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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, an 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.  

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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.
  • Savor 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 will protect you from the sun.
  • Part of traveling 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.

Hotels

This tour includes accommodation in 3-star, 4-star or 5-star standard hotel.


Trip includes

  • 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

Trip excludes

  • 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
  • Gratuities

Cancellation policy

Cancel 24 hours  prior to arrival for a full refund


Choose your payment method

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. 


Book now & pay later

Reserve your tour now and pay as you begin the trip. Send us the duly filled tour booking form, and we will arrange your tour you can make the payment as you meet us on the first day of the trip.


Single supplement

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)


Additional info

  • 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/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

Itineraries

Day 1

Time : 7:00 am

Colombo / Anuradhapura / Sigiriya

You will be met and warmly greeted by your personal chauffeur guide at the Bandaranaike International Colombo Airport and drive to Anuradhapura and Sigiriya (Approx. 4-5 hours journey),

Anuradhapura
Anuradhapura with the recent excavations, the history goes back to the 8th C.BC. Or 2800 BP. However, legends take history more than 3000-5000 years. (Ramayana is one of them) at that time there were 04 tribes living in Sri Lanka. Kingdom lasted one thousand and five hundred years from 380BC. This city is home to many of the earliest grandest monuments of Sri Lanka. A popular destination for Sinhalese Buddhist pilgrimage because of its many ancient Buddhist monuments.

Anuradhapura city tour
There are eight significant icons that represent Sri Lanka’s connection to Buddhism, and all of them are situated in Anuradhapura, thus calling this collection “Atamasthanaya,” meaning “eight sacred places.” There is a unique story or history connected to each one of them. Most of them were built by kings that ruled the Anuradhapura Kingdom. You will visit all these places on our hop-on hop-off Anuradhapura City Tour.

• Ruwanwelisaya-It is a “stupa” that is built by King Dutugamunu and is one of the biggest completed ones to date.
• Thuparamaya-It is the oldest ‘dagoba’ in Sri Lanka, and possibly the oldest visible one in the world.
• Lovamahapaya-The significance of this building is that the roof was once covered in bronze tiles.
• Abhayagiri-It is one of the biggest viharas in Anuradhapura. It was a monastery of 5000 monks.
• Jethavanaramaya-It is a sacred world heritage site and accommodated some 3000 monks at the time. It is also quite similar to Abhayagiri.
• Mirisavetiya-This stupa was built by King Dutugamunu after defeating King Elara.
• Lankaramaya-This is also built by a king called King Valagamba in the Anuradhapura Kingdom times and is one of the eight sacred places in the city.

Minneriya safari
Get a thrilling look at the elephants of Minneriya National Park during this 3-hour private Jeep safari. Travel to a wilderness refuge known for hosting one of the largest gatherings of Asian elephants on earth (each June through September), observing these giant creatures as they drink, feed, and congregate.

This activity will include a Safari tour by jeep with a jungle tracker, where you can see animals in the Jungle, including elephants, Bears, Wild boar, Dear, Buffalo, Monkeys and many other animals if you are lucky, leopards too. Return to Habarana.

Activities
Anuradhapura city tour, Minneriya safari
Accommodation
Hotel in Sigiriya
Meals Included
Dinner

Day 2

Time : 7:00 am

Sigiriya / Plonnaruwa / Sigiriya

After leisurely breakfast leave for Sigiriya and Polonnaruwa.

Sigiriya: duration 3 hours
Morning: Climb the famous Sigiriya rock fortress and visit rocky abode and water gardens, a UNESCO world heritage and one of the Wonders of the World).

Sigiriya is located in the central Matale District near the town of Dambulla of the Central Province, Sri Lanka. The name refers to a site of historical and archaeological significance that is dominated by a massive column of rock nearly 200 meters (660 ft) high. According to the ancient Sri Lankan chronicle the Culavamsa the site was selected by King Kasyapa (477 – 495 CE) for his new capital. He built his palace on the top of this rock and decorated its sides with colourful frescoes. On a small plateau about halfway up the side of this rock, he built a gateway in the form of an enormous lion. The name of this place is derived from this structure —Sīhāgiri, the Lion Rock. The capital and the royal palace were abandoned after the king's death. It was used as a Buddhist monastery until the 14th century.

Polonnaruwa
Polonnaruwa is the second most historical city in Sri Lanka. It was made the capital of Sri Lanka after Anuradhapura. The second most ancient of Sri Lanka's kingdoms, Polonnaruwa was first declared the capital city by King Vijayabahu I, who defeated the Chola invaders in 1070 to reunite the country once more under a local leader.

