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Experience the Tear Drop Isle in 2017

With no fewer than eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the small island nation of Sri Lanka is brimming with a wealth of sacred sites, ancient cities, exotic wildlife, lush tea plantations and incredible landscapes. 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 – seeing what you want to see, when you want to see it, combining all the best sites of the Cultural Triangle with relaxing Indian Ocean beach-side bliss.

Despite the monsoons there's always somewhere in Sri Lanka experiencing beautiful tropical weather making it popular at any time of year. To help plan exactly when suits you, take a look at our best time to visit page for details on Sri Lanka's climate and the colourful religious festivals and events taking place in 2017.

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Just a stone’s throw from India this tropical island nation is steeped in history with ancient Buddhist cities, remnants of the spice trade, elegant colonial hill stations and lush tea plantations. The best of Sri Lanka’s wonders can be found within the island’s Cultural Triangle including the impressive Sigiriya rock fortress, remarkable cave temples of Dambulla, plus the sacred cities of Polonnaruwa, Kandy and Anuradhapura.

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Dambulla

Situated in central Sri Lanka, Dambulla is most famous for its Rock Temples. This stunning complex of 5 caves contains over 150 images of Buddha including an impressive 15 metre statue carved out of the cave rock in the first cave, Devaraja Viharaya. The second cave, the Temple of the Great King is the most spectacular measuring 52m in length and 23m in width. It contains the statues of two kings, Nissanka Malla and Valagamba but the biggest draw card for the cave is the main Buddha statue, a in ...
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Bentota and Beruwala

Located on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka, the beach resorts of Bentota and Beruwala are two of Sri Lanka's most popular beach holiday destinations with long, sweeping sandy beaches fronting the blue waters of the Indian Ocean. With a plethora of accommodation options, thrilling watersports and more leisurely pursuits, Bentota and Beruwala make an ideal addition to a tour of Sri Lanka offering plenty of opportunities to relax and enjoy the coast. Bentota is famous for its pristine beaches ...
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Kandy

The Hill Capital of Kandy was the last bastion of the Sinhala kings and is rich in history and culture. Set around an attractive man-made lake in Sri Lanka's scenic hill country, Kandy is a charming city offering a living record of a magnificent past. Its position at an altitude of 500m means Kandy enjoys a cooler and more pleasant temperature than Colombo, its low-lying urban counterpart, and is a good base from which to explore the surrounding Knuckles Range. It is also the site of Sri the ...
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Sigiriya

Sigiriya, meaning ‘lion rock’ in Sinhalese, is an ancient rock fortress and palace surrounded by jungle in central Sri Lanka. Rising from the central plains, Sigiriya is one of Sri Lanka's most iconic sights with practically vertical cliff walls topped by a perfectly flat summit where the ancient ruins of a Kassapa city still stand. Reached by a vertigo-inducing staircase that winds its way up the rock you'll be rewarded with stunning views. The entrance to the tip of the palace was designed ...
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Nuwara Eliya

Situated among verdant tea plantations and at an elevation of 1,990 m, Nuwara Eliya is one of the highest and most attractive towns in Sri Lanka’s hill region offering a welcome antidote to the heat of the coast and low-lying plains. Built by English tea growers, it remained their favourite hill station during colonial times. Nuwara Eliya boasts the best golf course in Sri Lanka and is home to the impressive Hakgala Botanical Gardens, famous for its orchids and roses in the 10,000 species of a ...
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Yala National Park

The second largest and most visited national park in Sri Lanka, Yala is situated in the southeast part of the island and is a vast expanse of dusty woodland and grasslands punctuated by towering boulders. The park is home to some 44 species of mammals and 215 species of birds though its popularity with visitors is due largely to the fact that the park has one of the highest concentrations of leopard in the world and around 350 resident Asian elephants. Also present are sloth bears, golden palm a ...
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Anuradhapura

The fascinating ancient city of Anuradhapura was the first capital of the Sinhala kings,and undoubtedly the grandest city of ancient Sri Lanka. The sprawling complex contains a delightful array of treasures from towering dagobas (Buddhist stupa), evocative decaying temples and attractive ancient pools. Here you'll also find Sri Maha Bodhi, the Sacred Bo-Tree, brought to Sri Lanka as a sapling from the tree under which Buddha is said to have become enlightened. At over 2,200 years old it is the a ...
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Colombo

Capital of Sri Lanka, Colombo is a dynamic city filled with good hotels, restaurants, shopping and the charming legacy of colonial beginnings. Just off the north end of Galle Road, the city's main road and centre of activity, is the Fort, once a colonial stronghold but now the site of many government buildings. To the south is Galle Face Green, a seaside expanse where informal cricket games are played out amongst city folk. Just east of the Fort is the Pettah, the traditional bazaar where you a ...
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Sri Lanka tailor made reviews

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.75 out of 5 based on 12 recent reviews — See All Reviews

We had a fantastic holiday with an excellent guide. The tour went smoothly and was well organised. We will and have already recommended On the Go to several friends and family.

