This relaxed 7-day Sri Lanka trip will take you on a safari in Yala National Park, to the historic temples and monuments of Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle, and to the beaches of the island’s western coast. Other highlights of this tranquil vacation are visits to a Tea garden, a herbal Garden, the Sri Lanka hill region, the Royal Botanic Gardens, and the historic Galle Fort on the south coast.
Beaten Path Sri Lanka - 7 days tour
This hassle-free 7 days Sri Lanka tour includes a wildlife safari at Yala national park, Sri Lanka cultural triangle tour to see the ancient monuments and temples, and a relaxing beach stays on the west coast. Your beach holiday can be extended as much as you need at an additional cost and we will customize the package for you. The relaxing trip also includes 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 country, the Royal Botanic Gardens, and many more. Towards the end of the trip, enjoy the pristine beaches of Sri Lanka's west coast. The trip includes a round-trip with a private, air-conditioned, luxury vehicle and a dedicated driver/guide starting from Bandaranaike International Airport or your hotel in Colombo.
Are you looking for a 7-day Sri Lanka tour with a mix of the best attractions, sites, activities, and prices? then you have found it. Beaten Path Sri Lanka is a 7 days trip with all the major tourist attractions on the island. The tour includes the most cultural and historical icons in the cultural triangle such as Sigiriya rock, Dambulla golden temple, and tooth relic temple. The tour includes the Sri Lan hill country, the south coast wildlife sanctuary, and the west coast of Sri Lanka. You will be visiting 6 UNESCO world heritage sites including the Galle Fort.
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 trip
- Drive around the island safely and comfortably on an airconditioned moderns private vehicle with your personal driver/guide.
- The private and relaxing tour happens at your own pace.
- Wander through the thousands of years of old ancient temples, palaces, gardens, and other monuments in Sri Lanka's cultural triangle. Visit 6 UNESCO world heritage sites: Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya Rock, Dambulla temple, Tooth Relic temple, and Galle Fort.
- Village tour in Sigiriya to see the typical Sri Lankan village life (Bullock cart ride, TUK TUK ride, etc).
- Walking through the Spice Garden and royal botanical garden while learning about herbal trees and plants and spices.
- Walk in the Tea plantations, Gregory Lake, Vitoria Park, and many more.
- Explore breathtaking southern Sri Lanka beaches such as Hikkaduwa from your beach resort.
- Take the chance to get closer to Sri Lanka’s incredible wildlife, and perhaps catch more than a glimpse of its elusive animal king, the magnificent leopard, in Yala National Park.
- Savour Sri Lankan cuisine during Exclusive Experiences, including a typical local lunch.
- Boat tour at Madu River estuary (explore mangrove lagoon, cinnamon island, and ancient temple).
- Spend memorable time while relaxing on the palm-fringed West Coast beaches.
- With every booking, you are helping to feed poor, hungry kids in Sri Lanka
Is this trip right for you?
- The entire trip is private (transfers and sightseeing) allowing you to make it at your own pace.
- This 7 days trip packs a lot in. It’s one of the most popular Sri Lanka tours, we run in our Original style, perfect for those, who are looking for a one-week trip and a desire to do the most with it. If you are after a more leisurely trip in Sri Lanka or a shorter trip please check our other tour itineraries.
- Sri Lanka can get extremely hot in the summer. While we aim to do our walking tours, city tours early in the morning or afternoon, when it’s cooler, remember to keep water on you and bring a hat, sunscreen, a long-sleeved shirt, and anything else that will protect you from the sun.
- Part of travelling with Seerendipity means respecting local cultures and sensibilities. That way you get the most out of your interactions with local people and environments. We visit a number of temples on this trip and to enter them you must have clothes that cover to wrists and below the knee. Sometimes you have to remove the head covers and shoes upon entering the temple. Please click here to know more about the rules and regulations pertaining to Sri Lanka temple visits.
This tour includes accommodation in a 3-star, 4-star or 5-star standard hotel.
- 6 nights' accommodation in standard hotels as per your choose
- Meal plan H/B basis (daily breakfast and dinner included at hotel)
- Entire ground transportation in an air-conditioned, luxury, private vehicle
- Guided walking tour of Nuwara Eliya
- Service of an English-speaking chauffeur/guide for the entire tour (please inquire about other languages)
- Guided walking tour at Sigiriya rock fortress
- Guided walking tour of Dambulla golden temple and tooth relic temple
- Guided hop-on hop-off tour to see historical monuments and temples in Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa
- White water rafting under the guidance of an experienced instructors
- Guided rainforest trek in Kitulagla with a nature guide
- Entrance fees for the below sites
- Anuradhapura 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 Xmas 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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The trip can be booked with a single room for the entire trip with a single supplement (please inquire about your chosen category of the hotel)
- 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.
