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UNESCO World Heritage Sites Tour in Sri Lanka

UNESCO’s World Heritage Site List includes eight unique attractions in Sri Lanka that are considered part of the world’s heritage and should be safeguarded. These include the remains of Anuradhapura, which existed from the 5th century BC to the 10th century; the remnants of the successor kingdom, Polonnaruwa (9th to 14th century); and the spectacular Sigiriya Rock, which became a fortification in the 5th century.

UNESCO’s World Heritage Site Tour in Sri Lanka by Blue Lanka Tours is yet another stunning itinerary which captures all locations in one go.

Kandy (the seat of monarchs from the 16th to the 19th centuries) and its venerated temple are also World Heritage sites, as are the Dambulla caverns and temple from the 1st century BC. Galle Fort, built by the Portuguese in 1588, is ranked 200 on the UNESCO list. The UNESCO World Heritage Sites Tour also includes two natural landmarks: the Sinharaja Forest Reserve and the Central Highlands (Peak Wilderness, Horton Plains, and the Knuckles Conservation Forest.)

Boasting the pride of Sri Lanka, The UNESCO World Heritage Sites Tour can be tailored according to your preference and shuffled around as you wish.

Main UNESCO World Heritage Sites in a SnapShot

Anuradhapura Ancient City
Polonnaruwa Ancient City
Sigiriya Lions Rock Fortress
Dambulla Caves Temple
Sacred City of Kandy
Central Highlands
Sinharaja Rain Forest
Galle Dutch Fort and Old Town


BIA to Negombo

  • Begin your journey with a comfortable airport pickup and transfer to the coastal town of Negombo.
  • Enjoy an overnight stay in Negombo, known for its beautiful beaches and vibrant atmosphere.
air plane at air port
Negombo beach in Sri lanka

Negombo to Anuradhapura

  • Depart Negombo for Anuradhapura.
  • Explore the ancient city of Anuradhapura by bicycles, immersing yourself in its rich history and cultural heritage.
  • Spend the night in Anuradhapura, experiencing the tranquility of this ancient city.
Cycling in Sri Lanka

Anuradhapura to Polonnaruwa to Dambulla

  • Journey from Anuradhapura to Polonnaruwa, another UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Discover the Polonnaruwa Ancient City by bicycles, marveling at its ancient ruins and impressive architecture.
  • Continue to Dambulla and explore the iconic Dambulla Cave Temple in the evening.
  • Overnight stay in Dambulla, surrounded by history and natural beauty.
Gal Vihara Buddha Statues - Polonnaruwa
Rangiri Dambulla Cave Temple

Dambulla to Kandy

  • Explore the majestic Sigiriya Lions Rock Fortress in the morning.
  • Transfer to Kandy, the cultural capital of Sri Lanka.
  • Delve into the Sacred City of Kandy, including a visit to the revered Temple of the Tooth Relic.
  • Relax and unwind with an overnight stay in Kandy, soaking in its rich heritage.
Dalada Maligawa


  • Spend the day exploring the breathtaking Knuckles Mountain Range, enjoying its scenic beauty and hiking trails.
  • Return to Kandy for another peaceful night’s rest.
Knuckles Mountain Range

Kandy to Nuwaraeliya

  • Depart Kandy for Nuwara Eliya, the picturesque hill station known for its tea plantations.
  • En-route, admire the stunning Ramboda Water Falls and visit the Pedro Tea Factory for a tea plucking experience.
  • Relax and rejuvenate with an overnight stay in Nuwara Eliya.
Ramboda Falls
Hatton tea plantation


  • Embark on a morning excursion to Horton Plains and witness the awe-inspiring World’s End, a scenic hiking tour.
  • Spend the remainder of the day relaxing amidst the serene surroundings of Nuwara Eliya.
Horton plains
Moose in Horton plains

Nuwaraeliya to Ella to Udawalawa

  • Optional scenic train journey from Nanu Oya to Ella.
  • Transfer to Udawalawe, with a stop to admire the enchanting Ravana Water Falls.
  • Overnight stay in Udawalawe, surrounded by natural beauty and wildlife.
Ninearch bridge
Rawana Falls in Sri Lanka

Udawalawa to Sinharaja

  • Begin the day with an exciting jeep safari in Udawalawe National Park, home to diverse flora and fauna.
  • Continue your journey towards Sinharaja, a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its biodiversity.
  • Overnight stay in Sinharaja, immersing yourself in the wonders of nature.
Dolphins in Trincomalee Sea
Udawalawa national park


  • Explore the pristine Sinharaja Rain Forest with a knowledgeable naturalist, discovering its unique flora and fauna.
  • Enjoy another night amidst the lush greenery of Sinharaja.
Sinharaja Rain Forest

Sinharaja to Galle

  • Transfer to Galle, a charming coastal city famed for its Dutch Fort and colonial architecture.
  • Explore the historic Galle Dutch Fort and stroll through the picturesque old town.
  • Overnight stay in Galle, soaking in the coastal vibes and cultural heritage.


  • Leisure day in Galle, offering the opportunity to relax or explore more of the city’s attractions.
  • Overnight stay in Galle, enjoying the laid-back ambiance of this coastal gem.
air plane at air port
Galle fort


  • Another leisure day in Galle, allowing for further relaxation or exploration.
  • Spend your final night in Galle, savoring the coastal breeze and stunning views.
Galle beach
Galle Light House in Sri Lanka

Galle to BIA

  • Conclude your memorable journey with a transfer to Bandaranaike International Airport for your departure, filled with cherished memories of your Sri Lankan adventure.
air plane at air port
Air plane taking off

Journey Highlights

  • Cycling through Polonnaruwa, soaking in ancient wonders.
  • Marveling at panoramic views atop Lion’s Rock.
  • Exploring the vibrant streets of Kandy City on foot.
  • Embarking on a mesmerizing night train journey through Sinharaja Rainforest.
  • Pedaling through the historic sites of the Anuradhapura Kingdom.
  • Relishing a rejuvenating herbal massage post-Sigiriya climb.
  • Adventuring through the mysteries of the Sinharaja Night Trail.
  • Delving into the spiritual ambiance of Dambulla Caves Temple.

Insightful Tips

  • Wear comfortable hiking shoes and lightweight, breathable clothing during the Sinharaja Rainforest Trekking.
  • Bring insect repellent, sunscreen, and a hat to protect against the sun and insects.
  • Bring a camera to capture the picturesque views and historic architecture.
  • Take your time to wander through the narrow streets and explore hidden gems within the fort in Galle.
  • Start early to avoid crowds and the heat of the day when heading to explore Sigiriya Rock Fortress.
  • Enjoy the sights and sounds of the city as you zip around in the iconic three-wheeler.
  • Come hungry and ready to learn about Sri Lankan cuisine.
  • Book your train tickets in advance, especially if you want to secure a seat with scenic views.
  • Keep noise levels to a minimum to avoid disturbing wildlife during the safaris.


How long does it take to climb up & down Sigiriya?

Approximately around 2 hrs but depends from person to person

What do you mean by special Guides for UNESCO Sites?

Special guides will be arranged by Blue Lanka Tours for every UNESCO site except for Galle. Special UNESCO site guides are knowledgeable in the specific UNESCO site and impart all related information and knowledge to clients.

How is the climate in Sinharaja?

It’s mostly chilled and could be wet.

Is the Sinharaja Night Trail a guided excursion?

Yes, It is guided by an expert naturalist.