Visit Sri Lanka

The alluring island of Sri Lanka is brimming with possibilities – discover it your way. Whatever you choose, you can’t ignore its idyllic landscapes. The lush tea plantations and dense forests. The caves, temples, spice gardens and more. It’s a land where elusive leopards laze atop trees and wild elephants roam free. Where unspoiled sandy beaches welcome sun-seekers and surfers alike. And where the local people welcome you as if you were an old friend. Sit on the beach. Make a wood carving. Drink tea. Here’s our introduction to Sri Lanka.

Truly amazing time

We had a truly amazing time in Sri Lanka, our guide Nawfer was incredible (a naturalist who knew everything about Sri Lankan wildlife and culture) All the accommodation were fantastic – super staff, great food (especially The Rosyth Estate def a foodie place!) the tours you set out for us were perfect for our family … Read more "Truly amazing time"

Liz S & Family
April, 2016

Amazing guide

HUGE thank you for helping me with our trip! We had an amazing time – special thanks to our amazing guide Hilmy.

April, 2016

Best holiday ever

We all had a fantastic time (it has been described as our best holiday ever) and that was in very large part thanks to your superb guiding and general advice and Kumara’s excellent driving. We will highly recommend you to others and will also make sure this feedback is given back through the tour company.

Stephen and Suzi
January, 2016

Absolutely amazing honeymoon

We wanted to take a moment to thank you very much for an absolutely amazing honeymoon in the Maldives and Sri Lanka. We had a fabulous time thanks to your excellent arrangement of all the little details of our trip. The choice of hotels was fantastic, and truly made us enjoy our stay. In addition … Read more "Absolutely amazing honeymoon"

Mr A.
May, 2016

Thank you

Thank you for bearing with us and refining our holiday plan over and over to make sure all our requirements are met, very close to our budget, and without any sacrifice to quality. Thank you for doing so with your continuous cheerful and helpful attitudes. We enjoyed this trip much more than what we had … Read more "Thank you"

Sara G
June, 2016

lovely guide

I wanted you to know how VERY successful our tour was; I think much of this can be attributed to our lovely guide, Rajeewa Peiris, who, from our first meeting, made us feel at ease. I enjoyed all the hotels which you had selected. The train trip from Kandy was memorable too, bizarrely I met … Read more "lovely guide"

Mrs P.
November, 2016

Very well organised and people lovely

Super trip, leopards, sloth bear and blue whale, video available, seen close up etc – very pleased. Very well organised and people lovely. The cycle tour was absolutely superb, very gentle, anyone could do it, guide lovely and he showed us there herb garden en route much better than the one in Kandy – Would … Read more "Very well organised and people lovely"

Martin R.
September, 2016


Superb holiday of a lifetime.

Cassie & Benjie
May, 2016

Wonderful trip

We have had a wonderful trip. Thank you so much for the great recommendation. The smooth car journey, the interesting information and above all for making it so easy and relaxing for us! We will have many happy memories of this trip and will definitely be recommending it (your services) to our friends. Thank you … Read more "Wonderful trip"

Naomi A.
November, 2016

Beautiful place

Thank you for taking us around some of the sights of Sri Lanka. 5 days (4 for Olga) just too short a time in such a beautiful place. Will need to come back to experience more! Loved the herb garden tour and the oilments what we brought to take home. Many thanks again.

