Sensational Sri Lanka Tour & Flights

$2699 per person
12 days
Sri Lanka

NO HIDDEN EXTRAS 12-Day Escorted Tour of Sri Lanka with Flights

Sri Lanka is a spectacular, culturally-rich island paradise and you’ll experience it all on this exciting small group tour. Enjoy an iconic train ride, special tea experience, cultural performance, exploring World Heritage-listed sites, wildlife viewing on private jeep safaris and much more!
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This Sri Lanka small group tour combines unmissable highlights with stunning landscapes and immersive travel moments. Professional local guides will help you explore Galle Fort, Nine Arch Bridge, Minneriya National Park, Dambulla, Nuwara Eliya, Sigiriya Lion Rock and much more over the 12 days. Relish local experiences and fond travel memories that will stay with you lifetime on this special tour of Sri Lanka.

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Departure Location
Fly to Colombo, Sri Lanka from Australia
Return Location
Fly from Colombo to Australia
Tour Start Date & Time
July 21, 2024 12:00 am View other Times
Additional Information
Departs 2024 & 2025: Lowest-price departures in October 2025 High Season Surcharges: From $300-$1300pp extra, depending on travel dates Booking Code: SRLIV12M
Price includes
  • Accommodation based on twin share room
  • Daily breakfast
  • Entrance tickets to sites on tour
  • Expert local guides
  • Hotel taxes and service charges
  • International flights from Australia
  • Local experience or activity
  • Small group tour
  • Transport in air conditioned vehicles
  • Wildlife game drives
Price does not include
  • Airport transfers
  • Any items or services not specified
  • Camera and video permits
  • Medical and emergency insurance
  • Optional tours and activities
  • Personal expenses
  • Visa arrangements and fees
Additional Prices
Solo travellers: Single supplement is from $700 and includes private rooms. Travel Insurance: Insurance is essential - please ask us for a quote

Sri Lanka Tour Overview

This small group tour combines unmissable highlights with stunning landscapes and immersive travel moments.

Incredible sightseeing includes Galle Fort, Yala National Park safari, Nine Arch Bridge, a tea experience in Nuwara Eliya, elephants of Minneriya National Park, Sigiriya Lion Rock fortress and more.

Take an iconic train ride from Nuwara Eliya to Kandy, enjoy central accommodation, including two nights in 5-star luxury at the Sigiriya Jungle, and venture on thrilling wildlife safari drives. Marvel at UNESCO World Heritage Sites and learn about the legends and folklore that’s still lovingly kept alive.

This tour has been deliberately designed to offer you an authentic Sri Lankan experience that features the colourful culture, along with the breathtaking sights!



Inclusions at a glance

  • Small group of 26 travellers maximum
  • Flights – Return international economy airfares to Colombo
    • Fly from Melbourne, Sydney or Brisbane, including checked baggage
  • Accommodation – 11 nights in centrally located 3-star to 5-star hotels
    • Including 2 nights at 5-star Sigiriya Jungles hotel
  • Meals – 11 Breakfasts, 1 cooking demonstration with lunch & 1 group dinner
  • Sri Lankan Cultural Performance
  • Ride the iconic train from Nuwara Eliya to Kandy
  • Safari drives in Yala & Minneriya National Parks
  • Escorted by an English-speaking guide throughout
  • Sightseeing as per the itinerary
  • National Park & site entrance fees
  • Dedicated private transportation throughout

Tour highlights

  • Colombo – Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Colombo, the commercial capital of Sri Lanka
  • Galle – Tour the iconic Galle Fort and the old stone fortifications that surround this historic coastal town
  • South Coast – Enjoy time along the idyllic beach front to relax and enjoy the tropical surrounds
  • Yala National Park – Embark on guided game drives to discover the dynamic wildlife in this epic national park
  • Nuwara Eliya – Embark on a famous scenic train ride through Sri Lanka’s tea country
  • Nuwara Eliya – Learn about the process behind the region’s renowned tea at a tea plantation and factory
  • Kandy – Enjoy a traditional cultural performance
  • Minneriya National Park – Enjoy a thrilling game drive in this paradise for nature lovers, one of the best places to see elephants
  • Sigiriya – Climb the magnificent rock fortress of Sigiriya, also known as Lion Rock
  • Sigiriya – Visit the ancient city of Polonnaruwa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • DAY 1
  • DAY 2
  • DAY 3
  • DAY 4
  • DAY 5
  • DAY 6
  • DAY 7
  • DAY 8
  • DAY 9
  • DAY 10
  • DAY 11
  • DAY 12

Fly from Australia - Sri Lanka

Welcome to Colombo! Arrive at Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB) and make your way to the arrival lounge, where you’ll find many transfer options to make your own way to the hotel. Taxis are readily available and must be paid locally. Alternatively, we also offer our clients hassle-free arrival transfers that can be pre-purchased at your time of booking. Check in to the hotel and relax after your international flight. As most flights arrive late in the evening, we recommend booking a night prior to your tour commencing to ensure you are well rested.


