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Travelbay Tours - Inclusions - Meals

7 x Meals
Daily breakfast 

Travelbay Tours - Inclusions - transport

Private Transport
All transport in a private
air-conditioned vehicle

Travelbay Tours - Inclusions - Accommodation

Accommodation
7 nights accommodation in hotels of your choice of star rating

Travelbay Tours - Inclusions - Tour guides

Private Driver
Your own personal driver
with you for your time in
Sri Lanka


Travelbay Tours - Inclusions - Included activities

Included activities :
Say hello to the elephants at the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ~ Visit Sigiriya Rock Fortress and climb to the top to find ruins of an ancient city ~ Take a safari in Minneriya National Park to spot elephants and other wildlife ~ Explore the impressive Dambulla Caves ~ Take a tour of the Matale Spice Gardens ~ Enjoy the city of Kandy with a tour, including a visit to the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic (supposedly home to a tooth of Buddha) ~ Wander the Royal Botanic Gardens in Peradeniya ~ Visit a tea factory and tea plantation in the highlands ~ Enjoy the sights of Colombo on a city tour


Itinerary

Click on the headings below to see details for each day.

Intro

Sri Lanka is a gem of a country and for many becomes one of their top travel destinations - once you've been there, you will know why. Sri Lanka has it all - gorgeous beaches, pristine forests, rolling tea fields, temples carved into giant rocks, ancient city ruins atop a giant rock, elephants galore, some of the best curries and the people - Sri Lanka is worth visiting alone just to meet the people.

This 8 day private tour holiday takes you to the highlights of Sri Lanka all in the comfort and luxury of your own private driver and vehicle.

Day 1: Arrival in Colombo

Your journey begins in Colombo. On arrival at the airport, your driver will be there to meet you and take you to your hotel in Negombo for check in.

Overnight in Negombo: Hotel Lavinia / Rani Beach or similar - Standard Room (Standard); Goldi Sands or similar - Standard Room (Deluxe); JW Beach Resort or similar - Standard Room (Super Deluxe)

Day 2: Visit the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage and drive to Sigiriya

Travelbay Sri Lanka Tours - Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

Today you will be collected from your hotel and taken to the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage - a truly wonderful experience. The drive here is approximately 2 hours. The Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage was established in 1975 to home and nurture young elephants that had lost their mothers.

Baby elephants are dependent on their mothers for the first 2 - 3 years and often stay with them much longer. The orphanage is also home to injured elephants and those who have been displaced due to loss of their natural environment.

Here you can watch the elephants play and bathe in the river - a visit is sure to leave you with a smile on your face.

After your time here, continue on to Sigiriya where your driver will take you to your hotel. The drive is approximately 2.5 hours.

Overnight in Habarana/Sigiriya: Kassapa Lions Rock / Lario Resort or similar - Standard Room (standard); Habarana Village by Cinnamon or similar - Standard Room (Deluxe); Cinnamon Lodge or similar (Super Deluxe)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 3: Discover Sigiriya Rock Fortress and go on safari in Minneriya National Park

Travelbay Sri Lanka Tours - Sigiriya

Today visit the World Heritage Sigiriya Rock Fortress, also known as Lion Rock due to the huge lion's paws carved into the bedrock. A rock that rises out of the jungle with a flat-topped summit, it is home to ruins of an ancient city. The views from the top are astounding and Sigiriya is a highlight of any trip to Sri Lanka.

Please note: To get to the top there are a series of staircases.

Afterwards return to the hotel. In the late afternoon you will be collected for your jeep safari in Minneriya National Park. The park is something of a transit lounge for elephants travelling from Kaudulla to the Wasgamuwa National Park. In the dry season (June to September) the park has around 200-300 Asian elephants. "The Gathering" refers to the annual meeting of elephants (reported to be the largest known wild gathering of Asian Elephants) who come together at the Minneriya tank where the elephants drink, bathe and keep an eye out for a mate.

Optional: If in addition to the above, you would like to include a visit to Polonnaruwa we can arrange this for you. It makes it quite a long day as you will be collected from your hotel around 7am and not return until the evening.

