Introducing Cruise & Tour Holidays

Enjoy the best of both worlds Find out more

The Award-Winning Tour Specialist
Close

Highlights of Sri Lanka

  • Duration
    16 days
  • Tour Type
    Group Tour
  • Tour Style
    Classic
  • Price From
    £3,990pp
  • Read Reviews
OFFERS
Wanderlust Sale - Save up to £1000 per person.

Save up to £1,000 per person across all destinations. Offer ends: 01 Jul 2024 View Offer

From stunning scenery to amazing architecture, Sri Lanka is a tropical paradise. Marvel at magnificent temples, see the Rock Fortress at Sigiriya, see elephants at Yala National Park and explore the ruined cities of Polonnaruwa and Anuradhapura.

  • Fully Inclusive
    Touring with Guides and entrance fees
  • Included Meals
    Breakfasts: 14 , Lunches: 13 , Dinners: 14
  • Flights
    International flights and current taxes
  • Accommodation
    13 nights in 3+/4 star accommodation
  • Group Tour
    Max Group Size: 28
  • Physical Rating 2Learn More
    X A reasonable level of fitness is required, as you'll be spending time on your feet and doing a bit of walking to cover short distances during your daily sightseeing. There will also be some climbing of steps and climbing on and off of coaches and boats. Download the detailed tour dossier for details of your chosen tour. Learn More
    Walking, some steps and extended time on your feet.
Travel Expert

How can we help?

For advice on where to go, what to do and how to choose your perfect tour, talk to our Travel Experts.

Call 0808 274 8594

Tour Highlights

Our Highlights of Sri Lanka tour will see you exploring the most iconic sites, delving into deep-rooted culture and dining on delicious cuisine.

Authentic Experiences

Our Highlights of Sri Lanka Tour has been thoughtfully designed and thoroughly researched to bring you a range of once-in-a-lifetime experiences, many of which are entirely exclusive to us.

Tour Itinerary

This tour is suitable for those who have a reasonable amount of time to travel and are interested in seeing the main cities and scenic areas of Sri Lanka. This tour incorporates travelling on land throughout which will give you beautiful scenes of the Sri Lankan countryside.

  • Days 1-2
    Fly to Colombo
    Days 1-2: Fly to Colombo

    Fly overnight to Colombo. On arrival you will be met by your expert tour guide and transferred to your hotel in the coastal town of Negombo, a short drive from Colombo. The rest of the day is yours to explore.

    • Dinner
  • Day 3
    Sigiriya Lion Rock Fortress
    Day 3: Sigiriya Lion Rock Fortress

    Journey to Sigiriya and explore the magnificent Lion Rock Fortress, built by King Kasyapa. Later visit the world-renowned Heavenly Maiden frescoes.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 4
    Polonnaruwa
    Day 4: Polonnaruwa

    Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Polonnaruwa, which was the former capital of Sri Lanka from the 11th to 12th century and is home to well preserved stupas, frescoes and statues. While here, explore the rock temples at Gal Vihara and the Vatadage, an ancient structure with elaborate stone carvings, before returning to Sigiriya.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 5
    Anuradhapura
    Day 5: Anuradhapura

    Travel to the World Heritage city of Anuradhapura, one of Sri Lanka's most celebrated ancient cities. Whilst here, visit the Sri Mada Bodhi Bo tree, over 2000 years old; the Ruwanweliseya dagoba and the Samadhi Buddha statue. Visit the Isurumuniya rock temple to visit its rock carvings dating back to the 3rd century BC.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 6
    Spice Gardens & Kandy
    Day 6: Spice Gardens & Kandy

    Travel to the Buddhist city of Kandy visiting the Dambulla Rock Temple, which dates back to the 1st Century BC. Visit a spice garden and witness a cookery demonstration in Matale. Continue to Kandy.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 7
    Explore Kandy
    Day 7: Explore Kandy

    Visit the Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens before continuing to the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, one of the most sacred Buddhist sites in the world. We also explore the remains of the Royal Palace which is now the National Museum. Later, witness a cultural dance show with dinner in the evening.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 8
    Nuwara Eliya
    Day 8: Nuwara Eliya

