Tips On Tour Operators And Best Budget Tours In Sri Lanka


Silhouette of a stick fishermen at sunset, Unawatuna, Sri Lanka - Budget Travel Sri Lanka

Silhouette of stick fishermen at sunset, Unawatuna, Sri Lanka


Sri Lanka is a country that has rich cultural heritage and highly induced wildlife centres to have a fulfilling experience. It’s also one of those destinations offering great value for money. There are plenty of cheap tour packages from Sri Lanka tour operators with plenty of holiday packages for Sri Lanka to choose from. Historians and Adventurers visit many of these tourist centres not only for their research but for valuable experience—you should too! Sri Lanka is such a beautiful and amazing country to visit.


I am still in awe of beautiful pictures that my sister in law is still sharing as she is honeymooning in Sri Lanka at the moment. Below you will not only find amazing local tours in Sri Lanka but the best budget tours in Sri Lanka perfect for those looking to do budget travel in Sri Lanka. Covering the best budget tour operators in Sri Lanka which also help you to make the most of a short visit to Sri Lanka to help you get your bearings of the country as the tour takes you on the best places to visit in Sri Lanka.




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The above tours are I guess what I would call DIY Sri Lanka tours as you would normally arrange your own travels to Sri Lanka, accommodation and getting around. Whereas holiday packages for Sri Lanka the a majority of this would be arranged for you. At best you would only be paying for your flight, everything as far as accommodation, sights and getting around would all be arranged and included in the Sri Lanka tour packages Price. So if you are wondering where you can find holiday day tour packages to Sri Lanka, this is it! Wendy Wu, G Adventures and Contiki are among few companies offering the best holiday tour packages to Sri Lanka.



  • Wendy Wu – Short and long Sri Lanka tours covering beach, off-grid tours allowing you to delve into a long and fascinating history exploring magnificent ancient ruins, search for incredible beasts amongst lush national parks, discover a huge variety of beautiful landscapes and lie on paradisiacal beaches when you are adventured out. Tours range from 5 day tours, 10 days, 15 and even longer tours in Sri Lanka.


  • G Adventures – With tours ranging from 7 to even 30 days. Sri Lanka tour Package prices range from just under £800 for 7 days in Sir Lanka, well under £2500 for a 32-day tour visiting this tropical island, with landscapes ranging from sandy beaches to lush forests to cool hill towns dotted with tea plantations that have made Sri Lanka famous. Sri Lanka has a variety of World Heritage sites, from the picturesque hill town of Kandy to the Portuguese fortifications of Galle and monastery-strewn ruins of Anuradhapura.


  • Contiki – Contiki runs group tours for under 35s. They offer one of the coolest holiday packages for Sri Lanka if you are looking to travel with a group of folks within your age range. One of the Sri Lanka tour Package prices offered comes in at just under £1100 for 10 days but you get 9 nights accommodation, 12 meals, you also get plenty of free time to explore on your own. This tour only available to 18 to 35 year olds. This is perfect if you want to do 2 weeks in Sri Lanka budget specific as you already know what you are getting.


  • Viator Tours – If you are looking to supplement your explorations of Asia then Viator offers amazing budget tour operators in Sri Lanka offering day trips, 3- 5 day trips in and around Sri Lanka. Perfect for those who want to plan their own travel itinerary for Sri Lanka and around Asia, so depending on your plans, you can have addon tours depending on where and when, and how long you want to explore. Lanka tour Package prices range from £10 to even £1000+ depending on the type of trip and the length.


  • Get Your Guide Tours – This is much the same as Viator and the two can be used to compare prices and find something that is suitable for you and within budget. Again, perfect for short trips but both Get Your Guide and Viator but have Sri Lankan tours that also include free transfers and in some cases also include accommodation. Lanka tour Package prices range from £10 to even £1000+ depending on the type of trip and the length.



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So what’s the best way to plan a trip to Sri Lanka? Tours, tours and more tours! Sri Lanka is such a fascinating country and perfect for those that love nature and adventure. There are many cheap tour packages for Sri Lanka, below I take you through some of the budget tour packages available and among the best Sri Lankan tours that you can do cheaply and very much on a budget and include some of the best adventurous places in Sri Lanka.


You can combine Cheap Tour Packages from Sri Lanka with your explorations of Asia for especially if you are trying to stay within a certain budget for Sri Lanka trip. The below Sri Lanka tour prices also offer a wide range from 1 day, 2 days 3 and for days trip in offer the best tours of Sri Lank for 2 days, or more to help you plan your itinerary for your trip around Asia. The Sri Lankan tours travel guide below will help you with deciding what you should budget for travelling in Sri Lanka.