Polonnaruwa is where kings once ruled and the archaeological park is filled with the former glory of Sri Lanka. There are hundreds of ancient structures including statues, stupas, temples and tombs. A highlight of Polonnaruwa is the Gal Vihare complex where you will find four massive images of Buddha that have been carved from a single slab of granite.

Overnight in Habarana/Sigiriya: Kassapa Lions Rock / Lario Resort or similar - Standard Room (standard); Habarana Village by Cinnamon or similar - Standard Room (Deluxe); Cinnamon Lodge or similar (Super Deluxe)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 4: Dambulla Cave Temple, Spice Gardens and Kandy

Travelbay Sri Lanka Tours - Dambulla Cave temples

After breakfast, your driver will collect you and take you to the World heritage Dambulla Cave Temple complex - an amazing temple that is built underneath a huge rock. This temple is in use today and has been since the 3rd century BC. You can explore the cave temples filled with rock paintings and over 150 Buddha statues.

After your time here, continue on to the Matale Spice Gardens en route. Take a tour of the gardens with a local herbalist and discover how cinnamon grows, what vanilla pods look like, the cardamom flower, where cloves come from and more.

Continue on to Kandy where you will be taken to your hotel.

The drive from Dambulla to Kandy is approximately 3 hours.

Overnight in Kandy: Rivendell Hotel / Swiss Residency or similar - Standard Room (Standard); Hotel Topaz or similar - Standard Room (Deluxe); Earl's Regency or similar - Standard Room (Super Deluxe)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 5: The exotic city of Kandy and Buddha's tooth

Set on a plateau amongst the rainforest with mountain views from every angle, the city of Kandy is a lovely place to visit. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, traditional life, folklore and legends have been kept alive in this small city. The surrounding villages are the heart of Sri Lanka's handicraft industry - these include the world’s best blue and star sapphires as well as many other varieties of precious stones and silver and gold jewellery.

Enjoy a city tour of Kandy including the famous Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic - home to a tooth of Buddha (you won't actually see the tooth as it is kept in a golden casket).

Travelbay Sri Lanka Tours - Peradeniya Botanic Gardens

Visit the Royal Botanic Garden in Peradeniya. The history of the gardens goes back to 1371 AD when the garden was only used by the then King and his officials. It has a collection of about 4000 plant species including Giant Bamboo, over 180 species of orchids and the large Ehetu tree which spreads its foliage out to a staggering 2000 square meters.

In the evening enjoy a cultural dance show.

*For certain departures in July & August, enjoy the Kandy Esala Perahera Festival. It is also known as the Festival of the Tooth and is one of the grandest Buddhist festivals in Sri Lanka. It is an annual procession that pays homage to the Sacred Tooth Relic of Buddha - a colourful and lively festival with traditional dances and costumes, fire-dancing, great food and much more. Travel during this time incurs a surcharge, please contact us for dates and pricing.

Overnight in Kandy: Rivendell Hotel / Swiss Residency or similar - Standard Room (Standard); Hotel Topaz or similar - Standard Room (Deluxe); Earl's Regency or similar - Standard Room (Super Deluxe)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 6: Discover Nuwara Eliya, its tea and cooler climate

Travelbay Sri Lanka Tours - Train to Nanu Oya

After breakfast at your hotel you will be collected and taken to the train station in Kandy for a scenic and famous train ride to Nanu Oya*. This is a wonderful opportunity to sit back and enjoy the scenery - the train route passes through a spectacular part of the countryside.

Your driver will continue by car with your luggage and meet you on arrival in Nanu Oya.

Continue on to Nuwara Eliya. Translating to "City of Light" this lovely town is also called Little England as the effects of colonial days are still felt here and the climate is somewhat cooler. Home to the famous Ceylon Tea, some of the world's best tea comes from this area. The tea is hand picked and you can see the local women working in the fields. The mountain slopes are a spectacular sight covered in the bright green tea plantations, all adding to the unique character of Nuwara Eliya.

