Transportation:: Private transport Pick-up location and time: Colombo, Negombo, Bentota, 0700 hrs Cancellation Policy: Full refund on cancellation 24 hours before the trip
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Book The Best Sri Lanka Grand Tour-14 Days Tour


Trekking through Sri Lanka tea plantations, quaint fishing villages, and swathes of the lush green jungle on this 14 days road trip from Colombo to Colombo. Sri Lanka is becoming popular as one of Asia’s most exciting new holiday destinations and it’s not hard to see why. With a palm-fringed, pristine coastal belt, ancient ruins, rugged peaks and wildlife-filled national parks, it’s a dream for travellers who like to enjoy a holiday with history, culture, nature and leisure. You travel with a luxury private vehicle, laze on the beach, ride the rails (a must in Sri Lanka), explore the country’s premier ancient historical monuments, and Buddhist sites, and taste the flavours of the tantalising markets.

Sri Lanka grand tour, a 14-day private tour offers the perfect introduction for visitors to Sri Lanka. Your customizable itinerary includes four UNESCO World Heritage sites: the ancient city of Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Golden Temple of Dambulla and Sri Dalada Maligawa (Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic) in Kandy. Tour also includes visits to Yala national park, tea gardens, Spice Garden, Sri Lanka hill country and the Royal Botanic Gardens. And towards the end of the trip relaxing on the pristine beaches of Sri Lanka's west coast. Includes round-trip private transport from Bandaranaike International Airport or your beach hotel.


Start- Negombo, Sri Lanka

Finish- Colombo, Sri Lanka

Ages- Min 18

Group- Size Min 1

Trip Type- Private


Why you'll love this trip

  • The private and relaxing tour happens at your own pace.
  • Wander through the thousands of years of old ancient monuments in Sri Lanka's cultural triangle.
  • Cruise around Yala National in a 4WD on a wildlife safari, searching for elephants, bears and leopards, then relax lakeside at tranquil Tissa.
  • Shark, squid, barracuda and hundreds of things with fins that nobody knows the name of – visit the sensational Negombo Fish Market.
  • Learn the benefits of washing down a spicy curry with piping-hot Ceylon tea during lunch in a lush mountain village near Ella.
  • Leave the imprint of your face on the train window as you stare out wide-eyed from Kandy to Ella – it’s basically a 6-hour movie of amazing scenery.
  • Four days (and 3 nights) on Bentota's golden, palm-lined beaches can cure almost all of life’s problems, including any residual tightness in your photo-taking finger.

Is this trip right for you?

  • The entire trip is private (transfers and sightseeing), only you and your associates take part in the trip.
  • At 6 hours, the train ride from Kandy to Ella is the longest travel day. But the only reason you’ll want to get off this train is to charge your camera after what is basically a long, natural photoshoot.
  • The road from Ella to Tissa Lake winds down mountains to the coast, which means it can be frustratingly slow. It also means that you’ll get to see the awesome scenery from literally every angle.
  • This 14 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 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 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 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.

Places you visit on this trip


Highlights

  • Touring Sri Lanka’s cultural triangle.
  • Enjoy the beautiful scenery in the mountain resort of Nuwara Eliya on a guided walking tour.
  • Breathtaking Sri Lankan hill country rail journey.
  • Village tour in Sigiriya to see the typical Sri Lankan village life (Bullock cart ride, TUK TUK ride etc).
  • Learn to cook in Sri Lankan way with a village housewife and learn to cook a delicious Sri Lankan lunch.
  • Experience Sri Lanka’s historical and cultural heritage while visiting thousands of years old monuments.
  • Cycling through the ancient monuments in Polonnaruwa.
  • Take a 360-degree panoramic view from the summit of the Sigiriya rock fortress.
  • Trek to the Ramboda plateau and have a closer look at the mighty Ramboda waterfall.
  • Walking through the Spice Garden while learning about herbal trees and plants and spices.
  • Walk in the Tea plantations and Royal Botanic Gardens of Peradeniya, Gregory lake, Vitoria park and many more.
  • Explore breathtaking southern Sri Lanka beaches such as Hikkaduwa from your beach resort.
  • Explore the breathtaking Sri Lankan mountains.
  • Wildlife safari at Yala national park to see wild animals such as leopards, elephants, and crocodiles.
  • Trekking in Ella and hiking.
  • Walking tour of Galle rock fortress.
  • Relax on the palm-fringed West coast beaches.
  • Our guide will stop at a fruit stall where dozens of tropical (local) fruits are been sold such as Payapa, Pasion fruit, Avocado, Pineapple, jack-fruit, mangosteen, mango, Durian etc.
  • See the blue whale on an optional whale watching trip off southern Sri Lanka, however, this activity is subject to availability.

