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7-Day Best of Sri Lanka Tour

7-Day Best of Sri Lanka Tour

By MaggieUpdated Jan. 19, 2024
See the Best of Sri Lanka in a Week

This tour is ideal for individuals who wish to enjoy all the top sights and attractions. From sacred Buddhist temples to golden beaches, this 7-day tour offers the best of Sri Lanka.

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  • Days:7±
  • Best for: First-timers
  • Departure date: up to you
  • Sample price:US$1179 each (2 per room)*

*The price is based on a private tour for 2 people. The cost for a customized private SE Asia tour from US$160/person/day

Tour Map (Suggested Route)


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Tour Highlights

Here are the awesome attractions, the most must-do activities selected by Asia Highlights (AH Hand-Picked), and exclusive cultural experiences offered by Asia Highlights (Only With AH) included in this tour:

Learn Sri Lankan cooking at a beautiful little local home.

Sri Lankan cooking

Explore the tea making process from plucking to packaging in Pedro Tea Factory.

Tea Factory

Immerse yourself in the enchanting beauty of nature as you embark on a trek through Horton Plains.

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Spot large herds of elephants during a jeep safari in Udawalawe National Park.

jeep safari

Take a leisurely stroll along the ramparts of Galle's Dutch Fort and soak in the rich history.

Galle's Dutch Fort

Relax and sunbathe on a picturesque beach in Galle.

Galle Beach

Suggested Itinerary for Inspiration

Normally the full-day guided tour starts from 9 am and ends around 5 pm. Your preferences design the real journey. The days, stops, and travel pace can be adjusted. We're ready to create a unique Sri Lanka trip for you.

Day 1
Arrive in Colombo, transfer to Kandy

Our chauffeur-guide will meet you at the arrivals hall and take you to your hotel in Kandy, which takes around 3½ hours.

Day 2
Explore the Highlights of Kandy
  • Go to the Royal Palace of Kandy to explore the regal past of Sri Lanka. Kandy was the last capital of the kingdom of Sri Lanka (from 1469 to 1815) and currently serves as a major religious and cultural center.
  • Adjacent to the palace is 'Temple of the Tooth', which houses a sacred tooth relic of the Buddha. This temple is an integral part of the palace complex and attracts thousands of pilgrims and tourists.
  • Drop into a beautiful little local home built in the 1970's where your host will teach you the art of Sri Lankan cooking and all the stories related to the food they eat.
Temple of the Tooth
Temple of the Tooth
Day 3
Kandy to Nuwara Eliya, Tea Estate, and Gregory Lake
  • Stop on the way from Kandy to Nuwara Elliya, admire the natural beauty and take some photos at Ramboda Falls.
  • Visit Pedro Tea Factory, and explore the tea making process from plucking to packaging, enjoy tea tasting sessions, and take in the breathtaking views of the surrounding plantations. 
  • Indulge in the serene beauty of Gregory Lake, where peace and tranquility merge with picturesque surroundings.
Picking tea leaf
A woman is picking tea leaves
Day 4
Nuwara Eliya to Ella at Udawalawe, Horton Plains Hike
  • Hike on Horton Plains to explore the park's unique ecosystem and witness its natural wonders. The trail continues to World's End and Baker's Falls, where you can enjoy more beautiful vistas and a refreshing waterfall.
  • Take a scenic train from Nuwara Eliya to Ella, then your chauffeur-guide will drive you to Udawalawe. 
A train is passing the tea planation
Day 5
Udawalawe to Galle, Udawalawe Safari, and Galle Town
  • Starte the day with a jeep safari in Udawalawe National Park early in the morning, around 6:00 AM. This is an active time for the park's abundant wildlife, particularly elephants, making it ideal for wildlife spotting. 
  • Stroll through Galle's old town, meandering along narrow streets and alleys that evoke Sri Lanka's colonial era vibe, transporting you to a bygone time.
  • Near sunset, you can witness the ethereal sight of fishermen perched on stilts against the scenic backdrop of the ocean.
stilt fishing
Stilt fishing
Day 6
Free Time on a Galle Beach

Day 6 is an unscheduled day of leisure, when you can simply relax at your hotel's private beach or engage in water sports. As a popular beach destination, Galle offers many breathtaking beaches, including Unawatuna Beach, Jungle Beach, and Dewata Beach.

Temple of the Tooth
Unawatuna Beach
Day 7

Say goodbye to enchanting Sri Lanka. Your guide will accompany you to Bandaranaike International Airport to board your flight back home or onward.

Hand-Picked Hotels

We select hotels with style and local features. Let us know your preferences and we'll find your ideal hotel.

hotel in Kandy
Central located hotel in Kandy
hotel in Nuwara Eliya
Central located hotel in Nuwara Eliya
Safari Resort in Udawalawe<
Safari Resort in Udawalawe
Radisson Blu Resort Galle
Hotel with private beach in Galle

Tour Price:

7 days from
US$1179 p/p(with 4-star hotel options)
  • The price is based on a private tour for 2 people during the low season.
  • The price varies based on program, travel date, number of people.
  • We could also price a tour including both 4-star and 5-star hotels for you.
  • The price for a child younger than 8 is approximately 80% of the adult's price.
  • We accept payments in multiple currencies (GBP, AUD, CAD, EUR...).

Price Includes:

  • Privately-driven air-conditioned vehicle with ample space (except where stated)
  • English-speaking local chauffeur-guide for the sightseeing
  • Attraction tickets and itinerary activities
  • Accommodation for all nights
  • Flights/trains between itinerary cities
  • Hotel breakfasts and itinerary lunches/dinners
  • 24/7 helpline while touring
  • Governmental taxes

Price Excludes:

  • International flights not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Overweight luggage more than 20 kg per person
  • Visa fee, if applicable
  • Tips for guides and drivers
  • Personal expenses

Tour code: ah-lk-3

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