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Sri Lanka

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.

At a glance

Flying time from UK
11 hours

Time Zone
GMT +5½

Sri Lanka rupee (Rp) = 100 cents

Sinhala, Tamil, English

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Where to go in 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.

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 & 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.

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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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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Top itineraries in Sri Lanka

Ancient Kingdoms & East Coast Beaches

13-day tailor-made journey from £2,395 pp incl. flights

A tailor-made journey through Sri Lanka, visiting its most impressive ancient monuments and beautiful beaches, taking in Anuradhapura, Trincomalee, Kandy, Polonnaruwa and more. Discover architectural wonders dating back to the 11th century, beautiful, white-sanded beaches and natural harbours.

Best of Sri Lanka

15-day tailor-made journey from £3,295 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.

Sri Lankan Wildlife and Whales

9-day tailor-made journey from £2,245 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

Treasures of Northern Sri Lanka & East Coast

11-day tailor-made journey from £2,395 pp incl. flights

There's always a good time to visit, with seasons varying dramatically from coast to coast. The ancient cities of the country's northern interior and beautiful east coast beaches are best visited between April and September, offering a wonderful summertime alternative to the crowded south.

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Top places to stay in Sri Lanka

Jetwing Yala, Yala National Park

Contemporary hotel

Launched in 2014, this gorgeous property is the latest addition to Jetwing’s Sri Lankan portfolio, offering a fine stretch of shoreline and sleek modern design in a peaceful corner of the southern coast. Due to its location, the Jetwing works equally well as a luxury beach resort and as a base from…

Cinnamon Wild Yala, Sri Lanka, Kumana National Park

Contemporary lodge

A world-class safari lodge, Sri Lanka’s Cinnamon Wild Yala is a winner of TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence and one of the best places from which to explore the wilderness of Yala National Park. A fetching blend of modern functionality and rustic charm, the hotel offers guests a stretch of st…

Jetwing Vil Uyana, Sigiriya

Traditional eco

First-class eco-tourism in Sri Lanka's beautiful paddy field and countryside

Reef Villa and Spa, Wadduwa

Traditional resort

Set in three acres of tropical gardens with palm-fringed pavilions and lily ponds, the resort is also located right on the golden sands of a tranquil beach, with views across the shimmering Indian Ocean.

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Sri Lanka’s Cities & Beaches

10-day tailor-made journey from £1,745 pp incl. flights


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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.

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