School trips to Colombo offer the opportunity to explore all that the beautiful country of Sri Lanka has to offer!

Most school groups who choose to visit Colombo on an educational visit do so as part of a cultural school trip to Sri Lanka. But whatever your reason for choosing to visit, we’ll work closely with you to ensure your trip supports your specific learning objectives.

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Why visit Colombo?

Discover Sri Lankan history and culture

As the nation’s capital and an important port throughout its history, Colombo is the perfect base from which to explore Sri Lanka. It’s also the perfect place to learn more about Sri Lankan history and culture.

The city still bears the evidence of its past reincarnations as a Dutch and then British trading post. And it remains a multicultural, religiously diverse city that your students will have an unforgettable time exploring.

One visit you mustn’t miss on your school trip to Colombo is Sigiraya. This iconic ancient rock fortress is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The fortress was built in 5th century and the ruins of the citadel survive today. There are some beautiful frescoes and the gardens are considered among the oldest examples of landscape gardens in the world.

You’ll also want to spend some time exploring Kandy, the last capital of the ancient kings’ era. You’ll explore the sacred Buddhist Temple of the Tooth, and you can even enjoy a cultural show featuring a traditional Sri Lankan dance.

One of the best ways for your students to really understand Sri Lankan culture is for them to spend some time with Sri Lankan children. We can arrange for you to visit a rural village, where your students can join in with some lessons, giving them the unforgettable experience of interacting with the local students.

Explore the spectacular landscape

Colombo is the perfect base from which to explore Sri Lanka’s spectacular landscapes, from rolling coastal plains to impressive mountains and serene lagoons.

Sri Lanka boasts high biodiversity and is home to elephants, leopards and many aquatic birds.

On your school trip to Colombo, your students will love the opportunity to explore some of Sri Lanka’s beautiful National Parks.

Yala National Park is the most-visited national park in Sri Lanka and is famous for the variety of wildlife that live here, including Sri Lankan elephants and leopards – in fact, it’s believed to have one of the highest densities of leopards in the world. There are a variety of ecosystems here, from monsoon forests, to grasslands, marshes and sandy beaches.

Horton Plains National Park also boasts a variety of ecosystems, including swamps, grasslands and montane forest. The park is home to sambar deer, toque macaques, purple-faced langurs, and the Horton Plains slender loris, one of the world’s most endangered primates.

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Frequently Asked Questions

To really make the most of everything that Colombo and Sri Lanka have to offer, we would highly recommend planning to spend around 10 days there on your school trip.

The best time of year to visit Colombo is February or March, before the onset of the rainy season.

If, like most of our school groups, your using Colombo as your base from which to explore the rest of Sri Lanka, then we will arrange for you to have a comfortable coach to use throughout your school trip.

We would highly recommend visiting Sigiriya, one of the most iconic sights and important historical sites in Sri Lanka. You'll also want to visit the majestic city of Kandy, the last capital of the ancient kings of Sri Lanka. And you mustn't miss a visit to the spectacular Horton Plains National Park.

You certainly can! Colombo offers exciting opportunities for geography and sports, and as a general cultural experience designed to broaden students' horizons!

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

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Health & safety prioritised

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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

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Rewarding loyalty scheme

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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!