Visit a tea factory and tea plantation (a must do when in Sri Lanka tea country) and see the local sights of this small town.

*Please note: We do our best to book the trains and the majority of the time we can arrange either First Class or Second Class seats. Occasionally we have to book Non AC Class and at times we may not be able to book the train for you - there are some government controls and regulations around the booking process. If we are not able to book you on the train we will arrange your transfer by car - the journey by road is also picturesque and you can stop at various points along the way including some waterfalls.

Overnight in Nuwara Eliya: Royal Hills / Heaven Seven or similar - Standard Room (Standard); Araliya Green Hills or similar - Standard room (Deluxe); Araliya Green City or similar - Standard Room (Super Deluxe)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 7: Morning at leisure and on to Colombo

Spend the morning at leisure in Nuwara Eliya. Your driver will collect you for the 4.5 hour drive to Colombo. Enjoy your evening in the capital city - Colombo is a great place to eat, especially in the old quarters.

Overnight in Colombo: Ocean Edge Suites / Global Towers or similar - Standard room (Standard); Mount Lavina Hotel or similar - Standard Room (Deluxe); Cinnamon Lake Side or similar - Standard Room (Super Deluxe)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 8: Time to go home or onto your next adventure

Travelbay Sri Lanka Tours - Seema Malaka Temple, Colombo

Depending on the time of your departure flight, your driver will take you on a city tour to see the highlights of Sri Lanka's capital.

When it is time for your flight, you will be taken to the airport.

Meals included: Breakfast

Additional details

*All accommodation and hotels are subject to change. If the stated hotel is not available a hotel of a similar standard will be booked.

This is a Private Tour and on arrival you will be met by your personal driver (also your guide) who will remain with you for the duration of your holiday.

The size of the vehicle used will depend on how many people you are. For more information on the vehicles used for Travelbay Sri Lanka Private Tours, click here.

If you would like a quote for your international flights to and from Sri Lanka, please let us know. Likewise, if you would like any stopovers or travel insurance, we would be happy to provide you with a quote.

Click here to download printable itinerary.

This is a Private Tour with your own private vehicle and personal driver.

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If you would like to change anything on this tour or customise it in any way, please contact us and we can assist you and provide you with a quote.

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Dates, Availability & Pricing

This tour can start on virtually any day of the year.

When booking online you will have the option to specify the date you would like to commence your tour. Please do not book any flights until you have received confirmation from us.

There is a high season surcharge of $180 per person twin share for travel between 16 July and 31 August.

If your holiday coincides with these dates we will let you know at the time of your booking or enquiring.

For travel over the Christmas and New Year period (20 December - 10 January), please contact us for a quote.

Apart from the above, the stated pricing is valid for travel until 30th April 2021. If you plan to travel after this date, please contact us for a quote.

The above pricing options for Standard, Deluxe and Super Deluxe are per person based on twin share (2 people per room). In most cases triple share is also available. If you would like triple share, a single room or if you are a single traveller, please contact us for a quote.

Hotel Information

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Hotel details

Negombo

Standard: Hotel Lavinia / Rani Beach or similar - Standard Room
Deluxe: Goldi Sands or similar - Standard Room
Super Deluxe: JW Beach Resort or similar - Standard Room

Habarana / Sigiriya

Standard: Kassapa Lions Rock / Lario Resort or similar - Standard Room
Deluxe: Habarana Village by Cinnamon or similar - Standard Room
Super Deluxe: Cinnamon Lodge or similar - Standard Room

Kandy

Standard: Rivendell Hotel / Swiss Residency or similar - Standard Room
Deluxe: Hotel Topaz or similar - Standard Room
Super Deluxe: Earl's Regency or similar - Standard Room

Nuwara Eliya

Standard: Royal Hills / Heaven Seven or similar - Standard Room
Deluxe: Araliya Green Hills or similar - Standard room
Super Deluxe: Araliya Green City or similar - Standard Room

Colombo

Standard: Ocean Edge Suites / Global Towers or similar - Standard room
Deluxe: Mount Lavina Hotel or similar - Standard Room
Super Deluxe: Cinnamon Lake Side or similar - Standard Room

*All accommodation and hotels are subject to change. If the stated hotel is not available a hotel of a similar standard will be booked.

