Holiday To SRI LANKA…The Spectacular Pearl Of The Indian Ocean
Why visit Sri Lanka?
- Enjoy a cultural tour followed by a beach break
- Spot elephants on safari!
- Culture and History
Sri Lanka has stunning white sand beaches, and its tropical climate and diverse natural beauty await you…mountains, waterfalls, rainforests and 26 national parks to explore along the hiking trails. You will see a range of wildlife from whales to elephants! This island country in Southern Asia, 20 miles off the coast of India, is an affordable destination which is perfect for water sports enthusiasts, with first-class surfing and scuba diving on offer. There are ancient cities and sites, Buddhist temples and colonial history to discover… and don’t forget the tea plantations!
Whether you want an independent holiday, be part of a guided tour or have an unforgettable honeymoon in upmarket luxury hotels, we can help you achieve your dreams.
OUR TOP 5 REASONS TO VISIT SRI LANKA:
1.Stunning scenery and beaches
Tropical white sand beaches to suit all tastes, rainforests, tea plantations, mountains, waterfalls & mangrove rivers. Sandy Mirissa beach is backed by palm trees, Unawatuna is famous for beach parties while Kallady is peaceful.
2. Watersports and Outdoor Activities
Hikkaduma and Arugam Bay are renowned for surfing. Bentota is popular for kite surfing and para cycling. Rent jet skis and sailboats in Pasikuda bay or enjoy a fishing trip. Kayaking and paddle boarding are also available. Snorkel off Pigeon Island’s reef with its rich marine life.
Hiking trails of varying levels are available. Knuckles Mountain Range consists of 5 peaks which resemble a clenched fist, and is a bio diversity hotspot with verdant landscape and spectacular waterfalls.
3. Exotic Wildlife
National Parks, such as Minneriya and Yala, showcase a rich bio diversity, making it both a bird watcher’s paradise and safari destination. Elephants, leopards, sloth bears, mugger crocodiles, red slender loris, torque macaque and purple faced langur can all be spotted.
Five species of whale, which include the blue whale, and dolphins can be seen off the coast of Kalpitiya between January to March. Sea turtles and other marine life flourish too.
4. Food and drink
Exotic spices feature widely on menus as do freshly caught fish and seafood. Be sure to try fish curry and kottu, a popular street food, consisting of flatbread, egg, meat and vegetables with spicy sauces. For drinks, Arack, a potent liquor, and Ceylon tea.
5. History and Culture
Sri Lanka has masses of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, from the rock fortress of Sigiriya built 1500 years ago, with its outstanding views, to ancient Buddhist temples, such as the Temple of the Tooth at Kandy. From here you can visit ‘Nuwara Eliya’ or 'Little England,’ with its peaceful tea plantations and colonial history. At Yapahuma, a short lived former capital, there is an impressive medieval citadel. Iconic cave temples can be found at Dambulla and Mihintale. Colombo is the vibrant and busy capital city and shopping hub. Why not take an epic train journey on the island and soak up the gorgeous scenery?
When to visit
Sri Lanka has a tropical climate and 2 monsoon seasons which affect different parts of the island. In the SW the monsoon season is between May to July. In the NE it is between October to January.
10.45 hours direct from London
Sri Lankan Rupee
Sinhala is spoken by approx. 70% of the population.
Tamil is widely spoken in the north and east of Sri Lanka.