tourhq

Connecting travellers to guides around the world

tourhq
5-Day Sightseeing Tour Of Sri Lanka's Highlights
  • Tour Category

    Private Tour

  • Tour Types

    Religious, Culture, Whitewater Rafting

  • Duration

    5 Days

  • Activity Level

    Easy

  • Language

    English, German

Description

Sign up for this short 5-day Sri Lankan tour with visits to prominent attractions including Sigiriya, Dambulla Cave Temple, and Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. Explore the ancient town of Poḷonnaruwa and thrill yourself with white river rafting and elephant sightings at the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage.

Highlights
  • Explore the magnificent Sigiriya & the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
  • Marvel at the world-famous Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
  • Check out the ancient town of Poḷonnaruwa & Dambulla Cave Temple
  • Try out exciting white river rafting at Kitulgala
  • Visit the picturesque Royal Botanical Garden & the Peradeniya
  • Day 1- Sigiriya via Pinnawala & Dambulla expand_more
    • On your arrival, we will take you to Sigiriya via Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage and the Dambulla Cave Temple.  Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is an orphanage, nursery and captive breeding ground for wild Asian elephants located at Pinnawala village, 13 km northeast of Kegalle town in Sabaragamuwa Province of Sri Lanka. Pinnawala has the largest herd of captive elephants in the world. Enjoy elephant sightings here. 

    • See the Dambulla cave temple, also known as the Golden Temple of Dambulla - a heritage site. This site is situated around 148 km east of Colombo and 72 kilometres north of Kandy. Dambulla is the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka.

  • Day 2- Polonnaruwa expand_more
    • Poḷonnaruwa is the main town of Polonnaruwa District, Sri Lanka. Visit this ancient city, including the Kaduruwela area and the ancient ruins of the Kingdom of Polonnaruwa.

    • Have lunch in a nearby village and try some local food - Sri Lankan rice & curry.

  • Day 3- Lion Rock - Kandy expand_more
    • In the morning, we will climb Sigiriya - an ancient rock fortress situated near the town of Dambulla. Visit this huge rock structure that's around  200 metres high.

    • Next, we will head towards Kandy city to see Kandy Lake and the famous Temple of the Tooth Relic.

  • Day 4- Kandy City Tour expand_more
    • Today, you will do a proper Kandy city tour with visits to the Royal Botanical Garden, Peradeniya and maybe a nearby waterfall and a tea factory.

  • Day 5- Kitulgala - Colombo expand_more
    • Today, being your last day, indulge in some exciting water sports with white water rafting at Kitulgala. Some adventures will energize your tour at the end of it.

    • Afterwards, we'll drop you at the Airport or in Colombo as your wish.

What's Included
  • Ground transportation

  • Standard hotels with breakfast

  • English speaking Sri Lanka tour guide

  • Drinking water bottles

  • Train tickets and highway fees

  • Parking charges

  • Wifi connectivity

  • Chauffeur accommodations & meals

What's Excluded
  • Entrance fees to National Parks & sights

  • Lunch & dinner

  • Complimentary tips

Know before you go
  • This tour has a maximum limit of 2 people.
Cancellation Policy

For cancellations upto 2 days before the tour -

Refund of 80% of the tour price.
Tour Reviews
  • Tine

    We are a family of 4 travelling for a year.  We decided to come and visit Sri Lanka and didn't know much about the country.  Our original plan was to rent our own car and self drive around the country but during our research we stumbled upon Tourhq and Anthony.  We  decided that the price for a guide, car and accomodations was too good to pass up and we booked, giving ourselves a little break from all the planning and research..

    We don't usually commit to guides and tours but we are so glad we did.  We had 15 days with Anthony as our guide, and Anu as our driver.  We had suggested an itineary and Anthony made it happen, adjusting things along the way to make our experience as good as it could be.  He took care of everything, booked our hotels, got us to grocery stores for snacks (essential with kids), found good restuarants and showed us the sites.  We had a few days without Anthony, but he left  us in the capable hands of Anu and hired other guides for specific sites.  We enjoyed Anu's professional and friendly company and his excellent driving.  The van was always clean, there was always water to drink, and he always got us where we were going safely despite the crazy traffic, tuk tuks, cows, dogs, people and roads.  Anthony ensured our questions were always answered, that we got a real experience of his country and we had an excellent time.  He even adapted things when we ended up with two extra days before our flight and showed us even more!

    Thank you to Anthony and Anu for sharing Sri Lanka with us.  We all have such good memories and now friendships as well!

  • Nicole

    I can highly recommend Anthony. I’ve booked three days mainly because I needed a lot of Transfer being done and got way more out of it. I would book again and also recommend to family and friends.

  • JASON

    Anthony was a great guide for Sri Lanka.   A very nice and charming man, Anthony is only too happy to go out of his way to make your holiday plans easier and efficient.  The car was also very clean and spacious. 

