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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.

9 Days from $2,725pp

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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.

14 Days from $3,155pp

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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.

13 Days from $3,210pp

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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.

13 Days from $3,415pp

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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.

19 Days from $5,600pp

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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.

15 Days from $5,815pp

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