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Set amid the azure waters of the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka has beguiled travellers for centuries with its striking natural beauty and over 2,000 years of culture.
Less than a third of the size of the UK, this tiny island packs a lot into its modest surface area, including no less than eight UNESCO World Heritage sites and one of the most diverse wildlife populations in Asia.
With patches of dense jungle, misty highlands swathed in incredibly green tea-plantations and expanses of wildlife-rich scrubland, the country’s landscape is refreshingly unspoilt, and you’re never more than a short drive from the palm-fringed coastline.
Glories of early Buddhist civilisation such as Anuradhapura, the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and Sigiriya Rock Fortress remain an important touchstone of national identity in a rich and fascinating culture with religion at its heart.
For an authentic Sri Lanka holiday experience with your own private local guides in each location and travelling in comfort and style, experience Sri Lanka your way, with the leader in private Asia travel - GetAboutAsia. We also offer small group tours designed for a lower budget or solo travellers who still seek for an authentic experience! Contact your Asia Travel Expert now and create your personal itinerary!
All GetAboutAsia itineraries are customisable to suit your interests, budget and timeframe. To get you started we've listed some of our favourites below. Our Asia Travel Experts are waiting to answer your questions.
This classic Sri Lankan trip includes a day at Sigiriya Rock Fortress, a safari expedition and a visit to the sacred Buddha Tooth Relic, ending in cosmopolitan Colombo.View Trip
Discover ancient and modern Sri Lanka on this 12 day trip across the island’s southern and central provinces. Take in the majestic panoramic views from the top of Lion Rock before embarking on a safari at Minneriya National Park and enjoy a beach stay at Koggala.View Trip
Experience the highlights of the Emerald Island on this 11 day adventure. Immerse yourself in the urban buzz of capital Colombo, climb Sigiriya Rock Fortress and glimpse the Sacred Buddha Tooth Relic in its beautiful shrine.View Trip
Enjoy the opportunity to get a close up view of some of Sri Lanka’s iconic native species and relax on the stunning beaches of the south coast.View Trip
Travel from Negombo to Galle, taking in the inspiring relics of Sri Lanka’s vibrant past at Anuradhapura, Dambulla and Kandy. Discover the beauty of tea-country and venture across the wilderness on a safari adventure.View Trip
Explore and experience the country’s rich natural & cultural heritage on this 12 day trip across Sri Lanka. Discover Sri Lanka's iconic native species and marvel at the Dambulla Rock Temple.View Trip
Come observe nature in all its grandeur when travelling to Sri Lanka. This 15 day adventure is designed for nature lovers & wildlife enthusiasts, providing unique outings in the wild.View Trip
Take the whole family on an unforgettable trip through Sri Lanka and explore the highlights of this beautiful island. This 12 day trip is the perfect if you want to discover the nature and the culture of Sri Lanka.View Trip
Visit Sri Lanka’s historical ancient cities, marvel at Sigiriya’s “Lion Rock” and wander the impressive ruins of Anuradhapura. Sip tea straight from the source in the beautiful, lush, green hill country.View Trip
Explore the North Coast of Sri Lanka to see the history, beaches, culture and dine in local restaurants and move on to the famous cultural triangle of Sri Lanka; Kandy, Sigiriya & Nuwara Eliya.View Trip
Discover Sri Lanka’s legendary natural beauty and centuries-old culture while staying in luxury boutique hotels. Combine the natural magic of Sri Lanka with the warmest hospitality.View Trip
Leave moderation at home and indulge on this gourmet adventure in Sri Lanka.View Trip
Discover the culture and wild, natural beauty of Sri Lanka on a seven-day sailing with the perfect mix of chill-out time and exploration.View Trip
Ride through tea plantations, kayak down rivers, and hike to ancient fortresses on this fitness focused adventure from Negombo to Colombo.View Trip
Ride through tea plantations, quaint fishing villages, and swathes of lush green jungle on this cycling adventure from Negombo to ColomboView Trip
Extend your holiday with a relaxing time in the MaldivesView Trip
