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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.

Sigiriya Rock Fortress
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Best of Sri Lanka - 6 Days

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

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.

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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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Explore tea plantations in the lush countryside
Map of Sri Lanka Classic Outdoor Adventure - 11 Days
Sri Lanka Classic Outdoor Adventure - 11 Days

This exciting tour is perfect for outdoorsy types who love history and animals. Upon arriving in Colombo, you'll be whisked straight to the countryside to explore a Buddhist cave complex and see hundreds of elephants. Continue hitting the classics with a range of guided excursions to see UNESCO-listed sites, hiking trails, and leopards along the way. Finish with two nights on the beach where you can explore an enormous colonial fort and learn how sea turtles are released back into the Indian Ocean.

Swim in two waterfalls in the countryside towards the end of the trip
Map of Sri Lanka Culture & Nature Tour  - 11 Days
Sri Lanka Culture & Nature Tour - 11 Days

This extraordinary 11-day tour covers a wide selection of Sri Lanka's best highlights. Starting in Colombo, you'll head north to visit a range of UNESCO-listed ancient cities with palaces, temples, and historic treasures, including the relic of the tooth of Buddha. Continue the journey through the picturesque Hill Country mingling cultural activities with hiking, biking, and swimming in waterfalls. Finish the adventure with a well-deserved beach day on the south coast overlooking the Indian Ocean.

Spend your first night in Galle facing the sunset on the south coast
Map of Immersive Exploration of Sri Lanka - 11 Days
Immersive Exploration of Sri Lanka - 11 Days

Discerning travelers will love this 11-day itinerary in exotic Sri Lanka. The trip kicks off with a private transfer to Galle on the south coast, where you'll take a guided tour of a peace pagoda. Then make a large loop visiting national parks teeming with elephants, ancient UNESCO-listed sites, hiking trails, and swimming beaches on the east coast before returning to Colombo. Partake in a range of optional activities—like private seafood dinners—or explore on your own for a fully customizable experience.

Sri Lanka Travel Maps

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Meet our Local Travel Specialists

Experienced travel agents with a passion for Sri Lanka
Travel specialist Gayathra Perera
active 1 day ago

Gayathra Perera

I might not be wrong if I say Tourism & Hospitality is in my blood! Being from a tropic island most often visited by a lot of visitors, we Sri Lankans excel when it comes hospitality with always...

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Travel specialist Yasantha Kuruvita Arachchi
active 3 hours 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 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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Travel specialist Dhanushka Wijeyekoon
active 49 mins 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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Trip Reviews for Sri Lanka

The latest reviews by travelers who booked their trip on kimkim

Amazing trip in Sri Lanka!
Sri Lanka | Nov 29 - Dec 4, 2022

Meghan
Meghan F.
Cypress, CA | Reviewed on Dec 05, 2022

We had an amazing trip and were able to see so much in five days with a full itinerary. Our driver guide Kapila was an amazing driver and we always felt very safe. He also went out of his way to give us all the great and special experiences we wanted to make this a most memorable trip. Our tour operator Dhanushka was very professional and accommodating and helpful in order to make sure we received the best trip possible with the most positive and enjoyable experiences. Very well planned five... read more

We had an amazing trip and were able to see so much in five days with a full itinerary. Our driver guide Kapila was an amazing driver and we always felt very safe. He also went out of his way to give us all the great and special experiences we wanted to make this a most memorable trip. Our tour operator Dhanushka was very professional and accommodating and helpful in order to make sure we received the best trip possible with the most positive and enjoyable experiences. Very well planned five full days of sightseeing. The people we interacted with were all extremely friendly and the staff at the hotels were very kind and helpful and provided excellent service. Our boat trip on Athena lake was peaceful and gorgeous. Our rafting trip on Kelani River was loads of fun with gorgeous views, We purchased an optional additional lunch which was a traditional wood fire cooked meal in a mud/coconut leaf constructed bungalow and was a very unique experience. To walk among the ancient historical sites that we visited was just awesome. Our elephant safari was magical. We saw so many elephant families with babies up close to our jeep and even saw elephants along the highway! Loved the beautiful scenery while driving through the forests, country side and mountains and the bustling towns as well. We also saw lots of monkeys during our trip which we enjoyed watching up close. The cultural show with traditional Kandyan dance was fabulous! So many highlights from our trip that we couldn’t have asked for a better itinerary and are so happy we booked with KimKim and the local tour company who gave us this amazing trip that we will never forget! We only wish we had more time to see more of this beautiful country. Been wanting to visit Sri Lanka for so many years and am happy to finally have experienced this wonderful destination. Was a long flight to get here (20 hours) but was more than worth it! Thank you for the memories!

Activity Reviews
Explore Lively Colombo
Sri Lanka
Transport
Picked us up in early morning from airport so we could check in and rest before our tour later in the afternoon
Colombo Lotus tower visit
Colombo
Quality of Experience
Transport
Enjoy a Refreshing Snack at a Roadside Food Stall
Sri Lanka
Quality of Experience
King coconut water stop and watching the monkeys
Transport
Explore the Dambulla Cave Temple Complex
Sri Lanka

Very impressive!

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Transport
Evening boat ride in a catamaran & BBQ dinner
Sri Lanka

Very beautiful and peaceful boat ride along the calm waters of the lake followed by a lovely outdoor dinner poolside

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Private Vehicle & Driver
Sri Lanka

Kapila is an excellent driver! Very safe and showed us everything we wanted to see and take pictures of

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Guides, Drivers and Staff
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Discover Ancient Polonnaruwa
Sri Lanka
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Elephant Safari in Minneriya National Park
Sri Lanka

Magical!!! So many wild elephants up close and lots of babies. Other animals like deer and monkeys and lots of birds and eagles too!

