It’s official. Sri Lanka is having its moment in the spotlight - and rightly so. With the promise of palm-fringed beaches, majestic elephants, ancient temples and flavour-packed food, the island’s endless charms are impossible to resist. Enveloped by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, the coastline is made up of vibrant cities and sun-kissed sands, while inland there’s wildlife-rich parks and undulating highlands sprinkled with tea plantations. Our Sri Lanka holidays will introduce you to these myriad wonders, and once you get a taste, you’ll never want to leave.
No island of comparable size can boast as many cultural attractions and World Heritage Sites as Sri Lanka. The country has a colourful history of more than 2000 years, and remnants of early Sinhalese culture is still visible in the ancient cities of the now-famous Cultural Triangle. More recent Portuguese, British and Dutch influences can be seen in the colonial-inspired architecture and fusion of food found in the coastal cities of Colombo and Galle.
Though the culture is a major selling point, it’s just half of the story in Sri Lanka. The island is known for its high number of elephants, offering the chance to see hundreds of these gentle giants marching through the grasslands and bathing in watering holes. Safari tours also bring you close to leopards, sloth bears, monkeys, buffalos and a plethora of bird life.
Looking to indulge in some R&R? Sri Lanka’s coastline beckons with its pristine, and often uncrowded, beaches. Find a sandy spot to flop down on and soak up some tropical sun, or if you’re feeling more adventurous, the balmy waters offer world-class surfing, snorkelling and diving. The choice is yours.
When you’re ready to escape the heat of the coastline, head for the hills. The cool climate and lush landscapes of the highlands offer a refreshing respite, where the rolling forests, immaculate tea estates and misty mountains are the perfect setting for a rambling hike or scenic train ride.
Though it’s becoming increasingly popular with curious globetrotters, the island is still relatively unspoilt and affordable - so there’s really no better time to book a Sri Lanka holiday than now.
Covering Sri Lanka’s iconic attractions and rolling highlands, our Cultural Highlights itinerary takes you to Habarana’s elephant-rich national park, atmospheric cave temple and towering rock fortress. Discover Kandy’s stunning mountain scenery before returning back to Colombo. Read more
Our Wildlife & Heritage itinerary will introduce you to Sri Lanka’s diverse landscapes and stunning wildlife. Start on the coast near Sri Lanka's capital, Colombo, then its up into Nuwara Eliya’s misty tea hills. Next stop are the wildlife-rich national parks of Yala and Udawalawe’s before you head off to Galle to visit the historical fort. This really is the highlights of Southern Sri Lanka. Read more
The perfect 2 week itinerary ticks off Sri Lanka’s iconic attractions, rolling highlands, wildlife and heritage. The Sri Lanka Explorer takes you to Habarana’s elephant-rich national park, atmospheric cave temple and towering rock fortress. Discover Kandy’s stunning mountain scenery before looping around Nuwara Eliya’s lush green tea fields, Yala and Udawalawe’s wildlife rich parks, Galle’s historical fort and return back to Colombo. Read more
The Sri Lanka Wildlife Explorer itinerary takes you to the best wildlife spots whilst also giving you a tatse of the cultural history of Sri lanka. Start on Colombo’s coast before heading to the cooler hills of Nuwara Eliya’s. Emerse yourself in the wildlife rich national park of Yala and Udawalawe then continue into Deniyaya to visit the Sinharaja Forest Reserve - a biodiversity hotspot. End your itinerary in Galle’s historical fort town and back along the coast. Read more
