Bentota Tours
4-Day Essence of Sri Lanka Tour
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4-Day Essence of Sri Lanka Tour

By Beyond Escapes
Recommended by 96% of travellers
96% of reviewers gave this product a bubble rating of 4 or higher.
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Ages 0-70, max of 15 per group
Duration: 4 days
Start time: Check availability
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Live guide: English
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  • Breakfast
  • Breakfast
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • 3 nights accommodation at 3 star hotels on Bed & Breakfast
  • Hiriwadunna Trekking with Lunch , Cycling in Polonnaruwa
  • English-speaking chauffeur guide
  • All current taxes
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off , Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Entry/Admission - Dambulla Cave Temple
  • Entry/Admission - Polonnaruwa
  • Entry/Admission - Sigiriya The Ancient Rock Fortress
  • Entry/Admission - Habarana
  • Entry/Admission - Matale
  • Entry/Admission - Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
What's not included
  • Gratuities
  • Any others expenses not mentioned in Inclusions section

Start:Multiple pickup locations offered.
    Pickup details
    • Pick up from Colombo, Negombo and south beach hotels up to Bentota
    Hotel pickup offered
    During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included hotels.
      Airport pickup offered
      During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included airports.
      • Bandaranayake Intl Airport, Colombo Sri Lanka
      Port pickup offered
      During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included ports.
      • Colombo Harbour, WRRV+6CF, Colombo, Sri Lanka
      End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

        • Infant seats available
        • Not wheelchair accessible
        If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 8021P18

        • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
        • A minimum of 4 people per booking is required
        • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
        • Children must be accompanied by an adult
        • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
        • The duration of transfers are approximate, the exact duration will depend on the time of day and traffic conditions.
        • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
        • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
        • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
        • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers

        • If you cancel at least 7 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
        • If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
        • If you cancel within 2 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

