10-Day Classic Sri Lanka Tour

10-Day Classic Sri Lanka Tour

10-Day Classic Sri Lanka Tour


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Spend 10 days exploring the Pearl of the Indian Ocean

Visit the imposing and historic Sigiriya Rock Fortress

Take part in a cooking lesson at Thotupala Residence

Go to a tea plantation famous for its Ceylon Tea

Go on Safari in Yala National Park

Explore the ‘Pearl of the Indian Ocean’ on this spectacular 10-Day Classic Tour of Sri Lanka. For anyone who wants to experience the rich culture, fascinating history, and breathtaking landscapes of this island nation, this is the perfect tour. Whether your Sri Lankan dream adventure includes wandering through historic city streets in the heart of the island, visiting ancient temples and the imposing Sigiriya Rock Fortress with a history dating back 5,000 years, relaxing on sandy beaches, learning to cook local dishes, wildlife viewing, or learning about the impressive history of tea production in the region, this tour has a bit of something for everyone. Get ready for an action-packed adventure that will showcase the natural and cultural beauty that can be found in Sri Lanka!

10-Day Classical Sri Lanka Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Travel to Habarana

Your Sri Lankan adventure will begin by travelling to Habarana, the central point of the cultural triangle. From here, you can explore nearby ancient historical cities such as Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya, and Ritigala. Hundreds of lakes and reservoirs in this region dot the scenic landscape, creating a unique area filled with biodiversity. Overnight in a hotel in Habarana.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Habarana

Day 2 Anuradhapura and the Dambulla Rock Cave Temple

After breakfast, you will make your way to Anuradhapura, the first capital city of the ancient Sinhala Kingdom, and visit the oldest recorded tree in history. Afterwards, you will make your way to the Dambulla Rock Cave Temple, a fascinating cultural site with breathtaking panoramic views. Overnight at the hotel in Habarana.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Habarana
Breakfast, dinner

Day 3 Visit the Sigiriya Rock Fortress

In the morning, you will head to the Sigiriya Rock Fortress, an imposing formation with evidence of human activity dating back 5,000 years. Here, you will find the impressive structure and intricate frescos that made the location a famous UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continuing on your journey, you will travel to Passikudah and visit the ancient city of Polonnaruwa, where you will cycle through the historic streets. Overnight in a hotel in Passikudah.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Passikudah

Day 4 Relax by the Beach in Passikudah

Day 4 is a bit of a relaxing one, as you will spend the day relaxing by the white sandy beaches that overlook the pristine blue waters of the Indian Ocean.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Passikudah

Day 5 Head to the Hill Capital of Sri Lanka

After breakfast, you will make your way to the hill capital of Sri Lanka, Kandy, where you can take in the beauty of the golden-roofed Dalada Maligawa. In the evening, you will set out on a city tour, so take your time exploring the shrines and temples to get a real feeling of the rich culture in this city.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Kandy

Day 6 Cooking Demonstration and Botanical Gardens

Today will provide plenty of opportunities to experience more of Sri Lanka’s rich culture, as you ride in a tuk tuk (if available) to the vibrant marketplace and take part in a cooking lesson. Here, you will learn traditional cooking techniques and lend a helping hand while preparing lunch. After lunch, you will explore the botanical gardens that were created in 1821 by British colonial rulers. Located along the longest river in Sri Lanka, it is a beautiful place to spend some time exploring and taking in the natural beauty of the plant life.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Kandy
Breakfast, lunch

Day 7 Tour a Tea Plantation

An exciting day awaits after breakfast, as you will take a beautifully scenic train ride to Nuwara Eliya. Here, you will witness the rolling green landscape that has become synonymous with the Sri Lanakn tea industry. In the evening, you will visit a tea plantation to learn about the process of picking and producing Sri Lanka’s most valuable export.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Nuwara Eliya
Breakfast, dinner

Day 8 Ravana Waterfall and Buddhist Monastery

Today you will leave for Yala, stopping off at the impressive Ravana Waterfall in the process. Once you have reached Tissamaharama, you will check into your hotel. After, you will visit Sithulpawwa Rajamaha Viharaya, an ancient Buddhist monastery that is believed to have been constructed in the 2nd Century.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Tissamaharama
Breakfast, dinner

Day 9 Safari in Yala National Park

The last full day of your adventure will see you explore the breathtaking Yala National Park, heading out on a safari to view countless species of wildlife including elephants, native birds, and the highest density of leopards anywhere in the world. After, you will make your way back to the hotel for breakfast, before driving to Colombo and setting out on a city tour.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Colombo
Breakfast, dinner

Day 10 Departure from Colombo

Sadly, the final day of your trip has arrived. After breakfast, you will transfer to the airport and say goodbye to Sri Lanka!

