Sri Lanka

East Coast Sri Lanka 13 days

Our East Coast Sri Lanka holiday is perfect for those travelling during the UK summer, taking advantage of the wonderfully deserted eastern beaches. Explore the Cultural Triangle and Minneriya National Park, lay back on lesser visited east coast sands, travel by train through picturesque Tea Country and wander in Colombo’s historic streets.

At a glance

  • Explore extraordinary ancient temples in the Cultural Triangle
  • Search for elephants in Minneriya National Park
  • Learn to cook Sri Lankan style by preparing snacks with the locals
  • Discover the tranquility of Sri Lanka’s eastern beaches
  • Stand with pilgrims to catch a glimpse of the Temple of the Tooth Relic
  • Tuk-tuk between traditional flavours on a streetfood tour of Colombo

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.

Travelling before 30th June 2020? 20% discount will be applied to the costs shown below! How is this possible and offer conditions

Hotel Class

Price per person (based on total # travelling)

 2 3-45-6
First Class£2,007£1,780£1,708

Casa Heliconia

Casa Heliconia’s self-styled ‘jungle glam’ offers the best of both worlds: idyllic rural surroundings with convenient access to the area’s top attractions…
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Hotel Sigiriya

As you’re handed your welcome drink on the terrace of the Sigiriya Hotel, glance skywards and you'll know what your visit is all about…what a view...
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Laya Waves

Set on pristine Kalkudah Beach on Sri Lanka’s east coast, Laya Waves really does have an enviable 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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The Tea Factory

Deep in Sri Lanka's lush tea country, the spectacular Heritance Tea Factory is a converted - well, tea factory, perched atop a Kandy hillside since the 1930s. Nestled in lush organic tea plantations...
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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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The Wallawwa

Opened in 2008, The Wallawwa is just 15 minutes by car from Colombo’s Bandaranaike Airport, making it the ideal stopover for your first or last night in Sri Lanka. In truth, however, you’d be happy to stay a week...
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Aliya Resort & Spa

With its astonishing view of Sigiriya Rock, this contemporary hotel is superbly placed for exploring what is known as Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle...
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Maalu Maalu Resort & Spa

Maalu Maalu is a boutique eco-friendly resort on Sri Lanka’s east coast, its intimate cluster of luxurious wooden villas inspired by a traditional fishing village...
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Villa Rosa

Drive just five minutes from the centre of Kandy, winding up one of the city’s typically steep roads, and you’ll soon arrive at the gates of Villa Rosa...
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Stafford Bungalow

Initially built by Scottish planters back in 1884 and set on a 50-acre working tea plantation you don’t get much more authentic...
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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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The Wallawwa

Opened in 2008, The Wallawwa is just 15 minutes by car from Colombo’s Bandaranaike Airport, making it the ideal stopover for your first or last night in Sri Lanka. In truth, however, you’d be happy to stay a week...
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Water Garden Sigiriya

Offering fantastic panoramic views of the mighty Sigiriya Rock, the Water Garden Sigiriya is located just 6km from the historic site and is conveniently close to the Cultural Triangle cities of Dambulla, Anuradhapura ...
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Karpaha Sands

Sheltered by tall palms swaying over a pristine private beach, Karpaha Sands blends the immediacy of tented camp accommodation with premium hotel luxury…
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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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Stafford Bungalow

Initially built by Scottish planters back in 1884 and set on a 50-acre working tea plantation you don’t get much more authentic...
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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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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).

  • Depending on the month of travel, you may wish to switch for an alternative beach resort to make the most of Sri Lanka's year round sunshine - your consultant will be happy to advise.
  • You can extend your stay in Tea Country with a few days at an original tea estate, set high in the hills and well away from the trail.
  • 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!
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.


  • 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.


  • 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.



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.


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


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.


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

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Ed - Selective Asia consultant

'During the UK summer months, discover the golden sands and clear, shallow waters of Sri Lanka's East Coast beaches, when the weather is at its best on this side of the island.'

Ed - Sri Lanka tailor-made specialist

Nick - Selective Asia consultant

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East Coast Sri Lanka