- Dress code, 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/activity.
- You can reach us 24 hours a day through our hotline at 0094-77-4440977
Beaten path Sri Lanka-Sri Lanka 7 days tour private tour
Time : 7:00 am
Colombo / Anuradhapura / Sigiriya
After picking you up at the Bandaranaike International Colombo Airport, your private chauffeur guide will take you on a four- to five-hour journey to the ancient cities of Anuradhapura and Sigiriya.
Recent digs in Anuradhapura have uncovered relics from as far back as 2800 BP, or the ninth century B.C. While historical records may only go back a few thousand years, legends often go back far further. There were once four main cultural traditions in Sri Lanka, one of which was the Ramayana. The kingdom saw its greatest period of success between 380 BC and 750 AD. Some of the oldest and most spectacular structures in all of Sri Lanka may be found here. Historically significant Buddhist temples draw large numbers of Sinhalese visitors.
Anuradhapura sightseeing trips
Anuradhapura is home to all eight of Sri Lanka's most significant Buddhist sites; therefore, the city was given the name "Atamasthanaya," which means "eight sacred places." Each one has its own rich history and origins. The kings of Anuradhapura gave the majority of them orders. Our hop-on, hop-off Anuradhapura city tour will take you to all of these attractions and more.
King Dutugamunu commissioned the construction of the enormous "stupa" of Ruwanwelisaya.
• Thuparamaya is the earliest surviving 'dagoba' in Sri Lanka and one of the earliest surviving 'dagobas' worldwide.
• Lovamahapaya, a prominent building, once had bronze tiles covering its peak.
• Abhayagiri is the name of one of the largest viharas in Anuradhapura. There were 5,000 monks in residence.
• Nearly three thousand monks used to reside in the sacred sanctuary of Jethavanaramaya, which is now on the UNESCO World Heritage List. That it reminds one of Abhayagiri is high praise indeed.
• King Dutugamunu ordered the construction of the Mirisavetiya Stupa after his victory over King Elara.
• One of the city's eight sacred sites, Lankaramaya, was built during the time of the Anuradhapura Kingdom by a king by the name of Valagamba.
Safari in Minneriya National Park
A private Jeep safari in Minneriya National Park for three hours is an exciting opportunity to visit the park's elephants. From June to September, you may visit a woodland refuge where Asian elephants congregate for water, food, and socialisation.
On this safari into the rainforest with a professional jungle tracker, you have a good chance of seeing elephants, bears, wild boar, buffalo, monkeys, and possibly even a leopard. Come with me to Habarana again.
Meals are included
Time : 7:00 am
Sigiriya / Plonnaruwa / Sigiriya
Get ready for a trip to Sigiriya and Polonnaruwa.
Rock fortress of Sigiriya
Explore the rocky palace and water gardens of Sigiriya, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, first thing in the morning.
Sigiriya is a historic city in Sri Lanka's Central Province, not far from Dambulla. The historical and archaeological landmark takes its name from a massive granite column that stands at almost 200 metres (660 feet) in height. King Kasyapa (477–495 CE) reportedly chose the location for the new capital, according to the ancient Sri Lankan chronicle Culavamsa. He built his fortress on this rock and decorated its walls with colourful artwork. Halfway up the face of this rock, on a little plateau, he erected a lion-shaped gateway. When translated literally, Sigiriya means "Lion Rock," and the name "Shgiri" is derived from that. When the king or queen passed away, they left behind an empty palace and capital. Up until the start of the Middle Ages, it served as a Buddhist monastery.
Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka's second-oldest city, has a rich history. It succeeded Anuradhapura as the capital of Sri Lanka after the latter's destruction. In 1070, after King Vijayabahu I of Sri Lanka defeated the invading Chola, Polonnaruwa, the island's second-oldest kingdom after Kandyan, became the country's capital.
A monument to the early monarchs of the Kingdom's discipline and magnificence, Ancient Polonnaruwa is one of the best-planned archaeological relic sites in the country today. Due to its stunning scenery, the music video Save a Prayer by Duran Duran was shot there in 1982. Polonnaruwa, for its historical significance, has been named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
The city trip includes stops at numerous palaces, dagobas, and temples, all of which are excellent specimens of old Sri Lankan architecture. The following are just a few of the highlights that your guide will show you during your three-hour tour of Polonnaruwa:
The Royal Palace, which was the official residence of King Parakramabahu, the era's most prolific and competent builder, and the Nissankamulla Palace, a royal audience hall with remarkable brickwork, are only two examples.