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Guides, Drivers and Staff
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Visit Sigiriya Rock Fortress
Sri Lanka

Unbelievable! It’s a climb to the top but they help and it’s worth the climb!

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Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Discover Kandy: Temple of the Sacred Tooth visit
Kandy
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Transport
Rain forest trail in Kitulgala
Sri Lanka

We did not do this activity due to the rain and did the river rafting instead which was beautiful and so much fun

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Local specialist: Dhanushka Wijeyekoon
Dhanushka
Dhanushka Wijeyekoon
Local specialist in Sri Lanka | Reviewed on Dec 05, 2022

Hello Meghan,
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

Our guide was the absolute best. We were so l...
Sri Lanka | Jan 20 - Feb 3, 2022

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Elizabeth Y.
Sugar Hill, GA | Reviewed on Feb 11, 2022

Our guide was the absolute best. We were so lucky to have him and all arrangements were as promised Everything went very smoothly and could not have asked for more. The people at all the hotels were so kind and couldn’t do enough for us. The whole experience was amazing. read more

Our guide was the absolute best. We were so lucky to have him and all arrangements were as promised Everything went very smoothly and could not have asked for more. The people at all the hotels were so kind and couldn’t do enough for us. The whole experience was amazing.

Hotel Reviews
Goldi Sands Hotel
Negombo
Tips for future travelers

No other than pack a swimsuit

Authenticity & Character
Setting on the ocean
Location
Just a bit noisy
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Amaara Forest
Sigiriya

The road to the hotel is not good but once there the staff are very kind and the rooms are very nice. The meal service was quite good

Tips for future travelers

Just be careful of the road

Authenticity & Character
Location
Just a little bit isolated
Staff
Rooms
Cleanliness & Comfort
The road
Amaya Hills
Kandy

Excellent hotel in a good location. Excellent buffet breakfasts and dinners we used the nSsagd services and highly recomnend

Tips for future travelers

No really All was good

Authenticity & Character
The view
Location
Centrally located
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
The Blackpool
Nuwara Eliya

The staff went out of their way and even made a special Sri Lankan dish for me. Chef served all our meals with imagination and flair. The rooms were huge and well appointed .

Authenticity & Character
Large airy rooms
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
98 Acres Resort & Spa
Ella

Most amazing view ever, we could not believe how beautiful this place was. Food was excellent Nd we also had massage treatments that were fabulous. Make sure you book them early Very professional team

Tips for future travelers

Make sure you get a room with a far ranging view

Authenticity & Character
Everything
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Yasantha Kuruvita Arachchi
Yasantha
Yasantha Kuruvita Arachchi
Local specialist in Colombo | Reviewed on Feb 11, 2022

Hello Elizabeth,
Thank you so much for your lovely review. It was an honor for us to be your service provider in Sri Lanka. We have well noted your feedback on the hotels, we will share the same with them in order to look into the areas that need improvements.
Cheers!!!
Yasantha

Round trip during corona
Sri Lanka | Aug 13 - Aug 28, 2021

Sabine
Sabine V.
Spain | Reviewed on Sep 07, 2021

We did a 2 weeks round trip of Sri Lanka with KimKim. Everything was perfectly organized by our agent Yasantha. Our driver Denver was the best. Very good and safe driver. He showed us all the special places and hidden waterfalls, knows the good local restaurants and the best Nature Guides. There was daily follow up between Yasantha and Denver to make sure everything went ok. Even when we wanted to make changes to the trip, Yasantha arranged it immediately. When another lockdown was announced... read more

We did a 2 weeks round trip of Sri Lanka with KimKim. Everything was perfectly organized by our agent Yasantha. Our driver Denver was the best. Very good and safe driver. He showed us all the special places and hidden waterfalls, knows the good local restaurants and the best Nature Guides. There was daily follow up between Yasantha and Denver to make sure everything went ok. Even when we wanted to make changes to the trip, Yasantha arranged it immediately. When another lockdown was announced there were some places that we couldn’t visit. Even the same day they made other arrangement to replace these activities.
The nature guides of EcoTeam are excellent. They can spot you any animal or bird.
We had an exceptional trip : all the main tourist areas and parks we visited as the only foreign tourist. It is safe to travel during corona.
I can fully recommend KimKim as an agent. We actually are arranging our next trip with them.

Local specialist: Yasantha Kuruvita Arachchi
Yasantha
Yasantha Kuruvita Arachchi
Local specialist in Colombo | Reviewed on Sep 08, 2021

Hi Sabine & Freddy,

Thank you so much for your lovely feedback on your experiences with us in Sri Lanka. We are delighted to hear that you had a fantastic tour in Sri Lanka during the pandemic lockdowns. It was always our duty to take care of every single need to make sure that you have a great travel experience in Sri Lanka.

Thank you for bearing the sudden changes of the routes with us due to the imposed lockdowns which was beyond our control, your kind adaption of the changes was... read more

Hi Sabine & Freddy,

Thank you so much for your lovely feedback on your experiences with us in Sri Lanka. We are delighted to hear that you had a fantastic tour in Sri Lanka during the pandemic lockdowns. It was always our duty to take care of every single need to make sure that you have a great travel experience in Sri Lanka.

Thank you for bearing the sudden changes of the routes with us due to the imposed lockdowns which was beyond our control, your kind adaption of the changes was commendable. Without your corporation, we couldn't arrange this trip up to such a level.

Thanks again for your lovely comments, it was a great honor to be your host in Sri Lanka.