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Sri Lanka Tours & Holidays

Small Group Tours & Tailor-Made Holidays

Overview

Since antiquity, Sri Lanka has long captivated the hearts and minds of visitors to its shores. Marco Polo declared it the finest island in the world and during its turbulent history it has been known by many names; Serendib, Ceylon, The Resplendent Isle and the Pearl of the Orient. But its most poignant epithet must surely be that of the Teardrop of India. For years it has sat in the shadow of its giant neighbour, but, warmed by the equatorial sun and watered by the monsoon rains, this fertile ...

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Group tours

Travel to Sri Lanka with like-minded people on one of our small group tours (usually max size 12), featuring knowledgeable local guides and an expert tour leader.

GROUP TOUR

Sri Lanka: Highlights of the Sacred Island

Explore the 'Sacred Island' with its colonial splendours, rock cut fortresses and temples, rain forests and endemic wildlife. Hike in the Horton Plains and try your hand at the local cookery.
14 days from C$4,331

TAILOR-MADE HOLIDAYS

Whether you want to travel on one of our award-winning itineraries or build your own journey from scratch, our expert consultants will help create the perfect tour for your tastes and budget. Below are a few suggestions of the kind of trips we can offer, all of which can be tailored to you.

SUGGESTED ITINERARIES

TAILOR-MADE

Classic Sri Lanka

A perfect trip for a first-time visitor wanting to explore the quintessential highlights of this stunning island. This trip also goes off the beaten track, exploring some fascinating and unusual experiences and sights.
13 days from C$4,034
TAILOR-MADE

Sri Lanka In Style

The perfect trip for luxury lovers with discerning tastes and interests, this is an exciting journey that encompasses the very best of Sri Lanka's luxury boutique hotels and historic, cultural and natural wonders.
15 days from C$7,595
TAILOR-MADE

Wild Sri Lanka

This extraordinary wildlife journey takes you across the country into true wilderness regions and all the different habitats, allowing you to see the numerous species, including lots of rare endemic species.
16 days from C$6,991
TAILOR-MADE

Sri Lanka Family Adventure

Sri Lanka is the perfect destination for a family adventure, with an abundance of wildlife, culture, pristine beaches and activities. You can enjoy hikes and canoe rides, wildlife safaris and have much-needed downtime.
11 days from C$2,170
TAILOR-MADE

Undiscovered Sri Lanka

A wonderful trip that explores some of the less-visited parts of Sri Lanka, full of culture, history and stunning scenery. As well as some must-see regions, this trip takes in the remote east coast, Jaffna and the north and looks more closely at Sri Lanka's heritage.
14 days from C$3,710

HIGHLIGHTS OF SRI LANKA

BEST EXPERIENCES

TOP PLACES TO VISIT

Anuradhapura

A UNESCO setting that once served as the capital of an ancient Sri Lanka, Anuradhapura has long been sacred to the Buddhist faith. Surrounded by monasteries and temples and home to the Sri Maha Bodhiya,...

Colombo

Known in the 1920's as the Garden City of The East, Colombo has been used as port since in the 8th Century. Today it is a city of contrasts, mixing historical monuments, temples and churches with modern ...

Galle

Galle Fort is a UNESCO World Heritage site that is the best preserved colonial sea fortress in all of Asia. The oldest parts date to the 1650s, though it is believed by some scholars to be Tarshish of ...

Kandy

Lying in the mountains, at an altitude of 500 m over the sea level, Kandy was the capital of last generation of Sri Lanka`s kings until it fell in to the hands of British in 1815. However, this delightful ...

Nuwara Eliya

Set in the heart of the tea-country, this beautiful town is where the British succeeded in creating an English countryside, with homes in styles from Georgian to Queen Anne. Well-kept lawns with hedges,...

Sigiriya

The ancient rock fortress of Sigiriya (Lion’s Rock) stands on top of a granite plug some 370 metres above the surrounding jungle. Built by King Kashyapa back in the 5th century AD, the fortress was declared ...