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Travelbay Vietnam Tours - Customer Reviews

Thank you for organising such a great tour. Our tour of Sri Lanka was amazing and everything went according to plan.

The hotels we stayed in were brilliant. The rooms were clean and comfortable and the staff were welcoming and accommodating.

The highlights for us included the Sigiriya Rock Fortress (amazing), Minneriya National Park where we saw a large number of elephants bathing in a natural environment only for the herd to walk back into the bush just behind our jeep, The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic at Kandy and of course the train ride from Kandy to Nanu Oya and the tea high country were all spectacular.

 

Jo & Steve

Travelbay Vietnam Tours - Customer Reviews

Great trip and every day was a new luxury hotel to stay in and the day activities were fantastic - visiting the elephant nursery, tea factory, climbing the great rock (Sigiriya), train ride through the countryside and many more Sri Lankan landmarks visited.

Trip was very well organised and we always were collected on time and shown the sites of interest.

We loved our guided tour and had the best experience of Sri Lanka.

 

John Hutton

Travelbay Vietnam Tours - Customer Reviews

We had a great holiday in Sri Lanka thank you for organising such a wonderful holiday - our driver/guide was a great young man very friendly he was informative and was completely devoted I cant rate him highly enough.

The countryside was very pretty, especially the tea plantations. Everything we did was interesting and just the right mix a very well-planned holiday. We went Deluxe and every hotel was top class - the food was superb.

Special thanks to the team at Travelbay who made it happen so easily.

 

J Harris

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Booking process

Upon purchase of your tour online you will immediately receive a receipt and order confirmation. Travelbay will contact the tour operator to confirm availability for all accommodation and transportation for your tour.

As soon as we have confirmed the dates (usually within 48 hours sometimes a little longer at weekends) we will email you your booking confirmation.

We will request further information from you to ensure that all your personal preferences are taken care of. This will include details such as your accommodation preferences, dietary requests, allergies, health issues, emergency contact and any special requirements. We will also request a copy of each traveller’s passport.

Very Important:

It is extremely rare for any of these tours to not have availability (as we remove them when full) however, it is important to note that your dates are only confirmed once we have been in touch with you to confirm availability. Therefore, please wait on purchasing your international flights until you have received booking confirmation from us.

In the unlikely event that there is no availability on your chosen date we will offer you alternate dates. If these do not suit we will fully refund your payment.


Terms & Conditions

Click on the heading below to see the Specific Terms and Conditions for this tour.

Specific Terms & Conditions

Booking Information:

  • Quoted prices are per person.
  • Booking valid for selected and booked travel dates.
  • Please book at least 30 days prior to your desired date of travel.
  • Bookings are subject to availability.
  • Child prices: Please contact us for rates.
  • The pricing options are per person based on twin share (2 people per room). In most cases triple share is available. If you would like triple share, a single room or if you are a single traveller, please contact us for a quote.
  • A high season surcharge applies for travel during the following dates, please contact us for rates:
    • 16 July to 31 August
  • If you would like to arrive before the start of tour or leave later and require extra nights’ accommodation, please contact us and we can arrange it for you at very reasonable rates.
  • Prior to completion of your booking we take great care to go through all the details together with you until we get everything exactly as you would like it. At that point we confirm your booking and the details and you pay for it. If after payment, you decide to make further changes we will do what we can to accommodate them and will also need to charge an additional $50 administration fee.