        If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 8021P18

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        Itinerary
        Overview
        Full Map
        7 stops
        Day 1
        Colombo - Sigiriya
        Day 2
        Sigiriya - Polonnaruwa - Sigiriya
        Day 3
        Sigiriya - Kandy
        Day 4
        Kandy - Drop Off
        About the operator
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        • Beyond Escapes
          456
          Colombo, Sri Lanka
          Joined in June 2014
        • BridgetK512
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Treetop magic
          One of the highlights of our holiday. If you want something completely different and get back to nature, this is the place for you. Some of the rooms are built in treetops with incredible views across the jungle. Our experience waking up at dawn and listening to the incredible sounds of the jungle coming to life was magical. We even heard an elephant trumpeting. We had two unforgettable meals - one dinner and one breakfast. The dinner was a barbeque in a clearing lit by flaming lanterns. Our table was a huge slab of stone and we felt like a king and queen. The barbeque was wonderfully well cooked and arguable the best meal we had in Sri Lanka. The breakfast took place on top of a rock in a clearing in the jungle while out on a nature ramble. Again, a unique experience which we will never forget. The staff couldn't have done more for us and made us feel very special. We will certainly return.
          Written 23 April 2024
        • michellemP6391SO
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          This was Awesome, highly recommend
          This was a great tour, pickup was on time to Hotel, travellled out to Yala, a couple of stops one included our driver buying us water and snacks for the journey which was expected but very much appreciated. We saw lots of animals on our tour, this was the kids favourite adventure on our holiday to Sri Lanka. The beach BBQ was a highlight for me, the food was great, slightly over catered I thought but was great after an arvo Jeeping around, well worth the $$$
          Written 22 April 2024
        • Companion64968182244
          0 contributions
          4.0 of 5 bubbles
          Overall a good experience
          Our guide/driver was very pleasant and respected our wishes about everything we wanted to do. He even called his daughter to help us find a song we liked. The trip also promised 4 star hotels and it really delivered beyond our expectations in this regard. The hotels were very good and well situated, with good food and staff. The only downside with the tour was that some of the activities felt a bit like tourist traps, hence the 4 stars instead of 5. We appreciated that we got to see a lot of things in a limited time, and that the return back to Colombo was included in the tour.
          Written 9 April 2024
        • Suprio2012
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Short trip to Sri Lanka
          Beyond Escapes is a very good travel agent, very reasonably priced, very helpful. Our driver cum guide Mr. Ceasor was a great guy, overall our experience was good. Hotels arranged by them were also quite good.
          Written 1 April 2024
        • 777kaiz
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          A great, relaxing nature trip to Bundala
          We've had a great half day trip to the wonderful Bundala National Park. Great landscape, very friendly driver and a professional tour guide from the Park. It was just the 2 of us in the Jeep. We saw.monkeys, Eagles, Elephant and lots of wonderful birds.
          Written 15 February 2024
        • W2646DGhelenl
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Geoffrey Bawa Architecture Tour
          A lovely morning exploring the Brief garden and then a guided tour round Beavis Bawa’ s bungalow by a knowledgable guide then on by tuck tuk to the Geoffrey Bawa estate where we were met and shown around by a guide also. A wonderful experience. Would recommend.
          Written 3 February 2024
        • stephaniel0uises
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Afternoon Safari at Minneriya
          Very good Afternoon Safari at Minneriya . Thoshan our driver was very knowledgeable about the elephants & made sure we saw as many as we could . Thank you
          Written 31 January 2024
        • Jmahg
          0 contributions
          3.0 of 5 bubbles
          Challenging journey, Helpful staff, disappointing experience
          This was a challenging visit from the start and turned out to be quite an adventure which we were not expecting. There had been continued heavy rain for a few days which made the road to the hotel impassable even with 4x4 vehicles so we had to walk in mud and a rutted road for a short distance. Our luggage was carried across for us by a hard working team. We were well welcomed by staff but again it was a challenge to get to our treetop suite because there were only muddy paths with a few paving slabs here and there. To go out again we had to reverse our travel in! We had lunch on arrival with no choice. All the food was set menu and be aware that they may not be able to cater for special diets. We went back out straight after lunch for the Yala Safari. Unfortunately due to heavy rain the main part had been closed and we had over an hour journey to get to the part of the park which was open. Our driver /guide tried to find as many animals as possible in this smaller area but we missed the bears, leopards and only saw elephants on the approach road. It took a long time to arrive back and we had to negotiate the walk between vehicles in the dark. We had to go straight to dinner. A BBQ which was OK. Although wine and beer was included it was not topped up. Rooms were spacious with an open wardrobe. Air con but just a sheet on the bed and poor pillows. There was a shower unit in the bathroom which was tricky to use. Our sleep was interrupted by outside noises so maybe pack some ear mufflers. Unfortunately our morning excursion to have breakfast by the lake was cancelled due to flooding but initially we were not told this. There was certainly an element of poor communication but all the staff worked hard to make our stay as memorable and comfortable as they could.
          Written 16 January 2024
        • 405akshats
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Awesome tour and package
          Very well organized tour and our guide/driver was exceptionally talented and professional. Sri Lanka is already beautiful, it was enhanced by the capable beyond escapes!
          Written 28 December 2023
        • MarkoK683
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Colombo temple tour by Tuk Tuk
          The trip started out with Tuk Tuk drive through the morning rush. A bit scary for us but the driver was skillful and after a while we got accustomed. We went to different temples in the rural area of Colombo. All of them very interesting and the guide explained each place and ritual clearly to us. We stopped for coconut refreshment and for lunch (with huge portions). We went on a Friday and none of the temples were crowded, which we found were pleasant. Very happy with this tour and can strongly recommend it.
          Written 15 December 2023
        • kasundhir
          0 contributions
          4.0 of 5 bubbles
          Travel with Beyond Escapes
          A Heartfelt Thank You to Beyond Escapes for an incredible adventure! Their expertise in crafting a well-balanced itinerary allowed us to explore hidden gems and iconic landmarks alike. The guides were not only informative but also passionate about sharing the beauty of the country. Accommodations exceeded expectations, and the seamless transitions between locations made our journey stress-free. Beyond Escapes truly delivers an unparalleled travel experience. Can't wait for our next adventure with them!"
          Written 6 December 2023
        • jayamim
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          We got a fantastic experience with beyond escapes
          5-star service from start to finish with beyond escapes! every detail was meticulously handled. The variety in the itinerary catered to all interests, providing a perfect blend of adventure and relaxation. The guides were passionate, the accommodations luxurious, and the overall experience exceeded our expectations. If you want a travel partner that ensures a hassle-free, enriching journey, look no further than beyond escapes 👌
          Written 6 December 2023
        • C2472GOlucash
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          It was amazing excleent guide
          We had a amzing customized 6 day tour by beyond escapes 0 steps to upon . They really fulfill our requirment and also arranged that tour reasonable cost and well planned tour
          Written 6 December 2023
        • 150sanujag
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          It’s not just a place to stay; it’s an amazing retreat that promises an experience like no other
          For wildlife lovers this hotel is a dream come true . Every aspect of the hotel experience is thoughtfully designed to enhance the appreciation of the natural world, making in ideal retreat for those who cherish the wonders of wildlife.
          Written 6 December 2023
        • W5308QVrajeshr
          0 contributions
          1.0 of 5 bubbles
          Terrible experience at Leopard’s Nest
          After reading all the hyped reviews decided to book and stay at Leopard’s Nest with their all inclusive glamping package. We were thoroughly disappointed with the facility and the service. Would not recommend this place. There’re much better places out there….Don’t waste your money…Not worth it!!!!
          Written 25 November 2023
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        Chanali d
        1 contribution
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        We booked essence of Sri Lanka tour for our family with Beyond Escapes. They were very professional and fast in responses. I was so happy and excited when dealing with them.

