Tours and Trips to Sri Lanka

Explore cave temples. Discover sacred cities. Encounter wildlife. See the best of Sri Lanka with On The Go Tours.

Sri Lanka. Where elephants roam and waterfalls flow. Where beaches abound and tea plantations thrive. Take an unforgettable trip through this fascinating country with a group tour or custom-made holiday.

With On the Go Tours, you'll get to know the real Sri Lanka. We'll do more than simply drop you off at the UNESCO World Heritage sites and leave it at that. From tuk-tuk rides to traditional cultural shows, our Sri Lanka tours are brimming with authentic and memorable experiences.

And after each day exploring Sri Lanka, you can unwind in 4-5 star comfort. Because, at On The Go Tours, we take care of everything for you.

Sri Lanka Group Tours

Signature Range
Train to Nuwara Eliya | Sri LankaColombo, Caves & Kandy - 8 days Map

Colombo, Caves & Kandy

8 days | FROM R16,900

Discover Sri Lanka's famous cultural triangle and visit the rock...

Signature Range
Safari in Sri Lanka - 9 days Map

Safari in Sri Lanka

9 days | FROM R34,900

WILDLIFE TOUR: Safari in Sri Lanka on this unique wildlife tour...

Signature Range
Leopard | Yala National Park | Sri LankaWild About Sri Lanka - 10 days Map

Wild About Sri Lanka

10 days | FROM R24,900

WILDLIFE TOUR: Go wild in Sri Lanka animal spotting in Yala,...

Signature Range
Beach and culture holiday | Sri LankaBuddha and Beach - 12 days Map

Buddha and Beach

12 days | FROM R26,900

Explore Dambulla Rock Temple and discover the ancient city of...

Signature Range
Katurogoda Ancient Vihara in Jaffna | Sri LankaSri Lanka Northeast Explorer - 12 Days Map

Sri Lanka Northeast Explorer

12 Days | FROM R28,900

Take in the classic sights of Sri Lanka’s cultural triangle, but not...

Signature Range
Polonnaruwa | Sri LankaDelhi to Colombo - 15 days Map

Delhi to Colombo

15 days | FROM R31,900

Combine the incredible sites of India's Golden Triangle with Sri...

Sri Lanka Family Holidays

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Family spotting elephants in Udawalawe National Park | Sri LankaSri Lanka Family Holiday - 8 Days Map

Sri Lanka Family Holiday

8 Days | FROM R11,900

Take your family on a Sri Lankan adventure! Discover the Dambulla cave...

Signature Range
Family canoeing | Sri LankaSri Lanka Adventure for Teenagers - 9 days Map

Sri Lanka Adventure for Teenagers

9 days | FROM R25,900

Go in search of herds of elephants, spotted deer and toque monkeys in...

Signature Range
Family in Nuwara Eliya | Sri LankaWild Sri Lanka & Beach for Families - 13 days Map

Wild Sri Lanka & Beach for Families

13 days | FROM R22,900

This exciting journey travels through Sri Lanka’s famous cultural...

Sri Lanka Private Tours

Tailor-made Range
Dambulla Rock Temple | Sri LankaTeardrop Isle - 5 Days Map

Teardrop Isle

5 Days | FROM R13,900

PRIVATE TOUR: Wing your way to Sri Lanka... lush jungles,...

Tailor-made Range
Leopard | Yala NP | Sri LankaSri Lanka Safari, Tour & Trek - 8 Days Map

Sri Lanka Safari, Tour & Trek

8 Days | FROM R24,900

WILDLIFE TOUR: Release your wild side in Sri Lanka, with game...

Tailor-made Range
Nuwara Eliya | Sri Lanka Classic Sri Lanka - 9 Days Map

Classic Sri Lanka

9 Days | FROM R24,900

PRIVATE TOUR: Exotic Sri Lanka, ancient cities steeped in...