Hotels

The tour can be booked with 3 types of accommodations; 3-star standard hotels, 4-Star standard hotels and 5-star standard hotels. 


Trip Includes

  • 13 nights (14 days) accommodation in standard tourist hotels
  • Daily Breakfast at the hotel, 13 breakfasts (starting from day 2)
  • Daily dinner at the hotel, 13 dinners (starting from day 1)
  • Kandy shopping tour
  • Kandy temple and city walk
  • Guided walking tour of Nuwara Eliya
  • Ceylon tea trail
  • A visit to Gregory Lake
  • Hop-on hop-off Guided Colombo city tour
  • Explore the Kandylocal market with your guide
  • Participate in the tooth relic temple ceremony 
  • Guided Walking tour at Galle Fort
  • Guided walking tour Nuwara Eliya
  • Guided trek to the Ramboda falls
  • Guided cultural tour of Sigiriya rock fortress
  • Guided temples tours to Dambulla golden temple and Tooth relic temple
  • Train tickets for the hill country blue train journey
  • An Ayurveda spa treatment
  • Entrance fees for
    • 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)
  • Pickup and drop-off at the airport or local hotels
  • All passengers are fully insured during the sightseeing tours
  • Meeting arrangement at the airport
  • Entire ground transportation by air-conditioned, modern, fuel-efficient private vehicle
  • Service of an English-speaking driver/guide for the entire tour (please inquire about other languages)
  • Highway toll
  • All current taxes

Trip Excludes

  • Sri Lanka visa-related fees
  • Any other expense not mentioned in the Price Includes section
  • Whale-watching trip (US$ 70 per person)
  • Flight tickets
  • Gratuities

Cancellation policy

Cancel five days prior to arrival for a full refund


Choose your payment method

We offer you mainly three payment options credit 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. 


Choose your language

This Sri Lanka 14 days tour can be booked in many languages such as French, German, Spanish, Mandarin, Arabic, and Hindi. There will be a supplement charge for the above-mentioned language speaking guide, please inquire. 


Book now & pay later

Reserve your tour now and pay when you meet us. 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.


Best Price Guaranteed

We guarantee the best price. If you find the same tour package at a cheaper price elsewhere, we do match the price of other tour packages and furthermore add a further 10% discount to it.


No hidden fees and commissions

The price you see on the product pages is the exact same rate that you see in the final stage of the trip booking. There are no hidden fees and taxes such as GST, BTT, service charge, nation-building tax, hotel tax etc.


COVID-19 Special information

  • All customer touchpoints are frequently cleaned
  • Social distancing is maintained in vehicles
  • To reduce crowds, all tours are private
  • Masks are required, please bring your own
  • You must fill out a travel information form
  • Temperature checks are mandatory
  • You must book this activity online, as the ticket office is closed

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
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • Subject to favourable weather conditions
  • If cancelled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • Not suitable for travellers with heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity.
  • You can reach us 24 hours a day through our hotline 0094-77-4440977

Sri Lanka Grand Tour-14 Days

Itineraries

DAY 1

Time : 8:00 am

Colombo

Welcome to Colombo, Sri Lanka. There are no activities planned today so you're free to arrive at any time. You can arrive at a convenient time for you and your driver will be at the airport to welcome you.

Although Colombo is the commercial capital and by far the largest city in Sri Lanka, it's still relatively small. You will be staying directly in the city of Colombo.

Accommodation
Hotel in Colombo
Meals Included
Dinner

Those who arrive early can make a Colombo 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 Wattala. 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.

DAY 2

Time : 7:00 am

Colombo / Negombo / Anuradhapura / Sigiriya

Head to the fish market in Negombo this morning. This can be quite an intense affair, but the variety of fish being presented by the locals is a great experience.

From Negombo, continue your journey by private vehicle to Sigiriya. Visit numerous temples and ancient monuments in Anuradhapura 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).

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 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.

