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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
In Sri Lanka, warmth and good weather can be found year-round on the different parts of the island. Thanks to the country’s relatively small size, a getaway spent chasing pockets of favorable weather can be a great way to see the entire island’s many highlights. Below, we've put together a guide for planning when to visit each region of Sri Lanka.
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Sri lanka, Sri Lanka - Sep 21 - Oct 6, 2018
Our driver Thasim was exceptional - made an effort to accommodate our requests and suggested other activities we may have been interested in. Went over and above any expectations we could have possibly wished for.
So many great experiences during our trip!
Sri lanka from north to south, Sri Lanka - Aug 1 - Aug 23, 2018
We were particularly happy with our driver, Sandalal. Our 23-day tour from north to south covered a range of cultural, religious, archeological and natural sites and with Sandalal’s knowledge of his country we were able to visit even more than was outlined in the itinerary. Sri Lanka is a truly wonderful experience. Its people and their delicious food enhanced our three weeks even further.
Relaxing trip, Sri Lanka - Aug 20 - Aug 24, 2018
Thanks to our guide Kappille (not sure about the spelling), we had a wonderful vacation in Sri Lanka. The drive was very relaxing and he showed us all the interesting places on the way. We enjoyed the hospitality at the various places and the food was very tasty. Enjoyed the tea estate, the climb to Sigiriya, the rock temple at Dambulla, the temple in Kandy and the interesting points along the way. Reminded us a lot about Kerala. Thank you for your help in putting the itinerary together.
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
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
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