Beach and culture holiday | Sri Lanka
FROM: £2,410 pp

Private Tour. Experience the best of Sri Lanka. Colourful Colombo, ancient cities, Buddhist temples, colonial relics, spice and flower gardens, tea plantations, wildlife, topped off with some blissful beach time in Kalutara!

Prices & Dates

Trip Highlights

Dambadeniya - Exquisite 13th century city
Polonnaruwa - 11th century city, world heritage site
Sigiriya - 5th century fortress ruins
Dambulla - Magnificent Rock Temple
Dehiwela - Zoological gardens
Colombo - Explore the Fort, Gangaramaya Temple and National Museum
Yala and Bundala National Park
Galle - Colonial town and fort
Anuradhapura - Sri Lankan birthplace of Buddhism
Kandy - Temple of the Tooth, Botanical Garden and Ceylon Tea Museum
Matale - Spice gardens
Picturesque Horton Plains
Kelaniya - Famous Buddhist Temple
Buduruwagala - Ancient Mahayana Buddhist rock sculptures
Nuwara Eliya - Tea plantation and Hakgala Gardens
Kalutara - Laid back, beautiful palm fringed beach resort


Breakfast daily and 1 dinner
Tea Plantation and tasting - Nuwara Eliya region
Touring - Dambulla, Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya, Matale, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Udawalawe NP, Yala NP, Bundala NP Galle and Colombo
Escorted by a licensed English speaking chauffeur guide
An airport arrival transfer day 1 and a departure transfer day 15
14 nights STANDARD hotels. SUPERIOR and DELUXE hotel options are also available upon request. Accommodation rating – See Trip Notes for details
4x4 Jeep safari to Horton Plains. Game drives in Yala NP and Bundala NP
Entrance and park fees to all included sites
Specialist local guides at some sites
All transfers and transportation in private air-conditioned tourism vehicles

Not Included

International flights and visa
Tipping - An entirely personal gesture


Day 1


Welcome to Sri Lanka and the start of your holiday! On arrival in Colombo there's an included transfer to your hotel. Tonight, enjoy Sri Lankan cuisine at our Welcome Dinner.
Overnight: Colombo  |  Dinner

Day 2

Sightseeing in Colombo

Enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of Colombo including the Fort – once a colonial stronghold, and Galle Face Green – a seaside expanse popular for informal cricket games. You also visit the noisy oriental Pettah bazaar, Gangaramaya Temple, the Cinnamon Gardens and Independence Square. End the day with a tour of the National Museum (closed Friday).
Overnight: Colombo  |  Breakfast

Day 3

Buddhist Temple & Zoological Gardens

At Kelaniya you visit the Raja Maha Vihara, a temple graced by Buddha on one of his three visits to Sri Lanka. Your day continues with a visit to the beautiful zoological gardens at Dehiwela.
Overnight: Colombo  |  Breakfast

Day 4

Temple Ruins and Rock Fortress

Colombo - Dambadeniya - Anuradhapura. En route to Anuradhapura, pay a visit to 13th century Dambadeniya, once a royal capital. Its principal surviving ruins are the Dalada Maligawa temple and the Dagoba, locally revered thanks to some corporeal relics of Buddha it is said to contain. Explore Panduvas Nuwara which features a well-preserved walled citadel, Padeniya, Arankele and the rock fortress of Yapahuwa.
Overnight: Anuradhapura  |  Breakfast

Day 5


Today you visit Anuradhapura, the fascinating ancient city and one of Sri Lanka’s most important archaeological sites. It contains vast artificial lakes, temples, statues including the Samadhi Buddha, dagobas (solid hemispheres topped with spires), royal baths and museums. Gaze at the holy Sri Maha Bodhi tree under which Prince Siddharta attained enlightenment. It is also the oldest historically documented tree on earth. Later take a trip to Mihintale.
Overnight: Anuradhapura  |  Breakfast

Day 6

Dambulla & Polonnaruwa

Anuradhapura - Dambulla - Polonnaruwa - Giritale. En route to Giritale you stop at the stunning Aukana Buddha statue and the impressive Dambulla cave temple, which contains beautiful images and statues of Buddha. Then you visit ancient Polonnaruwa, an 11th century city of compact size. Explore the ruins of the Royal Palace and Gal Vihara, which boasts four enormous Buddha figures.
Overnight: Giritale  |  Breakfast

Day 7

Sigiriya & spice gardens

Giritale - Sigiriya - Kandy. Today sees you exploring the mighty Sigiriya - an elevated and mysterious 5th century fortress. The ‘Lion Rock’ is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200 metres from the scrub jungle - it can be seen from miles around. Visit the world-renowned frescoes of the ‘Heavenly Maidens’ of Sigiriya, which are in a sheltered pocket of the rock approached by a spiral stairway. At Matale, visit an exotic spice garden before arriving in Kandy for the evening.
Overnight: Kandy  |  Breakfast

