This hassle-free Sri Lanka 7-day tour includes a wildlife safari at Yala national park, Sri Lanka cultural triangle tour to see the ancient monuments and temples, and relaxing beach stay on the west coast. The relaxing trip also includes a guided walking tour of the Galle Fort on the south coast, a visit to a Tea garden, an herbal Garden tour, a tour of Sri Lanka hill country, the Royal Botanic Gardens, and many more.
7-day Sri Lanka tour-Beaten path Sri Lanka
This convenient 7-day Sri Lanka tour includes a wildlife safari at Yala National Park, a cultural triangle tour of ancient structures and temples in Sri Lanka, and a peaceful beach break on the west coast. Your beach vacation can be prolonged for an additional fee, and we can customize the package for you. A guided walking tour of the Galle Fort on the south coast, a visit to a tea garden, a herbal garden tour, a tour of Sri Lanka hill region, the Royal Botanic Gardens, and many more activities are included in the relaxed vacation. Enjoy the gorgeous beaches of Sri Lanka's west coast at the end of the tour. The vacation includes a round-trip private, air-conditioned luxury vehicle.
Seeking a 7-day Sri Lanka tour that includes a variety of the country's most popular attractions, sites, activities, and accommodations? You have thus discovered it. The Beaten Path is a seven-day itinerary that encompasses all of the island's main tourist destinations. The tour encompasses the most significant historical and cultural landmarks in the cultural triangle, including Sigiriya Rock, the Golden Temple of Dambulla, and the temple housing dental relics. The excursion encompasses the hilly regions of Sri Lanka, a wildlife sanctuary located on the south coast, and the western coast of the nation. The Galle Fort will be among the six UNESCO World Heritage Sites that you will explore.
Start: Colombo, Sri Lanka
Finish: Colombo, Sri Lanka
Ages: min. 18
Group: Size Min. 1
Trip Type: Private round tour
Why you'll love this 7-day Sri Lanka tour
- In a modern, air-conditioned private vehicle with a driver or guide, travel the island in safety and comfort.
- The leisurely and private tour proceeds at your own speed.
- Explore the cultural triangle of Sri Lanka, which is comprised of ancient temples, palaces, gardens, and other structures dating back thousands of years.
- Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya Rock, Dambulla Temple, Tooth Relic Temple, and Galle Fort are the six UNESCO world heritage sites that should be visited.
- A village tour in Sigiriya (bullock cart trip, TUK TUK ride, etc.) to observe traditional Sri Lankan village life.
- As one explores the Spice Garden and the Royal Botanical Garden, knowledge regarding medicinal plants, trees, and seasonings is gained.
- Explore Vitoria Park, Gregory Lake, the tea plantations, and much more.
- Admire the awe-inspiring beaches of Hikkaduwa in southern Sri Lanka from the comfort of your beach resort.
- In Yala National Park, you will have the opportunity to get closer to Sri Lanka's incredible wildlife and may even catch a glimpse of the magnificent leopard, the country's most elusive animal monarch.
- Indulge in an authentic Sri Lankan village tour, which features a traditional local lunch.
- An estuary boat excursion of the Madu River, including an ancient temple, mangrove lagoon, and cinnamon island.
- Delight in unforgettable moments while lounging on the palm-lined beaches of the West Coast.
Is 7-day Sri Lanka tour right for you?
- The entire excursion (including transfers and sightseeing) is private, granting you the flexibility to proceed at your preferred speed.
- This 7-day Sri Lanka tour encompasses a great deal. It is one of the most sought-after Sri Lanka itineraries that we operate in our unique fashion, ideal for those in search of a one-week tour that they wish to pack to the brim. If you are interested in a shorter or more relaxed trip in Sri Lanka, please peruse our alternative tour itineraries.
- Sri Lanka can experience scorching summer temperatures. While we strive to conduct our walking excursions and city tours in the early morning or afternoon, when the weather is cooler, remember to bring water-resistant clothing, a hat, sunscreen, long-sleeved shirts, and anything else that provides sun protection.
- Traveling with Seerendipity entails the obligation to demonstrate reverence for indigenous cultures and sensibilities. You will maximize your experiences and interactions with the local population and environment. Several of the sanctuaries we visit during this excursion require visitors to wear attire that falls below the knee and covers their wrists in order to enter. Head coverings and footwear may be required to be removed prior to entering a temple. Please click here to know more about the rules and regulations pertaining to Sri Lanka temple visits.
