Sri Lanka

An Insider's Sri Lanka 14 days

Our Insider’s Sri Lanka holiday showcases the country’s lesser-known gems, taking you to out-of-the-way places where you can rub shoulders with the locals. Embark on immersive adventures, enjoy relaxing pauses, go wildlife spotting in Uda Walawe, feast on Colombo’s dynamic streetfood and lay back on Arugam Bay’s secluded sands.

At a glance

  • Graze at the locals’ favourite Colombo cafes
  • Witness the Temple of the Tooth relic is revealed to waiting pilgrims
  • Climb Adam’s Peak for breathtaking views over the town
  • Travel in classic style on a train through Tea Country
  • Get close to elephants in lesser-known national parks
  • Chat with locals on Galle’s ramparts, getting tips on where to eat dinner

Our tailor-made service costs you no extra

This itinerary is designed to work straight off the peg, but we'll happily tailor it until it's a perfect fit for you, to ensure we’re making the absolute best of your time and funds. All you need to do is ask...

Your own private guides

You'll typically have your own private guides throughout your trip. When you will be sharing a service (eg a boat cruise) with others, we'll always let you know.

We only provide privately guided holidays - meaning that you will not be expected to share guides or transport for the duration of your visit. You can also start on any day you choose.

Please click on the hotel category buttons below to view hotel details. These are recommended properties only - we have many alternative options for you to choose from if you would prefer. You can mix hotel categories throughout your holiday.

Hotel Class

Price per person (based on total # travelling)

 2 3 - 45 - 6
First Class£2,408£2,223£2,158

Lake Lodge

Tucked away in a quiet residential area in the heart of Colombo, Lake Lodge is a charming family-run guesthouse with a welcoming ambiance. Despite its central location...
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OZO Kandy

If you’re looking for a convenient, central Kandy location, then the OZO Kandy certainly ticks that box: being close to the lakeside and within walking distance of the Temple of the Tooth. The design is more modern and sleek...
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Living Heritage Koslanda

Living Heritage Koslanda is a very special, small property; more akin to a private Sri Lankan home, but with the service and attention to detail you would expect from a luxury hotel. Its location in Sri Lanka’s Hill Country...
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Bay Vista Hotel

Steeped in the chilled-out, surfing vibe of Arugam Bay’s gently curving coastline, the Bay Vista Hotel is a serene sanctuary for body and mind…
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Mahoora Tented Safari Camps

Imagine experiencing Sri Lanka's wilderness from your very own safari camp. Expertly hosted and supervised by experienced rangers, eco-camping in Sri Lanka is one of those life adventures that move you.…
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The Grand Udawalawe Safari Resort

Situated just a few minutes drive from one of Sri Lanka’s largest National Parks, the Grand Udawalawe Safari Resort offers good quality, convenient accommodation set in a beautiful...
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Deco on 44

As its name suggests, Deco on 44 is located in an outstanding Art Deco-style property that has been refurbished throughout to ensure your stay is as comfortable...
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Superior£3,001£2,816£2,752

Galle Face Hotel

One of Colombo’s Colonial masterpieces, the Galle Face Regency is unquestionably amongst the pick of city’s historical treasures. Built in 1864, the hotel is split into two wings...
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Elephant Stables

A beautifully restored Colonial property, the Elephant Stables was originally home to Kandy’s first elected mayor, and sits perched on the hillside with a superb view over the ancient capital...
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Living Heritage Koslanda

Living Heritage Koslanda is a very special, small property; more akin to a private Sri Lankan home, but with the service and attention to detail you would expect from a luxury hotel. Its location in Sri Lanka’s Hill Country...
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Hideaway

As befits its’ name, ‘Hideaway’ is tucked away in a three-acre, secret-garden-like setting of mature trees and tropical shrubs, set back from Arugam Bay’s main strip. Built in 1979 as a family home, this charming property opened its doors to welcome guests a decade later...
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Mahoora Tented Safari Camps

Imagine experiencing Sri Lanka's wilderness from your very own safari camp. Expertly hosted and supervised by experienced rangers, eco-camping in Sri Lanka is one of those life adventures that move you.…
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Kalus Hideaway Hotel

Uda Walawe is one of Sri Lanka’s most abundant national parks, and Kalu’s Hideaway is right outside it, less than a mile from the park’s famous Elephant Transit Home...
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The Fort Printers

The utterly charming Fort Printers hotel was originally a school house, later a print house before being turned into its latest reincarnation: a boutique-style hotel...
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Deluxe£3,606£3,418£3,358

Residence by Uga

Undoubtedly one of the Sri Lankan capital's hidden gems, the Residence by Uga is everything a city centre hotel isn’t supposed to be: personal, relaxed and informal. The result is simply wonderful...
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Stone House

Suave and sophisticated, the Stone House wouldn’t look out of place in the pages of an interior design magazine. Couple this with personalised service and attention to detail...
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Living Heritage Koslanda

Living Heritage Koslanda is a very special, small property; more akin to a private Sri Lankan home, but with the service and attention to detail you would expect from a luxury hotel. Its location in Sri Lanka’s Hill Country...
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Jetwing Surf

Scattered between tall palms on the sands of Pottuvil, Jetwing Surf’s eco-cabanas are welcoming spaces that bring contemporary architectural innovation to classic coastal comfort...
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Mahoora Tented Safari Camps

Imagine experiencing Sri Lanka's wilderness from your very own safari camp. Expertly hosted and supervised by experienced rangers, eco-camping in Sri Lanka is one of those life adventures that move you.…
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The Fort Bazaar

Brand new for 2016, the Fort Bazaar is small, but perfectly formed and uber-stylish. This comes as no surprise, having been developed by the experienced team behind the award-winning The Wallawwa near Colombo...
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Solo travellers are always welcome - please contact us for a tailored quote.

