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Introducing Sri Lanka

A trip to Sri Lanka is often a peaceful and introspective vacation, where travelers come to visit sacred sites and take gentle strolls through nature and mellow villages.

When is the best time to visit?
Sri Lanka has two monsoon seasons, which makes deciding on the best time to visit a little confusing. The weather is rarely dramatic enough to ruin a trip, however, which makes this Southeast Asian country a year-round destination. Learn more 

Where to go in Sri Lanka?
From the rainforests to the temples to the beaches, there really isn’t anywhere in Sri Lanka that isn’t beautiful. Visit Anuradhapura, the world’s oldest human-planted tree, take a safari in Minneriya National Park to see the country’s native elephants, experience the country’s eight Unesco World Heritage Sites, and explore the post-colonial culture of Colombo.

How many days do I need?
Anywhere from 4 days to 3 weeks is a great amount of time to spend in Sri Lanka.

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Sri Lanka Tours & Itineraries

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Sri Lanka from North to South - 15 Days
Map of Sri Lanka from North to South - 15 Days
Sri Lanka from North to South - 15 Days

For travelers looking for an authentic cultural experience with tours of Sri Lanka’s ancient sites, this is a great itinerary. It starts in the relaxing colonial fishing village of Negombo and ends in the lively modern city of Colombo.

Count the colorful boats docked along the banks of Hamilton's Canal in Negombo
Map of Best of Sri Lanka - 6 Days
Best of Sri Lanka - 6 Days

From sacred Buddhist temples to rugged mountains, this six-day tour will take you through the best Sri Lanka offers. Split your time between historic cities, ancient stone fortresses, and the Sri Lankan Highlands as you soak up this unique country's history, culture, and landscapes.

Udawalawe National Park
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Highlights of Sri Lanka - 12 Days

Known as the "Jewel of the Indian Ocean," Sri Lanka is famed for its centuries of history and exotic tropical wildlife. Explore the island's top destinations through this introductory tour that will satisfy both nature lovers and cultural enthusiasts alike.

A foggy jungle view
Map of Southern Sri Lanka: Active Adventure - 10 Days
Southern Sri Lanka: Active Adventure - 10 Days

Perfect for active travelers and nature-lovers, this 10-day tour covers everything from sunny coastlines to national parks to tea plantations. Walk, swim, and drive your way through rainforests, across sandy beaches, and - if you're lucky - past some of the country's most exotic wildlife.

Explore the national wonders of Sri Lanka
Map of Sri Lanka: Trails of the Ancient Kingdom - 10 Days
Sri Lanka: Trails of the Ancient Kingdom - 10 Days

Looking for a great combination of Sri Lanka's best natural and cultural sights? During this 10-day tour, explore the world-famous cultural sights of Sigiriya, Kandy, and Galle. Experience the breathtaking beauty the Sri Lankan nature and wildlife with trekking, white water rafting, and a safari adventure!

Lion Rock Fort at Sigiriya
Map of Authentic Encounters & Adventures in Sri Lanka: 14 Days
Authentic Encounters & Adventures in Sri Lanka: 14 Days

This epic 14-day Sri Lanka adventure begins at the coast and heads through the central highlands before looping back to Colombo. You'll explore some of Sri Lanka's best sights, including ancient hilltop forts, wildlife-filled nature reserves, and gorgeous beaches. Sri Lanka's unique Buddhist culture and hospitality will be on display as you round every corner of the country.

Make the Most of Your Time in Sri Lanka

Have a fixed number of days? Maximize the things to see and do during your visit
A herd of elephants on a sunny day in Sri Lanka
How Many Days to Spend in Sri Lanka

There's a lot to see in Sri Lanka—two weeks will allow you enough time to explore all the island's top sights or even travel to other countries in the surrounding area. However,...

Sri Lanka Travel Advice

Read our detailed insights to make sure you have the best trip
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Cycling in Sri Lanka: All You Need To Know

From dreamy rice fields to sprawling tea plantations, rural villages to nature preserves teeming with wildlife, the range of Sri Lanka's geographical and cultural treasures is...

