Home to diverse cultures, ethnicities and languages, Sri Lanka is one of South Asia's most visited countries with a luscious coastline along the Indian Ocean. Formerly called Ceylon, the pear-shaped island is an exquisite leisure and honeymoon destination. Discover epic things to do and places to see with Holidify's Sri Lanka Tour Packages.
Attracting over 4 million visitors annually, Sri Lanka is known for its ancient Hindu and Buddhist establishments, rich biodiversity, tea and cinnamon estates, traditional bazaars, wildlife sanctuaries and natural bounties. In Sri Lanka, you would find Sigiriya, a magnificent fortress christened as the world's eighth wonder and Yala National Park with its highest concentration of leopards worldwide.
The best time to visit Sri Lanka is from December to April. 6-8 days are enough to tour the country. Start with the capital of Colombo, offering delightful sightseeing spots like Viharamahadevi Park, Mount Lavinia Beach, Dutch Period Museum, Lotus Tower, National Zoological Gardens and Old City Hall. Against the riveting ocean backdrop, Galle Fort and Lighthouse, built in 1848, display awe-inspiring Victorian relics in a snazzy neighbourhood dotted with eateries.
Some exciting things to do with Sri Lanka tour packages are climbing Pidurangala Rock and Adams Peak, taking tea plantation tours in Nuwara Eliya, surfing at Hikkaduwa, getting close to elephants and turtles at Kaudulla National Park, strolling Tangalle, Bentota, Mirissa and Arugam Bay's pristine beaches, seeking blessings at Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple and Dambulla Cave Temple.
Dappled in natural beauty, Kandy is another captivating city in the hills home to UNESCO World Heritage Sites like the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, Gem Museum and a scintillating lake. Riding the train from Kandy to Ella is an unparalleled experience where the trains go through breathtaking tunnels cutting across mountains. Some more must-visit destinations in Sri Lanka are Jaffana, Polonnaruwa, Ulpotha, The Lion Rock, Habarana and Udawalawe.
With Holidify's best Sri Lanka tour packages, you can visit the legendary Ramayana Trail mentioned in sacred literature frequented by Hindu devotees. This includes picturesque hikes through Ashok Vatika, Thotupola Kanda, Sanjivani Hill, Koneswaram Temple, Chilaw and Ramboda.
Sri Lanka is also a shopaholic's paradise for buying exotic spices, traditional batiks, Kandyan sarees, teas, jewellery and collector's gems at Pettah Floating Market, Negombo and Colombo City Centre. Also, indulge in therapeutic Ayurvedic panacea at spas and exceptional Ayurveda-inspired estates in Sri Lanka.
Streamline your travel with Holidify's customisable Sri Lanka holiday packages, offering unforgettable visits to fascinating attractions and adventure sports for groups and solo travellers.
Sri Lanka has activities and sights which will satisfy both children and adults alike. The country has it all with cultural tours and shows in Kandy, hillside visits in Nuwara Eliya, and even fun watersports and beachside activities in Hikkaduwa, Bentota and Arugam Bay. Not to forget, the wildlife safaris and camp stays in the national parks are highly popular among kids.
Sri Lanka is very popular for honeymoons. Couples love to explore the country because it is affordable and offers a plethora of activities and sightseeing options to cater to various kinds of travellers. Enjoy beachside stays and activities, interact with the elephants at the elephant orphanage, go for hikes and treks, snorkel and scuba dive together and capture iconic moments such as the train rides from Kandy to Ella.
1. Scale the famous rocks and peaks: Climbing Sigiriya, Pidurangala Rock, and Little Adams Peak are definitely recommended in some of the most popular trips to Sri Lanka. The satisfaction of reaching the top, enjoying the breathtaking views and capturing them is priceless.
2. Enjoy the diverse wildlife in Sri Lanka: Get up close and personal with flora and fauna of Sri Lanka in national parks such as Yala National Park and Kaudulla National Park. The safaris offered are great for couples, families and even individuals. However, make it a full stay by opting for rustic overnight camping accommodations and make the experience more immersive.
Be sure to not miss out on observing and learning about turtles in Bentota. The turtle hatchery project offers a deep insight into the turtles' preservation, hatching process, and life cycle.
3. Take a tea plantation tour in Nuwara Eliya: If you love tea, then a trip to the rolling hills of Nuwara Eliya is something not to be missed. Guided through the tea estates, offer insights into the workings, variety and quality of tea offered and beautiful hikes through the hillsides.
