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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.

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Top Sri Lanka Travel Deals and Upcoming Trips

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Wild Sri Lanka
Combine culture with wildlife adventure

From the lush northern plains to the southern tip of the island, Sri Lanka is home to many impressive creatures from the herds of elephants that gather at the Minneriya reservoir to the leopards that languish on the rocky outcrops of Yala National Park and gigantic whales that pass by the coast of Mirissa. See all this and more on our 10 day Wild About Sri Lanka with ancient citadels, sacred temples and rock fortresses.

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

Colombo, Caves & Kandy

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Spend a week exploring Sri Lanka's famous cultural triangle, visiting...

The Kandy Festival | Sri LankaExciting Days, Comfortable Nights

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See the best of central Sri Lanka on this all-encompassing tour and in...

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Wild About Sri Lanka

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Best of Sri Lanka & Test Cricket

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Beach and culture holiday | Sri LankaExciting Days, Comfortable Nights

Buddha and Beach

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Polonnaruwa | Sri LankaExciting Days, Comfortable Nights

Delhi to Colombo

15 days | FROM USD $2,879

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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.

Dambulla Rock Temple | Sri LankaTailored To Suit You

Teardrop Isle

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Go Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka + Maldives

10 days | FROM USD $3,329

See the best of the Indian Ocean. Grand temples, intricate ruins and a...

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Sri Lanka Unplugged

15 days | FROM USD $4,459

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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.

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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.

Colombo | Sri LankaTailored To Suit You

Curious about Colombo

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Dambulla Rock Temple | Sri LankaTailored To Suit You

Colombo: Rock Fortresses & Temples

1 day | FROM USD $319

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Kandy | Sri LankaTailored To Suit You

Colombo: Kandy & The Elephants

1 day | FROM USD $269

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Colombo: Dutch Galle

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Sri Lanka tour reviews

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.46 out of 5 based on 13 recent reviews — See All Sri Lanka Reviews

Tour guide was fantastic. He went out of his way to make sure everyone was happy and had what they needed. He was very informative and interesting. He was accomdating and made sure everyone was informed and comfortable with the elephant orphanage decision.

Highlights of the tour were the safaris, sigiriya, and polonnaruwa. ”  

• Submitted 5 Apr 2016

Thanks for a great trip, we really enjoyed it and absolutely loved Sri Lanka! The tour content was fantastic, but pace was too fast for me. I did want to see a lot so this tour definitely ticked a lot of boxes but I'd also have appreciated some free time to break up the activity- perhaps one extra day would make a difference? A few other comments:

- Standard of hotels was excellent, but we had very little time to enjoy them - particularly the nice pools! As above, would be nice to have a few hours here and there to relax a little

- The elephant orphanage isn't for everyone, some in the group found this a bit uncomfortable

- Colombo tour wasn't great as felt like we were driving round in circles for no real reason! Perhaps a walking tour would be better?

- Aktar was a really informative guide, and shared loads of interesting cultural insights which definitely enhanced the tour. His welcome meeting was far too detailed for me though, and he spoke for long periods on the coach trips, sometime this was too much.

Overall a great tour, but hopefully a few helpful comments to inform future planning! ”  

• Submitted 13 Mar 2016

Thank you on the go tours! We had a fantastic trip. It was certainly 'on the go' from start to finish but we saw a lot which was one of our objectives as we wanted to make the most of the time available. The guide Akthar deserves a special mention-he was superb. His commentary was informative and entertaining and he went above and beyond to expose us to authentic Sri Lankan experiences. The trip was very well organised and the driver did a great job getting us around safely (no mean feat when you see how they drive in Sri Lanka)! I would recommend on the go tours and would certainly book another trip with on the go tours. ”  

• Submitted 6 Mar 2016

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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.

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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.

Dambulla - Cave Temple

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Dambulla Rock Temple | Sri Lanka

This UNESCO-Listed cave temples of Dambulla are some 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 on a mountain overlooking the verdant plains.

Kalutara - Beach Bliss

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Beach and culture holiday | Sri Lanka

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. Located on the southwest coast, Kalutara can easily be combined with the island's national parks.

Nuwara Eliya - Tea Plantations

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Nuwara Eliya | Sri Lanka

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.

Sigiriya - Rock Fortress

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Sigiriya Rock Fortress | Sri Lanka

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.

Udawalawe National Park - Elephants

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Elephants in Udawalawe NP  | Sri Lanka

Go wild on a jeep safari in Udawalawe National Park, home to elephants, deer, wild boar, buffalo, 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 with the transit home for baby elephants in need of some extra TLC, plus there are sloth bears too.

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.


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Money, shopping, transport, food, health advice & more

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Best Time to Visit

Information on climatic and weather conditions in Sri Lanka

Statue of Buddha | Polonnaruwa | Sri Lanka

Best Places to Visit

Places on our must-see list of any visit to Sri Lanka


Tourist Visas

Visa requirements for Sri Lanka and info on getting your visa

Statues of Buddha | Sri Lanka

Traveller Reviews

Trip reviews from our travellers to Sri Lanka

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The Cultural Triangle

Our guide to visiting Sri Lanka's Cultural Triangle

Get to know Sri Lanka

Recommended Reading

  • Running in the Family
    by Michael Ondaatje
  • A Village in the Jungle
    by Leonard Woolf
  • The Road From Elephant Pass
    by Nihal de Silva
Did you know...?

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.

Sri Lanka Travel Advice:

We keep informed of the latest travel advice to Sri Lanka and follow advice as set out by the British Foreign Office. Safety of our travellers is paramount and we recommend that you check the latest travel updates from the relevant advisory body in your country.

Online Travel Resources for Sri Lanka:

REFER TO: Rough Guides, Fodors, Bradt, Frommers, Footprints, CN Traveller and World Travel Guide.

ALSO SEE: The official Sri Lanka Tourist Organisation site and the latest Sri Lanka Weather Updates from the BBC.

Sri Lanka Entries in our #feelgoodtravel photo competition

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Exciting Days, Comfortable Nights OTG Signature
Exciting Days, Comfortable Nights

On The Go's Signature group tours place local interaction and authenticity at the heart of your cultural travel experience. Upping the comfort stakes, this range is a clear cut above our OTG Adventure range.

Appealing to a wide age demographic from the 20s to 60+, we maximize your days with excitement and awe and then bring you home to a comfortable 4* hotel with western amenities, air-conditioning, WiFi and, where appropriate, a swimming pool. Hotels can sometimes be of 3 or 5 star standard too, ensuring you get the best value for your holiday.

Visiting all the main attractions you’ll be accompanied throughout by our highly qualified English-speaking local guides too. Group size is typically 18 with a maximum for 28, apart from festival tours, where group sizes can be larger due to the one-off nature of these events.

Tailored To Suit You OTG Independent
Tailored To Suit You

On this range you won’t be joining other travellers, but will be on your own private itinerary. Accommodation, pace of travel and the style of trip is tailored to your individual needs. From pre-priced packages available off the shelf to fully curated tailor-made holidays, this range also includes our selection of one-night stopovers, day-tours and short breaks.

The OTG Independent range gives you all the great service aspects of our Signature range with the flexibility to create a truly unique and bespoke holiday or adventure to a variety of destinations around the world.

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