Explore the Tear Drop Isle with our range of escorted group tours, private journeys and bespoke tailor-made holidays to Sri Lanka.

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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Brimming with endless palm-fringed beaches, colourful temples, striking architecture, ancient ruins, exotic jungles, abundant wildlife and superb food, there so much to see and do in Sri Lanka and it's a perfect destination to combine a cultural holiday with a bit of R&R by the beach.

We offer a diverse number of tours to Sri Lanka that cover all the top spots and we look forward to welcoming you on holiday to the Teardrop Isle soon.

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Sri Lanka Group Tours

Colombo, Caves & Kandy

8 days | FROM USD $1,595

Discover Sri Lanka's famous cultural triangle and visit the rock...

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Colombo Caves & Kandy Festival

8 days | FROM USD $1,795

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

Safari in Sri Lanka

9 days | FROM USD $2,695

Safari in Sri Lanka on this unique wildlife tour which takes in five...

Wild About Sri Lanka

10 days | FROM USD $2,095

Go wild in Sri Lanka visiting Yala, Udawalawe and Bandula National...

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Buddha and Beach

12 days | FROM USD $2,195

Explore Dambulla Rock Temple and ancient Polonnaruwa and visit iconic...

Sri Lanka Northeast Explorer

12 Days | FROM USD $2,695

Take in the classic sights of Sri Lanka’s cultural triangle, but not...

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Delhi to Colombo

15 days | FROM USD $2,875

Combine the incredible sites of India's Golden Triangle with Sri...

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 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 typically 10 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 Walking Holidays

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Sri Lanka Tracks & Trails

14 Days | FROM USD $2,495

Get off the beaten track in Sri Lanka's formerly restricted Eastern...

Sightsee, safari and trek on a leisurely walking holiday in Sri Lanka, escorted by an English speaking guide and travelling in a small group with a maximum of 16 travellers. Enjoy the best of the varied hiking the beautiful Tear Drop Isle has to offer, while gaining a real insight into Sri Lankan culture. Staying in simple accommodation, with the majority of meals included.

Sri Lanka Private Tours

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Sri Lanka Safari, Tour & Trek

8 Days | FROM USD $2,835

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Sri Lanka North East & Beach

10 Days | FROM USD $3,225

Discover the delights of northern Sri Lanka and the east coast, on...

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Sri Lanka + Maldives

10 days | FROM USD $3,295

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

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Sri Lanka Encompassed

15 days | FROM USD $4,595

Private Tour. Experience the best of Sri Lanka. Colourful...

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.

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Tailor-made Holidays

With a personalised itinerary carefully put together by our expert tailor-made team, you can enjoy the sights and delights of Sri Lanka at your own pace. You decide what you want to see, when you want to see it and even how you want to see it, whether it's combining all the best sites of the Cultural Triangle with a bit of beach side R&R on the Indian Ocean as well. Let us know your preferred standard of accommodation and we'll recommend our choice of characterful boutique properties and excellently located hotels.

Sri Lanka Day Tours and Excursions

Tour the city highlights of Colombo and the lakeside attractions of Kandy or head further afield for rock fortresses and cave temples.

Full-Day Kandy Highlights Tour

8 hours
FROM USD $30.00

On this full day tour of Kandy, visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic, spice gardens and the Royal...

Sigiriya and Dambulla Private Day Trip

14 hours
FROM USD $90.00

Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Sigiriya Rock Fortress and the Cave Temples of Dambulla on this...

Highland Highlights Private Tour from Kandy

12 hours
FROM USD $42.00

Explore the beautiful highlands of Sri Lanka, take in spectacular mountain views, visit tea estates...

Southern Sri Lanka Day Trip from Colombo

12 hours
FROM USD $45.00

Explore Galle and its Dutch Fort, take boat ride at Maduganga Ganga and visit the Turtle Hatchery on...

Private 6 hour Tea Tour from Kandy

6 hours
FROM USD $75.00

Explore the tea plantations and tea factory at James Taylor's Loolkandura Estate, and enjoy a...

Private Half-Day Colombo City Tour

4 hours
FROM USD $33.00

Learn about Sri Lanka's capital city, visiting its most popular attractions on this 4-hour private...

Private Day Trip to Matale from Kandy

10 hours 30 minutes
FROM USD $48.00

Discover the hidden gems of Matale on this private day trip from Kandy, including Nalanda Gedige,...

Colombo City Tour by Tuk Tuk

3 hours 30 minutes
FROM USD $55.00

Explore the backstreets of Colombo and take in the highlights of Sri Lanka's capital, travelling the...

Frequently asked questions about our touring holidays in Sri Lanka

How long/hard is the climb to the top of Sigiriya rock fortress?

A total of 1,200 steps lead up to the rock fortress of Sigiriya, which sits at a height of 200 metres above the ground. It's not a particularly strenuous climb and most visitors find it relatively easy to accomplish. Allowing time to catch your breath and admire the views, the climb can be comfortably done in an hour. Those on a mission to the top and in moderate shape can scale the rock in 30 minutes but it's far more enjoyable when climbed at leisure.

Do you include a visit to the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage on your tours?

We no longer include a visit to the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage in Sri Lanka. The reason we made this decision is that there were concerns over the welfare of the animals. It's much better to see these majestic creatures in the wild and that's way we include a jeep safari in the Udawalawe National Park, home to some 400 elephants.

I want to end my tour with time on the beach - what options do you have?