Hotels of 7-day Sri Lanka tour
This tour includes accommodation in a 3-star, 4-star, or 5-star standard hotel.
Inclusions of 7-day Sri Lanka tour
- 6 nights' accommodation in standard hotels as per your choice
- Meal plan on a H/B basis (daily breakfast and dinner included at hotel)
- Entire ground transportation in an air-conditioned, luxury, private vehicle
- A guided walking tour of Nuwara Eliya
- Service of an English-speaking chauffeur or guide for the entire tour (please inquire about other languages)
- Guided walking tour at Sigiriya rock fortress
- A guided walking tour of Dambulla golden temple and tooth relic temple
- A guided hop-on, hop-off tour to see historical monuments and temples in Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa
- White water rafting under the guidance of experienced instructors
- A guided rainforest trek in Kitulagla with a nature guide
- Entrance fees for the below sites
- Anuradhapura is a historical city
- Sigiriya rock fortress, Sigiriya paintings, Sigiriya museum
- Pinnawala elephant orphanage
- Dambulla golden cave temple
- Polonnaruwa historical city and historical museum
- Tooth relic temple and Kandy museum
- Kandyan cultural show
- Peradeniya botanical garden
- Spice garden with a serving of herbal drink
- Tea factory and tea tasting
- Take part in a cooking class and later sample delicious local lunch
- All-inclusive Yala national park safari (with jeep hire)
- All current taxes
- Sri Lanka visa-related fees
- Any other expense not mentioned in the Price Includes section
- Compulsory room supplement at the hotel on 31st night and Christmas eve
- Flight tickets
Cancel 24 hours prior to arrival for a full refund
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We offer you mainly three payment options: card payments, bank transfers, or payment on arrival. You can choose whatever is the most convenient payment option for you. If you opt for payment on arrival, we will collect a 10% advance payment from you as a guarantee once the booking is confirmed.
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Reserve your tour now and pay as you begin the trip. Send us the duly filled-out tour booking form, and we will arrange your tour. You can make the payment as soon as you meet us on the first day of the trip.
The trip can be booked with a single room for the entire trip with a single supplement (please inquire about your chosen category of hotel)
Additional information on 7-day Sri Lanka tour
- A confirmation will be received at the time of booking
- A current, valid passport is required on the day of travel
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Comfortable walking shoes are recommended for this tour
- All visitors to Buddhist and Hindu temples are expected to remove footwear and hats upon entering the temples.
- Dresscode, shoulders, and knees should be covered
- The duration of transfers is approximate; the exact duration will depend on the time of day and traffic conditions
- Infants must sit on laps
- This is a private tour or activity.
- You can reach us 24 hours a day through our hotline at 0094-77-4440977
7-day Sri Lanka tour-Beaten path Sri Lanka
Time : 7:00 am
Colombo / Anuradhapura / Sigiriya
Your personal chauffeur guide escort will meet and greet you with warmth at Bandaranaike International Colombo Airport before continuing the approximately four to five-hour journey to Anuradhapura and Sigiriya.
Recent excavations have revealed that Anuradhapura dates back to the eighth century BCE. Or 2800 BP. Nevertheless, legends span over three thousand to five thousand years. In Sri Lanka at that time, there were four tribes (of which Ramayana was a member). From 380 BC until 15 hundred years later, the kingdom existed. Numerous early and magnificent structures of Sri Lanka are located in this city. A prominent Sinhalese Buddhist pilgrimage site due to its abundance of ancient Buddhist structures.
The city tour of Anuradhapura
Anuradhapura is home to all eight significant icons that symbolize Sri Lanka's relationship with Buddhism; thus, the collection is titled "Atamasthanaya," which translates to "eight sacred places." An individual narrative or historical context is associated with each of them. They were constructed primarily by monarchs who governed the Anuradhapura Kingdom. All of these locations will be on your hop-on hop-off Anuradhapura City Tour.
• Ruwanwelisaya—Constructed by King Dutugamunu, this "stupa" is among the most colossal so far completed.
Thuparamaya, situated in Sri Lanka, is considered the most ancient 'dagoba' and potentially the earliest observable one globally.
• The architectural merit of Lovamahapaya resides in the fact that its roof was formerly clad in bronze tiles.
• One of the largest viharas in Anuradhapura is Abhayagiri. The monastery housed five thousand inmates.