Tailor-made Range
White sand beach in Trincomalee | Sri LankaSri Lanka North East & Beach - 10 Days Map

Sri Lanka North East & Beach

10 Days | FROM R30,900

PRIVATE TOUR: Discover the delights of northern Sri Lanka and...

Tailor-made Range
Beach and culture holiday | Maldives Sri Lanka & the Maldives - 10 days Map

Sri Lanka & the Maldives

10 days | FROM R32,900

PRIVATE TOUR: See the best of the Indian Ocean. Discover grand...

Tailor-made Range
Beach and culture holiday | Sri LankaSri Lanka Encompassed  - 15 days Map

Sri Lanka Encompassed

15 days | FROM R45,900

PRIVATE TOUR: Experience the best of Sri Lanka. Colourful...

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Tailor-made Holidays

A Tailor-made Sri Lankan trip, designed entirely around you. From your ideal itinerary to your perfect hotel, we'll design a Tailor-made holiday to Sri Lanka that works just for you. Your budget. Your bucket list. And your terms. Because when it comes to your dream trip...why compromise?

Click here to build your trip.

Sri Lanka Day Tours and Excursions

Scratch beneath the surface of Sri Lanka with our outstanding day tours and excursions. From a tuk-tuk trip to a traditional tea tour, our tours will serve up a slice of Sri Lankan culture you'll never forget.

Sri Lanka tour reviews

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.66 out of 5 based on 29 recent reviews — See All Sri Lanka Reviews

Great experience - Brilliant tour of Sri Lanka, taking in national parks, UNESCO treasures, tea plantation and packing/sorting factory, mountain climbing, ocean picnic, boat, superbly organised by guide Manoj - oh and wonderful hotels! ”  

Linda Wickman • Submitted 11 Mar 2020

Tour guide was fantastic. He went out of his way to make sure everyone was happy and had what they needed. He was very informative and interesting. He was accomdating and made sure everyone was informed and comfortable with the elephant orphanage decision.

Highlights of the tour were the safaris, sigiriya, and polonnaruwa. ”  

Liz Germain • Submitted 5 Feb 2020

Has been absolutely an amazing trip. Everything has been superb from day one till last day ,selections of the hotel tour itinerary and comfortable AC bus was amazing ”  

Recep Aydin • Submitted 1 Feb 2020

Frequently asked questions about our touring holidays in Sri Lanka

How long/hard is the climb to the top of Sigiriya rock fortress?

A total of 1,200 steps lead up to the rock fortress of Sigiriya, which sits at a height of 200 metres above the ground. It's not a particularly strenuous climb and most visitors find it relatively easy to accomplish. Allowing time to catch your breath and admire the views, the climb can be comfortably done in an hour. Those on a mission to the top and in moderate shape can scale the rock in 30 minutes but it's far more enjoyable when climbed at leisure.

Do you include a visit to the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage on your tours?

We no longer include a visit to the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage in Sri Lanka. The reason we made this decision is that there were concerns over the welfare of the animals. It's much better to see these majestic creatures in the wild and that's why we include a jeep safari in the Udawalawe National Park, home to some 400 elephants.

I want to end my tour with time on the beach - what options do you have?

If you would like to combine sightseeing with a bit of rest and relaxation on the coast, our 12 day Buddha and Beach tour is ideal. As well as covering all the main highlights, the tour also includes four nights in Bentota, one of Sri Lanka's most popular beach resorts. There are many other beaches on the southwest coast so if you have a particular one in mind, our reservations team can organise a beach break to add onto the end of any of our group tours. If you would prefer to visit the east coast for your beach break then it would be better to consider a tailor-made holiday that ends on this side of the island before heading back to Colombo for your flight home.

What are the road conditions and travel times like?

Road conditions are improving each year in Sri Lanka with a number of express highways planned for the popular southwest region. Outside of this the roads are mostly single carriageways so it can be slow going. The longer journeys are those between Colombo and the Cultural Triangle, and Udawalawe to Galle, which on average take around 5 hours.

How big are your tour groups and what is the age of your travellers?