Today the ancient city of Polonnaruwa remains one of the best-planned archaeological relic sites in the country, standing testimony to the discipline and greatness of the Kingdom's first rulers. Its beauty was also used as a backdrop to film scenes for the Duran Duran music video Save a Prayer in 1982. The ancient city of Polonnaruwa has been declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO.

The city tour includes palaces, dagobas, and temples, and provides a good example of Sri Lankan historical craftsmanship. In this 3-hour guided tour of the Ancient city of Polonnaruwa, you will cover some of the following attractions;
• Royal Palace (Palace of King Parakramabahu, the most prolific and gifted builder of the era)
• Nissankamulla Palace (Royal audience hall with impressive stonework)
• Gal Viharaya (Contains some of the best rock sculptures in the country)
• Thuparama & Lankathilaka Image Houses (Good examples of vaulted shrine rooms)
• Vatadage (Gives an idea of what a complete vatadage may have looked like)
• Rankoth Vehera (Largest stupa in Polonnaruwa)
• Parakramabahu Statue (Statue of one of the greatest kings of ancient Sri Lanka)

Afterward Sigiriya village tour and cooking class to experience typical Sri Lankan village life and learn to cook in the Sri Lankan way.

Activities
Polonnaruwa city tour, Sigiriya rock, Village tour
Accommodation
Hotel in Sigiriya
Meals Included
Breakfast and Dinner

Day 3

Time : 7:00 am

Dambulla / Kandy

After breakfast leave for the hotel in Kandy, En route,
Stop At Dambulla, and Visit the Cave temple of Dambulla (UNESCO world heritage site), a batik factory and a spice garden where you can see the best spices in Sri Lanka, duration: 2 hours,

Dambulla Cave Temple
Dating back to the 1st Century BC, this is the most impressive cave temple in Sri Lanka. It has five caves under an overhanging rock, carved with a drip line to keep the interiors dry. Inside the caves, the ceilings are painted with religious images as well as various gods and goddesses. There are images of the Buddha and the bodhisattvas. The temple has several caves which have been converted into shrine rooms. The caves were built at the base of a 150m high rock during the period of the Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa kingdoms. The famous Dambulla Cave Temple is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Dambulla cave monastery remains the best-preserved ancient edifice in Sri Lanka.

Later visit Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Sri Dalada Maligawa or the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is a Buddhist temple in the city of Kandy, Sri Lanka. It is located in the royal palace complex of the former Kingdom of Kandy, which houses the relic of the tooth Buddha. Since ancient times, the relic has played an important role in local politics because it is believed that whoever holds the relic holds the governance of the country. Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings and is a UNESCO world heritage site partly due to the temple.

Kandy Lake
You will also do an upper lake drive and visit the market square, gem lapidary and more.

Kandyan cultural show (1 hour)
The Cultural Dance Show. Sri Lanka's culture is so closely connected to dance and drama and no function will be complete without displaying a dance or even a drama. As a multi-ethnic land, Sri Lanka boasts of a rich conflux of dance and drama. The two main ethnic groups share two spectacular dance and drama traditions which enrich the fame Sri Lanka has gained in this sphere.

Activities
Dambulla temple, Spice/herbal garden, Tooth relic temple, Kandyan cultural show, Kandy lake
Accommodation
Hotel in Kandy
Meals Included
Breakfast and Dinner

Day 4

Time : 9:00 am

Kandy / Nuwara Eliya

After breakfast leave for a sightseeing tour of Kandy, and proceed to Nuwara Eliya En route,
Royal Botanical Gardens
The Botanical Garden of Peradeniya was a pleasure garden of a Kandyan King of the 16th Century and was later made into a Botanical Garden during the British regime. This garden; one of the best in Asia is a place of beauty and a site for bird watchers.

Ramboda Waterfall, Pussellawa Sri Lanka
Trek to the Ramboda waterfalls and enjoy the beauty of nature, duration: 30 minutes.

Ramboda Falls is 109 m (358 ft) high and the 11th highest waterfall in Sri Lanka and 729th highest waterfall in the world. It was formed by Panna Oya which is a tributary of Kothmale Oya. The falls have an altitude of 945 m (3,100 ft) above sea level.

Tea Factory, Nuwara Eliya Sri Lanka
On completion of this visit, you will drive to Nuwara Eliya. En-route visit a tea plantation and tea factory where the best tea in the world is produced, duration: 2 hours.

On a tea plantation visit, you can learn all about tea picking and tea processing and also enjoy some fine Sri Lankan tea tasting. It’s probably a much more exciting prospect if you’re a tea lover, but even if you’re not, the Hill Country (or Tea Country, as it’s sometimes called) is arguably the most scenic part of the island and worth a visit.

Nuwara Eliya sightseeing tour
Explore Nuwara Eliya on a walking tour with our guide. The places to visit include Gregory lake, downtown Nuwara Eliya, Nuwara Eliya market, Gregory Lake, and Victoria park.

Activities
Royal botanical garden, Tea factory, Nuwara Eliya city tour, Gregory lake, Victori park
Accommodation
Hotel in Nuwara Eliya
Meals Included
Breakfast and Dinner

Day 5

Time : 8:00 am

Nuwara Eliya/ Yala

After breakfast leave for the hotel in Yala en route stop at Seetha Amman temple, and Ravana waterfalls.

Seetha amman temple
Sita Amman temple is the only Hindu Temple dedicated to Princess Sita in Sri Lanka. This is one of the important Ramayana-related places in Sri Lanka. Sita Amman temple is one of the important Sri Lanka Ramayana Sites Which we can find when travelling along the Ramayana Trail Tour Sri Lanka from Kandy towards Ella via Nuwara Eliya.

Ravana waterfall
This waterfall measures approximately 25 m (82 ft) in height and cascades from an oval-shaped concave rock outcrop. During the local wet season, the waterfall turns into what is said to resemble an areca flower with withering petals. But this is not the case in the dry season when the flow of water reduces dramatically. The falls form part of the Ravana Ella Wildlife Sanctuary.

Yala safari
Yala national park is the most visited national park on the island, which is considered to be one of the best places for a safari in Sri Lanka. Full-day Yala safari starts in the early morning and lasts till late evening giving you all the opportunities to spot leopards, elephants, bears, crocodiles and many other creatures plus avian fauna species.

Yala is considered to be one of the best places to witness leopards in the world. There were 17 ½ leopards in every 100 square kilometres in Yala national park. Block 1 of Yala National park could be home to the densest population of leopards in the world, the densities in this tiny area have maintained around a leopard every 2 sq. kilometres. Unlike most other national parks where leopards can be seen in the dark Sri Lanka leopards are on the move during the day as well.

Activities
Visiting Seetha Amman temple, Ravana waterfall, Yala safari
Accommodation
Hotel in Bentota
Meals Included
Breakfast and Dinner

Day 6

Time : 9:00 am

Yala/ Galle / Bentota

After breakfast, leave for the beach hotel in Bentota, En-route visit Galle fortress, Bentota beach, Madu river estuary and Sea turtle conservation centre, the duration of the trip is 5 hours.

Bentota
Bentota beach is the most popular beach holiday destination on the island. The unique location of Bentota beach resort is one important reason for its popularity as a beach holiday destination. Bentota resort is located on an island and the island is connected with the mainland at its southern border. Bentota is mainly comprised of a narrow strip of land that spreads along the north-south axis. Unlike most other islands, Bentota is surrounded by both sea and river. One side of the island is the Bentota River while the western side of Bentota is flanked by the Indian Ocean. Large numbers of hotels are built in this narrow strip of land enabling the travellers to have a peaceful atmosphere during the holiday. You can a book a hotel in Bentota through Seerendipity Tours at a very affordable rate online.

Endangered sea turtle conservation project
Projects have been launched to conserve the population of turtles that are reaching extinction and such projects are found along the southern coast of Sri Lanka where turtles come ashore to lay their eggs. The turtle digs a hole on the Beach, Lays her eggs and covers it with sand where it is supposed to, incubates in the heat of the sun. What often happens is, the eggs are dug out by fishermen and sold to people who consume them. But now the eggs are bought up by the conservation projects and are hatched the Natural way in enclosed areas where the Birds don’t have a chance of picking them up and the babies are let into the sea after two days at night time which offers them a better chance of survival.

Madu River Safari
In the global context, the ecological importance of this site has garnered it the ‘Ramsar Wetland’ status in 2003 being the second largest wetland in Sri Lanka with a colossal 915 hectares with 23 islands inhabited by nearly 300 families. The River Sanctuary is now a Tourist Development Area and a Special Area Managed (SAM) by the Coast Conservation Department. Balapitiya is where the ‘Madu Ganga’ makes its home.

City tour Galle
Galle is one of the ancient seaports of Sri Lanka and was an anchor point in the Silk Route. It was later discovered by the Portuguese where they built a fortress and the Dutch that succeeded them fortified it further. This fortress is today a World Heritage Site.

Galle Fort
The fort has a colourful history, and today has a multi-ethnic and multi-religious population. The Sri Lankan government and many Dutch people who still own some of the properties inside the fort are looking at making this one of the modern wonders of the world. The heritage value of the fort has been recognized by UNESCO and the site has been inscribed as a cultural heritage UNESCO World Heritage Site under criteria iv, for its unique exposition of "an urban ensemble which illustrates the interaction of European architecture and South Asian traditions from the 16th to the 19th centuries.

