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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.

Count the colorful boats docked along the banks of Hamilton's Canal in Negombo
Map of Best of Sri Lanka - 6 Days
Best of Sri Lanka - 6 Days

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.

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.

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.

Sunrise in Galle
Map of Highlights of Sri Lanka - 8 Days
Highlights of Sri Lanka - 8 Days

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.

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!

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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Take the kids snorkeling in Dikwella on your family trip to Sri Lanka
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10 Days in Sri Lanka - 4 Family-Friendly Itinerary Ideas

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.

Meet the stars of Disney's "Monkey Kingdom" in Polonnaruwa
Map of Sri Lanka Family Discovery: Sigiriya, Kandy, Ella, Yala & Tangalle - 10 Days
Sri Lanka Family Discovery: Sigiriya, Kandy, Ella, Yala & Tangalle - 10 Days

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.

Children practicing traditional fishing skills in Hikkaduwa
Map of Family Expedition to Sri Lanka: Culture, History & Outdoor Adventures - 10 Days
Family Expedition to Sri Lanka: Culture, History & Outdoor Adventures - 10 Days

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.

Sri Lanka Travel Maps

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Map 10 Days in Sri Lanka - 5 Unique Itineraries
10 Days in Sri Lanka - 5 Unique Itineraries
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7 Days in Sri Lanka - 5 Unique Itineraries
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Map 5 Days in Sri Lanka - 4 Unique Itineraries
5 Days in Sri Lanka - 4 Unique Itineraries
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Meet our Local Travel Specialists

Experienced travel agents with a passion for Sri Lanka
Travel specialist Dhanushka Wijeyekoon
active 43 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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Travel specialist Rozanne Kasthuri
active 7 mins ago

Rozanne Kasthuri

Hello everyone! I am Rozanne. My love and passion for travel started at a very young age and due to this reason, I joined the travel industry right out of high school. With over a decade of...

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Travel specialist Ramith Karunaratne
active 3 hours ago

Ramith Karunaratne

I'm Ramith, your dedicated travel specialist here on Kimkim. With a passion for exploration and a deep love for creating unforgettable journeys, I'm thrilled to be your go-to expert in crafting...

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Travel specialist Rikaz Mohamed
active 8 hours ago

Rikaz Mohamed

I entered the world of hospitality and tourism back in 2006 with a love for meeting people from different walks of life. Fast forward to the present, I am in my seventeenth year in the trade....

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Trip Reviews for Sri Lanka

The latest reviews by travelers who booked their trip on kimkim

A memorable journey above expectations
Sri Lanka | May 8 - May 18, 2024

Jean
Jean Q.
France | Reviewed on May 19, 2024
We are particularly grateful to our guide, Aruna, for his professionalism and his kindness. By leading us on this journey, he helped us discover a magnificent and endearing country, making this experience a memorable one. A perfectly organized and easy stay with unique hotels.
Our best visits/activities: Dambulla cave temples. treks in nature, breathtaking landscapes, flying Ravana, cooking a curry in a village garden, train journey between Kandy and Ella, elephant orphanage, crossing paths...
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We are particularly grateful to our guide, Aruna, for his professionalism and his kindness. By leading us on this journey, he helped us discover a magnificent and endearing country, making this experience a memorable one. A perfectly organized and easy stay with unique hotels.
Our best visits/activities: Dambulla cave temples. treks in nature, breathtaking landscapes, flying Ravana, cooking a curry in a village garden, train journey between Kandy and Ella, elephant orphanage, crossing paths with wild elephants in different places.