Inclusions:

  • 7 nights' accommodation.
    • Check-in & check-out time: generally, check in is after 2 pm and check out before 12 pm. Early check-in and late check-out are subject to room availability and may generate additional full day room rate.
  • 7 meals as per itinerary - daily breakfast.
  • All airport transfers - a representative will be there to meet you on arrival and take you to the airport in time for your departure.
    • Please note: There is one airport transfer on arrival and one airport transfer on departure for the group booked. If within your group you will be arriving separately, please contact us for a quote.
  • All transportation throughout the tour in a private air-conditioned vehicle. The vehicle used will depend on the size of your group.
  • Train ride from Kandy to Nanu Oya.
    • Please note: We do our best to book the trains and the majority of the time we can arrange either First Class or Second Class seats. Occasionally we have to book Non AC Class and at times we may not be able to book the train for you - there are some government controls and regulations around the booking process. If we are not able to book you on the train we will arrange your transfer by car - the journey by road is also picturesque and you can stop at various points along the way including some waterfalls.
  • Private English speaking driver/guide for sightseeing as per the tour program. Please note your driver will also be your guide.
  • Entrance and sightseeing fees as stated in the itinerary.
  • Bottled mineral water (2 bottles per person per day) in the vehicle during journeys and transfers.

Exclusions:

  • International airfares to and from Sri Lanka (if you would like a quote, please contact us).
  • Meals not outlined in the itinerary.
  • Drinks for all meals.
  • Travel insurance. Please contact us if you would like a quote.
  • Surcharge for high season.
  • Sri Lanka visa fee.
  • Camera fee where levied.
  • Early check-in and late check-out at hotels.
  • Tips and gratuities.
  • Personal expenses such as telephone, laundry etc.
  • Excess baggage charges.
  • Any additional taxes levied by the Government of Sri Lanka on the tourism sector in future will be payable by the guest.
  • Any sudden increase in the entrance fee. The price is based on the presently applicable fee.
  • Cost incidental to any change in the itinerary/stay on account of flight cancellation due to bad weather, ill health, roadblocks and/or any factors beyond control.
  • Optional activities and attractions as stated in the itinerary.
  • Others not indicated in the inclusions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is my departure guaranteed?

Once you have paid for your booking and received confirmation of your travel dates from Travelbay, your holiday is guaranteed on your chosen departure date - except in cases of major weather events and alike in which case we do our best to adjust your holiday accordingly.

How much is the tour?

Travelbay provides Standard, Deluxe and Super Deluxe pricing options, based on twin share (2 people per room). Please see the pricing at the top of the page. In most cases triple share is available. If you would like triple share, a single room or if you are a single traveller, please contact us for a quote.

Can I add extra nights?

Yes, with pleasure. Just let us know how many extra nights you would like either before or after and we will arrange for you to stay at the same hotel and let you know the cost of the extra nights.

Arriving early or staying on won't affect your airport transfers - if you're staying at the same hotel and we book it for you, we'll collect you when you arrive and take you to the airport when it's time for your departure flight.

If you want to add on extra tours on your additional days, please contact us for options.

Can I change the itinerary?

Yes, we can alter the itinerary for you so that you get exactly what you are after.

We can provide you with a quote for any changes you wish to make.

What is the size of the group?

This tour is a Private Tour. It will be only you and your travel companions in the group and you will travel in a private vehicle with your own personal driver.

Do you have single traveller pricing?

Yes, please contact us for a quote.

Can we do triple share?

Yes, triple share is available. Please contact us for a quote.

Do I need any vaccinations?

We recommend you check with your doctor as to any immunisations that you may require or that are recommended for your travels. Alternatively, you can visit The Travel Doctor or Travelvax for more information.

Do I need a visa for Sri Lanka?

It is your responsibility to ensure you have obtained a valid visa prior to travel, if required.

For travel to Sri Lanka, you must obtain an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) prior to arrival. This can be accessed online at the Sri Lanka ETA system. You can apply online and pay the ETA fee via credit card.

We recommend checking the visa requirements before you go. To find out the visa requirements for Sri Lanka, you can check here with Visalink.

In addition to the above link, we have provided some more information on visas for Sri Lanka here: Visa Information page.

Please note: We attempt to provide you with the latest information and links. However, please be aware that it is each traveller’s responsibility (and not Travelbay’s) to ensure that you have a valid visa if required for any country you visit. We recommend checking the visa requirements before you go.

Is tipping customary and how much do I tip?

Tipping is entirely at your discretion.

