Visiting temple: Yes, Please dress accordingly Transportation:: Private transport Pick-up location and time: West-coast hotels and airport Cancellation Policy: Full refund if cancelled 7 days ahead of the tour
  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Reviews
  • Booking

The beauty of Sri Lanka Private Tour

Spend four memorable days on a private tour of Sri Lanka with a variety of sightseeing activities. Visit the Golden Temple of Dambulla, trekking through the tea gardens, bicycle around the ancient city of Polonnaruwa, tour Sigiriya Rock Fortress and see the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic (Sri Dalada Maligawa) — all UNESCO World Heritage sites. Your comprehensive itinerary includes a jungle trek, tuk-tuk transport and an ox-cart ride in a rural village. Includes 3-star hotels with daily breakfast.

Is this trip right for you?

  • The entire trip is private (transfers and sightseeings), only you and your associates take part in the trip.
  • This 5 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 Intrepid 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. Same times 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.

Why you'll love this trip

  • 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
  • Enjoy the breathtaking hill country scenery
  • 2 hours trek at Sigiriya rock fortress
  • Witness the beautiful paintings and statues at the ancient temple of Dambulla
  • Explore the palm-tree beaches and streets of the west coast, 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

Places you visit on this trip


  • Touring Sri Lanka’s cultural triangle.
  • Experience Sri Lanka’s historical and cultural heritage while visiting thousands of years old monuments.
  • Cycling through the ancient monuments in Polonnaruwa.
  • Go bicycling, ride a tuk-tuk and take an ox-cart ride.
  • Kandy sightseeing tour with Kandyan cultural show.
  • Visiting Kandyan cultural show and witness the acrobatic performance of Sri Lankan dancers and listen to the soothing music of musicians.
  • Take a 360-degree panoramic view from the summit of the Sigiriya rock fortress.
  • 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, Victoria Park and many more.
  • Minneriya safari park in search of wild elephants, crocodiles and other wild creatures with local guide and driver.
  • Visiting the Pinnawala elephant orphanage and see the elephant bath on the Maha Oya River.

Trip includes

  • 4 nights accommodation at standard tourist hotels with daily breakfast at the hotel
  • 4 Breakfasts starting from day 2
  • Transport by air-conditioned car or van with English speaking driver/guide (please inquire for other languages
  • Cycling in Polonnaruwa
  • Kandy city tour
  • Colombo city tour
  • Gangarama temple
  • Independent square
  • Kandyan cultural show with gem museum
  • Spice garden
  • All current taxes
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Trip excludes

  • Tips & Gratuities
  • Hiriwadunna village tour with Lunch
  • Daily lunch and dinner
  • Entrance fees for
    • Sigiriya rock fortress
    • Dambulla cave temple
    • Polonnaruwa monuments
    • Tooth relic temple
    • Pinnawala elephant orphanage
    • Village tour Sigiriya and cooking class
    • Royal botanical garden
  • Any other expense not mentioned in the Inclusions section


    • Gimanhala hotel-Dambulla (2 nights).
    • Ganga Addara hotel-Kandy (1 night).
    • Oak ray hotel Nuwara eliya (1 night).

Additional information

  • 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 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 are 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
  • No 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. Only your group will participate

Book now & pay later

Reserve your tour now and pay when you meet us. Send us the duly filled tour booking form, we will arrange your tour and 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

Trp map



Day 1

Time : 7:00 am


Meet and greet by Seerendipity tours representative ane leave for Sigiriya, En-route

Stop At: Dambulla Cave Temple

You will be picked up from your hotel in Colombo, Negombo or Mount Lavinia and driven to Dambulla. Visit the Cave temple of Dambulla (UNESCO World Heritage). Spend overnight in Sigiriya, duration: 2 hours.

Overnight stay in Sigiriya

Day 2

Time : 7:30 am


After the breakfast leave for Polonnaruwa ancient city, en-route

Stop At: Polonnaruwa Sri Lanka

In the morning, take a morning cycling tour at one of the best-maintained ruins of ancient Ceylon - the UNESCO World Heritage City of Polonnaruwa where was the medieval capital of Sri Lanka, duration: 3 hours.

