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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.

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.

Sri Lanka Tours & Itineraries

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Sigiriya Rock Fortress
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.

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.

Udawalawe National Park
Map of Highlights of Sri Lanka - 12 Days
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.

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, heads through the central highlands before looping back to Colombo. In between, 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.

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.

Sri Lanka Travel Advice

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A man happy to be on his bike, or off it as the case may be
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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A leopard in Yala National Park, Sri Lanka.
Map of Sri Lanka: Rare Wildlife & Pristine Beaches - 5 Days
Sri Lanka: Rare Wildlife & Pristine Beaches - 5 Days

This five-day mini-tour highlights the remarkable wildlife and pristine beaches of Sri Lanka’s Central and Southern Provinces. Start your journey on safari in Udawalawe and Yala National Parks, where you’ll spot elephants and leopards against a background of lush highlands. Next, you’ll head down the coast to the golden sands and turquoise waters of Mirissa and Bentota, before spending your final day in the vibrant capital of Colombo. 

Sunset over the Sigiriya Rock Fortress.
Map of Highlights of Sri Lanka: Sigiriya, Kandy & Bentota - 5 Days
Highlights of Sri Lanka: Sigiriya, Kandy & Bentota - 5 Days

This diverse five-day itinerary introduces you to some of Sri Lanka’s most beloved cultural and natural wonders. Starting at the sacred cave temples of Dambulla, you’ll climb the great Sigiriya Rock Fortress, observe elephant herds in Minneriya National Park, and relax on the golden beaches of Bentota before ending your trip in the beautifully preserved fortified port of Galle.

A train overlooks tea estates on the way to Nuwara Eliya.
Map of Explore Sri Lanka's Hill Country - 5 Days
Explore Sri Lanka's Hill Country - 5 Days

The misty mountains of Sri Lanka's Hill Country take center stage on this engaging five-day itinerary.  Start in the historic city of Kandy, then head south with an unforgettable train journey through the lush tea estates of the Central Province. After a night in the hilltop village of Nuwara Eliya, explore the flora and fauna of Horton Plains National Park before traveling to the west coast for your final night in the laid-back beach town of Negombo.

Sri Lanka Travel Maps

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Sri Lanka from North to South - 15 Days
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Sri Lanka: Trails of the Ancient Kingdom - 10 Days
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Meet our Local Travel Specialists

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Travel specialist Shalindra Samarakoon
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Shalindra Samarakoon

I started my career in the hospitality industry and later on moved toward the travel Industry. I'm passionate about traveling and exploring new ideas. Whenever I'm free I travel around Sri Lanka,...

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Travel specialist Yasantha Kuruvita Arachchi
active 2 days 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
active 6 hours ago

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

As someone who usually plans all my own travel.........I am happy we went with KimKim! · Sri Lanka - Nov 3 - Nov 9, 2019

Traveler: Mindy K. - Local specialist: Shalindra Samarakoon

As someone who usually plans all my own travel.........I am happy we went with KimKim!
As someone who usually plans all our own (extensive) travels and doesn’t particularly like traditional tours, KimKim’s model intrigued me. I liked that they surveyed the type of trip I was looking for. I loved the fact that they use destination contacts local to the region. I loved the fact that they did all the vetting of guides and accommodations for me. Then, with so many options in my chosen destination... read more

As someone who usually plans all my own travel.........I am happy we went with KimKim!
As someone who usually plans all our own (extensive) travels and doesn’t particularly like traditional tours, KimKim’s model intrigued me. I liked that they surveyed the type of trip I was looking for. I loved the fact that they use destination contacts local to the region. I loved the fact that they did all the vetting of guides and accommodations for me. Then, with so many options in my chosen destination and unfortunately a tight time schedule, I appreciated the customization based on all of the above.
We had a wonderful (albeit too short) tour of Sri Lanka. Shalindra listened to us well and put together the exact itinerary we were looking for. He was knowledgeable, communicative and responded quickly to any questions or concerns. He was available for support before and during the trip. Kapila, our guide, was friendly and knowledgeable. He was good company and a very safe driver at what appeared to us to be very challenging road conditions???
We loved the chosen boutique hotels and found the country fascinating. We will return to Sri Lanka to cover more ground when we can allot the amount of time that It deserves. Thanks to all involved.

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Shalindra Samarakoon, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Mindy,

Thank you very much for your lovely review given to us about your experience had in Sri Lanka. It was a pleasure of mine to communicate with you and meet all the expectations at the trip planning stage.

Please do spread your word among your friends and family to visit our beautiful country Sri Lanka.

If you plan another trip please do contact me again!

Best Regards,
Shalindra

Dineia

Amazing Trip · Sri Lanka - Oct 27 - Nov 9, 2019

Traveler: Dineia P. - Local specialist: Shalindra Samarakoon

We had plan to visit Sri Lanka this year, however after the events at Easter time we almost gave up this trip. We are glad we have done it. Just spend 2 weeks in Sri Lanka with Kimkim and I totally recommend it.
We had a great time here and we have visited amazing places. Sri Lanka is an amazing destination that combines awesome nature, landscapes, history, beach and food.
Anoj was great, always helpfull during the trip, making this a wonderful experience.

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Shalindra Samarakoon, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Dineia,

We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay in our beautiful island.

Thank you very much for your lovely comments and we are very grateful you visited Sri Lanka as planned.

Please spread your words and lovely experience among your friends and family too.

Thanks again,
Shalindra

José

Surprise, a good one · Sri Lanka - Oct 26 - Nov 1, 2019

Traveler: José B. - Local specialist: Yasantha Kuruvita Arachchi

I didn't have any expectations about it, and the whole trip surprised me, specially my driver: what a good mood, i have to say. Since we had to drive for several hours almost every day he truly made the difference. Hotel and food were good as well, so the tours, the places; its entire history. I believe this opened my mind about Sri Lanka, and that's one of my favorite feelings about a trip.

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Yasantha Kuruvita Arachchi, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Jose,
Thank you very much for your feedback on your experiences here in Sri Lanka with us. It was a great honour to serve you, hope you will surely visit Sri Lanka again.
Thank you very much
Best Regards,
Yasantha