Sri Lanka is home to some of South Asia’s most intriguing religious and cultural attractions, featuring elaborate art and architecture, and spectacular festivals, revealing the essence of the island’s fascinating history, and rich cultural heritage.

Historical sites such as Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, ArugamBay and Dambulla, once home to ancient kingdoms, still retain many relics and artefacts of bygone eras. The famous rock fortress of Sigiriya and the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic of Kandy, are must-see places. A multi-religious country, Sri Lanka has many religious festivals that take place year around, such as Vesak for Buddhists, Nallur Festival for Hindus and Madhu Festival for Catholics.


Day 1 – Colombo

From pick up at the Bandaranaike International Airport, your two week cultural tour will begin in Colombo – the commercial capital of the island. Galle Face Hotel is where you will be staying on your first night.

Day 2 & 3 – Anuradhapura

After a city tour of Colombo the next day, you will take off to the city of Anuradhapura. En route, you stop at Yapahuwa ancient city (a 300 foot fortified wonder dating back to the 13th century) and explore the area. In Anuradhapura, you will sleep over at Palm Garden Village.

On day three, the ancient city of Anuradhapura will be explored where you will get to observe several historical remains. Later in the day you will visit the Mihintale Buddhist Temple and head back to your hotel for the night.

Day 4 & 5  – Sigiriya

On your way to Sigiriya the next day, you will stop for a visit to the Aukana Buddha Statue and the Dambulla Cave Temple. Your hotel for the night will be Cinnamon Lodge.

On day five we have a touch of adventure lined up for you where, you will be taken to visit the ancient and historical city of Polonnaruwa. Afterwards, you can have an amazing Rice & Curry . Later that day, you can climb and explore the “Lion’s Rock” in Sigiriya. This activity is quite doable by most people so don’t fret at the task of climbing a rock! Your overnight stay will be at Cinnamon Lodge.

Sacred Tooth Relic in Kandy
Day 6,7  –  Kandy

The next morning you will begin your journey to the hill capital of Kandy. En route you will visit the Matale Alu Viharaya Buddhist Temple and the Matale Hindu Temple. In Kandy, you will be taken to enjoy an evening show of the cultural dance of Kandyans. Amaya Hills is where you will sleep over for the night.

On day seven you will visit the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and obtain blessings from the Buddhist Monks there. Next you will go on to visit the Three Temple Loop known as the Gadaladeniya, Embekke and Lankathilake Temples. These are Hindu-Buddhist Temples from the 14th Century. Towards the evening you will get back to your hotel in Kandy for your night stay.

On the final day in Kandy you get to explore the culture of the Veddas in Dambana Mahiyanganaya and visit the Mahiyanganaya Temple. Once again, Amaya Hills is where you will sleep over for the night.

Day 8  – Nuwara Eliya

Day 8 is when you head towards the beautiful town of Nuwara Eliya where you will come across several water falls on the way. Ramboda Falls is one visit we have scheduled for you. Along the way you can also visit the Pedro Tea Factory and the luscious tea plantations of the country. You will also be given a tour of Nuwara Eliya, also known as “Little England”. Your overnight stay will be at Grand Hotel.

Day 9 –  Ella

From Nanu Oya, you will be taking a beautiful train journey to Ella, where a visit to Rawana Falls is a must. In Ella, you will spend the night at Mountain Heavens.

 

Day 10 – Arugambay

Welcome to an Arugam Bay surf camp experience! Arugam Bay surf camp is a fun filled surf camp in the heart of Arugam Bay and by joining this surf camp, you will get surf lessons, massage, and all surf equipment required to make your surf camp enjoyable. Also, you will have a chance to taste the best smoothie bowls in town. Come over and enjoy the good vibes and the fun spirit of the surf team!

Day 11 – Udawalawa

Early morning the next day you are advised to explore the breathtaking view of the sunrise from the “Arugambay”. You will then depart to the town of Udawalawa where we will take you on a luxurious jeep safari in the Udawalawa National Park. That night you will stay at the Centauria Wild.