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Look for leopards and elephants in the wild at Yala National Park
Map of 11 Days in Sri Lanka - 4 Unique Itinerary Ideas
11 Days in Sri Lanka - 4 Unique Itinerary Ideas

Cover the highlights of four plus provinces of Sri Lanka in 11 days. Opt for a classic itinerary that loops around the country and hits three coasts or spend more time inland and add Kandy to the mix and climb the Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Add a night in modern-day capital, Colombo as well as a night in the ancient capital of Anuradhapura in the country's interior. Alternatively, budding or skilled surfers may choose a holiday to hit world-class waves at famous beaches.

Women with surfboards in Sri Lanka
Map of Surfing Adventure & Culture in Sri Lanka - 11 Days
Surfing Adventure & Culture in Sri Lanka - 11 Days

Sri Lanka is fast becoming one of the hottest surf destinations in South Asia, with an ideal mix of beginner breaks and serious points. This 11-day adventure squeezes in plenty of salty surf days with a dash of culture. After a tour of Kandy and a train ride through tea plantations to Ella, you'll hit the coast for a few days each at two surf meccas: Arugam Bay and Hiriketiya Beach. This itinerary is best between May and October when swells are hitting the east of the island and the Bay of Benegal.

Enter through the mouth of a (former) lion at Sigiriya rock fortress
Map of 6 Days in Sri Lanka - 4 Unique Itinerary Ideas
6 Days in Sri Lanka - 4 Unique Itinerary Ideas

With six days in Sri Lanka, you can visit three to four destinations. Balance heritage sites and popular spots like Kandy with outdoor adventures in Knuckles, perfect for first-timers, or take the summer to indulge in three nights in Trincomalee, suited to beach lovers. Alternatively, wildlife enthusiasts will appreciate spotting elephants in Udawalawe National Park. Meanwhile, those interested in a more in-depth experience might want to get off the beaten path and discover Sri Lanka by bike.

Sri Lanka Travel Maps

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Sri Lanka map: 10 Days in Sri Lanka - 5 Unique Itineraries
10 Days in Sri Lanka - 5 Unique Itineraries
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7 Days in Sri Lanka - 5 Unique Itineraries
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5 Days in Sri Lanka - 4 Unique Itineraries
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Meet our Local Travel Specialists

Experienced travel agents with a passion for Sri Lanka
Travel specialist Yasantha Kuruvita Arachchi
active 1 day ago

Yasantha Kuruvita Arachchi

Sri Lanka is my home! I love my culture, people, food, landscapes, breath-taking hill country, countless wildlife experiences and the golden sandy beaches around this resplendent island. I live in...

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Travel specialist Dhanushka Wijeyekoon
active 23 hours ago

Dhanushka Wijeyekoon

I started my professional career as a salesperson and worked in various multinational companies in Telecom and ICT industries in Sri Lanka, then moved to Hospitality, tourism & destination...

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Travel specialist Nathasha Abeyrathne

Nathasha Abeyrathne

Having a passion for travelling has been etched in me for as long as I can remember. Ever since I was small, I had a knack for the word “Traveler” and chose to become one myself. Having a desire to...

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Trip Reviews for Sri Lanka

The latest reviews by travelers who booked their trip on kimkim

Highlights:- Our driver- Sigiriya guided to...
Sri Lanka | May 22 - May 25, 2023

Eric
Eric Z.
Shaw, DC | Reviewed on May 27, 2023

Highlights:
- Our driver
- Sigiriya guided tour
- Traditional meal in Dumballa
- Tea factory tour and tasting in route to Sri Padya
- Guided sunrise hike up Sri Padya
- Free time in Galle
- Hotel Welligama

Recommendations:
- Better communication regarding travel duration (too much time in car)
- More transparency regarding how trip fee is being used (hotels, guides, activities, food, etc.)
- Ensure drivers know best route between destinations (fewer kilometers does not always mean fastest route)

Local specialist: Dhanushka Wijeyekoon
Dhanushka
Dhanushka Wijeyekoon
Local specialist in Sri Lanka | Replied on May 27, 2023

Hello Eric
Thank you so very much for the wonderful review & comments!
Noted your points about areas to improve, appreciate it very much.
I am glad that you enjoyed the vacation in Sri Lanka & truly honored to be your local travel expert who planned your holiday.
Sri Lanka has so much to offer & I invite you to visit Sri Lanka again to discover & explore the beautiful island.