        Our guide was Imran and he was fantastic. If you look for Beyond Escapes, ask for Imran as your guide.

        We were able to visit Dambulla cave temple and saw marvelous paintings there. Also Sigiriya Rock fortress with super irrigation systems, explored Polonnaruwa by 2 wheels, Kandy temple which houses the tooth relic of Lord Buddha and a village tour where we spent half a day as locals. It is a great experience.

        Beyond Escapes - We Recommended you for sure! Thank you very much everything ❤️

        Written 18 March 2019
        This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
        Dear Client, Thank you for giving us a perfect rating and for recommending our company to other travelers. ! We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your tour with us. We “Beyond Escapes” aims to provide a truly unique experience, and we are thrilled that we were able to exceed your expectations. We look forward to welcoming you back to our country in the future. Thank you
        Written 17 May 2019
        This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

        AysHe
        3 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles

        My friend jeewa planned a tour to Sri Lanka and fortunately he had been selected Beyond Escapes as the travel partner. We really enjoyed with what they offered us. It's so interesting to listen to the hidden stories of the sites we visited by our guide - Kumara. Truly a gentleman who looked after us very very well 🖖! Among the hotels we stayed, Simpson's forest was brilliant.
        Very professional in every aspect & love you all at Beyond Escapes!
        Written 4 March 2019
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        Dear Client, Thank you for giving us a perfect rating and for recommending our company to other travelers. ! We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your tour with us. We “Beyond Escapes” aims to provide a truly unique experience, and we are thrilled that we were able to exceed your expectations. We look forward to welcoming you back to our country in the future Thank you
        Written 21 May 2019
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        Sachinthaka N
        1 contribution
        5.0 of 5 bubbles


        We had a fantastic tour with beyond escapes. Tank you very much for your kind and professional guidance. We spent lovely time in Sri Lanka.
        Sigiriya was amazing. At Polonnaruwa, we enjoyed the marvelous ancient architecture and the nature by two wheels.
        Not only that, we got experience the wonder of different flavors of Sri Lankan cuisines at a village house. Those all things are very interesting. Thanks again beyond escapes. Have a great future!
        Written 18 February 2019
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        Dear Client Please accept our sincere gratitude for spending some of your time and review us with regard to the tour we arranged for you. We are extremely happy to hear that you have had a wonderful tour. We look forward to welcome you again in your next trip to Sri Lanka. All the Best! Thank you
        Written 21 May 2019
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        Krishan Fernando
        2 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles


        Tank you very much beyond escapes for provide great service through out the tour we had. Your team was more friendly and helpful to us. We had an amazing experience during sightseeing.
        Polonnaruwa we had a beautiful trip by two wheels through the ruins, temples and history of the Ancient Kingdom of Sri Lanka.
        Sigiriya and Kandy, those places were so lovely.
        Thank you again for your professional guidance and everything! 😊
        Written 16 February 2019
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        Dear Client, Thank you for giving us a perfect rating and for recommending our company to other travelers. ! We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your tour with us. We “Beyond Escapes” aims to provide a truly unique experience, and we are thrilled that we were able to exceed your expectations. We look forward to welcoming you back to our country in the future. Thank you
        Written 21 May 2019
        This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

        Daniela Araos
        3 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Oct 2019 • Friends
        The tour was excellent, beautiful hotels and we met beautiful places. Our guide Pathum was very kind and helped us a lot. In addition to the company they were always aware of how our trip was going. We highly recommend it.
        Written 26 October 2019
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        Dear Sir, Thank you for taking the time to share your recent experience with Beyond Escapes. We value your feedback and most generous compliments on our service and we are so glad that we were able to provide you an exceptional service. And also we are very happy that all our efforts have been successful in making your visit memorable and enjoyable. We look forward to welcoming you back soon.
        Written 1 November 2019
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        chamika a
        Ratnapura, Sri Lanka2 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        We visited Sri Lanka in January this year & booked this 4 days tour with Beyond Escapes. We explored major sites in asri Lanka. Sigiriya, Dambulla rock cave temple, Kandy temple and enjoyed a village tour in Sigiriya. We love the authentic meal they offered us. This tour really means a lot for the name - "essence of Sri Lanka". Sri Lanka is such a marvelous country. Our guide - Imran was wonderful. He took care of us well. Hotels that BE team had reserved for us were excellent and they were beyond my expectations although it mentioned as 3-star hotels.
        Thank you so much for making our trip memorable & would recommend Beyond Escapes to anyone!
        Written 18 March 2019
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        Dear Happy Client, Thank you for choosing our company, and for taking your valuable time to share a review! We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your tour with us. We “Beyond Escapes” aims to provide a truly unique experience, and we are thrilled that we were able to exceed your expectations. We look forward to welcoming you back to our country in the future. Thank you
        Written 21 May 2019
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        Damith W
        1 contribution
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        My wife and 02 sons went on a fascinating routing in Sri Lanka for 4 days holiday. We picked 4 day Essence of Sri Lanka private tour amongst many tour programs published online.