Stop At: Ancient City of Sigiriya

In the afternoon, drive from your hotel to Sigiriya and Climb the Sigiriya rock fortress where you will visit rocky abode and water gardens (UNESCO World Heritage site & one of the Wonders of the World), duration: 3 hours.

Overnight stay in Sigiriya

Day 3

Time : 8:00 am


After the breakfast leave for the hotel in Kandy, en-route visit Spice garden and village tour,

Stop At: Hiriwadunna village tour

In the morning, trek through the archetypal Sri Lankan Typical village. The trek begins with an awesome walk along a Wewa or man-made reservoir. The reservoir, the surrounding scrub jungle, marshland and village are a hive of early morning or evening activity. You will continue your tour with a bullock cart ride up to a village house where you can experience a Sri Lankan Lunch, duration: 3 hours.

Stop At: Spice Garden

After Lunch, we will drive to Kandy. En route visit a Spice garden in Matale. For centuries, spices have been one of Sri Lanka’s most celebrated exports and are used for not only food but also medicines and cosmetics, duration: 1 hour.

Stop At: Temple of the Tooth

In the afternoon, you will take a city tour of Kandy including a visit to the temple of the sacred tooth relic, upper lake drive, market square, gem lapidary and more. Spend overnight in Kandy, duration: 2 hours.

Overnight stay in Kandy

Day 4

Time : 8:00 am


After the breakfast leave for a sightseeing tour of Kandy, and proceed to Nuwara Eliya En-route,

Royal Botanical Gardens

Visit Peradeniya Botanical Garden, one of the best botanical gardens in Asia,
duration: 1 hour.

Ramboda Waterfall, Pussellawa Sri Lanka

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

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

Nuwara Eliya sightseeing tour

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

Overnight stay in Nuwara Eliya

Meals Included


Day 5

Time : 9:00 am


Breakfast at the hotel and leave for Colombo, en-route Colombo sightseeing tour

Today after breakfast, you will be taken back to your hotel in Colombo, Negombo or Mount Lavinia or Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo.

End of the tour

  1. :

    It was a good trip amazing tour guide. Gives you an incite to Sri Lanka culture and history. Loved Sigiriya and panoramic view from its summit and the walkthrough and the vnearby illages. Safari to see the elephants.

  2. :

    4 days sri Lanak may be a short trip but it packed with a large number of interesting places. Excellent trip with a good mixture of culture, nature, good food. Our very knowledgable and caring guide Gayan made this trip with his fun personality unforgetable. A great trip to get to know the different sites of the beautiful country Sri Lanka. Highly recommended!

  3. :

    Amazing 4 days with a variety of activities, places and cultural experiences. Super professional guide and staff. I strongly recommend it.

  4. :

    $ days Sri Lanka trip with a fascinating blend of culture and nature and history. We wanted to explore the historical past of sri Lanka and it was the ideal trip for it. We gad a great tour guide with a very comfortable private car. hotels are good and good food.

  5. :

    A fantastic journey through a diverse and interesting country, made all the more memorable by our inspiring guide Indika.

  6. :

    4 days Sri Lanka trip is a great way to get to know this beautiful country and its temple, palaces and historical monuments. It packs in touring, cycling, trekking, walks across historical cities, villages.

  7. :

    A great oppertunity to explore this beatuiful Island with his great cultre, nature, facinating history and delicious local Food.

  8. :

    Wonderful trip with a good driver/guide. Wouldn’t change a thing. Would love to travel with Chamy again. Most places are empty.

  9. :

    The trip was excellent and most places we visited were empty, I feel the people are still afraid of travelling due to COVID-19. Saman, our guide was brilliant and gave us a superb service.

  10. :

    A wonderful trip, well organised. So good to have a tour guide, felt safe.

  11. :

    Cannot fault Seerendipity from start to finish the booking process to driver/guide, location to name a few! If you have any doubt choose Seerendipity!

  12. :

    I had the most amazing experience doing The cultural Triangule trip, Our driver/guide Kusum was fantastic very enthusiastic funny and knowledgable , there was not a day he didn’t make me smile. The trip was very well organised and I didn’t have any boring moments. Thank you for making such a great experience. Namaste !!!