Our Signature tours in Sri Lanka have a maximum group size of 24 though the average is around 14 on our more popular itineraries. If you're choosing a tour that visits more off-the-beaten path spots, like our Northeast Explorer tour, then the group size is often just 4-6 travellers. Our travellers are anywhere between the late 20s to late 60s in age and you'll find a real mix of ages on most departures.

What is the standard of hotels on your trips?

We use a mix of modern 4 star hotels and heritage properties on our Sri Lanka Signature tours. Some boast an outdoor swimming pool, which is great for cooling off after a day of sightseeing. Others are popular for their colonial charm and antique features.

What sort of transport do you use?

On our Signature tours you'll be travelling in comfortable A/C private vehicles, the size of which will depend on the size of the group on that departure. We also include a scenic ride on the train between Kandy and Nuwara Eliya so you can sample the local transport and relax while the train slowly plies its route through verdant hills and tea plantations. While in the Cultural Triangle, you'll also travel by jeep and canoe to reach the village of Kayanwala for an insight into Sri Lanka's rural way of life.

When is the best time to visit Sri Lanka for general sightseeing?

Despite Sri Lanka being a relatively small country, the weather varies widely across the island from one month to the next. Generally speaking December to March is the ideal season for travelling around Sri Lanka as it's mostly dry, warm and sunny across most of the country. Visit our best time to visit page for more detailed information on the weather and when to plan your trip.

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Join us in Sri Lanka

When you book a group tour, you expect quality service - but we go above and beyond. With our award-winning know-how and expert local guides, we'll help you uncover a side to Sri Lanka that's truly authentic.

And when you explore Sri Lanka with us, you can really relax. We'll take care of the details. We'll sort the nitty-gritty travel arrangements. Because we know your time is precious; with On The Go Tours, you can make the most of every second in Sri Lanka.

Highlights of our Sri Lanka tours

Ancient tradition meets modern-day. Lush greenery meets thriving city life. Asian culture meets European influence. In a country packed full of contrasts, we've handpicked our highlights.

Lion Rock

Looking up at the rock fortress of Sigiriya from the water gardens below, Sri Lanka

Standing proud at 200 metres high, the Sigiriya Lion Rock fortress is a spectacle well worth a trek through the jungle. Find a tour.

Go wild on safari

Elephants in Udawalawe NP  | Sri Lanka

Seek out sloth bears, leopards, elephants, and more in the beautiful national parks of Sri Lanka. Find a tour.

Cave temples

Dambulla Rock Temple | Sri Lanka

Explore ancient Buddhist temples preserved in the caves of Dambulla Rock Temple. Find a tour.

Natural Beauty

A local train winds its way through the verdant landscapes of Nuwara Eliya in Sri Lanka

Glide through stunning views of waterfalls, plantations, and mountains on a scenic train journey to Nuwara Eliya. Find a tour.

Booking your Sri Lanka tour from South Africa

To book your tour to Sri Lanka, please call us on 0800-990-311, email us at info@onthegotours.com or book online. Alternatively, we work with a number of travel agents, so you can book through your travel agent if you prefer. Recent travel agents that booked a trip to Sri Lanka with us:

Alberton City - Flight Centre S.A.

Shop L38, Alberton City , Voortrekker Road , Alberton 1449, Johannesburg, South Africa
011 907 0120
Colombo, Caves & Kandy - 8 days

Thibault Square - Flight Centre S.A.

Shop 6 Southern Life Centre, St Georges Mall, Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa
021 421 6507
Colombo, Caves & Kandy - 8 days

Durban North - Flight Centre S.A.

Shop 6, Pick & Pay Centre, Uitsig Road , Mangrove Park , Durban North 4051, Durban, South Africa
031 563 8065
Colombo, Caves & Kandy - 8 days

Canal Walk - Flight Centre S.A.

Shop 591 Upper Level Entrance 7, Canal Walk Shopping Centre , Century Boulevard , Century City , Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa
+27 21 551 5445
Sri Lanka Northeast Explorer - 12 Days