• Jethavanaramaya, which at the time housed approximately 3000 priests, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Abhayagiri is also quite comparable to it.
• Mirisavetiya—King Dutugamunu constructed this stupa subsequent to his victory over King Elara.
• Lankaramaya—Constructed during the reign of King Valagamba of the Anuradhapura Kingdom, this is one of the city's eight sacrosanct sites.
A three-hour private Jeep safari through Minneriya National Park will provide an exhilarating view of the park's elephants. From June to September, visit a wilderness refuge renowned for hosting one of the most sizable gatherings of Asian elephants on the planet. During this time, you can observe these enormous creatures feeding, drinking, and congregating.
This excursion will consist of a jeep safari led by a jungle tracker, during which you will have the opportunity to observe various fauna residing in the jungle, such as elephants, bears, wild boars, buffalo, monkeys, and, if you are fortunate, leopards as well. Make your way back to Habarana.
Activities for the day
Minneriya safari and city tour of Anuradhapura
A hotel in Sigiriya
Time : 7:00 am
Sigiriya / Plonnaruwa / Sigiriya
Proceed to Sigiriya and Polonnaruwa after a Breakfast.
Morning: Climb the renowned Sigiriya rock fortress and explore the water gardens and granite abode (one of the Seven Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage site).
Sigiriya is situated in the central Matale District of Sri Lanka's Central Province, in close proximity to the municipality of Dambulla. A location of historical and archaeological importance that is dominated by a colossal granite column measuring approximately 200 meters (660 feet) in height is denoted by the name. The ancient Sri Lankan chronicle Culavamsa records that King Kasyapa (477–495 CE) chose the location for his new capital. He constructed his palace atop this rocky outcrop and embellished its peripheries with vivid frescoes. Approximately halfway up the face of this mountain, on a small plateau, he constructed a gateway in the shape of a monstrous lion. The nomenclature of this location is derived from the Lion Rock, or Shīhāgiri. Both the royal palace and the capital were deserted following the demise of the monarch. Buddha's monastery occupied the edifice until the fourteenth century.
Polonnaruwa ranks second in Sri Lanka in terms of historical significance. It was designated as Sri Lanka's capital subsequent to Anuradhapura. Polonnaruwa, the capital of the second-oldest kingdom in Sri Lanka, was initially designated as such by King Vijayabahu I, who reestablished the nation under a local ruler in 1070 subsequent to his victory over the Chola invaders.
Presently, the ancient city of Polonnaruwa stands as an exemplary archaeological site in the nation, bearing testament to the rigor and magnificence exhibited by the initial monarchs of the kingdom. It was also utilized as a backdrop for filming sequences in the 1982 Duran Duran music video Save a Prayer. UNESCO has designated the ancient city of Polonnaruwa as a World Heritage site.
In addition to temples, dagobas, and palaces, the city excursion exemplifies the historical craftsmanship of Sri Lanka. During this three-hour guided excursion of the ancient city of Polonnaruwa, the following attractions will be visited:
• Royal Palace (the residence of the era's most prolific and accomplished architect, King Parakramabahu) • Nissankamulla Palace (a royal audience hall featuring magnificent stonework)
• Gal Viharaya (Home to some of the nation's finest rock sculptures)
• Thuparama and Lankathilaka Image Houses (excellent illustrations of vaulted shrine chambers)
• Vatadage (Provide an approximation of the appearance of a complete vatadage)
• The largest stupa in Polonnaruwa, Rankoth Vehera • One of the greatest monarchs of ancient Sri Lanka, Parakramabahu Statue
Subsequently, embark on a cooking class and Sigiriya village excursion to learn authentic Sri Lankan village cuisine and experience life as a Sri Lankan villager.
Activities for the day
Village tour, Sigiriya rock, and Polonnaruwa city tour
Hotel in Sigiriya
Breakfast and dinner
Time : 7:00 am
Dambulla / Kandy
Depart after breakfast for the hotel in Kandy, en route making a two-hour stop at Dambulla to explore the Cave Temple of Dambulla (a UNESCO world heritage site), a batik factory, and a spice garden containing the finest fragrances in Sri Lanka.