Day 8

Kandy & Temples of Embekke

Today you can visit the ruined temples of Embekke, Gadaladeniya, Lankatilleke and the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens. Back in Kandy, a scenic lakeside city, you'll visit the lake, bazaar, gem museum and lapidary. There'll also be a visit to the Ceylon Tea Museum, housed in a beautifully refurbished old building with lots of vintage tea-processing machinery. Tonight, visit the Temple of the Tooth and enjoy a cultural dance show.
Overnight: Kandy  |  Breakfast

Days 9-10

Nuwara Eliya & tea plantations

Kandy - Nuwara Eliya. Departing Kandy, you'll head further into Sri Lanka’s hill country surrounded by tea plantations. Situated at 1,990m, Nuwara Eliya is one of the highest towns in the region. Enjoy a sightseeing tour and visit Hakgala Gardens. On day 10 take a jeep ride to Horton Plains National Park. Located on a high windswept saddle, Horton Plains offers the walker stunning panoramic views. Hike to Bakers Fall passing en route the Gem Pit Pool, the Chimney Pool, and the Leg of Mutton Pool and then return to Nuwara Eliya.
Overnight: Nuwara Eliya  |  Breakfast x 2

Day 11

Yala National Park

Nuwara Eliya - Yala National Park. Continuing to Yala National Park, en route you visit the Mahayana Buddhist rock sculptures at Buduruwagala. This evening enjoy a jeep safari in Yala, the largest national park in Sri Lanka. The reserve is home to many rare species including elephants, wild boar, buffalo, leopard, crocodile and diverse bird life.

Note: Yala NP is usually closed sometime between Sept - early Oct due to drought. The length of the close varies from year to year.
Overnight: Yala National Park  |  Breakfast

Day 12

Bundala NP & Galle

Yala National Park - Kalutara. This morning, you'll visit Bundala National Park - a bird sanctuary. Explore 17th century Galle Fort and stroll down its narrow streets filled with churches and colonial buildings. Continue to Kalutara, an ideal tropical beach location with it's sparkling blue seas and lush fringe of palm trees, all bathed in warm golden sunshine.
Overnight: Kalutara  |  Breakfast

Days 13-14

Beach time in Kalutara

You have two days at leisure on Sri Lanka’s tropical palm-fringed coast. Sunbathe, splash in the ocean or join an optional excursion to Ratnapura, home of Sri Lanka’s famous gem trade. There are around 200 gem pits in Ratnapura and many lapidaries where the mined stones are dressed, cut and polished. You’ll tour some pits, a lapidary and the museum.
Overnight: Kalutara  |  Breakfast x 2

Day 15


Kalutara - Colombo. Today you'll travel via the coast road to Colombo and there's an included onward transfer to the airport.

Combine Sri Lanka with neighbouring India!

Just a short hop away from Sri Lanka is India, making perfect for a multi centre holiday. Consider extending your trip and experience the discover the wonders of India on one of our many exciting group tours or private journeys. From the fertile Himalayan foothills and the regal palaces of legendary Rajasthan, to the beautiful marble Taj Mahal and the palm fringed beaches of Goa, India cannot fail to captivate you!

Prices & Dates

Prices shown are per person when there are 2 persons sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers who require their own room and needs to be added to the per person price. If travelling solo, an additional ‘1-person’ supplement will apply.

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Sri Lanka Encompassed - 15 days

In Brief

Trip Type
Any day of the year
Hotel Rating
Our rating: Standard
Tour Guide
Yes - for all included sightseeing
Breakfast: 14, Dinner: 1
Cannon pointing towards the sea in Colombo
Iconic rock sitting among lush vegetation in Sigiriya
Leopard staring in to the camera in Yala National Park
Sunset and a palm tree in Kalutara

Extra Tour Info

The Cultural Triangle
Our guide to visiting Sri Lanka's Cultural Triangle
18th January 2018

Combined tour of India & Sri Lanka. Excellent sites & scenery. Quality accommodation but somewhat isolated such that evening meals were at hotel without opportunity to eat in restaurants elsewhere.

Would prefer that On the Go Tours booked flight from Delhi to Colombo as part of trip, even if price advised at time of booking. Guide changed for final day into Colombo (personal reasons). Did not stop at gem mine & museum in Ratnapura as expected, per itinerary, & city tour of Colombo was on way to hotel & brief.

Robyn Wootton
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