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Tailor Made tours of Sri Lanka

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 Sri Lanka holiday tours than now.

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Our top Sri Lanka tour destinations

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.

Colombo

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.

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Habarana

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.

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Galle

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.

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Kandy

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.

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Yala

The most popular wildlife sanctuary in Sri Lanka, Yala National Park is brimming with unique flora and fauna. Spot elephants, leopards, deer, crocodile and a host of other mammals and bird life in the park’s lush forests and grasslands.

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Nuwara Eliya

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.

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Experiences & Attractions in Sri Lanka

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.

Galle Face Green

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.

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Viharamahadevi Park

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.

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National Museum of Colombo

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.

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Dambulla Cave Temple

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.

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Minneriya National Park

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.

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Sigiriya Rock

It’s one of the country’s most awe-inspiring sights and attracts flocks of visitors every day to gaze upon the 200-metre high rock rising majestically from the jungle. At the flat-topped summit lies an unexpected enigma - the remnants of an ancient sky palace. There are some amazing views too, but you’ll have to break a sweat and scale a series of steep staircases first.

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At a glance

  • Time Difference

    GMT+5 hrs 30 mins

  • Flight Time

    11 hrs

  • Currency

    Sri Lankan Rupee

  • Language

    Sinhalese and Tamil

  • Electricity

    230V/50 Hz

Visa requirements

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.

Vaccinations

We recommend that you visit your GP 6-8 weeks before you travel to check which vaccinations you need.

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Sri Lanka Travel Guide

When to visit

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.

Money & tipping

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).

Religion

Sri Lanka is a spiritual country, with more than 70% of the population practicing Buddhism. The remaining population follow Hinduism, Islam or Christianity.  

Etiquette & Clothing

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.

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Sri Lanka Inspiration

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.

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