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A small teardrop-shaped island sitting just off the southern coast of India, Sri Lanka is known as the Pearl of the Indian Ocean and has been thrilling visitors for centuries with its potent mix of lush scenery, vibrant culture, spectacular nature, wildlife, and gorgeous tropical beaches. If you’re looking for your new favourite destination then look no further – Sri Lanka really does have it all.

What we love most about Sri Lanka is the remarkable variety of travel memories it provides. For a more memorable travel experience, consider our private tours of Sri Lanka and start planning your getaway today!

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Within this relatively small island, one can experience breathtaking mountain hikes, exhilarating safaris, fascinating historical sites, lively cities, gorgeous beaches, possibly the world’s greatest train rides, and arguably Asia’s most underrated cuisine. Many of these experiences can all be contained within the same day.

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Curated Sri Lanka Tours, Exquisitely Crafted for Your Exploration

There’s so much to see in Sri Lanka it’s hard to know where to start! Our specialists have put together a range of sample tours – found below – illustrating the key destinations and best routes.

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The history of Sri Lanka is as colorful and enthralling as the island itself. For many centuries rule of the island was traded between varying warring dynasties, each of which left its mark in the shape of alluring ancient capitals that still stand today: Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Kandy. The 16th century saw the arrival of European colonial powers – first Portuguese, then Dutch, and then most significantly and enduringly the British – with the island finally gaining full independence in 1948. Known throughout antiquity as Ceylon, the island took its present name of Sri Lanka in 1972.

Sri Lanka today is a buzzing, confident, and thoroughly engrossing place to visit. As you’d expect of a Subcontinental destination its city streets are a colorful muddle of tuk-tuks, temples, and traders, but in comparison to neighboring India you’ll find the pace slightly slower, and the smiles a little wider. Above all else, Sri Lanka is a welcoming, easy-going place to visit, with locals always willing to engage. Outside of the cities, the pace gets even slower still, with much of your tour spent amongst unforgettable scenery or emerald green mountains, languid backwaters, and fauna-rich scrub.

Best places to go in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is a tropical island paradise that is full of surprises. Blessed with groves of coconut palms, teeming rainforests, picturesque mountain ranges, the inviting waters of the Indian Ocean, and incredible wildlife including its very own Big Five. An island steeped in history and culture, with exquisite beaches, extreme nature, mesmerizing landscapes, and a mouthwatering and little-known cuisine.

  • Buddhist Statues, Colombo, Sri Lanka


    Gateway to the island, Colombo is Sri Lanka’s thriving and ever-surprising capital offering bustling markets, historic temples, scenic parks, and a fantastic dining scene.

  • Temple and Lake, Kandy, Sri Lanka


    Kandy was the last capital of Sri Lanka’s ancient kings, Kandy is a historic gem, set around a placid lake and backed by lush hills.

  • Sigiriya, Sri Lanka


    The crown jewel of Sri Lanka’s cultural triangle, this UNESCO World Heritage site is truly awesome, adorned with captivating frescoes and offering panoramic views of the surrounding landscape.

  • Hatton, Hill Country, Sri Lanka

    The Hill Country

    Mile upon mile of verdant tea plantations, peppered with cascading waterfalls, misty valleys, and high-class colonial-era retreats and cut through by the world’s greatest train rides.

  • Galle Fort, Sri Lanka

    Galle Fort

    Within the walls of the Fort: gorgeous alleys packed with refined boutique accommodation and high-class dining; outside the Fort, mile-upon-mile of palm-laden sandy beaches.

  • Elephant, Yala National Park, Sri Lanka

    Yala National Park

    The island’s premier national park, Yala boasts incredible biodiversity, with a typical game drive offering sightings of leopards, elephants, sloth bears, deer, and a multitude of bird species.

Adam's Peak, Sri Lanka

Best time to visit Sri Lanka

A tropical paradise in the middle of the Indian Ocean, with a fascinating history that dates back centuries, diverse culture, incredible emerald-covered landscapes, and exotic wildlife, Sri Lanka is the ultimate bucket-list destination. The island’s varying climate ensures that, with careful planning, it can be enjoyed year-round.

The best time to visit for classic round-island itineraries is from November through to April. This coincides with great beach weather on the south coast beaches around Galle, Tangalle, and Bentota. In the summer months, the opposing east coast comes into season, opening up the beaches of Passikudah and Trincomalee.

Check out The Best Time to Travel to Sri Lanka for more details.

What to do in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka offers a wide range of experiences for nearly every type of traveler. From interactions with warm and friendly locals to the amazing selection of international cuisine and delicious local food, to a refuge of wellness coupled with centuries-old indigenous natural Ayurvedic healing… Sri Lanka is truly an experiential destination.

  • Train, Ella, Sri Lanka

    Hill Country train ride

    Train rides through Sri Lanka’s hill country are slow but truly breathtaking, winding through emerald tea plantations, misty mountains, and charming villages. The rhythmic clickety-clack offers a mesmerizing view of cascading waterfalls and the island’s lush, rolling landscapes.

  • Cycling, Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka

    Cycling tour of Anuradhapura

    As Sri Lanka’s spiritual capital for over a millennium, the Anuradhapura was once one of Asia’s most illustrious cities. Cycle through the expansive site littered with colossal dagobas and monasteries, and many ruins of the ancient city itself, along the way passing through tranquil paddy fields and villages.

