visiting temple: Yes, Please dress accordingly 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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Sri Lanka Heritage Private Tour


Some of Sri Lanka’s most alluring, charismatic and most popular tourist attractions are just a short hop away from Colombo international airport, including the Sigiriya rock fortress, the Bentota beach and the primaeval rain forest, Sinharaja. So, if you are not in the mood to go clubbing or discos, take a break and venture on 5 days Sri Lanka trip to visit some of the most exciting places outside of Colombo.

This 4-night private tour offers the perfect introduction for first-time 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.

Visit a tea plantation, Spice Garden and the Royal Botanic Gardens, plus enjoy a scenic journey from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya. Includes round-trip private transport from Bandaranaike International Airport or your hotel in Colombo, Mount Lavinia or Negombo.


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 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
  • 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


Highlights

  • Touring Sri Lanka’s cultural triangle.
  • Colombo Sightseeing and shopping tour.
  • 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 Sigiriya rock fortress.
  • Trek to the Ramboda plateau and have a closer look into 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.
  • Attend the cooking class and learn to cook a delicious Sri Lankan meal.
  • Explore the breathtaking Sri Lankan mountains.
  • Visit the world's first foster home for orphan elephants in the world, Pinnawla elephant park.
  • Wildlife safari at Minneriya national park to see wild animals.

Trip includes

  • 4 nights accommodation in tourist hotels (Gimanhala hotel-Sigiriya (2 nights), Ganga Addara hotel (2 nights)-Kandy)
  • Meal plan H/B basis (daily breakfast and dinner included at hotel)
  • Entire ground transportation in an air-conditioned, luxury, private vehicle
  • Pickup and drop-off at the airport or local hotels
  • All sightseeing tours as per the tour itinerary
  • Service of an English-speaking chauffeur/guide for the entire tour (please inquire for other languages)
  • Mineral water during sightseeing tours and overland trips
  • Entrance fees and activity cost for below,
    • Sigiriya rock fortress
    • Dambulla golden cave temple
    • Tooth relic temple
    • Royal botanical garden
    • Polonnaruwa historical site
    • Victoria Park Nuwara Eliya
    • Pinnawala elephant orphanage
    • Safari jeep and entrance fees to Minneriya national park
  • All current taxes
  • Daily Breakfast at hotel (4), starting from day 2.
  • Daily Dinner at the hotel (4), starting from day 1.

Trip excludes

  • Gratuities

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

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 Taxes

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.


Additional information

  • Confirmation will be received at the time of booking
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • 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
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats, available
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate.

Trip map

Itineraries

Day 1

Time : 6:00 am

COLOMBO / SIGIRIYA

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

Stop at Pinnawala elephant orphanage

Pinnawala elephant orphanage is one of the tourist hotspots on the island, featuring biggest tamed elephant her on the island. You will be visiting the Elephant bathing place where dozens of elephant gather to daily schedules bath.

Spend Overnight in Sigiriya

Meals

Dinner included

Day 2

Time : 8:00 am

SIGIRIYA / POLONNARUWA / SIGIRIYA

After leisurely breakfast leave for Polonnaruwa and Sigiriya.

Early morning visit Sigiriya rock fortress

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).

The hike at Sigiriya rock takes around 2 hours, however, it can be prolonged up to about 3 hours on crowded days.

Afterward: Visit The Ancient City of Polonnaruwa (UNESCO world heritage site) with approx. 2 hours drive

Polonnaruwa hides many dozens of crumbling historical monuments and you need to spend about 2 hours while exploring the ancient marvels.

Safari at Minneriya national park

Minneriya national park is one of the best places to spot wild elephants. Jeep driver takes you to the Minneriya lake where hundreds of Elephants gather to feed and drink water every day. Spotted deer, monkey, jackal, crocodile, wild buffaloes and many other animals, as well as dozens of avian fauna species, are also on the display.

Overnight stay hotel in Sigiriya

Meals

Breakfast and Dinner included

Day 3

Time : 7:00 am

SIGIRIYA / KANDY

After the breakfast leave for the hotel in Kandy, En-route,

Stop At Dambulla Cave Temple, and Visit the Cave temple of Dambulla (UNESCO world heritage site), a batik factory and a spice garden, where you can see the best spices in Sri Lanka, duration: 2 hours,

Dambulla cave temple

Morning: Visit the cave temple of Dambulla (UNESCO world heritage site), a batik factory and a spice garden, where you can see the best spices in Sri Lanka. duration: 2 hours.

Later visit Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic

Afternoon: You will do the city tour of Kandy including a visit to the temple of the sacred tooth relic, duration: 1 hour.

Stop At: Kandy Lake

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

Overnight stay hotel in Kandy

Meals

Breakfast and Dinner included

Day 4

Time : 9:00 am

KANDY / NUWARA ELIYA / KANDY

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

Stop At: Royal Botanical Gardens

Visit Peradeniya Botanical Garden, one of the best botanical gardens in Asia, duration: 2 hours.

Stop At: Ramboda Waterfall, Pussellawa Sri Lanka

Visit Ramboda waterfalls and enjoy the beauty of nature, duration: 30 minutes. The Ramboda waterfalls are located in the Ramboda plateau and this cascading waterfall makes a sight to behold, especially during the rainy season. You will have to make a downhill march with your tour guide to take a look into this beautiful waterfall.

Stop At: Tea Factory, Nuwara Eliya Sri Lanka

On completion of this visit, you will be driven 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

The beautiful city of Nuwara is a popular place in the upcountry due to its healing climate. There are dozens of places to visit in Nuwara Eliya and Gregory lake, Seeta temple, victoria park, racecourse and golf course rank among the best places to visit.

After completion of sightseeing in Nuwara Eliya return to hotel in Kandy, duration 1 hour.

Overnight stay hotel in Kandy

Meals

Breakfast and Dinner included

Day 5

Time : 8:00 am

KANDY / COLOMBO

After a leisurely breakfast at hotel leave for Colombo. the drive takes between 3-4 hours.

En-route colombo sightseeing tour to visit major tourist attraction in Colombo such as Victoria park, BMICH, Wolvendaal church, Gangarama, Independence square. The Colombo sightseeing tour lasts around 2 hours. Thereafter, proceed to the hotel, check-in and leisure.

Overnight Stay hotel in Colombo

Meals

Breakfast

  1. :

    Sri Lanka is such a fantastic country, I feel 6 days not enough to see much of it.

  2. :

    It was very easy to book the tour with seerendipity tours. We just paid them online and everything was perfectly planned. We were informed about all the hotels on the trip and all are very nice hotels. The guide sam was very good and knowledgable.

  3. :

    Excellent 6 days with a very knowledgeable local guide. The trip was very well organized by the local tour operators. Our guide Jagath was very nice, speaks perfect English, and very knowledgeable

  4. :

    There had been lot of travelling during the trip

  5. :

    Fantastic private trip for our family. Our kids enjoyed the tour a lot. Very good hotels and meals. The price was the best

  6. :

    Our guide Silva was very helpful and kind, the tour was excellent with him, we enjoyed a lot.

  7. :

    Fantastic Sri Lanka trip, everything was well organized and the local guide was very knowledgeable very helpful

  8. :

    Even though it was a 6 days trip, we felt it like a 2 days tour because the trip was very interesting we did not feel that we’re losing the time. the tour was well organized and Rohan was a good driver/guide.

  9. :

    Fantastic tour with a a range of activities for everyone. Such an authentic experience and our tour guide was fantastic. Highly recommend!!!

  10. :

    I never knew that Sri Lanka had such a long history. We visited dozens of historical monuments and it is surprising what the people in the past achieved. Very good informative tour, worth every penny we spent.

  11. :

    Excellent tour! This country is amazing!! Cham was an amazing guide. So approachable and so much knowledge. But luckily we had such a great time with our friends, including cham!

  12. :

    A large herd of Wild elephants only a few meters away from us, it was the highlight for me on this tour. I’m really that I took this trip.

  13. :

    An amazing tour packed full of memorable experiences! Sri Lanka was safe, affordable, culturally interesting, and very scenic! Book this tour, you won’t regret it! Happy travels.

  14. :

    Excellent trip and everything took place as per our wish. You have maximum privacy with a dedicated driver/guide and a comfortable vehicle, I feel that the beauty of this trip. Overall rating is very good.

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    Good

  16. :

    Very affordable trip with a good hotel and a very comfortable vehicle. Our guide Senani was very nice and helpful.

  17. :

    this is a very well organised tour with Shantha with plenty of fun and laughter along the way

  18. :

    Visiting Sri Lanka was a great experience and meaningful for me, especially in a difficult time for its tourism. Thanks to an excellent leader, ThilaChamath, the trip was safe and memorable.

  19. :

    Travelled a lot during 6 days, otherwise good

  20. :

    A fast paced trip with opportunity to see some amazing highlights of the cultural triangle. Definite highlight was Kandy, and it was a lovely way to end the trip having a couple of free days at the beach. Thanks Viraj for being a great tour leader 🙂

  21. :

    The first hotel was OK but service was not that much good and food also not up to the standard. And it was raining too.

  22. :

    Good trip

  23. :

    An absolute pearler of a trip, definitely recommend to others who don’t want a big group and want to chill with people their own age whilst seeing all the banger sites in SL.

  24. :

    Hectic trip lot of travelling during the 6 days

  25. :

    Very nice trip with a nice blend of culture, nature and history. Most interestingly it is private. A nice comfortable vehicle, good hotels, excellent food. Everything well organized, good informative guide.

  26. :

    Nice tour

  27. :

    Seriously people you have to start visiting Sri Lanka again. So much history and such a beautiful and fun place to visit. The people are wonderful and we never once felt unsafe or uneasy about what we were doing.

  28. :

    First time with Seerendipity and had a great time. Great tour leader and a mix of inclusions, activities, and experiences hard to find elsewhere. Loved Sri Lanka, thank you to Seerendipity and all the wonderful people we met.

  29. :

    The trip is good and it includes many interesting places, a very nice vehicle with well experience guide (Mohan).

  30. :

    Excellent trip, very well organized

  31. :

    Trekking at Sigiriya rock fortress was bit strenuous but the view from teh summit is simply unforgettable. The trip is very interesting and the guide was excellent. Good hotel,m vehicle and food too.

  32. :

    The first hotel was not good because they had very poor service

  33. :

    Very nice trip for a family, there are many interesting activities for kids like visiting wildlife reserves, beaches.

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