Hotel Reviews
Centara Ras Fushi
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Ginganga Lodge
Bope
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hide Ella
Ella
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Kandyan Manor Homestay
Kandy
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Jetwing Lake
Dambulla
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Review
Explore the Dambulla Cave Temples
Explore the Dambulla Cave Temples
Sri Lanka
Local specialist: Rikaz Mohamed
Rikaz
Rikaz Mohamed
Local specialist in Colombo | Replied on May 31, 2024
Hi Jean, Thank you for the lovely review and I am really pleased that you have had an immersive and memorable holiday to Sri Lanka and the Maldives. Your feedback in valuable to us, as every aspect of it is well scrutinized for the continuous betterment of our better services rendered to our guests. Aruna, is one of our premier chauffeurs of our fleet and an asset to our company and I am so glad that he had been an integral part of making your holiday in Sri Lanka a memorable one. I will... Read more

Hi Jean,

Thank you for the lovely review and I am really pleased that you have had an immersive and memorable holiday to Sri Lanka and the Maldives. Your feedback in valuable to us, as every aspect of it is well scrutinized for the continuous betterment of our better services rendered to our guests.

Aruna, is one of our premier chauffeurs of our fleet and an asset to our company and I am so glad that he had been an integral part of making your holiday in Sri Lanka a memorable one. I will be sure to pass on your compliments to him.

Sri Lanka has much more to offer in the way of endless avenues for exploration. We're eagerly looking forward to the pleasure of hosting you again, as you uncover even more treasures in the future.

Warm regards,

Rikaz

A great personal experience facilitated with great local knowledge
Sri Lanka | Apr 27 - May 13, 2024

Bryce
Bryce W.
Australia | Reviewed on May 15, 2024
Dhanushka and the Koon Holiday team created a great personalised experience for our holiday in Sri Lanka. The initial consultation on what we wanted identified the type of experience we were after. Nothing was too much to ask. Our local guide and driver, Kapıla Kaluarachichi was a great travel companion, in addition to being a great local guide, and provided great cultural and historical background for all of the sites visited. Special mention goes to Mr Goonie in Polonnaruwa for... Read more

Dhanushka and the Koon Holiday team created a great personalised experience for our holiday in Sri Lanka.

The initial consultation on what we wanted identified the type of experience we were after. Nothing was too much to ask.

Our local guide and driver, Kapıla Kaluarachichi was a great travel companion, in addition to being a great local guide, and provided great cultural and historical background for all of the sites visited.

Special mention goes to Mr Goonie in Polonnaruwa for his second to none knowledge of the local archeological sites and to Mr Jimmy Heyn, the manager at Sambar Hills resort in Nuwara Eliya for his attention to detail and his personalised service.

We would definitely use KimKim again.

Activity Reviews
Explore Lively Colombo
Explore Lively Colombo
Sri Lanka

Some great sites combining the original culture and modern day architecture.

Quality of Experience
The museums, temples , Lotus Tower the food and markets.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Galle Dutch Fort Visit
Galle Dutch Fort Visit
Sri Lanka

A great place to simply have a wander and marvel at the historical architecture.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Explore Nuwara Eliya
Explore Nuwara Eliya
Sri Lanka
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Visit Spice gardens, wood carving centers & gem museums in Kandy
Visit Spice gardens, wood carving centers & gem museums in Kandy
Kandy

A really amazing guide at the spice gardens, Gem centre and Batik crafts. These people are passionate about what they do.

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Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Discover Three temples loop in Kandy
Discover Three temples loop in Kandy
Kandy
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Need to go via private car. Some place a bus cannot get to.
Discover Kandy: Temple of the Sacred Tooth visit
Discover Kandy: Temple of the Sacred Tooth visit
Kandy

One the best and most important temples in Sri Lanka and definitely a must do.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Temples & Beaches in Trincomalee
Temples & Beaches in Trincomalee
Trincomalee

A great area to relax or go scuba diving

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Visit ancient Trincomalee fort (Fort Fredrick)
Visit ancient Trincomalee fort (Fort Fredrick)
Trincomalee

Go to the fort at about 4:00 pm in the afternoon. This will allow you plenty of time to wander through the fort and arrive at the Hindu temple for the afternoon ceremony.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Visit Sigiriya Rock Fortress
Visit Sigiriya Rock Fortress
Sri Lanka
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Ancient Sites of Anuradhapura
Ancient Sites of Anuradhapura
Sri Lanka

The history behind what are some of the most sacred sites in Sri Lanka was very illuminating.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Elephant Safari in Minneriya National Park
Elephant Safari in Minneriya National Park
Sri Lanka