Included Activities
Negombo - Fish market, Anuradhapura - Ancient city, museum, Sri maha bodhi, Ruwanweli stupa, Jetawanarama, Kuttam pokuna etc
Accommodation
Hotel in Sigiriya or Habarana
Meals Included
Breakfast and dinner

DAY 3

Time : 7:00 am

Sigiriya / Polonnaruwa / Sigiriya

After early breakfast leave for the first Sigiriya rock fortress and then to Polonnaruwa.
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
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.

Later, early afternoon visit Polonnaruwa historical city. The Polonnaruwa city tour lasts around 2 hours.

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)

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

Included Activities
Sigiriya - Climbing Sigiriya rock fortress, Sigiriya village tour, cooking class, Polonnaruwa ancient city, archaeological museum, temples, Buddha statues and ancient monuments.
Accommodation
Hotel in Sigiriya or Habarana
Meals Included
Breakfast and dinner

DAY 4

Time : 8:00 am

Sigiriya / Kandy

After breakfast leave for the hotel in Kandy, En route, Stop At Dambulla golden temple and Muttumari Amman temple in Matale, Where you can witness one of the most scenic Hindu temples on the island.

You will do the city tour of Kandy in the afternoon, including a visit to the temple of the sacred tooth relic, and a Kandyan cultural show duration.

Dambulla golden temple
In the 1st century BC, the king of Anuradhapura fled the city due to a South Indian invasion and took refuge in the caves of Dambulla. On recapturing Anuradhapura after 13 years, the king converted the caves into a monastery and gifted them to the Buddhist monks.

Spice/Herbal garden
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.
duration: 2 hours.

Kandy Lake
You will also do an upper lake drive and visit the market square, gem lapidary and more.
aking, mat weaving, handlooms, lac-work, rush and read products etc.

Included Activities
Dambulla - Visiting the golden temple, Matale - Visiting Muttumari Amman temple, Matale - Visiting spice/herbal garden, Kandy - Visit Kandyan cultural show, Kandy - Kandy city tour.
Accommodation
Hotel in Kandy
Meals Included
Breakfast and Dinner

DAY 5

Time : 8:00 am

Kandy / Pinnawala / Kandy

After leisurely breakfast leave for Pinnawala elephant orphanage, Kegalle. Drive to Kegalle, where you visit the Pinnawala elephant orphanage, which is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Sri Lanka. Here you can witness the largest herd of tames elephants in the world (80 animals) comprised of orphan baby elephants, sich animals and old elephants that need support from humans to survive.

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 baths, play and enjoy the water.

Royal botanical garden
Morning: After 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.

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.

National museum
The Kandy National Museum opened in 1942 is located next to the sacred Temple of the Tooth and is housed in a section of the Royal Palace where the King’s concubines resided. This museum has over 5000 objects on display and among the most impressive exhibits are king Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe II's golden crown and a copy of the 1815 treaty known as the ‘Kandyan Convention’ by which on March 2, 1815, Ceylon ceded to the British ending 2,357 years of monarchy.

Arts and crafts center
Arts and crafts are an integral part of Sri Lanka’s ancient cultural heritage. Traditional Sri Lankan crafts are vital industries in many parts of the island that include wood carving, mask making, drum making, mat weaving, handlooms, lac-work, rush and read products etc.

The royal palace
The last king to reside in the Royal Palace was King Sri Wickrama Rajasinhe until he was overthrown by the British in 1815 with the aid of Kandyan chieftains. Once part of a large palace complex that included the Raja Wasala, (King’s Palace), Magul Maduwa (Royal Audience Hall), Meda Wasala (Queens’ Palace), Palle Wasala (King’s Harem Quarters) and Ulpange (Queen’s Bathing Pavilion), together with the Temple of the Tooth.

Royal audience hall
The ‘Magul Maduwa’, a finely carved masterpiece in timber is where the king met his ministers and carried out his daily administrative tasks. Many historic events have taken place at this location and it was here that the British handed over the death sentence to the Sri Lankan national heroes Keppatipola Disave and Madugalle Disave. A replica of the Royal Audience hall of Kandy was constructed in granite in Colombo in 1948 to commemorate Sri Lanka’s Independence from the British.

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.

Kandy city walk
Your Kandy city walk starts near Kandy Lake. Your guide leads you to the picturesque and important corners of the city such as Kandy Lake, Kandy fish market, vegetable market, clock tower area, and Bazar area. The walking tour lasts about 1 hour.

