A teardrop-shaped island off the southeast coast of India, Sri Lanka is a country rich with culture, history, and natural beauty. A deeply Buddhist country – with one of the most important shrines in the world, the Temple of the Tooth – Sri Lanka also has remnants of Dutch, Portuguese and British colonisation, which manifest itselfs in the beautiful architecture and archaeological sites, as well as Sri Lanka's distinctive culture. From a high hinterland it offers caves, crags, waterfalls and forests full of wildlife, meanwhile the coast is lined with palm-frindged. golden sandy beaches and sparkling waters that are home to an abundance of aquatic creatures.
- Explore the streets of Colombo
- View Kandy’s Temple of the Tooth
- Climb Sigiriya Rock
- Go on safari in the Yala National Park
- Visit a tea plantation
- Relax on the beaches of Bentota
Sri Lanka experiences a tropical climate with distinct wet and dry seasons, but very little temperature variation, it is always hot and humid. Temperatures in coastal regions averages 27°C
Sri Lanka has two seasons – the drier high season and the monsoonal low season. When the south and west coast and Hill Country are in season (November to April) the east coast experiences a monsoon, and vice versa.
There are also mid-season peaks (July/August) that coincide with the less showery inter-monsoon periods
Best time to go
The best time to visit depends on where you wish to travel, but it is best to try and avoid the rains. November to April sees dry weather on the west coast and May to September sees the dry weather on the east coast.
Top Accommodation in Sri Lanka
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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The Kandy House
Kandy, Sri Lanka
- Capital – Colombo
- Currency – Sri Lankan Rupee
- Point of Entry – Colombo
- Airlines – Sri Lankan Airlines
- Flying Time – 10 hrs 45 mins
- Time Zone – GMT + 4 1/2 hrs
- Visa – Required, can be obtained on arrival
- Combine an active touring itinerary of Sri Lanka with a relaxing finish in the Maldives.
11 Day Sri Lankan Twin Centre
From £4,419 per person based on 2 people sharing
Duration: 11 days
This 11 day twin-centre holiday allows you to see some of the best parts of Sri Lanka, while giving you the freedom to decide what you wish to do with your time. Whether you simply want to relax and make the most of your all-inclusive stay, or pack your days full of exciting activities, you can pers...
12 Day Sri Lankan Family Twin Centre
From £7,759 per family based on a family of 4 (children under 12) sharing a room
Duration: 12 days
This 12 day itinerary has been designed with families in mind, allowing you to see some of Sri Lanka’s best destinations while also giving you the freedom to decide how you want to spend your time. Opt for a more relaxing holiday and get in some quality family time, fill your days with activit...
14 Day Wonders and Wildlife
From £2,220 per person based on 2 people sharing
Duration: 14 days
Sri Lanka has an interesting history and culture and makes for an exciting holiday destination. With religious temples and relics scattered through the countryside, alongside the rich wildlife and birdlife - there's so much to see and do beyond the famed tea plantations.This is the perfect itine...
15 Day Sri Lankan Family Adventure
From £10,930 per family based on a family of 4 (children under 12) sharing a room
Duration: 15 days
This 15 day itinerary has been designed with the adventure-loving family in mind, offering ample opportunity to explore Sri Lanka and experience its rich culture, beauty, and wildlife. Sri Lanka’s abundance of exotic creatures is one of the main focal points of this holiday, with the game driv...
16 Day Classic Sri Lanka
From £2,945 per person based on two people sharing
Duration: 16 days
This 16-day itinerary is perfect for those wishing to explore the major cultural highlights and sights of this beautiful country from the wonders of Sigiriya, Dambulla and Kandy, to the attractions of Nuwara Eliya and Galle. A private vehicle with driver/guide is included throughout, allowing ...
16 Day Sri Lanka Coast & Train Journey
From £2,555 per person based on per person sharing
Duration: 16 days
Explore the highlights of Sri Lanka on this 16 day adventure. From the bustling city of Colombo, your journey takes you to the ancient architectural wonders of Sigiriya and to the natural heritage areas of Minneriya. Travel onwards through the beautiful green interior, staying on a colonial te...
19 Day Sri Lanka & Maldives Escape
From £4,915 per person based on two people sharing
Duration: 19 days
This tour combines the best of Sri Lanka with the peace and remoteness of the Maldives. Starting off in Colombo, you stay in a newly converted Victorian house, moving onto Sigiriya famed for it’s Rock Fortress. Enjoy wildlife jeep safaris in the National parks, take a train journey...
9 Day Highlights of Sri Lanka
From £1,995 per person based on two people sharing
Duration: 9 days
This 9-day itinerary is a great introduction for first time visitors to Sri Lanka and for those with limited time who want to see the main sights of this teardrop island. Starting in the vibrant city of Colombo, you experience the diversity of Sri Lanka, from its cities to it’s ancient m...
Surrounded by 58 acres of natural woodland, this restored 150 year old mansion is the pièce de résistance of this idyllic escape. This ancestral estate is nestled amongst two sparkling reservoirs, paddy fields, lily ponds and offers a place of perfect tranquillity to guests. Ulagalla o...
Tintagel Colombo is a boutique hotel located in the city's smartest neighbourhood of Rosmead Place. This property was once home to a former Prime Minister and has ten spacious suites that provide peace and tranquillity. Each suite has either a private courtyard, balcony, or lounge. The hotel off...
