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Beach, Trincomalee, Sri Lanka

Summer in Sri Lanka



12 Days

Prices Start from

$7,834pp (ex. flights)

This Sri Lankan holiday idea is ideal for those travelling during the British summer and wanting to experience the culture and wildlife of Sri Lanka, as well as some time to relax on the beach.

Diverse and easy to travel around, this 12 day holiday to Sri Lanka offers a wonderful overview of the whole island, from the wildlife of Wilpattu National Park to the culture of Anuradhapura and Sigiriya Rock Fortress, ending with a beach escape on the pristine east coast.

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Sigiriya Rock, Sri Lanka 1

Cultural Triangle

Home to eight UNESCO sites, from ancient capitals to rock fortresses.

Baby Elephant, Minneriya National Park, Sri Lanka 2

Elephant Gatherings

Witness large gatherings of Asian elephants at Minneriya National Park.

Cow and Temple, Trincomalee, Sri Lanka 3

Coastal Relaxation

Relax on the beach and visit the historic harbour and temples of Trincomalee.

Sri Lankan Leopard, Sri Lanka 4

Sri Lankan Wildlife

Track leopard and search for sloth bear in Wilpattu National Park.

Explore our suggested itinerary

Sri Lanka on your wishlist? Talk to our experts about tailoring this trip for you.

  • Day 1


  • Day 2

    Colombo - Wilpattu National Park

  • Days 3 - 4

    Wilpattu National Park

  • Day 5

    Wilpattu National Park - Sigiriya

  • Day 6

    Sigiriya & Minneriya

  • Day 7


  • Day 8

    Sigiriya - Trincomalee

  • Days 10 - 11


  • Day 12

    Trincomalee to Colombo

Day 1


Arrive in Colombo and transfer 30 minutes to the peaceful Wallawwa.

Day 2

Colombo - Wilpattu National Park

Transfer three hours to Wilpattu National Park – home to birds, sloth and, if lucky, leopard.

Days 3 - 4

Wilpattu National Park

Spend two days in Wilpattu, accompanied by expert guides in search of wildlife.

Day 5

Wilpattu National Park - Sigiriya

Drive approximately three hours to into the heart of Sri Lanka, called the Cultural Triangle.

Day 6

Sigiriya & Minneriya

Visit the ruins of the ancient city at Sirigiya rock before an afternoon game drive in Minneriya National Park, home to a wealth of wildlife including large gatherings of elephants during the summer months.

Day 7


Visit local villages and explore the less trodden back roads of Polonnaruwa by bike. with a local villager as your guide.

Day 8

Sigiriya - Trincomalee

Transfer to the north east coast for some time on the beach, a journey of around three hours.

Days 10 - 11


Relax on the beach or engage in some of the many coastal activities on offer, from whale watching to jet skiing.

Day 12

Trincomalee to Colombo

Transfer overland, a journey of around five hours, or fly to Colombo for your onward travel arrangements.

Our travel experts can tailor this itinerary to suit you.

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Indian scops owl looking out from tree, Wilpattu, Sri Lanka
Indian scops owl in Wilpattu National Park

Wilpattu Safari

From your camp accommodation head out on game drives into the verdant jungle, dotted with natural sand rimmed lakes. As the largest park in Sri Lanka, what sets Wilpattu apart is the peace and space away from other safari vehicles. Home to a wealth of wildlife, you can hope to see Asian elephant, crocodile, various deer species and possibly even the elusive leopard. Wilpattu also has the largest sloth bear population in the country as well as abundant bird life.

Children viewing Elephants, Sri Lanka

Family Friendly Sri Lanka

If travelling with children you will be enchanted by Sri Lanka’s warm welcome. Compact and diverse it is a fabulous family holiday destination and perfect for summer travel. Educate and fascinate the kids while having lots of fun, from scrambling around ancient ruins to walking with elephants, learning to surf or joining local kids for a spot of cricket.


Below you can see some of the wonderful places we have recommended for this journey.

The Wallawwa £££££

  • Sri Lanka
  • Boutique

The Wallawwa is a small, boutique hotel 15-20 minutes drive from Colombo international, in the peaceful Sri Lankan countryside. A charming former old manor house, the Wallawwa is set in elegant gardens and built with columns, courtyards and verandas. The rooms look out on to a central courtyard with a pond, there is a super restaurant serving Asian food, a spa and a large swimming pool. The Wallawwa is a perfect start and/or end to a Sri Lankan itinerary.

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Leopard Trails Wilpattu Campsite £££££

  • Sri Lanka
  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge

Leopard Trails is an experienced mobile camping company that operates a campsite within the buffer zones of Wilpattu National Park. Leopard Trails prides itself on providing an adventurous camping holiday amidst the wilderness without having to give up modern-day comforts and personalised service. 

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Vil Uyana £