Stop At: Kandy Lake
You will also do an upper lake drive and visit the market square, gem lapidary and more.
Included Activities
Kegalle - Pinnawala elephant orphanage, Kandy - Kandy city tour, shopping tour
Accommodation
Hotel in Kandy
Meals Included
Breakfast and Dinner

DAY 6

Time : 8:00 am

Kandy / Ella

This morning, say goodbye to Kandy as you hop on a train for around 6 hours to Ella. It’s a kinda long trip, but you can buy all sorts of yummy treats from the onboard sellers. On arrival at Ella, check in to your accommodation which is within walking distance of the station. Once you've dropped off your luggage, perhaps head out for a visit to a local tea factory. If this doesn't take your fancy, go for dinner in one of the many local restaurants and bars.

Hill country train journey
One of the world’s most beautiful train trips, the seven hour-journey passes through tea estates dotted with workers in brightly coloured saris, pine forests, waterfalls, mountains, and gorges. The railway, built by the British in 1864 to transport tea and coffee from the Hill Country to the capital, Colombo, is now one of the best ways to explore the villages, towns, and national parks along the way.

Tea factory
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.

You’ll find rolling hills clad with row upon row of luscious, green tea plants. It’s often shrouded in a fine mist and is the perfect escape from the heat of Sri Lanka’s wonderful beaches (if you need an escape!).

Accommodation
Hotel in Ella
Included Activities
Scenic Sri Lanka hill country train journey, Tea factory tea garden
Meals Included
Breakfast and dinner

DAY 7

Time : 8:00 am

Ella

After breakfast venture out on an included half-day trek to Ella Gap, mini-Adams peak and nine-arch bridge this morning. We'll stop in a small mountain village for a spicy curry lunch and a pot of Ceylon tea. This is an awesome way of getting to know the area and a great opportunity to rub shoulders with the locals. The rest of the day is then free to do what you want.

Accommodation
Hotel in Ella
Included Activities
Ella - Trek to Ella Gap, Ella - Nine Arch Bridge, Ella - Trek to mini Adams peak
Meals Included
Breakfast and dinner

DAY 8

Ella / Yala

Head out of Ella in your private vehicle and the dedicated driver/guide for around three hours to your resort on the edge of Tissa Lake. In the afternoon guided walking tour in the picturesque village of Tissamaharama and visit the village temple. You will be hosted by a village family for tea, where they teach you to cook some delicious Sri Lankan food.

Evening a visit to the Kataragama temple, which is the most popular temple in southern Sri Lanka.

Kataragama temple
Kataragama temple, Sri Lanka, is a temple complex dedicated to the Buddhist guardian deity Kataragama deviyo and Hindu War God Murugan. It is one of the few religious sites in Sri Lanka that is venerated by the Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims and the Vedda people. For most of the past millennia, it was a jungle shrine very difficult to access; today it is accessible by an all-weather road. The shrines and the nearby Kiri Vehera are managed by Buddhists, the shrines dedicated to Teyvāṉai and Shiva are managed by Hindus and the mosque by Muslims

Accommodation
Hotel in Yala
Included Activities
Tissamaharama - Village tour, Tissamaharama - Cooking class, Tissamaharama - Visiting Kataragama temple
Meals Included
Breakfast and dinner

DAY 9

Time : 5:00 am

YALA

With early morning pick-up (with breakfast packets) from your hotel in Tissamaharama, you will be heading to the Yala wildlife park entrance, which is about 30 minutes away from your hotel.

Full-day safari
Morning: 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.

Accommodation
Hotel in Yala
Included Activities
Yala/Bundala National Park - Wildlife safari
Meals Included
Breakfast, dinner, picnic lunch
Special Information

Tourism in Sri Lanka is booming, and with it has come a huge increase in visitors to Yala National Park. Over tourism and lack of sustainable management practices have become a major concern for us in continuing to visit Yala. In order to reduce our impact on wildlife and the environment, we are trialling visiting a less touristic section of Yala, known as Block 5. Should we determine that high tourist numbers at Block 5 also make it difficult to continue visiting responsibly we will change our itinerary to visit Udawalawe National Park, where wild elephants, wild buffalo, sambar deer and leopards also reside.

From September through October when Yala National Park has closed annually for infrastructure development and rejuvenation we go on a jeep safari in Udawalawe National Park. Udawalawe is home to wild elephants, wild buffalo, sambar deer and leopards.

Once settled, you'll head out on a jeep safari where you'll come across the area's native wildlife such as elephants, leopards and aquatic birds. This is an amazing experience that you'll never forget. After your day in nature soak in the view from the lovely hotel pool overlooking lake Tissa.

