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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
This eight-day itinerary takes you to the heart of Sri Lanka for ancient history, Buddhist culture, and exciting adventures in nature. From Negombo (near the capital), you'll experience a slew of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, tour a tea plantation, meet elephants, and explore towns loaded with Portuguese and Dutch colonial history. End each day with an opportunity to catch an alluring sunset that only South Asia can offer.
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,...
If you have a week to spend in Sri Lanka, you might opt for a highlights tour that features stops at ancient temples and national parks. Another great option is to focus on...
With 10 days to spend in Sri Lanka, there are several great ways to structure your trip. Choose a highlights tour to the country's UNESCO World Heritage Sites and ancient...
There's a lot travelers can see and do with two weeks to spend in Sri Lanka. Explore the island on a highlights tour that takes you to historic temples and national parks, focus...
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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...
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...
January is part of the high season in Sri Lanka, when the main tourist areas in the southwest are cool and dry. While the monsoon season is still going on in the northeast of...
With 10 days, your family can visit at least four regions in Sri Lanka. Crafty kids can create souvenirs in a Tangalle mask-making workshop, while aspiring chefs will learn the secrets of Sri Lankan cuisine in a Kandy cooking class. Take your budding wildlife photographers on a safari in Yala National Park and your little historians to ancient sites such as Sigiriya Rock. Families looking for a relaxed pace should head to Dikwella for snorkeling, a countryside bike ride, and a walk in Sinharaja Forest Reserve.
See the best of Sri Lanka on this 10-day family trip that loops around the country's southern half. Begin with a countryside bike tour and a hike to the summit of Sigiriya Rock, then hop over to Kandy to tour the Temple of the Tooth and swim in crystal-blue waterfalls. Take a train through the misty valleys of the Hill Country, hike to the incredible Nine Arch Bridge, and see elephants on a safari through Yala National Park. Your vacation winds down with family-friendly fun on the golden beaches of Tangalle.
This exciting 10-day Sri Lanka family tour starts in Sigiriya, where you'll see the historic Dambulla Cave Temple and hike to the summit of Sigiriya Rock. Then, it's off to the UNESCO-listed city of Kandy to tour the sacred Temple of the Tooth and attend a drum-making workshop. See green plantations and lush forests on the train to Ella, say hello to elephants and other wildlife on a safari through Yala National Park, and end on the beaches of Hikkaduwa for snorkeling in the blue waters of the Indian Ocean.
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Dhanuka, our tour guide was a bright and cheerful face that would greet us every morning as we took off on our excursion (s)... Read more
Dhanuka - Best. Driver. Ever.
Sep 9 - Sep 18, 2023
Dhanuka was an amazing tour guide! So friendly, helpful, and informative. He showed up early for every pick up and was able to accommodate and last minute requests and changes we asked of him. He never stopped smiling and was friendly from the moment he picked us up at the airport until he dropped us off 9 days later. Would recommend him to anyone that is looking to have a relaxing, yet busy Sri Lankan experience.