In response to some customers questions here are a few guidelines:

In Sri Lanka it is usual to tip the waiters, porters, guides and drivers. Tips are not included in the bills for hotels, transport companies or any other suppliers. At hotels and restaurants, about 10% of the bill is usually acceptable. Tipping is not necessary for taxis or for cheaper restaurants. It is a good idea to check if service charges are included in your restaurant bill. If not, a tip of 10% of the total bill is normal.

Although we give below a few general guidelines, it is to be remembered that tipping is a sign of gratification for good service, and therefore please view the guidelines as the middle ground, which can be adjusted depending on the level of service you feel you have received.

Please note the below amounts are per person for individual travellers and are based on US Dollars.

Driver/Guide: USD 5 - 10 per day
Driver for Jeep Safari: USD 3 - 5 per ride
Bell boys: USD 0.50 per bag
Room service and restaurants: about 10% of the bill total (unless service charge is mentioned as included)

Tipping tip: It can be handy to have small notes for tipping.

What is internet access like in Sri Lanka?

WIFI access is common in the cities at at your hotel. In smaller towns and rural villages, internet access may be less common.

You can also purchase a local SIM card for internet access.

Can I use my mobile phone in Sri Lanka?

Mobile reception is generally good in urban areas and big cities. Mountainous and more remote areas may not have very good network coverage.

Global roaming can be expensive in Sri Lanka and you may prefer to purchase a local SIM card.

What currency do they use in Sri Lanka and can I get money out of an ATM?

The currency used in Sri Lanka is the Sri Lankan Rupee (LKR).

What currency to take over there is a personal choice. Some people prefer to take US$ cash as a backup whilst others prefer to take AUD$ cash – it depends on what you are comfortable with. Remember to always have your passport with you as identification when changing money. Your driver will be able to assist you in changing money, either at the bank or with a local trader.

There are ATM machines available in the large cities. In smaller towns and villages there may be fewer (or none) available.

Well-known credit cards such as Visa, MasterCard and American Express are accepted in hotels, restaurants and in larger shops. Smaller shops, market stalls and in more rural places, there may not be credit card facilities.  

We recommend letting your bank know that you will be using your card in Sri Lanka to avoid them freezing any 'suspicious' activity.

When is the best time to travel to Sri Lanka?

Sri Lanka is a popular destination all year round - you can visit anytime!

For the West and South Coast, the weather is at it's best from December to March.

What clothing should I pack?

Sri Lanka has a tropical climate. Coastal temperatures are hot year round with minimal difference throughout the year. Up in the tea country (Nuwara Eliya, Ella and surrounds) it can be cool due to the altitude (think thermals and thick socks).

We recommend clothing for a tropical climate, layers for the cooler locations and a raincoat if you plan to visit in the rainy season.  

It's always a good idea when travelling to have layers and comfortable shoes to cover all eventualities.

What type of adaptor plug do I need for Sri Lanka?

Type D (Old British 3-pin) Type G (Irish/British 3-pin).

A useful resource to find out what plug or adaptor you might need for any country can be found by clicking here: https://whatplug.info/to/ and then selecting the country or countries you are visiting.

Travel tip: Take a power board with multiple outlets. This way you can use the one adaptor and plug in multiple devices or electronics.

What happens on arrival?

When you arrive into Sri Lanka there will be someone waiting for you after you clear customs at the airport with a sign with your name on it. If you can’t see them inside the arrival lounge, they will be waiting just outside the doors. Sometimes they have the Travelbay logo but it is your name that you will most likely notice.

Do I need travel insurance for Sri Lanka?

Travelbay strongly recommends travel insurance – we are very happy to provide you with a free quote.

Can I contact you?

You most certainly can.

Whilst our official office hours are Monday to Friday - 9am to 5.30pm AET (Sydney time) we are regularly in the office outside of these hours and at weekends.

Feel free to ring at any time before 7:30pm - 7 days a week - 365 days a year. If we are busy on other calls or not available please leave a message including your phone number and area code and we will get back to you as quickly as we can.

You are also very welcome to email us on team@travelbay.com 24/7 - we check our emails regularly. We look forward to hearing from you.