DAY 10

Time : 8:00 am

Yala / Bentota

After the leisurely breakfast at your hotel in Yala head to a west coast beach resort in Bentota. You will be stopping at a few places before arriving at your hotel such as Galle fort, the sea turtle conservation centre. You will be checked into the hotel around mid-day and the rest of the day leisurely.

Mirissa
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.

Galle
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.

Hikkaduwa
Hikkaduwa is one of the most popular tourist destinations in southern Sri Lanka. It is 98 km south of Colombo and its beautiful beaches a lot of glamour to this town. It is the place where you can have a glimpse of the fascinating underwater world and see the creatures that inhabit the unfathomable depths of the sea. The famed coral gardens are located here. Just get hold of a glass-bottomed boat or goggles and flippers and plunge into the ocean.

Bentota
If you are looking for an ideal romantic beach holiday Bentota located 62 km south of Colombo is the ideal place to go. The place is a small town fast developing, teeming with the growth of hotels, shopping arcades and cafeterias. There is also an open-air theatre where folk and mask dancing is performed. This section of the southwestern coast gives a typical picture of a tropical beach dotted with palm trees; white sandy drenches and blue waters.

Accommodation
Hotel in Bentota
Activities
guided walking tour of Galle Fort, Visiting Sea turtle conservation centre, leisure
Meals Included
Breakfast and dinner

DAY 11

Time : 9:00 am

Bentota

No activities are planned for today, in order to plan your day to have leisure. However, you can engage in many optional activities such as water sports, ding, boating etc.

Accommodation
Hotel in Bentota
Activities
Leisure
Meals Included
Breakfast and dinner

DAY 12

Time : 9:00 am

Bentota

No activities are planned for today, in order to plan your day to have leisure. However, you can engage in many optional activities such as water sports, ding, boating etc.

Accommodation
Hotel in Bentota
Activities
Leisure
Meals Included
Breakfast and dinner

Day 13

Time : 9:00 am

Bentota

No activities are planned for today, in order to plan your day to have leisure. However, you can engage in many optional activities such as water sports, ding, boating etc.

Accommodation
Hotel in Bentota
Activities
Leisure
Meals Included
Breakfast and dinner

DAY 14

Time : 12:00 pm

Bentota / Colombo

After the leisurely breakfast at the hotel leave for Colombo international airport. You may have an early morning departure, if so please inform us at the time of the booking so that we can plan your departure transfer accordingly. If you have a late departure and need to stay a bit longer in the resort, it can also be arranged against a supplement, however, the late departure is subject to the availability of rooms.

Accommodation
No accommodation
Activities
Leisure
Meals Included
Breakfast

End of the trip

  1. Emily miliband:

    We are fan of package tours and always book entire thing through a tour operator. The local company did a wonderful job by changing the tripl plan little bit so that we could spend more time on the beach. They have chosen good hotels, vehicle and excellent driver/guide.

  2. Romy chung:

    My first trip to Sri Lanka and Asia, it was terrific. Very caring and personalized service from the local company from start to the end. Our guide Chami was very friendly, professional and very knowledgeable. We felt very safe in Sri Lanka despite some economic hardships prevailing in the country. Good hotels, good food, and excellent guide.

  3. Teresa:

    Do it. You won’t regret it. I feel like I got to see so much in 2 weeks on top of that was relaxing on the beach. The tour itself was very relaxing, but we covered so much ground and saw so much each day. The sea was not that much supportive of our beach stay and rarely got a chance to swim in the sea. But swam a lot in the pool. Wonderful experience!

  4. Kiara:

    There is no better way to see the real Sri Lanka! If you are lucky enough to get Gihan as a guide , he will change your life! This is a great intro to Sri Lanka, accomodation was great apart from Kandy

  5. Dora:

    Had a wonderful experience with Seerendipity. Sri Lanka is such a beautiful country and our wonderful guide made sure all our needs were met and that our trip was a memorable one. Felt sorry at a time while seeing a lot of people gathering in the quest to get fuel. We did not feel the economic downturn in Sri Lanka. Good hotels, good food, good vehicle and excellent personalized service.

  6. Judith:

    Amazing trip and well balanced program with temples, cultural places, national parks, beautiful places and most importantly wonderful beaches. Good hotels, food, nice vehicle and good guide. Very good trip despite the low rates compared to many other tour packages.

