Essential Sri Lanka

Experiential short break Sri Lanka holidays that will inspire you!

Talk to our travel planners to see what you can pack into 5 to 8 days with unusual immersive activities. From temples to tea and wildlife to that oh so delicious cuisine. Visit the classic routes or rarely visited hidden gems - we know Sri Lanka like the back of our hand.

Sri Lanka Tailor-Made. Just for you!

    Tour Details

    A glimpse into your experiential holiday


    * Wander through a myriad of sacred temples with insightful local guides
    * Safari through the wild habitats of elephants and learn about animal behaviour
    * Cycle through a world UNESCO heritage site
    * Enjoy a Sri Lankan home cooked meal with a local
    * Explore a typical Sri Lankan market
    * Be a tea plucker for a moment
    * Relax by the beach

    8-day Sri Lankan tour


    Anuradhapura | Sigriya | Kandy | Negombo (or many more offbeat routes)

    *Includes meet and greet at airport / English speaking chauffeur with luxury vehicle / 24-hour operational support

    • Duration:
      7 nights/ 8 days or tailor-made.
    • When to go:
      Sri Lanka is an all year destination and you have complete flexibility with your travel dates. For best rates, visit in March, May, June.
    • Accommodation:
      Sri Lanka offers you a variety from luxury boutique villas, to tented camping by the beach, to bungalows set in the midst of endless tea estates, to tree huts deep inside the jungles.
    • Is this holiday for me:
      This short holiday touches the pulse points of Sri Lanka with immersive local experiences and great guides but talk to us about many more off beat short breaks – we know Sri Lanka like the back of our hand.
    • Activity level:
      Low to moderate.

    • Can it be tailor-made:
      Yes! We can also offer a 8 day tour covering Galle, Yala, Udawalawe and Colombo and off beat holidays that touch often unvisited locations. We personally curate the experiences – you create your luxury bespoke holiday itinerary.
    • Is it a private tour:
      Yes, you will travel in a private chauffeur driven vehicle while each experience will be hosted only for you by a local who is part of our team of location specific guides.
    • How much will it cost:
      100% of what you pay stays right here in Sri Lanka.

      Send us an enquiry to cost out a bespoke holiday for you.




    FAQs on this experiential holiday

  • Can I make this a longer/shorter tour?

    Yes. We can help you select the experiences to suite your travel period. . If you need to add the North, we can add on "Ayu in the Wild's exciting Northern Adventures" to this tour.

  • Is this Sri Lanka tour available all year?

    Tell us when you wish to travel and we will advise you on the best route depending on where it is likely to rain during the two monsoons that fall on our island.

  • Can I have a mix of luxury and value Accommodation?

    Yes, Give us an approximate indication of your budget per night for accommodation only and we will find you a lovely mix

  • How much traveling is involved?

    Quite a bit. You need to be prepared for a few long journeys on some days through some beautiful landscapes, villages and bustling towns to see everything that is worth seeing!

  • Can I end the tour with a beach stay and which coast should I choose?

    Yes, we can add on a beach stay. From November to April, the West, South West and Deep South of the island are bathed in sunshine and with calm seas. You can stay along this coast even in the Summer months of July and August but seas are slightly rough. From May to October, you find some of the world’s best beaches in the stunning East Coast where you can wade out for hundreds of feet into the clear blue shallow seas.

  • Image Gallery

    A Sri Lankan home cooked meal A Sri Lankan home cooked meal
    Guided tour of Anuradhapura, a UNESCO World Heritage site Guided tour of Anuradhapura, a UNESCO World Heritage site
    Privately guided safari at The Gathering. Minneriya, Sri Lanka Privately guided safari at The Gathering. Minneriya, Sri Lanka
    Sail boats at the Negombo beach Sail boats at the Negombo beach
    Explore a local market with exciting treats Explore a local market with exciting treats
    The Ceylon tea experience The Ceylon tea experience

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