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Sri Lanka – Tours

Tours in Sri Lanka

At the heart of Sri Lanka is a wealth of history and culture, ancient landmarks, and diverse wildlife. This truly is a place of discovery, and with so much on offer, why not begin your holiday with one of our Sri Lanka escorted tours.

From the heights and history of the Sigiriya Rock Fortress to the artistic wonders of the Dambulla Cave Temple, explore Sri Lanka’s impressive and diverse culture with our World Heritage Sri Lanka tour. Delve deep into the rolling hills of Kandy and its scenic tea plantations, or for an adventure of a different sort, extend your trip with a walk on the wild side with our safari tours of Yala National Park. Scope out leopards, elephants, sloth bears and flamingos – you won’t be short of things to see.

Want to see it all but can’t decide what tour is right for you? Classic Ceylon is a comprehensive multi-centre holiday focused on giving you the best of everything Sri Lanka has to offer.

11 days Uga Ulagalla Resort

Discover Sri Lanka, exclusively with Uga

Guide Price £1,909 pp  

Uga Escapes has one aim in their properties - to unite the magic of Sri Lanka with the hospitality of it's people. Something that is effortlessly achieved at all of their resorts. We have partnered with the boutique luxury brand...

Couples Holidays

Discover Sri Lanka, exclusively with Uga
4 days

Cultural Kandy & Tea Tour

Guide Price £369 pp  

A short but comprehensive private tour, ideal for combining with a relaxing beach stay. Take in a traditional village experience en route to the fascinating and historic city of Kandy, then wind into Nuwara Eliya for Sri Lanka’s beautiful tea...

Cultural holidays

Cultural Kandy & Tea Tour
8 days Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Sri Lanka

Classic Ceylon

Guide Price £1,599 pp  

Classic Ceylon is a popular comprehensive tour, taking in Sri Lanka's rich history, fascinating culture and beautiful scenery. From seeing the rolling tea plantations in Nuwara Eliya to the history ruins of Polonnoruwa and the cultural capital on Kandy, on...

Honeymoons

Classic Ceylon
4 days Sigiriya Rock Fortress

World Heritage Sri Lanka

Guide Price £569 pp  

This private escorted tour offers an introduction into the culture and history of Sri Lanka. Your guide is a true asset and their knowledge and passion of the country can be shared with you on your journey to these fascinating...

Adventure holidays

World Heritage Sri Lanka
3 days Temple of the Tooth by night

Kandy City Cycling Tour

Guide Price £339 pp  

Experience the beauty that Sri Lanka's cultural capital has to offer. From the rolling hills of the tea plantations to the music and performance of a traditional show, Kandy is in no short supply of wonder and entertainment and we...

Adventure holidays

Kandy City Cycling Tour
8 days Elephant, Udawalawe National Park

Wildlife of Sri Lanka

Guide Price £2,239 pp  

From the leopard teaming forests of Wilpattu to the open plains of Minneriya, witness the never ending array of wildlife and get your fix of adventure on this eight day itinerary. We recommend this tour between December to March for...

Wildlife holidays

Wildlife of Sri Lanka
3 days Leopard in Yala

Yala National Park Short Tour

Guide Price £409 pp  

Safari through Yala National Park and spot the array of wildlife that call this beautiful corner of the island their home. From leopards to elephants and from sloth bears to buffalo there is no shortage of the park's residents to...

Safari holidays

Yala National Park Short Tour
5 days

Splendours of Sri Lanka Boutique Tour

Guide Price £1,119 pp  

Best known for its rich heritage and diverse landscape, we've created this 4 night itinerary to allow you to experience the heartland of Sri Lanka. It is ideal to be combined with a relaxing beach stay on the islands coastlines...

Escorted tours

Splendours of Sri Lanka Boutique Tour
5 days Temple of the Tooth by night

Splendours of Sri Lanka Superior Tour

Guide Price £809 pp  

Best known for its rich heritage and diverse landscape, we've created this 4 night itinerary to allow you to experience the heartland of Sri Lanka. It is ideal to be combined with a relaxing beach stay on the islands coastlines...

