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

With over 2,000 years of history, colourful Buddhist temples, tropical jungle rich in wildlife and picture-perfect beaches that stretch for miles, it's little wonder that the Tear Drop Isle of Sri Lanka has been enticing travellers for centuries. The great civilisations of Sri Lanka have proudly left their mark with a host of UNESCO World Heritage sites from the colossal rock fortress of Sigiriya to the grand city of Anuradhapura.

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The central highlands provide a cool respite from the tropical climate with verdant tea plantations punctuated by charming colonial guesthouses. Further south Yala National Park is home to the elusive leopard as well as a number of Asian elephants, perfect for safari adventures. As an island nation there's no shortage of beaches to choose from with buzzing resorts and easygoing fishing villages catering for all tastes.

Voyage to Sri Lanka with On the Go for an escorted group tour or enjoy private services on one of our exclusive journeys that cover the best of what this stunning island has to offer.

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Sri Lanka Group Tours

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Colombo, Caves & Kandy

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Safari in Sri Lanka

9 days | FROM NZD $4,395

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Wild About Sri Lanka

10 days | FROM NZD $3,095

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

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Buddha and Beach

12 days | FROM NZD $3,395

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

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Sri Lanka Northeast Explorer

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

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Delhi to Colombo

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Sri Lanka Family Holidays

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Sri Lanka Family Holiday

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Wild Sri Lanka & Beach for Families

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Sri Lanka Private Tours

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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, the lakeside attractions of Kandy or head further afield for rock fortresses and cave temples with day tours available from Bentota and Galle too.

Sigiriya and Dambulla Private Day Trip

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

Highland Highlights Private Tour from Kandy

10 to 11 hours
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Explore the beautiful highlands of Sri Lanka, take in spectacular mountain views, visit tea estates...

Southern Sri Lanka Day Trip from Colombo

12 hours
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Private 6 hour Tea Tour from Kandy

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

Private Half-Day Colombo City Tour

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

Private Day Trip to Matale from Kandy

9 to 10 hours
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Discover the hidden gems of Matale on this private day trip from Kandy, including Nalanda Gedige,...

Colombo City Tour by Tuk Tuk

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

Sigiriya & Dambulla Private Tour from Kandy

9 to 10 hours
FROM AUD $150.84

Discover the remarkable cave temple of Dambulla and iconic Sigiriya Rock Fortress with its Heavenly...

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.

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Booking your Sri Lanka tour from New Zealand

To book your tour to Sri Lanka, please call us on +44-20-7371-1113, email us at info@onthegotours.com or book online. Alternatively, we work with a number of travel agents, so you can book through your travel agent if you prefer. Recent travel agents that booked a trip to Sri Lanka with us:

Rotorua Flight Centre

1228 Tutanekai Street, Rotorua , Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand, New Zealand
+64 7348 6151
Wild About Sri Lanka - 10 days

Infinity North - Flight Centre NEW ZEALAND

Level 3, 124 Vincent Street, Auckland, New Zealand, Auckland, New Zealand
+64 9301 9124
Buddha and Beach - 12 days

Infinity North - Flight Centre NEW ZEALAND

Level 3, 124 Vincent Street, Auckland, New Zealand, Auckland, New Zealand
+64 9301 9124
Colombo, Caves & Kandy - 8 days

Infinity North - Flight Centre NEW ZEALAND

Level 3, 124 Vincent Street, Auckland, New Zealand, Auckland, New Zealand
+64 9301 9124
Wild About Sri Lanka - 10 days