Looking for Sri Lanka tour packages from Chennai? Embark on a holiday of a lifetime. Our Sri Lanka tour package from Chennai is a combination of beaches, culture, historical attractions, and leisure. The experienced team at T2 Travels Sri Lanka design tour packages to give visitors diverse experiences of Sri Lanka.
Blessed with the richest culture, historical splendor, unmatched natural beauty, pristine beaches, great wildlife, and mouthwatering cuisine – Sri Lanka has it all. When you travel from Chennai to Sri Lanka, be prepared to be mesmerised by your neighbouring island and enjoy a well-organised tour with our team of experts.
Sri Lanka Tour Packages from Chennai Option 1 (4 Days)
Day 1 – Bentota
On your first day in Sri Lanka, you will be mesmerised by the sun-kissed beaches of the beautiful resort town – Bentota. Check into your hotel and begin your holiday after a hearty meal!
It’s no wonder Bentota is one of the most famous tourist hubs in the southern coastal belt. The town is blessed with not only dazzling beaches and the best holiday resorts but also the best marine life, lagoons, turtle hatcheries, estuaries, and a list of interesting places to see nearby.
Here’s our pick on what you can do in Bentota,
The stretch of turquoise blue beach in Bentota continues several kilometers south of the town. This is one of the best beaches in Sri Lanka and many holidaymakers spend weeks stretched out on the sandy shores day in and out. The watersports you can enjoy here are endless. You can try surfing, windsurfing, banana boating, jet skiing, wakeboarding, snorkeling, and diving.
In Bentota, there are plenty of water-based adventures. Apart from the endless list of watersports, you can also take a long river safari on the Bentota River. This boat trip offers some of the best sceneries you will get to enjoy. From tiny islands fringed with tangled mangroves to a list of colourful birds and water creatures such as water monitors and crocs, it will be a truly adventurous ride.
Galapata Viharaya (temple)
The Galapatha Viharaya is a significant Buddhist temple found within a radius of around 2km away from the main road of Bentota. The temple is considered important since the sacred tooth relic of Arahat Maha Kashyapa was once enshrined within the temple. You find the ruins of the original temple including rock carvings, pillars, and stones that are still seen in the location.
The perahara which is a colourful procession conducted annually by the temple in honour of Arahat Maha Kashyapa is one of the events that draw large crowds. If you are travelling during this season don’t miss out on this very vibrant event.
Located within a short ride from Bentota, the turtle hatchery in Koggala Beach is a truly unique experience. Although not well known, Sri Lanka is one of the top breeding spots for endangered sea turtles and Koggala beach serves as the home for breeding these sea creatures.
A short drive inland from Bentota you will find the eccentric house ‘Brief Garden’ the house owned by local artist Bevis Bawa. There is a collection of interesting and unusual artwork on display. The highlight of the house is the garden, which is designed with a collection of sculptures, statues, and excessively grown greenery.
Travel time – To travel from Katunayake (BIA) to Bentota will take less than 2 hours.
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Day 2 – Kandy
On day two of srilanka tour package from Chennai, we take you to the cultural capital of Sri Lanka – Kandy.
The cool weather in the charming city of Kandy will be a refreshing change after the heat of the southern coast. Locally known as ‘Maha Nuwara’, Kandy is the second-largest city in the country. It is an important landmark for Buddhism in Sri Lanka and is considered the most sacred city and even the protector of the country.
Kandy is declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it is part of Sri Lanka’s cultural triangle, which is formed by – Kandy, Anuradhapura, and Polonnaruwa.
Here are some of the ‘must-dos’ in Kandy,
Temple of the Tooth
The Temple of the Tooth or ‘Sri Dalada Maligawa’ is a Buddhist temple that houses the sacred tooth relics of Buddha. It is the highlight of Kandy and it’s a place you must not miss during your time in the city. The tooth relics are placed in a gold casket and are kept in a heavily guarded room. The room will only be open to visitors during pooja time (offerings and prayers) and you will only be able to see the caskets and not the actual relics.
Tips – Make sure to wear clothes that cover your legs and shoulders. Wear footwear that is easy to remove and socks will come in handy if it’s sunny.
Peradeniya botanical garden
Just outside of Kandy, you find the beautiful Peradeniya Botanical Garden. It was once exclusively for the royal family members in Kandy. Today, it is open to visitors and it is the biggest botanical garden in Sri Lanka. The famous orchid patches are quite a spectacle. The coconut palms, rubber trees, the spice garden, and the royal palms that were planted in the ’50s are all that makes the garden a breathtaking display.