Colombo - South Coast

After breakfast, your guide will give you a brief introduction before we make the drive to South Coast. Before departing, we explore the capital of Colombo. Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka, has a long history as a port on ancient east-west trade routes, ruled successively by the Portuguese, Dutch and the British. This heritage is reflected in its architecture, mixing colonial buildings with high-rises and shopping malls. 

We will also visit the Colombo National Museum. This charming museum takes visitors on a fascinating journey through Sri Lankan history. Housed in a stunning neo-Baroque building, which was specifically constructed by William Henry Gregory, Governor of Ceylon, in 1877, the museum boasts a gleaming white façade. As you make your way through the various rooms, you'll encounter exhibits dedicated to each of Sri Lanka's historical kingdoms. Informational display boards provide intriguing insights, such as the meaning behind the mudras (gestures and poses) depicted in Sri Lanka's Buddha statues.

On arrival, we check in to our hotel before we set out on a tour of the Galle Fort and its fortifications. This is a city that exudes an essence with a perfect blend of past and present. Declared as an UNESCO heritage site in 1988, the presence of Portuguese, Dutch and English is very evident in the fascinating architectural styles of the Galle Fort


South Coast

Today is a full day to enjoy the coastal beauty and sandy beaches that are palm tree-lined with a cool coastal vibe.


South Coast - Yala National Park

We enjoy breakfast at the hotel before making the drive to Yala National Park. Here, spend your afternoon on a guided game drive exploring the dynamic wildlife and the most luxuriant plant life in Yala National Park. Being one of the largest parks in Sri Lanka, it is the ideal place to sight the rare leopard!


Yala National Park - Nine Arch Bridge - Bandarawela

Today we leave for Bandarawela close to Ella. Enroute we witnesses the picturesque waterfall, Rawana Waterfall before checking into our hotel. This afternoon we visit Nine Arch Bridge. The Nine Arches Bridge also called the Bridge in the Sky is one of the best examples of colonial-era railway construction in the country. The construction of the bridge is generally attributed to a local Ceylonese builder, in consultation with British engineers. It is located in Demodara, between Ella and Demodara railway stations. The surrounding area has seen a steady increase of tourism due to the bridge's architectural ingenuity and the profuse greenery in the nearby hillsides.



Enjoy a full day to relax in the hilly surrounds of Bandarawela.


Bandarawela - Nuwara Eliya

Enjoy a leisurely departure from Bandarawela as we make our way to Nuwara Eliya. On arrival we visit a tea plantation and factory. Here you will enjoy the absolute tea experience, taking you to the moment the young tea leaves are plucked from the plantation to being processed in the factory to make a steamy cup of tea. If you are interested, the tea factory is the best place to purchase good quality tea.


Nuwara Eliya - Kandy

Today we leave for Kandy. The train journey is truly a rare experience and is an adventure itself! Apart from the breathtaking sceneries of the tea country and picturesque waterfalls, it is a chance for you to mingle with the local people. 

Kandy, the Hill Capital (1514 – 1815 AD). Originally known as Senkadagala, the city eventually came to be known as Kandy. Kandy was declared as an UNESCO heritage site in 1988. The style and character of the Sri Lankan civilization at the time is well articulated in the heart of the city itself, with its lake, the temples including the Temple of the Tooth Relic and the well-preserved ruins of the royal palaces.

On arrival, we check in to our hotel, allowing you time to explore the town. This evening, enjoy a typical Sri Lankan Cultural Performance with Kandy Market & Bazaar tour. 


Kandy - Dambulla Cave - Minneriya National Park - Sigiriya

After breakfast we proceed to Sigiriya, stopping on route to visit Dambulla cave temple. Built in the first century BC, it is recognized to be the largest cave sanctuaries in the world with its 2000 m2 of walls and ceilings painted more than 150 Buddha images whose largest engraved in the rock reaches 14 metres high. 

En route to Sigiriya, stop at a local spice garden. Sri Lanka has a very proud history of its spices, which have unique flavours, colours and aromas. During the 1500s, Portuguese, Dutch and British took these local spices to the world and thus, Sri Lanka became famous for such spices as cinnamon, black pepper, clove, cumin, cardamom, turmeric and ginger. These spices are continually used in homes throughout the world today.

Arrive at your Inspiring Stay - the 5-star Sigiriya Jungles hotel overlooking an iconic rock fortress. This afternoon, set out on an exclusively private jeep safari at the Minneriya National Park to witness the unique phenomenon of elephant gathering. During the dry season, from June to September, hundreds of elephants gather around the Minneriya Tank for water. Such a large number of elephants could not be sighted at one place, anywhere else in the world! 

Tonight, enjoy a group dinner and celebrate your new friendships.