Many thanks to Theo for organising a wonderful holiday. ”  

Vivek Tandon • Submitted 5 Sep 2016

Excellent service; great driver and very informative. Hotels all great but Deer Park deserves a special mention with high quality facilities and excellent customer service immediately moving our room when we had issues.”  

Elaine Griffiths • Submitted 31 Aug 2016

It was unseasonably hot in Sri Lanka, which made it very hot and humid. One of the hotel swimming pools was 40 degrees centigrade - lufer and soap temperature! This was nobody's fault, but it made the 3 1/2 days concentrated temples, ruined palaces and fortresses sequence very hot and trying, particularly when much of the climbing tended to end up during the hottest part of the day.

The hotels were very much the style of place at which we like to stay (small, boutique, heritage), with Buckingham Place, Rekawa Beach, quite outstanding.Our guide, Jehan Joseph, was excellent. His self taught English was amazing. He was professional, knowledgeable, patient and very easy to get on with. I had a couple of health issues which he handled with patience and understanding and arranged an appointment with a local doctor who cleared up the problem very quickly. I can't recommend him too highly.”  

Ian Hawthorn • Submitted 7 May 2016

Indian Ocean Bliss

Sri Lanka’s beautiful southern coast has miles of beautiful, pristine sandy beaches and coves. The south is very scenic, wonderfully relaxed and less developed than the popular south west coast. Tangalle is an idyllic seaside town which boasts some of the best beaches on the island and it is also a breeding ground for marine turtles. Snorkelling and diving off the coast here is very popular and there are plenty of other water sports on offer.

Inspirations for a holiday in Sri Lanka

While Sri Lanka’s famous sites are sure to impress consider adding on some hidden gems and authentic local experiences on to your travels too. Here are some of our recommended things to see and do to get you started.

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Cheer from the sidelines

Cricket match

As the nation’s most popular sport and favourite pastime amongst locals, you simply cannot leave Sri Lanka without witnessing at least one cricket match. Whether it is cheering from the sidelines of a friendly game on the beach or from the buzzing stalls of a cricket ground in Colombo or Kandy, revel in the electric atmosphere as the runs come in.

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Embark on a pilgrimage

Climb Adam's Peak

Soaring out of Sri Lanka’s hill country, Adam’s Peak is perhaps one of the most sacred pilgrimage sites on this Tear Drop Isle. A mysterious shallow depression at the summit of the mountain has resulted in numerous myths and legends with many religions staking claim to its origination – from being the footprint or Buddha to where Adam stood when cast down from Heaven. Whatever your belief, a climb up to the summit is well-worth it and commands incredible views.

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Uncover colonial Sri Lanka

Dutch Galle

Set on the southern coast, this charming town is an intoxicating confluence of traditional Sri Lankan culture and Dutch-colonial architecture set against a tropical backdrop. Highlights here include the UNESCO-listed Galle Fort which is brimming with shops and cafes, and the National Museum with plenty of artefacts on display. Visit Galle on a day trip from Colombo, spend a couple nights here, or combine it with a relaxing beach stay.

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Go wild on safari

Nine national parks

For a small island nation Sri Lanka is certainly not lacking in natural beauty and wildlife, which can be seen in its nine national parks and seven bird sanctuaries. Sri Lanka is home to over 43 endangered species, including the Blue Whale and Asian Elephant, as well as sloth, leopard and sea turtle. From Yala National Park to Horton Plains and Udawalawe, take a walk on the wild side on a wildlife safari.

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Practise your bargaining skills

The Pettah

If you want to search out a bargain in Colombo, then you cannot go amiss in the Pettah district. Here you’ll discover a network of open air markets and bazaars selling anything from colourful textiles, aromatic spices, sizzling street food and handcrafted souvenirs. With notable landmarks and an intriguing mix of cultures, ethnicities and religions, this is a fascinating place to spend a few hours.

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Go whale watching

Mirissa

Enjoying an enviable location on the southern coast of Sri Lanka, just 200 kilometres from the equator, the small seaside town of Mirissa is a sun-seekers paradise. The sandy crescent shaped palm-fringed beach is the perfect place to soak up the rays while offshore wildlife enthusiasts can go in search of whales, dolphins, turtles and manta rays, which are often spotted in the warm turquoise waters.

Suggested tailormade holiday itineraries for Sri Lanka

The Tear Drop Isle has a wealth of attractions that can be covered in a relatively short amount of time. Discover Sri Lanka's Cultural Triangle in five culture-packed days or allow more time to explore national parks and tea plantations. For the ultimate beach package combine with a trip to the Maldives. For even more inspiration scroll down to use our interactive map.

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Sri Lanka + Maldives

10 days | FROM USD $3,825

See the best of the Indian Ocean. Grand temples, intricate ruins and a rich, intriguing culture combined with...

Sri Lanka’s Tea Country

Along with aromatic spices and colourful gems, Ceylon tea is one of Sri Lanka’s biggest exports and no trip to this island nation would be complete without trying it for yourself. Grown in the cool hill country each plantation produces tea with its own unique characteristics, but on the whole it is renowned around the world for its high quality, distinct aroma and delicious flavour. Watch tea pickers do their rounds, learn about the island’s history in the tea industry and enjoy a cuppa.

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