Colombo Tours
Southern Sri Lanka Sightseeing Private Day Trip
4.5

Southern Sri Lanka Sightseeing Private Day Trip

By Beyond Escapes
Recommended by 92% of travelers
92% of reviewers gave this product a bubble rating of 4 or higher.
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Ages 0-65
Duration: 12h
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Mobile ticket
Live guide: English
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  • Hotel pickup and drop-off in Colombo, Negombo or Mount Lavinia
  • English-speaking chauffeur guide
  • Boat ride in Balapitiya
  • Cooking demostration with authentic lunch
  • Entry/Admission - Madu River
What's not included
  • Entrance fee to the sites not mentioned in price Includes section
  • Tips to guides, restaurants. Tipping is expected
  • Personal expenses


Start:Multiple pickup locations offered.
    Hotel pickup offered
    During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included hotels.
      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.

        • Not wheelchair accessible
        • Infant seats available
        If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 8021P9

        • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
        • Most travelers can participate
        • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

        • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

        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: 8021P9

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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 April 23, 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 April 22, 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 April 9, 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 April 1, 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 February 15, 2024
        • W2646DGhelenl
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
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          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 February 3, 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 January 31, 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 January 16, 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 December 28, 2023
        • MarkoK683
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
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          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 December 15, 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 December 6, 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 December 6, 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 December 6, 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 December 6, 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 November 25, 2023
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        4.5
        4.5 of 5 bubbles13 reviews
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        cottingwood
        St. Andrews, UK
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Feb 2020
        Godfrey escorted me and my husband around Negombo. He went over and above regular service. He took us to a speciality supermarket for herbal medicine and also to the market to look for curry leaves. His knowledge and information shared was terrific.

        Well done Godfrey. We hope to meet again.
        Thank you for taking us safely back to the airport.

        Annie and Craig Loftus Scotland.
        Written February 9, 2020
        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.
        Thank you for taking the time to share your recent experience with Beyond Escapes. We value your feedback and the 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 day tour memorable and enjoyable.
        Written February 17, 2020
        This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

        laaikahaleem l
        Fort Walton Beach, FL
        4.0 of 5 bubbles
        Sep 2018
        Sri lankas one of the best and miracle place is the Gale fort, this built by Holland colonial period
        Written September 17, 2018
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        One of the best experience i've ever got in my life. Thank you beyond escape. Chuaffer was very cooperative. It ws well organized.
        Written March 19, 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 Happy 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 May 17, 2019
        This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

        Khang Jake
        Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
        2.0 of 5 bubbles
        Oct 2019
        My friends and I booked the Southern Sri Lanka Sightseeing Private Day Trip on October 8, 2019
        Operated by Beyond Escapes via Tripadvisor.
        We were picked up on time but there was no English speaking tour guide like it was advertised on the website.
        We were really disappointed when we realized the driver was the so-called tour guide. He was busy driving, so he did not have to provide any information to us and we didn’t feel safe and comfortable to ask the driver any questions while he was driving. Then we placated ourselves that when we reached the destinations the driver would tell us more about Sri Lanka. But it turned out our driver was not knowledgeable or proactive; often times we as tourists had to take initiative to ask questions like “ is there anything about this place that we should know about?” he then only told us very basic information. The driver also didn’t manage our time very well; instead of driving us to the lunch place on time, (we were really hungry) but he still dropped us off at his favorite Gemstone place (not mentioned in the tour itinerary) hoping we would buy something there. We then had no option but to skip the Mask museum which was actually on the itinerary!
        We stopped at the so-called “popular local restaurant” for lunch. Except for the nice breeze and Madu river view, this place was not a restaurant at all. The place was under construction and the toilet smelled. We paid 270$ for three of us to go on this tour thinking we would have a great lunch experience but our lunch sadly was just a plate of cold fried rice, cold fried fish and some french fries and some salad. One of us ordered a coke; it was not even cold; we asked for some ice; they said they didn’t have any ice. By the way, the drinks were not included in the tour fee. Plus, the driver jumped straight into the food without any proper introduction or presentation about what type of food we were about to have. Another let down.

        After lunch we boarded the speed boat to cruise around the Madu river, the boat trip was okay, we stopped at the place where we learned how Cinnamon oil and Cinnamon power are made, but everyone greeted us as if we were Chinese. We are not Chinese, so please don’t assume every Asian is Chinese and say “Ni-hao”! If you know exactly where people are from, feel free to greet them in their language; otherwise it will just annoy people.
        To sum it up, though we saw some nice sites, we spent most of our time driving and learned very little. We were sold an English speaking tour guide, but in the end received an expensive driver.
        Written October 18, 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 Sir, Thank you for taking the time to share your recent experience with Beyond Escapes. Regarding the guide, We have not had any kind of compliant about our guide (Obviously the guide who did your tour) since he was working with our company but we always get complements and happy clients instead who did tours with him. If you can go through with previous reviews regarding him, you can see that he is one of our best guides. Regarding the lunch, we had two more tours at the same day with the same restaurant and we did not get such complaints about it. We’re so sorry that your experience did not match your expectations like others. But we really appreciate your thoughts and we are really keen to host you again in future.
        Written November 1, 2019
        This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

        jfreddyc2016
        Hampshire, IL
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        This tour is a great way to see the highlights of the south coast in a single day. The sea turtle hatchery was very neat to see, as well as Galle Fort. The highlight of the tour is the boat ride on the Madu River. The scenery was just gorgeous. My driver/guide did an great job and was very informative and expertly navigated through busy roads.
        Written March 13, 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 May 21, 2019
        This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Thank you beyond escape for arranging such a great journey. Guide was also very cooperative. Thank you
        Written March 13, 2019
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        Dear Traveler, Thank you for your review and for choosing Beyond Escapes as your tour operator. We are happy that you enjoyed your tour and we are looking forward to having you again as a guest with our company Thank you.
        Written May 21, 2019
        This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        My partner and I had an amazing day at south coast in Sri Lanka.We had a wonderful, knowledgeable guide.Actually, the price of the tour was cheapest we ever had and the service was superb.Madu river boat ride, turtle hatchery, galle fort and mask factory visit.. all made beautiful memories in our hearts.we would like to very grateful to Beyond Escapes for the great service you offered us.
        Written March 3, 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 May 21, 2019
        This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Great experience - Had a great time with a knowledgeable person.Thank you beyond escapes for providing us such a marvelous guide and a service. We were very satisfied with the places and the service.I would like to recommend this tour for my colleagues after going back to my place..
        Written February 27, 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 May 21, 2019
        This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Thank you beyond escapes for providing such a marvelous guide and a service. I was very satisfied with the places and the service. Can recommed to anyone who love to visit down south.
        Written February 26, 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 May 21, 2019
        This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

        Han Weiguang
        Singapore, Singapore
        4.0 of 5 bubbles
        Dec 2018 • Family
        Our tour guide was Mr. Godfrey Ranatunga. On a road trip with 2 kids was no joke, Mr. Godfrey handled it very well. We enjoyed the trip, especially the close-up experience with the turtles at the turtles santuary. The river boat ride was also an experience. Overall, I give a thumbs up for this trip...
        Written January 4, 2019
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