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sri lanka

sri lanka

Located off the south east coast of India, Sri Lanka is a magical destination for a holiday during the European winter months.

Sri Lanka has it all: beautiful tropical beaches, cooler mountains, incredible wild life, tea plantations, ancient monuments, excellent food and diverse cultures.  The coasts are tropical with many palm lined sandy beaches and charming little towns, whilst the centre of the island is largely mountainous with a cooler climate and dotted with waterfalls, tea plantations and colonial architecture.

Sri Lanka is great for familes, couples and single travellers.

The best time to visit from a weather perspective (for most of the island) is from December to March, making this an excellent destination for a holiday during the cold European winter.  However, the north east is perfect during the European summer (stay at Jungle Beach). You may like to start by looking at:

South coast

These all offer the ultimate in style, comfort and luxury.  Numerous cultural and activity excursions are available at all properties. We would be delighted to advise you and organise everything for you.

Alternatively, you may prefer to stay in a private villa.  Our villas on the south coast include (but are not limited to):

Hill country

In the central interior, in the hills and rainforests near Kandy, we also recommend a selection of wonderful boutique hotels: 

Why not combine a stay in the mountains with some time on the coast?  We will organise everything for you.  Or combine the Cultural Triangle with Kandy and the Ceylon Tea Trails before heading off for 3 nights in the Maldives on the way home.  See:  Sri Lanka Highlights & Maldives

Cultural  triangle

For exploring the ancient Singalese kingdom, we recommend basing yourself at one of these charming but very different options:

If you would like to combine a visit to the Cultural Triangle with a week relaxing on the beach, please see our Beach & Cultural Triangle itinerary.  We can create numerous different tailor-made itineraries for you all around Sri Lanka.

East coast

Unlike the south coast, the east coast is very undeveloped in terms of luxury beach resorts.  However, what there is represents great value and is a great destination during the European summer.

Jungle Beach - offers the perfect escape in which to enjoy some personal pampering.  On one side the soft call of the ocean and on the other, the tranquillity of the jungle provides the ideal atmosphere in which to experience the ancient healing powers of Ayurveda.  Another great east coast option is the eco-friendly Maalu Maalu Resort & Spa, also with an Ayurvedic spa (and on-site Ayurvedic doctor) and a good selection of water sports.

Another great option is Trinco Blu by Cinnamon - great for whale watching (April to September) and water sports.

Colombo

On your way in or out of the country (or both), we recommend 'overnighting' at a gorgeous boutique hideaway - The Wallawwa - that's just 20 minutes from the airport but feels a million miles away.  Alternatively, if your taste is more for colonial elegance, we recommend Galle Face Hotel - set on the seafront in the heart of Colombo.  If you want to get off the plane and head straight off to the nearest great value beach resort, we would recommend Avani Kalutara, about 90 minutes south of Colombo.  And, nearby, is a wonderful boutique beach hotel - Ayurveda Maha Gedara - which specialises in Ayurvedic treatments and programmes.

Weather & Seasons

Climatically speaking, the driest (and best) seasons in Sri Lanka are from December to March for the west and south coasts.

From May to August the Yala monsoon brings rain to the island’s southwestern half. The southwest has the highest rainfall – up to 64 inches a year. There is also an inter-monsoonal period in October and November when rain can occur in many parts of the island. Colombo and the low-lying coastal regions have an average temperature of 27°C. The sea stays at around 27°C all year.

Everything else

  • Flying time from London:  Just under 11 hours direct flight to Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo
  • Currency:  Sri Lanka Rupees
  • Language:  Sinhalese, Tamil and English
  • Visa requirements:  Required, see below
  • Time difference:  GMT +5.5 hours

Visa

All visitors to Sri Lanka require a visa. You can obtain a short stay visa (up to 30 days) via an online visa process

Inoculations

Please consult your doctor for advice on all medical matters relating to travelling in Sri Lanka.

Flights

Flights to Sri Lanka are available from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

We can organise itineraries tailor-made to you.  Here are a few ideas to whet your appetite:

Beach and Kandy

11 nights from £1,299 per person
Discover the delights of Kandy as well as relaxing on the beach. More

Beach and Cultural Triangle

11 nights from £1,965 per person
Discover some of the highlights of Sri Lanka. More

Sri Lanka highlights & Maldives

11 nights from £3,765 per person
The best of Sri Lanka  before heading to Maldives. More

 

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the wallawwa

the wallawwa


colombo, sri lanka    room per night from £110

The Wallawwa is an ideal stop-over on arrival in Colombo or on your way home. It's only 20 minutes from the airport but feels like a million miles away.