        We wanted to experience local life and visit cultural sites as much as possible. This tour offered all these things and my two sons enjoyed pedaling through the ruins of Polonnaruwa a lot. Bullock cart ride and live cooking during Village tour was also fantastic. In Kandy we wanted to do sightseeing by Tuk Tuks as I had heard that it's interesting. Imran our personal guide arranged it for us complementary. He is honest and very friendly guy. My 2 boys had a great time with him and were impressed with the driving skills of Imran. He was superb that much and very careful.

        Happy about all the hotels and specially Radh Hotel which was exceptional.

        Big thank to Beyond Escapes for creating this program and highly recommend this tour who step in Sri Lanka for 1st time.
        Written 17 March 2019
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        Dear Client, Thank you for choosing our company, and for taking your valuable time to share a review! We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your tour with us. We “Beyond Escapes” aims to provide a truly unique experience, and we are thrilled that we were able to exceed your expectations. We look forward to welcoming you back to our country in the future. Thank you
        Written 21 May 2019
        This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

        vira
        1 contribution
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Me and my friends had an excellent experience with Beyond Escapes in December 2018. We booked essence of Sri Lanka tour after negotiating things with Hesara, one of the great tour consultants I met in my life. She was very fast in replying to our emails and professional.

        We pedaled through the ancient ruins of Polonnaruwa, climbed up Sigiriya Rock Fortress and Dambulla cave temple and were able to gain a vast knowledge about proud history of Sri Lanka from our guide Mr. Christo.

        Beyond Escapes maintain professionalism in providing services and I won't hesitate to recommend this company for all the travelers. Keep it up!
        Written 17 March 2019
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        Dear Happy Client, Thank you for choosing our company, and for taking your valuable time to share a review! We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your tour with us. We “Beyond Escapes” aims to provide a truly unique experience, and we are thrilled that we were able to exceed your expectations. We look forward to welcoming you back to our country in the future. Thank you.
        Written 17 May 2019
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        Jay
        1 contribution
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        As a result of last minute travel plan, I booked Sri Lanka essence tour with Beyond Escapes. They offered so many things for me at a reasonable price. I met Krishan (my personal guide) and he was a good friend to me during this 4 days. Because of my personal interest, I requested to visit Pidurangala (not a part of this tour) and he simply made is possible.

        I like all the sites visited during this tour and Kandy temple made me more impressed because of it's calm; quiet and peaceful environment.

        Dear Beyond Escapes - Thank you very much for making my holiday precious. 100% Recommend.
        Written 17 March 2019
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        Dear Sir, Thank you for choosing our company, and for taking your valuable time to share a review! We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your tour with us. We “Beyond Escapes” aims to provide a truly unique experience, and we are thrilled that we were able to exceed your expectations. We look forward to welcoming you back to our country in the future. Thank you.
        Written 21 May 2019
        This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

        kush
        1 contribution
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        We had fantastic 4 days with Beyond Escapes in last month. I personally coordinated with Dulani and she was very flexible and genuinely wanted to make our trip excellent, listening to our suggestions regarding hotels, guide, etc. Shavendra our guide was enthusiastic, knowledgeable and treated us each and every stop with fresh coconut water, water bottles, delicious mangoes and guavas, cashew plates, so and so. Thanks a lot for all those treats and if you wish to travel around Sri Lanka, Shavendra is the besttt!!!!

        During our 4 days stay we visited UNESCO world heritage sites - Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Dambulla rock cave temple, Kandy tooth relic temple and Polonnaruwa. Everything had been well maintained. We enjoyed exploring Polonnaruwa by 2 wheels, worshipped tooth relic temple in Kandy, spent half day with locals sharing their meals, feelings, attitudes, activities, so and so.

        We will not hesitate to recommend Beyond Escapes for public, because you deserves it!!
        Written 9 March 2019
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        Dear Client, Thank you for choosing our company, and for taking your valuable time to share a review! We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your tour with us. We “Beyond Escapes” aims to provide a truly unique experience, and we are thrilled that we were able to exceed your expectations. We look forward to welcoming you back to our country in the future. Thank you
        Written 21 May 2019
        This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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