Lee were amazing, ready to meet everybody's needs and create a friendly, chilled out and sparkling vibe.

Elena De Besi

I had a great time in beautiful Sri Lanka, surfing in clear blue warm water and making new friends, shame it was all over too quickly!

Pat Porter

Sri Lanka is beautiful with blue green sea, unspoilt beaches and perfect waves. Two weeks of paradise with amazing people, eating fantastic food and drinking arrack. Partying from sunset to sunrise...The surfing was pretty sick too. Thank you!

Siobahn Hill

Sri Lanka - friendly and beautiful with the funnest waves! Great place to explore and build up confidence in the water

Mari O'Connor

My TTRide trip to Sri Lanka was just insane! The country is absolutely incredible, all of the people I met were super fun and friendly and my surfing ability has come on so much. I can't wait for my next TTRide adventure!

Ellen Rudge

Fantastic trip and a great atmosphere throughout the entire time. I’ve met so many great people on this trip, with whom I hope to stay in touch and reconnect in the future. I was lucky enough to be put in a single room, which was a bonus and made a huge difference to the overall experience. Great vibes at Sion Surf camp, amazing time and great staff there; their BBQs are legendary by now. Everything was well organised before the trip and during the entire stay, and Max and Josh made sure everything went smooth, were very responsive to anything we have raised with them, or whenever we have asked any questions and also well connected with our group. It was quite intense first two weeks, packed with yoga, surf, and more surf, but in a good sense. I loved that we could see our videos and photos from each day trip and see our progress and receive feedback. I have never had that before in any of my surf trips (even organised ones) and it really makes a huge difference to improve, if you can see yourself and get a feedback on your surfing. Also Olly and Rodger our local surf instructors were very nice and wanted to ensure we had fun and catching waves, even when the swell was small. I can say the same about Fasal from Arugambay, who gave us very useful tips before each session. It was definitely one of my best surf trips, I somehow magically managed to progress to much shorter board, I thought it would take me another two years to ride! It was a great holiday, one of the best.

Irena Miroforidu

Sri Lanka, a stunning country to learn to surf in! Perfect for beginners, and intermediates, and made all the more special by a great coaching team of Josh David and Max! Don’t think about it! DO IT!!

Lisa

The best way to sum up TTR trips is 'good vibes'. From the surf instructors, yoga, camp staff and the weird and wonderful people you meet on the trip, the good vibes are always flowing. Couldn't recommend a TTR trip more if you want to improve your surf, practice yoga, explore a stunning new country and drink local beers with awesome like-minded people along the way.

Ellen

Loved the trip, first surfing experience abroad to remember. Can't speak highly enough of Josh as an instructor and general organiser of daily activities as well as David and the Sion instructors. Will definitely be back to sri lanka

Elin

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