DAY 10

Sigiriya - Lion Rock Fortress - Polonnaruwa - Sigiriya

Following breakfast we proceed to Sigiriya Rock Fortress and climb the Sigiriya Rock, one of the most extraordinary artistic complexes of its time (477 – 498 AD). Declared as an UNESCO heritage site in 1982, this magnificent citadel allures artistic and architectural curiosity from around the globe. 

Return to the hotel to relax before taking part in an Inspiring Taste cooking demonstration of Sri Lankan rice and curry preparation (5-6 curries including a speciality crab dish) and enjoy the typical Sri Lankan lunch overlooking the paddy fields. 

This afternoon, enjoy a sightseeing tour of the medieval capital city of Polonnaruwa. This was declared as an UNESCO heritage site in 1982. After the demise of Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa became the middle historic capital of Sri Lanka (1017 – 1235 AD). Enjoy a 2nd night in your Inspiring Stay and its surroundings.

DAY 11

Sigiriya - Negombo

Today, depart the beauty of Sigiriya as we make the drive back to Negombo. On arrival, enjoy the afternoon free at leisure to explore the coast and the local activity or simply relax by the pool.

DAY 12

Negombo - Fly Home

This morning, enjoy a visit to the Fish Market. Negombo is home for the Island’s second largest fish market, as locals call – “Lellama”

At an appropriate time, make your own way to the airport in time for your onward flight - you will have access to your room until 8pm this evening, should your flight be later in the evening. 

More about Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is spectacular, culturally rich, affordable and much less crowded than other countries in the Indian subcontinent. This is where you come to see the sacred home of the world’s oldest living human-planted tree (Anuradhapura) and be wowed by the sight of hundreds of elephants gathering around a watering hole (Minneriya). Find a favourite beach, meditate in a 2000-year-old temple, exchange smiles while strolling through welcoming villages, marvel at birds and other wildlife, try to keep count of how many delicious meals you have enjoyed. Wander past colonial gems in Colombo and discover the World Heritage-listed sites of Kandy Temple and Galle Dutch Fort. It's a country that once you visit, will be etched in your memories and hold a special place in your heart!
This Sri Lanka small group tour combines unmissable highlights with stunning landscapes and immersive travel moments. Professional local guides will help you explore Galle Fort, Nine Arch Bridge, Minneriya National Park, Dambulla, Nuwara Eliya, Sigiriya Lion Rock and much more over the 12 days. Relish local experiences and fond travel memories that will stay with you lifetime on this special tour of Sri Lanka.

Travelicious Review

4.25out of 5

Sri Lanka is such a diverse and exciting country to visit and joining a small group tour is the ideal way to see more. We recommend this tour for its comfortable accommodation and comprehensive itinerary, plus flights are included from Australia.

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Tour departures

This tour departs on select dates from July 2024 to December 2025.

Lowest-price departures are on the following dates:
2025 - 01 May, 08 May, 15 May, 22 May, 29 May, 30 October

Departure is subject to availability and prices may vary at time of booking.
Please contact us to check if a place is available on your preferred departure date and confirm current prices.

Important to remember...

The day-by-day tour descriptions in the itinerary are intended as an indicative guide only. Travel by nature is unpredictable. Weather patterns, road conditions, public holidays, travel restrictions and a multitude of other factors may necessitate itinerary changes that are ultimately for the client's benefit. It is essential that travellers are flexible and open minded in this regard.

Please note that Yala National Park closes for a period between the months of September and October. The exact closure dates are made clear closer to the time. The closure is due to the prevailing dry weather prior to this time and taking into consideration the well-being of the wildlife in the reserve. For departure dates that fall over this period, Yala National park will be replaced with a visit to Udawalawe National Park, while still being able to visit Block 4 or 5 of Yala National Park. Please refer to the itinerary.

Although smaller in size to Yala National Park, Udawalawe National Park is considered one of the world's best places to see wild elephants. Largely comprised of grasslands and bush forest, Udawalawe is also one of the best national parks in Sri Lanka for game spotting and being far less crowded than Yala, it makes for a more enjoyable experience for travellers and therefore, we believe is a more than suitable alternative for one safari day. You will still be able to visit Block 4 or 5 of Yala National Park, so you are able to experience both.

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Safe travel requirements:
It's your responsibility to ensure you have all the necessary documentation and have had any required vaccinations and health checks prior to departure. Please ensure that you are aware of current conditions and travel restrictions at your time of travel and allow time to obtain any tests if required.

Guidelines are subject to change and the enforcement of certain measures (i.e. covid testing, social distancing, mask-wearing etc.) will vary in different regions. It's your responsibility to check with local health authorities for best practices in their region.

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Published price was correct as of 30 April 2024. Please contact us for current rates.

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      Sensational Sri Lanka Tour & Flights

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      Sri Lanka

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