Sri Lanka holidays offer a wealth of opportunity to explore mystical cities laden with the pleasant scent of tea plantations and rich exotic spices.
A warm welcome awaits visitors to the captivating island of Sri Lanka. Nestled in the Indian Ocean, it boasts a unique combination of dramatic and diverse scenery and a distinctive history and heritage. The lush hill country in the centre of the island gives way to endless coastlines and stunning beaches. Home to eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites, 15 National Parks and reserves and 500,000 acres of tea plantations, it offers a wealth of opportunity to explore and discover.
Culture and heritage – Take a day trip to the ancient cities and temples of the Cultural Triangle around Dambulla including Polonnaruwa and Anuradhapura and visit the giant granite mountain of Sigiriya which rises 200m above the jungle.
Wildlife spotting and safaris – Abundant with wildlife, the country is home to a staggering seven National Parks. Yala National Park, the largest and most popular, offers the best opportunity to spot the elusive leopard, whilst Bundala is known for its large amounts of migratory shore birds. For a close encounter with wild elephants, head to Udawalawe. Seasonal whale-watching off the coast near Mirissa offers a unique chance to see the blue whale.
Untouched beaches and resorts – A nirvana for beach lovers, Sri Lanka boasts more than its fair share of golden beaches along its seemingly endless coastline. Stay in secluded boutique hotels, ideal for a quiet getaway, or family friendly beach resorts, often with dedicated kids’ activities and watersports.
Hill country and tea plantations – Head up to the cooler climate in Nuwara Eliya, where lush green landscapes, waterfalls and traditional tea factories are on the agenda.
Family activities – A safari in a National Park or a trip to the elephant orphanage at Pinnawela on the way to Kandy are great family activities whilst a visit to a turtle hatchery on the West Coast is a magical experience. More adventurous activities for older children and teenagers include white water rafting, hiking and cycling.
Honeymoon – Relax in a beautiful boutique hotel sitting on a pristine Sri Lankan beach on your honeymoon.
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