Sri Lanka Holidays

The foreign office (FCO) have amended their travel advice allowing travel.

As a result of the FCO travel advice update, Hayes & Jarvis Destination  Experts are ready to design your holiday to Sri Lanka.

       

Sri Lanka holidays offer all the joys of the island's larger cousin, India, with more intimate gems for intrepid travellers to discover. The country's culture dates back over 2,500 years. Steeped in Buddhist and Hindu tradition, you can sample delicious local delicacies such as roti or wattalapam, served in the traditional way on a plantain or lotus leaf.

Why not learn exotic dances like Kandyan or Sabaragamuwa? Alternatively, try a night at the theatre, where you can experience ancient instruments in gorgeous venues like the Nelum Pokuna Mahinda Rajapaksa Theatre. Sri Lanka boasts an extensive road network, making it easy for exploring couples, while visitors seeking relaxation can decompress with a cup of the country’s native Ceylon tea, considered to be among the healthiest in the world.

Luxury holidays in Sri Lanka

At Hayes & Jarvis we offer fantastic holidays with extensive destinations. Our top level experience spans over 65 years and means we can answer all the questions others can't. No matter whether you're seeking relaxing times for a beach-based honeymoon or looking to find luxury hotels across a range of destinations, we can help.

Book our Dubai, Sri Lanka and Maldives multi centre holiday which will offer you a fantastic balance of city centre excitement and beach tranquillity. Alternatively, try the Sri Lankan Culture, Wildlife and Beach multi centre for a truly stimulating introduction to the island's attractions. Or try the India and Sri Lanka multi centre to undertake an exploration of stunning scope and scale.

Destination Highlights
  • Dreamy beaches and rich seas
  • Discover 2,500 years of history
  • Gaze on priceless archaeological relics
  • Be at one with nature
  • The finest seafood dining
  • Tranquil sunsets and fine teas

Our favourite hotels

Our favourite places to stay are below. We know everyone is different, so if you can’t see something you like, we'd be more than happy to help.

Unique Aerial View

Wild Coast Tented Lodge

Yala

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

Hambantota

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Guide Price

£1,419 pp

Shangri-La's Hambantota Golf Resort & Spa

The Blue Water Hotel & Spa

Wadduwa

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The Blue Water Hotel & Spa
Unique Swimming pool

The Fortress

Galle

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Guide Price

£1,079 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.

  • Market stall selling local produce

    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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Average weather in January

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31ºC
62mm

Average weather in February

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31ºC
69mm

Average weather in March

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32ºC
130mm

Average weather in April

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29ºC
253mm

Average weather in May

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31ºC
382mm

Average weather in June

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30ºC
186mm

Average weather in July

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30ºC
125mm

Average weather in August

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30ºC
114mm

Average weather in September

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30ºC
236mm

Average weather in October

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30ºC
369mm

Average weather in November

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30ºC
310mm

Average weather in December

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30ºC
168mm
  • Martyn, Destination Executive

    Martyn

    Destination Manager

    “Without a doubt the best way to see Sri Lanka is to tour it. Using a private guide, you can completely tailor your itinerary to see what you really want to. Then, after you have seen Sri Lanka’s rich culture and history, head to the beach for a few nights of relaxation.”

  • Katie

    Destination Specialist

    “Be sure to visit the fortified town of Galle on the South West tip of the island. This town was built by the Portuguese, and Dutch, and has the feel of an old European city. It’s without doubt my favourite town in Sri Lanka.”

  • Clive

    Content Editor

    “If you get the chance, try travelling by train from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya. This route winds through the heart of the Sri Lankan countryside. See the working tea plantations and the small rural villages that would be missed by car. If you are feeling really daring, try sitting with your feet out the side of the carriage.”

Our Sri Lanka destinations

Mangrove Forests

Sri Lanka

Yala

Yala
Nuwara Eliya

Sri Lanka

Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya
Traditional fishing boat

Sri Lanka

Negombo

Negombo

Sri Lanka

Kalutara

Kalutara
this is a picture of a boat on a beach

Sri Lanka

Bentota

Bentota

Sri Lanka

Colombo

Colombo

Sri Lanka

Kandy

Kandy

Sri Lanka

Galle

Galle

Sri Lanka

Hambantota

Hambantota

Sri Lanka

Tangalle

Tangalle

Sri Lanka

Trincomalee

Trincomalee

Sri Lanka

Passikudah

Passikudah

Types of Sri Lanka holidays

Sri Lanka Multi Centre Holidays

Multi Centre Holidays

Frequently Asked Questions

Flights to Sri Lanka take approximately 10 hours and 30 minutes. There are currently direct flight options from London Heathrow to Bandaranaike International Airport near Colombo, with Sri Lankan Airlines and daily stop-over flights from London and other UK airports. 

The beaches in Sri Lanka have clean, white or golden sand and the Indian Ocean provides excellent diving opportunities and is generally very safe for swimming and watersports. Some of the most popular include Hikkaduwa Beach, Negombo Beach and Bentota Beach. 

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