Sri Lanka Small Group Tour

$3699 per person
13 days
Sri Lanka

FIRST CLASS HOTELS Treasures of Sri Lanka

Explore the 'jewel of the Indian Ocean' and discover its many treasures on this special small group tour. Sri Lanka is a thrilling destination and this tour covers it all - from its culturally-rich cities and World Heritage-listed sites, to astounding wildlife and spectacular natural wonders!
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Experience the best of Sri Lanka on this immersive small group tour. Travel from the charming port town of Negombo to the World Heritage-listed site of Polonnaruwa, iconic Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Dambulla, Kandy, Sri Lanka's magnificent tea country, Yala National Park and the colonial town of Galle. Experienced guides will share their wealth of local knowledge and provide a personal introduction to the incredible treasures of Sri Lanka!

What's included

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Departure Location
Negombo, Sri Lanka
Return Location
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Additional Information
Departs in 2023: Contact us for available dates and current prices Booking Code: SRLSG13M
Price includes
  • Accommodation based on twin share room
  • Daily breakfast
  • Entrance tickets to sites on tour
  • Escorted tour
  • Expert local guides
  • First class hotels
  • Hotel taxes and service charges
  • Meals as per the itinerary
  • Porterage (up to two bags per person)
  • Small group tour
  • Transport in air conditioned vehicles
  • Wildlife viewing
Price does not include
  • Airport transfers
  • Any items or services not specified in the itinerary
  • Gratuities for guides and drivers
  • International flights
  • Medical and emergency insurance
  • Optional tours and activities
  • Personal expenses
Additional Prices
Single Supplement: Please contact us for solo traveller rates. Pre & Post Tour Accommodation: Ask us about extended hotel stays in Sri Lanka. Flights from Australia: Please request a quote for special international airfares. Travel Insurance: Insurance is essential for this tour - please ask for a quote.

Tour overview

Spectacular Sri Lanka is culturally rich and visually captivating. Explore the ‘jewel of the Indian Ocean’ and discover its many treasures on this special small group tour!

From the delightful trading port of Negombo and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Polonnaruwa, to Sigiriya Rock Fortress that dates back 1500 years and decorated cave temples that are over 2000 years old, Sri Lanka is a wealth of historical sights. There are also amazing wildlife viewing opportunities and this tour includes a jeep safari in Yala National Park where you’ll hopefully see the famous flamingos or catch a glimpse of the distinct Sri Lankan leopard!



Tea plantation Sri Lanka
Learn about the art of growing tea in Sri Lanka

Special features

  • Visit a National Park in the Cultural Triangle, one of the best places in Sri Lanka to view wild elephants
  • Glimpse into village life in Hiriwadunna including hosted lunch
  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Polonnaruwa, where kings ruled Sri Lanka over 800 years ago
  • Tour the iconic Sigiriya Rock Fortress dating back over 1500 years, rising from the central plains
  • Inspirational cave temples of Dambulla, view golden Buddha statues and murals
  • Tour the gold-roofed Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, one of Sri Lanka’s most sacred sites
  • In Kandy, dinner at the home of a local family with specially prepared Sri Lankan dishes
  • Travel to Nuwara Eliya in the centre of Sri Lanka’s magnificent tea country
  • Learn about the growing, harvesting and processing of “Ceylon” tea at a tea estate factory
  • A Jeep Safari at Yala National Park highlights Sri Lanka’s astonishing wildlife and stunning landscapes
  • Tour the colonial town of Galle, with its historic fort built in the 1500s by the Portuguese
  • Visit a turtle hatchery, to learn about the rescue and protection of turtle eggs
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  • DAY 3
  • DAY 4
  • DAY 5
  • DAY 6
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  • DAY 8
  • DAY 9
  • DAY 10
  • DAY 11
  • DAY 12
  • DAY 13

Tour Starts in Negombo

Welcome to Sri Lanka, an enchanting island with a fascinating heritage known as the “jewel” of the Indian Ocean. Upon arrival at the airport in Colombo, make your way to the palm-fringed beach town of Negombo. The rest of the day is yours to acclimate to your new time zone and enjoy the relaxing setting and gentle sea breezes.
Overnight: Negombo


Negombo City Tour, Beach Walk, Welcome Dinner

Begin the day with a city tour of delightful Negombo, once the most important source of cinnamon during the Dutch era. Visit the port, which was once a major trading port for the Portuguese and later for the Dutch after they took over during the middle of the 17th century. Due to the settlers’ cultural, religious and architectural influences, you will view many colonial style buildings and a large number of elaborate Roman Catholic churches and statues of saints, the reason why Negombo has been nicknamed “Little Rome”. Proceed to the ruins of a Dutch fort dating back to 1678. Nearby, on the green lawn of the Esplanade, perhaps watch children playing cricket – a big favourite in Sri Lanka! Afterwards, return to the hotel. Late in the afternoon, share coffee, tea and local snacks before a delightful walk together on the nearby beach. Tonight, attend an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager on the memorable journey that lies ahead, followed by a Welcome Dinner. Try favourite dishes created from a delectable blend of Portuguese, Dutch, Malay and Indian influences accented by fragrant curries.
Overnight: Negombo
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner


Habarana, Ancient Polonnaruwa

This morning, travel to Habarana, centre of the Cultural Triangle of Sri Lanka and check in to your hotel. In the afternoon, drive to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Polonnaruwa, where kings ruled the central plains of Sri Lanka over 800 years ago. The glories of that era can be found in the archaeological park, with hundreds of massive ancient structures. Return to the hotel for dinner.
Overnight: Habarana
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Hiriwadunna Village, Safari

Today will be a long and rewarding day. Early departure from the hotel to visit Sigiriya, where thriving ancient cities once existed. At the Sigiriya Rock Fortress, dating back 1500 years, delight in exhilarating views over the surrounding area of covered moats, lily-ponds nestled in water gardens and quiet shrines. Rising from the central plains, this iconic rocky outcrop is surely Sri Lanka's most dramatic sight!

Near vertical walls soar to a flat-topped summit that contains the ruins of an ancient civilization, thought to be once the epicentre of the short-lived Kingdom of Kassapa. Head back towards your hotel to discover what life is like in an authentic Sri Lankan village! Wander down a dirt lane off the main road to Hiriwadunna, a tiny settlement of less than 2,500 people where they grow their own food and raise cattle. During your walk, keep an eye out for colourful butterflies, birds and native plants. See how coconuts are harvested and try a drink from a freshly cut coconut! Visit a local house for a demonstration on how local products are processed followed by a typical Sri Lankan lunch with rice & curry. In the afternoon, a great experience lies ahead with a visit to a National Park*, one of the best places in the country to view wild elephants. The parks are a mixed forest and wetlands that provide shelter for sambar deer, buffalo, and crocodiles. Return in the evening to your hotel in Habarana with time to freshen up before dinner.
*Visit will be at either Minneriya, Kaudulla or Eco Park depending on seasonal elephant migration patterns
Overnight: Habarana
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Temples of Dambulla, Cooking Demo, Kandy

This morning, depart for the UNESCO World Heritage site of Dambulla to visit the cave temples, filled with Buddha statues and huge wall paintings. This extraordinary rock sanctuary dating back over 2,000 years, serves as inspiration for Buddhist pilgrims. Depart and stop at one of many roadside stands to buy fresh vegetables for the chef-led cooking demonstration at a spice garden. You’ll learn some of the secrets of typical and unique Sri Lankan cooking methods using coconut milk, curry and spices, followed by a delicious lunch of regional favourites Afterward, tour the Euphoria spice garden which displays most of the spices Sri Lanka is famous for and find out the various uses of each plant. Then proceed to Kandy, the last capital of Sri Lankan kings. Tonight is yours to explore the variety of restaurants that Kandy has to offer on your own.
Overnight: Kandy
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch


Royal Botanical Gardens, Temple of the Tooth Relic, Home Hosted Dinner

Morning visit to the Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens, renowned for its collection of orchids. Take a stroll along the imposing Avenue of Royal Palms, before a visit to a family-owned gem lapidary where you learn about the different types of gemstones and how they are mined. Later, visit the gold-roofed Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Considered one of Sri Lanka’s most sacred sites, this Buddhist temple is believed to house a tooth of Buddha. Explore the temple housed in the royal palace complex of the former Kingdom of Kandy visited by both locals and tourists bearing flowers and incense throughout the day in this genuine place of worship.

Tonight, you’re invited to the home of a local family for a specially prepared dinner of local favourites. Attend a performance by a Kandayan dancer and drummer before you’re welcomed into the home with typical warm Sri Lankan hospitality. Enjoy a cup of tea and learn how to prepare a typical dish before sitting down to savour your meal.
Overnight: Kandy
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner


The Tea Experience in Nuwara Eliya

Today, travel to Nuwara Eliya via Ramboda with a stop at a tea estate and factory. Learn about the growing and harvesting of tea as you walk through the working factory to observe the processing of the leaves as well as how they are graded and packed. See how tea is traditionally picked and perhaps climb up into the steep terraced fields to try your hand at plucking tea leaves! End your visit with a sampling of different varieties of “Ceylon” teas. After lunch, proceed to Nuwara Eliya, nestled in the heart of Sri Lanka’s tea country, surrounded by breathtaking views of bright green rolling hills, meadows, mountains and rushing waterfalls. This hill town was a popular 19th century resort and escape for the hard-working English and Scottish pioneers of Sri Lanka’s tea industry. Check in to the hotel before a late afternoon walk through the charming centre of the city with its old brick Post Office and country houses that evoke nostalgia of Colonial British Ceylon. A “tuk tuk” ride takes you to the Old Church with its pretty rose garden. After a visit to the church, complete your exploration of Sri Lanka's tea country with a proper cup of evening tea! Tonight is at leisure to explore the restaurants in Nuwara Eliya on your own.
Overnight: Nuwara Eliya
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch


Ella, Yala National Park

Time at leisure this morning before departing for your journey through mountains and valleys covered with velvet green tea plantations to the hill town of Ella*. View the stunning Ravana Falls, the widest waterfall in the country. Arrive this evening at Yala National Park, a nature reserve that encompasses a vast wilderness of grassy plains, scrub jungle, lakes, and wetlands with the highest density of leopards in Asia. Dinner tonight at the lodge in Yala National Park.
*Some departures will travel to Ella by train while others will take a scenic road by coach
Overnight: Yala National Park
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner


Jeep Safari in Yala National Park

Linger this morning and savour your leisure time in this wildlife paradise. In the afternoon, get ready for the sights and sounds of a Jeep Safari -- you’ll experience the best of the country’s native wildlife and natural landscape. Set out in a 4x4 with an expert guide that will share facts about the endemic wildlife.

If you’re lucky, you may catch sight of the distinct Sri Lankan leopards. See crocodiles by the water and spot a variety of birdlife at many of the watering holes. Around the lagoons, perhaps see flamingos, pelicans, spoonbills, rare black-necked storks, grey herons, and darters. An astonishing day! At tonight’s dinner at the hotel, compare stories of today’s adventure.
Overnight: Yala National Park
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10

Coastal Road to Weligama Bay, Discussion with Buddhist Monks

A gorgeous drive along the winding coastal road takes you to Weligama Bay, whose name means, "sandy village," after its soft pristine sand, rolling surf and endless sunshine. In the afternoon, visit a nearby meditation centre to participate in a discussion with a Buddhist Monk on meditation. You'll have the opportunity to ask questions and learn how to apply these principles and teachings. Return to the hotel for dinner.
Overnight: Weligama Bay
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 11

Galle Fort and City Tour

Morning drive to the pretty colonial town of Galle, the “jewel of the south”, bursting with exotic scents of spices and sea air. En route, see the famous stilted fishermen that perch on handmade structures of wood and twine to catch their fish. Arrive at the historic Galle Fort, built in the 1500s by the Portuguese and extensively restored after the 2004 tsunami. Admire the sights in town including St. Mary’s Cathedral, the picturesque natural harbour and the Galle International Stadium. Return to the hotel after lunch to spend the remainder of the day at leisure in Weligama Bay.
Overnight: Weligama Bay
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 12

Turtle Hatchery, Cricket Club, Colombo

Depart Weligama this morning and drive to Kosgoda, a prime turtle nesting site. Here, visit a turtle hatchery where you learn about the rescue and protection of turtle eggs while seeing newly hatched turtles. On to the capital city of Colombo for a panoramic tour of the city. A late afternoon visit to a cricket club where you may get a glimpse of a cricket match or a practice session. At tonight's Farewell Dinner, share wonderful memories with your newfound friends.
Overnight: Colombo
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 13

Depart Sri Lanka

Your tour ends after breakfast. Make your way to the airport for your departure flight.
Meals: Breakfast

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!
Experience the best of Sri Lanka on this immersive small group tour. Travel from the charming port town of Negombo to the World Heritage-listed site of Polonnaruwa, iconic Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Dambulla, Kandy, Sri Lanka's magnificent tea country, Yala National Park and the colonial town of Galle. Experienced guides will share their wealth of local knowledge and provide a personal introduction to the incredible treasures of Sri Lanka!

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Is this tour right for you?

This is an active trip featuring touring days that require walking for extended periods of time over uneven, moderate to difficult terrain. There are a few early wake-ups to cover the territory. The pace is fast. The climb to the top of Sigiriya Rock involves over 1200 steps. The visit to Dambulla is an approximately 10-minute climb up a steep hill. Safari activities will be conducted in small safari vehicles on roads that are often rough and bumpy, and wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed. This tour is not recommended for people who have difficulty walking. During this tour, you may come into proximity of wild animals whose actions can be unpredictable. Certain inherent risks are involved which should be considered at your own discretion.

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Sri Lanka Small Group Tour

$3699 per person
13 days
Sri Lanka

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