The Classic Sri Lanka itinerary takes you to Habarana’s elephant-rich national park, atmospheric cave temple and towering rock fortress. Discover Kandy’s stunning mountain scenery and cultural history before flopping down on Bentota’s postcard-worthy shores. Read more
Covering Sri Lanka’s diverse landscapes and muscovado sugar sands - our Sri Lanka Discovery itinerary takes you from Colombo’s coast and up into Nuwara Eliya’s misty tea hills before chilling on Arugam Bay’s surfer speckled shores. Continue through Yala and Udawalawe’s wildlife-rich national parks, into Galle’s historical fort and back along the coast. Read more
Tick off all of Sri Lanka’s iconic attractions, rolling highlands, wildlife, heritage and idyllic beaches, the Sri Lanka in depth itinerary takes you to Habarana’s elephant-rich national park, atmospheric cave temple and towering rock fortress. Discover Kandy’s stunning mountain scenery before looping around Nuwara Eliya’s lush green tea fields, Yala and Udawalawe’s wildlife rich parks and Galle’s historical fort. Finish your holiday relaxing on Bentota’s postcard-worthy shores. Read more
Mystical landscapes, magestic wildlife and glorious beaches - the Best of Southern Sri Lanka itinerary has it all. Start from Colombo’s coast before heading up to the hill station of Nuwara Eliya. Journey down to Yala and Udawalawe’s wildlife-rich national parks and on to Deniyaya to visit the Sinharaja Forest Reserve - a biodiversity hotspot, before swooping down to Galle’s historical fort and finishing your trip on Bentota’s postcard-worthy shoreline. Read more
Tucking into tasty street food in Colombo, surfing the waves at Bentota or exploring the sacred temples and tropical surroundings of Kandy - Sri Lanka luxury holidays offer a rich variety of experiences. With so much to see and do, choosing where to travel to can be tricky. That’s where we come in. We’ve hand-selected Sri Lanka’s top destinations to ensure you see the very best of what this alluring island has to offer.
The thriving food scene and lively nightlife is enough of a reason to visit Sri Lanka’s vibrant capital, but there’s plenty more cultural treasures to discover if you dig a little deeper. Think colonial-era architecture, hectic markets and ancient temples.Discover More
Habarana is the gateway to Sri Lanka’s wildlife-rich national parks and ‘Cultural Triangle’ attractions. Watch hundreds of migrating elephants at Minneriya National Park, climb to the top of Sigiriya Rock for spectacular views and explore the ancient Dambulla Cave Temples.Discover More
Nestled in the jungle-clad mountains, Kandy is the ideal base for exploring Sri Lanka’s lush scenery and tea plantations. But don’t miss the city’s star attraction - the Sacred Temple of the Tooth.Discover More
Dubbed ‘Little England’, Nuwara Eliya was once a popular bolthole for the British. The mock-Tudor buildings and rose gardens give it a traditional English town look and feel, but the bustling markets, spice-infused cuisine and manicured tea plantations are pure Sri Lankan.Discover More
Go to Galle for the historic attractions and wonderful wildlife. Spend the day browsing the chic shops and colonial architecture in the UNESCO-listed Galle Fort before heading along the coast for golden beaches, turtle sanctuaries and whale watching.Discover More
Ready for some R&R? In Passikudah, lazy beach days are always on the agenda. Sink your toes into soft sand, float in the crystalline water and soak up the tropical scenery. Pure bliss.Discover More
Whether you’re watching large herds of elephants in Udawalawe National Park or climbing to the top of Sigiriya Rock for awe-inspiring views, there’s no shortage of thrilling experiences in Sri Lanka. Cultural attractions are plentiful, from the Sacred Temple of the Tooth in Kandy to the colonial-era Galle Fort in Galle, while the natural wonders of Yala and Minneriya National Parks never fail to impress.
