School trips to Sri Lanka offer your students the unforgettable opportunity to explore a real tropical island paradise!

Sri Lanka lies just south of India, in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. With a cultural heritage spanning thousands of years, miles of unspoilt beaches and fascinating wildlife, including elephants and the elusive leopard, this country has much to offer in terms of educational experiences. It’s especially popular as a destination for cultural school trips designed to introduce students to an ancient Asian culture.

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Why visit Sri Lanka?

The rich cultural heritage

School trips to Sri Lanka offer a wonderful cultural experience, thanks to the possibility of visiting so many UNESCO World Heritage Sites and temples within a relatively small geographic area.

Sri Lankan culture has primarily been influenced by the two main traditional cultures, the Sinhalese and the Tamil, and also by the religions of Buddhism and Hinduism.

On your school trip to Sri Lanka, you will have the opportunity to visit sites of cultural importance including temples, and palaces. And you’ll have the opportunity to explore both Kandy and Colombo, both of which are bustling cities.

Your students will also have the incredible opportunity to visit a local village school, where they will be able to join in lessons with local children, learning about the local culture through interaction with their peers.

The fascinating history

With a documented history that spans three millennia, as well as evidence of prehistoric settlements dating back at least 125,000 years, something Sri Lanka definitely isn’t short of is history.

On your school trip to Sri Lanka, you must not miss out on the opportunity to visit Sigiriya, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Thought to be one of the best-preserved examples of ancient urban planning, Sigiriya is an ancient rock fortress built by King Kashyapa in the 5 th century and boasts some of the oldest landscaped gardens in the world.

The incredible wildlife

Sri Lanka has one of the highest rates of biological endemism in the world. That means that much of the flora and fauna here are native to the country.

The Sri Lankan elephant is, of course, one of the most famous residents of the island, but there are also lorises, macaques, langurs and civets, to name but a few of the other mammals here.

We can arrange for your group to visit Horton Plains National Park and Muthurajawela (‘the swamp of royal treasures’), where you’ll have the opportunity to see some of the country’s incredible wildlife for yourselves.

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Take a look at our range of Sri Lanka school trips below, and then get in touch with one of our tour advisers to discuss your requirements.

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Where to visit in Sri Lanka

School Trips to Colombo

A school trip to Colombo offers your students the opportunity to explore the beautiful island country of Sri Lanka!

Colombo school trips are popular as a cultural experience for students. They'll love exploring the spectacular scenery and discovering the ancient culture. Your students will visit royal palaces and Buddhist temples, and will learn more about the country's most important export at a tea factory.

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Activities and excursions in Sri Lanka that your school group will love

Degaldoruwa Cave Temple

Degaldoruwa Cave Temple

Built in 1771 by King Rajadi Rajasinha, the Degaldoruwa Cave Temple is located in the small village of Amunugama, just… Read More

Horton Plains National Park

Horton Plains National Park

Horton Plains National Park, a World Heritage Site perched on the southern edge of the Central highlands consists of montane… Read More

Kandy City Tour

Kandy City Tour

Former capital of the kings of Sri Lanka, make sure you see all the treasures of Kandy with a guided… Read More

Muthurajawela the Swamp of Royal Treasure

Muthurajawela the Swamp of Royal Treasure

Estimated to be around 7,000 years old, Muthurajawela is a large swamp in southern Negombo. Muthurajawela means 'swamp of royal… Read More



The most visited historic site in Sri Lanka, Sigiriya, or Lion Rock, has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage… Read More

Yala National Park

Yala National Park

Famous for the diversity of wildlife living there, Yala National Park, on the country's southeastern coast is a must-see on… Read More

Why choose Halsbury?

Here are just a few reasons why teachers choose Halsbury for educational school trips that inspire.

School trips designed by teachers for teachers

Originally founded by teachers in 1986, we understand the pressures on you as Group Leader and are here to make the process of running your school trip as easy as possible.

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School trips tailored to your curriculum

We'll design your trip around your specific learning objectives and curriculum, to ensure your school trip is a truly educational experience.

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Health & safety prioritised

As a proud Assured Member of the School Travel Forum, the health and safety of your group is always our priority.

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Support every step of the way

We'll be with you every step of the way, from your very first enquiry until the moment you return home, including 24-hour support while you’re on your school trip.

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Financially secure school trips

We're ABTA bonded and all our air tours are ATOL protected, so you can be sure that your school trip is financially secure.

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Rewarding loyalty scheme

You'll earn loyalty points from your very first school trip with Halsbury. These can be used towards a discount on your school trip or a free gift for your school.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, all of our trips include comprehensive travel insurance, which now includes Covid cover. This group travel insurance covers individuals needing to drop out of the trip in the following circumstances:

  • Because a Qualified Medical Practitioner has diagnosed them as positive for Covid-19 within up to 14 days of departure.
  • Because they have been hospitalised due to Covid-19 within up to 28 days of departure.
  • Because they have been told to self-isolate by NHS Test & Trace for a period of time that prevents them from taking part in the trip.

The insurance also covers reasonable additional costs of accommodation and flights should an individual contract Covid-19 and have to self-isolate while abroad.

And the policy also covers reasonable additional costs to account for a family member to come across or a group leader/teacher to stay with the individual.

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Every trip we organise is unique and your itinerary manager will work with you to understand your curriculum and adapt the itinerary to suit your learning objectives. The itineraries featured on our website are just a sample of what's achievable within a given timeframe. The trip duration and the activities and excursions can be tailored to your needs and budget.

As a general rule, we recommend that you start planning your next school trip 12-18 months before your travel date. This gives you plenty of time to get sign-off from senior leadership and to launch your trip in school to students and parents. Planning early will also mean you have a greater choice of accommodation and travel options.

If you start planning your trip later, don't worry. It is definitely possible to plan a trip in a shorter amount of time. We're here to support you and we have a selection of templates and useful guides to guide you through the process.

You can see examples of the types of accommodation we have available in different destinations on the sample trip pages linked above.

All of our accommodation partners have been chosen based on their suitability for school groups. As a member of the School Travel Forum (STF), you can be certain that all accommodation contracted by us complies with local legislation with respect to fire and general safety, is contracted by trained Halsbury Travel staff or reputable agents, receives a standard audit and risk assessment prior to use by Halsbury Travel and receives a supplementary audit if it is used on five or more occasions in a year.

Your Tour Adviser will discuss your accommodation preferences with you when putting together your tailor-made quote and will assist you in choosing the best accommodation for your budget and requirements.

The Halsbury Difference

School trips designed by teachers for teachers

Originally founded by teachers in 1986 and with several former teachers in our team, we understand the pressures on you as Group Leader and work hard to relieve them.

Trips tailored to your curriculum and learning objectives

We’ll design your trip around your specific learning objectives and curriculum, to ensure it meets your particular requirements.

Rewarding loyalty scheme

Work together with other teachers in your school to save thousands of pounds on future school trips with our multi-trip loyalty scheme!