"Sri Lanka is sometimes described as India’s little brother, but this enchanting island is a top notch destination in its own right, tempting travellers with a winning combination of culture, beaches and wildlife."

Escorted Tours and Holidays in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is sometimes described as India’s little brother, but this enchanting island is a top notch destination in its own right, tempting travellers with a winning combination of culture, beaches and wildlife. An escorted tour is the ideal way to experience everything that Sri Lanka has to offer, and there are some lovely boutique hotels and lodges scattered around the country.

Sri Lanka’s ‘Cultural Triangle’ is a remarkable concentration of Buddhist temples, ancient fortresses and holy cities, and forms the centrepiece to most tours of the island. The highlands offer the chance to cool off at a verdant tea plantation, while the coast is fringed with golden beaches. It’s no secret that Sri Lanka’s recent history has been wracked by conflict, but the end of the civil war in 2009 has seen previously off-limits areas in the north and east of the island opening up, offering a more rustic alternative to the beach resorts on the south west coast. Wildlife is another big draw in Sri Lanka, from the majestic elephants that adorn so many postcards to the leopards that stalk the jungles of Yala National Park. For a small island, Sri Lanka really does pack a lot in.

 

Touring Highlights of Sri Lanka

  • Wander amongst the ruined palaces, temples and stupas of Sri Lanka’s ancient former capital, Polonnaruwa, and imagine what life must have been like during this great city’s 11th century heyday.
  • The holy city of Kandy is home to the famous Temple of the Tooth, where one of the Buddha’s teeth is said to rest, and also plays host to the colourful Kandy Esala Perahera festival every summer.
  • Anuradhapura was one of the great early capitals of Sri Lanka, and this striking UNESCO World Heritage Site is notable for its dagobas, huge brick stupas that loom over the city’s ruins.
  • The quaint colonial architecture and temperate climate of Nuwara Eliya, at the centre of Sri Lanka’s tea growing region, are more than a little reminiscent of the green hills of England.
  • Dambulla’s remarkable cave temple is one of Sri Lanka’s best known tourist attractions, a cavernous space filled with glittering Buddhas.
  • The walled old town of Galle is one of the highlights of Sri Lanka’s south coast, with a fascinating history as an important trading post on the old spice route.
  • Much of Sri Lanka’s north and east was out of bounds until recently, but since the end of the civil war tourists have slowly been returning to the Tamil city of Jaffna and the stunning beaches of the east coast.
  • The dramatic ‘Lion Rock’ of Sigiriya is Sri Lanka’s most spectacular sight, a fortified rocky outcrop some 200 metres tall that dominates the landscape.
  • Yala National Park is Sri Lanka’s premier wildlife destination, home to elephants, monkeys and crocodiles, and it’s one of the best places in the world to see leopards in the wild.
  • Sri Lanka has a thriving street food scene, particularly in the capital, Colombo. Dishes to try include the ubiquitous pancakes known as ‘hoppers’, which are usually filled with curry, sambal and a baked egg.

Tour Types in Sri Lanka


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14 Nights

Highlights of Sri Lanka

Marvel at magnificent temples, see the World Heritage Rock Fortress at Sigiriya, search for elephants and other wild animals at Yala National Park, discover the fascinating caves at Dambulla and explore the ruined cities of Polonnaruwa and Anuradhapura.

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £66pp
Starts:UK
Ends: UK
Group Size:8- 28
Operator:Wendy Wu

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13 Nights

Sri Lanka Encompassed — Plus

Explore the Sigriya rock fortress, Enjoy a Sri Lankan cooking demo for dinner and culture.

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Starts:Colombo
Ends:Mirissa
Group Size:10- 12
Difficulty:2 - Light
Operator:G Adventures

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17 Nights

Sri Lanka with Maldives Cruise: Spice Gardens & Seasides

Discover isolated beaches, swim and snorkel the vibrant coral reefs of the Indian Ocean, trek through luscious green hills, inhale local flavours.

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £40pp
Starts:Negombo
Ends:Malé
Group Size:8- 8
Difficulty:2 - Light
Operator:G Adventures

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6 Nights

Highlights of Sri Lanka

This week long exploration of Sri Lanka packs in a wealth of highlights across this beautiful island.

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £22pp
Starts:Negombo
Ends:Colombo Airport
Group Size:4- 18
Difficulty:Moderate
Operator:Explore!

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14 Nights

Buddha's Island

Explore the spiritual Sri Lanka features a mix of ancient cities, rock carvings, gilded Buddhist temples and wildlife-filled national parks.