Tip – two hours are enough to do a complete walk around the garden and even have a snack.
Traditional dance performance
It’ll be interesting to know that Indian shamans originally performed certain aspects of Kandyan dance. Over the years Sri Lanka has embraced its original form and blended it to create a dance form that celebrates local culture and tradition. The dance rituals ‘Kohomba Kankariya’ depict graceful movements of animals and birds.
The performances are not only dancing acts but its a combination of drumming, dance, and acrobats. Kandyan dance acts can keep you engaged by its interesting rhythms, ornate costumes, and the precise pirouettes performed by the male artists. The shows end with a climax of fire walking by the dancers.
Day 3 & 4 – Nuwara Eliya
On your third day on Sri Lanka tour packages from Chennai, we included Nuwara Eliya since it’ll be a refreshing change from the first two days. It’s also one of the best places to spend your last days in the country and you will take back many fond memories.
The best way to travel from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya is by train. This is considered one of the most scenic routes in the world. The journey will last for three hours and you’ll get a chance to snap some great Instagram worthy #holidaysnapshots!
Nuwara Eliya is a small town in the hill country of Sri Lanka. The chilly weather and old-world charm make it one of the nicest places in the country. Here are some of the best places to visit in Nuwara Eliya, that we recommend.
Victoria Park is located in the middle of Nuwara Eliya town. The park is named to honour Queen Victoria on her 60th Jubilee Coronation. The park is home to a hue of colourful flowers and it’s an ideal place to relax. Victoria Pak is popular for bird watching and you may come across the Indian Pitta, Sri Lanka White-eye, and the endemic Yellow-eared BulBuls and many others. During March-May and August – September the flowers are in full bloom. There is a kids play area so adults can relax while the kids enjoy themselves.
Nuwara Eliya post office
One of the most iconic colonial buildings in Nuwara Eliya is the Post Office. Located right next to the Victoria Park, it’s difficult to miss this charming building. The Brits built the Post Office in 1894 and it still retains the old-world colonial charm. The brilliant pink exterior of the building is outstanding. Some of the original equipment used in the post office is on display.
Horton Plains and World’s End
A short drive from Nuwara Eliya will take you to Horton Plains National Park. The hike trails in the Plains that lead to World’s End (a massive cliff) is one of the best experiences in Nuwara Eliya. If you are looking for some outdoor activity – try this hike!
Sri Lanka and tea have a perpetual bond that has lasted for centuries. A nice hot cup of tea is not simply a beverage; it is a culture and one that many adapt to when they visit the country. All of us have unique preferences when it comes to making a cup of tea. But have you ever wondered how can one brew a perfect cup of tea? The best way to find out is to visit a tea plantation. You will be given a complete tour along with a nice cup of freshly brewed tea.
On the final day of your Srilanka tour package from Chennai, enjoy the soothing weather and have some rest before your flight back home.
Srilanka Tour Package from Chennai Option 2 (5 days)
Day 1 & 2 – Sigiriya and Dambulla
At T2 Travels Sri Lanka we create our tour packages to give visitors a mix of experiences in Sri Lanka. You can choose the best package according to your preferences and budget.
Our second option for the Srilanka tour package from Chennai starts with a tour in the ‘eighth world wonder’!
Sigiriya or ‘Lion Rock’ is a rock fortress dating back to the 5th century AD. The palace among the clouds sits at the 200-meter high rock. Declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is referred to as the ‘eighth world wonder’.
History of Sigirya
The ruins of the fortress are clear evidence of the magnificence and grandeur of the complete structure. Visitors are unable to fathom the glory of the fortress and how impressive it would have been 1600 years before. Sigiriya has been a place of fountains, lush foliage, ponds, and vibrant pavilions.
The frescos in Sigiriya are one of its greatest attributes. All of the frescos are of women and it is said to depict the harem of King Kashyapa. The village area around Sigiriya has been inhabited for thousands of years.
When King Kashyapa took reign during the 3rd century, the Sigiriya was built as the royal residence. After his death, the palace was transformed into a Buddhist monastery but during the 14th century, it has been abandoned.
