Simply Sri Lanka the best All-inclusive Sri Lanka 8 Days Tour
Your 8 days private tour starts with historical icons such as Sigiriya rock fortress, Jetawanarama Stupa, and the Golden cave temple of Dambulla in the cultural triangle. Later absorb the breathtaking scenery in the hill country and see the beauty of the south coast while exploring the fascinating wildlife, forts, bays, beaches and mangrove lagoons. Toward the end have leisure on the pristine beaches of the west coast.
Set adrift in the middle of the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka is jam-packed with ancient sites, fascinating culture, beautiful wilderness, and idyllic beaches. Go as fast or as slow as you like on this adventure through south and central Sri Lanka. Visit the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic in Kandy, climb Lion Rock at Sigiriya, explore the monkey-filled mangrove forests of Mirissa, or simply bliss out on the beaches in Mirissa/Galle with ginger iced tea in hand.
Do hiking, trekking and walking, and attend a local cooking course on the village tour. See the wild animals on a safari trip, and walk through the cultural and historical monuments in the cultural triangle while relaxing on the pristine beaches towards the end of the trip. Experience the beauty of Sri Lanka's mountain region by visiting tea plantations, waterfalls and gardens and enjoy the cold climate in Sri Lanka's highest city, Nuwara Eliya.
Start: Negombo Sri Lanka
Finish: Colombo, Sri Lanka
Ages: Min 15
Group: Size Min 1 (private)
Why you'll love this trip
- Visit the world's 3rd tallest ancient building (after pyramids) and the tallest Buddhist stupa built in the 2nd century.
- Visit the proposed 8th world wonder, one of the oldest landscaped gardens in the world, which dates back to the 5th century.
- Visit Dambulla, a sacred pilgrimage site for 22 centuries with 157 Buddha statues, and paintings (with a surface of 2100 m2).
- See the Avukana statue (5th Century), 14m, is one of the best examples of Buddha statues from ancient Sri Lanka.
- Visit a rock temple of the 12th century with 5 gigantic granite buddha statues in the ancient city of Polonnaruwa.
- Explore the oldest hospital in the world according to Heinz E Müller-Dietz (Historia Hospitalium 1975).
- Enjoy a fresh seafood platter in a beach restaurant consisting of crabs, jumbo prawns, cuttlefish, tuna fish, barracuda and many more.
- Drive around the island safely and comfortably on an air-conditioned, modern, private vehicle with your personal driver/guide.
- Wander through the golden-roofed Temple of the Sacred Tooth in Kandy, which houses one of Sri Lanka’s most important Buddhist relics – a tooth of the Buddha.
- Explore the palm-tree beaches and streets of Mirissa, perhaps even stopping for a massage along the way.
- Walk around the perimeter of the grassy Galle Fort, check out the gorgeous views, and grab an icy ginger drink at a cafe in town.
- Walk around ancient temples, palaces, gardens, and museums in the cultural triangle.
- Take a 360-degree panoramic view from the palace of King Kashaya in Sigiriya.
- Walking through the Spice Garden, and royal botanical garden while learning about herbal trees and plants, and veins.
- Explore breathtaking southern Sri Lanka beaches such as Hikkaduwa from your beach resort.
- Wander through the tea plantation and see the cascading waterfalls, green-capped mountains, rivers, and patches of forests in the backdrop.
- Drive in a 4-wheel drive jeep in search of wild elephants, crocodiles, monkeys, and leopards.
- Explore the rich riverine fauna and flora on a boat safari at the Ramsar wetland of Madu.
- With every booking you make, you are helping to fight against hunger. We transfer part of our profit to feed poor children in Sri Lanka.
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Is this trip right for you?
- The entire trip is private (transfers and sightseeing), only you and your associates take part in the trip
- This 8 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 look 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 shorter a 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 to 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, markets, and villages on this trip. Enter the temples you must have clothes that cover your shoulder, the dress should also be long enough to cover your knee. Same time 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 can be booked with 3 categories, affordable, comfortable and luxury hotels.
