Cow staring at a man who's crossing the river - Sri Lanka Itinerary for Groups

15 Day Sri Lanka Itinerary for Groups

Get under the skin of Sri Lanka with our "15 Day Sri Lanka Itinerary" for people who like to travel in groups, by exploring this fascinating and diverse island which has something for everyone - perfect for a group holiday!

Highlights of Sri Lanka Itinerary

  • Fun activities including white water rafting and beautiful bike rides
  • Watching the abundant Sri Lankan wildlife - leopards, sloth bears, Blue and Sperm Whale watching
  • Time for relaxation along the way

Prices start from £965.00

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This leisurely group Sri Lanka tour offers exceptional value for money and covers the best that Sri Lanka has to offer and still allows a couple of days at the end for you to relax and savour all that gone before.

Sri Lanka, often known as the Pearl of the Indian Ocean, is a very special Island with a history that is long and varied. It is well known for its beautiful beaches, ancient cities, stunning scenery and abundant wildlife. The people of Sri Lanka are as special as the Island being charming, full of fun and most of all, very welcoming.

You will really get under the skin of Sri Lanka on this Sri Lanka Itinerary tour!

Day 1

Sri Lanka beachFisherman pulling the fishing netsboat

Transfer from airport to Negombo. Room booked from 2pm.

NEGOMBO is one of the most popular beach holiday destinations and there are a lot of restaurants and bars close to the hotel.

Overnight at Rani Beach Hotel, Negombo or similar

Day 2

day-2-a-1[1]Sri Lankan Leopardsri lankan bear

Drive to Wilpattu and do a GAME DRIVE INTO WILPATTU NATIONAL PARK where you will see many deer, crocodiles, water buffaloes, birds, and if you are lucky, a leopard and sloth bear. Wilpattu is the largest National Park in Sri Lanka and there is a very high percentage chance of seeing a Leopard or a Sloth Bear there. It is not as busy as the other National Parks.

Overnight at The Lakeside Hotel, Nuwara Wewa, Anuradhapura or similar

Day 3

Temple in Sri LankaRuwanwelisayaStaircase

Visit the ancient city of ANURADHAPURA (UNESCO World Heritage Site). Anuradhapura was the largest and most important of all the Sri Lankan Royal Capital cities flourishing between the 5th century BC and 10th century AD. One of the relic temples here was the 3rd tallest monument in the world at the time when it was built.

Visit MIHINTALE- this is where Buddhism was introduced to Sri Lanka and is one of the most popular temple complexes among the locals.

Overnight at The Lakeside Hotel, Nuwara Wewa, Anuradhapura or similar

Day 4

herd of elephantsBathing ElephantSigiriya Rock

Do a GAME DRIVE INTO MINNERIYA NATIONAL PARK (it may be that due to the location of the elephants that you will do a game drive into Hurulu Oya National Park or Kaudulla National Park instead which are very close to each other- Extra 35 pounds pp)

Climb the LION ROCK AT SIGIRIYA (UNESCO World Heritage Site) which stands about 650ft high and was a capital of Sri Lanka in the 5th century and a magnificent rock fortress. There is much to see here including water gardens, mirror wall, frescoes, lion’s paws etc. and from the top there is a fabulous uninterrupted 365° view of the surrounding countryside.

Overnight at Jay’s Holiday Resort, Habarana or similar

Day 5

cow in a river bankPloughing paddy field with BullsTourists drinking coconut

Do a BIKE RIDE through the rice paddy fields to the villages using small back roads, where you can experience the real Sri Lankan walk of life. There is an irrigation channel running parallel to our cycle route where there is very rich bird life and unusual wild life such as Monitor Lizard, Chameleon and Mongoose etc. Half way through the ride, you will have refreshments of King Coconut and later have lunch at a farmer’s house.

Overnight at Jay’s Holiday Resort, Habarana or similar

Day 6

Dambulla Rock TempleDambulla Cave TempleFruit Market in Sri Lanka

Visit the magnificent DAMBULLA CAVE TEMPLE (UNESCO World Heritage Site). Built in the 1st century BC, this is the largest painted cave temple in the world - there are five caves containing about 200 statues of Lord Buddha.