Exploring the rock
To thoroughly explore the Sigiriya Rock, it will take at least 2-3 hours. The best time to visit is early morning or late afternoon when it’s less sunny. Try to avoid the weekends especially Sundays and Poya holidays since it gets congested.
The stairway is pretty narrow and the crowds become too much to handle sometimes. The climb up is not as exhausting as it looks from the bottom but if you are scared of heights then it might get a bit unpleasant in certain sections.
The museum is located outside the main entrance and the best time to go there is before you start climbing. You get interesting details of the fortress as well as a variety of photographs of Sigiriya. The entrance ticket includes the tour to the museum as well so don’t miss it!
Tip – Ladies avoid wearing skirts for the climb since it gets very windy on certain spots.
Opening hours: 7 am – 4 pm.
During your time in Dambulla, visit the best-preserved ancient cave temple in Sri Lanka. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is an iconic ancient Buddhist temple. The temple is made up of five caves. Each cave is filled with ancient murals relating to Buddhism and Sinhala Buddhist culture in Sri Lanka. Each section of the temple is filled with statues of Buddha of various sizes.
You need to climb 346 steps to reach the cave temple. Along the way, you will be greeted by troops of wild monkeys. If they see you carrying flowers, fruits, and other food items they may get aggressive and jump at it. Make sure to carry such items covered inside a bag.
Opening hours: 7 am – 7 pm.
Ticket: Tickets need to be purchased by 5 pm.
You can use the rest of your day to,
– Explore the Dambulla village
– Climb the Rose Quartz Mountain
– Travel to the ancient ruins of Ritigala
Day 3 & 4 – Ella
After two days of exploring history and culture, your next destination will be a different experience.
The breathtaking scenery of Ella has made a popular stop for visitors. The small town in Central Sri Lanka is perfect for hiking, enjoying the outdoors and it’s laid back vibe has made it a popular spot among backpackers.
Hike to Ella Rock
The hike to Ella Rock generally takes around four hours. The interesting trail passes a tea plantation, rail track, and some twisty turns close to the peak. Make sure to carry essentials such as food and water and wear comfortable shoes. The most popular route is through the railway onto the south.
Ella is beset with various tea estates and factories. Visit a tea plantation where you will see the female tea pluckers at work. You will be given a tour of the factory where you can see the entire process of making a cup of Ceylon tea. You can also enjoy some freshly brewed tea.
Ravana Ella (waterfall)
The Ravana waterfall is a 25-meter high fall that flows from an oval-shaped rock boulder. During the rainy season, the waterfall becomes voluptuous. There are various eateries around the waterfall and you can buy small knickknacks as souvenirs too.
Nine Arched Bridge
The railway bridge between Ella and Demodara station is the popular Nine Arched Bridge. Nearly a century old, it is built using stone and cement without the support of steel. You can enjoy the architecture and the surrounding area from the bridge. Sunset is ideal to get some nice clicks.
Day 5 – Galle
There’s no better place in the country to end your Sri Lanka tour packages from Chennai than the city of Galle. Make the most of your trip by sightseeing and relaxing at the beach.
Galle is a prominent city in the South of Sri Lanka. The salty winds, wonderful Dutch Architecture, handicrafts, unique local food, friendly people are all part of the package during a visit to Galle. A perfectly preserved colonial city of southern Sri Lanka, the city of Galle is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
When you walk through the traffic-free streets lined with old villas, buildings in colonial styled architecture, old villas, and other reminders of the Dutch era, it feels like you’ve gone back two hundred years. Galle Fort is one of the best-preserved testimonials of the Dutch era in Sri Lanka, so you better take that down as one of the best places to see.
Dutch reformed church
Dating from 1755, this is the oldest Protestant church of worship in sunny Sri Lanka. Even though the interior is rather plain it is one of Galle’s most distinct period pieces, so visit.
The Galle beach may not be as popular as its counterparts on the southern coast however it is well equipped for various watersports. You can go snorkeling or diving to enjoy the underwater world of the Indian Ocean.
The waves here are perfectly balanced for experienced surfers and novices so if you enjoy surfing Galle beach is a good choice. Visitors can also try jet skiing, wakeboarding, water skiing, etc. If you are looking for something a bit slower paced then deep-sea fishing, boating, whale watching, and sailing are available as well.
Other places to visit in Galle
– The Galle Light House
– Galle National Museum
– Dutch Reform Church
– All Saints Anglican Church
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