Sri Lanka Holiday Information

Sri Lanka Facts

Capital City: Colombo

Population: 21.5 million

Languages: In Sri Lanka several languages are spoken with Tamil, Sinhala and English being the official languages.

Currency: Sri Lankan Rupee (LKR)

Time Zone: (GMT + 05:30) Casablanca

Dialling code: +94

Religion: In Sri Lanka around 70% of the population are Theravada Buddhists followed by Hindus, Muslims and Christians.


Sri Lanka weather

Travelbay Sri Lanka Tours - Sri Lanka Weather

Sri Lanka has a tropical climate with a wet and dry season. Parts of the hill country can be temperate and cool. Colombo lies 7° North of the equator and so temperatures are hot all year round with minimal difference throughout the year. The average temperature is around 28°C to 30°C.

Monsoon season: There are 2 different monsoons in Sri Lanka - one relating to the Northern and Eastern regions and the other relating to the Southern and Western areas. It is the latter that is relevant for this particular tour and is called the Yala monsoon. It brings rain between May and September. In general when it does rain, the downpours are usually short and sharp.

Dry season: In the South Western areas of Sri Lanka the dry season runs from December to March.


How to get there

Travelbay Morocco Tours - How to get there

This tour starts and ends in Colombo.

Flights from Australia to Sri Lanka are approximately $9,00 - $1,200 per person return. The actual price varies depending on departure city, time of year and luck of the draw!

Travelbay works together with an excellent corporate flight booking company and we would be happy to provide you with a free quote.

If you choose to book your flights with Travelbay, we charge a $50 booking fee for this service.


Interesting facts on Sri Lanka

  • Sri Lanka was known as Ceylon before 1972.
  • In Sri Lanka each full moon is public holiday. These days are called Poya Days and all the moons have their own name. Many shops and businesses are closed on Poya days and the sale of meat and alcohol is forbidden.
  • Cinnamon originally comes from Sri Lanka and to this day over 80% of the world's cinnamon comes from here.
  • In the 16th century Sri Lanka was a Portuguese colony and in the 17th century it was a Dutch colony. It was ceded to the British in 1796 and was under British rule until it gained independence in 1948.
  • The world’s first female prime minister was Sri Lankan - Sirimavo Bandaranaike became prime minister in 1960.

Visa information

For travel to Sri Lanka, you must obtain an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) prior to arrival.

This can be accessed online at the Sri Lanka ETA system. You can apply online and pay the ETA fee via credit card. See here for more information on the fees.

To meet the ETA requirements you must have:

  • A valid passport (for not less than 6 months from the date of your return home).
  • A confirmed return ticket.
  • Sufficient funds to meet your expenses during your stay.
  • For an address in Sri Lanka you can use the address of your first hotel.

When Nikki and Nicola applied for their ETA in March 2019, they found the process quite simple. Email confirmation was received less than an hour later with approval of the ETA (via email) received later the same day.

As at 2019, the ETA fee was USD 35.

For more information on the ETA system, see here.

To find out the visa requirements for Sri Lanka, you can check here with Visalink.

Please note: We attempt to provide you with the latest information and links. However, please be aware that it is each traveller’s responsibility (and not Travelbay’s) to ensure that you have a valid visa if required for any country you visit.


Tipping

Tipping is entirely at your discretion.

In response to some customers questions here are a few guidelines:

In Sri Lanka it is usual to tip the waiters, porters, guides and drivers. Tips are not included in the bills for hotels, transport companies or any other suppliers. At hotels and restaurants, about 10% of the bill is usually acceptable. Tipping is not necessary for taxis or for cheaper restaurants. It is a good idea to check if service charges are included in your restaurant bill. If not, a tip of 10% of the total bill is normal.

Although we give below a few general guidelines, it is to be remembered that tipping is a sign of gratification for good service, and therefore please view the guidelines as the middle ground, which can be adjusted depending on the level of service you feel you have received.

Please note the below amounts are per person for individual travellers and are based on US Dollars.

