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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:
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):
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
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.
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 Aturvedic doctor) and a good selection of water sports.
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. 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.
All visitors to Sri Lanka require a visa. You can obtain a short stay visa (up to 30 days) via an online visa process
Please consult your doctor for advice on all medical matters relating to travelling in Sri Lanka.
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:
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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.view
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 beachesview
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.view
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.view
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.view
Kathryn Brierley, Director
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