• Gal Viharaya (which features some of the best rock carvings in the country)
The Thuparama and Lankathilaka Image Houses are excellent examples of image houses with vaulted shrine rooms. • Vatadage (suggests the overall design of the vatadage)
The largest stupa in Polonnaruwa and a statue of Parakramabahu, one of the greatest kings of ancient Sri Lanka,
After your tour of Sigiriya, you can get a taste of rural life in Sri Lanka by participating in a cooking lesson to learn about local cuisine and ingredients.
Activities include visits to Polonnaruwa and Sigiriya, as well as the nearby villages.
Overnight stay Sigiriya Hotel
Meals breakfast and dinner.
Time : 7:00 am
Dambulla / Kandy
After breakfast at your Kandy hotel, you'll begin the two-hour journey to Dambulla, where you can see an ancient cave temple, a batik factory, and a spice garden where you can taste some of Sri Lanka's finest goods.
Dambulla, Site of an Ancient Temple
The most impressive of the cave temples in Sri Lanka was built in the 1st century BC. An overhanging rock has been carved into five separate caves, each with its own drip line to keep the cave's inside dry. The ceilings of the caverns are painted with religious symbols and images of many gods. Many statues of Buddha and Bodhisattvas can be seen. Several grottos on the grounds of the temple have been transformed into shrines. The caverns were built at the base of a 150-meter-tall rock during the reigns of the Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa monarchs. The Dambulla Cave Temple is one of the few Buddhist sites in the world to receive UNESCO World Heritage status. The Dambulla Cave Monastery is one of the oldest structures in Sri Lanka and also one of the best preserved.
Then, visit the temple to view the sacred tooth relic
Kandy, Sri Lanka, is home to the Buddhist Sri Dalada Maligawa, popularly known as the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. The palace complex of the former Kingdom of Kandy is home to the relic of the tooth Buddha. For generations, the relic has served as a political focal point because to the widespread notion that whoever possesses it also possesses the country. The city of Kandy in Sri Lanka is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in no small part due to the presence of this temple.
The Stunning Kandy LakeIn addition to visiting the town square and a gem lapidary, you will travel around the upper lake.
Traditional Kandyan entertainment (1 hour)
Display of cultural dance. Dance and theatre play such a vital role in Sri Lankan society that no celebration would be complete without including at least one performance. Because of its rich cultural diversity, Sri Lanka is home to a wealth of dance and theatre. The fact that Sri Lanka's two main ethnic groups share two outstanding dance and theatre traditions only adds to the country's well-deserved reputation in the performing arts.
You should see Dambulla, the Temple of the Tooth Relic, the Kandyan Cultural Show, the Kandy Lake, and the Spice/Herbal Garden while you're in Sri Lanka.
Hotel in Kandy,
Meals are included
Breakfast and Dinner
Time : 9:00 am
Kandy / Nuwara Eliya
After breakfast, you can take in the sights in Kandy before making the drive to Nuwara Eliya.
Botanic Gardens, Royal (British)
Under British administration, the Botanical Garden of Peradeniya was transformed from the pleasure garden of a Kandyan king in the 16th century to its present shape. This garden is one of the best in Asia, and it is a paradise for people who enjoy the outdoors and watching birds.
Sri Lanka's Ramboda Waterfall, located in Pussellawa.
The beautiful Ramboda waterfalls can be reached after a short 30-minute hike.
Ramboda Falls, at a height of 109 metres (358 feet), is the 11th highest waterfall in Sri Lanka and the 729th tallest in the world. A division of Kothmale Oya known as Panna Oya created it. The falls are roughly 3,100 feet (945 metres) in height.
Tea Plantation and Factory in Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka
You're free to leave for Nuwara Eliya whenever you like once you've finished here. On the journey, spend two hours seeing a tea plantation and facility that produces some of the world's best tea.
You can get an in-depth education in the tea-making process and a taste of some of Sri Lanka's finest leaves by visiting a tea estate. Even if you aren't a tea expert, a vacation to the Hill Country, often known as Tea Country, is nevertheless highly recommended.
Take in some of Nuwara Eliya's sights
Visit the picturesque town of Nuwara Eliya with our tour guide. Among the attractions in the neighbourhood are Victoria Park, Gregory Lake, downtown Nuwara Eliya, and the Nuwara Eliya market.
Seeing the sights of Nuwara Eliya, including Gregory Lake, Victory Park, and the Royal Botanical Gardens and Tea Factory.
Hotel Nuwara Eliya
Breakfast and dinner
Time : 8:00 am
Nuwara Eliya/ Yala
Leave the hotel in the morning and go to Yala, stopping along the way at the Ravana waterfalls and the Seetha Amman shrine.
