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The Complete Tour Of Sri Lanka

The Complete Tour Of Sri Lanka
The Ultimate Sri Lanka Experience

Interior Of The Dambulla Golden Cave Temple

The Complete Tour Of Sri Lanka

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9 Night Tour Of Sri Lanka



Depart UK



Arrive Colombo 

  • Relax On Arrival At Colombo



  • Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage
  • Golden Cave Temple At Dambulla



  • The Medieval Capital Of Polonnaruwa
  • Elephant Back Ride



  • The Magnificent Sigiriya Fortress



  • Temple Of The Buddha’s Tooth
  • Orchids At Peradeniya Gardens


Hill Country

  • By Train Through The Hill Country



  • Amazing Views Of The Hill Country



  • Leopards And Wild Elephants At Yala



  • The Old DutchTown At Galle
11 Beach
  • Beach Stay For Number Of Nights As Required


Sri Lanka
Arrive UK

  • Transfer To Airport


This Is A Private Tour With Your Own Vehicle And Driver-Guide


Locations Visited On This Tour

Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage

The island’s No 1 visitor attraction is a very relaxed place to spend in the company of 70 elephants.


The Golden Cave Temple At Dambulla

Anyone who appreciates art and history should visit these fascinating cave temples hidden in a gigantic rock.



The very interesting and well preserved medieval capital city with lots of that ‘lost in the jungle’ feeling.


The Sigiriya Rock Fortress

One of the great Wonders Of The Ancient World requires a bit of climbing but has that ‘wow’ factor in abundance



A very pretty town and the gateway to the Hill Country with lots of quaint reminders of colonial era Ceylon.


The Hill Country By Train

Beautiful mountain ranges covered with tea plantations and amazing waterfalls that are best experienced by train.


Yala National Park 

One of the great national parks of Asia and the best location in the world to spot Leopards in the wild.



The ramparts of an Old Dutch Fort enclose a perfectly preserved town full of historic colonial buildings.


Beach Stay – Should You Choose The West Coast or East Coast?

From November to April, the West, South West and Deep South of the island experiences fine weather and calm seas. The tropical scenery and well established resorts make these areas popular even during the Summer months of July and August even though seas are slightly rough.


From May to October, the amazing East Coast beaches are among the finest in the entire world with shallow seas where you can just wade out for hundreds of feet into the sea!

Why Do This Tour?

A full and detailed tour of Sri Lanka in a relaxed fashion will require an itinerary lasting about 9 days. Our flagship program is probably the most comprehensive island-wide tour currently available and includes visits to all of the major attractions and places of interest.


After a stopover night at Colombo, head to the Cultural Triangle visiting the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage on the way. You can see all of Sri Lanka’s historic sights including the Dambulla Golden Cave Temple, Sigiriya Fortress and extensive remains of the ancient medieval capital at Polonnaruwa.


After sampling the magical atmosphere of Kandy, a breathtaking journey through the lush, tea covered Hill Country by train takes you to altitudes of over 6000 ft and awe-inspiring views of the Uva Hills.


Descending through magnificent scenery, you reach the jungles of Yala with large populations of leopards and wild elephants. Galle has a charming maze of streets with hundreds of historic buildings protected by the ramparts of a Dutch fort.


Your tour will end with a return to Colombo on the beautiful South Coast Road, passing picture-postcard tropical landscapes of the South West of the island. You can easily fit in a few nights at a beach hotel on the way as this road passes the island’s most popular beach resorts.


Recommended For: Anyone who wishes to see the whole of Sri Lanka in an island-wide tour.


When To Go?

This Sri Lanka Tour Is Possible All Year Round



Clockwise Tour With South West Or Deep South Coast Beach Stay



Anti-Clockwise Tour With East Coast Beach Stay


From 01 September - 15 October Yala National Park May Sometimes Be Closed To Visitors. In This Event, Uda Walawe National Park Will Be Used With Comparable Accommodation At Uda Walawe.


Frequestly Asked Questions About This Tour?

How Much Travelling Is Involved?

Quite a bit. This tour is recommended for those who are used to travel and don’t mind long journeys in order to see everything that is worth seeing in the island.


Is It Possible To Visit Anuradhapura As Well?

Yes but we would add an extra night at Anuradhapura instead of visiting it as a day trip from Dambulla.


Is It Possible To Miss Out Kandy?

Our advice is don’t, because there are lots of logistical headaches in trying to go straight from Dambulla to the Hill Country. Also, Kandy is a really pretty town and one of the the island’s main attractions!


Is It Possible To Stay At Nuwara Eliya In The Western Hill Country?

Yes, but it will take about 5 or 6 hours to get to Yala from the Western Hill Country.


Is Yala Open Year Round?

Yala usually closes for a month with the beginning of the dry season in the South East of the island. This is usually for about 30 days anytime between 01/09 and 31/10 of each year. The park closes to avoid stress on wildlife as they search for water among the dwindling water-holes with the onset of the dry season. During this time visitors can opt to visit either UdaWalaweNational Park (1.5 Hours away) or Bundala National Park (40 minutes away), both of which stay open throughout the year.


Is It Easy To Stay On The Deep South Beaches After This Tour?

Yes, this tour is ideal for a beach stay in and around Galle.

Suite At The Galle Face Regency

Suite At The Galle Face Regency

Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage

Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage

Dambulla Golden Cave Temple

Dambulla Golden Cave Temple

Royal Council Chamber At Polonnaruwa

Royal Council Chamber At Polonnaruwa


Chaaya Citadel

Chaaya Citadel


Sigiriya Frescoes

Sigiriya Frescoes

Lotus Flower At Peradeniya And Kandyan Nobility

Lotus Flower At Peradeniya And Kandyan Nobility

Classic Liptons Tea

Classic Liptons Tea

Sri Lanka’s Magnificent Hill Country

Sri Lanka’s Magnificent Hill Country


Hill Country Railway Diesel Locomotive

Hill Country Railway Diesel Locomotive

The Safari At Tissamaharam

The Safari At Tissamaharam


Leopard At Yala National Park

Leopard At Yala National Park

Vintage Car At Galle

Vintage Car At Galle


Stilt Fishermen At Koggala

Stilt Fishermen At Koggala


Fort Bliss

Fort Bliss


Delicious Sri Lankan Fruit Platter

Delicious Sri Lankan Fruit Platter


Mask Dancers At Ambalangoda

Mask Dancers At Ambalangoda


Restaurant At The Surf

Restaurant At The Surf


The flight from LHR to CMB takes approximately 10 hours.




22 Miles Approx 1 Hour


Relax On Arrival At Colombo

Stay at Colombo’s world famous Galle Face Hotel. This colonial era hotel was notably patronised by Noel Coward and Old World millionaires like Rockefeller.


Luxury Hotels :

The Galle Face Regency

Special Choice :

Lake Lodge Colombo



94 Miles Approx 4 Hours


Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage

Pinnawela is Sri Lanka’s most visited attraction, and provides a very relaxed place to spend a few hours watching elephants. It is home to the largest group of orphaned Elephants in the world!  Most of the 70 animals have been found injured or abandoned in the wild.


Depending on the time of day, you can watch the little baby calves some only a few weeks old are fed by bottle and the whole herd is then bathed in the adjoining river. A not to be missed experience.


The Golden Cave Temple At Dambulla

The 5 Cave Temples Of Dambulla are a series of rock temples that have been hewn from a gigantic boulder that contain a very beautiful collection of sculptures, paintings and frescoes from various periods of the island’s history.


Cave No 2 – The Temple Of The Great Kings is the biggest and most spectacular cave temple with over 150 statues and 1500 paintings! The ceilings and walls are covered by the finest murals to be seen in Sri Lanka.


Special Choice :

Kassapa Lion Rock, Sigiriya

Eco :

Dambale Boutique Chalets


The Ancient City Of Polonnaruwa

The Medieval capital of Polonnaruwa has the feeling of a city that was once ‘lost in the jungle’ – which indeed it was, until it was ‘rediscovered’ by colonial administrators in the 19th Century. Ruins of royal palaces, stupas and monasteries are scattered over several square kilometers around a vast lake known as the Sea Of Parakrama.


The Inner Quadrangle area of the ancient city contains the most exquisite historical remains in the whole of Sri Lanka. The highlight of any visit to Polonnaruwa is The Gal Vihare (Temple Of The Rock) consisting of 4 rock cut Buddhas that are among the masterpieces of Buddhist Art, and one of the world’s great artistic treasures.


Elephant Back Ride At Habarana

One of the most popular activities at Habarana are elephant back rides through local villages and forests.


Special Choice :

Kassapa Lion Rock, Sigiriya

Eco :

Dambale Boutique Chalets

Day 5 - KANDY


44 Miles Approx 2.5 Hours


The Magnificent Sigiriya Rock Fortress

The amazing rock fortress of Sigiriya is often listed as 8th Wonder Of The Ancient World and is easily the most impressive historic sight in Sri Lanka. You enter through The Royal Pleasure Gardens with a series of ponds and landscaped terraces until the ascent of the rock fortress begins through a series of dramatic staircases.


Hidden half-way is a cave that reveals the Sigiriya Frescoes. This is Sri Lanka’s premier artistic treasure and is a must for all visitors. If you have a head for heights, you can reach the top via the gigantic Lions Paws, which are the remnants of a huge stone lion that used to guard the entrance. There are stunning views of the forested plains below from the top.


First Class Hotels :

Ozo Kandy

Special Choice :

Hotel Thilanka , Kandy

Day 6 - KANDY

Peradeniya Gardens And Its Beautiful Orchid Houses

The gardens at Peradeniya were one of the jewels of colonial era Ceylon. Initially developed to try out introduced tropical crops like rubber in the island, it soon expanded to become one of the great tropical collections of the world.


During WW2, the Supreme Headquarters of Lord Mountbatten Of Burma were hidden inside the gardens. The Orchid House at Peradeniya contains 300 varieties of orchids that are wonderfully displayed.


Temple Of The Buddha’s Tooth

Delightfully located in a valley surrounded by hills, Kandy was the last capital of the ancient kings. The UNESCO protected Old Town area is a lovely place for an afternoon walk along a maze of streets leading to the Temple Of The Buddha’s Tooth and the Kandy Lake, magnificently framed against forest clad hills in the background.


Visit The Temple Of The Buddha’s Tooth in the evening, for the ‘’pooja ceremony’’ that starts around 6:30 pm. At this time crowds gather to offer flowers and prayers to the sacred relic in the inner sanctum and the temple drummers are in full swing – a magical experience.


First Class Hotels :

Ozo Kandy

Special Choice :

Hotel Thilanka , Kandy



A Train Journey Of Approx 6 Hours


By Train Through The Hill Country

The Highland Queen leaves Kandy Railway Station for a spectacular journey through the Hill Country. There are lovely views of waterfalls and tea estates among the glorious scenery of the Great Western mountain range.


We include the full-length railway journey through pine and cloud forests near Horton Plains as well as the mind-boggling views of the Eastern Hill Country at Haputale. Clients are booked on the super luxury Expo Carriage or the Observation Car when available.


The Magnificent Views At Ella And Haputale

The most beautiful views in the entire island can be seen from the so called Ella and Haputale Gap – spectacular breaks in the mountains with views all the way down to the coast from the edge of the southern escarpment.