Housed within the walls of a two-hundred-year-old Moorish mansion, Casa Colombo perfectly reflects the cultural eclecticism of the capital for which it is named. Inside, the hotel pays tribute to the retro-chic styling of Sri Lankan designer Lalin Jinanesa, the man responsible not only for foun...
A luxurious eleven-suite city hotel. Built in the eighteenth century by Sheikh Salehboy Moosajee, it is one of the few remaining buildings of its kind in Colombo. Originally a family home, the house was designed to host receptions and entertainment on a grand scale, with great halls, expansive garde...
98 Acres Resort and Spa
Famous for its sprawling tea plantations and spectacular mountain views, Ella is a favourite destination for all travellers to Sri Lanka. The lush cloud forests that define the region are alive with a variety of flora and fauna, whilst Ella’s cool mountain climate provides a welcome respite fr...
Located on a pristine stretch of Sri Lanka’s golden southwest coast, Aditya offers its guests the peace and serenity of a luxury beach escape, whilst also providing convenient proximity to many of the region’s most famous attractions. A short drive eastwards along the coast leads t...
Amangalla is an elegantly beautiful and historic boutique hotel within the ramparts of the 17th century Galle Fort. The suites feature high ceilings, overhead fans, cooling verandas, and a 200 year old garden making this the most desired hotel in the neighbourhood. Despite being over 150 years old, ...
The Fortress Resort and Spa
The Fortress Resort and Spa is styled after Galle's famous fort adjacent to the beach. The resort boasts lavish gardens dotted with hammocks, a daybed, a free form swimming pool that overlooks the ocean, and interiors with the latest comforts and luxuries. The rooms have a contemporary design,&n...
The Kandy House
The Kandy House is a 200 year old manor house near the old capital city of Kandy on a six acre estate on a forested hillside. This boutique hotel features eight comfortable and spacious rooms ideal for relaxation after visiting the temples, palaces, and fortresses in the area.
Located in the blissfully cool Kandyan Hills, Clingendael borders the sweeping greens of Victoria Golf Course and boasts panoramic views of one of Sri Lanka’s most beautiful rural landscapes. Featuring just five bedrooms, this wonderfully exclusive hotel epitomises the colonial grandeur of old...
Surrounded by the stunning panoramas of Sri Lanka’s Hill Country, Mas Villa boasts a fascinating history that goes back some two hundred and fifty years. Once the home of the illustrious political leader Hon. Gamini Dissanayake, this imposing manor house evokes the elegant atmosphere and time-...
Ceylon Tea Trails
The Ceylon House is a set of four colonial era tea planters' bungalows located right in the heart of the Golden Valley of Tea in central Sri Lanka. Each bungalow includes a manager, butler, chef, and support staff to meet your every need.
Uga Bay Hotel
Those that travel to Sri Lanka in search of its famously idyllic beaches need look no further than Passekudah Bay, whose crescent of pristine white sand is renowned as one of the best in the country. Perfectly situated along the shores of Passekudah is Uga Bay, a luxury hotel that commands spectacul...
Jetwing Vil Uyana
Jetwing Vil Uyana is located in the centre of Sri Lanka's cultural triangle and is near the great rock fortress of Sigiriya and Dambulla's amazing painted caves. Each of the 25 rustic retreats sits high on stilts above the emerald paddy fields or hidden in the jungle. While rustic, the retre...
Amanwella is a sister property to Amangalla, and is a beautiful beach hideaway near the seaside town of Tangalle edged by the ocean on one side and a coconut grove on the other. Each suite has a private courtyard and plunge pool with a resort-shared infinity pool flanked by two spacious sundecks. Of...
Perched atop a bluff on a stretch of white sandy beach on the central south coast of Sri Lanka, Ani Villas commands panoramic views of the sparkling blue waters that roll in among the headlands, reefs, and sandbars. The sprawling 15 bedroom beachfront compound which houses 2 villas has been cre...
Jungle Beach Resort
Located just thirty minutes from the historic city of Trincomalee, Jungle Beach Resort allows its guests to simultaneously experience lush jungle and pristine beach in a harmonious blend of Sri Lanka’s most famous attributes. Nestled between the shimmering expanse of the Indian Ocean and a lag...
Reef Villa and Spa
The Reef Villa and Spa is a seven suite resort located on the south west coast of Sri Lanka. Each suite is named after a beautiful Sri Lankan flower and is filled with colonial antiques and feature high ceilings and the most modern of bathrooms. The feel throughout the hotel is one of romance and gr...
7 NIGHTS AT Reef Villa and SpaFrom £2,285
Enjoy 7 nights of romance and grandeur in the Reef Villa & Spa a private resort on the South West coast of Sri Lanka. You get to stay in the Lily Pond Suite which is located amongst a lily pond and is accessed by stepping over stones across the pond. The suite features an open to stars, tropical...
7 nights Beach experience at AMANWELLAFrom £2,979
Enjoy this great 7-night beach experience offer on this beautiful beach hideaway near the seaside town of Tangalle edged by the ocean on one side and a coconut grove on the other. Each suite has a private courtyard and plunge pool with a resort-shared infinity pool flanked by two spacious sunde...
Stay 7 pay for 5 at The Fortress Resort and SpaFrom £1,159
Enjoy a beautiful beachfront setting on Koggala Beach with this stay 7 pay for 5 offer, for stays between 01 Sep - 31 Oct 2017 at the Fortress Resort & Spa.The Fortress Resort and Spa is styled after Galle's famous fort adjacent to the beach. The resort boasts lavish gardens dotted...