Seetha Amman Temple
The only Hindu temple dedicated to Princess Sita is Sri Lanka's Sita Amman Temple. The Ramayana has strong ties to this part of Sri Lanka. Visit the Sita Amman temple on your route from Kandy to Ella via Nuwara Eliya on the Sri Lanka Ramayana Trail Tour.
The height of this waterfall, estimated at 25 metres (82 ft), is based on its descent down a concave, oval-shaped granite face. During the local wet season, the waterfall is said to resemble a wilting areca flower. However, this is not the case during the dry season, when water flow is dramatically decreased. The falls are part of the neighbouring Ravana Ella Wildlife Sanctuary.
The thrilling "Yala safari"
Yala National Park is the most popular safari destination in Sri Lanka and one of the best places in the country to see wild animals in their natural habitat. On a Yala safari that lasts all day, from the small hours of the morning till the dusk of the evening, you may spot leopards, elephants, bears, crocodiles, and countless other animals and birds.
One of the best places to spot leopards is supposed to be Yala in Thailand. There were 17.2 leopards per 100 square kilometres in Yala National Park. Block 1 of Yala National Park boasts one of the greatest leopard populations in the world, with almost one leopard for every two square kilometres. Leopards are nocturnal in most national parks, however in Sri Lanka they are active during the day.
Activities for the dayYala Safari, Ravana Waterfall, and the Seetha Amman Temple are just a few of the attractions available.
Breakfast and Dinner
Time : 9:00 am
Yala/ Galle / Bentota
After breakfast, you'll have around five hours to reach your beach hotel in Bentota, during which time you can visit the fortress of Galle, the beach of Bentota, the estuary of the Madu River, and a centre dedicated to protecting sea turtles.
Bentota Beach is the most popular beach on the island. Bentota is a prominent beach holiday resort in Sri Lanka due to its handy location. Bentota is located on an island that is connected to the mainland at its southernmost point. Bentota is primarily a long, narrow peninsula that extends north to south. Bentota is one of a kind among islands because it is bordered by water on two sides. The Bentota River forms one side of the island, while the Indian Ocean forms the other. Many hotels have been packed into this small region so that tourists can rest easily. You may get cheap accommodation in Bentota with Seerendipity Tours.
Project to protect sea turtles
All along the southern coast of Sri Lanka, where the reptiles come ashore to lay their eggs, there are conservation efforts underway to preserve the diminishing population. The female turtle constructs an appropriate nest on the beach, where she deposits her eggs and covers them with sand. Historically, fishermen would unearth the eggs for commercial sale. These days, conservation groups buy the eggs and allow them to develop naturally in cages, where they are safe from predatory birds. After two days, the hatchlings are released into the ocean at night, when they have a better chance of survival.
River safari on the Madu
This area, which is home to about 300 people throughout its 915 ha and 23 islands, was designated a "Ramsar Wetland" in 2003 due to the biological value of its location. The River Sanctuary has been under the care of the Coast Conservation Department as a Tourist Development Area and Special Area Managed (SAM) since January 1, 2016. The 'Madu Ganga' can be found in Balapitiya.
See the sights of Galle on a guided tour!
The ancient port of Galle in Sri Lanka was an important Silk Road hub. The Portuguese located it and built a fort there; the subsequent Dutch colonisers significantly improved its defences. This fortress has been named a World Heritage Site by the United Nations.
Fortress of Galle
Today, the fort is home to people from a wide variety of cultures and faiths, adding to its already rich tapestry of history. Many Dutch people still live in homes within the fort, and the government of Sri Lanka has plans to make it a modern wonder of the world. The fort has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in accordance with criterion iv because of its outstanding depiction of "an urban ensemble that illustrates the interaction of European architecture and South Asian traditions from the 16th to the 19th centuries."
The Dutch Fort, also known as the "Ramparts of Galle," or more commonly known as the Galle Fort, was unharmed despite the tsunami's devastation of the city's shoreline on Boxing Day. After that, it got patched up. The Dutch Reformed Church and the luxurious Amangalla Resort are both within the Galle Fort. It was built in 1684 to serve as the official residence of the Dutch Governor and his staff. After extensive renovations in 1865, it reopened as the New Oriental Hotel to accommodate the increasing number of Europeans passing through Galle Port on their journey to or from Europe.
Trip highlights should include the Madu River Safari, Hikkaduwa Beach, the Sea Turtle Conservation Centre, Galle Fort, and the Mask Museum.
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 of 2 hours.
No activities are planned for today.
End of the tour