Driver/Guide: USD 5 - 10 per day
Driver for Jeep Safari: USD 3 - 5 per ride
Bell boys: USD 0.50 per bag
Room service and restaurants: about 10% of the bill total (unless service charge is mentioned as included)

Tipping tip: It can be handy to have small notes for tipping.


Currency

Travelbay Sri Lanka Tours - Sri Lankan currency

The currency used in Sri Lanka is the Sri Lankan Rupee (LKR).

What currency to take over there is a personal choice. Some people prefer to take US$ cash as a backup whilst others prefer to take AUD$ cash – it depends on what you are comfortable with. Remember to always have your passport with you as identification when changing money. Your driver will be able to assist you in changing money, either at the bank or with a local trader.

There are ATM machines available in the large cities. In smaller towns and villages there may be fewer (or none) available.

Well-known credit cards such as Visa, MasterCard and American Express are accepted in hotels, restaurants and in larger shops. Smaller shops, market stalls and in more rural places, there may not be credit card facilities.  

We recommend letting your bank know that you will be using your card in Sri Lanka to avoid them freezing any 'suspicious' activity.


Shopping in Sri Lanka

Shopping in Sri Lanka can be great fun. The fish markets and veggie markets give a great insight into local life in Sri Lanka, although you may not find many souvenirs here!

For shopping you can bring home with you...

  • Ayurvedic products - from beauty products to first aid treatments to balms and healing creams, there is a wonderful selection available. The best place to buy these is often from a spice garden where the products are made on site.
  • Tea - the high quality of Sri Lankan tea is known worldwide. In the tea country you can see the women in the fields hand picking the tea.
  • Buddha and elephant figurines - a Buddhist nation that is home to many elephants, what better place to buy yourself a Buddha statue or elephant.
  • Gem stones - Sri Lanka is known for it's gemstones and in particular sapphires and moonstones.


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We had a wonderful time.

We had a wonderful time in Sri Lanka and our guide was fabulous. He was very attentive, informative and helpful. Thank you so much for the surprise dinner and cake and quartet on our last night. That was very lovely! We really did have a lovely time. Thank you again.

J
J.&.S.
Thank you for organising such a great tour

Thank you for organising such a great tour. Our tour of Sri Lanka was amazing and everything went according to plan.

Our driver/guide Lionel navigated through the busy tuk tuk laden streets with ease in his air conditioned sedan. He passed on much of his vast knowledge of the rich history and culture of Sri Lanka and the Buddhist religion as we toured around.

The hotels we stayed in were brilliant. The rooms were clean and comfortable and the staff were welcoming and accommodating.

The highlights for us included the Sigiriya Rock Fortress (amazing), Minneriya National Park where we saw a large number of elephants bathing in a natural environment only for the herd to walk back into the bush just behind our jeep, The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic at Kandy and of course the train ride from Kandy to Nanu Oya and the tea high country were all spectacular.

Adding on additional day spent travelling to Galle was well worth it. We paid for additional visits to places we wanted to see along the way to Galle. These included visiting a turtle sanctuary, a cinnamon farm (no charge), a moonstone mine (no charge), tasting a local toddy and doing a boat tour of the Koggala Lake. These extras really added to the day.

Thanks for a well organised and very enjoyable tour

J
J.H.
Great trip

Great trip and every day was a new Luxury Hotel to stay in and the day activities were fantastic - visiting the elephant nursery, tea factory, climbing the great rock (Sigiriya), train ride through the countryside and many more Sri Lankan landmarks visited.

Trip was very well organised and we always were collected on time and shown the sites of interest.

We loved our guided tour and had the best experience of Sri Lanka.

J
J.H.
Great holiday

We had a great holiday in Sri Lanka thank you for organising such a wonderful holiday - our driver/guide was a great young man very friendly he was informative and was completely devoted I cant rate him highly enough. The countryside was very pretty, especially the tea plantations. Everything we did was interesting and just the right mix a very well-planned holiday. We went Deluxe and every hotel was top class - the food was superb. Special thanks to Fiona and the team at Travelbay who made it happen so easily.