Sri Lanka has to be one of our favourite countries. It is a year round destination – as long as you know where to go and when – and we do! Great for everyone – for families, culture vultures, adventurers, wildlife enthusiasts and beach lovers. We can put together a fabulous trip for you. Whether it’s a full country tour you want or a week seeing the sights followed by relaxing on a beach. Highlights of Sri Lanka include:
- Multiple national parks where you can go on safari searching for elephants, leopards, sloth bears and birdlife. Perhaps overnight glamping.
- Amazing marine life including whales and dolphins.
- Cycling around the atmospheric ancient former capital Anuradhapoura visiting its temples and stoupas.
- An early morning climb of Sigiriya Rock to visit the palace fortress.
- Strolling the streets of the Dutch-Portuguese influenced town of Galle.
- Relaxing on the beaches of south east Sri Lanka.
- The train journey from Nuwara Elya to Ella – one of the most beautiful train journeys in the world.
- The cave temples of Dambulla.
The most accessible walking in Sri Lanka can be found in the interior hill country around Kandy, Nurawa Elya and Ella. The Knuckles range (so called because the series of high edges look like fists) is perfect for both half day and day walks. You will see bat caves, waterfalls and wild swimming spots. A guide is essential. Adam’s Peak has been a pilgrimage for Sri Lankans for over a thousand years. Best seen at sunrise you will have amazing views (depending on the weather). During the pilgrimage season from December to May the way is well lit. From May to October the views from the peak will be obscured by the weather. There are likewise beautiful views from the top of Ella Rock but you will need a guide to ensure you don’t get lost. There are excellent trails in Horton Plains in the shadow of Sri Lanka’s third highest mountain. The national park is an undulating plateau which ends suddenly at ‘World’s End’, a plunging escargot where on a good day you will have amazing views. Hotels will have local walking maps. There are many more places for walking depending on your appetite.
Discover Sri Lanka
from £2850 per person
Grand 21-day private tour of Sri Lanka
from £4695 per person
Stay in a staffed beach villa
from £300 per villa per night
Yes you will need a visa and six months left on your passport on your date of entry. Visas can be applied for online before you travel.
You should ensure all your usual immunisations are up to date and you may also want to consider other vaccinations such as Hepatitis B and Typhoid depending on where exactly you are travelling to.
Please visit here to find full advice on staying healthy in Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka is a year round destination but it has two distinct monsoon seasons which affect the south and west and the north and east in different ways. The southwest coast is best between December and April, before their monsoon season starts, while the east coast and the north is less humid between May and September, when their monsoon season is over. The hill country is nice and cool all year round but should be avoided in October and November when rainfall is unpredictable.
Sri Lanka has everything from luxury beach hotels, family homestays, and glamping to character hotels and private villas with or without staff.