  • Meeran Jumma Masjid Mosque, Galle, Sri Lanka

    Walking tour of Galle Fort

    Walk the lanes and alleys of Galle Fort with a characterful local guide, taking in tales of the key figures and diverse cultures who have shaped the centuries-old bastion, and orientating yourselves with the best drinking and dining spots for the rest of your stay.

Your Sri Lanka questions answered

When is the best time to travel to Sri Lanka?

Sri Lanka has a rather complex climate, affected by two different monsoons on opposite sides of the island. Generally the best time for a first-time tour – taking in the cultural triangle, hill country, national parks, and south coast – would be from October through to May. This is primarily with beach weather on the south coast in mind, as outside of these months – June through to September – it’s much better to visit Sri Lanka’s east coast beaches and reconfigure your itinerary accordingly.

Is Sri Lanka a year-round destination?

The two rainier periods mean that at any time of year, there will be at least one side of the island that is in season. Furthermore, the central parts of the island – particularly the cultural triangle and hill country – have a more settled climate, and although tropical, with rainfall expected every other day all year round, you should be able to plan an effective tour whenever you visit. For clarity on when is best to plan your trip please see our dedicated ‘When to Visit’ page, or of course ask your knowledgeable travel consultant.

How do we get around?

Our private tours of Sri Lanka will see you transported around the island mostly by car in the company of a private chauffeur guide. As all tours of the island will start and finish at Colombo Airport, it is generally the same driver joining you for the duration of your tour, completing the loop together. Should you be looking to cover significant distances in one day – Kandy down to the south coast for instance – then we may organise an internal flight with private transfers arranged at either end. The same is true of train journeys, although for many of these, especially the scenic but slow-going Hill Country routes, road travel is much quicker and your driver will be able to both drop you off and meet you at the other end!

How are your tours guided?

Much of the tour will be facilitated by your chauffeur-guide: they’ll look after minor sightseeing, hotel check-ins, and all the transport, and help with translation and general interaction as you move around the country. At major historical sites, which require a little more expertise, we’ll arrange private English-speaking site guides; in national parks meanwhile, you’ll have private naturalists joining you for any safari drives. We also arrange a variety of one-off hosted activities – such as cooking classes, walking tours, etc – which will be on a private or small group basis.

What kind of wildlife can we see in Sri Lanka?

Sri Lanka is a fabulous wildlife destination and often you won’t need to even be in the national parks to see colorful creatures: kingfishers, egrets, and eagles are common sightings wherever you are in the countryside, and it’s also possible to spot wild elephant grazing in the fields while driving through the more remote eastern and south-eastern regions. Should you plan any safaris – and we very much encourage you to do so – the big-hitting sightings are leopards, elephants, sloth bears, jungle cats, crocodiles, and sambar deer. Day trips from coastal resorts can also bring sightings of blue whales, sperm whales, and dolphins.

What are the must-visit places for a first-time tour of Sri Lanka?

A typical first-time loop will start and finish in (or around) the capital Colombo, then travel inland to spend a few days exploring the jewels of the Cultural Triangle, before dropping south to the ancient capital, and gateway to the hills, Kandy. From Kandy, you can track a path through the dramatic upland scenery of the Hill Country, with treks, tea plantations, and train rides along the way, before dropping down to Yala or Uda Walawe National Parks. It’s then out to the south coast, visiting atmospheric Galle before winding out your trip on a beach near Bentota, Mirissa, or Tangalle.


How long do I need for a tour of Sri Lanka?

A typical first-time tour demands at least 12 days to cover all the most important locations. Bulking up to around 14 days (or more) gives that precious extra time to pace the trip and allows for chunks of free time to explore locations such as Galle or Kandy independently. Should you have less time available this can be cut short: a common honeymoon itinerary for instance might be just a week in Sri Lanka, with 3 nights’ apiece in the Cultural Triangle and Hill Country, before heading across to the Maldives for the second week. ‘Grand Tours’ of the island can run for three weeks or more, which would provide enough time for a full circuit heading up as far north as Jaffna down to the deep south beaches of Tangalle.


Does Sri Lanka offer adventure experiences?

Should Sri Lanka’s culture, wildlife, or beaches not be your primary interest then please speak to your consultant about the wide range of adventure activities on offer. Hikes and treks are available across the island, but especially impressive in the Hill Country: whether it’s easy-going day trips such as Ella Rock or Horton Plains, or challenging extended treks in the Knuckles Range, or up to Adam’s Peak. Kayaking and white-water rafting are available on the rapids of the Mahaweli River near Kandy; mountain biking and cycling are found in the hills or paddy fields of the interior; or a full range of water sports, diving, and fishing trips are available offshore.

Which Sri Lankan beach is for me?

It’s hard to know where to start with this one! As an island destination, Sri Lanka is ringed by sandy beaches on all sides. The island’s complicated climate means that not all of these beaches are advised at all times of year, but whenever and wherever you travel you will have some choice on where exactly you kick back and enjoy that beach time. A busy area, packed with bars and shops, such as Negombo or Unawatuna? A secluded cove such as Mawella or Alankuda, where you’ll spend your days in blissful isolation? Family-friendly resort areas (Passekudah, Beruwala) or laidback surf hangouts (Arugam Bay, Hiriketiya)? There’s a lot to get stuck into here, but our specialists will be in hand to ensure whichever beach you choose will be the perfect beach for you.

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