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Dambulla Cave Temple, Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka

The ultimate blend of culture & coast

Sri Lanka tailor-made holidays


Sri Lanka is one of the gems of the Indian Ocean. A small teardrop that falls from the great Indian subcontinent, it's a colourful and chaotic, diverse and devoted country - where Buddhism and an infatuation with the national cricket team take precedent. The ‘Island of Serendipity' - as Sri Lanka is known - has been on the tourist trail for some time. And yet the bounteous enthusiasm of its local communities and the immensity of its cultural and historical treasures make even luxury Sri Lankan holidays feel like real exploration.

Sri Lanka's attractions are numerous and varied. There are lush and steeply terraced tea plantations, one of the clearest legacies of old Ceylon. Splendid beaches, too, some frequented by surfers, others empty and untamed. The energy of the country's largest city, Colombo, and its abundant historical sites are other highlights of Sri Lanka travel. The latter include the fortified old town of Galle, on the southwest coast, sacred Sri Maha Bodhi tree at Anuradhapura, the cave temples at Dambulla and the mighty rock fortress at Sigiriya.

Sri Lanka's natural scenery is just as stunning, whether you decide to visit the central highlands around Kandy - home to the Temple of the Tooth - or the rainforest at Sinharaja Forest Reserve, which is home to leopards and plentiful birds. For a relatively small island Sri Lanka certainly packs a lot in. But take in some of its many charms and you're sure to have an unforgettable Sri Lanka holiday.


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At a glance

Flying time from UK
11 hours

Time zone
GMT +5½

Sri Lanka rupee (Rp) = 100 cents

Sinhala, Tamil, English

Travel advice
Check the FCO for latest visa & travel advice

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Special offers in Sri Lanka

Krabi, Thailand

Dubai To Singapore on Seven Seas Voyager

21-day cruise from £8,345 pp incl. flights

cruise offer

Exclusive FREE Business Class flights offer
Book by: 31 October 2019

Take advantage of FREE Business Class flights - exclusive to us - on this all-inclusive voyage where every luxury is included

Red Fort

Golden Triangle and Asian Discovery on Crystal Symphony

24-day private tour & cruise from £5,790 pp incl. flights

cruise offer

Tailor-made tour and cruise offer

After a private multi-day tour of Delhi, the Taj Mahal and Jaipur, set off on an all-inclusive luxury cruise across Asia, linking India and Sri Lanka with Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore.

Temple in Bangkok, Thailand

Golden Temples, Ancient Shrines on Seven Seas Voyager

22-day cruise from £9,795 pp incl. flights

cruise offer

Receive $500 credit per suite and free 3-night land tour
Book by: 31 December 2019

Take advantage of special fares and on board credit. Guests in all suite categories can enjoy a FREE 3-Night Essence of Bangkok pre-cruise land program or a FREE 3-Night Abu Dhabi, Dubai Dunes and Sharjah post-cruise land program on this voyage.


Opulent Capitals & Sacred Shrines on Seven Seas Voyager

22-day cruise from £10,145 pp incl. flights

cruise offer

Exclusive - Receive $500 Spa or shipboard credit per suite
Book by: 31 October 2019

East meets Middle East on this spectacular sailing aboard Seven Seas Voyager where you'll discover glamorous cities, seldom-explored deserts and Indian beach towns before it all culminates in Asia's foodie capital, Singapore.

Top itineraries in Sri Lanka

Local fishermen at Unawatuna, near Galle

Sri Lanka’s West Coast Highlights

10-day tailor-made journey from £2,000 pp incl. flights

In the company of your own driver/guide, you’ll explore the Dutch-colonial gems and stunning Indian Ocean beaches of Sri Lanka’s southwest corner, taking in Colombo, Galle and Bentota.

Beach, Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka's Ancient Kingdoms & East Coast Beaches

13-day tailor-made journey from £2,730 pp incl. flights

Visiting Sri Lanka's most impressive ancient monuments and beautiful beaches in utter luxury, enjoying the services of a private driver throughout and staying in only the finest hotels. Think beach villas and palatial country manors.

Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

Best of Sri Lanka

15-day tailor-made journey from £3,850 pp incl. flights

From sweeping tea plantations to UNESCO-listed treasures and the wildlife of the Yala National Park, spend two memorable weeks exploring the history, culture and beaches of this Indian Ocean gem, a land of smiles that's long made it a travellers' favourite.

Asian Paradise Flycatcher (Terpsiphone Paradisi), Minneriya National Park

Sri Lankan Wildlife and Whales

9-day tailor-made journey from £2,120 pp incl. flights

A week-long trip to Sri Lanka, including the Sinharaja Rainforest, Yala National Park, and whale and dolphin watching on the south coast

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What our clients say about our Sri Lanka holidays

  • Our trip was incredibly well organised and the choice of hotels and attractions was perfect for us. Our Wexas guide Neil, was absolutely fantastic. He was exceptionally knowledgable and always helpful, he had a wonderful sense of humour but was also incredibly receptive to our needs driving in silence when we were tired.

    The vehicle was always immaculate despite our occasionally irreverent mistreatment of it during some of the long day trips. Neil was also an excellent driver making us feel safe and allowing us to relax during some very long and difficult drives. During visits to the various tourist attractions he always made sure that we had the best of experiences. He was a quite outstanding guide and a real credit to the travel team at Wexas.

    Thank you for providing such an excellent all round service - I look forward to using you again.

    Juliana J

Top places to stay in Sri Lanka

Galle Face Hotel, Colombo

Galle Face Hotel, Colombo

Historic hotel

Galle Face Hotel is an iconic historic hotel that's situated in the heart of Colombo, on a beautiful seafront. The property is a historic 19th century building that was built in 1864 and has hosted royalty and celebrities. The Classic Wing is currently undergoing restoration.

Gardens & Pool, The Wallawwa, Colombo

The Wallawwa Hotel, Negombo

Historic hotel

Wallawwa Hotel near Negombo is located in a beautiful colonial manor house, in three acres of manicured gardens

Kandy House, Kandy, India

The Kandy House, Kandy

Historic hotel

An award winning designer boutique and historic property that offers excellent personal service, set in an ancestral manor house that was built in 1804. A lovely small and intimate hotel, it can be booked as a whole for celebrations with friends.

Ceylon Tea Trails, Hatton

Ceylon Tea Trails, Hatton

Small & intimate lodge

There is something truly special about Ceylon Tea Trails. Tucked away in the interior of Sri Lanka amid the spectacular Golden Valley of Tea, Bogawantalawa Valley, it feels as if you are escaping the world in Sri Lanka's first and only Relais and Chateaux property.

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Colombo, Sri Lanka


Colombo is Sri Lanka's boisterous commercial capital. The country's largest city is a dusty modern metropolis that sways chaotically to the rhythms and routines of Sri Lanka's rich cultural traditions.

Nilaveli beach in Trincomalee

Sri Lanka's Beaches

The island of Sri Lanka has more than 800 miles of coastline, along which stretch some of Asia's most beautiful beaches. Golden sands, gin-clear seas, a cooling breeze and the reaching shade of a tall palm tree come as standard.

Galle, Sri Lanka

Galle & the South Coast

Sri Lanka's south coast is lined with some stunning bays and beaches. The sweeps of sand are punctuated here and there with picturesque fishing villages, making this a perfect beach holiday destination.

Hatton, Nuwara Eliya

Tea Plantations

There's something as restorative about the sight of tea plantations in Sri Lanka as the drink itself. Perhaps it's the serenity of the scene - lush stretches of gentle green, broken only by the vivid colours of the saris worn by the pickers, a glimpse of gold here, amethyst there.

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When to go to Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka is tropical and has two very distinct seasons, though confusingly, because of a double monsoon, these take place at different times in the north and south. Monsoons occur between May and August in the southwest and October and January in the northeast. It's wettest in the south, with up to 4,000mm of rain falling each year.  Sri Lanka is warm all year round, with temperatures averaging around the mid-to-high 20s. It can be very humid in the low-lying regions during the wet seasons, but Kandy and the higher plateaus of the central province offer some temperate relief.

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