2 Nights All Inclusive Luxury Camping Sri Lanka Tour In Yala National Park – With Return Transfers


Yala National Park, located in Hambantota is one budget tour that allows you experience wildlife like never before. Of course, it involves camping in order for you to get that ‘wild’ adventure. It comprises lakes, jungles and brackish lagoons, and according to research, they have the highest density of leopards on the globe. The duration of this tour is 2 nights and 3 days.



Colombo Overnight Private Sri Lanka Leopard Safari Tour With Luxury Tented Camping


Experience the overnight Safari at the Yala National Park while you enjoy your lunch with a game drive. Your dinner is taken while you watch the stars and sleep in a private luxury tent.  Perfect for those wanting to have a forest based tour activity in Sri Lanka. The duration of this trip is 2 days and 1 night.



4-day Essence of Sri Lanka Tour


Another amazing tourist centre is the Essence of Sri Lanka tour —run by cool tour organisers in Sri Lanka, you get to explore cultural sites which are known as the UNESCO World Heritage sites— bicycling round Polonnaruwa, an ancient city; touring Sigiriya Rock Fortress, enjoying the Golden Temple of Dambulla and visiting the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic (Sri DaladaMaligawa). The duration is 4 days.



3-day Sri Lanka Cultural Tour Sigiriya Polonnaruwa and Dambulla – Plus Jeep Safari at Minneriya National Park


At the park, you get to see wildlife creatures in their environment. There is breakfast and dinner available including hotel pickup and drop-off. You would see elephants gather getting water at Minneriya tank. The duration is 3 days.


Elephants at Kawudulla, Minneriya national park in Sri Lanka

Elephants at Kawudulla, Minneriya national park in Sri Lanka


2-Day Private Sri Lankan Tour Of Wild Wonders & Hidden Temples from Hikkaduwa


This site gives you the opportunity to see Buddha statues that are above 100 feet, and they are religious artefacts, sculpted or painted. The Madungala Hot Springs are known for having waters with healing powers known to cure diseases of the eye and skin. The duration of this trip is one night and two days.



4-Day Rail Tour Sri Lanka Tour In Nuwara Eliya Countryside


On this railway tour, you would visit the Royal Botanic Gardens, enjoying the Nuwara Eliya city tour. Also explore the Sri Dalada Maligawa, a heritage site recognized globally. The duration of this trip is 4 days.




3-Days Private Sri Lankan Tour Adventure to Kitulgala


The tour includes sliding down a five-meter waterfall, white water rafting and bird watching. Cycling to Belilena cave gives you the chance to experience the landscape of the environment and the lifestyle of the villagers. There would be a trek to the natural rock pools and waterfalls of kataran-Oya, a slide-down the seven natural pools, jumps to a natural rock pool and swimming in the rainforest. The duration is 3 days.


Golden Temple of Dambulla

Golden Temple of Dambulla


3-day Private Sri Lanka Tour To The Sacred City of Anuradhapura From Colombo


On this trip, you get to go on a wildlife safari in Wilpattu, Sri Lanka’s largest national park. There are so many animals of several species in this park. The duration of the trip is 3 days.



Discover Jaffna 3 Nights and 4 Days (Vehicle-only Private Trip from Colombo)


Jaffna is known to be the second most popular city in Sri Lanka accredited for commerce. Before the tour, you will be picked up by a chauffeur. In the early hours of the morning, you will get a ride round Jaffna and get leisure in the evening. Enjoy a lovely swim at the Casuarina Beach after the afternoon visit. The duration is 3 nights and 4 days.



5-day Sightseeing Tour in Sri Lanka for Groups in a Private Coach


This trip includes a 4-night tour in your private coach driven by a private guide. You get to discover Ella, Tea Factory, Dambula Cave, Yala National Park, Sigiriya Rock, Kandy Tooth Temple, Sigiriya Village Tour and Tea plantations.   The duration is 5 days.


Sigiriya Lion Rock Fortress in Sri Lanka

Sigiriya Lion Rock Fortress in Sri Lanka


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  1. Meral - budget tours in sri lanka
    October 14, 2018 / 4:22 pm

    Super excited to stumble on to this post! So many cool budget tours in Sri Lanka!!! I have been dreaming about seeing Sri Lanka for a while now and no idea how to put my ideas together to plan this trip. I guess it also doesn’t help that I am trying to do this trip on a minimal budget too. Thank you for so much for this 😀

    • Bianca
      October 15, 2018 / 7:44 pm

      Awesome stuff!! So glad you found it useful. There are so many budget tour packages in Sri Lanka, I hope you managed to find something above. All the best with your planning.