    But most of all, Anthony has great knowledge on Sri Lanka, with recommended itineraries for your stay.   Thanks Anthony, you gave me some great insight on the country and to plan my next trip!!  You really know your country :)

    I'd highly recommend him to anyone exploring Sri Lanka.  Getting a personal guide and driver is highly recommended.

    Look forward to organising my next trip to Sri Lanka with his company.   thanks again...

  • Daniel

    We stayed in Sigiriya for a short part of our honeymoon. We arranged a two day tour with Anthony. Once booked he was always available an always ready to answer any questions. Very knowledgeable and knows very experienced people for safari etc. He went above and beyond. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend. 

  • Sam

    Surely will recommend to family and friends. 

  • Nicola

    We booked Anthony through Tour HQ on the assumption that this was the driver (and related reviews) that we were getting. That was not the case. Anthony greeted us at the airport, told us about his tour company, and handed us over to Dinesh to be our driver for our tour.

    The tour with Dinesh was great and he was super friendly - lots of stops on long drives to be shown various tropical plants / wildlife, he arranged an excellent safari in Udawalawe where we saw lots of elephants, various birds etc., took us to a couple of fruit and veg markets, booked train tickets for a short journey between Haputale and Nanu Oya, managed to find all of our off the beaten track hotels, and taught us a great deal about the Sri Lankan culture and people... there was the usual managing expectations re excursions that we did/didn't want to do, as to be expected. 

    3 stars is on the basis that this site is clearly being used in a misleading way to advertise a tour company, and hence we did not get the driver we were expecting (kind of like booking a hotel on tripadvisor, turning up, and it's a completely different hotel...). There were some issues with communication (mainly language, both Dinesh and Anthony were very responsive by Whatsapp), but overall we had a great time in Sri Lanka and would 100% go back (if not to just take in the country rather than jump around from place to place).

  • RITA

    What a great tour, really went into the locals lives.  Had a bull cart ride, a native boat ride, native lunch in a hut, saw a great woodcarver, this tour was our favorite.  Even a tuk-tuk ride. Anthony got it all in for us and was a great fun guide.  Would hire him again for a great tour.

  • Sue

    First and foremost, our tour of Trincomalee, Sri Lanka with Anthony was outstanding! We disembarked from our ship early and he was there to greet us with lovely shell necklaces, a warm smile and a handshake. Our first stop was the famous Sigiriya Rock where we had planned a hike to the top. Unfortunately, and of course no fault of Anthony’s, it was pouring rain. Since the steps were slippery when wet, we decided to tackle the Rock another time. Instead, Anthony took us to a hardwood carving shop for a demo which was very interesting and then to the Buddhist Dambulla Cave Temple, an UNESCO World Heritage Site. During our comfortable car travels, we passed a huge herd of water buffalo and stopped to drink fresh King Coconut milk. The next activity was our very favorite of the day! Anthony set up a Village tour for us which included a bullock cart ride to the lake, a traditional catamaran ride to the mud house, where two local ladies demonstrated how to prepare traditional Sri Lankan foods that we later enjoyed as our lunch! It was a fascinating and terrific cultural experience that we will remember forever. A tuk-tuk took us back to our car. The last stop in the area was a batik textile shop where we learned how the printing and coloring is done. As it was time to head back to the ship, we stopped to visit the Fort Fredrick area and the Koneswaram Hindu Temple. In our opinion, this was an excellent tour. Anthony was knowledgeable, his English was very good and his suggestions for alternative activities due to the weather were the best! We highly recommend his services and hope to go back to Sri Lanka in the future for a longer stay.

  • jorge

    Extraordinary and unforgettable experience at the hands of Anthony Prageeth and Sasika Nawarathna, our attentive and kind guide.

    We chose them because of the many positive comments we found on the internet, and thanks to them we were able to get to know a surprising country, full of contrasts, where we met charming places and people.

    In addition, our guide, Mr. Nawa, explained the details of the different Sri Lankan customs, allowing us to get into and know this country that has been magnificent.

    We made a trip as a couple, in a comfortable van with A / C, following an itinerary previously indicated by us. We planned the details of each day with Mr. Nawa in case we could visit an interesting site that was not very well known.

    Highly recommended.

    Gloria y Jorge.

    Extraordinaria e inolvidable experiencia de la mano de Anthony Prageeth y Sasika Nawarathna, nuestro atento y amable guía.Les elegimos por los múltiples y positivos comentarios que encontramos por internet, y gracias a ellos pudimos conocer un país sorprendente, lleno de contrastes, donde conocimos lugares y personas encantadoras.Además, nuestro guía, Mr. Nawa, nos explicó los detalles de las diferentes costumbres srilanquesas, permitiéndonos adentrarnos y conocer este país que ha resultado magnífico.Hicimos un viaje en pareja, en una cómoda furgoneta con A/A, siguiendo un itinerario previamente indicado por nosotros. Planeabámos los detalles de cada día con Mr. Nawa por si podíamos visitar algún sitio interesante que no era muy conocido.Muy recomendable.

