Travel to Sri Lanka with On The Go Tours
Lying just off the southern tip of India is picturesque Sri Lanka. With over 2,000 years of history, Sri Lanka has a rich cultural heritage and a wealth of sacred sites, ancient cities and lush tea plantations. Sri Lanka also boasts eight UNESCO World Heritage sites, several of which are located in what is known as the cultural triangle. Not to be missed are the Sigiriya rock fortress, cave temples of Dambulla and the sacred cities of Polonnaruwa, Kandy and Anuradhapura.Read More
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Sri Lanka Group Tours
On our group tours in Sri Lanka you will see the ancient cities, rock fortresses and cave temples of the island's famed cultural triangle, plus visit spice gardens, tea plantations and national parks too. There's also the opportunity to relax on one of Sri Lanka's many beautiful sun-kissed beaches, a fantastic way to top off a culture-rich holiday. All our trips include airport transfers, all transportation, accommodation in 3-4 star hotels and plenty of local experiences along the way, so you can immerse yourself in Sri Lanka and get a true impression of local culture. read more
All our Sri Lanka tours start and end in the capital city of Colombo. Group size is typically10 to 14 passengers and escorted by a knowledgeable local guide - for groups of 5 or less this guide will also be your driver. Consider combining your trip to Sri Lanka with a tour of India's Golden Triangle with our Delhi to Colombo group tour or coincide your trip with the colourful Kandy festival.
Sri Lanka Private Tours
If you prefer to visit Sri Lanka exclusively with your friends and family then our private journeys are an excellent choice with a selection of tour lengths that cover all the main sites and highlights with the option to combine the stunning beaches of the neighbouring Maldives.
Sri Lanka Beach Holidays
We have two of the best beach front properties in Kalutara. Choose from the Tangerine Beach 4 star hotel or the more luxurious Royal Palms 5 star property next door. You’ll be picked up from Colombo airport, driven to your ocean front paradise where you can relax for 6 days before being driven back to the airport at the end of your stay. With beautiful outdoor pools, a stunning beach front location and a whole host of facilities from Ayurvedic Spas to mouth-watering restaurant choices – you’re sure to have a Sri Lanka beach holiday of a life time.
Sri Lanka Day Tours
Discover some of the island's most iconic sights with one of our day tours. Accompanied by our English-speaking local guides, you can choose to explore Colombo and post-colonial Galle, the rock fortress of Sigiriya or visit orphaned elephants in Pinnawala and the laid-back hill city of Kandy.
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Travelling to Sri Lanka with us
On our tours in Sri Lanka you can meet elephants at the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, head out on safari in Yala and Udawalawe National Parks or soak up plenty of the sunshine on Sri Lanka's gorgeous beaches. For great insight into Sri Lanka's history and culture, time your visit to coincide with one of its many festivals. On our Colombo Caves & Kandy Festival tour you attend the famous Kandy Festival, one of the most important Buddhist festivals in the Sri Lankan calendar.
Recommended places to visit in Sri Lanka
With eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites that comprise of remarkable ancient cities, archaeological ruins and beautiful nature reserves home to exotic flora and fauna, Sri Lanka has many attractions to choose from and here's some of our favourites to get you started.
Perched 370 metres above verdant jungle, the mysterious remains of this 5th century granite rock fortress are well worth exploring. The summit of Sigiriya is accessed by a steep staircase that climbs up the side of the rock, with a collection of Heavenly Maiden frescoes which can be seen en route. The top affords spectacular views of the jungle below and mountains in the distance.
DambullaThis UNESCO-Listed cave temple is one of the best-preserved and most impressive in all of Sri Lanka, and it’s not difficult to see why. Dambulla is made up of five different caves, each one of covered with wall to ceiling mural paintings and scattered with statues and sculptures of Buddha.
Tea is one of Sri Lanka’s biggest exports and they sure are proud of it. Witness tea pickers harvesting the crop and enjoy a cup of delicious pure Ceylon tea in the factory of the Nuwara Eliya tea plantation. Once a colonial favourite, this attractive town is a charming confluence of old world England and modern day Sri Lanka surrounded by picturesque hill country.
A huge white expanse of sand framed by swaying palm-trees on one side and a beautiful turquoise sea on the other, it doesn’t get much better than Kalutara. Whether you want to snorkel, learn how to surf or simply kick back, relax and top up your tan, this is the place to be.
Sugar, spice and everything nice! Learn about some of Sri Lanka’s most famous spices and what they are used for at a traditional Spice Garden. Wander around the grounds, watch a cooking demonstration that puts some of the spices to use and choose to buy some to take home with you.
Go wild on a jeep safari in Udawalawe National Park, home to elephants, deer, wild boar, buffao, jackal and much more. Home to over 400 elephants, this is probably the best place to catch a glimpse of a Sri Lankan elephant in the wild, plus there are sloth bears too!
Temple of the Tooth
Said to house a tooth of Buddha enclosed within a golden casket, The Temple of the Tooth is perhaps the most famous in Sri Lanka. Pop in here on a visit to the hill city of Kandy and if you go in the evening you may be lucky enough to catch a daily cultural display that takes place in the temple complex.
Sri Lanka Travel Guide
Get the low down on all you need to know about travelling to Sri Lanka with our useful guide covering everything from visas to when to go.
Money, shopping, transport, food, health advice & more
Information on climatic and weather conditions in Sri Lanka
Places on our must-see list of any visit to Sri Lanka
Visa requirements for Sri Lanka and info on getting your visa
Trip reviews from our travellers to Sri Lanka
Our guide to visiting Sri Lanka's Cultural Triangle
- Running in the Family
by Michael Ondaatje
- A Village in the Jungle
by Leonard Woolf
- The Road From Elephant Pass
by Nihal de Silva
Facts about Sri Lanka
- Sri Lanka was the first country in the world to have a democratically elected head of state who was a woman.
- The spice cinnamon originated in Sri Lanka but was actually discovered by the Egyptians.
- Although cricket is the most popular sport in Sri Lanka, the national sport of the country is, in fact, volleyball.
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