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Best of Sri Lanka-10 Days Private Tour


This 10-days private tour offers the perfect introduction for first-time visitors to Sri Lanka with relaxation on Sri Lanka's pristine beaches. 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 and 3-night relaxation on the west coast beaches.

Visit a tea plantation, Spice Garden and the Royal Botanic Gardens, plus enjoy a scenic train journey from Peradeniya to Nanuoya. And towards the end of thrip relax on the pristine beaches of Sri Lanka west coast. 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 10 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.
  • Lats 3-nights of the trip is reserved for relaxation and have your own time with loved ones.
  • 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

Highlights

  • Visit the UNESCO sites of Polonnaruwa, Dambulla, Sigiriya and Kandy
  • Tour the Spice Garden and Royal Botanic Gardens of Peradeniya
  • Take a scenic railway ride to Nanuoya
  • Explore the breathtaking Sri Lankan mountains
  • Explore Sri Lanka's wildlife at Yala national park
  • Relax on the palm-fringed west coast beach

Additional information

  • Additional Info 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 includes

  • 9 nights accommodation on H/B basis at the standard hotels
  • All Entrance fees
  • Pickup and drop-off at the airport or local hotels
  • Transport by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Service of an English-speaking chauffeur-guide for the entire tour
  • Mineral water during sightseeing tours and overland trips
  • All current taxes
  • Breakfast (9)
  • Dinner (9)

Trip excludes

  • Sri Lanka visa-related fees
  • Any change in tax structure resulting from the hike in published tariff
  • Any video / still camera fee to the monuments and places of visit
  • Any others expense not mentioned on Price Includes section
  • Flight tickets
  • 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

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 and driven to Sigiriya (Approx. 4 hours drive),

Stop At the Ancient City of Sigiriya, Sigiriya Site between the towns of Dambulla and Habarane, Sigiriya Sri Lanka .

Spend Overnight in Sigiriya. Accommodation is a 4-star hotel or similar grade on Half board basis, duration: 4 hours.

Day 2

Time : 8:00 am

SIGIRIYA / POLONNARUWA / SIGIRIYA

After leisurely breakfast leave for Polonnaruwa and Sigiriya.

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

Duration: 4 hours

Stop At the Ancient City of Sigiriya, Sigiriya Site between the towns of Dambulla and Habarane

Visit Sigiriya Sri Lanka Afternoon: 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).

Overnight stay at a 4-star hotel in Sigiriya

Day 3

Time : 7:00 am

DAMBULLA / 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 at a 4-star hotel in Kandy

Day 4

Time : 9:00 am

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.

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

Overnight stay at a 4-star hotel in Nuwara eliya

Day 5

Time : 8:00 am

KANDY/NUWARA ELIYA/ YALA

After the breakfast leave for Yala, en-route

Stop At: Victoria Park of Nuwara Eliya

Enjoy a city tour of Nuwara Eliya including a visit to Victoria Park, Gregory Lake and drive to Udawalawe for the overnight, duration: 2 hours.

En route visit Ravan waterfall, duration: 15 minutes

In the afternoon jeep safari at Yala national park, 3 hours

Overnight Stay at a 4-star hotel in Yala

Day 6

Time : 9:00 am

YALA / GALLE / BENTOTA

After breakfast, leave for Bentota via Galle, En-route visit Galle fortress, Bentota beach , Madu river estuary and Sea turtle conservation centre, duration of teh trip 4 hours</p

Overnight stay at a 4-star hotel in Bentota

Day 7

BENTOTA - Leisure in the beach resort

Have your own activities and relax in the beach resort

Day 8

BENTOTA - Leisure in the beach resort

Have your own activities and relax in the beach resort

Day 9

BENTOTA- Leisure in the beach resort

Have your own activities and relax in the beach resort

Day 10

BENTOTA / Colombo

After breakfast, you will be dropped off at the airport or your hotel in Negombo or Kalutara, duration: 1 hour.</p

End of the trip

  1. :

    It has been an amazing experience and would recommend to everyone to book with intrepid in general.

  2. :

    Very good organized trip in beautiful Sri Lanka. 10 days were perfect with 2 times the same hotel for 2 nights. Private group and skilful, pleasant guide.

  3. :

    We have just completed Circle Sri Lanka. The trip encapsulated every essence of Sri Lanka from the bustling streets, to the Hill Country and on to the coast made Brillant with our wonderful leader, Shanan.

  4. :

    I enjoyed all the program points of the tour as well as visiting the tourist places and having contact with the locals. It was a lot of fun to travel around in Sri Lanka and all the cities were very well selected, I am glad that I decided for this tour because I could not have better experiences than with Seerendipity. Our tour guide was excellent. He took care of all the time. He told us between the program a lot about the country, the religions, the animals and the culture. Every day was exciting. Supun showed us public markets, public places to eat and we always felt very safe. Best Tour guide ever!!!

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    If you like sunshine, palm trees, elephant safaris, leopard spotting, coconuts, beaches, hiking, scenic train rides, friendly people, monkeys, culture and tea, go to Sri Lanka! Totally safe time there thanks to our wonderful guide Gayan. Amazing people, amazing times! Learned so much on an extremely smooth and safe trip. Thank you!

