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Escorted Tours of Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is an untouched beauty of a place. For despite its many wonders, it has traditionally not had anywhere near the level of tourism that nearby India and Southeast Asia has.

One holiday can bring so many different types of joy. Sri Lanka boasts eight World Heritage Sites, gorgeous coastline, scenic hilltop train routes, delicate cuisine, famous tea trade and national parks full of mammals and birds you’d expect to see on African safari.
To ensure you don’t miss a single treasure in this wonderful journey, we recommend embarking on an escorted tour of Sri Lanka, with a reputable tour operator.

Best places to stay in Sri Lanka


This is home to one of the most powerful, evocative sights in South Asia. In this vast complex of archaeological and architectural brilliance, you can explore ancient dagobas, pools and crumbling temples, built over the city’s thousand-year rule.

These well-preserved ruins show glimpses of ancient Sinhala civilisation and are often used as places for holy ceremonies today. This sprawling city is a very relaxed place to stay in too, with a warm village feel and easy access to bike hire.


What a pleasure it is to explore this seaside beauty. Lap up history - the Dutch colonial buildings, grand mansions and ancient mosques - and style - the quirky cafes, boutiques and restored hotels.

This is a place showing off the creative flair of the artists, writers, photographers and designers who live here at large. The real heart of this city, however, is the exotic port and the working community who run it.


This spine-tingling place stirs all the senses. If you’re not in awe of the lakeside location or stunning backdrop of lush green hills, then you’ll fall in love with Kandy’s vibrant culture.

Stop by for the famous Kandy Esala Perahera festival in July or August. And make sure you take an exhilarating tuk-tuk ride into hill country - for a trip to Isiwara Spice Garden - or along the shores of Kandy Lake - to admire the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic


This is paradise for history lovers. Kings ruled central Sri Lanka from this great UNESCO-listed city 800 years ago, with signs of this splendour still evident today.

There are many ancient structures, statues, tombs and temples to feast your eyes on here. Make sure you visit the Royal Palace complex and the ruins of Quadrangle, with its mix of Hindu and Buddhist shrines.

Things to do

Gaze in awe at Sigiriya Rock Fortress
This is another of Sri Lanka’s dramatic and treasured sights. Located in Dambulla, this rock fortress towers 180 metres above the jungle and can be seen for miles. You can enjoy the beautiful moated gardens and cave shrines, or get lively and climb to its summit, passing painted frescoes, mirror walls and a pair of lion’s paws carved into the bedrock, on your way. 
Sigiriya Rock

Cruise through the scenic hill country
Once favoured as the perfect getaway for hard-working British pioneers of Sri Lanka’s tea industry, this is the perfect place to go for some splendid views and cooler air. It’s even referred to by some as ‘Little England’, with its Tudor-style hotels, pretty gardens and village feel. Take a train from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya for one of the most scenic journeys you’ll experience and take a relaxing tour in the surrounding tea plantations.
Nuwara Eliya

Relax on the beach in Unawatuna
Picture miles of palm-lined golden sands, turquoise waters and perfect cocktails. That’s the setting 6km from Galle in Unawatuna - the standout area in Sri Lanka’s famed Southern coastal region. If you want a change of scene from temple and animal spotting, this is the place to unwind and enjoy great food, drinks and sunset views over the Indian Ocean.

Yala National Park

Sri Lanka’s most famous and much-loved national park, this is a place where you're almost certain for a close-up view of your favourite animals. There’s 215 bird species and 44 varieties of mammals - look out for elephants, crocodiles, buffaloes, monkeys, sloth bears, jackals, peacocks and, of course, the world’s highest concentration of leopards.

Ironically, Yala National Park was once a hunting ground during British rule but was turned into a sanctuary in 1900 and a national park in 1938. The best time to visit is between February and July when water levels are lower, bringing more animals into the open.

Yala national park

Best Ways to Get Around

Frequently Asked Questions

  • In the 1860s, British settlers began cultivating the island’s ‘green gold’, and Sri Lanka’s lush green hill country is now home to seamlessly never-ending tea plantations. 

    A number of these, including the Geragama Tea Factory West of Kandy and the Blue Field Tea Factory near Nuwara Eliya, hold informative tours so you can see the production process and enjoy a fresh cup with a slice of cake!
  • Yala National Park is the best-known and most sought after national park in Sri Lanka, but there are some smaller, quieter gems worth visiting too.

    Its neighbour, Kumana National Park, is home to a 200-hectare bird reserve where there have been sightings of Sri Lanka’s very rare black-necked stork, as well as more common birds, leopards, elephants, turtles, white cobras and more. 
    Visit Uda Walawe for probably the best elephant watching experience in the country, rivalling even East African national parks. For those bird-watching snaps, Bundala National Park is perfect, with its maze of waterways, wetlands, lagoons and dunes providing a home to thousands of little colourful birds.
  • Faith is part and parcel of life here, with four religions practiced in the country. Theravada Buddhism is the largest, practiced by the vast majority of the country’s Sinhalese. Hinduism is the main religion for Sri Lanka’s Tamils, although some are Christians. Islam is followed primarily on the west and east coast.
  • Along with such a diverse mix of religions, comes some wonderful temples to visit.
    Walk deep into a green forest 16km northwest of Tangalla to find the peaceful rock temples of Mulkirigala, featuring seven cleft-like caves housing a number of reclining Buddha statues and smaller sitting and standing figures.
    Another Buddhist temple, this time in Anuradhapura, is the monumental Abhayagiri Dagoba. Translated as ‘Hill of Protection’, you won’t believe your first glimpse of this stunning brick monument through the forest. It dates back to 1st century BC and was a structure only rivalled in scale by the pyramids of Giza, in ancient times.
    To see a Hindu temple, head to Nallur Kandaswamy Kovil and admire its towering gold-encrusted golden-ochre, for which offerings are made throughout the day.