The Galle Fort, also known as the Dutch Fort or the "Ramparts of Galle", withstood the Boxing Day tsunami which damaged part of the coastal area of Galle town. It has been since restored. The Galle Fort also houses the elite Amangalla resort hotel, located near the Dutch Reformed Church. It was originally built in 1684 to house the Dutch Governor and his staff. It was then converted into a hotel and named then as the New Oriental Hotel in 1865, which catered to the European passengers travelling between Europe and Galle Port in the 19th century.

Activities
Galle Fort, Mask Museum, Hikkaduwa beach, Madu river safari, sea turtle conservation centre
Accommodation
Hotel in Bentota
Meals Included
Breakfast and Dinner

Day 7

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.

Activities
No activities planned for today
Accommodation
No accommodation
Meals Included
Breakfast

End of the tour

  1. Monique:

    It was a very good trip, we did not feel that the days were passing so fast. We had visited many temple and historc sites,. very good guide, answered and questions we had and was very casual and easy to communicate with.

  2. Alison:

    We had a blast with Gayan, who was out personal guide! Learned way more about Sri Lanka than we could have any other way. Thank you for making our experience so incredible in Sri Lanka.

  3. Jean:

    Amara was a very entertaining guide with good knowledge about Sri Lanka, history, culture, economy and most other things of Sri Lanka.

  4. Scroeder:

    Janaka war ein sehr kenntnisreicher, unterhaltsamer Guide durch die Teile des landes die wir mit ihm begehen, besichtigen konnten. Es war ein Vergnügen ihm zuzuhören, mit ihm zu diskutieren und so die insel mit neuen Augen zu sehen. Seine Kenntnisse von der geschichte, religionen und der Architektur waren einfach gut. Es hat großen Spass gemach

  5. Chelsea:

    We went on Sri Lanka 7 days tour with my fa,mily and our guide was fantastic and he pretty much adopted into our family. Sarath is extremely knowledgeable but also warm and wonderful. My whole family of 5 (myself, husband, daughter, 19; son, 17; daughter, 15) absolutely adored him and learned so much about his beautiful country. His English is perfect and his love of his island is very apparent.

  6. Phillipe:

    The tour was good. Our guide sam ordered teh rice and curry for us. Basically it involved one stop at a local restaurant where he ordered for us. I wish he would have asked us what we wanted to eat before deciding what to order because we may have enjoyed it more. My wife and I are really in to food and wine and were expecting the rice and curry portion of the tour to be more of a “foodie” experience, which it was not.

  7. Tartiana:

    Joseph, our gude was so knowledgeable, not only about Sri Lanka, but of the world. the tour was educating, fun, and very enjoyable. Joseph is a true gentleman and captured our attention immediately. 100% recommend a tour with Joseph😊

  8. Philippe:

    It was short trip, however, packed a lot. Gihan is an exceptional guide, he shares information in an interesting, engaging manner. His knowledge of Sri Lanka, history, Nature and Sri Lanak people and current events is vast, we learned so much as we travelled through the islands. We thoroughly enjoyed the trip.

  9. Amy:

    Excellent Sri Lanak trip. Comprehensive. Got a persona perspective on Sri Lanka! Awesome country! Awesome Guide. Very accommodating!

  10. Peter:

    Gihan was an excellent guide. Full of information and fun. We recommend him 200%.

  11. Tamara:

    very good trip, very happy with service and tour arrangement

  12. Mark:

    It was a great job by rohan, Gihan was a goof guide, he has thoroughly immersed himself in 2000 years of Sri Lankan history. He gave us a nice picture ofSri Lanka’s past and present. We learned about all the major stories of Sri Lanka and got underneath the skin of the island’s important cultural and historical places that demonstrate the truth of Sri Lanka’s past and present. These included temples, palaces, gardens, stupas, forts and, many other things. Rohan is all at once funny, smart, patient and challenging. We booked the trip with 3-star hotels and they good, clean and good food too. Highly recommended.

  13. Meryl:

    The 7 days tour involved with lot oif travelling. Every day travelled a lot. Did not have enough time to relax on the beach.

  14. Tamar:

    Gihan our guide was very informative of all the stops on the Sri Lanka 7 days tour and he seemed to truly enjoy all the places we went to along the way. It was a very detailed trip about Sri Lanka we had come across most tourist hotspots, I must say it is a well-balanced trip. Our guide got us arrack… which was delicious and unique to them (we had no clue about this alcoholic drink and ordered it many times afterwards for our dinner!). We visited the wildlife parks and it was the best for me, we were lucky to leopards, elephants, bears and many other animals within a short period of time. Overall experience of this trip was excellent. Our guide gave us a detailed insight into Sri Lankan culture during the trip and it was cool to talk about our culture as well as his. Good conversations!

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