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This idyllic haven allows your senses to truly come alive. Wake to fresh tea as the sun rises over vast tea plantations, enjoy Leopard Safari's in Yala National Park and relax on palm fringed beaches.

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Why we love Sri Lanka

The latest insight from our time spent exploring Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka's Beaches

Located just above the Equator, amid the balmy waters of the Indian Ocean, it is often said that Sri Lanka can be summed up in one word: beaches. The beaches are palm-fringed and perfect for anyone looking for a beach holiday, especially the southern beaches. But while the beaches of Sri Lanka are undeniably beautiful, there is so much more to the country than the white sandy coast of Sri Lanka and turquoise seas. Sri Lanka is a lush tropical destination which is the perfect adventure for those wishing to see wildlife, culture and stunning scenery all in the comfort of a luxury holiday. 

Diversity

From Jaffna on the very northern tip of the Island to the town of Galle in the south, Sri Lanka is a country full of culture, colour, wildlife and breath taking landscapes. Visit Oya National Park to see the elephant herds and the largest reservoir in Sri Lanka or explore Nuwara Eilya, a city in the hill country with spectacular views, a temperate climate and impressive tea production. Few places in the world are as blessed as Sri Lanka which offers its visitors a combination of natural beauty, beautiful beaches, captivating cultural heritage and unique experiences perfect for either family holidays, couples or those seeking an adventure. Sometimes the best way to experience Sri Lanka's great diversity is to take an escorted tour.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Within a mere area of 65,610 kilometres lie 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, 1,330 kilometres of coastline, 15 national parks showcasing an abundance of wildlife, nearly 500,000 acres of lush tea estates, 250 acres of botanical gardens, 350 waterfalls and 25,000 water bodies.  The best way to experience Sri Lanka's natural beauty is via a private tour with a guide and by staying in either one of Sri Lanka's many luxurious hotels, their boutique hotels or by renting your own private villa.

Intriguing History

Sri Lanka boasts more than two thousand years of recorded history, and the remarkable achievements of the early Sinhalese civilization can still be seen in the sequence of ruined cities and great religious monuments that litter the northern plains. Take a tour of Sri Lanka's cultural triangle to see the rich history that Sri Lanka has to offer and enjoy your luxury Sri Lanka holiday.  

Sri Lanka Highlights

Colombo

Colombo

Colombo, as Sri Lanka's capital city, combines colonial architecture with high-rise buildings and shopping malls, reflecting the city's rich heritage mixed with modernity as it rapidly becomes a must-see stop in Sri Lanka.

Cultural Triangle

Cultural Triangle

The Cultural Triangle is found on Sri Lanka's central plains and encompasses the cities and towns of Kandy, Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya, and Dambulla. It is here that Sri Lanka’s Kings developed remarkably advanced civilisations and where visitors are provided a glimpse into the island's history dating back to the 4th Century BC. The area, now a protected UNESCO World Heritage site, boasts ruined temples, ancient cities, national parks and glistening reservoirs. Highlights of this fascinating area include the striking rock fortress of Sigiriya, Dambulla’s Royal Rock Temple, Dambulla’s Cave paintings and the breathtaking ruins of Ritigala. The Cultural Triangle's most southerly point is the City of Kandy, Sri Lanka’s second largest. Situated around a vast lake, surrounded by the peaks of Sri Lanka’s hill country and looped by Sri Lanka's largest river, the Mahaweli. Kandy's pleasant temperate climate, its scenic location and it's rich history have made it a favourite destination among our guests. Aside from its stunning setting, one of Kandy’s main draws is the Temple of the Sacred Tooth- known locally as Sri Dalada Maligawa - the most sacred temple in the country. During the evening, crowds of people visit the temple to make offerings of flowers. During the month of August, Kandy plays host to the Kandy Perahera – a colourful procession where a sacred tooth relic of Lord Buddha is paraded on elephant along the streets of Kandy.

Galle and the South Coast

Galle and the South Coast

The south coast of Sri Lanka is made up of coral-protected bays, tropical sandy beaches and rural fishing villages. The mixture of unspoilt wilderness and a colourful cultural heritage make the southern coast an ideal place to escape the bustle of the larger cities. Enjoy surfing or whale watching in Mirissa, scuba diving in Dickwella and even a Turtle Night Safari in Rekura. On your way down the coast be sure to stop at the Yala National Park; an area of outstanding beauty and abundant wildlife. Indeed Yala National Park is home to the highest density of leopards in the World. A little further up the coast is the thriving town and beautiful beaches of Galle. Galle’s main attraction is the 17th Century Dutch Fort, a designated UNESCO World Heritage site. Galle is also the gateway to seductive sandy coves and the coastal villages of Unawatuna, Thalpe, Koggala and Habaraduwa.

