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Sri Lanka Highlights

Small group tour

Sri Lanka Highlights

The perfect tour for the first time traveller
to Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka has so much to offer visitors; diverse landscapes, compelling culture, historic monuments, national parks, wildlife, sandy beaches, and delicious cuisine, there really is something for everyone. Your journey starts in the capital Colombo, then on to Sigiriya, visiting the imposing rock fortress and the ancient city of Polonnaruwa. Continue to the lakeside town of Kandy and onwards to the hill country of Nuwara Eliya, famous for its fields of emerald green tea bushes. After enjoying time on safari at Yala National Park, your tour ends with some rest and relaxation beside the beach.

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Locations you will be visiting

  • Colombo municipal council building sri lanka

    Colombo, Sri Lanka

    Discover the sights and traditions for Colombo with this handy destination guide.

    1 Day

  • Sigiriya sri lanka

    Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

    Discover the sights and traditions for Sigiriya with this handy destination guide.

    2 Days

  • Temple of the Tooth kandy sri lanka

    Kandy, Sri Lanka

    Discover the sights and traditions for Kandy with this handy destination guide.

    1 Day

  • Tea Plucking Sri Lanka

    Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka

    Discover the sights and traditions for Nuwara Eliya with this handy destination guide.

    2 Days

  • leopard sri lanka

    Yala National Park, Sri Lanka

    Discover the sight and, traditions for Yala National Park with this handy destination guide.

    1 Day

  • beach boat sri lanka

    Beruwala, Sri Lanka

    Discover the sights and traditions for Beruwala with this handy destination guide.

    3 Days


Sri Lanka Highlights

12 day Tour Itinerary

An overview of your trip

DAY 1 Fly to Colombo

Catch your scheduled flight from the UK to Colombo.

  • Transport: Airplane
DAY 2 Arrive Colombo

Arrive at Colombo International Airport, where you will be welcomed by our representative and transferred to your hotel. Remainder of the day is free at leisure. Perhaps explore Colombo’s interesting clothing, food and tea boutiques. Enjoy dinner this evening and meet your fellow travellers.

  • Meals included: Dinner
DAY 3 Colombo to Dambulla and to Sigiriya

After breakfast journey towards Dambulla and the famous Dambulla Cave Temples. These cave temples have been treasured by many kings since the 1st century B.C. The temple complex houses unique drawings and exquisite cave paintings as well as 150 statues of Buddha. The exterior of the cave is adorned with a gigantic Buddha statue glittering in gold. Continue to Sigiriya.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Transport: Drive
DAY 4 Sigiriya to Polonnaruwa, Minneriya and Sigiriya

After breakfast drive to Polonnaruwa. Rising with the decline of Anuradhapura, the city of Polonnaruwa was once the medieval capital and crown jewel of King Parakramabahu I. Walk across the scattered walls of the World Heritage Site – dotted with stupas, resting Buddha statues, irrigation canals and fantastically carved Hindu sculptures. You can notice a subtle Hindu influence on the architecture and statues found in Polonnaruwa. Continue to Minneriya. Explore the wilderness of Minneriya National Park by Jeep Safari. Spreading over 8,800 hectares, this is a sanctuary for elephants, herds of deer and a variety of birdlife. Here you may witness one of the largest elephant gatherings in the world – usually over 700 at a time – which makes the park a must-see for wildlife enthusiasts across the globe.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Transport: Drive
DAY 5 Sigiriya Rock to Kandy

After breakfast visit Sigiriya Rock Fortress. The 5th century rock citadel of King Kasyapa is a World Heritage Site. It showcases ancient Sri Lankan engineering and superior urban planning skills and is also one of the finest monuments of art and culture. Step through the gigantic ‘Lion Paws’, overlooking the symmetrical royal gardens below, to appreciate the splendor that once dominated this rock fortress. Explore the museum to learn more about this incredible sight. Drive onwards to Kandy and check in at your hotel. Enjoy an afternoon stroll across this small lakeside town, with a visit to the Kandy Bazzar, an arts and crafts centre, as well as a gem museum. In the evening visit Kandy Temple and witness a fascinating cultural show. Kandy Temple, also known as the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is dedicated to Buddha.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Transport: Drive
DAY 6 Kandy to Nuwara Eliya

