This spectacular Sri Lanka Grand Tour of 20 days takes you deep back into history. You will gain a better understanding of the island’s remarkably rich cultural and religious history. Discover the wonders of this tropical island with a custom-designed 20 days itinerary highlighting the historic cities such as Sigiriya Rock Fortress that dates back to 477 CE the Dambulla Cave Temple and the ancient citadels of Anuradhapura & Kandy where a sacred tooth relic of the Lord Buddha is enshrined since 4th Century A.D., their ancient history and cultural aspects. Then head to the North East, is best for snorkeling, whale and dolphin spotting from March to October. With us, you will be able to explore 2000-year-old remains: a truly memorable experience.
In the evening go on a safari drive to Minneriya National Park and witness elephants roaming in the wild. Explore the small lakeside city of Kandy in the hill country and visit the Royal Botanical Gardens with an expert in botany, walk around the bustling street markets in Kandy and visit the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy where a sacred tooth relic of the Lord Buddha is enshrined since 4th Century A.D. What better way to get in the romantic mood than by watching a sunrise? This 2,243m high mountain is a sacred site for Buddhists, Christians, Muslims, and Hindus, and is a joint pilgrimage. Most begin the ascent in the night, as watching the sun come up from the summit is one of the most spectacular sunrises in Asia. It is a tiring experience, but well worth the effort: the beauty of the dawn and the awe-inspiring views across the island are unmissable. Finally, you will head to the tranquil, golden sandy beaches of the South Coast, just relax and enjoy the real paradise.
With LankaTourExperience you have the freedom of following the pre-planned tour program or else, skip the listed activities and take it easy, just kick back and relax
This itinerary includes 16 of the most renowned destinations and +30 attractions in 20 days!
Top Places of visit during this trip
Top Key highlights of this trip
The activities listed may vary according to actual timings.
All around the year
Tour Start in Negombo
Tour End in Colombo
The tour itinerary has designed assuming the arrival to Colombo in the morning hours and the departure in the night time change of those will tend to change the itinerary slightly.
Generally, breakfast and dinner (HB) are included on tour, with lunch on your own. The advantage of having the holiday on HB is, you get the opportunity to experience the local restaurants and local cuisine. While on tour, the chauffeur guide will introduce you to the local Restaurants which you can try along the route for lunches. Usually, lunch would cost around USD 10 – 15 in a normal restaurant. Please refer to your detailed itinerary for tour-specific information.
The distance mentioned in the itinerary is correct, however, travel time depends on traffic and condition of the road. Route and stops are only suggested.
Please do note, that you must be at the airport three hours before the flight.
Our contract with you is made when you confirm your holiday booking by making the requested payment. Please check that the details on the invoice are correct. If you cancel or alter your booking, later on, you may have to pay an amendment charge. We reserve the right to refuse your booking. If we do this we will refund any money already paid to us.
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European travelers require a passport issued by their respective countries (valid for at least 6 months beyond the end of your holiday).
All clients must obtain all necessary visas and relevant documentation prior to departure. Please note that Sri Lanka has introduced a new Visa regulation (Electronic Visa Authorization – ETA) that requires you to register on their special website www.eta.gov.lk before arrival.
We strongly advise to subscribe to Travel insurance and it is a condition of booking that you are adequately insured. We cannot be held responsible if you travel without Travel Insurance.
Health and vaccinations
Sri Lanka is an ideal place for your holidays, but keep in mind that it is also a tropical island and requires some considerations. The following advice is intended as a useful guide. However, Lankatourexperience recommends that you visit your family doctor, local health center, or a specialist health care center for specific advice regarding recommended vaccinations, malaria and dengue prevention prior to departure, and to discuss any basic health problems. Commonly recommended vaccinations for short term visits include:
We do not permit smoking on any of our vehicles.
Check-in and check-out times
Check-in time is from 02.00 PM (14:00 hrs.) onwards and check out time is 12.00 noon. (depends on the Hotels)
Early arrivals will be on availability and need to be informed at the time of reservation. Arrivals earlier than 10:00 AM will be charged the Full room rate and will be availability.
Early arrivals ahead of 6:00 AM will be charged an extra night’s rate and will be confirmed in advance if requested.
Late departure up to 2:30 PM will be on availability and needs to be informed at the time of arrival.
Late departure up to 6:00 PM will be charged full room rate.
Flight times and other essentials
In the event of an itinerary only part-booked by the company, we cannot be held responsible for the failure of any component of the holiday for which we do not have direct responsibility. This includes any difficulty in finding accommodation or collecting train tickets purchased by us if customers choose to book accommodation-only deals and arrange their own transport.
You are responsible for ensuring certain responsibilities with regard to your holiday booking, and these responsibilities are listed below.
Sri Lanka is a year-round destination with two monsoon seasons so there is a lot of confusion around when is the best time to visit. The weather doesn’t run like clockwork here, and we can always be surprised by the weather in Sri Lanka! However, there will rarely be weather so dramatic that it will stand in the way of a brilliant holiday with plenty of warm weather and sunshine.
WHEN TO VISIT (QUICK SUMMARY)
January – April – Entire Country
Mid-July – September – Entire Country
February – September – North and East
May – July – South-West Monsoon
October – January – North-East Monsoon
January – April – South coast
May – July – East coast
December – April – Bundala National Park – birds watching
South coast Mirissa – Whales watching
November – April – Kalpitya – Dolphins Watching
July – September – The Cultural Triangle – The Gathering of the Elephants
Yala National Park / Wilpattu National Park – Wildlife Safari
Capital: Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte, Colombo
Currency: Sri Lankan rupee (LKR)
The currency of Sri Lanka is the rupee (Rs), which is divided into 100 cents, although it is rare to find prices in cents. There are coins of 1, 2, 5 and 10 rupees. The notes are in denominations of 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500, 1000, 2000 and 5000 rupees.
Money changers are present in Colombo and in the main tourist locations. They offer competitive rates, but choose them carefully because it’s easy to be scammed. Our advice is to exchange currency only in banks or at the most reliable money changers, such as those at the airport. ATMs are still the safest and most reliable solution.
Taxes and refunds
In Sri Lanka the VAT (value added tax, our VAT) is 15% and can
Language: Sinhala, Tamil, and English
Religion: Buddhist 70%, Hindu 15% Christian 8%, Muslim 8% (1999)
Electricity: 230V, 50Hz British G type plug most common + fewer (older) installations of D (round pin plug used in India).
Country code: +94
Internet TLD: .lk
Time Zone: UTC+5:30
Religious Sites: If your are going to visit temples, you will need clothes that cover your shoulders and your knees.