  13. :

    first time with seerendipity, what a wonderful experience. Very professional and knowledgeable guide/drive who helped make the whole trip amazing, everything ran like clockwork. Would definitely recommend this company, do read trip notes it makes everything so much easier.

  14. :

    Had an amazing time on this trip. The Trip moved quite quickly through and was somewhat intense so not the trip fir someone wanting a lot of solo time. This trip took me to a lot of places I would not have been game enough to venture to on my own. As a solo female traveller I felt incredibly safe while on tour.

  15. :

    Very well put together. Excellent driver/guide. Mr Kusum. Be very lucky if you get a chance to book this trip with him

  16. :

    You will not regret doing it. I feel like I got to see so much in 4 days. It’s not a ‘relaxing’ pace, but we covered so much ground and saw so much each day. Wonderful experience!

  17. :

    This whole trip was fantastic from start to finish. We were only in Sri Lanka for a short time but it was jam-packed. The whole process with Seerendipity was seamless and the customer service we received was second to none. This is a great way to see Sri Lanka in a super short amount of time 10/10 recommend.

  18. :

    Four jam-packed days of adventure through Sri Lanka’s cultural hub. My favorite was Sigiriya. I definitely recommend the elephant safari in Minneriya, which was an unforgettable showpiece ! Not a “relaxing” trip but comfortable, nonetheless. I wouldn’t put any stock in what others have said about accommodation. They were all clean and comfortable. Highly recommend!

  19. :

    I had a wonderful time in Sri Lanka thanks to Seerendipity and our tour guide. Something to be mindful is time of year (can be busy during Christmas) but other than that, we had a beautiful time!

  20. :

    I really enjoyed the trip. Malaka was a perfect driver/guide and took us to so many great places. Also, the hotels were much better than expected. I especially liked the Ganga addara, which was a basic hotel but with nice river view. It is an exhausting 4 days but you get so much out of it, so very good for a first impression on Sri Lanka:)

  21. :

    Highly valuable

  22. :

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

  23. :

    My husband and I have just completed Sri Lanka cultural tour 3 days. We thoroughly enjoyed this tour which really immerses the traveller in the culture and the local environment.

  24. :

    Good trip

  25. :

    We have just completed cultural tour. The trip encapsulated every essence of Sri Lanka from the bustling culture, history and religion.

  26. :

    The essence Sri Lanka tour was a perfect quick trip to see all the cultural and scenic highlights of Sri Lanka! Couldn’t speak more highly!

  27. :

    What a fabulous adventure! Great guide, amazing food and some stunning sights. Would highly recommend this trip.

  28. :

    There is no better way to see the cultural side of Sri Lanka! This is a great intro to Sri Lanka, accommodation was good and comfortable.

  29. :

    During the 4 days, we have visited many interesting places and most of them were cultural and historical places giving us the opportunity to learn the bygone era of Sri Lanka.

  30. :

    We had a Great guide “Chamy” and he was very knowledgable. The places were interesting and the optional tours were well chosen. I had a wonderful time.

  31. :

    Had a wonderful experience with Seerendipity on the 4 days tour. 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.

  32. :

    We absolutely loved travelling with Seerendipity tours on this 3 days short tour. The tour was the perfect balance between archaeological sites & history, culture, and relaxation. We would highly recommend!

  33. :

    If you like ruins, temples, historical monuments, elephant safaris, friendly people, monkeys, and culture, go to Sri lanka! Totally safe time there thanks to our wonderful guide Anura. Amazing people, amazing times! Learned so much on an extremely smooth and safe trip. Thank you!

  34. :

    Very good organized trip in beautiful Sri Lanka to explore cultural triangle, lot of temples palaces and ruins.

  35. :

    3 days were perfect with 2 hotel for 2 nights. Small group and skilful, pleasant guide.

  36. :

    Ideal family trip with private transport and dedicated driver/guide.

  37. :

    A perfect introduction to Sri Lanka.

  38. :

    Tour was OK, but we did not like the spice garden, because they were a little bit pushy.

