Ceylon Tours – Sri Lanka’s pioneer travel company


Being the first and oldest also makes us the most experienced travel specialists in the country. Founded by P.A. Ediriweera in 1946 we have a rich and decorated history in creating the perfect holiday for everyone. Over our 65 years we have built a network of travel professionals around the world that are on call to provide all customer needs and we have been responsible for pioneering many developments in the local tourist industry.


A member of IATA (International Air Transport Association, PATA (Pacific Asia Travel Association), ASTA (American Society of Travel Agents) and JATA (Japan Association of Travel Agents), we were instrumental in developing the tourist industry of the Maldives and remain one of the top marketeers of Maldivian resorts. Ceylon Tours is also the appointed agent for Sri Lankan Airlines and a growing number of other international airlines that operate through Colombo.


The Ceylon Tours’ mission strives to provide quality and excellence to our customers in a prompt and exclusive manner. Each person is different with different preferences and different expectations and our decades of experience enable us to perfectly tailor the holidays to fit everyone’s needs. In all, we specialise in optimising everyone’s travel experience and offer a myriad of service, choices and expertise that are improving with every customer we serve.


So think holiday. Think travel. Think Ceylon Tours.

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In the aftermath of the Second World War when western powers were withdrawing from their colonies in Asia, Africa and elsewhere, a new world order was created with newly independent countries dotting the world map. It was a world in transition, a new beginning that was to erase dark memories of war. It was under these circumstances that a new tour company was born in 1946.
A pioneer in the tourism and travel field, Ceylon Tours Limited founded by my father late Mr. P. A. Ediriweera as a public limited liability company, put Sri Lanka, then Ceylon, in the global map even before the country emerged as an independent nation in February 1948.
With only a handful of hotels and poor infrastructure facilities in the country, the new company faced a daunting task in wooing foreign tourists to visit Sri Lanka. Banking largely on the laurels of Sri Lanka which was known among early excursionists and Silk Road traders as Serendib, Teardrop of India, Resplendent Isle, Island of Dharma, Pearl of the Orient and Paradise on Earth, Ceylon Tours Limited made gradual but steady progress. It was the first company in Sri Lanka to run a tourist coach.
As Sri Lanka's reputation grew as a tourist destination, largely due to its richness in beauty and serenity, the interest and keenness shown by foreign tourists to visit Sri Lanka also grew. To meet the growing demand, Ceylon Tours Limited was equal to the task. That the company has been in operation for the past 60 years itself is recognition for its professionalism and expertise. Join with us to see Sri Lanka's hospitality & tradition like no other.


Suren Ediriweera
Managing Director