Drive to KANDY (UNESCO World Heritage Site) - this Royal city was the last indigenous capital of Sri Lanka. Kandy is situated about 1500ft above sea level and is said to be the most picturesque of all the Sri Lankan cities as it nestles in the hills with the lake at the bottom.

On the way, visit a SPICE GARDEN, where you can take a walk round the garden to see how they grow and learn about Ayurvedic medicine

Overnight at Hotel Thilanka, Kandy or similar

Day 7

Kandy Temple of the ToothPinnawala Elephant Orphanage kandyan dancing group

Visit PINNEWALA ELEPHANT ORPHANAGE this is the home of over 50 Elephants that have lost their herds and have become orphaned in the wild. It is under the control of the Wildlife Conservation Dept. You can watch these elephants playing in the river and there are a few baby elephants too.

Drive back to Kandy and watch the CULTURAL SHOW - these are traditional Sri Lankan dances accompanied by folk music that is derived from the Temples. The rites were performed by witch doctors to cure their patients.

Overnight at Hotel Thilanka, Kandy or similar

Day 8

Royal Botanic Gardens in KandyKandy Royal Botanical GardensElephants in front of Kandy Temple of the Tooth

Visit the TEMPLE OF THE TOOTH which is the most visited temple in Sri Lanka and is the only temple in the world with a tooth relic of Buddha. You will visit the Temple during the ceremony to soak up the atmosphere.

Take a leisurely walk round the beautiful ROYAL BOTANICAL GARDENS- these are the best gardens in South East Asia, the highlights being the Orchid House, Palm Avenue and Green Bamboo etc.

Free time – relaxing or shopping where you can visit the local market, silk shop or gem museum etc.

Overnight at Hotel Thilanka, Kandy or similar

Day 9

A group of tourists climbing a mountainKithulgala White Water RaftingEvening Red Sun over a river

Drive through the tea plantations to KITHULGALA – this is a sleepy village set beside the Keleni River surrounded by thick evergreen forest.

Do a JUNGLE WALK among the hills through rainforest type vegetation ending up back in the local village. At the end of the walk you cross a suspension bridge which is the only way across to the main road.

Do either FLAT WATER RAFTING (GRADE 1) or WHITE WATER RAFTING (GRADE 3)(optional excursion - £20pp)down the Keleni River. This is a special experience as you are surrounded by thick evergreen forest.

Overnight at Kithulgala Resthouse, Kithulgala or similar

Day 10

A waterfall in the middle of a tea estate in Sri Lanka2 woman plucking tea leavesNuwara Eliya Lake

Drive to Nuwara Eliya (“little England”) through the tea plantations - this is the best drive of your tour where you will see thousands of acres of TEA PLANTATIONS and some breath-taking views as you slowly climb up through the hills to get to “little England” which is over 6000 feet above sea level. On the way, you are sure to spot some tea pickers and also some waterfalls.

Visit a TEA FACTORY to see just how tea is produced.

Do a city tour of NUWARA ELIYA – (this is where the colonials used to escape to when it was too hot on the coastal plains) taking in the highlights – the racecourse, Hill Club (was the centre of all colonial life), Gregory’s Lake etc. You will see some of the buildings have a distinctly British feel about them.

Overnight at The Hill Club, Nuwara Eliya or similar

Day 11

Horton PlainsCow in Horton PlainsTrain in Sri Lanka

Do a walk on HORTON PLAINS (UNESCO World Heritage Site) to see World’s End (where on a clear day, you can see the drop of over 3000ft and the coast some 50 miles away) and Bakers Falls. The walk is through cloud forest over 7000 feet above sea level, and has unusual flora and fauna.

Take a TRAIN RIDE from Pattipola to Bandarawela - this is the most scenic train ride in the country which drops over 3000 feet within an hour and a half. The ride is a windy, twisty interesting one in a very old fashioned train.