  39. :

    This is our first time in Sri Lanka, and we were not aware of how beautiful Sri Lanka was. Sri Lanka has plenty of green and beautiful sandy beaches.

  40. :

    This trip had some amazing sights, which we were privileged to experience. The Sri Lankan culture is so diverse and very interesting. We appreciated everything we seen and did,

  41. :

    Had an amazing trip. Air-conditioned modern sedan with a dedicated driver/guide. Damini was informative and fun. Good accommodation and food. This trip gave me everything it said it would and more. Absolutely loved it!

  42. :

    Perfect family trip with kids friendly hotels.

  43. :

    Great Sri Lanka trip around the cultural Triangle. Wonderful sights, great experiences, good food and well looked after. Hotels are average but very clean and nice service match with the price.

  44. :

    We visited many temples and ancient ruins but Pinnawal elephant park and the safari of Minneriya was my favourite. There was a large number of elephant gathering ib both places, I never saw such a large gathering of the elephants before.

  45. :

    I had a great time on my first Sri Lanka trip.

  46. :

    The cultural triangle tour was amazing! Hit all the good spots, and everything was planned so smoothly. As a solo female traveller I did not once feel unsafe – highly recommend!

  47. :

    The tour has a nice blend of sites and activities.

  48. :

    It was super easy to book a trip with seerendipity tours. We just had to send them an email and they arranged everything within a short period of time and contacted us. The trip itinerary was excellent and includes many interesting places. Our guide was supers and he did a great job.

  49. :

    Every day we travelled many hundred kilometres and stopped in between for sightseeing. Due to teh long drive, we had very little time to rest.

  50. :

    Very happy with the trip

  51. :

    Nice trip but lots of travelling

  52. :

    We had a great trip with Seerendipity, our guide was not only knowledgeable but fun and friendly. Great being a part of out trip, we were all made to feel included. Truly enjoyable.

  53. :

    A fascinating, fun, safe and very well organised tour with maximum privacy on a private trip. It is a great introduction to Sri Lankan temples and culture.

  54. :

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

  55. :

    This trip surpassed all my expectations undoubtably the guide made this so. Sam was passionate, informed,caring and intelligent.

  56. :

    My first solo trip and now I am hooked! Sri Lanka is an amazing place, the people are wonderful, the food is delicious and my private driver/guide ensured everyone was well looked after and got the most out of their trip, thank u!

  57. :

    I had a great cultural adventure on my Cultural Triangle trip! The experience of encountering the people, food, and history of Sri Lanka is packaged very nicely in this trip.

  58. :

    A great snapshot of Sri Lanka in a good amount of time.

  59. :

    The Golden Triangle was a fantastic trip. I enjoyed each day with something new and exciting to see.

  60. :

    This trip was full of different experiences and gave me a great taste of Sri Lanka.

  61. :

    Great trip for experiencing a glimpse into Sri Lanka in a short amount of time. Get to travel to some amazing destinations and try amazing food. Would definitely recommend.

  62. :

    Entire cultural triangle packed into 4 days tour, as my first ever tour to Sri Lanka, I could not have asked for better service or a better guide than with Malan. Having an energetic guide really made me feel relaxed and safe visiting India for the first time.

  63. :

    Definitely recommend this trip. Get to see so much in so little time. Historical monuments, wildlife safari, botanical gardens are the best parts. If you can book a couple of days in Colombo either side as so much to do there.

  64. :

    Inspiring trip, that takes you through beautiful parts of Sri Lanka with a knowledgeable tour guide who was always there with a helping hand and to guide you through unfamiliar territories with a smile. I was so very impressed with the whole experience.

  65. :

    The tour was fantastic I would recommend having a day or two before hand to discover Colombo as there were a few sites we didn’t see as part of the tour that were great to visit. For these visit urban adventures as they also have great tour guides and day trips. Our driver/guide Kusum was fantastic and I would definitely recommend this trip.

  66. :

    What an experience. The sights, sounds and smells. Gayan was an amazing guide and the trip covered all the sights to see.

  67. :

    Absolutely amazing! Our guide was THE BEST and the trip was perfect. You will not regret!