  7. katiyana :

    The 14 days sri lanka tour was amazing. The trip was very well organized and everything worked out very well. Sri Lanka was going through bit of a rough time with financial issues. We had a fantastic tour guide and he was leading us to a great range of places, the highlight definitely being the Sigiriya rock and other ancient monuments. Beaches, wildlife safari, scenic mountains, small village and beautiful countryside are amazing. I would recommend any new travellers to Sri Lanka to do this trip as there are so many opportunities to be part of the culture and learn what Sri Lanka is all about. Our guide Gihan was amazing and I would recommend him to any tour group as we always felt safe and well informed. Thanks for everything Gihan xx

  8. Goswami:

    This tour was an excellent despite the challenging time for Sri Lankan economy and people. It seemed that the people were have a bad time with the rising cost of living. We encounter few social gatherings along the way to protest against the government However our trip was excellent. We did not feel the social unrest and local company (serendipity) did a fantastic job by providing us a very good itinerary, good hotels and most importantly our guide ginhan, who did a wonderful job. Gihan drove a very comfortable vehicle, and he is an knowledgeable and competent guide.

  9. Vivian:

    This Sri Lanka trip was well organised picking up all the important attractions in Sri Lanka of note. The tripl also gave us plenty of time relax and enjoy the tropical sun. our persona guide was excellent and we would certainly consider using this local company (seerendipity) again in the future.

  10. Jeorge kuma:

    Our first family trip to Sri Lanka and Seerendipity (local staff) did a wonderful job by providing us a tailor-made trip on Sri Lanka. our expectations were exceeded. A really good itinerary with a fantastic tour guide ,who also ensured that non tour moments were organised and travel arrangements made to get us home safely.

  11. Maggarette:

    Fantastic Sri Lanka trip to get an in-depth knowledge about Sri Lanka, wonderful hotels and brilliant staff were outstanding, highly recommend it.

  12. Kabnira baik:

    Having just completed Sri Lanka grand tour, I cannot say how much this trip met more than our expectations. The historical monuments, wildlife safari, beautiful scenery in the mountains the trip proved that Sri Lanka has much more to offer than its beaches. I am a very mature traveler and i enjoyed the trip immensely

  13. Makil Razaz:

    Our beach hotel was switched to some other hotel in the south (temple tree resort), but the standard of teh hotel was not up to our expectations.

  14. Alaxender:

    Wonderful Sri Lanka trip with a wonderful guide. Wouldn’t change a thing. Would love to travel with Gihan again

  15. Tanja:

    Excellent short trip to get a flavour of Sri Lanka. Great guide made the trip so enjoyable, since it was a private tour very enjoyable with maximum privacy and it worked well, especially in the busy parts. Good to have airport pickup and drop off included as well. Fascinating place, unlike anywhere else we have been.

  16. Kathrina:

    Well organised and tour guide Sam was the best. Totally made the trip with his knowledge, sense of humour and drive to provide us with the best experience.

  17. Anelia:

    Would highly recommend. Our tour guide Chami was amazing, saw so much in 14 days and had lots of fun. Perfect for everyone.

  18. Melina:

    The 8 days tour was a fantastic experience. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and provided very professional service throughout the tour. The focus on responsible safety provided reassurance that everything was taken care of.

  19. Julie:

    The 8 days tour of Sri Lanka was amazing! Hit all the good spots, and everything was planned so smoothly. As a small family with kids we did not once feel unsafe – highly recommend!

  20. Andreas:

    Although only a short trip, this Sri Lanka Tour was jammed packed with amazing sights and opportunities to see the hustle and bustle of every day life in the places we visited. It also gave us the opportunity to interact with the people, taste the delicious foods and learn a lot about each destinations. Highly recommended tour!

  21. Nelina roug:

    Nice Sri Lanak trip and it has plenty of time to relax. Exactly the type of trip that we were looking for. Very affordable and it has the value for money. Sri Lanak is a beautiful country and its beaches are simply the best with nice weather. Beaches are very clean and wide. Wildlife safari was a rely important highlight and we were able to witness a large number of wild animals including leopards and elephants. Gimhan was very nice and friendly guide.

  22. JESUCA:

    A fascinating, fun, safe and very well organised tour with a excellent local guide. It is a great introduction to Sri Lankan culture, nature, wildliufe.