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avani kalutara

avani kalutara


colombo, sri lanka    room per night from £60

Sitting on a peninsular where a river meets the ocean, Avani Kalutara blends Sri Lankan culture and sleek, contemporary design with a warm and easy going ambience.

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ayurveda maha gedara

ayurveda maha gedara


colombo, sri lanka    7 nights all inclusive from £1,550

Set within acres of lush tropical gardens, Ayurveda Maha Gedara combines comfortable accommodation with professional Ayurveda treatment facilities for a holiday that will leave you feeling revitalised and ready to face the world again.

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jetwing beach negombo

jetwing beach negombo


colombo, sri lanka    room per night from £100

Located on the golden sands of Negombo, Jetwing Beach is an ideal stop over on arrival at Colombo or for your last night before flying home. Or for longer...

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jetwing blue negombo

jetwing blue negombo


colombo, sri lanka    room per night from £85

Jetwing Blue is contemporary hotel, occupying a spectacular location and set within 2½ acres of palm tree gardens, overlooking a gorgeous stretch of beach.

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lanka princess hotel

lanka princess hotel


colombo, sri lanka    7 nights all inclusive from £1,200

Lanka Princess is known for its bespoke Ayurvedic treatments and great value all-inclusive adult-only accommodation, helping guests revive, relax and revitalize in the beautiful surroundings of the Indian Ocean’s sun drenched beaches

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galle face hotel

galle face hotel


colombo, sri lanka    room per night from £130

Galle Face Hotel is an elegant, old colonial building situated right on the seafront in central Colombo.

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cinnamon lodge

cinnamon lodge


cultural triangle, sri lanka    room per night from £106

Set in 12 acres of landscaped gardents and just 30 minutes from the main sites in the Cultural Triangle, Cinnamon Lodge has recently been refurbished and makes an excellent base for exploring the area.

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vil uyana

vil uyana


cultural triangle, sri lanka    room per night from £280

Vil Uyana is a member of the Leading Small Hotels of the World and offers spacious luxury dwellings, built over a wetlands area just a few kilometres from Sigiriya.

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kalundewa retreat

kalundewa retreat


cultural triangle, sri lanka    room per night from £170

Kalundewa Retreat is an idyllic hide-away nestled in 100 acres of land near Dambulla, in Sri Lanka's famous Cultural Triangle.

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chaaya village habarana

chaaya village habarana


cultural triangle, sri lanka    room per night from £60

Sited in the heart of the cultural triangle of Sri Lanka, Chaaya Village Habarana is ideal for visiting the rich historical and cultural sites such as Anuradhapura, Sigirya and Dambulla. Also nearby is Minneriya National Park for wildlife safaris.

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aliya resort and spa

aliya resort and spa


cultural triangle, sri lanka    room per night from £105

With spectacular views of Sigiriya, this charming little resort is a great value choice for visitors to the area.

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jungle beach

jungle beach


east coast, sri lanka    7 nights from £625

Jungle Beach is situated on the relatively unexplored east coast and offers a delightful and relaxing beach experience that is surrounded by nature.

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maalu maalu

maalu maalu


east coast, sri lanka    room per night from £110

Nestled on the centre of the beautiful Pasikuda Bay on an untouched stretch of white sandy beach, Maalu Maalu offers you a wonderful place to escape by the sea.

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trinco blu by cinnamon

trinco blu by cinnamon


east coast, sri lanka    room per night from £80

A laid-back beach resort on Sri Lanka's east coast with great food, friendly service and - from April to September - whale and dolphin watching opportunities.

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santani

santani


hill country, sri lanka    7 night full board from £2,150

Santani, which means ‘in harmony with’, is nestled in the hills and rainforests in the heart of Sri Lanka. A wonderful place to restore your balance, reconnect you with your inner soul and with all the things that make you, you.

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clingendael

clingendael


hill country, sri lanka    room per night from £370

One of Sri Lanka’s finest boutique hotels, the Clingendael is situated in the heart of the island in the Kandyan Hills beside a golf course, making this a dream destination for golfers.