Temple of Dambulla Caves
This cave temple, which dates back to the first century BC, is the most impressive in all of Sri Lanka. It is comprised of five caverns carved with a drip line beneath an overhanging rock to keep the interiors dry. The ceilings of the caverns are adorned with religious motifs and depictions of numerous deities. Images of the Buddha and the bodhisattvas are present. Numerous caverns within the temple have been repurposed as shrine chambers. The caverns were constructed beneath a 150-meter-tall rock during the reigns of the Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa dynasties. UNESCO classifieds the renowned Dambulla Cave Temple as a World Heritage site. The Dambulla cave monastery continues to be Sri Lanka's most well-preserved ancient structure.
Visit the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, also known as Sri Dalada Maligawa, is a Buddhist temple located in Kandy, Sri Lanka. The relic of the tooth Buddha is housed within the imperial palace complex of the former Kingdom of Kandy, in which it is situated. Local politics have been heavily influenced by the relic since antiquity, due to the belief that whoever possesses it maintains control of the nation. Due in part to the temple, Kandy, the final capital of the Sri Lankan monarchs, is a UNESCO world heritage site.
Lake of Kandy
In addition to an upper lake excursion, you will also visit the market square and gem lapidary.
One-hour Kandyan cultural show
The Show of Cultural Dance. Due to the close cultural ties between Sri Lanka and drama and dance, no occasion is considered complete without the presentation of a dance or drama. With its diverse ethnic composition, Sri Lanka is replete with a kaleidoscope of dance and drama. Two magnificent dance and drama traditions are shared by the two major ethnic groups, which contribute to Sri Lanka's notoriety in this field.
Kandy lake, the Dambulla temple, the spice/herbal garden, the Tooth Relic Temple, and the Kandyan cultural performance.
A hotel in Kandy
Composting and dinner
Time : 9:00 am
Kandy / Nuwara Eliya
Following breakfast, embark on a city tour of Kandy and continue to Nuwara Eliya. The Royal Botanical Gardens are en route.
Originally a leisure garden for a Kandyan king in the sixteenth century, the Botanical Garden of Peradeniya was transformed into a botanical garden under British rule. This garden, regarded as one of the finest in Asia, is an avian sanctuary and a sight to behold.
Ramboda Waterfall, Sri Lanka, Pussellawa
A thirty-minute trek to the Ramboda cascades, during which one can appreciate the splendor of nature.
At a height of 109 meters (358 feet), Ramboda Falls ranks 11th among the tallest waterfalls in Sri Lanka and 729th globally. It was sculpted by Panna Oya, a Kothmale Oya tributary. The elevation of the falls is 3,100 feet (945 meters) above mean sea level.
Tea Factory, Sri Lanka, Nuwara Eliya
After this excursion concludes, you will proceed by car to Nuwara Eliya. Two hours of sightseeing en route, including a stop at a tea factory and plantation where the finest tea in the world is crafted.
You can learn everything there is to know about tea harvesting and processing while sampling exquisite Sri Lankan tea during a visit to a tea plantation. Whether or not you have an affinity for tea, the Hill Country (or Tea Country, as it is occasionally referred to) is unquestionably the most picturesque region of the island and is certainly deserving of your time.
Nuwara Eliya sightseering tour
Our guide will lead you on a strolling tour of Nuwara Eliya. Gregory Lake, downtown Nuwara Eliya, the Nuwara Eliya market, Gregory Lake, and Victoria Park are among the points of interest.
Royal Botanical Garden, Victori Park, Tea Factory, City Tour of Nuwara Eliya, Gregory Lake
The Nuwara Eliya Hotel
Breakfast and dinner
Time : 8:00 am
Nuwara Eliya/ Yala
Depart for the hotel in Yala following breakfast, making a halt at the Seetha Amman temple and the Ravana waterfalls en route.
The Seetha Amman Temple
The Sita Amman Temple is the sole Hindu structure in Sri Lanka that is devoted to Princess Sita. This is one of Sri Lanka's significant Ramayana-related locations. The Sita Amman Temple is a significant Sri Lanka Ramayana site that can be reached via Nuwara Eliya while on the Ramayana Trail Tour Sri Lanka from Kandy to Ella.
Waterfall at Ravanna
Approximately 25 meters (82 feet) in height, this waterfall cascades from a concave oval-shaped granite outcrop. During the local rainy season, the waterfall undergoes a transformation that is said to resemble the withering petals of an areca flower. However, this is not the case during the arid season, when water flow drastically decreases. A portion of the Ravana Ella Wildlife Sanctuary comprises the cascades.