"It was very sad to hear the news from Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday as we had only just been there. The people we met over there were amazing, so friendly and proud of their country, I really hope it doesn’t have a major impact on the tourism sector. The highlights for us would be the Kandalama Hertitance hotel, afternoon spent in Minneriya national park looking at the elephants, the botanic gardens in Kandy, the trip to the spice gardens, learning about tea production and the people we meet on the way around. Overall we found this style of holiday where we were able to change and add to the suggested itinerary before leaving home plus having a driver suited us. A good compromise between being in a large organised group or trying to make our way independently around an Asian country. " — Mr and Mrs Moule, Melbourne, March 2019
"We couldn't have asked for a smoother trip. Everything went like clock-work. Our guide Jay was wonderful throughout the trip. He certainly had our best interests at heart. We were keen to go to some roadside cafes but he didn't really want to stop there for fear of us getting sick. We really liked Weligama Beach Resort and the food was great. The National Park safaris were the highlight of our trip. It was great to have the jeeps just to us and our guide. Our boat trip for whale watching was great with nice crew. Saw a blue whale a few times. All in all fantastic holiday. " — Mr and Mrs Savage, Mount Coolum, QLD, November 2018
"A successful holiday depends on a number of things, but there is one critical aspect with a driving trip like ours. The driver! And ours, Aslam, was sensational. Not only was his English very clear and extensive but his general knowledge was outstanding. I expected he would know just about everything of Sri Lanka, but was totally surprised that he would know so much, in detail, about Buddhism, Hinduism and Catholicism. Additionally, he was so considerate. Everything on our tour over the ten days was excellent. The places we went, the hotels, the service… could not be faulted. We love Sri Lanka and a second trip, to the East Coast, is now on our list. " — Max and Jan, Exeter NSW, September 2018
"We thoroughly enjoyed Sri Lanka and feel our itinerary covered pretty much all the top sights and diverse landscapes and cultural aspects of the country. Sam, our guide, was great and provided a personal touch to quite a lot of our outings and was willing to stop and change timings to suit the photographers in the group. Kandy House and The Villa, Bentota were the standouts in accommodation but the Fort Bazaar and 98 acres were also lovely. We would certainly recommend Sri Lanka, and Get About Asia for a hassle free, good value holiday to a beautiful, friendly and safe destination. Thank you" — Mr and Mrs Ratcliffe, Sydney, September 2018
"We had a fantastic trip...thoroughly enjoyed it...happy to recommend Sri Lanka to family and friends.... Hotels were lovely and guide was fantastic." — Sue and Victoria, Manildra NSW, August 2018
"Sri Lanka was great. We enjoyed every minute. We loved that it was so clean, with absolutely no litter that we could see on roadsides or in towns, recycling is very strong and there is no smoking in any public places. Thank you for organising such a memorable holiday for us. It was my first experience of a private tour and I was pleasantly surprised with not having to be tolerant of the foibles of a larger group." — Sue & Gillian, Brisbane, July 2018
"Our holiday here in Sri Lanka is going really well. We are very happy with our driver/guide, his vehicle, his driving, his knowledge and his sense of humour! The hotels have all exceeded our expectations, and we are even coping well with the hot and humid weather. " — Mrs Ronald , Tangambalanga , May 2018
"Our trip to Sri Lanka was fantastic and that everything went to plan - Thank you. This was third trip with Getaboutasia. Our driver Anandaraj De Silva was fantastic, as was the accommodation, food and hospitality. We found the people to be lovely and the country so interesting and diverse. On top of all that, the weather behaved! " — Mr and Mrs Millar, Perth, April 2018
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" We would like to thank GetAbout Asia for arranging our recent tour of Sri Lanka. We really enjoyed ourselves and learnt so much about the history and culture of the country as we travelled around. Our driver/guide Kumar was very knowledgable and caring. He looked after us extremely well and we felt extremely safe driving with him along typical Sri Lankan roads. The itinerary was diverse and allowed us to see many aspects of Sri Lanka. Who knows, we may return and visit the northern parts and possibly return to Negombo and Galle and then do some birding. The accommodation throughout the trip was excellent and we felt really welcome at all properties. Please pass on our thanks to Kumar - he is a very approachable and personable guide/driver and full of knowledge. His command of English is very good and overall he is easy to understand. " — Mr and Mrs Cumming, Sydney, April 2018