    Travel to Nuwara Eliya by train, through the world's most picturesque scenery to the city known as Sri Lanka's little England. On arrival you will check-in and relax for the rest of the afternoon.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 9
    City Tour of Nuwara Eliya
    Day 9: City Tour of Nuwara Eliya

    This morning visit a tea plantation and factory learning all about the manufacturing process. Later this afternoon explore the town centre as you take in the race course, the interesting history of Hill Club Hotel, Gregory Lake and the Hindu Temple of Seetha Amman Kovil.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 10
    Yala National Park
    Day 10: Yala National Park

    Drive to Yala National Park, home to a large number of elephants, leopards, sambhur, wild buffalo and over 130 bird species. Enroute visit Udawalawe Elephant Transit Home, established by the Department of Wildlife Conservation for orphaned elephants.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 11
    Explore Yala National Park
    Day 11: Explore Yala National Park

    Enjoy a morning and evening jeep safari in Yala National Park.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 12
    Ahungalla
    Day 12: Ahungalla

    Depart Yala and drive to Ahungalla. On the way, stop and visit the Hummanaya Blow Hole, Mulkirigala Rock Temple and Dikwella Wewurukannala Temple. After lunch stop to view the stilt fisherman at Welligama. Upon arrival in Ahungalla, check into your hotel for a two night stay.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 13
    Discover Galle
    Day 13: Discover Galle

    Drive to Galle for a tour of the city. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Dutch Fort, Galle Lighthouse and Dutch Reformed Church. Also known as Galle Fort, the Dutch Fort is one of the best preserved examples of 17th Century colonial fortifications in the world. Return to Ahungalla in the evening.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 14
    Colombo
    Day 14: Colombo

    Travel to Colombo, stopping at Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery en route. The hatchery is home to Sri Lanka's pioneering sea turtle conservation project.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 15
    Explore Colombo
    Day 15: Explore Colombo

    Embark on a city tour of Colombo this morning. Explore Fort District, the historic centre of the city. Wander through Pettah Market and visit the Dutch Church of Wolvendhall, dating back to 1749, Kelaniya Buddhist Temple, a major pilgrimage site for Buddhist devotees, and Colombo's finest museums.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 16
    Fly Colombo to UK
    Day 16: Fly Colombo to UK

    Fly to the UK, arriving home later the same day.

    • Breakfast

We draw from a wide range of hotels on our holidays, each one is chosen to suit the tour you are travelling on meaning your accommodation can range from a smart business hotel in one city to a family run guesthouse in a smaller town. Here are some examples of the type of hotel you can expect to find on this tour.