After breakfast drive to Nuwara Eliya. Today you will tour a tea plantation to see the lush green carpeted fields where Sri Lanka’s tea grows. Visit the tea factory, witness the tea making process and be sure to end your day in style over a perfectly blended cup of pure Ceylon Tea! Continue to Nuwara Eliya, travelling along misty steep roads, twisting through fields of verdant tea bushes to the renowned British colonial retreat, Nuwara Eliya. The climate here is cooler with an English countryside atmosphere. The city of light, once governed by English and Scottish planters, is still studded with colonial bungalows and hedgerows.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Transport: Drive
DAY 7 Nuwara Eliya

Day at leisure to relax and enjoy the beautiful landscapes surrounding your hotel.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 8 Nuwara Eliya to Yala

After breakfast transfer from Nuwara Eliya to Yala. Yala National Park, which covers an area of 1,259 km2, consisting of grasslands, dunes and vegetation, and is home to a large variety of wildlife. Species that live here include elephant, sloth bear, spotted dear, jackal, and the park has one of the highest density of leopards in the world. It is also home to a wide-ranging and extensive population of birdlife. This afternoon enjoy a jeep safari in Yala National Park.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Transport: Drive

Note: Yala Park is closed from September to Mid October – all guests who have Yala National Park on their tour itinerary during this time will either be taken to Udawalawe National Park, Bundala National Park or Block 5 of Yala National Park.

DAY 9 Yala to Galle, Kosgoda and to Beruwala

After breakfast, transfer from Yala to Galle. Located in the south of the country, Galle is a Dutch-Portuguese colonial destination, known for its fortified old city founded by Portuguese colonists in the 16th century. The architecture reflects influences from the Portuguese, Dutch and British, and this unique heritage has been preserved for more than three and a half centuries. Explore Galle, before stopping at the Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery, where eight species of turtle are known to exist, and continue towards Beruwala, a coastal town on the West Coast of the Island.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Transport: Drive
DAY 10 Beruwala

At leisure in Beruwala to unwind and relax on the beach.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 11 Beruwala

At leisure in Beruwala to relax on the beach and explore the local area.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 12 Fly to the UK

Transfer to Colombo International Airport for your flight to the UK.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Transport: Drive, Airplane
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Sample Accommodation

5★ Hilton Colombo, Colombo

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5★ Amaara Forest Hotel, Sigiriya

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5★ The Golden Crown Hotel, Kandy

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5★ Golden Ridge, Nuwara Eliya

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4★ Ekho Safari Tissa, Yala

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4★ Cinnamon Bey, Beruwala

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Your holiday details
Departures and Prices 2024 and 2025
Depart Return Days Price from Availability Reservation
Depart02/09/2024 Return13/09/2024 Day12 Depart£2,699 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart07/10/2024 Return18/10/2024 Day12 Depart£2,799 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart04/11/2024 Return15/11/2024 Day12 Depart£2,799 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart03/03/2025 Return14/03/2025 Day12 Depart£2,799 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart14/04/2025 Return25/04/2025 Day12 Depart£2,899 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart05/05/2025 Return16/05/2025 Day12 Depart£2,799 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart01/09/2025 Return12/09/2025 Day12 Depart£2,799 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart06/10/2025 Return17/10/2025 Day12 Depart£2,949 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart03/11/2025 Return14/11/2025 Day12 Depart£2,949 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation

Single supplement from £575
Land only from £1,699

Prices and products are subject to availability at the time of booking.

This tour itinerary is also available as a Private Tour. Please ask for more details.

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What's included:
  • International flights in economy class
  • 4★ & 5★ accommodation on twin share basis
  • Transfers
  • English speaking guide
  • Meals as specified
  • Tours as stated
  • Airport taxes
  • Local tips
  • Personal spending
  • Visa fees
  • Travel insurance

When making an enquiry or reservation we will request your contact details, however no payment will be required at this stage. We will contact you for payment details and to confirm your booking, your details and the details of those travelling with you along with any extras you’d like to add.

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