  23. Elliotte:

    I had a great time on my first Sri Lanak trip. As a solo female in my 30s I wasn’t sure how I’d fit into this private tour and whether the activities would suit my energy and interest – but it all fell into place. Everything was easy going and the guide a good bloke. No problems

  24. shweta artikova:

    Incredible local trip organizer, who knows the art of organizing memorable trip for travellers. Everything perfectly planned with good hotels, food, sightseeing, transportation. We had the most amazing adventure with Seerendipity and would like to personally thank Gayan who was our guide for two weeks.

  25. Tailor:

    Do it. You won’t regret it. I feel like I got to see so much in a week. It’s not a ‘relaxing’ pace, but we covered so much ground and saw so much each day. Wonderful experience!

  26. Mary:

    Bhanu was an excellent tour leader and he made the trip special & more enjoyable.

  27. Kathrien:

    This was my first trip to Sri Lanka and because of this experience with Shantha as our tour guide I can’t wait to return . Shantha was extremely professional and attentive to each of our family and we could ask him anything . He was also calm , kind and relaxed which helped all of us to enjoy the trip.

  28. Yazinta:

    This whole trip was a whirlwind from start to finish. Even though it was a 2 weeks tour, I felt like it was jam packed, especially in the beginning of the trip. Towards the latter part of the tour, however, we had time to relax and enjoy. The whole process with local tour operator (seerendipity) was seamless and the customer service we received was second to none. This is a great way to see Sri Lanka, 10/10 recommend.

  29. Avrel:

    Had a wonderful tour with Seerendipity. Sri Lanka is such a beautiful country and our wonderful guide made sure all our needs were met and that our trip was a memorable one. I will definitely travel travel to Sri Lanka again.

  30. Rogers dham:

    Such an nice program to experience the Sri Lanka – very well organized with good hotels, meals and vehicle. Chaminda was the most incredible guide who knew lot of things about our country, he is very friendly and helpful. It was so well organised,by the local tour organizer.

  31. Mayantha jones:

    Excellent tour itienrray to explore the island with leisure

  32. Melisha:

    Sri Lanka grand tour was a fantastic way to see the country. We travelled with an well experinced guide and our guide made trip a truly memorable experience. Gayan, our guide, was extremely accommodating to all of us and had a vast knowledge. He gave us experiences we wouldn’t have known about if we travelled independently. A wonderful way to see Sri Lanka!

  33. Dulshi raj:

    Best of Sri Lanka showed exactly that! Had a very knowledgeable tour guide and the experiences we shared as a group made some live long memories!

  34. Anne mattos:

    The style of this trip is exceptional. It includes many aspects of this fascinating island such as temple, palaces, wildlife parks, beaches, cities, beautiful country side and many more. We enjoyed the trip a lot and our guide gimhan did a fantastic job made it very enjoyable trip for us. Despite there had been number of new covid cases we felt very safe with Seerendipity tours. They had organized the trip with only Level-1 hotels and they were following the safety protocols giving very safe environment for travellers. It was fantastic trip and very affordable too.

  35. Alocius:

    What a great trip ititnerray to see Sri Lanka. There is a good mix of archaeology, religious temples and beaches. It is hard to pick our favourite part, but walking in the tea plantations has to be up there so is the leisure on the pristine beaches. Our guide was excellent and very helpful. The leader had good information and support and managed the trip well. Highly recommend this trip.

  36. Mewan:

    We had great time with kids on the Sri Lankan grand tour. Saw lots, did lots and all made very easy by the seerendipity team. We rarely book this type opf family trips and looked forward to have a nice time. Our guided (Silva) was fantastic and always in hand if we needed anything.

  37. Samy:

    Good hotels, good food and excellent guide, who drives very carefully. Full day yala safari, hike at Sigiriya, 3 days relaxation on the pristine beaches… everything was unique and memorable experince. most places are still empty and tourist attractions are lack of travellers.

  38. Shina Levis:

    Never had such a great trip. Our first trip since the ease of COVID-19 restrictions. I take this opportunity to thank Sanjeev and Seerendipity for giving us a fantastic service and a special rate on the trip. It is good to know that they offer special rates for diplomats working in Sri Lanka. Sincerely this is the first time I came across this type of privilege.

  39. Rania jilinova:

    Excellent Sri Lanka trip! The trip was very well organized with good hotels, transport and sites. Very frendly guide! We enjoyed the trip a lot in the first week, however, the government of Sri Lanka closed all the toruist places suddenly due to the COVID19 and we missed few places including wildlife park. However, we are happy with the trip.

  40. juji Ueno: