Sri Lanka Tours

Tea Treats, Exotic Beaches & Temple Temptations

Experience one of our joyful Sri Lanka tours! This teardrop shaped tropical island off the southern coast of India is one of the most exotic island experiences in the world.

Ancient cities, Dutch colonial architecture, archaeological wonders, and warm, hospitable people – tailor-made Sri Lanka tours offer it all! Experience all this and more, under the seemingly endless canopy of lush greenery and palm-fringed beaches, on our wonderfully diverse, private Sri Lanka tourism packages

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Best Travel Time for Sri Lanka Tours

Fog and sun – a typical mix on your Sri Lanka tour!

Due to the proximity to the equator, Sri Lanka has a typical tropical climate with pronounced rain and dry weather. The weather in the plains and the coastal region is hot and humid, with an average temperature of 27°C. The humidity is between 70% during the day, and 90% at night, but the refreshing sea breezes reduces the heat. The central highlands are cool and pleasant with an average temperature of 20°C. January is the coldest moth and May is often the warmest month.

There are two monsoons on the island:

  • Southwestern monsoon, which rains from May to October in the southwestern part of the island
  • Northeast monsoon, which rains from December to March in the northeast of the island.

The driest and best season for a tour of Sri Lanka to the west coast, south coast and highlands is from December to March. The best time for visiting the country’s many historic cities, and the east coast is from April to September.

The best travel season for your Sri Lanka vacation varies from region to region.

West and south coast, hills (Colombo, Galle, Kandy, Yalla)

  • High season: November – April
  • Low season: May – June

Beaches of the North Coast (Negombo and Trincomalee)

  • Main season: May – September

Beaches of the south coast (Negombo, Tangalle, Galle and beaches in the south-west)

  • High season: October – April

East Coast, North and Central Region (Anuradhapura, Trincomalee)

  • Main season: May – September
  • Low season: February – April

As an individual travel provider, we would be pleased to advise you on your private Sri Lanka trip. Contact us for an obligation-free and complimentary quote.

Top 10 Attractions, Activities and Highlights of Sri Lanka

1. Did you know the best rock-climbing excursion is in Sri Lanka? A highlight on your cultural tour of Sri Lanka, head to the historical rock fortress of Sigiriya. Built in the 5th century on a monolith and surpassing the surrounding jungle, you will find artistic frescoes that highlight silent testimonies to Sri Lanka ‘s moving history.

2. For more than a thousand years, Anuradhapura was the seat of Sinhalese royal dynasties. In this ancient city there are many impressive temples and monasteries. In addition, the Sri Maha Bodi is the oldest tree planted in the world, and is a major Buddhist pilgrimage site.

3. Experience a traditional Sri Lanka Ayurveda beach resorts Ayurveda, a centuries-old healing art, regenerates body and mind: with yoga, meditation, massages and a balanced diet.

4. The fishing village Balaptitiya with its white sandy beaches and the warm clear water is fortunately still an insider tip. A beach paradise away from the popular spots, this is the ideal place to relax during your Sri Lanka trip.

5. The Esala Perahera Parade in the fairytale village of Kandy is one of the most impressive processions in Asia. Experience colorful costumes, traditional dances, fire dancers, elephants and an ocean of ​​bright lights.

6. In the colonial port of Galle, the legacy of Dutch and Portuguese rule is still visible: magnificent alleyways, an outstandingly preserved old town and the famous Dutch Fort invite visitors to explore the region.

7. A safari in the Yala National Park takes you through varied landscapes, where lush jungles with open, wide areas alternate. The park is home to wild elephants, buffaloes, leopards, bears and crocodiles.

8. Weaving coconut palms, romantic sunsets, bright coral reefs – welcome to idyllic Wadduwa. After a wonderful relaxing day on the beach, delicious seafood specialties and traditional masquerade performances await you.

9. The lush, green Sinharaja Forest Reserve is populated by countless colorful bird and butterfly species. As Sri Lanka’s only remaining rainforest, it is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

10. Marvel at the majestic architecture of Polonnaruwa, a former capital of Sri Lanka. The ruins and monuments date back to the 12th century.