  68. :

    If you’re thinking about doing this trip – look no further! Responsible travel is a must, and Seerendipity have hit the nail on the head.

  69. :

    Excellent short trip to get a flavour of Sri Lanka. Great guide made the trip very enjoyable. Good to have airport pickup and drop off included as well. Fascinating place, unlike anywhere else we have been.

  70. :

    This trip was unforgettable. A trip of a lifetime. The itinerary was so well crafted and put together, there was not one thing that didn’t have my jaw on the floor. Highly recommend this tour to anyone, the guide we had was exceptional! So full of knowledge and local information, and was so friendly and welcoming.

  71. :

    Greta local trip organizer. Booking was easy and informative! our tour guide/driver, destinations and itinerary were fantastic! Thanks for assisting me make amazing, unforgettable memories!!

  72. :

    This tour was an excellent introduction to Sri Lanka. Our guide dilan was excellent.

  73. :

    This tour was the perfect whistle stop of all the highlights of the cultural Triangle. There was a great balance between included and optional activities. Our guide was accommodating and very knowledgeable

  74. :

    Although only a short trip, this Sri Lankan cultural 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!

  75. :

    If you want to go to Sri Lanka, I cannot recommend the Cultural triangle Tour enough. It was the perfect introduction to the country and, if you’re lucky, you’ll get Malan as your tour guide. Unforgettable.

  76. :

    The Cultural Triangle is 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.

  77. :

    Very happy with the trip

  78. :

    This trip was just the best and exceeded all my expectations. Wonderful

  79. :

    What a great trip! Full of wonderful sights and activities — fully met my expectations, based on the Trip Notes. Our driver/guide Daya, was fabulous — knowledgeable, organized, patient, and very helpful. I’m impressed with local trip organiser clear and genuine dedication to values of responsible, sustainable tourism. Thank you!

  80. :

    Great intro to Sri Lanka! We did the Cultural Triangle in 4 days. Nice accommodation and good itinerary.

  81. :

    Would highly recommend. Our personal driver/guide Wasantha was amazing, saw so much in the few days and had lots of fun. Perfect for everyone.

  82. :

    Wonderful trip great guide, vehicle and hjotels

  83. :

    This trip is great if you have a short amount of time and want to see sites and experience culture. Highly recommend. Malan was a great guide!

  84. :

    Excellent trip, wonderful driver/Guide

  85. :

    Sri Lanka cultural triangle exceeded expectations a magnificent surprise every day. So much history and beautiful architecture

  86. :

    An exceptional tour guide/driver made this trip an unforgettably authentic and totally fun experience!

  87. :

    It was my first time to Sri Lanka and I only had a short amount of time between trips. The golden triangle was an idea trip for me to get a taste of Sri Lanka and give me the confidence to go off and explore on my own after. A really well run trip that gives you many experiences.

  88. :

    This was my first trip in Sri Lanka. The itinerary was packed with places to visit and opportunities to mix with local people including participation in religious services where appropriate.

  89. :

    This trip was perfect for a brief introduction to Sri Lanka. It was well organised and covered a lot of beautiful sites.

  90. :

    I had an incredible time on my Sri Lanka trip. The tour guide/driver was a lovely, super organised person, which took away a lot of the stress that travelling to a new place can bring.

  91. :

    Very interesting experience and a great vibe. I met some great friends from worldwide. And our local guide Gamini is great company. This is probably one of safetest way to explore Sri Lanka.

  92. :

    Janu was an excellent tour guide and he was a well-disciplined driver too and he made the trip special & more enjoyable.

  93. :

    This was a great trip with a fantastic guide. We have seen and experienced far more than we could have hoped for. Our appreciation of Sri Lanka, (places, people and culture) has been forever enhanced.

Add a review

  • Pricing Name
    Group (Min-Max)
  • Pricing Name 3* Standard Hotels
    2 - 2 Pax
    Available Seats: 2

    Adult ( 2 - 2 Pax ) USD460.00 USD350.00 /Person

    - +
  • Pricing Name 4* Standard Hotels
    2 - 2 Pax
    Available Seats: 2

    Adult ( 2 - 2 Pax ) USD570.00 USD480.00 /Person

    - +