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £34pp
Starts:Negombo
Ends:Colombo
Group Size:4- 18
Difficulty:Moderate
Operator:Explore!

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13 Nights

Cycle Sri Lanka

Completing a circular journey this trip takes in ancient temples and fortresses, cycling through tea plantations and across the scenic trails of the Knuckles Range.

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £38pp
Starts:Negombo
Ends:Colombo Airport
Group Size:4- 16
Difficulty:Moderate
Operator:Explore!

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21 Nights

Buddha's Island + Maldive Dhoni Cruise

Combine two of our favourite trips on a journey through enchanting Sri Lanka and the pristine Maldives.

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £61pp
Starts:Negombo
Ends:Male Airport
Group Size:4- 18
Difficulty:Moderate
Operator:Explore!

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13 Nights

Secrets Of Sri Lanka

Staying in stylish and comfortable hotels, we travel to some of Sri Lanka's greatest sights: from ancient Buddhist monuments to tea plantations and historic cities.

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £53pp
Starts:Negombo
Ends:Mount Lavinia
Group Size:4- 16
Difficulty:Moderate
Operator:Explore!

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7 Nights

Sri Lankan Highlights

A week experiencing the very best of the Island of Serendipity, Sri Lanka.

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £22pp
Starts:Colombo
Ends:Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia
Group Size:4- 16
Difficulty:Leisurely
Operator:Exodus

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14 Nights

Discover Sri Lanka - Premium

Spend two weeks exploring the delights of Sri Lanka, a diverse and inspiring island

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £45pp
Starts:Negombo
Ends:Colombo
Group Size:4- 16
Difficulty:Leisurely / Moderate
Operator:Exodus

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14 Nights

On Foot in Sri Lanka

On this Sri Lankan walking holiday you'll discover both the country's past and its contemporary culture.

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £33pp
Starts:Negombo
Ends:Colombo
Group Size:4- 16
Difficulty:Moderate
Operator:Explore!

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13 Nights

Highlights of Sri Lanka and Maldive Dhoni Cruise

Experience the cultural highlights of Sri Lanka and combine it with a week snorkelling and relaxing in the Maldives

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Starts:Negombo
Ends:Male Airport
Group Size:4- 18
Difficulty:Moderate
Operator:Explore!

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14 Nights

Discover Sri Lanka

Spend two weeks exploring the delights of this diverse and inspiring island

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £35pp
Starts:Veyangoda
Ends:Colombo
Group Size:4- 18
Difficulty:Leisurely / Moderate
Operator:Exodus

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9 Nights

Wild Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka's wild side, from national parks to the ocean in this tropical paradise

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £42pp
Starts:Colombo Airport
Ends:Colombo Airport
Group Size:4- 16
Difficulty:Leisurely
Operator:Exodus

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13 Nights

Cycle the Back Roads of Sri Lanka

Explore rich Sri Lankan history and culture by bike in this tour.

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Starts:Sigiriya
Ends:Colombo
Group Size:5- 16
Difficulty:Moderate / Challenging
Operator:Exodus

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14 Nights

Sri Lankan and Maldives Family Adventure

Combining an actioned packed ten day journey across Sri Lanka with a relaxing traditional Dhoni cruise in the Maldives is a winning combination!

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £46pp
Starts:Negombo
Ends:Male Airport
Group Size:4- 20
Difficulty:Moderate
Operator:Explore!

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13 Nights

Sri Lanka Land & Sea

Explore Galle and the historic fort. Starting in Negombo and ending in Mirissa, the tour Sri Lanka Land & Sea.

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £41pp
Starts:Negombo
Ends:Mirissa
Group Size:12- 15
Difficulty:3 - Average
Operator:G Adventures

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6 Nights

Sailing Sri Lanka - South Coast

Explore Sri Lanka South Coast by boat, sailing for seven days in the Indian Ocean.

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Starts:Mirissa
Ends:Mirissa
Group Size:1- 12
Difficulty:3 - Average
Operator:G Adventures

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11 Nights

Sri Lanka: Spice Gardens & Seasides

Discover beautiful ruins, hike through tea plantations, tour a spice garden, and then chill out on Hikkaduwa Beach

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £16pp
Starts:Negombo
Ends:Hikkaduwa
Group Size:12- 18
Difficulty:2 - Light
Operator:G Adventures

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13 Nights

Sri Lanka & Maldives Adventure

Go safari in Kumana National Park to see Leopards, Sloth Bears, Elephants and Birds.

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Starts:Negombo
Ends:Male
Group Size:14- 15
Difficulty:3 - Average
Operator:G Adventures

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