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History of Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka tours introduce you to an enchanting history and kaleidoscopic culture! For centuries, thousands have visited the country as its location in the Indian Ocean made it an important stopover on trade routes. Anthropologists suggest that it was occupied as early as 32,000 BC and historians speak of a large scale migration of Indo-Aryans in the 5th century BC, followed by some Tamil people from neighboring India a few centuries later.

The arrival of Buddhism in the 3rd century BC greatly influenced the Sri Lankan people and strengthened their sense of nationhood, although it was only in the 12th century AD that King Parakrama Bahu united the entire nation. You can still see some of the beautiful architecture they left behind on private Sri Lanka tours. The Portuguese and Dutchmen colonialists were overthrown by the British who controlled the country till 1947.

Trouble started between the Tamil and Sinhalese in Sri Lanka after it gained independence and civil war broke out in the 1980s. The war ended decades later when the Tamil Tigers, a militant faction, were finally defeated.

A major producer of rice, tea, coconut and rubber, the country is far from backward today. Sri Lankan tourism has also prospered and is a major source of income.

Top Sri Lanka Travel Tip – History:

Discover the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Dambulla caves on our private Sri Lanka tours, which date back to the 1st century BC, and were transformed into living quarters for monks and are an important record of Buddhist history.

Sri Lanka's Culture

A magnificent statue in Sri Lanka

The indelible imprints of Indian, Portuguese, Dutch and British people have influenced Sri Lankan culture for centuries. As you travel in Sri Lanka, you will see indisputable evidence of the local culture reflected through the art, architecture and even food. From the frescos of Sigiriya and the caves at Dambulla to the colonial architecture of the southwest, one of our private Sri Lanka tours have much to offer the art and architecture enthusiast!

Theravada Buddhism has been a major influence on the culture of Sri Lanka from 3rd century BC. While English is spoken in urban areas, nearly 75% of the population speak the Sinhala language, while Sri Lankan Tamilians speak Tamil. The Sinhalese and Tamil both believe themselves to be the original residents and have their own version of history and traditions. Today, Sri Lanka is a relatively calm country with peace-loving, friendly people.

The country is one of the world’s largest producers of tea and naturally, tea-drinking is an integral part of daily life here, and all visitors are offered tea during their Sri Lanka tours, with no exceptions!

Top Sri Lanka Travel Tip – Culture:

Do include the Kandy Perahera during your Sri Lanka tours. This is an annual festival that commemorates Buddha’s Sacred Tooth Relic and draws visitors from all over the world!

Cuisine of Sri Lanka

Enjoy a variety of curries on your tailor made Sri Lanka trip

The cuisine of Sri Lanka hosts a fascinating culinary heritage and is heavily influenced by the Portuguese, Dutch, Malays, Arabs, and South Indians. Rice and curries are staples, and most traditional meals consist of a massive mound of rice surrounded by various curries made of vegetables, meat or fish, and sprinkled with lots of spices.

On your Sri Lanka tour, you will find few restaurants famous for the local cuisine, with most visitors preferring to eat in the comfort of their hotel. Eat in a local restaurant to soak in ambience rather than sample local delicacies.

Try some of authentic Sri Lankan cuisine:

  • Kottu or Kothu roti: a medley of chopped roti, vegetables and your choice of meat
  • Short eats: the Sri Lankan equivalent of snacks, including include cutlets, samosa, patties, fish/meat bun, dhal (lentil) vada, stuffed chilies and ala bola (potato balls)
  • Hoppers: a cross between a muffin and a crumpet, served with a soft-baked egg on top
  • String-hoppers: steamed circlets of rice flour, thinner than noodles
  • Deviled chicken: deep fried chicken smothered in sauce

Top Sri Lanka Travel Tip – Cuisine:

Sri Lankan food can often be quite spicy and on a par with hot Thai food. Chilli powder is popularly used everywhere and you are better off asking for food that is medium spicy.

The Enchanting Travels team is happy to help you plan your private and tailor-made Sri Lanka tour. 

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