Cultural holidays

Splendours of Sri Lanka Superior Tour

Expert Tips

Taylor

Destination Executive

“Consider hiring a driver. While the roads in major towns will be more developed, roads outside of these popular areas can be tricky to navigate – first-time visitors may find it difficult to adjust to the sometimes chaotic style of driving here. They can also offer you friendly tips and guidance on places to visit. As always, make sure you factor in travel time with your journeys.”

James

Destination Executive

“Sri Lanka makes use of three types of plug socket, so make sure you have a universal plug adapter to accommodate this. For the most part, you’ll find the majority of buildings use either the two-pronged European socket, or the three-pronged UK socket, though older buildings may use the rounded three-prong type D sockets, often found in India.”

Sheryl

Destination Manager

“A trip to Sri Lanka would not be complete without sampling their huge variety of famed high-quality teas. Home to Ceylon black tea, considered the world’s cleanest tea, and the unique and healthy Sri Lankan White tea – this is a tea-drinker’s paradise.” 

Frequently Asked Questions

Sri Lanka’s sun-drenched tropical climate means it’s among the few places that can boast being a year-round destination. Split between two monsoons, the north and eastern regions enjoy the dry season around May to September, with the south-west dry season generally being between December to March.

At an approximate 40km from the mainland of India, it’s easy to see why many people might not appreciate or recognise the differences between the two countries. Culturally and historically speaking, the two countries could not be any more contrasting.  

Religion – Hinduism is the largest religion in India while Buddhism is larger in Sri Lanka – both by large margins. The caste system is still very prominent in India, yet is almost non-existent in Sri Lanka.

Wildlife – both countries are well known for their wildlife. Sri Lanka has a very large wildlife population relative to its size which makes spotting animals more likely – particularly whales and leopards.

History – while both were once British colonies, Sri Lanka was also partly colonised by the Dutch and the Portuguese, which is apparent in cities like Galle.

Sri Lankan cuisine is known for its use of coconut milk, rice, dry spices and fish, usually in a combination of multiple small dishes. Rice is  used as a basis for most meals in Sri Lanka, and ‘short eats’ are a daily staple, available from street vendors and bakeries in most cities and towns. Generally speaking, these consist of deep-fried pastries with meat and vegetable fillings. 

With over 2,000 years of artistic culture, timeless ruins, diverse wildlife and awe-inspiring historical landmarks spread across this small island paradise, many consider Sri Lanka the hidden gem of South Asia.

Why you’ll love Sri Lanka…

• Scaling the ancient ‘Lion Rock’ Sigiriya Rock fortress in Dambulla
• Discovering age-old sculptures and paintings within the caves of Dambulla cave temple
• Roaming the emerald-green rolling hills of Sri Lanka’s famous tea plantations in Nuwara Eliya
• Take to two wheels on a cycling tour of Sri Lanka’s cultural capital Kandy
• Wandering with the crowds in the Temple of the Sacred Tooth
• Sauntering through an idyllic rainbow of orchids and trees at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Peradeniya
• Spotting leopards, elephants and sloth-bears on a thrilling safari through Yala National Park
• Be at one with nature with a trip through the forests of Wilpattu
• Travelling back in time and explore the archaeological wonders of Polonnaruwa
• Enjoying the ocean breeze on a walk around Galle Fort
• Braving the climb and witness a breath-taking sunrise at Adam’s Peak
• Journeying through the thriving ‘garden city of the East’ of Colombo

Did you know...

• Sri Lanka is home to the oldest historically authenticated tree planted by man. The tree, called Sri Maha Bodhi, is situated in Anuradhapura, and has been tended to for over 2000 years. Grown from an Indian cutting brought from Bodh Gaya, it is said the cutting is from a tree under which Buddha found enlightenment.
• On 22nd July 1960, Sri Lanka elected Sirima Bandaranaike – the world’s first female prime minister.
• Though you would think it be cricket, volleyball was defined as the country’s national sport in 1991.

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