Deluxe :

Ceylon Tea Bungalows

Special Choice :

Feelin Good Resort

Day 8 - YALA


44 Miles Approx 3 Hours


Encounters With Leopards And Wild Elephants At Yala

The jewel among Sri Lanka’s wildlife reserves and one of Asia’s premier sanctuaries is justifiably famous for its population of Leopards that can easily be observed hunting and lazing around during daylight hours. The island’s big cat is attracted by the presence of large herds of Spotted Deer, Sambar (Elk) and Wild Boar that comprise its staple diet.


Apart from the wildlife, the stunning landscapes at Yala consist of strange shaped rock outcrops that are the ideal habitat of the aggressive Sloth Bear and a coastline dotted with beautiful lagoons harbouring migratory flamingoes and ferocious Marsh Crocodiles.


Around 100 Elephants are also found in and around the park. Today there are said to be 18 to 20 ‘tuskers’ in the reserve, including some huge ‘cross-tuskers’.


Special Choice :

The Safari ,Yala

Blue Turtle Hotel

Day 9 - GALLE


92 Miles Approx 3 Hours


The South Coast Road And The Stilt Fishermen Of Koggala

A lovely coast road passes through a succession of picture-postcard beaches and idyllic bays such as Weligama, widely acknowledged as one of the most beautiful in the world. The island’s unique Stilt Fishermen can be seen in this area during the late afternoons.


The Old World Town Of Galle

Galle has a charming old Dutch Fort (1640) which is the best preserved in Asia. Huge ramparts enclose an Old Town of great historical and architectural value. The labyrinth of streets and alleyways contain about 200 old colonial buildings that are a UNESCO World Heritage Site of prime importance.


First Class Hotels :

Mango House

Special Choice :

Fort Bliss , Galle



A Journey Of Approx 1 Hour


Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery

See turtle hatchlings prepared for release back in to the sea. If you are lucky you may be allowed to release some yourself.


Sri Lanka’s Beach Resorts

A beach stay on Sri Lanka’s famous palm fringed coastline combined in addition to this tour will make for an excellent 2 week holiday on the island.



Depart Sri Lanka – Daytime flights arrive back in UK the same day.

Complete Tour Of Sri Lanka

First Class - Room And Breakfast (Breakfast)

Special Choice – Half Board (Breakfast + Dinner)

Based On 2 Persons Sharing Room

SUMMER: 01/05 – 31/10 WINTER: 01/11 – 30/04

£1484 PP
£1244 PP

*Price Excludes Beach Stay


Terms and Conditions


• Private tour of Sri Lanka in an air-conditioned vehicle with English speaking driver/guide.

• All entry fees for places of interest as described in itinerary including jeep hire at national parks. 

• Meal plan as stated. 



• Flight and accommodation supplements may apply at peak periods.

• Beach stay at end of tour if required will be charged separately with options given.



• Children under 6 years of age sharing parents bed are given the land tour FREE OF CHARGE!!

• Special rates available for 2 adults and 1 child sharing triple room.

• Discounts available for families and groups.



• You are welcome to suggest changes or alterations such as a more relaxed tour with fewer activities, additional nights at places that may interest you, and adventure activities like white-water rafting.

• Tell us about any special interests and we will incorporate them in to your tour schedule.

If you want to widen your choice of tour hotel options, go to our View All Hotels index and tell us the mix of hotel you wish to stay at? If you have chosen your own hotels, we will include these along with your quote request.



All distances are point to point and do not include stops for sightseeing en-route. Actual travelling times may vary according to traffic, local weather and other factors.



There are a large number of beach hotels featured on our website. You are welcome to browse the Beach Hotels index and ask for your own choice of beach hotel. Alternatively we will feature a standard set of 8-10 beach hotel options that we can personally recommend.


You are welcome to specify the actual number of beach nights you require.



Unless specified, we usually feature the clockwise version of the tour for Winter Season (October-May) enquiries, and an anti-clockwise version of the tour for Summer Season (June – September) enquiries as the occurance of fine weather, sea bathing, snorkelling and watersports depends very much on the coast that is ‘in season’ at the time of your travel.

