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Sri Lanka West Coast Holidays

The main entry point for international travellers arriving in Sri Lanka, the island’s west coast is dominated by the nation’s capital, and largest city, Colombo. However, there is more to Sri Lanka’s western coast than Colombo with the region boasting a number of ever-popular beach towns as well as a selection of rural properties that offer both a slice of authentic Sri Lanka and an opportunity to break the journey between the airport and Cultural Triangle region. With an enviable coastal location and rich colonial heritage, Colombo’s blend of old and new, peoples, cultures and architectural styles perfectly encapsulates the country’s rich diversity. Undertake a heritage walk and explore the colourful markets of Pettah or travel into the island’s interior to stay at one of the charming provincial properties that are within a couple of hours of the capital. Two of our favourites are The Notary’s House and the Rosyth Estate House – the former a small boutique hotel, the latter a 1920s colonial planter’s bungalow. Both are en-route to the Cultural Triangle making them ideally located for use either at the start or end of a holiday. The warm waters of the Indian Ocean lap Sri Lanka’s western shore and the coast is dotted with a host of palm-fringed beach towns. Each have their own personality and range of accommodation styles from larger resorts to smaller boutique hotels so there is something to suit every requirement.

Holiday Ideas for Sri Lanka West Coast

A Journey through Ceylon

18 days from
£4895 to £5990 per person


Hidden Treasures of Sri Lanka

16 days from
£4790 to £5750 per person


Sri Lanka - A Tropical Jewel

14 days from
£2970 to £3560 per person


Sri Lanka: A Summer Family Adventure

14 days from
£3100 to £3720 per person


Taste of Sri Lanka

9 days from
£2695 to £3350 per person


Wild Sri Lanka

15 days from
£3800 to £4560 per person


When to visit Sri-Lanka-West-Coast

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For a small island Sri Lanka has distinct climatic regions and two monsoon periods that affect each side of the country at different times of year. With that in mind, it is generally considered that the best time to visit Sri Lanka’s west coast is from the end of November through to the first half of April. This period is typically known as the dry season with the weather at this time largely settled, however, it is worth keeping in mind that due to Sri Lanka’s proximity to the equator and subsequent year-round tropical climate, brief showers and thunderstorms can happen at any point throughout the year. During the dry season temperatures reach and sometimes exceed 30°C, skies are mostly clear with little cloud cover and humidity tends to be lower. The west coast of Sri Lanka experiences its heaviest monsoon rain between May and September but the wider wet season spans from the end of April to the start of November. Temperatures during this period remain relatively constant but there is a noticeable increase in humidity which can make it feel hotter, daily downpours are common and should be expected whilst occasional but heavy longer-lasting storms can also sometimes occur.

What is a Tailor-Made Holiday?

We create a holiday tailored to your specific requirements, including:

  • When you go
  • Duration
  • Time spent in each place
  • How much you want to spend

We offer our experience and knowledge to help create your perfect, tailor-made itinerary

What to do in Sri Lanka West Coast

Nearly every visitor to Sri Lanka spends time on the island’s west coast – a region home to the nation’s capital with a beautiful coastline and surprisingly rural, often overlooked, interior. Commercial and cosmopolitan, Colombo is Sri Lanka’s largest city and a melting pot of peoples and cultures reflected in the city’s history and architectural styles. Originally a Portuguese trading outpost captured by the Dutch in the 1600s and falling into British hands a century or so later, this legacy has resulted in an attractive city of wide tree-lined streets, grand British mansions, Dutch churches and elaborate mosques. Arguably the most interesting part of the city is Pettah, once Colombo’s financial centre and today a busy market area of tradesmen, fruit and vegetable wholesalers, goldsmiths and gem traders. To the east of Colombo the city quickly fades into countryside punctuated by small scattered rural communities and rolling hills which, rising steeply, are the setting for tea, rubber and spice plantations. These foothills, away from the main tourist trail, conceal a number of delightful boutique properties that serve as both an ideal stopping point between Colombo and the sights of the Cultural Triangle but also as places to relax, bird watch, walk and experience everyday life in provincial Sri Lanka. For many the west coast of Sri Lanka is also synonymous with beaches and many of the country’s best-known coastal towns can be found here. Each with their own style and accommodation options, Bentota, Wadduwa, Negombo, Balapitiya and Hikkaduwa are all a short drive either north or south of the capital and therefore ideal options for post-tour relaxation.

Places in Sri Lanka West Coast

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