Sri Lanka Tailor made Holidays
With no fewer than eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the small island nation of Sri Lanka is brimming with a wealth of sacred sites, ancient cities, exotic wildlife, lush tea plantations and incredible landscapes. With a personalised itinerary carefully put together by our expert tailormade team, you can enjoy the sights and delights of Sri Lanka at your own pace – seeing what you want to see, when you want to see it - combining all the best sites of the cultural triangle with relaxing Indian Ocean beach-side bliss.
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See the main highlights of Sri Lanka on holiday with us
Just a stone’s throw from India this tropical island nation is steeped in history with ancient Buddhist cities, remnants of the spice trade, elegant colonial hill stations and lush tea plantations. The best of Sri Lanka’s wonders can be found within the island’s Cultural Triangle including the impressive Sigiriya rock fortress, remarkable cave temples of Dambulla, plus the sacred cities of Polonnaruwa, Kandy and Anuradhapura.
Indian Ocean Bliss
Sri Lanka’s beautiful southern coast has miles of beautiful, pristine sandy beaches and coves. The south is very scenic, wonderfully relaxed and less developed than the popular south west coast. Tangalle is an idyllic seaside town which boasts some of the best beaches on the island and it is also a breeding ground for marine turtles. Snorkelling and diving off the coast here is very popular and there are plenty of other water sports on offer.
Inspirations for a holiday in Sri Lanka
While Sri Lanka’s famous sites are sure to impress consider adding on some hidden gems and authentic local experiences on to your travels too. Here are some of our recommended things to see and do to get you started.
As the nation’s most popular sport and favourite pastime amongst locals, you simply cannot leave Sri Lanka without witnessing at least one cricket match. Whether it is cheering from the sidelines of a friendly game on the beach or from the buzzing stalls of a cricket ground in Colombo or Kandy, revel in the electric atmosphere as the runs come in.
Climb Adam's Peak
Soaring out of Sri Lanka’s hill country, Adam’s Peak is perhaps one of the most sacred pilgrimage sites on this Tear Drop Isle. A mysterious shallow depression at the summit of the mountain has resulted in numerous myths and legends with many religions staking claim to its origination – from being the footprint or Buddha to where Adam stood when cast down from Heaven. Whatever your belief, a climb up to the summit is well-worth it and commands incredible views.
Set on the southern coast, this charming town is an intoxicating confluence of traditional Sri Lankan culture and Dutch-colonial architecture set against a tropical backdrop. Highlights here include the UNESCO-listed Galle Fort which is brimming with shops and cafes, and the National Museum with plenty of artefacts on display. Visit Galle on a day trip from Colombo, spend a couple nights here, or combine it with a relaxing beach stay.
Nine national parks
For a small island nation Sri Lanka is certainly not lacking in natural beauty and wildlife, which can be seen in its nine national parks and seven bird sanctuaries. Sri Lanka is home to over 43 endangered species, including the Blue Whale and Asian Elephant, as well as sloth, leopard and sea turtle. From Yala National Park to Horton Plains and Udawalawe, take a walk on the wild side on a wildlife safari.
If you want to search out a bargain in Colombo, then you cannot go amiss in the Pettah district. Here you’ll discover a network of open air markets and bazaars selling anything from colourful textiles, aromatic spices, sizzling street food and handcrafted souvenirs. With notable landmarks and an intriguing mix of cultures, ethnicities and religions, this is a fascinating place to spend a few hours.
Enjoying an enviable location on the southern coast of Sri Lanka, just 200 kilometres from the equator, the small seaside town of Mirissa is a sun-seekers paradise. The sandy crescent shaped palm-fringed beach is the perfect place to soak up the rays while offshore wildlife enthusiasts can go in search of whales, dolphins, turtles and manta rays, which are often spotted in the warm turquoise waters.
Some of our top hotel picks
For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.
Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.
Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.
Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.
Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.
Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!
Sri Lanka’s Tea Country
Along with aromatic spices and colourful gems, Ceylon tea is one of Sri Lanka’s biggest exports and no trip to this island nation would be complete without trying it for yourself. Grown in the cool hill country each plantation produces tea with its own unique characteristics, but on the whole it is renowned around the world for its high quality, distinct aroma and delicious flavour. Watch tea pickers do their rounds, learn about the island’s history in the tea industry and enjoy a cuppa.