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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 Travel Insights

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
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.

A train weaves its way through the hill country near Nuwara Eliya
Getting Around In Sri Lanka: All You Need To Know

Sri Lanka is a compact country so domestic flights are limited. Newer highways are reducing travel times for those who take the bus. However, trains are the more comfortable way to get around. The best way to see Sri Lanks is on a bike and there is an excellent network of roads to get you around to every corner of the country.

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 astounding—and there's no better way to see it all than on two wheels. Find out how to navigate the roads, weather, and more with this comprehensive guide to cycling in Sri Lanka.

Udawalawe National Park
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.

Elephants in Udawalawe National Park
Unique Ways to Experience Sri Lanka's National Parks

An intact flora and fauna collection is one of Sri Lanka’s greatest assets and a couple of park visits are a great way to break up your tour. Horton Plains, Yala, and Udawalawe National Parks are often the highlights, but each park has its own unique way to avoid the crowds and have an amazing experience.

Sri Lanka Travel Maps

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Sri Lanka from North to South - 15 Days
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Unique Ways to Experience Sri Lanka's National Parks
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Authentic Encounters & Adventures in Sri Lanka: 14 Days
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Meet our Local Travel Specialists

Experienced travel specialists with a passion for Sri Lanka
Travel specialist Sandun Jayasundara
active 14 hours ago

Sandun Jayasundara

Originally from Sri Lanka, I really know each and every inch of my motherland that I'm very proud of. Since I was a kid, I have had a real passion for traveling, and that passion has taken to many...

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Travel specialist Shalindra Samarakoon
active 8 hours ago

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 9 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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Trip Reviews for Sri Lanka

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Sri lanka: trails of the ancient kingdom - 10 days, Sri Lanka - Mar 16 - Mar 24, 2019

Traveler: Mike C. - Local specialist: Sandun Jayasundara

Damayantha was a fantastic guide. After he picked us up from the airport and on our way to our first lodging he stopped and had us experience king coconut juice from the coconut. He also pointed out things of interest along the way. He is a superb driver and we were extremely comfortable with his driving during our long transitions between places we were staying. When he was called away with a death in his family and we had a new guide/driver, we appreciated his driving even more. Dama made... read more

Damayantha was a fantastic guide. After he picked us up from the airport and on our way to our first lodging he stopped and had us experience king coconut juice from the coconut. He also pointed out things of interest along the way. He is a superb driver and we were extremely comfortable with his driving during our long transitions between places we were staying. When he was called away with a death in his family and we had a new guide/driver, we appreciated his driving even more. Dama made our trip most enjoyable by his interaction with us, showing us points of interest, accommodating our minor schedule changes and making sure everything we needed was taken care of. All of the hotels were fine and a few were really fine like Cinnamon Kandy, JetWing and Centauriawild. The Thaproban Waves Hotel was gorgeous but my wife scheduled a massage through the hotel and was inappropriately touched by the masseuse and it was absolutely intentional. The hotel management seemed to believe the masseuse's story rather than what my wife had to say. Of particular interest was the glamping (glamorous camping) at Mahoora Premium. They are very ecologically conscious and make every effort to leave a small or no carbon footprint. On our jeep safari at Mahoora were were fortunate to see two leopards and two sloth bears. We were very lucky indeed to see both of these animals. Sigiriya was most memorable as was Udawalawe National Park. All in all a great trip.

Graham

Wildlife and cullture, Sri Lanka - Mar 3 - Mar 20, 2019

Traveler: Graham D. - Local specialist: Shalindra Samarakoon

Our experience was great. Osi was very organized and friendly, conversed well. Itinerary was good, glad we went to Nuwara Eliya and not Hepatale. Would have been a very long drive to there from Kandy. Not sure if the drive up to Liptons Seat was worth the very long drive.

Except for the painfully long wagon ride Hiriwadunna was surprisingly good for such a touristed place.
We loved all the safaris. They all had their own charm. Watching the over 70 elephants come in for a drink at... read more

Our experience was great. Osi was very organized and friendly, conversed well. Itinerary was good, glad we went to Nuwara Eliya and not Hepatale. Would have been a very long drive to there from Kandy. Not sure if the drive up to Liptons Seat was worth the very long drive.

Except for the painfully long wagon ride Hiriwadunna was surprisingly good for such a touristed place.
We loved all the safaris. They all had their own charm. Watching the over 70 elephants come in for a drink at Minneriya National Park was special. Whenever we mentioned that we watched birds the safari drivers seemed enthused to do more, taking us to quiet spots. We saw over 120 species overall.
Our accommodation in Kandy and Newara Eliya was well out of town. They were excellent but made us completely dependent on our driver, not being able to go for a stroll when we wished.
Lovely country, lovely people, thanks so much, will probably return one day

Delicious local food and beautiful, interesting spots in sri lanka., Sri Lanka - Mar 8 - Mar 16, 2019

Traveler: Wendy W. - Local specialist: Shalindra Samarakoon

My boyfriend and I had a fantastic trip in Sri Lanka. We did a nine-day tour, and Shalindra patiently worked with us to create the itinerary and answered all of our questions. Our driver/guide, Kapila, was very knowledgeable and accommodating whenever we wanted to change up the itinerary a bit. He also gave us suggestions and brought us to some local roadside stands for snacks like coconut roti and hoppers. Our hotels were fantastic and the breakfasts were really great, especially the Colombo... read more

My boyfriend and I had a fantastic trip in Sri Lanka. We did a nine-day tour, and Shalindra patiently worked with us to create the itinerary and answered all of our questions. Our driver/guide, Kapila, was very knowledgeable and accommodating whenever we wanted to change up the itinerary a bit. He also gave us suggestions and brought us to some local roadside stands for snacks like coconut roti and hoppers. Our hotels were fantastic and the breakfasts were really great, especially the Colombo Court Hotel & Spa in Colombo. My favorite spots/excursions were Ravana Falls in Ella, the elephant safari near Dambulla, and the whitewater rafting in Kitulgala.

My two small "negatives" are 1) I wish we'd gotten to spend more time in a few places, like Kandy and Nuwara Eliya, but now I know for any possible future trips to SL and 2) the spice garden is a bit more of a touristy shopping trap, so I'd probably skip that in the future, but we did also get nice mini-massages there.

All in all, I'd highly recommend Shalindra/Kapila/Exemplary Voyages!

Example Trip Requests

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Sri Lanka Adventure

Looking for adventure, some luxury, some rustic, lots of culture, Geoffrey Bawa, traveling with a teenager, happy to share one room providing a minimum of 1 double/queen plus full size single bed. Lots of activity. Beaches, architecture, food, walks, bike...

Group of 3 friends looking to visit Sri Lanka in December 2017

Sri Lankan Highlights

We are a couple that would like to do a quick highlights tour of SL. We would like to see a beach resort, Polonnaruwa, Dambulla Caves, Sigiriya, stay at the Heritance Kandalama, visit Kandy, stay at the Heritance Tea factory hotel, and go to Yala. We do not...

A couple visited Sri Lanka in December 2017

2 Week Family Trip to Sri Lanka

We want to see national parks, tea plantations and a selection of cultural temples. We would like to see tooth temple, Elephant orphanage, Uda walawe, Leopards , Waterfalls and a train ride We are a family of 4, our daughters are 5 and 2.5. We would prefer...

Family of 2 adults and 2 children visited Sri Lanka in June 2017