Stay tuned & connected with Kimkim travel !
See you soon in Sri Lanka again !
I remain at your disposal.
Thanks again,
Dhanushka

Don’t hesitate to book with Koon Travels.
Sri Lanka | May 2 - May 10, 2023

Cenker
Cenker C.
Turkey | Reviewed on May 11, 2023

Srilanka is a perfect destination; combining nature, beach, cultural sightseeing with people welcoming you with smiling faces. Dhanushka put together a tailored tour helping us out until and after the booking for a great honeymoon vacation. A special mention also goes to our driver, Kapila -a true gentleman and the best chaffeur/guide. He looked after us and watched out for our well-being throughout the 10 day period. He was always on time and ready when needed. Would definitely recommend. read more

Srilanka is a perfect destination; combining nature, beach, cultural sightseeing with people welcoming you with smiling faces. Dhanushka put together a tailored tour helping us out until and after the booking for a great honeymoon vacation. A special mention also goes to our driver, Kapila -a true gentleman and the best chaffeur/guide. He looked after us and watched out for our well-being throughout the 10 day period. He was always on time and ready when needed. Would definitely recommend.

Activity Reviews
Hike to Diyaluma Waterfall
Sri Lanka
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Visit to Peradeniya Botanical Garden
Sri Lanka
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
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Safari in Udawalawe National Park
Udawalawe

Was not lucky to see a leopard in the safari; but an overall satisfactory experience. Close encounters with a lot of elephants, crocodiles and many types of birds.

Local specialist: Dhanushka Wijeyekoon
Dhanushka
Dhanushka Wijeyekoon
Local specialist in Sri Lanka | Replied on May 11, 2023

Hello Cenker & Gozde,
Thank you so very much for the wonderful review & comments!
I am glad that you enjoyed the vacation in Sri Lanka & truly honored to be your local travel expert who planned your holiday.
Sri Lanka has so much to offer & I invite you to visit Sri Lanka again to discover & explore the beautiful island.

Stay tuned & connected with Kimkim travel !
See you soon in Sri Lanka again !
I remain at your disposal.
Thanks again,
Dhanushka

An amazing country, with amazing people, and unique culture!
Sri Lanka | Apr 23 - May 1, 2023

Sulaiman
Sulaiman A.
Saudi Arabia | Reviewed on May 08, 2023

We had an amazing time in Sri Lanka. Dhanushka has been an amazing help in planning the trip, and he was always reachable and responsive, he made sure to make regularly check-up on us, and accommodating to every request we had.
Our guide and chauffeur Priyantha was also great, he was very flexible in accommodating our asks, and he always suggested ways and activities we can enhance our trip, he was also very knowledgeable of Sri Lanka’s history and culture, and of the best rest-stops and... read more

We had an amazing time in Sri Lanka. Dhanushka has been an amazing help in planning the trip, and he was always reachable and responsive, he made sure to make regularly check-up on us, and accommodating to every request we had.
Our guide and chauffeur Priyantha was also great, he was very flexible in accommodating our asks, and he always suggested ways and activities we can enhance our trip, he was also very knowledgeable of Sri Lanka’s history and culture, and of the best rest-stops and restaurants while on road trips.

Sri Lanka is truly the wonder of Asia, it has amazing nature, culture, and food. We specifically enjoyed the Village Trip nearby Kandalama, which was like a trip in time, Horton Plains and Tea Production nearby Nuwara Eliya, and the Spices experience.

Sri Lanka people are very friendly, weather it is the hotel staff, or tour guides, or a random you are meeting at the street. The food is very delicious and has many varieties, and the fruit is as fresh as you can get.

Activity Review
Rural Village Trail in Habarana (Cycling, Boat Trip & Lunch)
Sri Lanka
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Local specialist: Dhanushka Wijeyekoon
Dhanushka
Dhanushka Wijeyekoon
Local specialist in Sri Lanka | Replied on May 09, 2023

Hello Sulaiman,
Thank you so very much for the wonderful review & comments!
I am glad that you enjoyed the vacation in Sri Lanka & truly honored to be your local travel expert who planned your holiday.
Sri Lanka has so much to offer & I invite you to visit Sri Lanka again to discover & explore the beautiful island.

Stay tuned & connected with Kimkim travel !
See you soon in Sri Lanka again !
I remain at your disposal.
Thanks again,
Dhanushka