Sri Lanka

A year round destination for couples, families, adventure, wildlife, beaches and culture

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

 

  • Flying time: 10.5 hours
  • Time difference: + 5.5 hours
  • Currency: Sri Lankan Rupee
  • Best time of year to travel: Year round

Ideas for a trip to Sri Lanka

Here are some ideas for trips to Sri Lanka all of which can be adapted for you and we are always happy to create a bespoke trip from scratch

Discover Sri Lanka

from £2850 per person
Discover the mountains, jungles, beaches and bustling markets of Sri Lanka with an itinerary that takes you to the country’s heart. Walk beneath ancient ruins, through markets thick with the smells and tastes of local street food, and gaze at the spiritual caves of Dambulla. Experience the sights and sounds of Colombo with a guide who knows all the local secrets, visit the Temple of the Sacred Tooth and pedal through the ancient city of Polonnaruwa. Then relax on the unmatched beaches of Sri Lanka’s southern coastline. The swan-song of your journey of mystery, history and adventure.

Leopard safari in Wilpattu Park

from £36 per person
A night's glamping and evening and morning safaris to spot leopards in Wilpattu National Park

Stay in a staffed beach villa

from £300 per villa per night
Sri Lanka abounds with lovely hotels but if you want the ultimate in privacy and independence then renting a staffed villa with pool, often on or close to a beach is a lovely way to end a tour of Sri Lanka or even as a holiday in itself. From a former ambassador's house tucked into the walls of Galle's historic 17th century fortress to a magnificent full service full board fifteen bedroom estate Sri Lanka will have the perfect villa for you.

Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions that haven't been answered here? Send your questions to enquiries@shearwatertravel.co.uk and we'll try our best to help.

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 and 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.  

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