OUR FAVOURITE PLACES TO STAY

Luxury | Traditional Accommodation

Ceylon Tea Trails, Nuwara Eliya

In solitude, at an elevation of 1220m above sea level, lies Ceylon Tea Trails. Five colonial era tea planters' bungalows boast a new and decidedly decadent vibe. Each accommodation, built between 1890…
Luxury | Hotel

Galle Face, Colombo

The Galle Face Hotel is a splendid example of Victorian architecture and has been welcoming guests since 1864, located right on the sea front in the heart of Colombo. The Regency wing was recently…
Luxury | Boutique Hotel

Galle Fort, Galle

Galle Fort is a unique boutique hotel situated in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage listed Galle Fort area. The building itself is over 300 years old and was once a Dutch merchants house. Now it…
Premium | Traditional Accommodation

Jetwing St Andrews, Nuwara Eliya

Located in Nuwara Eliya hill station, St. Andrews is surrounded by fragrant tea plantations, majestic waterfalls and mist-shrouded mountains. With a history stretching back more than 100 years this…
Luxury | Resort

Jetwing Vil Uyana, Sigiriya

'Vil Uyana', meaning a garden of ponds, is an evocative hotel with splendid eco credentials located just minutes away from the Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Spread over 24 acres, at its heart is a wetland…
Luxury | Boutique Hotel

Kandy House, Kandy

Providing exclusivity and history amongst the hills of Kandy, Kandy House is a luxurious boutique property with only nine rooms. This was the home of the king's Chief Minister, Ratwatte Adigar, who…
Luxury | Boutique Hotel

Maniumpathy House, Colombo

Maniumpathy is a stately heritage house ideally located in the heart of Colombo’s city centre, offering tranquility and style. The century-old house is made up of eight double rooms, each with its own…
Luxury | Resort

Ulagalla Resort, Anuradhapura

Set amongst 58 lush acres bordering two ancient reservoirs, Ullagalla and Wannamaduwa, Ulagalla Resort is a wonderful accommodation option for exploring Anuradhapura and the rest of the Cultural…
Luxury | Lodge

Gal Oya Lodge, Gal Oya National Park

Located outside the remote Gal Oya National Park, with easy access to the park, this eco lodge is set in 19 acres of the most beautiful landscape with stunning views. This lodge incorporates beautiful…

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WHEN TO GO

INSPIRATION

Meet the expert, Shalmali

Shalmali is our Indian Subcontinent expert, who has travelled extensively in the region.

Speak to Shalmali by calling
+44 (0)20 3944 6258

Early morning hike to Sigiriya rock, train journey from Kandy to Ella, walk with the Vedda in Gal Oya, visit a working tea factory, food walk in Colombo, leopard tracking in Wilpattu, visit Anuradhapura at night, best beach stay in Tangalla

USEFUL INFORMATION

Health and Vaccinations 

Travellers from countries with risk of yellow fever or polio transmission must have an up to date yellow fever or polio vaccination. There are no other mandatory immunisations for travellers to Sri Lanka though you should be up to date with Diphtheria, TB, Japanese B Encephalitis, Hepatitis B, Typhoid, Rabies and Tetanus.   Dengue fever is common throughout Sri Lanka. There is no vaccine, and prevention is through avoidance of mosquito bites. Sri Lanka is a low risk area for Malaria, but we recommend you seek advice from your local GP or travel centre as to the correct immunisations and preventative treatments.   

Currency 

In Sri Lanka the official unit of currency is the Sri Lankan Rupee. To check out the latest exchange rate for the places that you are visiting you can go to www.oanda.com.  

Cultural Sensitivity 

Informal Western dress is suitable except when visiting Buddhist temples, where modest clothing should be worn with no bare legs and upper arms. Visitors should be decently clothed when visiting any place of worship, and shoes and hats must be removed. Some temples will provide sarongs but it is best to bring your own in case they run out and to avoid queuing.   

On our tours we frequently interact with local people, each with their own distinct customs and traditions. We therefore ask you to be considerate and to treat them with respect. Your guides will be able to advise you accordingly.    

 Language & Religion 

Sinhala and Tamil are official languages in Sri Lanka. Sinhala, a language of Indo-Aryan origin is the language of the majority. English is widely spoken and understood. Place names and signs on buses and trains are usually in all three languages.  

Buddhism is the main religion of Sri Lanka, where it was officially introduced in the 3rd century B.C. during the reign of King Devanam Piyatissa by Venerable Mahinda, who was the son of Emperor Asoka of India.  

Time 

Sri Lanka is 5.5 hours ahead of GMT.  

A useful website to check the time zone differences is www.worldtimezone.com.  

Food and drink 

Sri Lankan cuisine is hot and spicy. The staple food of Sri Lankans is rice, which is prepared with curry both veg, and fish based. All the dishes are cooked on the base of coconut milk and flavoured by liberal use of spices. Like all the people of coastal regions, the Sri Lankans are expert in preparing fish dishes. Mallung, Sambol, Lamprais, Buriyani and Polos Pehi are some popular dishes of Sri Lanka. Sri Lankans also like several juicy sweetmeats like Kavum, Halape, Thalaguli and Wattalapam. It is probably one of the oldest representations of vegetarian food in the world and is traditionally served on a banana leaf.