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Sri Lanka trip ideas

Sri Lanka trip ideas

All of the itinerary ideas below can be tailored just for you

Still relatively undiscovered, Sri Lanka is best explored with the help of one of our carefully-selected driver-guides who will tell you about the sights and explain local customs and culture as you go. Choose to track leopard in Yala National Park, relax on the southwest coast, or meander through the misty hillsides of the tea plantations on a memorable rail journey. Our itinerary ideas are the product of extensive travel in Sri Lanka, inspired by routes that our specialists have taken and enjoyed.

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Ideas for your trip to Sri Lanka

These itineraries are designed to give you some suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Sri Lanka, and they showcase some of the routes that we’ve found work particularly well. Treat them simply as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely for you by one of our specialists based on your particular tastes and interests.

Colonial Sri Lanka: Kandy, tea country & Galle

  • Visit the most sacred of all Buddha relics at the Temple of the Tooth.

  • Take a train journey through the tea country.

  • Explore the Dutch fort at Galle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • An afternoon walking in Colombo.

10 Days from £2,555pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Northern Sri Lanka tour including Jaffna

  • Watch traditional dancing in the cultural capital, Kandy.

  • Stand on top of Sigiriya Rock and admire the views.

  • Walk through the ruins of historical Anuradhapura.

  • Discover the tourist free Tamil areas of the north.

  • Bargain hard in Colombo's Pettah Market.

15 Days from £2,835pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Sri Lanka for families

  • Relax in the beautiful countryside.

  • Explore some of Sri Lanka's cultural treasures.

  • Spot elephants on safari.

  • Enjoy the sunshine on untouched beaches.

  • Drink tea surrounded by tea plantations.

14 Days from £2,870pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Rural Sri Lanka: off the beaten track

  • Relax on a coconut plantation.

  • Explore some of Sri Lanka's cultural treasures.

  • Stay in a lodge built out of mud in the heart of rural Sri Lanka.

  • Enjoy the sunshine on untouched beaches.

14 Days from £2,995pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Highlights of Sri Lanka

  • Learn all about Sri Lanka's fascinating buddhist history.

  • Enjoy a scenic train journey through tea plantations.

  • Search for leopards in Yala National Park.

  • Absorb the atmosphere of quaint colonial Galle.

  • Relax on a Maldivian island.

20 Days from £4,545pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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On the Leopard's Trail in Sri Lanka

  • Track leopard in the Yala National Park.

  • Explore the rainforest of Sinharaja.

  • Follow the herds of Elephants in Uda Walawe.

  • Take a morning excursion to spot the blue whale and dolphins.

  • Climb Sigiriya Rock, past ancient wall paintings and carved lions feet, before emerging to panoramic views of the Sri Lankan countryside.

  • Take a train into the heart of the tea growing area.

16 Days from £4,605pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Beach itineraries with a touch of exploration

These trip ideas, from our Hidden Beaches collection, are our answer if you’re looking to relax but still want to explore. Each itinerary combines time at one of our hand-picked beach properties with a few days spent either on safari, taking in a city, discovering the local culture or hopping to the next beach. These itineraries are just suggestions, and a specialist will plan your holiday individually.

Beach + Culture

Avani Kalutara and Kandy

Discover the picturesque city of Kandy, visiting its temples, lakes and tea estates, before heading to the west coast for a relaxing week on the beach.

12 Days from £1,212pp

4 nights Kandy including breakfast and excursions; 8 nights Avani Kalutara including breakfast. Includes flights and transfers.

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Beach + Wildlife or Scenery

Aditya and Rub’al Khali Desert, Abu Dhabi

Discover the dramatic, red sand dunes of one of the largest deserts in the world before a relaxing week in a beachfront, boutique hotel on the shores of the Indian Ocean.

12 Days from £2,131pp

3 nights Rub’al Khali Desert, including breakfast; 7 nights Aditya, including breakfast. Includes flights and transfers.

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Beach + Culture

Saman Villas and Galle region

Explore the beautiful countryside of the Galle region, visiting tea factories and discovering Galle’s colonial history, before heading to an intimate, boutique hotel on the west coast.

12 Days from £2,321pp

3 nights Galle Region including breakfast and excursions; 7 nights Saman Villas including breakfast. Includes flights and transfers.

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Beach + Culture

Kurumba and Cinnamon Lodge

Discover the historic sights of Sri Lanka's Cultural Triangle, including ancient capitals and the mighty rock fortress of Sigirya before a week of pure relaxation enjoying the Maldives' soft white sands and clear water.

12 Days from £2,365pp

3 nights Cultural Triangle including breakfast and excursions; 7 nights Kurumba including breakfast. Includes flights and transfers.

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Beach + Culture

Jungle Beach and Cultural Triangle

Explore the main highlights of the Cultural Triangle and experience history, culture and wildlife followed by a stay in a unique property on one of Sri Lanka's finest beaches.

13 Days from £2,833pp

3 nights Cultural Triangle, including breakfast and excursions; 7 nights Jungle Beach Resort, including breakfast. Includes flights and transfers plus a night in Colombo.

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Beach + Culture

Baros Maldives and Kandy

Spend a few days hiking and biking round Sri Lanka’s countryside, visiting tea factories and exploring Kandy’s temples before flying to the paradise island setting of the Maldives for a week.

12 Days from £3,244pp

3 nights Kandy, including breakfast and excursions; 7 nights Baros, including breakfast. Includes flights and transfers.

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Beach + Wildlife or Scenery

Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort and Yala National Park

Discover the wildlife of Yala National Park on jeep safaris from a luxury resort before heading to a secluded beachfront location on Sri Lanka’s south coast.

13 Days from £3,287pp

3 nights Yala National Park all-inclusive including daily game drives, 7 nights Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort including breakfast. Includes flights and transfers.

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Beach + Culture

COMO Maalifushi and Kandy

Explore the beautiful countryside around Kandy, discovering tea plantations and small villages, before spending a week by the beach on a secluded Maldives island.

12 Days from £3,449pp

3 nights Kandy, including breakfast & excursions; 7 nights COMO Maalifushi including breakfast. Includes flights and transfers.

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Some of our favourite travel guides

What to do in Sri Lanka: our highlights guide

What to do in Sri Lanka: our highlights guide

With impressive cultural sites, delightful beaches and wildlife viewing opportunities within its many parks, Sri Lanka offers a diverse mix of experiences, which can easily be combined in a two week trip.

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