Seeing these great beasts in the wild was amazing.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Discover Ancient Polonnaruwa
Discover Ancient Polonnaruwa
Sri Lanka

The guide selected by Koon Holidays and KimKim was a retired archeologist from the area whose knowledge was first rate.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Being an archaeologist
Transport
Explore the Dambulla Cave Temple Complex
Explore the Dambulla Cave Temple Complex
Sri Lanka
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Enjoy a Refreshing Snack at a Roadside Food Stall
Enjoy a Refreshing Snack at a Roadside Food Stall
Sri Lanka

A nice introduction to the roadside stalls, which are the heartbeat of the local economy..

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Dhanushka Wijeyekoon
Dhanushka
Dhanushka Wijeyekoon
Local specialist in Sri Lanka | Replied on May 15, 2024

Hello Bryce,
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

Dami is a top quality guide!
Sri Lanka | May 5 - May 10, 2024

Eugene
Eugene S.
Greeley, CO | Reviewed on May 13, 2024
My wife and I spent a wonderful six days on tour across Sri Lanka with Dami (Daminda Bandara). I think we drove a little under 700 miles. Everything went very well: we saw lots of magical sites, ate delicious food, and engaged in exciting activities. The tour was very well planned. Dami was a fantastic tour guide and driver. He is outgoing and friendly, and a very enjoyable travel companion. A proud Sri Lankan, Dami provided us a good history of his native country and of the various sites... Read more

My wife and I spent a wonderful six days on tour across Sri Lanka with Dami (Daminda Bandara). I think we drove a little under 700 miles. Everything went very well: we saw lots of magical sites, ate delicious food, and engaged in exciting activities. The tour was very well planned.

Dami was a fantastic tour guide and driver. He is outgoing and friendly, and a very enjoyable travel companion. A proud Sri Lankan, Dami provided us a good history of his native country and of the various sites we visited including Sigiriya Rock, various temples, and a game drive. He is also an expert on native birds and could identify even the smallest birds from a distance. Impressive!

Throughout our tour Dami was an attentive guide and a good listener. On his advice we switched things up on the tour agenda so that we could climb Sigiriya in the cooler morning rather than the heat of the day. Dami learned we liked various foods, e.g., beetroot and chocolate, and he made sure we got to try some Sri Lankan beetroot curry and chocolate. Dami also pulled over on our drive to show us various sites and locals at work. For example, we stopped to see how coconut oil is made.

During our climb and descent of Sigiriya Rock Dami was very helpful to my wife who was leery of the uneven and gravel-covered steps.

Dami ensured we were well fed with high-quality food throughout the trip. All the lunch sites at which we stopped were delicious. One lunch might well be the best meal we will have had this year, at the Old Palm House in Galle.

Importantly, Dami is a careful driver and ensured that we were safe throughout the trip.

Overall, we give Dami the highest rating and would whole heartedly recommend him to others as a top-notch tour guide.

Local specialist: Rikaz Mohamed
Rikaz
Rikaz Mohamed
Local specialist in Colombo | Replied on May 15, 2024
Hi Eugene, Thank you so much for the great review! It is absolutely wonderful to hear that you have enjoyed your holiday in Sri Lanka, and it has been my pleasure organizing your holiday. Daminda consistently exceeds expectations as one of our premier chauffeurs, ensuring guests thoroughly enjoy their holiday experiences. His dedication truly enhances our team. Sri Lanka's wealth of experiences spans from its stunning landscapes to its captivating waters, providing endless avenues for... Read more

Hi Eugene,

Thank you so much for the great review!

It is absolutely wonderful to hear that you have enjoyed your holiday in Sri Lanka, and it has been my pleasure organizing your holiday.

Daminda consistently exceeds expectations as one of our premier chauffeurs, ensuring guests thoroughly enjoy their holiday experiences. His dedication truly enhances our team.

Sri Lanka's wealth of experiences spans from its stunning landscapes to its captivating waters, providing endless avenues for exploration. We're eagerly looking forward to the pleasure of hosting you again, as you uncover even more treasures in the future.

Best Wishes,

Rikaz