Yala National Park is widely recognized as one of the finest locations in Sri Lanka for safaris and is the most frequented national park on the island. A full-day safari in Yala commences in the wee hours of the morning and concludes late at night, providing ample time to observe leopards, elephants, bears, crocodiles, and numerous other animal and avian species.
Yala is regarded as one of the world's finest locations from which to observe leopards. Yala National Park had 17.5 half-lepards per 100 square kilometers of land area. Block 1 of Yala National Park may contain the densest leopard population in the world, as leopard densities have remained at approximately one per two square kilometers in this minuscule area. In contrast to the majority of other national parks where leopards are predominantly observed at night, leopards in Sri Lanka exhibit diurnal activity.
Yala safari, Seetha Amman temple, and Ravana waterfall visitation
Accommodation in Bentota
Breakfast and dinner
Time : 9:00 am
Yala/ Galle / Bentota
Depart after breakfast for the seaside hotel in Bentota, stopping en route to explore the Madu River estuary, Bentota beach, and the Sea Turtle Conservation Centre. The journey will last for five hours.
Bentota beach is the island's most frequented seaside vacation spot. A significant factor contributing to the Bentota beach resort's appeal as a beach vacation destination is its distinctive geographical position. The Bentota resort is situated on an island whose southern boundary is connected to the mainland. Bentota is predominantly composed of a narrow stretch of land oriented north-south. In contrast to the majority of other islands, Bentota is bordered by a river and a sea. The western side of Bentota is bordered by the Indian Ocean, whereas the eastern side is situated along the Bentota River. A considerable quantity of hotels are constructed along this narrow sliver of land, providing vacationers with a tranquil environment. Online hotel reservations for Bentota through Seerendipity Tours are available at an exceptionally reasonable price.
Sea turtle conservation project
In order to preserve the turtle population, which is on the verge of extinction, initiatives have been implemented along the southern coast of Sri Lanka, where the turtles nest. The turtle constructs an incubation chamber on the beach, where she lays her eggs, covers them with sand as instructed, and allows them to dry in the sun's heat. It is not uncommon for fishermen to procure eggs, which are subsequently sold to consumers. However, currently, conservation programs purchase the eggs and allow them to hatch naturally in enclosed areas, preventing the birds from catching them. Two days later, during the night, the young are released into the sea, which increases their chances of survival.
Maud River Safari
The ecological significance of this location on an international scale earned it the designation of "Ramsar Wetland" in 2003. At 915 hectares in size, it is the second largest wetland in Sri Lanka and is comprised of 23 islands inhabited by close to 300 families. The Coast Conservation Department has designated the River Sanctuary as a Special Area Managed (SAM) and Tourist Development Area. The place of residence for the 'Madu Ganga' is Balapitiya.
The city tour of Galle
Galle, an ancient seaport in Sri Lanka, functioned as a strategic location along the Silk Route. It was subsequently discovered by the Portuguese, who constructed a fortress there; the Dutch, who took control after them, further fortified it. Presently, this fortress is recognized as a World Heritage Site.
With a multiethnic and multireligious populace, the fort boasts a rich historical background. There is considerable interest from the Sri Lankan government and several Dutch individuals who retain ownership of properties within the fort in transforming it into one of the world's modern marvels. UNESCO has acknowledged the cultural significance of the fort and designated the location a UNESCO World Heritage Site under criterion iv. This designation is in recognition of the site's exceptional display of "an urban ensemble that exemplifies the interaction between European architecture and South Asian traditions during the 16th to the 19th centuries."
Galle Fort, alternatively referred to as the Dutch Fort or the "Ramparts of Galle," withstood the destructive Boxing Day tsunami that struck a portion of the town's coastline. Since then, it has been restored. The Galle Fort accommodates the prestigious Amangalla resort hotel, which is in close proximity to the Dutch Reformed Church. Built in 1684, its original purpose was to accommodate the Dutch Governor and his staff. In 1865, following its transformation into a hotel under the name New Oriental Hotel, it served nineteenth-century European passengers traveling between Europe and Galle Port.
Harbour of Hikkaduwa, Mask Museum, Madu River Safari, and Sea Turtle Conservation Centre b>B. Accommodation
Hotel in Bentota
Breakfast and dinner
Bentota / Colombo
After breakfast, you will be dropped off at the airport or your hotel on the beach for an extended beach stay, a duration: of 2 hours.
No activities planned for today
End of the tour