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.

Top Sri Lanka Travel Deals and Upcoming Tours

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Colombo, Caves & Kandy - 8 days Colombo, Sri Lanka 03 Jun 2017 USD $1,382 was $1,535 10% off Colombo, Caves & Kandy - 8 days Map
Wild About Sri Lanka - 10 days Colombo, Sri Lanka 03 Jun 2017 USD $1,841 was $2,045 10% off Wild About Sri Lanka - 10 days Map
Buddha and Beach - 12 days Colombo, Sri Lanka 29 Jul 2017 USD $2,426 was $2,695 10% off Buddha and Beach - 12 days Map
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Sri Lanka Group Tours

Experience the highlights of Sri Lanka with expert local guides, an arrival transfer, good 4 star hotels and plenty of fun experiences.

Colombo, Caves & Kandy

8 days | FROM USD $1,535

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

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Colombo Caves & Kandy Festival

8 days | FROM USD $1,895

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

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Colombo Festival

8 days | FROM USD $1,895

Discover the sights of Sri Lanka's cultural triangle, take the train...

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Safari in Sri Lanka

9 days | FROM USD $2,695

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

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Sri Lanka Private Tours

Well-planned itineraries with private guides that can be adapted to your requirements with upgraded hotels and your choice of departure date.

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Teardrop Isle

5 Days | FROM USD $1,465

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Go Sri Lanka

9 Days | FROM USD $2,565

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Sri Lanka + Maldives

10 days | FROM USD $3,425

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

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Sri Lanka Unplugged

15 days | FROM USD $4,445

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

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Sri Lanka Day Tours

Only have a day to spare? Tour Sri Lanka's most popular sights with a private guide and return hotel transfers.

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Curious about Colombo

1/2 day | FROM USD $80

Explore the sights of the cosmopolitan Sri Lankan capital, from the to...

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Colombo: Rock Fortresses & Temples

1 day | FROM USD $320

Climb the ancient rock fortress of Sigiriya and view the world-famous...

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Colombo: Dutch Galle

1 day | FROM USD $180

Step back in time in postcolonial Galle on the south west coast of Sri...

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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 tour reviews

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.63 out of 5 based on 30 recent reviews — See All Sri Lanka Reviews

We are just wild about Wild in Sri Lanka.

We truly had the best guide, Akthar Mohamed. He was knowledgeable, funny, accommodating, interesting and easy to like. The hotels were great and the food was unreal. We felt that there were few changes that should be done....honestly the only thing that we were NOT happy with were the mini bars in the room. None of them were big enough to store a bottle of wine and none of them kept cold. We would go on another On the Go Tour in a minute. PS Our guide was the best and we wish to nominate him as Guide of the Year. Highly recommended company.”  

LESLIE MARGULIS • Submitted 13 May 2017

I was surprised with Sri Lanka and had a WOW experience. The free cold water on the bus was a daily lifeline! Akthar is an excellent guide. The bus driver did almost the impossible and the assistant was ever present, friendly and helpful. The itinerary was packed and therefore very good value for money. Thanks to On the Go.”  

Jac-Mare Smith • Submitted 8 May 2017

We were very impressed with the faultless logistics of the tour. Everything ran so smooth that it made the lengthy travel and changing hotels hassle and stress free. We'd definitely use On the go tours again! ”  

Leanne Richardson • Submitted 18 Apr 2017

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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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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.

Kandy - Highland Retreat

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Kandy is a scenic city surrounded by lush vegetation with a delightfully cool temperature, which acts as the perfect antidote to the heat of the coast. In the centre of the city sits the dazzling lake, looking more like a decoration than a part of nature. Kandy is popular among travellers for a number of reasons, one of which is the Temple of the Tooth Relic, wherein lies the sacred tooth of Buddha.

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.

Statue of Buddha | Polonnaruwa | Sri Lanka

Best Places to Visit

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

Best Time to Visit

Information on climatic and weather conditions in Sri Lanka

Top Travel Tips

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

Elephants bathing | Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage | Sri Lanka

Wildlife in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka's most popular animals and where to find them

The Cultural Triangle

Our guide to visiting Sri Lanka's Cultural Triangle

A typical beach in Sri Lanka with white sands and swaying palms

Sri Lanka's Best Beaches

Our choice of top beaches in Sri Lanka and when best to visit

The Kandy Festival | Sri Lanka

Kandy Festival FAQ

Our comprehensive guide to the Esala Perahera

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

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.

Useful Online Resources:

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

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.