  2. Matthew
    October 19, 2018 / 10:53 pm

    Lots of great information here, exactly what I was looking for. Although I want to make the most out of my holiday in Sri Lanka, I also want to save as much as I can! (so maybe i can come back again). Thanks for including the tour sizes, very helpful.

    • Bianca
      October 20, 2018 / 9:15 pm

      I am glad you found this post useful. Have an awesome time in Sri Lanka

  3. Ikechukwu Okoroafor
    October 20, 2018 / 5:38 pm

    Wow, this is such s good read, I never knew that Sri Lanka has lots of amazing and beautiful places where you can feed your eyes as a tourist. If I can visit these amazing parks without breaking the bank, then I should start planning a tour with my wife. So tell me, Bianca, apart from making your readers know about these awesome places, do you also help out with the traveling logistics? I mean guidance, contacts, and directions?

  4. Sonnie Bright
    October 21, 2018 / 11:23 pm

    Great news and tour packages to visit Sri Lanka, would love to plan for a visit but am skeptic because I can be a bit choosy about my destinations with regards to the weather condition. What is the climate in Sri Lanka in December like?

    • Bianca
      October 22, 2018 / 8:05 pm

      Well you are in luck as you can escape the winter chill and enjoy winter sun in Sri Lanka. The average daily temperature in December in Colombo is 27°C (81°F) which can reach highs of 30°C (86°F) or drop to 23°C (73°F). Still pretty warm.

  5. Eric
    October 25, 2018 / 12:17 am

    We are thinking if heading to Sri Lanka next year… I have that you post not only includes budget tour operators in Sri Lanka for shorter tours but the other long term ones where majority of your planning is done for you. We are definitely firmly set on buget tours in Sri Lanka having looked at all the options in your post. Thanks for making our planning a little easier with your blog post.

    • Bianca
      October 25, 2018 / 3:12 pm

      That great to head Eric, yes there are many options for tours to help you budget for Sri Lanka trip. I am glad my blog post helps with your planning. Have a great time in Sri Lanka.

  6. Anna - Looking for budget sri lanka tours
    November 13, 2018 / 9:19 am

    Wow, thanks for putting this list together I heading to Sri Lanka and trying to do the trip on a bit of a shoe string so have been searching for Sri Lanka budget tours when I stumbled across your site. Thank you so much for making my planning easier.

    • Bianca
      November 13, 2018 / 9:59 am

      Thats great Anna, there are many options for budget tours in Sri Lanka so I just wanted to showcase the fact that you could easily do tours in Sri Lanka without breaking the bank. While you are there you may also be able to find Maldives budget tours from Sri Lanka too. All the best with your travels.

  7. Glen - budget tour operators in sri lanka
    November 17, 2018 / 10:48 am

    I am heading to Sri Lanka with my boyfriend and looking at every way to save money during the trip and we have been looking at tips on budget tour operators in Sri Lanka. This is awesome. I didn’t really Viator has inexpensive multi day tours.

    • Bianca
      November 19, 2018 / 9:07 pm

      Awesome, glad you found something to help with your Sri Lanka trip planning.

  8. Pedro
    December 16, 2018 / 1:54 pm

    This is amazing! I have been looking for tips on how to save money for our trip to Sri Lanka? I could kinda have cheap holiday Sri Lanka all inclusive options with these considering how reasonable the costs are to have everything catered for. Thanks so much.

    • Bianca
      December 26, 2018 / 12:12 pm

      Thats great Pedro. I am glad I offered an alternative for bugdet tours in Sri Lanka and opened up some more options for you. Have a great trip.

  9. Joanne
    January 4, 2019 / 9:54 am

    Being on a student’s budget I haven’t been able to explore outside Europe so far, the ticket alone is more than I can afford right now. My fiance is the one that plans all our trips and he kept hinting how he wants us to honeymoon in Sri Lanka so I guess it will happen sooner than I might expect. When do you think it would be best to visit it? I would love to do one of these tours in Sri Lanka

    • Bianca
      January 12, 2019 / 9:22 pm

      My sister in law also had a honeymoon in Sri Lanka. The whole country is such a beauty and well worth visiting.

  10. Maite
    January 10, 2019 / 10:40 pm

    Sri Lanka is a beautiful place that makes the natural and wild its monument. The tours in Sri Lanka look super cool! I am definitely trying to visit Sri Lanka in 2019 that’s for sure. Thanks for such a good post.

    • Bianca
      January 12, 2019 / 8:02 pm

      Yes such a beautiful country to explore and well worth visiting.

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