Overnight Location

10-Day Classical Sri Lanka Tour Price and Dates

This guided tour in Sri Lanka is always run as a private tour for your group only therefore the price depends on the size of your group.

Prices below are per person:

  • Guided Groups of 2-3: from $1,375USD per person
  • Guided Groups of 4-5: from $1,345USD per person
  • Guided Groups of 6: from $1,040USD per person
  • Guided group of 7+: on request

Please note that high season supplements might apply for the departures during peak season.

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Accommodation on 10-Day Classical Sri Lanka Tour

This tour is based on standard rooms in hotels and resorts. Hotels on this trip are 3 and 4-star and offer modern conveniences that can make this trip more pleasant. Rooms may have fireplaces or access to amenities such as hot tubs, steam rooms, or private decks to lounge on.

In some cases, the accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other comparable accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travelers
Rooms are double occupancy. Solo travellers may be required to pay a supplement.

Habarana Village

This beautiful resort is situated next to Lake Habarana on 27 acres of land. Cozy cottages and luxurious rooms make for a pleasant stay.

Amaya Beach Passikudah

Located right next to the water, this resort and spa is perfect for anyone who wants to spend time by the beach enjoying the outdoors.

Fox Resort Kandy

This elegant hotel is only a few kilometres from Kandy’s top sights, and the rooms are spacious. The restaurant enjoys hill views.

The Hill Club

Established in 1876, this hotel has a prestigious history and is surrounded by beautifully scenic tea plantations.

Kithala Resort

This romantic resort in Tissamaharama features modern amenities and is located in close proximity to local attractions.

Hotel Cinnamon Red or Similar

Centrally located, this hotel is perfect for anyone who wants to get out and explore all that Colombo has to offer.

Hotels on Standard Tour

What’s Included in the 10-Day Classical Sri Lanka Tour?


9 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 9 dinners are included.


Accommodations for 9 nights are included.

Transportation during the Tour

Transportation for you and your luggage are included throughout the tour, including transfers to and from the airport.

Also Included

  • English-speaking guide
  • Excursions mentioned in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees where applicable

Not included

  • Flights to and from Colombo
  • Meals, drinks, or snacks not previously mentioned
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities for tour guides or other staff if desired

Optional Extras

  • Single room supplements

Frequenty Asked Questions about 10-Day Classic Sri Lanka Tour

How hard is the 10-Day Classical Sri Lanka Tour?

We rate this tour as a 2 / 5. There are plenty of opportunities to experience the culture of Sri Lanka and there are some physical activities, but little in the way of challenging activities.

Do I need a visa to travel to Sri Lanka?

Check with your local country about visa requirements. You could also try this website, though you should verify with your government.

Are meals included on the 10-Day Classical Sri Lanka Tour?

9 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 9 dinners are included.

Do I need insurance?

Yes, it is mandatory to have health and medical insurance to join this trip, and your insurance should cover walking/hiking activities. Get your travel insurance.

When is the best time to travel to Sri Lanka for this tour?

The best time to travel to the cultural triangle of Sri Lanka for this tour is during the December to April window, when weather conditions are most favourable.

How do I get to Colombo to start this tour?

Fly into Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB) in Colombo. The tour includes transfers to/from the airport.

Is the 10-Day Classical Sri Lanka Tour in English?

Yes, the tour guide is English-speaking.

Where does the 10-Day Classical Sri Lanka Tour end?

The tour ends in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Do I need special vaccines to travel to Sri Lanka?

As with any international travel, it is always best to check with your family doctor about the need for special vaccines.

Are there any travel restrictions for Sri Lanka?

Please check with your local government about travel restrictions before you book your tour. This map from the US Department of State provides an overview of the current status in countries around the globe. The UK‘s Foreign Office and Government of Canada also provide advice on foreign travel. Note that the travel advice may change depending on your nationality.


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We rate this tour as a 2 / 5. There are plenty of opportunities to experience the culture of Sri Lanka and there are some physical activities, but little in the way of challenging activities.

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