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Feedback From Our Clients

  • Throughly enjoyed the Jeep Safari in Yala

    We thoroughly enjoyed the jeep safari in Yala and the train journey to the Hill Country. However it would have been better if more hotel options were available. Our Driver Suranga, was very polite, friendly, trustworthy and was concerned for our well being at all times. His English was also quite good. In brief, your overall service was excellent and we would travel with you again and recommend you to our friends.

    Michael & Ann Vincent - 04/March/2014

  • This holiday has been amazing

    I must stress that this holiday has been amazing. Sri Lanka is a beautiful country with lovely people. Our tour guide Siri, has actually been one of the special highlights of this trip. Without him, we would not have experienced Sri Lanka through the eyes of a local. We would really love to return one day.

    Adam Baxtor - 25/Aug/2014

  • What a Tour!

    What a tour! Our guide Harmal was the Best. His knowledge of Sri Lanka and it's history was so interesting to hear. He was passionate about conservation and wildlife. He has made us a holiday to remember.

    Kathryn Wilson - 08/Aug/2014


  • A beautiful colonial-era hotel jutting out on a headland at Mount Lavinia, a beachside suburb of Colombo. The hotel has played host to Hollywood greats like Vivien Leigh and Gregory Peck. The Terrace

    The Mount Lavinia Hotel

    A beautiful colonial-era hotel jutting out on a headland at Mount Lavinia, a beachside suburb of Colombo. The hotel has played host to Hollywood greats like Vivien Leigh and Gregory Peck.

  • Chaaya Village

    Chaaya Village

    A beautiful hotel set in a forested park in the Cultural Triangle. The rustic cottages are surrounded by exotic trees and shrubs on the fringe of an ancient lake. A stunning triangular shaped infinity pool adds greatly to the appeal of this property.

  • Cinnamon Citadel

    Cinnamon Citadel

    Cinnamon Citadel is located on a bend of the Mahaweli River, the longest river in Sri Lanka. Unlike many other hotels at Kandy, it has the advantage of relative closeness to the city's main attractions. The Citadel has its own jetty for Boat Trips on the Mahaweli River.

  • 98 Acres

    98 Acres

    A luxury nature resort on a tea estate near the pretty village of Ella with an unbelievable view stretching down through the Ella Gap towards the lowlands in the far distance. Cottages are scattered among tea gardens and reached by electric buggies.

  • The Safari

    The Safari

    A delightfully situated hotel on the banks of the Tissa Wewa Lake is a renovated British colonial era Rest House that is ideal for safari trips to the nearby Yala National Park, one of the premier national parks of Asia.

  • The Fort Printers

    The Fort Printers

    A superb boutique hotel housed in an old Dutch period building within the ramparts of the old Fort. Here, wooden printing blocks and wrought iron printing machines made in Leeds and London were once used to print beautiful stationery and cards.


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Elephant Island Tours is a truly customer focused organisation.Our first connect was with Justin in the London Office. He listened carefully to understand our particular needs and apparitions. We were most impressed by his speed of reply, helpful suggestions and advice. The tour fulfilled all our needs. You cannot overestimate the importance of the first contact - Thank you Justin.

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"I have just returned from a 2 week holiday in Sri Lanka where I booked a 6 day overland tour through Elephant Island.

Absolutely faultless. The detailed itinerary put together by Amanda at EI incorporated absolutely everything we wanted to do and gave us a fantastic overview of Sri Lanka, its culture, its wildlife and its history.

Our driver Rohan was exceptional. He drove us with care, explained everything in detail and offered us numerous additional stops for activities such as elephant rides, a look around Kandy market and a trip to Nuwara Eliya. I would make sure, next time I go to Sri Lanka, that I had Rohan driving me around.

If you're going to Sri Lanka you MUST book through EI! The whole process was so smooth and ensured that I had the most amazing time in what is surely one of the world's most beautiful countries."

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