  • Night 1
    Jetwing Sea
    Jetwing Sea
    With the beach at your doorstep, the 4* Jetwing Sea Resort makes for a perfect destination during your tour. Enjoy stunning coastal views of Negombo as the resort is nestled upon the edge of the Indian Ocean. Your room is fully equipped with modern essentials and facilities include but are not limited to a rooftop spa, 24-hour room service, two swimming pools and wine cellar.
    • Wi-Fi
    • Swiming Pool
    • Restaurant
    • Non-smoking
    • Bar
  • Nights 3
    Jetwing Lakeside
    Wijaya Kumaratunga Mawatha Yapagama
    Jetwing Lakeside
    The 4* Jetwing Lakeside in Dambulla, where modernity and history meet, offers guests the perfect accommodation surrounded by lush greenery and completed with a panoramic balcony. Each rooms also offers air conditioning, free Wi-Fi and minibar. Hotel facilities include a Suwa Arana Spa, swimming pool as well as a gym.
    • Wi-Fi
    • Swiming Pool
    • Restaurant
    • Bar
  • Nights 2
    Earls Regent
    Earls Regent
    The 4* Earls Regent Hotel is perfectly located within close proximity to the Kandy Royal Botanical Gardens and boasts a range of modern and stylish rooms. Your room will also feature a private balcony, private bathrooms as well as a minibar. Delight in a wide variety of local Sri Lankan, Chinese and continental dishes during your stay, before enjoying the outdoor swimming pool.
    • Wi-Fi
    • Swiming Pool
    • Restaurant
    • Non-smoking
    • Bar
  • Nights 2
    Jetwing St. Andrew's
    10 St Andrew's Road
    Jetwing St. Andrew's
    Nestled in the midst of the lush green hills of Nuwara Eliya, the 4* Jetwing St. Andrew's hotel is a beautiful location rich in history and charm. Each room is equipped with heating, television and tea/ coffee making facilities. Leisure time can be spent enjoying a round of golf or two at the nearby Nuwara Eliya Golf Club, or delighting in the extensive menu available at one of the many eateries available.
    • Wi-Fi
    • Swiming Pool
    • Restaurant
    • Bar
  • Nights 2
    Cinnamon Wild
    Cinnamon Wild
    Located in the heart of the jungle, the 4* Cinnamon Wild Resort is an extension of the Yala National Park and proudly boasts minimalistic interiors furnished with old vintage furniture. Enjoy a bird's eye view of the wilderness beneath you at the resort's rooftop bar all before delighting at a buffet restaurant.
    • Wi-Fi
    • Swiming Pool
    • Restaurant
    • Non-smoking
    • Bar
  • Nights 2
    Hikka Tranz
    Hikka Tranz
    Located on the Southern shoreline of Sri Lanka, 4* Hikka Tranz offers true Southern Sri Lankan hospitality where guests can stay in spacious rooms and enjoy views of the Golden Belt of the South Coast. Each room also has air conditioning, a minibar and complimentary tea and coffee making facilities. The resort also houses a pool bar, serving delicious snacks and beverages as well as a 24-hour restaurant offering a delightful buffet experience.
    • Wi-Fi
    • Swiming Pool
    • Restaurant
    • Non-smoking
    • Bar
  • Nights 2
    Cinnamon Lakeside
    Cinnamon Lakeside
    Overlooking the tranquil Beira Lake, the 4* Cinnamon Lakeside hotel offers modern rooms with a blend of equipped with a safety deposit box, complimentary toiletries, minibar and coffee/ tea making facilities. Enjoy the wide range of hotel amenities at your leisure, whether it be the hotel swimming pool, tennis and squash courts or gym.
    • Wi-Fi
    • Swiming Pool
    • Restaurant
    • Non-smoking
    • Bar

Broadly speaking the best time to visit Sri Lanka for touring is from October to April in the Cultural Triangle and July to August in the north of the country.

City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Colombo
  • 27°c
  • 58mm
  • Kandy
  • 22°c
  • 79mm
  • Negombo
  • 26°c
  • 89mm
  • Nuwara Eliya
  • 15°c
  • 101mm
  • Sigiriya
  • 24°c
  • 109mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Colombo
  • 27°c
  • 73mm
  • Kandy
  • 23°c
  • 74mm
  • Negombo
  • 26°c
  • 69mm
  • Nuwara Eliya
  • 15°c
  • 78mm
  • Sigiriya
  • 26°c
  • 87mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Colombo
  • 28°c
  • 128mm
  • Kandy
  • 24°c
  • 71mm
  • Negombo
  • 27°c
  • 147mm
  • Nuwara Eliya
  • 16°c
  • 72mm
  • Sigiriya
  • 27°c
  • 84mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Colombo
  • 28°c
  • 246mm
  • Kandy
  • 25°c
  • 188mm
  • Negombo
  • 28°c
  • 231mm
  • Nuwara Eliya
  • 17°c
  • 158mm
  • Sigiriya
  • 28°c
  • 169mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Colombo
  • 28°c
  • 392mm
  • Kandy
  • 24°c
  • 144mm
  • Negombo
  • 28°c
  • 371mm
  • Nuwara Eliya
  • 17°c
  • 176mm
  • Sigiriya
  • 28°c
  • 97mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Colombo
  • 28°c
  • 185mm
  • Kandy
  • 24°c
  • 132mm
  • Negombo
  • 27°c
  • 224mm
  • Nuwara Eliya
  • 16°c
  • 172mm
  • Sigiriya
  • 28°c
  • 55mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Colombo
  • 28°c
  • 122mm
  • Kandy
  • 24°c
  • 128mm
  • Negombo
  • 27°c
  • 135mm
  • Nuwara Eliya
  • 16°c
  • 165mm
  • Sigiriya
  • 27°c
  • 70mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Colombo
  • 28°c
  • 120mm
  • Kandy
  • 24°c
  • 113mm
  • Negombo
  • 27°c
  • 109mm
  • Nuwara Eliya
  • 16°c
  • 161mm
  • Sigiriya
  • 27°c
  • 71mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Colombo
  • 28°c
  • 245mm
  • Kandy
  • 24°c
  • 155mm
  • Negombo
  • 27°c
  • 160mm
  • Nuwara Eliya
  • 16°c
  • 179mm
  • Sigiriya
  • 27°c
  • 99mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Colombo
  • 27°c
  • 365mm
  • Kandy
  • 24°c
  • 264mm
  • Negombo
  • 26°c
  • 348mm
  • Nuwara Eliya
  • 16°c
  • 227mm
  • Sigiriya
  • 26°c
  • 267mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Colombo
  • 27°c
  • 414mm
  • Kandy
  • 23°c
  • 296mm
  • Negombo
  • 26°c
  • 315mm
  • Nuwara Eliya
  • 16°c
  • 222mm
  • Sigiriya
  • 26°c
  • 298mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Colombo
  • 27°c
  • 175mm
  • Kandy
  • 22°c
  • 196mm
  • Negombo
  • 26°c
  • 147mm
  • Nuwara Eliya
  • 15°c
  • 196mm
  • Sigiriya
  • 24°c
  • 258mm
+ -
Highlights of Sri Lanka map

Places Visited: UK - Negombo (1N) - Sigiriya (3N) - Kandy (2N) - Nuwara Eliya (2N) - Yala National Park (2N) - Hikkaduwa (2N) - Colombo (2N) - UK

Download Detailed Itinerary

Download itinerary 2023 - March 2024

Download itinerary April 2024

Tour Dates & Prices

All of our tour departures include international flights and taxes in the price. If your tour departs in less than 30 days, please call our travel experts to book.

Offers
Applicable

Wanderlust Sale


Save up to £1000 per person.

Across ALL destinations

If you can find a tour with the same inclusions cheaper, we will match it AND give you a reward. We will also match the price of any Wendy Wu Tour quoted elsewhere and we guarantee the price of your tour will never rise after you've paid.

Fetching Price Information - please wait

Depart UK
Return Date
Price
Offer
Booking Options

Departures for Solo travellers only are available for this tour on selected dates.
In addition to being for solos only these departures feature smaller group sizes, free airport lounge access and complimentary cocktails on arrival.

Depart UK
Return Date
Price
Offer
Booking Options

There are no dedicated Solo departures for this year. You can enjoy any of our tours with no Single Supplement on our Happy to Share option or explore the solo departures in other years.

Group Tour includes

Additional Price Information

Highlights of Sri Lanka

What our Customers Say

Rated 4.7 out of 5 based on 5209 reviews on Feefo Logo

Extensions and Stopovers

Extend your holiday or break up your journey with one of our extensions and stopovers. Choose from city breaks or some beach time, or spend more time in your chosen destination.

From our Sri Lanka Blog

Read our latest articles or travel inspiration, exciting news about our destinations and all things Wendy Wu Tours

8
Apr

Traveller Tales – My Highlights of Sri Lanka

Wendy Wu Tours VIP Wendy Harriss recently returned from an epic adventure to Sri Lanka where she...
19
Jun

Sri Lanka’s Top Wildlife

Sri Lanka may be small but it’s wildlife is mighty. Here’s our pick of the best wildlife hot...
6
May

A Literary Escape to Asia

The perfect pick-list to fuel your passion for travel. pop the kettle on an uncover the beauty of...
Read more Sri Lanka blogs
Call us on 0800 1445 282 to book this tour