If you would like to combine sightseeing with a bit of rest and relaxation on the coast, our 12 day Buddha and Beach tour is ideal. As well as covering all the main highlights, the tour also includes four nights in Bentota, one of Sri Lanka's most popular beach resorts. There are many other beaches on the southwest coast so if you have a particular one in mind, our reservations team can organise a beach break to add onto the end of any of our group tours. If you would prefer to visit the east coast for your beach break then it would be better to consider a tailor-made holiday that ends on this side of the island before heading back to Colombo for your flight home.

What are the road conditions and travel times like?

Road conditions are improving each year in Sri Lanka with a number of express highways planned for the popular southwest region. Outside of this the roads are mostly single carriageways so it can be slow going. The longer journeys are those between Colombo and the Cultural Triangle, and Udawalawe to Galle, which on average take around 5 hours.

How big are your tour groups and what is the age of your travellers?

Our Signature tours in Sri Lanka have a maximum group size of 24 though the average is around 14 on our more popular itineraries. If you're choosing a tour that visits more off-the-beaten path spots, like our Northeast Explorer tour, then the group size is often just 4-6 travellers. Our travellers are anywhere between the late 20s to late 60s in age and you'll find a real mix of ages on most departures.

What is the standard of hotels on your trips?

We use a mix of modern 4 star hotels and heritage properties on our Sri Lanka Signature tours. Some boast an outdoor swimming pool, which is great for cooling off after a day of sightseeing. Others are popular for their colonial charm and antique features.

What sort of transport do you use?

On our Signature tours you'll be travelling in comfortable A/C private vehicles, the size of which will depend on the size of the group on that departure. We also include a scenic ride on the train between Kandy and Nuwara Eliya so you can sample the local transport and relax while the train slowly plies its route through verdant hills and tea plantations. While in the Cultural Triangle, you'll also travel by jeep and canoe to reach the village of Kayanwala for an insight into Sri Lanka's rural way of life.

When is the best time to visit Sri Lanka for general sightseeing?

Despite Sri Lanka being a relatively small country, the weather varies widely across the island from one month to the next. Generally speaking December to March is the ideal season for travelling around Sri Lanka as it's mostly dry, warm and sunny across most of the country. Visit our best time to visit page for more detailed information on the weather and when to plan your trip.

Sri Lanka tour reviews

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.67 out of 5 based on 51 recent reviews — See All Sri Lanka Reviews

I cant say enough about this tour! travelled with a great bunch of travellers from Australia, South Africa and England.

Akhtar was an amazing guide he had a wealth of knowledge and a love for his country. Even though I was only in Sri Lanka for a week I feel like I have a wealth of knowledge now! I enjoyed the local stop at the mark on the first day. The hotels we stayed in were fantastic and having the varying styles from traditional to modern and the eco lodge. I cant wait to travel with On The Go Tours again! ”  

Cathleen goble • Submitted 14 Apr 2018

An absolute fantastic tour, amazing guide with tremendous knowledge. The tour was very well structured, really showing Sri Lanka as it is, with the home-stay meal a major highlight. The only slight concern was the quality in Nuwara Eliya, the hotel needs some TLC, the bedding is old and small minor touch ups are needed, rather a 3 star than a 4 star. But that is nitpicking, everything was amazing. Akthar is an amazing guide and person, really going out of his way to cater for everyone on tour and always available ”  

Andre Oosthuizen • Submitted 11 Apr 2018

Our guide, Akhtar, was amazing, so knowledgeable and passionate about his country. Nothing was an issue for him and he found solutions to any problems. A true gentleman.

The tour was fantastic but felt a little too rushed at times - perhaps an extra day in length would benefit the guests. My only disappointment was too pass through all the tea plantations but not get to visit them.”  

Ian Roberts • Submitted 10 Apr 2018

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The Tear Drop Isle
Beach, culture, wildlife and more

Sri Lanka has it all - miles of tropical coastline, dozens of UNESCO World Heritage sites and impressive creatures including elephants, whales and leopards. With our range of tours to the Tear Drop Isle you can see all this and more from the historic Cultural Triangle to the wildlife-rich national parks and palm-fringed beach resorts with colourful festivals and popular sporting events to entice you further.

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Highlights of our Sri Lanka tours

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 and here's just a taster of what's included in our tours:

Sigiriya

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Looking up at the rock fortress of Sigiriya from the water gardens below, Sri Lanka

Scale the dizzy heights of Sigiriya rock fortress for a tour of the mysterious 5th century ruins, Heavenly Maiden frescoes and what remains of the remarkable water gardens, all surrounded by jungle.

Udawalawe National Park

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Elephants in Udawalawe NP  | Sri Lanka

Go wild on a jeep safari in Udawalawe National Park, the best place to catch a glimpse of a Sri Lankan elephant in the wild, and also home to deer, wild boar, buffalo, jackal and much more.

Kandy

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Explore the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings with a drive around attractive Kandy lake, time to shop at a local bazaar, a visit to a working tea factory and a tour of the Temple of the Tooth.

Dambulla

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Dambulla Rock Temple | Sri Lanka

Admire the Buddhist statues and ceiling mural paintings of the UNESCO-listed cave temples of Dambulla, which contain over 150 images of Buddha including an impressive 14 metre carved statue.

Nuwara Eliya

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A local train winds its way through the verdant landscapes of Nuwara Eliya in Sri Lanka

Ride the scenic train past waterfalls, suspension bridges and tea pickers as you journey to Nuwara Eliya, a charming hill resort surrounded by picturesque plantations and verdant rolling hills.

Polonnaruwa

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The Gal Vihara in Polonnaruwa | Sri Lanka

Step into the one-time capital of Sri Lanka with a guided visit to the 11th century ruins of Polonnaruwa and admire the many monuments including the Gal Vihara, a rock temple of the Buddha.