Ten types of purpose-built tours in Sri Lanka

by | May 9, 2023

After having studied customer preferences, and with their immense experience in planning tailor-made Sri Lanka Tour itineraries, the team at Blue Lanka Tours has come up with a few unique purpose-built tours that are centred around themes such as cooking, tea, famous architects, photography, gems, the veddah tribe, wellness tours, and much more.

1. Geoffrey Bawa Tour in Sri Lanka

Geoffrey Bawa

In this Sri Lanka tour itinerary, those interested in exploring Sri Lanka’s modern designs as well as architectural heritage are in for a treat! Geoffrey Bawa is a famous Sri Lankan architect who contributed to Sri Lanka’s distinct and refined sense of style, having pioneered ecological design long before it was trendy. Guests can explore the areas where he lived, created, and drew inspiration on this thrilling journey.

Sir Geoffrey Bawa’s works are displayed in Colombo – Paradise Road Gallery Café, in Sigiriya at the Heritance Kandalama, and a couple of designs in Bentota – Villa Bentota and the Lunuganga. The tour is designed around these destinations and will end in Galle where another one of Bawa’s designs can be explored during your stay at Jetwing Lighthouse.

2. Home Stay Explorer Tour in Sri Lanka

tourist in sri lanka enjoying local food

Catering to a completely different clientele, this tour is dedicated to those who are looking for a very different perspective of a holiday in Sri Lanka, thus choosing to stay at Sri Lankan homes as their lodging. Homestays are not really a solution for travellers on a restricted budget, but are in fact loved by travellers seeking an authentic experience – from the eyes of a local. Blue Lanka Tours has partnered with homestays in Nuwara Eliya, Kandy, Ella and Mirissa to accommodate our clients while they tour Sri Lanka.

The home stay explorer tour offers experiences such as sleeping in a tree house, waking up with the birds, enjoying traditional Sri Lankan cuisine prepared from fresh ingredients, bathing at the natural waterspout, visiting the local market, and cooking a Sri Lankan meal with the host. Thus, making this tour nothing short of a true Sri Lankan immersion at its best!

3. Culinary Tour in Sri Lanka

If you are looking to discover the best-kept secrets of Sri Lankan cooking and the unique culinary skills of the island, this Sri Lanka tour itinerary is best. Blue Lanka Tours lets you experience the hidden art of cooking as well as an encounter with the people behind the wooden fire. A culinary tour in Sri Lanka is full of smiles, spices, and good food all along.

In addition to the highlights of a standard tour – such as beaches, hill country, temples, historic forts, wildlife and more, you will experience a truly diverse and multi-cultural Sri Lanka. From Negombo to Jaffna, Habarana, Kandy, Bandarawela, Mirissa and Colombo, a two-week culinary tour in Sri Lanka will cover it all. The hidden success stories of Sri Lankan cuisine will be brought to you by way of savouring melt-in-the-mouth delicacies, cooking seafood fresh from the hands of a fisherman and spending time with friendly natives eager to share their knowledge.

4. Tea Tour in Sri Lanka


Learn about the history and growth of the tea industry in Sri Lanka with a tea tour that covers the main Tea Estates and tea experiencing in the country. This one-of-a-kind tour is designed not just for the tea lover but also for anyone who enjoys the scenic panoramas of Sri Lanka’s hill country. The accommodation in this tour is hand-picked by the travel consultants at Blue Lanka Tours so as to offer visitors the best taste of tea dwelling and tea growing areas.

Covering tea estates and tea factories in hill country areas such as Kandy, Hatton, Nuwara Eliya and Ella, this Sri Lanka tour itinerary encourages guests to experiment with flavours, immerse themselves in the vibrant traditions of tea culture, and familiarize themselves with tea in ways that they have never experienced before.

5. Solo Tour in Sri Lanka

Solo Tour in Sri Lanka

All single male or female travellers are encouraged to opt for this solo tour in Sri Lanka where you can escape into the beauty of nature or find your spirit among the stunning beaches and lush green mountains of Sri Lanka. In catering to the niche of solo wanderers, you can trust our team and be rest assured that we are taking extra care to ensure the safety of female/male solo travellers, while also focusing on creating luxury solo trips in Sri Lanka that satisfy our valuable clients.

6. Accessible Tour in Sri Lanka

Accessible Tour in Sri Lanka

Accessible tours in Sri Lanka are designed for people who require special assistance while on vacation. The team at Blue Lanka Tours is entirely committed to designing the finest accessible Sri Lanka trip itinerary for a smooth experience.

When creating a holiday itinerary in Sri Lanka, the team aims to create an accessible vacation schedule that includes as many tourist attractions and excursions as possible, while also ensuring the accommodation chosen is highly accessible. Accessible tours can cover all popular destinations in Sri Lanka – including Nuwara Eliya, Kandy, Habarana, Galle, Negombo, Yala and more. Special clients deserve special vacations and thus, a tailor-made Sri Lanka holiday itinerary is created for their specific needs.

7. Veddah Village Tour in Sri Lanka

Take yourself back in time with a Veddah village tour to explore Sri Lanka’s Aboriginals – inhabitants of the island, prior to the 6th Century BCE. This kind of an opportunity is short-lived and we urge everyone interested to try this in-depth excursion into Mahiyanganaya and Gal Oya. Not only will you be able to study the tribe, you will also experience the natural beauty of the island in these areas.

8. Gem Tour in Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan Gemstones

As one of the largest gem producers of the world, Sri Lanka is well known for its specialty gem stones since many centuries. If you are a gem lover, this tour is ideal to analyse the gem field – see what kind of gems are available, how they are made, what would be the best places to purchase from, and so on.

Ratnapura is the hub of the gemstone industry, so you would ideally be spending 2-3 days here to take your time and study the market. There will also be a stop in Buttala to visit the “River of Gems”, and the Okkampitiya gemstone mine, an hour’s drive from Ella. Throwing in some additional attractions in Sri Lanka, this gem tour is the best possible opportunity to get your hands on those lovely colourful semi-precious Ceylon stones!

9. Sri Lanka Wellness Tour

Wellness Tours Sri Lanka

Escape from the hustle bustle of daily life and into ultimate serenity and relaxation with a two-week wellness tour in Sri Lanka to nurture your mind, body and soul. In this tour itinerary, you will be staying at eco-friendly retreats in Sri Lanka and immersing in Yoga and Meditation practices, Ayurveda treatments, music therapy sessions and massages, in line with the ancient art of healing. In between these sessions, you will also have the opportunity to explore some important attractions in the Cultural Triangle and Southern shores of the paradise island, which results in being a magnificent backdrop for your holistic holiday in Sri Lanka!

10. Photography Tour in Sri Lanka

Tea plantation in Sri Lanka

Offering views that cameras cannot let go of, a photography tour in Sri Lanka takes you to the best viewpoints to capture gorgeous photographs of the country’s natural landscapes of lush greenery, tea plantations and cascading waterfalls. In this tour of Sri Lanka, we choose accommodation such as Heritance Tea Factory in Nuwara Eliya and 98 Acres Resort and Spa in Ella, which offer unending panoramas of the hills. In addition to focusing on the greenery, you can also document Sri Lanka’s rich culture and history with your camera by including destinations such as Colombo, Sigiriya, Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa.