Destinations Destinations
Yala National Park, Polonnaruwa, Colombo, Galle, Kandy
Activity Activity
Nature & Wildlife, Culture & History, Safari, Luxury, Beach, National Parks
Physical Level Physical Level
Mild

Explore Sri Lanka at a leisurely pace, starting in capital Colombo before travelling to the country’s cultural triangle, where you can visit ancient cities, temples and rock formations at Polonnaruwa and Sigiriya. From here, head into Sri Lanka’s rolling hills to the rural town of Kandy, where you can visit tea plantations, hike in the countryside and take cooking classes. End your trip on the beaches of the south coast, where you can take a trip to the fort town of Galle, complete with colonial buildings and grand mansions. Head back to Colombo for your departure.

Suggested Itinerary

Recommended route & experiences

Historic markets and modern malls in Colombo

Cosmopolitan Colombo is more than just the gateway to Sri Lanka. Here, you can learn about Sri Lanka’s multi-ethnic history, with churches, mosques and temples all in a line, street food with influences from around the world, and shopping in a mix of ancient markets and huge malls in Pettah.

Sample diverse Sri Lanka cuisine

Sample diverse Sri Lanka cuisine

From Jaffna crab curry to breakfasts of hoppers (fermented rice crepes), Sri Lankan food has a distinct identity depending on where you visit.

Visit the ancient city of Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa was the medieval capital of Sri Lanka, a thriving centre of commerce and religion. Today, visitors can explore the site’s archaeological treasures, including the Sacred Quadrangle and a number of temples. Combine your trip with a visit to the nearby Sigiriya Rock Fortress.

Get lost in the caves of Dambulla

Get lost in the caves of Dambulla

Explore the five main caves of Dambulla stuffed with statues of Buddha and Hindu gods. The walk up offers great views of Sigiriya Rock.

See Buddha’s tooth in Kandy

Central Kandy is one of Sri Lanka’s most significant religious sites, being home to the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic – a tooth from Buddha himself. The golden-roofed temple is actually part of the Royal Palace complex, which includes several museums and temples. Look out for the annual perahera festival, when the tooth is paraded around the city by 65 decorated elephants.

Relax in historic Galle

The historic fort town of Galle is best explored on foot, allowing you to take in its grandiose colonial buildings, ancient temples and mosques and many quirky side streets. Make sure to take a walk on the ramparts of the fort, with views out over the ocean.

Cruise down the Kapu Ela river

Cruise down the Kapu Ela river

Enjoy a scenic boat ride down the Kapu Ela River, exploring rural villages and watching grey fish eagles soar through the air.

Where to stay

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Pricing is typically inclusive of hotels, transfers, meals, and all guided excursions and activities.

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