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Sri Lanka Holidays

A tear-shaped island of enchanting tropical beaches, gleaming Buddhist temples, misty tea plantations and old colonial hill stations, this golden isle in the Indian Ocean is a tapestry of unparalleled beauty. Sri Lanka's cultural triangle is home to the UNESCO world heritage site of Polonnaruwa and ancient city of Anuradhapura, the rock fortress of Sigiriya and the cave monastery at Dambulla. The beautiful lake-side town of Kandy is home to the famous Temple of the Tooth and the gateway to the tea plantations and former British hill station of Nuwara Eliya and with Uda Walawe and Yala National Parks, southern Sri Lanka offers excellent wildlife viewing, a golden coastline and the 16th century port of Galle. It is now also possible to travel north, past Wilpattu National Park to Jaffna and, with the excellent beaches of the east coast, every corner of this beautiful island can be explored. We have over 30 years of experience planning tailor-made holidays in Sri Lanka.

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Places to visit in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is an alluring blend of ancient sites, tropical rainforest, tea plantations and a beautiful coastline. Colombo, Sri Lanka’s capital, has been a gateway to the island for over two millennia and colonial influences can still be seen in the architecture of the city. Buddhism is also fundamental to the island and the ‘cultural triangle’ is the best place to learn about this heritage with key locations being the world heritage sites of Polonnaruwa, Anuradhapura, Sigiriya and Dambulla. Sri Lanka’s biodiversity is unrivalled and wildlife enthusiasts will be spoilt for choice with excellent national parks including Wilpattu, Udawalawe and Gal Oya as well as Yala National Park with its healthy leopard population. Those looking for scenery and history can combine Kandy in central Sri Lanka and the hill country with its old British charm or the fortified city of Galle which serves as a gateway to the beaches of the south coast.

When to Visit Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is blessed with a climate that differs across the island, meaning a holiday to Sri Lanka is great all year round. When the monsoon season starts in the north between October and January, it is dry and warm in the south-west. As the rain starts in the south during May and September, the north gets a hot summer season. Although the climate remains warm most of the year and it rarely rains all through the day, heavy rain can cause localised flooding at times. It will be very humid in Sri Lanka, with an average of around 80% at any given time. Dress for sticky, hot conditions and take steps to keep cool. The average temperature is around 27°C, but this can hit 31°C (88°F) during particularly hot weather.

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This is a general overview suggesting when to travel in the country. Please note that this may not directly apply to any specific itinerary or region.

Essential Information

Capital: Colombo

Main Language: Sinhala / English

Time Zone: GMT + 5.5

Currency: Sri Lankan Rupee (LKR)

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Sri Lanka Holiday Review

We just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed our recent trip to Sri Lanka. We have now been back home for nearly a week and are still basking in happy memories of our time there. All the arrangements worked perfectly and the hotels were lovely, each one different from the last, but with its own character.

It is sad that it is all over for us, but we will remember all the wonderful things we have seen with a great deal of pleasure and we do thank you very much indeed for arranging such a perfect itinerary for us.

RB & AB - Sri Lanka - March 2019

Accommodation in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka has plenty of accommodation options to suit every visitor. There is a vast range of accommodation available throughout the island from luxurious small hotels, contemporary properties and one-off boutique accommodation to atmospheric wildlife lodges and charming colonial tea planter’s bungalows. The majority of Sri Lanka’s beach resorts predominately hug the north-east and south-west coastlines with a plethora of different options including everything from larger modern hotels to small independent properties – some with only a handful of rooms. Although heritage hotels can be found throughout the country, the majority are located in and around Kandy, Nuwara Eliya and adjoining tea plantations and the historic fort at Galle.

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