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Sri Lanka Holidays

The teardrop-shaped island of Sri Lanka is a land of lush-green forests, shimmering temples, and golden beaches surrounded by the Indian Ocean. Visit hillside tea plantations and enjoy some of the world’s finest tea, explore ancient history, relax on the beach or go in search of wildlife during your tailor-made holiday in Sri Lanka.

Nestled among the hills and looped by Mahaweli River, the capital city of Kandy is home to the sacred Buddhist Temple of the Tooth, and Yala National Park, where wild elephants and leopards roam. If you’re a history lover then you will certainly enjoy visiting the ancient rock fortress and palace of Sigiriya, one of the seven UNESCO World Heritage sites in Sri Lanka, and home to some unique carvings. Sigiriya translates as and is also known as Lions Rock due to how it has been carved, including its fierce lion claw entrance.

Hire a bicycle and hit the dusty roads that run through the ancient and highly sophisticated city of Polonnaruwa. Visit the coastal city of Galle, with its imposing Dutch-built fortress, or take a trip to the buzzing capital of Colombo before taking a train ride through the tea country hills of central Sri Lanka to Nuwara Eliya.

Prepare to be enchanted by Dambulla Cave Temple, in which five separate caves contain about 150 absolutely stunning Buddha statues and paintings, some of Sri Lanka's most important and evocative religious art.

Sri Lanka holidays: land of serendipity

During your Sri Lanka holidays, why not learn some steps from the exotic dances of Kandyan or Sabaragamuwa? Alternatively, try a night at the theatre, where you can experience ancient native instruments in gorgeous venues like the Nelum Pokuna Mahinda Rajapaksa Theatre.

Sri Lanka boasts an extensive road network, making it easy for small private parties to get around.

Decompress in the sprawling tea plantations with a cup of the country’s native Ceylon tea, considered to be among the healthiest - and best - in the world.

Whatever your holiday dreams and wishes, we can make them come true. Give our Destination Specialists a call today and we will help craft your ideal tailor-made Sri Lanka holiday.

Destination Highlights
  • Sip a fresh brew of Ceylon tea at one of the many lush-green tea plantations or admire the sunset
  • Gaze at priceless archaeological relics and discover over 2,500 years of history
  • Visit Kandy, and explore the Relic of the Sacred Tooth, where one of Buddha’s teeth is housed in a jewelled golden casket
  • Climb the iconic ancient rock fortress, Sigiriya, or head to Yala National Park to witness the graceful leopard and bears of Sri Lanka

Our favourite hotels

For your Sri Lanka holiday, whether you fancy being a stone’s throw from the beach, nestled in the rainforest or having the ease of your own private villa, we can help you find your dream accommodation in Sri Lanka.

Unique Aerial View

Wild Coast Tented Lodge

Yala

H&J Rating

Guide Price

 £3,099  pp

Wild Coast Tented Lodge
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Shangri-La's Hambantota Golf Resort & Spa

Hambantota

H&J Rating

Guide Price

 £1,899  pp

Shangri-La's Hambantota Golf Resort & Spa
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The Blue Water Hotel & Spa

Wadduwa

H&J Rating

Guide Price

 £1,599  pp

The Blue Water Hotel & Spa
Unique Swimming pool

The Fortress

Galle

H&J Rating

Guide Price

 £1,099  pp

The Fortress

Time Zone

GMT+5:30

Flight Time

Approx. 10 hours direct from London Heathrow or varied indirect times via the Middle East

Currency

LKR - Sri Lankan rupee

Visa Information

British citizens must obtain an online visa prior to travel

Language

Tamil, Sinhalese and English

Health Information

No special vaccinations are required for travel to Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka will do its best to enchant you. After all, this is the land of mist-shrouded landscapes, ancient ruins and enthralling wildlife. Discover the ruins of Polonnaruwa and Galle and sip tea among the plantations of Nuwara Eliya.

  • Temple of the Tooth by night

    Temple of the Tooth

    This mysterious 17th century temple, the legendary home of the Buddha’s tooth, is one of Sri Lanka’s most captivating. See the six golden caskets the tooth was hidden in after it was smuggled here in the hair of a princess.

  • Elephant transit home - Udawalawe

    Udawalawe National Park

    This once small nature reserve is now an attraction to thousands every year. Everyone who visits takes away the amazing experience of the vast areas of roaming space and the mix of wildlife that inhabit it.

