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 tour ideas are the product of extensive travel in Sri Lanka, inspired by routes that our specialists have taken and enjoyed.
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Our recommended tours in 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.
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Explore rural villages and rolling hills dotted with tea bushes in the Tea Country.
Track leopard in the Yala National Park.
Take a walk through the Sinharaja Forest Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Spot elephants in Udawalawe National Park.
- The villa comprises 12 rooms, offering an intimate, relaxing atmosphere.
- Indulge in the Mosvold high tea with delicate pastries and aromatic tea.
- Situated right on the beach, take a dip in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean.
- Catch a glimpse of local life, watching the fisherman land their catch at sunset.
- Take a guided tour to the local fish market and learn about the ingredients and preparation of the dishes.
- Relaxed and holistic environment, unwind with sunset yoga classes on the beach.
- Small, peaceful resort with a laid back atmosphere.
- Ideally situated to explore some of the amazing wildlife in the Ruhunu National Park.
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.
Spend an afternoon walking in Colombo.
Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Galle Fort.
Relax in the privacy of your luxury beachfront villa.
Cycle through the paddy fields and jungle surrounding Galle.
Learn to cook traditional Sri Lankan cuisine with a local expert.
Watch whales and dolphins from your private boat.
Discover the art of Sri Lankan mask painting.
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.
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.
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