These prices are shown in GBP.
Selective Asia is a UK-registered company, but our client-base spans the globe, so we bank in both GBP and USD and can therefore provide a fixed price in either currency.
We also have payment facilities in Canada, New Zealand, Australia and the EU, and can typically offer better-than-bank exchange rates on the date of payment in these currencies (against a booking priced in GBP).

  • Spend a few days at the rural Mud House before arriving at the Cultural Triangle - it's the perfect way to de-stress after another year stuck to your desk!
  • Trekking enthusiasts wanting to get off-the-beaten-track should visit Ahaspokuna Bushwalks Camp: an upmarket tented camp in a remote forest location surrounded by nature.

  • At Selective Asia we specialise in creating unique, tailor-made experiences. The holiday itineraries provided on this website are intended to help you visualise what is achievable in your destinations of choice, over a given period of time and at an intended budget.
    Whilst many clients are happy with of our recommended itineraries in the current form (and at the price quoted), there are those that wish to personalise their holiday in some way, whether it be a change of hotel, an additional destination or even start from scratch. This is when our tailor-made specialists come into their own; with many years of experience both living and working in the region they are ideally equipped to advise on alternatives and to facilitate any necessary changes.
    Please note: Sri Lankan hotel contracts are extremely seasonal in comparison to most of their Asian counterparts and therefore you should expect surcharges at various times of the year, not just festive periods. Your consultant will be happy to advise you of these.

    Inclusive:

    • English speaking, local guide
    • All accommodation listed
    • Land transportation by private air-conditioned saloon car / minivan (for small group). Please ask for vehicle upgrade supplement if required.
    • Any domestic flights listed (unless marked otherwise)
    • All admission fees at attractions, temples and activities as mentioned in the itinerary
    • All meals listed
    • International flight reconfirmation.

    Exclusive:

    • Flights to/from Asia. We are an ATOL bonded operator and can arrange flights for all our clients, regardless of whether you are departing from the UK or from almost any other worldwide destination.
    • Entry visas
    • International airport departure taxes
    • Any meals not listed in the itinerary
    • Drinks, other than water on activity days
    • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, tip...)
    • Travel insurance
    • All other services not listed in 'inclusive'

    Please note

    All prices are correct at the time of publishing. They are liable to change and can only be confirmed upon submitting an enquiry.

     

    Flights

    We will arrange all internal flights used within our holiday itineraries. We can also arrange discounted flights from all UK airports to Asia and we are a fully bonded ATOL operator. If you would like a quote for your international flights then please complete the required section on the enquiry form.

    Visa

    You may require a visa to enter Sri Lanka. Your consultant will be happy to advise you on visa requirements.

    Passport

    Please ensure that you have a valid passport with at least 6 months validity remaining after your return date. You will also need at least one blank page for each of the countries you are visiting.

    Insurance

    You will require a comprehensive travel insurance that covers you for medical costs associated with hospitalisation, emergency travel and repatriation back to your home country. We offer our customers a specially discounted insurance policy, ideally suited to the needs that a trip such as this creates. Tick the insurance box in the enquiry form and we will send you a quote to suit your needs.

    Vaccinations and Malaria Prevention

    You will undoubtedly require vaccinations for your visit to Asia. Please consult your doctor or a vaccination clinic for the most up-to-date advice. They will also be able to advise you of the most suitable anti-malarial medication if required. It is important that you do this well in advance of your departure date.

    Booking Procedure

    Only once you are completely happy with any holiday itinerary we create for you will we ask for a payment. In order that we can secure availability for your booking we would typically require a deposit of 20%.

    Travelling Responsibly

    We care about the places and the communities that you will travel through. It is important to us that we travel as responsibly as possible throughout Asia and that we are giving something back to the regions and the people that make these journeys so special. Full details on our approach to responsible travel can be found on a dedicated section of this website.

    Make it yours! Call a Sri Lanka specialist on 01273 670 001

    Or enquire online

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    Gemma - Selective Asia Product Team

    ’Sri Lanka boasts some incredible wildlife spotting opportunities and the country’s national parks understandably attract a high number of visitors all keen on spotting the elusive Sri Lankan leopard. However, Kumana National Park is a hidden gem where you’re unlikely to be sharing your safari experience with jeep loads of tourists. ’

    Gemma – Product Manager
    An Insider's Sri Lanka