Day 12 – Galle

On day 12 you head on to the city of Galle, en route you will visit the hot water springs in Embilipitiya as well as the fish market in Weligama. You also get a chance to observe the old and challenging tradition of stilt fishing. In Galle, your night stay will be at Jetwing Lighthouse Hotel.

Day 13 & 14 Colombo

On day thirteen you will explore the Galle Dutch Fort and learn about its history. A boat ride on the Madu Lake is also on the list before you begin your journey to the capital city of Colombo. Upon reaching Colombo, you will check in to Galle Face Hotel for your overnight stay.

On day fourteen you may take a city tour of Colombo if you have approximately 6-7 hours for your flight departure time.

The amazing cultural tour with Budget Arugambay Tours comes to an end here. This itinerary is dedicated to exploring the cultural aspects of Sri Lanka as well as touching its splendid beauty and we hope you found it attractive.

 

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Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 17 reviews
June 26, 2020

Srilanka tour -jan 2020

We travelled to srilanka in Jan 2020 from Dambulla-Sigriya-Polonaruwa-kandy-nuwara eliya-kalutara-Arugambay-colombo Florentine duration of 14 days.
The trip was really an amazing experience!!
We planned the tour via Budget Arugambay tours agency. Everything wonderfully arranged according to our requirements. From the warm welcome at the airport by our tour guide Ansa driver Ishak till the last day in Colombo the tour was simply the best and a memorable one. Ishak accompanied us for the entire duration of the tour. We were so impressed by his efficiency, punctuality, excellent driving and pleasant personality! He also went out of the way to make sure we could visit the other unusual places on our list like Geoffrey Bawa house in colombo.
Thank your budget arugambay tours for this wonderful trip.
After this amazing experience… I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Budget Arugambay tours if you are planning a trip to Srilanka.

June 26, 2020

Sri Lanka trip 2019

We, family of 6 traveled for 14 days across Sri Lanka in the last week of June 2019. We covered Dambulla, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Kalutara, Arugambay, tringomalle and Colombo. We are glad that we chose Budget Arugambay Tours to arrange it, as all the hotels and every service provided was of the excellent grade!
Also we were accompanied by Mr. Ansa as our tour guide. He gave us the best service being professional and giving it a personal touch at the same time!! Thank you so much for the wonderful trip!

June 26, 2020

Amazing tour of Sri Lanka

We had booked the tour with Budget Arugambay tour. The package was for 13 nights and 14 days covering Colombo, Sigiriya, Nuwara Eliya, Bentota, Kandy .Ella, Arugambay and Polonnaruwa. We were taken care of by Abdull. He is so knowledgeable, committed, passionate and a very safe driver / tour guide. We enjoyed the tour and it is now one of our most memorable trip. Would like to mention that the car provided was so clean and tidy. Would like to recommend Budget Arugambay Tours and Abdull as preferred tour guide.

June 26, 2020

A Two week to Remember

We were a party of eight who booked Budget Arugambay Tours for a two week excursion visiting Kandy ,Nuwera Aliya,Thambulla, Hikkaduwa Ella, Arugambay and Yala National Park. Budget Arugambay Tours provided us with a large air-conditioned bus and did all the hotel bookings and tours. Our guide Ansa was very friendly, punctual and helpful and everything went without a hitch. When he took us on Safari in Yala. I was impressed by his knowledge of the wildlife. We went early in the morning in a tropical rainstorm and saw a family of elephants playing in the mud by the roadside. We particularly enjoyed the train ride on the old train from Kandy to Nuwera Aliya. Every time the train stopped the locals were selling us food through the windows. We always felt safe with a great driver and would highly recommend this Company. The whole trip was made all the more enjoyable by Ansa jokes, and his patience with our various requests. We will definitely recommend this Company to all our friends and family.

June 26, 2020

Taken care of like queens!

Budget Arugambay took amazing care of us, two women traveling together, during the 14 day trip we had all over Sri Lanka. We sent them a rough draft of the place we wanted to see and they worked out timing, hotels, activities and attractions to visit. They were very responsive in the email exchange building our trip, assigned a stellar guide/driver who took us around safely and had an eye for the quality of the service throughout activities, and overall provided an amazing service for what we found to be a very affordable price.
Highly recommend Budget Arugambay Tours, and shutout to our driver/guide Ansa for looking after us with such thoughtfulness and care.

