Tours of Sri Lanka

The best way to see Sri Lanka is to take a tour, SriLankan Holidays offers a number of set tours or we can tailor-make one to suit you personal requirements.   We have detailed three tours below:

Colombo & Kandy 3 Nights / 4 Days

Day 1:  On arrival transfer from the airport to Colombo.  In the afternoon take a city tour.  See the ancient clock Tower and colonial buildings, Pettah Bazaar excellent for bargains, the old Parliament, a Hindu and a Buddhist temple.  There is also plenty of free time to shop.  Overnight in Colombo.

ElephantsDay 2:  After breakfast you will be driven to Kandy.  En-route visit the elephant orphanage in Pinnawala.  This orphanage is home for about 60 elephants.  Visit during feeding times, when there is the opportunity to see the baby elephants being bottle-fed and having their daily bath.  Continue from Pinnawala to Kandy and check-in to your hotel.  In the afternoon is a city tour. Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings. Here, many of the legends, traditions and folklore are still lovingly kept alive.  Drive around Kandy Lake and visit the town, bazaar, the arts and crafts centre, a gem museum and a lapidary.  In the evening visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic and after, a cultural show featuring traditional Sri Lankan dancing.  Overnight in Kandy.

Day 3:  Following breakfast return to Colombo, en-route visit the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens, home to an amazing variety of trees, plants and flowers.  Evening at leisure.  Overnight in Colombo.

Day 4: After breakfast transfer to the airport.

Classical Tour 6 Nights / 7 Days

Day 1:  On arrival transfer from the airport to Kandalama and check into your hotel.  In the evening take an elephant-back safari.  This excursion takes you along one of the most picturesque routes through the jungle.   Overnight at your hotel.

Day 2:  After breakfast drive to Polonnaruwa.  Here you will see the ruins of the Royal Palace; the Gal Vihara - where statues of the Buddha in 'Upright', 'Sedentary' and 'Recumbent' postures are carved out of rock; the Audience Hall; the Lotus Bath; King Pararamabahu's statue and the Parakrama Samudraya lake.  There are also monuments of famous places of worship including the Kiri Vehara and the remains of a former Temple of the Tooth Relic.
Continue to Sigiriya and climb the 5th century Sigiriya rock Frescoesfortress built  477-495 AD.  The 'Lion Rock' is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200 metres from the scrub jungle.  The rock was the innermost stronghold of the 70 hectare fortified town.  A moat, rampart and extensive gardens including the renowned water gardens ring the base of the rock.  See the world-renowned frescoes of the 'Heavenly Maidens' of Sigiriya which are in a sheltered pocket of the rock approached by a spiral stairway.  Overnight in Dambulla.

Day 3:  After breakfast drive to Kandy, en-route visit a spice garden where you will be introduced to different spices and shown how some of these are grown and processed.  In the afternoon take a city tour of the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings.  Drive around Kandy Lake, visit the town and bazaar, the arts and crafts centre, a gem museum and a lapidary.  In the evening visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic and see a cultural show featuring traditional Sri Lankan dancing.  Overnight in Kandy.

Day 4:  After breakfast visit the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens.  The 147 acres are home to an amazing variety of trees, plants and flowers.  Continue to Pinnawala and visit the elephant orphanage.  This orphanage is home for about 60 elephants.  Visit during feeding times, when there is the opportunity to see the baby elephants being bottle-fed and having their daily bath.   Overnight at a beach hotel.

Day 5:  Day at leisure.

Day 6:  After breakfast drive to your hotel in Colombo.  In the afternoon take a city tour which includes visits to Hindu and Buddhist Temples, Pettah and Fort areas, the Parliament and Colombo museum.  Overnight in Colombo.

Day 7:  After breakfast leave for the airport. 

Ancient Cities, Nature & Hill Country Tour 6 Nights / 7 Days

Day 1:  On arrival in Sri Lanka transfer to Dambuilla.  The rest of the day is at leisure.  Overnight in Dambulla.

Day 2:  After breakfast drive to Polonnaruwa for a city tour.  Visit the Royal Palace, the Gal Vihara (statures of Buddha), the Lotus bath and the 12th century Polonnaruwa Statue.  Drive on to Sigiriya and climb the rock fortress and see the remains of the palace and the famous frescoes.  Overnight in Dambulla.

DambullaDay 3:  After breakfast visit the Dambulla Rock Temple, built in the 1st century BC.  Dambulla is a world heritage site and is the most impressive of Sri Lanka's cave temples.  The complex has 5 caves with painted walls and ceilings.  The caves contain 150 Buddha images, the largest a colossal figure carved out of rock spanning 14 metres.  In the evening take an elephant back safari.  This excursion takes you along one of the most picturesque routes through the jungle.  Overnight in Dambulla.

Day 4:  After breakfast drive to Kandy en-route visiting a spice garden.  In the afternoon take a city tour of Kandy, the last capital of the Sri Lankan Kings.  Visit the town and bazaar, the arts and crafts centre, a gem museum and a lapidary.  In the evening visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic followed by a cultural show featuring traditional Sri Lankan dancing.  Overnight in Kandy.

Tea pickingDay 5:  After breakfast drive to Nuwara Eliya en-route visiting the Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya, home to some 4000 species of plants and trees.  Also visit a tea factory and estate.  The afternoon is at leisure.  Overnight in Kandy.

Day 6:  Following breakfast return to Colombo via Kitulgala, passing two water falls en-route.  In the afternoon take a city tour of Colombo including visits to both a Hindu and Buddhist Temples, Pettah and Fort areas, the Parliament and Colombo museum.  Overnight in Colombo.

Day 7: After breakfast leave for the airport.

Please note, while every care has been taken to ensure accuracy, all tours and hotel descriptions and amenities mentioned are subject to change.