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the kandy house

the kandy house


hill country, sri lanka    room per night from £185

A beautifully modernised ancestral home, dating back 200 years, set in glorious jungle gardens 15 minutes outside Kandy, the cultural capital of Sri Lanka.

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norwood bungalow

norwood bungalow


hill country, sri lanka    full board room per night from £396

The bungalow at Norwood commands a fine view of the eastern end of the Bogawantalawa valley and rests in the shelter of one of the finest bamboo stands to be found anywhere.

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jetwing st andrews

jetwing st andrews


hill country, sri lanka    room per night from £100

Tucked away amidst the lush green hills of Nuwara Eliya, the Jetwing St Andrew’s is a beautiful colonial mansion steeped in history and imbued with a sense of comfort and wellbeing.

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amaya hills

amaya hills


hill country, sri lanka    room per night from £95

Amaya Hills is a great 4* hotel about 7km from Kandy with commanding views and a good mix of facilities and services.

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cinnamon citadel kandy

cinnamon citadel kandy


hill country, sri lanka    room per night from £69

Cinnamon Citadel is situated on the edge of the attractive hill capital of Kandy, in a glorious riverside setting. Surrounded by sweeping green hills, often shrouded in mist in the early morning, Kandy is a lovely place to stay for a couple of days on any tour.

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randholee

randholee


hill country, sri lanka    room per night from £85

Randholee Resort & Spa enjoys commanding views from its hillside perch and is an excellent 4* option for those looking to enjoy Kandy and the surrounding area.

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the fortress

the fortress


south coast, sri lanka    7 nights from £1,220

The Fortress, Galle cleverly mixes modern design with Dutch and Portuguese architectural heritage, creating a modern resort set against the backdrop of the Indian Ocean and offering a truly luxurious destination on Sri Lanka's beautiful south coast.

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amanwella

amanwella


south coast, sri lanka    7 nights from £2,085

Located in a mature coconut grove fronting a beautiful crescent-shaped beach, Amanwella is a seaside resort offering 30 contemporary suites, each with private plunge pool and terrace.

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amangalla

amangalla


south coast, sri lanka    7 nights from £2,085

Located within the walls of the historic 17th century Galle Fort, Amangalla is a stunning boutique hotel with just 25 individually styled rooms.

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tri lanka

tri lanka


south coast, sri lanka    5 nights half board from £1,130

Discreetly situated in magnificent tropical gardens, Tri Lanka is a new luxury boutique eco-friendly hotel with wonderful views over beautiful Koggala lake.

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cape weligama

cape weligama


south coast, sri lanka    7 nights from £2,315

A superb luxury resort on Sri Lanka's south coast with spectacular views of the Indian Ocean, about 30 minutes from historic Galle.

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suriyawatta

suriyawatta


south coast, sri lanka    6 nights villa rental from £1,500

Suriyawatta is a gorgeous 5 bedroom private residence on the south coast with in-house chef and house keeper, swimming pool, and lawned gardens leading down to the beach.

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wetakeiya house

wetakeiya house


south coast, sri lanka    6 nights villa rental from £2,010

Wetakeiya House is a beautifully furnished 3 bedroom villa on the south coast of Sri Lanka. Elegant and comfortable, it's a wonderful place to unwind in both luxury and privacy.

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point sud

point sud


south coast, sri lanka    6 nights villa rental from £3,860

Tucked away on top of a hill and overlooking the shimmering Indian Ocean, Point Sud is a truly unique 5 bedroom luxury villa on Sri Lanka's south coast.

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walatta house

walatta house


south coast, sri lanka    6 nights villa rental from £2,010

Designed to perfectly reflect a fusion of architectural and natural elements, 3 bedroom Walatta House is noted for being one of the most distinctive villas on the island’s South Coast.

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talalla retreat

talalla retreat


south coast, sri lanka    6 night yoga retreats from £1,310

Set on magnificent Talalla Beach, this great value yoga and surfing destination on Sri Lanka's south coast, is the perfect place to get away from it all without breaking the bank.

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chena huts

chena huts


south coast, sri lanka    all inclusive per night from £337

Chena Huts is a luxurious new addition to Sri Lanka’s deep south, perfect for those seeking tranquility and the opportunity to immerse themselves in nature.

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anantara peace haven

anantara peace haven


south coast, sri lanka    7 nights from £1,349

Hidden on a rocky outcrop along a secluded stretch of Sri Lanka’s southernmost coastline, Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort is set in a superb location.

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