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    Sri Lanka Cuisine

    Likened to South Indian cuisine, Sri Lankan flavours are dominated by spices, coconut and chillies, with the island's dishes considered among the worlds hottest. While standard foods are spicy, many restaurants tone the chilli content down for tourists.

  • Sigiriya Rock Fortress

    Sigiriya Rock Fortress

    Built on and around a towering 200-metre-high rock, this is just one of Sri Lanka's World Heritage Sites.

  • Dambulla cave temple

    Dambulla Rock Temple

    Dating back to the 1st century, and containing stunning Buddhist murals, this is the best-preserved temple in Sri Lanka.

  • Reclining Buddha at Polonnaruwa

    Polonnaruwa

    See the remains of this remarkable city, filled with ruins, statues, and Brahmanic monuments.

Best time to visit Sri Lanka

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31ºC
62mm

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31ºC
69mm

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32ºC
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29ºC
253mm

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31ºC
382mm

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30ºC
186mm

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30ºC
125mm

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30ºC
114mm

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30ºC
236mm

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30ºC
369mm

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310mm

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  • Martyn, Destination Executive

    Martyn

    Destination Manager

    “Climbing Adam's Peak, also known as Sri Pada, is one of the best travel experiences in Sri Lanka. If you don’t mind missing the sunrise, avoid the crowds and climb in the afternoon to enjoy the panoramic views from above.”

     

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    Katie

    Destination Specialist

    “Make time in Colombo to experience the authentic street food on offer. Try the ‘Sri Lankan Hopper’ - a rice and coconut crepe with an egg in the middle and complemented with spicy caramelized onions.” 

     

Festivals and events are wonderful to include during your Sri Lanka holiday, offering a glimpse into the country’s authentic culture and traditions.

 

  • Kandy Perahera

    The Kandy Esala Perahera is a colourful, lively and loud Buddhist pageant steeped in tradition and history. Running over ten nights in July/August, the tooth relic from of Lord Buddha is released from the Temple of the Tooth and taken around the city of Kandy on elephant-back, followed by a jubilant procession with plenty of dancing and drumming.

  • Vesak

    Vesak commemorates the birth, enlightenment and passing away of Buddha on the same consecutive full moon day in the month of May, and is also known as the Festival of Light.

     

  • Minneriya Elephant Gathering

    From August to September, witness over 7,000 wild Asian elephants as they gather together in Minneriya National Park in search of water.

     

Get a flavour of the local culture through your palate during your Sri Lanka holiday. Here are a few of our favourite dishes.

 

  • Fish ambul thiyal

    Fish ambul thiyal, malu ambul thiyal or -  as some call it - ‘sour fish curry’ is a delicious way of preparing fish in Sri Lanka. Fish is mixed up into a paste mainly containing goraka (an acidic and fruity spice) and is then cooked on a low flame until all the water evaporates and the fish is slightly charred at the bottom.

     

  • Kukal maas curry

    Kukul maas curry is a traditional recipe from Sri Lanka's native Sinhalese cuisine. Succulent pieces of chicken are cooked with whole spices in a coconut milk gravy. This curry has a spicy and earthy in flavour with its soothing coconut milk base.

     

  • Parippu

    Parippu curry (or dhal curry) is a traditional Sri Lankan dish prepared with masoor dal (red lentils), that is cooked in coconut milk and scented with mustard seeds, saffron, turmeric, cumin and fenugreek.

     

  • Watalappan

    Watalappan is a sumptuous custard dessert from Sri Lanka. It's made with coconut milk, eggs, jaggery (a natural palm sugar), and a few spices - usually cardamom, nutmeg, and cloves.

     

Our Sri Lanka destinations

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Sri Lanka

Bentota

Bentota
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Sri Lanka

Colombo

Colombo
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Kandy

Kandy
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Sri Lanka

Galle

Galle
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Sri Lanka

Hambantota

Hambantota
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Tangalle

Tangalle
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Sri Lanka

Trincomalee

Trincomalee

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Passikudah

Passikudah
Mangrove Forests

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Yala

Yala
Nuwara Eliya

Sri Lanka

Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya
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Negombo

Negombo
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Kalutara

Kalutara

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