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Sri Lanka Tours

Tours of Sri Lanka allow you to experience the country’s glorious sandy beaches, wonderful wildlife, lively cities and peaceful tea plantations. Book a luxury private tour of Sri Lanka or choose one of our small group options and meet with likeminded travellers before setting out to immerse yourself in the country’s culture. We’ve created a selection of suggested itineraries to help you enjoy Sri Lanka at its best.

For a luxury tour of Sri Lanka’s best hotels and destinations, book our Discover Sri Lanka, exclusively with Uga tour. Stay in exclusive Uga Escapes hotels as you discover the energy of Colombo, pretty village of Thirappane and its peaceful setting and the rock citadel of King Kasyapa. You’ll see ancient temples and cities, colonial architecture and thriving coral reefs before finishing back in the capital of Colombo.

Add one of our shorter Sri Lanka tours to your holiday. Our Yala National Park Short Tour takes you on safari with expert guides through beautiful landscapes where you might spot leopards, elephants, sloth bears and more. Pair this with the four day Cultural Kandy & Tea Tour and explore rich rice paddy fields, rural villages, botanical gardens and a tea plantation set in the emerald mountains. Alternatively, book the World Heritage Sri Lanka tour and immerse yourself in the country’s history and culture. See UNESCO World Heritage Sites, climb to Sigiriya Rock and explore incredible ancient caves.

Animals lovers should book the Wildlife of Sri Lanka tour, which will see you seeking out leopards, elephants, sloth bears, wild boars and lots more. Pair this with our Splendours of Sri Lanka Boutique Tour and admire the spectacular landscapes, friendly hospitality and colonial towns of the country.

8 days Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Sri Lanka

Classic Ceylon Tour

Guide Price  £1,299  pp  

Classic Ceylon is a popular comprehensive tour, taking in Sri Lanka's rich history, fascinating culture and beautiful scenery while spending your nights in a range of Sri Lanka's most superior hotels. From seeing the rolling tea plantations in Nuwara Eliya...

Cultural holidays

Classic Ceylon Tour
11 days Uga Ulagalla Resort

Discover Sri Lanka, exclusively with Uga

Guide Price  £1,899  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...

Beach holidays

Discover Sri Lanka, exclusively with Uga
5 days Temple of the Tooth by night

Splendours of Sri Lanka Tour

Guide Price  £799  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 Tour
4 days a garden with water in the background

Cultural Kandy & Tea Tour

Guide Price  £399  pp  

A short but comprehensive private tour showing casing Sri Lanka's superior hotels, 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...

Multi centre holidays

Cultural Kandy & Tea Tour
4 days Sigiriya Rock Fortress

World Heritage Sri Lanka

Guide Price  £699  pp  

This private escorted tour offers an introduction into the culture and history of Sri Lanka while show casing a selection of superior hotels. Your guide is a true asset and their knowledge and passion of the country can be shared...

Escorted tours

World Heritage Sri Lanka
8 days Elephant, Udawalawe National Park

Wildlife of Sri Lanka

Guide Price  £1,999  pp  

From the forests of Wilpattu to the open plains of Minneriya, witness Sri Lanka's never-ending array of wildlife while enjoying a thrilling adventure tour. Visit during December to March for the best chance of experiencing rare wildlife including the leopard and...

Cultural holidays

Wildlife of Sri Lanka
3 days Leopard in Yala

Yala National Park Short Tour

Guide Price  £599  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 a wooden bench in front of a house

Splendours of Sri Lanka Boutique Tour

Guide Price  £1,199  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 Boutique Tour

Expert Tips

Taylor

Destination Manager

“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.”

“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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