- 7 nights of accommodation in the chosen category of hotels with daily breakfast and dinner
- Entire ground transportation in an air-conditioned, modern, private vehicle
- Guided hop-on hop-off tours in Colombo, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya
- Polonnaruwa ancient site hop-on hop-off city tour with a professional guide
- Technical tour of the tea factory, Guided trek to Ramboda waterfall
- Guided walking tour of Galle fortress, wolvendaal church, and Sita temple
- Guided cultural tour of Sigiriya rock with a professional guide
- Guided temple tour of Dambulla golden temple and tooth relic temple
- Guided walking tour of spice/herbal garden with an introduction to the indigenous healing system
- 1 seafood lunch in a beach restaurant
- Local village lunch
- Entrance fees to the below sites and activities
- Anuradhapura ancient city
- Sigiriya rock fortress
- Polonnaruwa ancient city
- Dambulla golden cave temple
- Tooth relic temple
- Royal botanical garden
- All-inclusive Mirissa whale-watching tour
- Boat safari of Madu estuary with cinnamon island, mangrove lagoon
- Kandyan cultural show (1 hour)
- All-inclusive jeep safari at Minneriya national park
- Local cooking class and village tour
- Aukana Buddha statue
- Mihintale historical site
- TUK TUK drive
- Sigiriya Village tour
- Service of a chauffeur/guide for the entire tour (English speaking)
- All current taxes
The tour can be booked mainly in English, German, French, Arabic, and Chinese please inquire about other languages.
- Christmas eve compulsory supplement on 24th December
- New year's eve compulsory supplement 31st December
- Any others expense not mentioned in the price includes a section
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- A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
- The child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
- Children must be accompanied by an adult
- The duration of transfers is approximate, the exact duration will depend on the time of day and traffic conditions
- Infant seats are not available
- Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
- This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate.
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- Masks are required in some places, please bring your own
A single room can be booked with a single supplement and is valid for all nights on tour.
Simply Sri Lanka 8 Days Tour Itinerary
Colombo / Negombo
Welcome to Negombo, Sri Lanka. You can arrive at a convenient time and your driver will be at the airport to welcome you. However, your Negombo city tour will take place in teh evening.
Negombo is a fishing village near the airport. The beach northward from the Airport is dotted with hundreds of hotels with easy access to pristine beaches, we have booked your accommodation here.
A city tour includes all the major tourist attractions and places in Negombo, mainly the Negombo Fish Market, Negombo Lagoon, Hamilton Dutch Canal and more. You will be doing the city tour with your guide early evening and he will pick you up from the hotel.
The tour kicked off with teh visit to the Negombo ‘Lellama’ Fish Market, the second-largest fish market in Sri Lanka. See fresh daily catch of different types of fish and seafood. Later drive along the Hamilton Dutch Canal that cruises through the town of Negombo. Explore views of broad walkways, majestic trees and local fisherman working on their boats and nets which are reflections of daily life in Negombo.
After the boat tour visit Negombo Lagoon which is the main landmark of Negombo. It is rich in biodiversity of plants and animals and aquatic ecosystem. Explore its beauty via a local catamaran that would take you through swamps of mangroves and the Muthurajawela wetlands which is part of the lagoon. You would see many birds and fishermen fishing along the lagoon.
Later visit St. Mary’s Church, one of the largest churches in Sri Lanka. Embrace its neoclassic style of beautiful and extraordinary European art and architecture stemming from the colonial eras.
Thereafter, reflect to a piece of colonial history by a visit to the Negombo Dutch Fort. Originally built by the Portuguese in a pentagonal style, today you would notice its eastern bastion with mounds at its northern and southern ends that still remains.
Later head on to your beach hotel, Relax on the beach with tea for a few hours till sunset, a breathtaking sight to be captured for memories.
Those who arrive early can make a Negombo city tour on their own or with help of your guide. First, check out the sights on foot, then soak up some epic views and learn all about the history and culture of Negombo. If you’d prefer to explore on your own, perhaps stroll the seaside observing the local fishing craft and perhaps feasting on fresh seafood. The beautiful surrounding countryside is best explored on a bicycle, which you can rent with help from the hotel reception.
Negombo / Anuradhapura / Sigiriya
From Negombo, continue your journey by private vehicle to Sigiriya. Visit numerous temples and ancient monuments in Anuradhapura, Mihintale, and Aukana on the way, which should take around five hours in total (280 kilometres).
Stop At Anuradhapura, and Visit the temples, museums, dagobas, forts, stupas and many other ancient monuments (UNESCO world heritage site), including Aukana and Mihintale.
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 and grandest monuments of Sri Lanka. A popular destination for the Sinhalese Buddhist pilgrimage because of its many ancient Buddhist monuments.
Anuradhapura has been made the royal capital by king Pandukabhaya in 380 BC. It remained the residence and royal capital for 119 successive Singhalese kings till the year 1000 AD when it was abandoned and the capital moved to Polonnaruwa. You will see some of the most famous as well as the tallest dagoba of Sri Lanka, remains from palaces, temples, monasteries, ceremonial baths and the temple of the holy Bo tree. This tree was grown from a Sapling of the very tree under which more than 2500 years ago the Buddha found enlightenment. 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.
