You might think the best thing to do on a Sri Lanka holiday is relax on the beach in one of the country’s many luxurious five star resorts, and that’s fair. But to delve in to the very heart of the country, discover its ancient sights, old capitals, sacred temples, UNESCO World Heritage sites and more, you need to take one of the Sri Lanka tours below. It’s a big country, packed with things to see and do, so we’ve summarised the highlights of each journey you can take, whether you’re after adventure and exploration; culture and captivation, or a spiritual guide through some of the holiest sites in the Far East. Look below to discover our top tour picks to embark on on your next Sri Lanka holiday.
Cultural Sri Lanka Tours
Ayubowan! Culture vultures, this is the tour for you. Indulge in an eight day journey that showcases Sri Lanka’s cultural wonders. Start with the the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage, a reserve that nurtures orphaned elephant calves before rehabilitating them into the wild. Then move on to an array of UNESCO World Heritage sites. These include the Lion Rock, an ancient fortress once home to King Kasyapa, and also The Medieval Capital of Polonnaruwa. Here you can discover the huge man-made reservoirs, the most famous of which is the the Sea of Parakrama. The rest of this tour takes you through more fascinating sites including Dambulla Cave Temple, and the Temple of the Tooth. This is a fascinating way to get your culture fix on a Sri Lanka holiday.
This eight-night tour showcases Sri Lanka’s cultural wonders and includes flights and transfers to all hotels.
Adventurous Sri Lanka Tours
Here’s one for the adventurers; this tour takes you everywhere. From wandering through the village of Hiriwaduna to crossing a jungle rivulet by catamaran, there’s exploration abound. Reach remote villages and experience authentic life, enjoy local village cuisine, visit the mystical Udawattakele forest park and more. This tour is a great way to see numerous monkeys and many species of birds. Following this, you’ll swing by a tea plantation and factory in Nuwara Eliya, explore the small country town of Bandarawela and embark on a safari at Udawalawe National Park. Famous for its elephants, the park has an abundance of other amazing fauna too, including deer, boar, buffalo, jackal and even rare leopard sightings. There’s no doubt that you’ll get a little wild on an Adventure Sri Lanka tour.
This eight night tour includes flights and return transfers to all hotels.
Spiritual Sri Lanka Tours
Discover your spiritual side and climb the ancient Sigiriya Rock Fortress, explore the ‘Last Kingdom in Sri Lanka’, wander through a complex of cave temples, and pay tribute at the infamous Temple of the Tooth. From jaw dropping buildings to spiritual shrines, Sri Lanka tours that tackle the spiritual side of the country are bound to impress. Spiritual Sri Lanka tours introduce you to a vast range of legends, and if you’re brave enough, lets you take take part in some of their rituals if you visit during July or August. Make sure to catch sight of the alleged tooth of Buddha, but if you miss that, the art, shrines and sculptures you’ll see on your journey will more than make up for it.
This five night tour includes flights and return transfers to all hotels.
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