Need to escape the chaos of Colombo for a while? Look no further than Galle Face Green. A long ribbon of parkland stretching 500 metres along the coastline, this is where city dwellers and weary travellers come to take a much-needed breather from the hustle and bustle. Though the city’s incessant buzz is never far away, the sprawling lawns, sandy stretches and ocean breeze offer a refreshing respite from the busy, sun-baked streets.Discover more
If there’s one building that dominates the ever-changing skyline of Colombo, it’s the Lotus Tower. Standing at 350 metres, it’s the tallest self-supported structure in South Asia and the city’s single most spectacular sight - you’d struggle to miss it even on an overcast day. A journey to the top isn’t for the faint-hearted, but the spectacular panoramic views make it more than worthwhile.Discover more
Just steps from the National Museum of Colombo and the city library, Viharamahadevi Park is ideally placed for taking a much-needed rest in between sightseeing. If you’re looking to take a refreshing break from the bustling city centre, there’s no better place than Viharamahadevi Park. Grab a cool drink, take a seat beneath the trees and watch the world go by.Discover more
For the chance to brush up on your history of Sri Lanka - and see some weird and wonderful sights - a trip to the National Museum of Colombo is a must. Manicured lawns dotted with huge banyan trees and the Italian-inspired facade makes this one of the country's most visually appealing cultural hubs, while inside all manner of ancient antiques, art and artefacts are waiting to be discovered.Discover more
The Dambulla Cave Temple is one of island’s most visited attractions. Inside five sacred sanctuaries lies some of the country's most impressive religious art - we’re talking more than 150 ancient Buddha statues and colourful paintings covering every inch of the cave wall. These shrines have a strong spiritual presence that needs to be experienced to be fully appreciated. If this hasn’t roused your curiosity, nothing will.Discover more
Located in Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle, Minneriya National Park is a natural sanctuary of evergreen forests, lush grasslands and swampy wetlands. The focal point is the sparkling water tank, built by the great King Mahasen in 3rd century AD. While the scenery definitely has the wow-factor, the star attraction is the elephants.Discover more
You will need a visa to visit Sri Lanka. Tourist visas are normally given for 30 days, and it’s best to get one before you travel. Make sure that your visa is valid for the length and purpose of your stay and that you have at least six months left on your passport from the date you arrive.
We recommend that you visit your GP 6-8 weeks before you travel to check which vaccinations you need.
Sri Lanka’s climate is surprisingly varied for such a small island. But the good news is that you’re guaranteed to find somewhere with pleasant weather throughout the year. December to March is the most popular time to visit the west and south coasts, the highlands and the Cultural Triangle. But if you’re planning on travelling to the island’s east coast, you’ll find the best weather from April to September.
The currency you’ll need when travelling to Sri Lanka is the Sri Lankan Rupee (usually abbreviated to Rs, but occasionally LKR). Similar to the UK, tipping in Sri Lanka is common practice and is seen as courtesy rather than obligatory. In restaurants, a tip of 10% of the bill should be well received if it hasn’t already been added on. You can also tip safari guides and drivers (around Rs 500-1000 each) and hotel staff (around Rs 50-100).
Sri Lanka is a spiritual country, with more than 70% of the population practicing Buddhism. The remaining population follow Hinduism, Islam or Christianity.
Though Sri Lankans are generally laid-back when it comes to dress codes, it’s best to leave any revealing clothes at home. Remember to keep your legs and shoulders covered when entering temples, and be prepared to remove your shoes and headgear. As a general rule of thumb, do as the locals do and you can’t go wrong. As for etiquette, don’t use your left hand when eating and handling food, avoid too much PDA, and steer clear of nudity and toplessness on beaches.
Our customisable holidays to Sri Lanka will have you falling in love with its natural beauty and cultural charms from the get-go. Think atmospheric temples, breathtaking wildlife safaris, vibrant cities and picture-perfect beaches. We’d be surprised if you don’t leave with the urge to return.
Despite its compact size, Sri Lanka has a rich variety of flora and fauna, making it a top safari destinations in Asia.
Why take just one holiday when you can take three or four in one?
Opting for a multi-centre holiday in Sri Lanka is officially the best way to make the most out of this thriving country.
From ancient icons and rolling tea plantations to hip beach resorts and heart-pumping safari, join us as we delve into two of our ultimate two week Sri Lanka itineraries.
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