Aukana Buddha Statue
The Avukana statue is considered to be one of the best examples of a standing statue of the Buddha from ancient Sri Lanka. The Avukana statue is a standing statue of the Buddha near Kekirawa in North Central Sri Lanka. The statue, which has a height of more than 46 feet (14 m), was carved out of a large granite rock face during the 5th century. It depicts a variation of the Abhaya mudra, and the closely worn robe is elaborately carved. Constructed during the reign of Dhatusena, it may have been made as a result of a competition between a master and a pupil. The Avukana statue is one of the best examples of a standing statue built in Sri Lanka. It is now a popular tourist attraction.
Mihintale is a mountain peak near Anuradhapura is the oldest Buddhist temple in Sri Lanka considered the cradle of Buddhism in Sri Lanka. It is now a pilgrimage site and the site of several religious monuments and important historical constructions such as the Ayurveda hospital.
Heinz E Müller-Dietz (Historia Hospitalium 1975) describes the hospital as being perhaps the oldest in the world.
Sigiriya or Habarana
Breakfast and dinner
Negombo - Fish market
Anuradhapura - Ancient city, museum, Sri maha bodhi, Ruwanweli stupa, Jetawanarama, Kuttam pokuna etc, Mihintale, Aukana.
Sigiriya / Polonnaruwa / Sigiriya
After early breakfast leaves for Sigiriya rock fortress and then to Polonnaruwa. In the afternoon safari at Minneriya national park.
Sigiriya rock fortres
Morning: Climb the famous Sigiriya rock fortress and visit the 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 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)
The Uttararama is a rock temple of the Buddha situated in the ancient city of Polonnaruwa, It was fashioned in the 12th century by Parakramabahu I. The central feature of the temple is four rock relief statues of the Buddha, which have been carved into the face of a large granitic (granite gneiss) rock. The images consist of a large seated figure, another smaller seated figure inside an artificial cavern, a standing figure and a reclining figure. These are considered to be some of the best examples of ancient Sinhalese sculpting and carving arts and have made the Gal Vihara the most visited monument at Polonnaruwa.
Minneriya national park is one of the most visited national parks on the island and is considered to be one of the best places for a safari in Sri Lanka. Minneriya safari lasts around 3-4 hours giving you all the opportunities to spot elephants, wild buffaloes, crocodiles and many other creatures plus avian fauna species.
Experience a village tour learning and connecting with the authentic rural life of Sri Lanka. An interesting excursion involving traditional rides on a bullock cart, through the lakes via a local catamaran and interactions with the farmers and villagers ending with a typical home-cooked meal in one of their homes.
Sigiriya or Habarana
Breakfast and dinner
Sigiriya - Climbing Sigiriya rock fortress, Sigiriya village tour, cooking class, Polonnaruwa ancient city, archaeological museum, temples, Buddha statues and ancient monuments, Minneriya safari.
Sigiriya / Kandy
After breakfast leave for the hotel in Kandy, En route, stop At Dambulla golden temple and Muttumari Amman temple Matale, Where you can witness one of the most scenic Hindu temples on the island.
Dambulla golden temple
One of the most ancient temples in the world dates back to the 1st century BC. A place of pilgrimage for 22 centuries, this monastery cave, with its five sanctuaries, is the largest complex of temples-caves the best preserved in Sri Lanka. Buddhist wall paintings (with a surface of 2100 m2) are especially important, as are 157 statues.
Spice garden (duration: 2 hours.)
Spice garden Matale is one of the most popular places among tourists to see indigenous spices such as cinnamon, pepper, cardamom etc as well as herbal plants used in Ayurveda.
A ruled in Kandy up to 1815 although the rest of the island was under the British regime. Finally, it was ceded to them by the Chieftains of Kandy who were disappointed over the king’s cruel deeds. Today Kandy is one of the most important cities owing to the presence of the Temple of the sacred tooth of the Buddha.
Later visit the 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.
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.
Stop At: Kandy Lake
You will also do an upper lake drive and visit the market square, gem lapidary and more.
Breakfast and Dinner
Dambulla - Visiting the golden temple, Matale - Visiting Muttumari Amman temple, Matale - Visiting spice/herbal garden, Kandy - Visit Kandyan cultural show, Kandy - Visiting Tooth relic temple, Kandy - Kandy city tour.
Kandy / Galle
This morning, say goodbye to Kandy as you travel on your private car to the south coast beach resort of Galle/Bentota, the journey takes around 6 hours. On arrival at Galle/Bentota, check in to your accommodation which is on the west coast beach, and check in and leisure.