Rebecca & Olga
May, 2016

Lots and lots of inspiration and ideas

We used Insider Places to book our family holiday to Sri Lanka at Easter. The service we received was exemplary and we were given lots and lots of inspiration and ideas to create a memorable, fun-filled family holiday. Best of all, the holiday cost less through Insider Places than if we had booked direct with … Read more "Lots and lots of inspiration and ideas"

April 2018

I would really recommend this trip to anyone

We had a great time in Sri Lanka and really enjoyed the trip. All the hotels were good – we especially liked the Aliya near Sigiriya and the Mahaweli Reach at Kandy. Our driver/guide was very informative especially about Sri Lankan history and politics! It was unfortunate that it rained heavily all of the day … Read more "I would really recommend this trip to anyone"

Sabrina D
September 2018

Once in a lifetime holiday

A real once in a lifetime holiday in Sri Lanka, so memorable! Our guide was so helpful, incredibly knowledgeable and spoke perfect English. Accommodation throughout was superb. A real highlight was the Yala Safari Camping, the staff were amazing, nothing was too much trouble and they made it such fun. The chef really dedicated, such … Read more "Once in a lifetime holiday"

Helen R
July 2018

Very impressed with your company

I don’t normally do this but since you have been spot on with our tour I will give you a resume. the hotels were excellent,the service was of an extremely high standard..the tour operators were very efficient.our driver Neel was superb, nothing was too much trouble.He was always on time and very knowledgeable on historical … Read more "Very impressed with your company"

John H
November 2018

Happy to recommend

Just a note to say how much we enjoyed our holiday and thank you for all the arrangements (and re-arrangements). We would be happy to recommend both your organisations.

Ray & Jill
March 2019

Sri Lanka highlights

  • Wander through the streets of the fortified city of Galle and discover its colonial charm and relaxed atmosphere
  • Relax and treat yourself to yoga and Ayurveda in the Passikudah Bay, a long stretch of coastline with golden beaches
  • Climb up to the 600-foot Lion Rock, or Sigiriya rock fortress
  • Explore the 12th-century ancient royal capital of Polonnaruwa
  • Wander the maze of cave temples at Dambulla and marvel at the statues and frescoes within
  • Discover Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka’s oldest city
  • Spot wild elephants, leopards, sloth bears and more on safari in Yala National Park
  • Stop off in the rolling tea plantations of Hatton for a peaceful overnight stay
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Unforgettable experiences – our insider suggestions to the best things to do in Sri Lanka.

Become a curry master at the Negombo fish market

Visit Negombo’s famous Lellama fish market accompanied by your hotel chef and watch the boats bring in the fresh catch. Choose the fish that takes your fancy then head back to your hotel for a master class in making the perfect Sri Lankan fish curry. Delicious.

Negombo fish market, Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka

Experience life as a Sri Lankan villager

Learn to farm and cook with the villagers in Hiriwadunna. Enjoy a tractor ride through a banana plantation then board an ‘oruwa’ (traditional boat) and cross a scenic reservoir to visit a chena cultivation.

Visit the Veddha Village

Spend some time with the Veddhas, the tribal people of Sri Lanka. You’ll learn some of their hunting tricks and watch a traditional tribal performance.

Veddha Village, Sri Lanka
Tuk tuk tours, Sri Lanka

Tour Colombo by tuk tuk

Weave in and out of the throng in a zippy little tuk tuk with a local insider as your driver. The best way to discover the sights and sounds of this exciting city.

Book a village cycling tour

Spend the day exploring village and rural life on two wheels, with a scenic biking tour taking in rice paddies, cinnamon plantations and abundant wildlife.

cycling tour, Sri Lanka
Sea turtle, Sri Lanka

Watch turtles nesting on the beach

Head to the village of Rekawa to watch turtles lay their eggs into freshly dug nests on the sands. Turtle experts will let you know when you can approach for a closer look at these fascinating creatures.

Spot the slow loris on an after-dark nature trail

Sri Lanka is home to the loris, a nocturnal creature famous for its large eyes and little limbs. This night expedition is led by a local naturalist through a forested nature trail. Keep those eyes peeled…

Shy Loris
Fresh tea, Sri Lanka

Test your taste buds with a blind tea tasting

This all-inclusive tea tour near Colombo gives visitors an insider’s view into the secrets of the tea process, from gathering to grading to refining. A guided tasting session will be followed by a blind taste test to fully cement your new reputation as a tea connoisseur.