Sri Lanka's Tea Country

Sri Lanka's Tea Country

Sri Lanka is the 4th largest producer of tea worldwide and the tea drinking culture on the island remains strong. The abundant rainfall combined with Sri Lanka's year round sunshine offer the perfect climate for producing world famous tea. No trip to Sri Lanka would be complete without a visit to any number of the historic tea plantations that are distributed throughout the island, however some of the most dramatic are located around Kandy and central Sri Lanka. If you are considering some time here, the train journey from Kandy to Hatton through the Hill Country cannot be missed! This journey is without doubt one of the most picturesque rail journeys in the world.

Sri Lanka's West Coast

Sri Lanka's West Coast

Sri Lanka's west coast covers the coastal strip just south of Colombo all the way down to Hikkaduwa. The main attraction of this side of the island, apart from the string of small towns such as Kalutara, Bentota, Ahungalla and Hikkaduwa, are the tropical beaches and lagoons lined with mangroves. The west coast also offers guests a vibrant cultural heritage including folklore, music and dance as well as architectural influences from the Dutch period. Many temples, kovils, churches and mosques are situated along the coast, and cottage industries such as basket-weaving, mask-carving and antique restoration provide for interesting shopping.

Jaffna and the North

Jaffna and the North

Following years of conflict and recovery from natural disaster Sri Lanka's north is now open for tourism. Investment in the west coast from Trincomalee up to Jaffna has seen tourists begin to explore more widely to the areas north of Kandy.

How to Explore Sri Lanka

These itineraries cover routes and places that are particularly popular with our guests and are designed to inspire. Every single trip we create is tailor-made and highly personalised to meet your specific requirements.

Sri Lankan Villa Holiday

Sri Lankan Villa Holiday

  • The villas of southern Sri Lanka are some of the best private properties in the Indian Ocean, beautiful accommodation, lots of activities and faultless hosting
  • From £5,000 per week based on 6 adults sharing a luxury villa on a villa only basis.
  • Galle, Tangalle and the south Sri Lankan coast
Sri Lankan Explorer

Sri Lankan Explorer

  • This magnificent country offers romantic settings throughout. Explore Sigiriya, the Rock Fortress and the remnants of a ruined palace. Travel by train and amble through tea estates, ending on Sri Lanka's Southern Beaches.
  • A 10-night stay, private guiding/driver throughout, staying in 5* accommodation throughout from £4,400 per person.
  • Sigiriya, Hatton and Tangalle
Wildlife and Beach

Wildlife and Beach

  • Yala National Park is home to the highest density of leopards in the World. Spend your first night in Negombo, and end on a quiet beach near Tangalle.
  • From £4,000 per person inclusive of flights, game drives and accommodation.
  • Negombo, Yala National Park and Tangalle
The Complete Circuit

The Complete Circuit

  • From National Park's and The Sigiriya Rock Fortress, travel by ancient train from Kandy to Hatton. Stay in the incredibly scenic valley overlooking the mirror-still Castlereagh Reservoir and acres of Ceylon Tea, spot Leopard's in Yala and lie flat on a beach.
  • From £6,200 for 14 nights inclusive of your guide, accommodation and transfers.
  • Sigiriya, Kandy, Dickoya, Yala National Park and Welligama.
Aman Lanka

Aman Lanka

  • Amangalla & Amanwalla
  • 9x nights from £3,450 per person including accommodation, transfers and activities
  • Enjoy the South Coast in serious style from the stately Grande Dame of Amangalla followed by 5 relaxing nights at Amanwalla's hideaway resort.
Resplendent Ceylon

Resplendent Ceylon

  • A journey through three of Sri Lanka's most luxurious boutique properties, taking in Tea Country, Yala National Park and the South Coast close to Galle.
  • Ceylon Tea Trails, Wild Coast Tented Lodge & Cape Weligama.
  • From £7,600 for a couple on a ten night itinerary across the three locations.

Where To Stay in Sri Lanka

Explore some of our highly recommended lodges within our Sri Lanka Collection.

Aditya Resort

Aditya Resort

Rathgama
Amangalla

Amangalla

Galle
Ceylon Tea Trails

Ceylon Tea Trails

Hill Country
Galle Fort Hotel

Galle Fort Hotel

Galle
Tintagel Colombo

Tintagel Colombo

Colombo
Cape Weligama

Cape Weligama

Weligama

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