Royal botanical garden
Before the elephant orphanage visits the Royal botanical garden of Peradeniya, which is the most popular garden on the island with an orchid house, palm alley, bamboo avenue, spice garden, flowering plant collection and verandah collection.
Pinnawala elephant orphanage
The first orphanage dedicated to jumbos started in 1975. Spreads over 9 hectares near the river of Kumbukan Oya, which is the bathing spot for elephants. You will be guided to the bathing spot as the elephant bath, play and enjoy the water.
Breakfast and dinner
Pinnawala elephant orphanage, Tea factory tea garden, Royal botanical garden
Galle / Mirissa
Early morning head to Mirissa beach on the south coast to venture on a whale watching tour, Later guide walking tour of Galle and a sightseeing tour of the southern coast. After the Galle tour, sample a delicious seafood platter in a beach restaurant in Hikkaduwa. In the afternoon leisure.
Mirissa is famous for Blue Whales and tourists have seen them throughout the years although whales consider migrating mammals. while blue whales are around here most days Bryde's whales and fin whales also recorded a few days in each month. Sperm whale pods are seen in Mirissa mostly in a few days only in march and April. killer whales and short-finned pilot whales are also spotted from time to time.
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.
Seafood lunch Hikkaduwa
Your trip to southern Sri Lanka is not complete unless you sample a delicious fresh-seafood platter in Hikkaduwa. Tropical Sri Lanka is surrounded by the endless Indian ocean and the island's fishing community harvest a large number of fish varieties every day Hikkaduwa is one of the most popular fishing ports on the island. Therefore, we have planned your delicious seafood lunch at Hikkaduwa. Our beach restaurant offers a bounty of seafood delights which bursts with tantalising flavours. From the celebrated lagoon mud crab to lobsters, jumbo prawns and cuttlefish, the island has a great basket of seafood to offer.
Breakfast and dinner
Whale watching tour Mirissa, Galle fort, Mask museum, Sea turtle conservation centre
Galle / Colombo
After the leisurely breakfast at your hotel in Galle/Bentota head to Colombo, En route optional Colombo city tour.
Colombo city had been a well-known city in the region among the Arabian, Chinese, Indian, Persian, and roman traders as early as the pre-Christian era. Sri Lanka is located on the East-West sea route and is visited by traders in order to exchange their goods with the local traders. Even though Colombo was a well-known city among the ancient traders 2,000 years ago, the capital city of the country had been Anuradhapura. There was an Arabian settlement in the city of Colombo at the mouth of the Kelani River. Arab traders were exporting goods from the port of Colombo. Goods such as Cinnamon, ivory, gems, and elephants were exported by the king of Kotte with the help of Arabs. With the beginning of the British colonial period, Colombo city received a prominent place as the capital of Ceylon. Colombo was the capital of the island from 1815 to 1978 until the administrative capital was moved to Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte.
This had been a well-known Racecourse during the British colonial period in the country. This race course which is located bordering the Indian Ocean had to be abandoned later on due to the Sea crabs, which are making holes in the track. Afterwards, it was developed as a promenade for the city dwellers and named Galle to face green. Today Galle face green contains an open theatre, and spacious open space for picnics, sports and walking.
It is considered to be one of the most sacred places in the country. Temple is one of the three places that Buddha visited in the 6th century B.C. well known Kelaniya dagoba is located within the border of the temple. Kalyani River, which flows next to the temple, adds more value to the scenic beauty of the temple. This temple holds a reputation for its attractive wall, which is considered to be the best painting of the Modern Era.
Viharamahadevi is located in Colombo 7 or Cinnamon gardens. It is the largest and most popular park in the city. It is believed that there had been a twenty-square-kilometre cinnamon plantation in the area. Today most of the palaces of wealthy people can be seen in the area and Colombo 7 is the most picturesque part of the city.
The Wolvendaal Church is located In Fort and within walking distance from the centre of the city. It has a large collection of tombstones of important Dutch personalities. Fort is made at the highest point of the city and dates back to 1813. The church is built in the doric style of the period. In the form of a Greek cross, with five feet thick walls and the gables raised over. The transepts are roofed with brick barrel arches and a central dome.
Aukana Buddha/Independece hall/ BMICH
Facing the Bandaranayke Memorial International Conference Hall stands a beautifully executed statue of the Buddha in a standing posture. The statue is 36 feet tall and is the largest Buddha statue in the city of Colombo. It is a replica of the Avukana Statue on the banks of the Kalawewa Anuradhapura.
Colombo city tour
Colombo / Airport
After breakfast leave for Colombo International airport.
No activities planned for today
End of the tour