Destination

Sri Lanka Holidays

Beaches, tea and temples

Marvel at history and culture on a Sri Lankan holiday, the island that birthed the soul of Buddhism and flourishes nature in abundance. From the rolling hills in the heart of the island, to the white sands of the east coast, Sri Lanka’s landscapes are enticing and inspiring.

Take in the history that lies in Polonnaruwa and experience the rich culture that Kandy has to offer. Fly direct from London Heathrow to Colombo or split the flight duration with a stopover in the Middle East and take in the glamour of Dubai or the culture in Doha.

Whether you want to tour and experience local customs, stay in an intimate romantic retreat, relax on a white sand beach, or get up close with the wildlife in the many national parks and reserves, we promise that Sri Lanka will not disappoint. 

If you need a break after your Sri Lankan adventures, why not partner your trip with a luxurious holiday to the Maldives? The beautiful islands will welcome you with white sandy beaches, tranquil waters and indulgent spas as well as delicious food and warm hospitality.

 

Destination Highlights
  • As Sri Lanka’s cultural capital, Kandy is a must see for first time visitors
  • Sri Lanka’s east coast is home to some incredible white sand beaches
  • With influences from Europe, the Far East and the Indian subcontinent, diversity lives in Sri Lanka’s soul, from the customs to the cuisine.
  • Sri Lanka exports around 300,000 tonnes of tea each year
Essential Information
See Practical Information
  • Time Zone GMT+5:30.
  • Currency LKR - Sri Lankan rupee
  • Visa Information British citizens must obtain an online visa prior to travel.
  • Language Tamil, Sinhalese and English.
  • Flight Time Approx.10 hours direct from London Heathrow or varied indirect times via the Middle East.
  • Health Information No special vaccinations are required for travel to Sri Lanka.

Top Tips from our Experts

James

Destination Executive

“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.”

Taylor

Destination Executive

“Be sure to visit the fortified town of Galle on the South East 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.”

Sheryl

Destination Manager

“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

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Trincomalee

Trincomalee

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Passikudah

Passikudah

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Yala

Yala

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Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya

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Negombo

Negombo

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Kalutara

Kalutara
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Bentota

Bentota

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Colombo

Colombo

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Kandy

Kandy

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Galle

Galle

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Hambantota

Hambantota

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Tangalle

Tangalle

Types of Sri Lanka 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. 

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.

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AVANI Kalutara Resort

Kalutara

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AVANI Kalutara Resort
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Vivanta By Taj Bentota

Bentota

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Vivanta By Taj Bentota
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The Fortress

Galle

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The Fortress
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Saman Villas

Bentota

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Saman Villas

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