June 26, 2020

Fantastic

My husband and I, have just spent 15 days touring around Sri Lanka. The tour was perfect from start to finish.. every hotel was fantastic. Our driver Aswer Is awesome, he knows all the history of the island and has a true love for the wildlife. Every place he took us was superb. He made us both feel very safe with his driving and couldn’t help us enough.

June 26, 2020

Highly recommended, FANTASTIC…..

My wife and I have just enjoyed a holiday which was filled with some of the most amazing experiences that the beautiful Sri Lanka has to offer. Sri Lanka is a wonderful country that delivers at every turn, more so than any other country that we’ve been to. The people, the countryside, the culture, the animals, the beaches, the food, there’s always something that captures you. The itinerary that Budget Arugambay Tours put together for us was exceptional and has left us with life long memories and an overwhelming desire to return with our 6 young adult children as soon as we can so that we can share the wonders of Sri Lanka with them.

OUR GUIDE….Faina. Our experience was made most memorable by Faina. What an absolutely awesome guy! From the moment he greeted us from Colombo airport with the warmest of smiles (which never left his face for the entire trip) we felt in very safe hands. His knowledge about his country, beautiful Sri Lanka, was exceptional. His passion and comprehension of wildlife taught us more in this few days than we’d have thought possible. His safe driving skills on the local roads, which can be quite hairy at times, was always outstanding and made us feel safe and reassured at all times.
Thanks Faina, and thanks to your wife and daughter for lending you to us for these 2 weeks.

My advice to anyone reading this review is Trust in Budget Arugambay Tours as they know best, we did and they got it 100% right. And if you get the chance to have Faina as your guide I know he’ll get it right too.

Thanks Budget Arugambay Tours and a heart felt thanks to Ansa, we’ll be in touch soon to arrange our next trip.

June 26, 2020

Peace of Mind

My family and I visited Sri Lanka for the first time and did not know what to expect, so we took the, unusual for us, decision to hire through Budget Arugambay Tours our 14 days in Sri Lanka. Having Ansa with us certainly made our first visit enjoyable as his presence and support took away any uncertainty we may have encountered. We also appreciated his flexibility to our sometimes last minute requests for changes in our itinerary. Ansa was also knowledgeable and able to answer all of our questions.

If you are visiting Sri Lanka for the first time, and wish to move around the island, then I can recommend Budget Arugambay Tours to give you piece of mind.

June 26, 2020

A great and hassle-free solution for women solo travelers

I’m 32 year old woman coming from Italy, with close to none experience with traveling completely by myself. When planning my trip to Sri Lanka, I was hoping for a solution that could provide me with safety, support with deciding on where to go/what to do, the guarantee of a high quality daily guidance in a country I didn’t know. I found this and more with Budget Arugambay Tours.
In the planning phase, they’ve been very responsive and helpful all along. I told them what I was interested in doing/seeing either precisely and vaguely (“I’d like to see a tea plantation”) and they have helped me define the details of my trip, accommodating my need to be dropped in a specific place on the Southern Coast. Planning thanks to Budget Arugambay Tours was fast, efficient and 100% hassle free.
As for the tour itself, I’ve been enjoying greatly every day. Everything ran on time, I have felt cared for and very safe – I must say not only thanks to the quality and professionalism that Budget Arugambay Tours provides, but also thanks to the person who has embodied Budget Arugambay Tours for me: my guide Ansa. A true gem! He not only does his job in a pitch-perfect way (nice, positive, on time, helpful, knowledgeable on my many questions) but he went above and beyond to always make me feel at ease in every single situation – which is especially important when you’re a woman traveling on your own. This trip was lovely and full of great experiences I won’t forget, because it all worked out great in terms of organization and even more because Ansa is a great guide and all in all an incredibly nice person. You’ll be lucky to have him as your guide.
I’m very thankful for these 14 days and I would recommend Budget Arugambay Tours any time!

