Sri Lankan Highlights

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4.5 Based on 8 Reviews
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  • Festivals and events
  • Natural landmarks sightseeing
  • Cultural, religious and historic sites
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  • duration 8 days
  • tour type Group
  • age requirement 16+ yrs
  • max group size 16
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Starts Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Ends Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • +6
HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • The magnificent cave temple at Dambulla and the ruins at Polonnaruwa
  • Cycle trip through a series of lakes and a rice paddy plantation
  • Climb the rock fortress at Sigirya for breathtaking views
  • Explore the beautiful lakeside town of Kandy
Starting and ending in Colombo, the Sri Lankan Highlights trip is a guided cultural, religious and historic sites trip that takes 8 days. You will travel through Colombo, Wattala, Giritale and 5 other destinations in Sri Lanka. Sri Lankan Highlights is a small group trip which includes accommodation, transport, meals and others.

With so much diversity Sri Lanka has enough to keep even the most jaded traveller engrossed for several weeks. However, for those with less time this trip visits the essential highlights. The island is packed with Buddhist cities, fragrant spice gardens, ancient fortresses and a multitude of temples all set amongst the verdant flora that only a tropical climate can produce. With a cycle ride and visits to historic cities and temples included, this is a busy itinerary but with enough time to unwind and enjoy some tropical sun.
4.5 - Excellent
Based on 8 reviews
Sri Lankan Highlights
4 - Very Good
“A very enjoyable trip thanks mainly to our guide Nalaka Wiswamith who was very knowledgeable, good with people and passionate about the treasures of his country. It did help to have a small manageable group which all got on well with each other”
Sri Lanka adventure
5 - Excellent
“This was a very well-managed and memorable trip. It was jam packed full of sites to visit plus many activities. We all got on really well as a group and experienced a great deal together. Our guide, Rasah, was a great character, being very knowledgeable but never boring.”
Great trip but not that 'leisurely'!
4 - Very Good
“If you are looking for a quick introduction to Sri Lanka then this is a very good trip. The itinerary includes some great moments and you get to see quite a lot in a short space of time. It was a really nice group of travellers and the tour guide Dileepa was good fun throughout and certainly knew his stuff. The weather was very hot and humid, which was to be expected in March/April, and it only rained once during the daytime.”
A bit wet but great!
5 - Excellent
“We booked this as a land only group of 4 and booked our flights separately plus extended to stay in Kalpitiya (for kitesurfing). The trip was the usual high standard we have come to expect from Exodus. Everything went like clockwork and our fellow travellers were great fun. Sampath, our guide, was really good and to be highly recommended. His broad knowledge and happy, smiling disposition enhanced the whole experience. Sri Lanka has some interesting sites and experiences to offer but we unfortunately suffered a lot of rain in our time there which did literally put a dampener on the trip! Sigiriya was shrouded in cloud and mist when we got to the top. Different I suppose! The cycle ride was a highlight (it didn't rain!) as was Dambulla Temple.”
  • Day 1: Start Wattala.
  • Day 2: *Game drive near Giritale to see elephants in their natural habitat.*
  • Day 3: *Cycle trip to Dambalawewa Lake with a village lunch.*
  • Day 4: *Visit ancient capital city of Polonnaruwa; to Sigiriya; evening visit to rock fortress.*
  • Day 5: *To Kandy via the cave temples at Dambulla; visit Temple of the Tooth.*
  • Day 6: Drive through misty tea country hills to Nuwara Eliya 
  • Day 7: To Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia via Bandaragama Agro Village
  • Day 8: *The trip ends after breakfast. Those on the group flights will be taken to the airport in time for their flight home.*
  • 7 nights comfortable hotels , All accommodation
  • All breakfasts and 3 lunches
  • Travel by private bus or minibus
  • All transport and listed activities
  • (if booking incl. flights)
  • Group normally 4 to 16, plus leader. Min age 16 yrs
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Any international flights to/from Colombo are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Sri Lankan Highlights tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Sri Lankan Highlights tour. You can cancel the tour up to 62 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 61 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 12 June 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 12 June 2021, a deposit of 10% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 61 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Sri Lankan Highlights tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.


For this Sri Lankan Highlights tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • This tour has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s ‘Safe Travels’ stamp, which provides travellers with assurance that COVID-19 health and hygiene protocols have been adhered to.
  • An average group size of maximum 10 people have been implemented on this tour to protect against COVID-19. Local authority requirements will furthermore be followed.
  • Wearing a mask, hand washing and sanitizing has been implemented on this package tour. Frequently touched surfaces are regularly disinfected. Hygiene safety measures and distancing will furthermore be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
  • Several COVID-19 distancing measures have been adopted on this package tour to keep travellers safe.
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