Sri Lanka fits most people’s idea of what a tropical idyll should look like: glorious, golden-sand beaches along the coast; wildlife-rich savannah inland; and a tract of misty mountains at the island’s core – all providing a superbly exotic backdrop for a traditional Asian culture with deep and sophisticated roots.
Whatever kind of holiday you have in mind, it’s worth experiencing the wonders of the so-called ‘Golden Triangle’, a couple of hours’ drive from the capital, Colombo, where some of Asia’s greatest archeological treasures rise from a vast, scrub-covered plain.
Further south and east, amid the lush slopes of the ‘Tea Country’, you can savour expansive vistas of rolling plantations from beautifully renovated British-era tea bungalows. The city of Kandy is the centre of this verdant hill tract and the site of the ‘Temple of the Tooth’ – the best place to experience traditional Sinhalese ritual, music, dance and costume.
Wildlife and birding enthusiasts will find plenty of inspiration in the island’s national parks, which shelter thriving populations of birds as well as wild elephant and leopards, while the cobalt waters off shore ranks among the best in the world to see blue & sperm whales and spinner dolphins.
Our Sri Lanka Tours
As well as the must-see sights, a TransIndus tour of Sri Lanka will include a selection of authentic cultural experiences, and stays in some of Asia’s loveliest hotels, boutique hideaways and homestays. Whatever your budget and preferred holiday style, our travel specialists will have plenty of ideas. The following pages feature some of our favourites, culled from three decades of operating tours and holidays to the island.
For more inspiration, contact one of our team of Sri Lanka experts and specialists for an introductory chat.
Suggested Holidays & Group Tours of Sri Lanka
Emerald Isle - Sri Lanka
Group Tour 13 days from £1825 per person
Experience the very best Sri Lanka has to offer on this luxury group tour combining the principal sights of the Cultural Triangle with a handful of less well known locations amid the tea plantations of the interior. It includes stays in Kandy and the…
Wildlife of Sri Lanka
Group Tour 8 days from £1365 per person
Discover the remarkable natural diversity of Sri Lanka on this small group tour, from the birds and reptiles in the rainforests to large mammals in the national parks and the abundant marine life in the waters off the south coast. Starting from the W…
Sri Lanka In Style
Tailor-made Tour 16 days from £4090 per person
Experience the very best Sri Lanka has to offer on this leisurely tour that combines the main sights of the Cultural Triangle with a handful of less well-known locations amid the tea plantations of the interior. It includes a three-night beach break…
Honeymoon Sri Lanka: Summer
Tailor-made Tour 16 days from £4875 per person
Experience some of Asia’s dreamiest and most romantic beaches on this luxury honeymoon to Sri Lanka - a country of evocative ancient monuments and gorgeous landscapes. This two week bespoke tour is designed especially for couples looking for a luxury…
Winter Honeymoon in Sri Lanka
Tailor-made Tour 14 days from £4685 per person
Sri Lanka is the perfect luxury honeymoon destination with a mix of relaxing hideaways, and astounding landscapes and monuments, and this two week luxury honeymoon itinerary has all three in abundance. Stringing together the most romantic locations o…
Off-Track Sri Lanka
Tailor-made Tour 15 days from £3995 per person
If you’ve visited Sri Lanka before and seen the main sights, or merely wish to explore some of the island’s lesser frequented corners, this adventurous two-week tour could be perfect for you. It focusses mainly on the northwest, which only a decade…
Sri Lankan Wildlife
Tailor-made Tour 12 days from £3397 per person
Leopard and elephant are Sri Lanka’s two signature species, and you’ll have ample opportunity to spot both on this two-week tour of the island, which has been specifically designed with wildlife and nature lovers in mind. The three most famous nation…
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Highlights of Sri Lanka
Colombo, Sri Lanka’s capital and international gateway, is a large, modern metropolis with roots as a medieval port. Its streets were laid out by the Dutch in the 1600s and expanded by their British successors, who transformed it into the i…
In the very heart of Sri Lanka, a massive flat-topped, sheer-sided rock rises abruptly from the plains. It is a striking sight and a remarkable one due to the presence on its summit of an unusual fortress built in the 5th century. About hal…
Jutting like a small peninsula into the Indian Ocean from Sri Lanka’s southwestern tip, Galle is a gorgeous, colonial-era fortified city acclaimed as the finest of its kind in Southeast Asia. Although it has been a port since ancient times,…
Horton Plains National Park
Named after a former British governor, the Horton Plains National Park is – at around 2,200m (7,200ft) – the island’s highest and most isolated plateau. Covered by montane forest and undulating moor-like grassland, it forms the headwaters o…
Anuradhapura, the vast capital that endured for nearly a millennium from around 377BC, remains a sacred city because it was Buddhism’s initial home on the island. The famous ‘Tooth Relic’ - a canine of the Buddha retrieved from his funeral…
Set beside a shimmering artificial lake, Polonnaruwa is the most compelling of Sri Lanka’s ancient capitals. From the 11th to 13th centuries, a succession of ambitious kings developed an immense city here. Its triple-layered, concentric wal…
Nuwara Eliya, the country’s principal hill station, lies at the heart of an extensive and commercially important tea-growing region – an area of verdant valleys and slopes contoured by the mosaic-like swirls of countless plantations. The be…
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