  6. :

    We absolutely loved travelling with Seerendipity on the Best of Sri Lanka tour. The tour was the perfect balance between archaeological sites & history, food, culture, adventure and relaxation at the beach. It worth every penny, We would highly recommend!

  7. :

    Amazing trip to an incredible country, exceptionally led by Supun as our tour leader. Felt safe and well looked after at all times. Temples, tea plantations, treks and tasty, tasty food that you won’t forget in a hurry. Book now – you’re guaranteed a warm welcome by some of the friendliest people I’ve ever met.

  8. :

    The best of Sri Lanka was an amazing experience, our guide Gamini was good but he seems to need more experience in handling tours. but it was OK, he did his best. This trip provided everything, from cultural experiences; wildlife, to view ancient ruins, and the food was incredible. It is a country of smiles and wonderful people.

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    The main reason we opted for the splendour tour was the availability of the dedicated vehicle and the driver guide. It turned out to be a fantastic private trip and ideal getaway showcasing the best of Sri Lanka’s built and natural worlds. The highlights reel encompasses the whole trip: elephants, hill country hiking, ancient ruins, delicious food (vegetarian friendly!) and our kind, generous tour guide Thilan.

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    Splendour tour Sri Lanka is wonderful exposure to Sri Lankan history, agriculture, climate, culture and food. Experiencing hundreds of elephants in their natural environment may have been one of the highlights- or perhaps it was visiting the herb and spice garden to learn about Ayurvedic Medicine. The fabulous food, the friendly locals, the tea plantations, the UNESCO World Heritage sites, eating and cooking in family homes and sharing time with a small group of other travellers made for a memorable holiday.

  11. :

    Amazing trip. A great, supported way to see the highlights in Sri Lanka. Loved the small group size. The tour leader was so knowledgeable.

  12. :

    A last-minute booking to Sri Lanka proved to be an excellent choice. A lovely country, friendly people and exceptional experiences. Our personal guide ‘Gamini’ contributed to a very memorable holiday.

  13. :

    If you want a deep immersion in Sri Lanka’s history, sights and cultural practices, this trip is a must. Ray is an excellent guide and he will open your eyes to the country in a unique and memorable way.

  14. :

    It was a fantastic service from serendipity, very easy to book the trip and just a few emails and WhatsApp message.
    Excellent all-round exposure to Sri Lankan culture, its people, animals and the varied countryside. Our wonderful guide Sam was good-natured, fun, caring and so so generous and passionate with his knowledge and passion for his country.

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    Good trip

  16. :

    I have always been apprehensive about travelling alone but with Seerendipity it is made super easy. You get to see so much in a short space of time. Highly recommended

  17. :

    I would highly recommend Sri Lanka as a destination for a trip

  18. :

    The people are friendly, the food delicious, wildlife amazing and the variety of the itinerary was great. So much to do and see. It’s a beautiful country.

  19. :

    Perfect trip to showcase the spectacular sights, culture, food and people of Sri Lanka. I have come away with some amazing memories.

  20. :

    The splendour tour is a great way to visit all the must-see sites, try the local food and of course interact with the locals of Sri Lanka.

  21. :

    The best of Sri Lanka trip gave a great snapshot of how beautiful Sri Lanka is. We trekked through tea plantations, cycled ruins, met locals on the bus and the trains sites, ate so much amazing food, saw a huge herd of elephants on a wildlife jeep safari, relaxed on the beach, and visited beautiful Stupa’s, Buddha’s and temples, and so much more. I had an amazing time and met some lovely people. If you haven’t been to Sri Lanka before, add it to your holiday wish list.

  22. :

    There is no better to explore this tropical island. This is an unspoilt and beautiful country and culture that we should all take time to appreciate. And the food – YUM!! Just do it. Good hotel, an excellent guide and a fantastic sedan.

  23. :

    I cannot recommend Seerendipity’s best of Sri Lanka trip high enough from the moment I logged on to their website until the last day of our trip.

  24. :

    A brilliant trip; you get to experience a range of lush green environments, meet the locals and taste a variety of delicious foods. Our guide Silva was outstanding. We were regularly surprised by special activities and wonderful treats to taste. The tea plantation walks were a highlight as were the beautiful beaches.

  25. :

    A fantastic tour of this amazing island. A good balance of different experiences! Highly recommended. Our tour guide Silva was absolutely brilliant!

  26. :

    Plan a trip to Sri Lanka, you should absolutely consider this option. Great way to see the main sights of Sri Lanka but also includes many things you would never know about/be able to do by yourself.

  27. :

    The Best of SriLanka tour was nothing short of INCREDIBLE!! From our Tour Guide (Thilan) to the locations visited, experiences had, and everything in between; a magnificent way to see the country! little over 1 week of immersing within the culture exceeded all expectations …ticking-off yet another Bucket List item with only wonderful memories!

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    Great way to see this beautiful tropical and friendly country.

  29. :

    At the beginning, it was busy, very laid back in the end. A lot of temples and a lot of rice and curry… The hikes were too laid back. We thought it was going to be more challenging. Overall a good trip

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