4. Surfing at Hikkaduwa: Hikkaduwa is a popular destination for surfers from all over the world. The breaks on the shoreline offer a great surfing experience for beginner and expert surfers alike. If you are entirely new to surfing, the various surf schools and tutors help to ease you into this thrilling sport.
5. Whale watching in Mirissa: One of the most magical moments on earth is arguably to watch some of the planets most gigantic but gentle creatures. Whale watching in Mirissa, especially during the migration period, is one of the most breathtaking experiences in Sri Lanka. Some of the most common spots include blue whales, sperm whales, fin whales, whale sharks and even killer whales.
6. Visit the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic: A cultural and religious tour of Sri Lanka is steadily one of the most sought after experiences in the country. Some of the most famous temples to visit in Sri Lanka are Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and Dambulla Cave Temple. The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is regarded as the holiest and significant abode for Buddhists worldwide.
7. Riding the Kandy to Ella Train: No other experience in Sri Lanka is as iconic as riding the blue train from Kandy to Ella. The train ride passes through the rolling hillsides covered in lush vegetation marking the abundance of the Sri Lankan countryside. So stretch your arms out (safely!!) and capture trailing photographs of the train and yourself to up your Instagram game.
Ethnic shopping in Sri Lanka is definitely the way to go. The traditional artefacts and textiles are what truly defines shopping in the country. Some souvenirs to be bought would be demon masks and little elephant figurines. The beautiful Batik saris are also loved by tourists. Be sure also to stock up some Ceylon tea if you are a tea lover.
Relish the power of incredible tropical flavours and authentic cuisines in the Pearl of the Indian Ocean and explore the country's culture by eating your way through! The cuisines are particularly a combination of herbs, an arsenal of spices, fish, vegetables, rice, and simple local fruits such as coconut and jackfruit, seafood, mostly centred around varieties of rice. Having a similar look as South Indian dishes, there is a very distinctive taste and flavour to all the palatable curries and rice, owing to the ethnic diversity of the country. Dishes such as Lamprais are a Dutch-influenced dish, roasted beef and roasted chicken are British influences, and most sweets are of Portuguese influences.
Some of the most famous foods to try here include fish ambul thiyal (sour fish curry), Kottu (also, kottu roti), Kukul mas curry (chicken curry), Parippu (dhal curry), Hoppers (appa or appam), Polos (green jackfruit curry), Wambatu moju (eggplant/brinjals pickle), Gotu Kola Mallum Sambola (shredded greens with coconut), Kiribath (a combination of rice And coconut milk), and much more, enough for a mouth-watering savoury blend.
December to March is the best time to visit Sri Lanka. During these winter months, Sri Lanka’s west coast, south coast and cultural triangle experience temperatures ranging between 22-30. A warm climate with ample sunshine and clear skies create the perfect weather for hitting the beach and sightseeing. However, the climate is at its finest on the east coast from May to August, another great season to visit Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka has a well-connected transportation network covering road, rail and air. Local buses, tuk-tuks and metered taxis can be found at all cities, sizable towns and even remote villages, screeching past the island country’s highways every few minutes. A basic fare of Rs. 40-50 per km is the general rule of thumb for taxis, while bus rides cost Rs. 25 per km.
Visitors must have an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) prior to arrival or on arrival to Sri Lanka. This rule is, however, exempted for Maldives, Seychelles and Singapore nationals and Indians and Russians having diplomatic or service passports.
Here is the list of official identification documents required. Please also consult your travel agents about the same, incase of additions of reductions.
|Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Bentota, Colombo||$ 327||4 Nights / 5 Days||4 N / 5 D||Visa, Meals, Hotels, Sightseeing||Get Quotes >|
|Negombo, Dambulla, Sirigaya, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Colombo||$ 407||5 Nights / 6 Days||5 N / 6 D||Meals, Sightseeing, Bus/Train, Hotels||Get Quotes >|
|Sigiriya, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Colombo||$ 427||5 Nights / 6 Days||5 N / 6 D||Bus/Train, Hotels, Sightseeing, Meals||Get Quotes >|
|Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Yala National Park, Hikkaduwa, Colombo||$ 534||6 Nights / 7 Days||6 N / 7 D||Meals, Sightseeing, Bus/Train, Hotels||Get Quotes >|
|Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Yala National Park, Bentota, Colombo||$ 701||6 Nights / 7 Days||6 N / 7 D||Car, Sightseeing, Flights, Hotels||Get Quotes >|