This beautiful tear-drop island lies just off the south coast of India and is truly a land of contrasts. It blends palm-fringed beaches, cultural treasures, lush tea estates, numerous game parks and wildlife in abundance. Sri Lanka is an island of infinite possibilities with enough to capture the heart of even the most seasoned traveller.
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We stayed at six different places on Sri Lanka, all very different but top notch - the food was incredible and the people we met were truly delightful. Our driver Chandi was wonderful and a mine of information, it wouldn’t have been the same without him. Bushbaby are true masters in the travel field - so much so that we wouldn’t think of booking these sorts of holidays with anyone else.
Diana L, Sri Lanka
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Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle is a treasure trove of ancient cities and sacred religious sites, including four UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Discover Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa, Dambulla’s famous cave temple and the rock fortress at Sigiriya. There are also two wonderful National Parks, Minneriya and Kaudulla, home to great herds of elephants and incredible birdlife.
Colombo is a gateway to both the Cultural Triangle and coastal resorts, though this cosmopolitan capital and its surrounding area also have much to offer in their own right, from history to cuisine.
Journey high into Kandy & the Hill Country, a cool region with some of the country’s most spectacular natural scenery. Step back in time back in time whilst staying in a colonial bungalow surrounded by miles of tea plantations.
The East Coast boasts glorious palm-fringed beaches and calm waters ideal for swimming and water sports. Over recent years a handful of resort hotels and eco-friendly hideaways have popped up along the coast but it remains less developed than the south, so perfect for those wanting to get off the beaten track and find their own little piece of paradise.
Sri Lanka’s South Coast is dotted with sleepy fishing villages and unspoilt beaches with wonderful accommodations ranging from 5* resorts to small boutique guest houses. Galle is delightful, with fine colonial architecture and atmospheric streets lined with craft shops, cafes and restaurants.
Sri Lanka is home to 26 wonderful National Parks, the most famous of which is Yala where buffalo, sloth bears and elephants reside, not forgetting the elusive leopard! Hotels can be found on the edge of the parks for those wishing to “dip in” to game drives. Alternatively, submerse yourself in these beautiful surroundings by staying in a tented safari lodge.
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When to go
With temperatures fairly constant year-round, a holiday to Sri Lanka is a treat at any time of year, but it’s important to understand which side of the island to choose, especially if you are planning to hit the beach!
The North-Eastern monsoon generally influences the northern and eastern coastal areas from October-January with drier weather between May-September. The southwestern monsoon, which is generally less intense, brings rains to the southwest coasts, along with the Hill Country, from May-September while the dry season in this region runs from December-March. October and November fall into an inter-monsoonal period when rain and thunderstorms can be heavy across the island, but generally, these should clear by December.
With weather patterns changing all the time, we suggest you consider where you would like to stay and what you want to do first. For example, what are your “must-sees”? If it is the famous beaches of the south that interest you most, then February is a great month to travel, or head to Sri Lanka in August if wildlife is your passion as you’ll be maximising your chances of witnessing the elephant gathering in Minneriya and spotting leopards in Yala. However, if you have specific dates in mind, we can create a Sri Lankan adventure to suit you best!
Flights: Sri Lankan Airlines fly direct to Colombo daily from London Heathrow. Emirates also operate daily departures from London and other regional airports (with a change of aircraft in Dubai). Oneworld partnership airlines BA, Qatar and Oman Air also offer services via the Middle East. Flying time is from around 11 hours depending on your route.
Typical carbon emissions for a return flight (Economy) per person: 630 kg.
FCDO travel advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/sri-lanka
Time Zone: GMT+5.5
Sri Lankan Rupee
Capital City: Colombo
Where to Stay in Sri Lanka
Talaramba Reef - The South Coast
Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle - The South Coast
The Why House - The South Coast
Cape Weligama - The South Coast
Cinnamon Wild Yala - The National Parks
Rosyth Estate House - Kandy & The Hill Country
Kandy House - Kandy & The Hill Country
Cinnamon Lodge - The Cultural Triangle
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