    Gloria y Jorge

  • Elena

    Toller Guide, geht auf die Wünsche ein und macht tolle Vorschläge, verwöhnt mit Früchten, und anderen Leckereien. Neues, komfortables und klimatisiertes Auto. Volle Flexibilität. Haben uns auf der Tour sehr sicher und immer gut aufgehoben gefühlt.

    Vielen Dank Pradeep und Anthony!!!

    Ihr seid die Besten 

  • James

    Sri Lanka is such a beautiful place and our trip was made more memorable by the excellent service, communication, care and organisation of our guide. Anthony started off as our guide but finished the tour as our dear friend whom we will cherish.  Sri Lanka would not have been the same without Anthnony. Thank you +++

    We will definitely be introducing all our friends to travel with Anthony when they visit Sri Lanka.

  • Anita

    We decided for Anthony becouse of good review, but than Anthony was absent and send us a realy nice driver Martis. He helped us with the planning and always consider our wishes. We stayed with him for 14 days and see many things. He was also very patient with our 4 years old son who was singing in the car all the time :) i also must say that he drives very safe. You won't be disapointed if you chose him. Thank you for everything to both of you!

  • Timo

    Anthony and his partner  Martis who was our driver provided us an excellent service. Everything was as agreed and Martis was a very good driver and a caring person. Also the car provided was quite new, spacious and in a very good condition. I highly recommend Anthony and his team!

  • Debashri Roy

    Thank you Anthony for giving us the car and Martis.

    The car was top notch and Martis is a wonderful person.

    He is so good i cant praise him enough.

    Our trip was so good because of him.

    We always felt safe and our trip was awesome..

    Srilanka will remain one of our favourite countries and definitely one of the reason is Martis and Anthony..

  • Francesco

    I’m Raffaella and I come from Italy.  My boy-friend and I went to Sri Lanka one month ago, on february. Our guide was Chinthaka, a very good person. He picked us up at the airport as we planned and then we started our Amazing tour through Sri Lanka. It was a very intense and enjoying experience and we had to thank Chinthaka because he was kind, honest, friendly and helpful with his advices! 

    We visited Sigirya rock, Dambulla, Polonnaruwa, minnerya park (safari) then we moved to Kandy, Mirissa, Galle. Our journey ended in Colombo and that was the saddest day of our tour because we didn’t want to leave that special country and the amazing people who lived there. We booked a tour guide but we found a friend. 

    I think that if you are planning to visit Sri Lanka you have to contact Anthony because he and his collaborators will do their best to make you feel at home!

    Hope to come back as soon as we can! We love Sri Lanka! ♥️

  • KRIS

    Excellent Vehicle / tour guide for our three days ...Visited Kandy / Colombo / Galle and Sigariya ..

    The people was great and service was excellent..

  • David

    The contact to Anthony was very uncomplicated. He sent us many suggestions on our tour, booked our hotels & train and was always very competent. As we arrived in Colombo, he picked us up with some necklace flowers for all of us. We started our 7 days tour with Anthony and it was such fun. The hotels chosen by him were super good, he made as many stopps everywhere as we wished and he explained us everything about Sri Lanka, its culture and people. 

    We can really recommend Anthony to everybody who wants to see Sri Lanka not as a tupical tourist! He and his family is so friendly. We will miss them so much!!! 

  • Kesang

    Anthony was responsive to all mails and queries.Unfortunately, he couldn't be our guide and thus assigned his cousin Tushitta.. who was more than just a guide. He was helpful in every way he could be - to aid my aging father during the 8 days spent in Sri Lanka.  Being a Buddhist himself, Tushitta ensured that he left no stone unturned to show us the best of Sri Lanka's Buddhist trails. Thank you. I would recommend Anthony and Tushitta for their Sri Lanka Sojourn.

  • alex.serpychenko

    It was an amazing trip for my friends and me. Anthony created a custom tour for us to see as many sights as possible in 7 days and to rest the last 3 days at the beach. Almost every night we stayed in different guesthouse or hotel. Each place was really nice and comfortable. We visited Colombo, Dambulla, Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa, Ella, Nuwara-Eliya, Adam's Peak, Horton Plains, Hikkaduwa, Galle and Unawatuna.

    We used Anthony's minivan as a transport.

    Anthony showed us some very special non-tourist places. He was very friendly and interesting companion.

    I highly recommend Anthony as a person who can show you the country!

  • krishwaran

    I am krishnan from India . My wife and I are elderly couple went to celebrate our 45th wedding anniversary in srilanka. Anthony picked up us from airport on time. We toured for 15 days.Firstly he is a very safe and cautious driver. Within a very short time I was very comfortable. More than a good driver he is a good person and very helpful. He was with us for 15 days and he was a helping hand ,good guide and patient. Wherever my wife had difficulty in walking he helped her. We felt that we traveled with our own son than a driver. He went out of the way to get us anything we need on the way. He made our trip a very memorable one. We strongly recommend Anthony to any one. We rate him excellent.

Starting From

From

USD 595.00 / group

Copyright © 2014 Tour HQ. All Rights Reserved

View full site