Pool at dusk at Santani Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka

About

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 wildlife, tea plantations, ancient monuments, excellent food and diverse cultures.

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Useful information

flight times

From London: 11 hours

currency

Sri Lanka Rupees

time difference

GMT +5.5 hours

visa requirements

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

Weather

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.

When to travel

Destinations

Cultural Triangle Sri Lanka

Cultural Triangle

Sri Lanka's cultural triangle stretches from Dambulla in the south, to Polonnaruwa in the east and Anuradhapura in the north.  Sigiriya is in the centre...

Aerial view of the East Coast of Sri Lanka

East Coast

The east coast of Sri Lanka is very different from the rest of the island with predominately Tamil speaking people, and a different weather pattern...

Headland at sunset at Cape Weligama Sri Lanka

South Coast

Sri Lanka's south coast is famous for its wonderful climate, spectacular beaches, and warm hospitality. Most visitors to the island fly into Colombo International Airport which...

View across hills at Jetwing St Andrews Sri Lanka

Hill Country

Away from the heat of the coastal regions, Sri Lanka's Hill Country contains some of the island's most glorious scenery. From the terraced tea plantations of...

Golden Statues Colombo Sri Lanka

Colombo

Cosmopolitan Colombo is the economic and political capital of Sri Lanka. It's busy and bustling, but with many attractive features.  One thing is for sure, all...

Itineraries

Where to stay

Gardens & Pool at the Wallawwa Sri Lanka

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...

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Evening View of the Avani Kalutara Sri Lanka

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...

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Sharing from: £217
Pool at Ayurveda Maha Gedara Sri Lanka

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...

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Pool and hotel at Jetwing Beach Negombo Sri Lanka

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...

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Pool at Jetwing Blue Negombo Sri Lanka

Jetwing Blue is contemporary hotel, occupying a spectacular location and set within 2 acres of palm tree gardens, overlooking a gorgeous stretch of beach....

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Lanka Princess Hotel Sri Lanka

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...

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Galle Face Hotel Sri Lanka

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

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Pool with coconut palms to one side at Cinnamon Lodge Sri Lanka

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...

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Exterior across river at Vil Uyana Sri Lanka

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...

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Smith private pool at Kalundewa Sri Lanka

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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Sharing from: £785
Romantic Dining at lake at Chaaya Village Sri Lanka

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...

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Infinity pool at Aliya Resort and Spa Sri Lanka

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

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Pool amid jungle at Jungle Beach Sri Lanka

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 Sri Lanka

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...

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Sharing from: £270
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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...

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Stunning view at Santani Sri Lanka

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...

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night exterior at clingendael hotel sri lanka

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,...

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The Kandy House Sri Lanka

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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Sharing from: £620
Norwood Bungalow Sri Lanka

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...

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Exterior of Jetwing St Andrews Sri Lanka

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...

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Sunset at Amaya Hills Sri Lanka

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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exterior dusk at cinnamon citadel kandy hotel sri lanka

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...

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exterior at Randholee Resort & Spa

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

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Parasols and clouds reflected in infinity pool at the Fortress Sri Lanka

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...

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Pool and view at Amanwella Sri Lanka

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...

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Swimming pool at Amangalla Sri Lanka

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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Infinity pool at Tri Lanka Sri Lanka

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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residence pool and garden at Cape Weligama Sri Lanka

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 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...

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Villa from: £7021
Point Sud Sri Lanka

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...

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Villa from: £7801
Walatta House Sri Lanka

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...

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Villa from: £3716
Pool at at Talalla Retreat Sri Lanka

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...

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Aerial view of the complex at Chena Huts Sri Lanka

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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pool exterior at anantara peace haven resort sri lanka

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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Experiences in sri-lanka

Sunbeds on beach at Jungle Beach Sri Lanka

We have a choice of recommended places to stay on Sri Lanka's east coast, but the best for water sports is Maalu Maalu Resort and...

Maalu Maalu Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka's north east coast has the real advantage of being at its warmest and driest during the European summer months when the west coast...

Romantic Dining at lake at Chaaya Village Sri Lanka

Yoga is part of daily life for many people in Sri Lanka, and it can be for you too... If yoga is important to you whilst...

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