June 26, 2020

First Class 2 week tour of Sri Lanka

We booked a private tour with Budget Arugambay Tours. We completed it today and can’t say enough good things about this tour group. Our driver, Ansar and Ishak, took it to the next level. He was fabulous. He was prompt, organized and made our trip seamless. We started with the Cultural Triangle, then on to Sigiria, tea country and finally the beach. Each activity was great fun for all of us and we learned a tremendous amount about a country we knew little about before we came.
Hats off to Budget Arugambay Tours and Ansa

June 26, 2020

Wonderful sights of Sri Lanka

We have just returned from a 16 day tour of Sri Lanka. Our guide and driver Ansa was there to meet us at the airport to start our amazing tour of Sri Lanka. We visited Colombo, Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa, Kandy, Nuwaraeliya, Ella, Udawalawa, Galle, Arugambay and relaxed at the end of the tour by the beach.
Nothing was too much trouble for Ansa, apart from the tour he arranged an Ayurvedic massage, a whale watching trip and lots of tips on food and the local culture. We had walking difficulties but Ansa was very patient and went that extra mile to ensure we had a good experience everywhere we went.
The hotels were all excellent and the Star Rest Arugambay and Beach were our favourite.
We wanted to see elephants and we weren’t disappointed, we saw lots at very close quarters in Udawalawa National Park and have many photos for our memories.
Sri Lanka has stunning scenery, fascinating culture and friendly people and we would like to thank Budget Arugambay Tours and our friend and guide Ansa for making a perfect holiday.

June 26, 2020

Great Trip around Sri Lanka with Budget Arugambay tours

Thank You at first to Ansafor making such a good planing of Our holidays in Sri Lanka
for Our 12 days trip.
Thank You Ansa You are a very good Tour Guide , You are a very good and save Driver in this not easy traffic in the cities.
We had many stops on which Ishak bought us all kinds of Fruits, on every Tour and walking he was with us , also the walk to the End of the World he walked with us.
I made many Photos of Sri Lanka and Ansa stopped at every point where I want to make Fotos.
Ansa is a very friendly and serious Tour Guide.

Ansa Thank You for Your spending time with us in Your country we would recommend Budget Arugambay tours
and Abdul and Ansa in our country.

Markus Krasser , Austria

June 26, 2020

Wonderful sights of Sri Lanka

We have just returned from a 16 day tour of Sri Lanka. Our guide and driver Ansa was there to meet us at the airport to start our amazing tour of Sri Lanka. We visited Colombo, Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa, Kandy, Nuwaraeliya, Ella, Udawalawa, Galle, Arugambay and relaxed at the end of the tour by the beach.
Nothing was too much trouble for Ansa, apart from the tour he arranged an Ayurvedic massage, a whale watching trip and lots of tips on food and the local culture. We had walking difficulties but Ansa was very patient and went that extra mile to ensure we had a good experience everywhere we went.
The hotels were all excellent and the Star Rest Arugambay and Beach were our favourite.
We wanted to see elephants and we weren’t disappointed, we saw lots at very close quarters in Udawalawa National Park and have many photos for our memories.
Sri Lanka has stunning scenery, fascinating culture and friendly people and we would like to thank Budget Arugambay Tours and our friend and guide Ansa for making a perfect holiday.

June 26, 2020

15 day journey

We have had a great time with Budget Arugambay tours. On our 15 day tour through Sri lanka. From start to finish it was a positive experience. Contact trough email was very quick with responding. When we where in sri lanka our guide/driver Ansa was already waiting for us. He was very knowledge about Sri Lanka and what was nice to visited. He also knew place that where not in the lonely planet.

So a great experience and i will definitely book with them again.

June 26, 2020

Cultural Triangle

We used Budget Arugambay tours for our four day visit to the Cultural Triangle in Sri Lanka. We had a great driver who took care of our every need and was flexible when our schedule changed unexpectedly. We liked the hotels and local guides they provided. Especially enjoyed the Sigiriya Rock, the village tour in Sigiriya and bicycling through Polonawara. I would recommend Budget Arugambay tours to friends and family.

