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

The Tear Drop Isle can feel reassuringly familiar to British travellers with Sri Lanka's penchant for tea and fierce passion for cricket a legacy of British rule, but from the palm-fringed beaches to the rainforested peaks, there's plenty of contrast here to intrigue and enchant. For a relatively small country, Sri Lanka packs an archaeological punch with eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites and over 2,000 years of culture with the achievements of the great Sinhalese civilisation apparent in the impressive caves temples of Dambulla and ancient rock fortress of Sigiriya.

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Home to the highest density of elephants in Asia, as well as the native Sri Lankan leopard, Sri Lanka is a real treat for nature lovers too with Yala National Park a firm favourite amongst visitors. With 1,340 km of coastline, there's no shortage of beaches to choose from, ranging from popular and well-developed resorts to quieter fishing villages.

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.

Top Sri Lanka Travel Deals and Upcoming Tours

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Colombo, Caves & Kandy - 8 days Colombo, Sri Lanka 28 Oct 2017 £716 was £895 20% off Colombo, Caves & Kandy - 8 days Map
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Sri Lanka Group Tours

Colombo, Caves & Kandy

8 days | FROM £895

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

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8 days | FROM £1,095

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

Colombo Festival

8 days | FROM £1,095

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Safari in Sri Lanka

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Wild About Sri Lanka

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Buddha and Beach

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Sri Lanka Northeast Explorer

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Delhi to Colombo

15 days | FROM £1,595

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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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14 Days | FROM £1,695

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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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Teardrop Isle

5 Days | FROM £855

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Sri Lanka Safari, Tour & Trek

8 Days | FROM £1,645

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Go Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka North East & Beach

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Sri Lanka + Maldives

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

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Sri Lanka Encompassed

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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.


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 4.62 out of 5 based on 37 recent reviews — See All Sri Lanka Reviews

Caroline Shaw was fantastic at all times

Akhtar was a fantastic tour guide

Brilliant tour, loved it all, will definitely be booking with OTG again!”  

Matthew Johnson • Submitted 12 Sep 2017

Akhtar is an outstanding tour guide, on arrival my luggage had been delayed in Doha by Qatar Airways he supported me, giving me details of where to get clothes, gave me a lift to the shop, and then acted as my link with the airline. Outstanding service. During the trip he shared his knowledge and passion about Sri Lanka but also got to know each of us and we had a brilliant laugh as a group. We really felt like Akhtar became a part of the group. The trip allowed us to see so many wonderful sights, I highly recommended the trip and On the Go to my friends. ”  

Katie Rawlinson • Submitted 14 Aug 2017

Amazing tour. Some great treasures that we got to see. Most of the hotels included were great (Hotel in Marissa could be missed if not doing the whale watching, which we didn't, as the hotel wasn't good). I can not stress that this tour was made by the guide Akthar. An amazing guide, had a considerable amount of knowledge and knew how to interact with us all. He really did make the trip and kept us all together. Respectful to us and the locals. Just a great guide.”  

Yateen Patel • Submitted 11 Aug 2017

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Booking your Sri Lanka tour from United Kingdom

To book your tour to Sri Lanka, please call us on 020-7371-1113, 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:

Bristol (High Street) - Flight Centre

46 High Street, Bristol, UK
0117 934 9204
Wild About Sri Lanka - 10 days

Reading - Flight Centre

27 Queen Victoria Street, Reading , Berkshire, UK
0118 939 4396
Colombo, Caves & Kandy - 8 days

St Albans - Flight Centre

Unit 6, 32 Chequer Street, St Albans, Hertfordshire, UK
01727 893 993
Sri Lanka Northeast Explorer - 12 Days

Romford - Flight Centre

Unit 5, Laurie Walk, Liberty Shopping Centre, Romford, Essex, UK
01708 739990
Wild About Sri Lanka - 10 days