Overnight at The Orient, Bandarawela or similar

Day 12

Morning Vibs2 cows in a Bullock CartTree Hut in a middle of a paddy field

Visit ELLA GAP and climb LITTLE ADAM`S PEAK – this is a chance to walk up through the tea plantations. From the top, there are amazing views down the valley to the southern plains.

Drive to Unawatuna on the South coast where you can relax on the golden sands beaches shaded by coconut palms.

Overnight at Hotel Insight, Ahangama or The Flower Garden, Unawatuna or similar

Day 13

Ahangama  BeachUnawatuna BeachBaby Turtles

Free day

Overnight at Hotel Insight, Ahangama or The Flower Garden, Unawatuna or similar

Day 14

Blue Whale2 fishman fishing in the seaGalle Lighthouse

Do optional WHALE WATCHING (extra £30pp) - only between November and April. Mirissa is the best place in Sri Lanka to do Whale Watching –with almost a guarantee that you will see a whale – the most common being Blue Whales, but there are also lots of dolphins and seasonal Sperm Whales.

Drive to Colombo.

On the way, visit a TURTLE HATCHERY where you will see some baby turtles that will be released in the sea towards early morning.

From the turtle hatchery, it’s a short drive to the DUTCH FORT AT GALLE. This was originally built in 1589 and is still active and functioning. The highlights here are The Museum, Amangalla Hotel, The Dutch Church, The Light house, Clock tower and the Cricket Ground.

Then we take the Expressway to Colombo.

Overnight at Hotel Sapphire, Colombo or similar.

Day 15

Bullock Cartthree wheel park in Sri LankaGood Bye Flower Greeting

Transfer to the airport

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Colombo and its Environs

Offering excellent and affordable accommodation in Kandy, Hotel Thilanka has been recently refurbished to a very high standard throughout. The hotel is set up high on the hill overlooking the city of...


Central & Kandy

This is a small budget hotel that offers very good value for money if you are travelling on a limited budget and want to stay at a hotel next to the beach. You can swim between December and April and...


South Coast

This is quickly becoming one of our most popular hotels on the tours. It is a small hotel with 11 rooms in cabanas which are dotted around the luxuriant grounds which are surrounded by jungle so has a...


Cultural Triangle

This is a Resthouse and therefore by definition is more basic. Kithulgala is about a 2hr drive south-west of Kandy and is situated in the rainforest. It has a magnificent location set on the banks of...


Central & Kandy

This modern hotel offers very good value for money with clean, spacious rooms. You can always be assured of a warm welcome and indeed, nothing is too much trouble for the staff. You will find the hote...


Nuwara Eliya & Hill Country

The Rani Beach Resort in Negombo offers very comfortable accommodation for the price making it very affordable for those looking to unwind near a golden beach. All the rooms have private balconies wit...


North West Coast

The Hill Club is definitely a step back it time. The hotel has a feel of a Scottish mansion and was originally established in 1876 as a “Club” for the colonials who used to go to Nuwara El...


Nuwara Eliya & Hill Country

The Lakeside hotel in Anuradhapura was formerly known as Tissa Wewa Grand Rest House (it looks over Tissa Wewa- this is a lake) and was originally built by the British in 1907. It then became a former...


Cultural Triangle

Tour Dates

23rd Dec - 06th Jan 2019

£1100 per person including Christmas & New year`s eve dinner . ( £200 single supplement. £100 Deposit per person. )

13th Jan - 27th Jan 2019

£965 per person. ( £200 single supplement. £100 Deposit per person. )

10th Feb - 24nd Feb 2019

£965 per person. ( £200 single supplement. £100 Deposit per person. )

10th mar - 24th Mar 2019

£965 per person. ( £200 single supplement. £100 Deposit per person. )

07th july - 21st july 2019

£965 per person. ( £200 single supplement. £100 Deposit per person. )

28thJuly - 11th Aug 2019

£965 per person. ( £200 single supplement. £100 Deposit per person. )

18thAug - 01st Sep 2019

£965 per person. ( £200 single supplement. £100 Deposit per person. )

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