June 26, 2020

Ancient Cities and Sacred Sites of the Cultural Triangle

My 14 day tour of Sri Lanka with Budget Arugambay tours was an incredible experience from start to finish. From the day of my first enquiry, to the moment of my arrival in Colombo and finally my drop off in Arugum Bay, the staff worked tirelessly to accommodate my every wish. Ansa helped to plan my trip and Dilan kept in contact to ensure things ran smoothly. My driver Ishak, was knowledgeable, caring, efficient and extremely kind and helpful. My three night stay in Sigiriya was the perfect base to explore the archaeological sites of central Sri Lanka. Ansa, along with the hand picked side guides, made each experience one I shall never forget. So many highlights to mention: the sublimely peaceful forest hermitage of Ritigala; the imposing Aukana Buddha Statue; the ancient city of Anuradhapura with its sacred Bodhi tree; the climb to the top of Lion Rock; watching a baby elephant feed from its mum in Minneriya National Park and then seeing a group of deer flash past our jeep; eating the most delectable claypot rice and curry in the peaceful surrounds of the rice fields;
Polonnnaruwa and the perfectly carved Buddhas at Gal Vihara and finally the awe inspiring Dambulla Cave Temple. From Sigiriya we went to Kandy and stayed two nights exploring the wonderful Botanical gardens and visiting the Temple of the Tooth. Although I had no other plans, the ever helpful Ansa organised a visit to the Gem Centre, drove me to some wonderful vantage points above the city and arranged for me to see a Kandyan Dance Performance. Ansa was so courteous, helping me in and out of the car, helping me recharge my phone and stopping whenever I needed to. The two hotels I stayed at were very comfortable and the staff were so welcoming and chatty. My final day was the long drive to Arugum Bay where I ended my tour. I am so grateful to this marvellous company for taking my ideas and dreams and making them a reality. I highly recommend Budget Arugambay tours and especially Ansa, whose careful driving, compassionate nature and vast knowledge of Sri Lanka helped to make this a trip of a lifetime. A huge thank you to everyone.

June 26, 2020

Wondeful journey, 덕분에 편하게 잘 다녀왔어요.
4박 5일 동안 어머니와 함께 여행을 하기로 한 후에, 아무래도 짐을 들고 대중교통으로 다니기는 쉽지 않을 것 같아서 효율적이고 비교적 쾌적하게 다니려고 기사 겸 가이드와 동행하기로 하였고, 몇 군데의 업체에 견적을 요청 받았어요.
제가 여행계획을 세우기에 시간이 충분하지 않아서 대충 지역만 정해서 연락했었는데, 가장 빠른 피드백과 함께 기본 일정에 추가할 수 있는 부분까지 추천해서 알려주셨어요. 가격은 다른 업체보다 좀 비싼가 했지만, 다니면서 비용 추가 여부를 생각할 필요도 없었고, 이래저래 합치면 다른 곳도 그렇게 많은 차이가 있지는 않을 것 같아 이 곳으로 정했습니다.
우리가 상당히 동선이 길게 움직이는 여정이었는데, Chin 의 안정적인 운전 실력과 상세한 가이드 설명 덕에 잘 다닐 수 있었습니다. 지나가는 길에도 들를 수 있는 곳이 있거나 괜찮은 곳이 있으면 종종 제안해주기도 하였습니다. 엄마와 내가 컨디션에 따라 일정을 잘 조정하는 편이었는데 Chin 은 언제나 젠틀하게 받아주었습니다. 덕분에 유쾌하고 안전하게, 편리하게 잘 다녔던 여행이었습니다.
갖가지 바나나가 주렁주렁 매달려있고, 낯선 과일이나 채소가 진열되어 있는 오후의 시장을 지나는 순간이 너무나 모든것이 이국적으로 느껴지는 그 색감들 조차 너무 아름다웠던 스리랑카였어요. 가도가도 끝도 없이 펼쳐져있던 하푸탈레의 차밭과, 세게에서 비슷한 이름을 가진 곳 중에 가장 높고 아름다운 world’s end 트래킹 후에 마셨던 따뜻한 티 한잔까지…오래 기억에 남을 여행이었습니다.
Budget Arugambay tours 덕분에 잘 다녀온 것 같습니다. 감사합니다.

Super fast and accurate, helpful response. Thank you, Sharon.
Gentle and best driver & guide.. Thank you, Chin.

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