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Absolutely beautiful untouched powdery beaches, verdant national parks teeming with wildlife to rival Africa, and a multitude of ancient ruins and crumbling temples just waiting to be unearthed...this is Sri Lanka.
This teardrop-shaped dot in the Indian Ocean lies just south of India and a mere one-hour flight from the Maldives. Sri Lanka may be small, but it offers so much to do, see and experience that you’d think it were a continent in itself. Misty, enchanting mountains lead to legendary tea terraces
in Nuwara Eliya, UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be found near cities straddling the past and future in The Cultural Triangle,and national parks full of elephants and leopards share space with some of the most beautiful virgin beaches in the world.
Sri Lanka has something special to offer every kind of traveller, whether you dream of a honeymoon package, a family holiday or a luxury holiday for the adventurous couple. A honeymoon in Sri Lanka is divine; opt for secluded hillside villas with private pools that overlook vast emerald valleys and mountains, or 5-star luxury tented camp in the heart of the jungle.
Families and couples have an abundance of options before them; wake up to game drives through Yala National Park to view the world’s largest gathering of leopards, trek up the legendary Sigiriya Rock and take in the unrivalled views, and wander through markets heaving under the weight of beautiful souvenirs and mouth-watering street food in Colombo.
Sri Lanka has a very diverse weather pattern due to two monsoons that strike different coastlines, however this does mean that there is always a good time to visit at any given point. December to March is the best time to visit the west and southern coasts, while April to September are better for the eastern coast, and the interior hill country is best visited between December and March.
If you're searching for a cultural wonderland to choose as your honeymoon destination, you'll certainly find it in Sri Lanka. Go full explorer and discover hidden underground castles and ancient ruins together, or relax and unwind on any one of the stunning beaches that Sri Lanka has to offer. With a wide range of luxury hotels and jam-packed itineraries available, we're sure you'll have the honeymoon adventure of a lifetime.
Anyone longing for an adventurous couples holiday need look no further; Sri Lanka has everything you could want and more. From exploring cultural and historical wonderlands to lazing on soft diamond-white beaches and paddling in crystal azure waters – this is a holiday destination that truly has it all. Indulge in luxury hotels and unwind with the one you love on the ultimate couples holiday in Sri Lanka.
For a rare and unforgettable family holiday experience, Sri Lanka is a must-see destination. Explore verdant jungles and go on the ultimate cultural journey together, exploring historical landmarks and seeing magnificent wildlife on safari. Fill the kids' days with endless wonder in this gem of a holiday destination and relax in luxury family-friendly resorts for your most memorable getaway yet.
Sri Lanka may be small, but this tiny island is full of things to see and do, and a trip here is incomplete without visiting the fabled Sigiriya Rock.
This UNESCO World Heritage Site dates back to the 5th century and once housed a fortress owned by a powerful king. Climb the winding staircases to the top of this huge boulder and you’ll not only see first-hand this incredible feat of ancient Sri Lankan engineering, but you’ll also get to enjoy breath-taking views of the island’s emerald-hued hillsides and valleys.
While there is a seemingly endless number of temples and historical sites in Sri Lanka, the most distinguished of these is certainly the Temple of the Sacred Tooth in Kandy.
Famous for its origin story, visitors will be humbled by the magnificent shrines, astounded by the exquisite artwork displayed, and stunned by the exotic flowers and gardens dotted around the temple. With artistic, intricate interior design and unique architecture, there is no shortage of beauty to be found here. Hear the enchanting rhythm of the drums, witness offerings and visit the museum to learn the fascinating history of this sacred site.
Can’t make it North? Fear not, as the Yala National Park is not only located in the southeast of Sri Lanka, it is also home to the largest collective of leopards in the world.
Boasting over 321,000 acres of land comprised of various different landscapes, Yala has an incredibly diverse range of wildlife. Explore the labyrinth of jungles, lagoons and sand dunes, and you’ll be rewarded with awe-inspiring sights. Spotted dear, sloth bears, crocodiles, owls and a wondrous array of reptiles and insects, to name just a few, all await visitors here.
For visitors looking to experience an up close and personal encounter with the incredible wildlife of Sri Lanka, a trip to the Minneriya National Park in the North Central province is an absolute must.
Hop in a Jeep and experience a safari like no other, with lush landscapes heavily populated by all manner of exotic animals. From the majesty of leopards to the magnificence of peacocks, from colossal elephants to delicate hummingbirds, animal lovers will find nothing but pure delight while observing a unique amalgam of creatures in their natural habitats.
Enter the historic caves of the Golden Temple of Dambulla, dating back to the 1st century BC.
As soon as you arrive you'll see the giant golden Buddha Statue just a little distance outside the cave complex. Head inside and you'll find the incredible ancient murals depicting the life story of Lord Gautama Buddha. Look at the hundreds of figurines of Buddha and other deities scattered throughout the five main caves, and visit the Cave of the Divine King, Cave of the Great King and the Great New Monastery. Explore two of Sri Lanka’s UNESCO-listed highlights on a privately guided day trip to Dambulla and the Sigiriya Rock from Kalutara.
Sri Lanka isn’t only home to the biggest of the land mammals, it is also home to the largest sea mammal – the blue whale. You could get a first-hand view of one on a truly unforgettable boat trip.
Mirissa, on the south coast of the island, is world-famous for whale watching excursions. Journey out to sea and encounter blue whales as they surface for air: expert operators will take you to different spots where these gargantuan animals are often spotted, and most operators guarantee sightings. While waiting for the main event, you may also be treated to a warm-up show from the mesmerising spinning dolphins that also populate the waters.
Stunning views are in no short supply on this idyllic island, and one of the most popular ways to experience them is, surprisingly, by train. The journey from Kandy to Ella is an essential trip for anyone looking to enjoy rich landscapes and tremendous beauty while travelling Sri Lanka.
Journeying through the hill country, the entire train ride takes around six hours. While this may seem like a long time, when you’re confronted with dream-like views of vast tea plantations, enchanting waterfalls, misty mountains and fine, white-clouded skies, the journey will be over in what feels like no time at all.
Want to witness a rare and impressive feat? Why not take a trip to the beautiful southern coastal towns of Koggala, Kathaluwa or Ahangama in Sri Lanka, venture down to the beach and observe the fisherman as they catch fish from atop stilts?
With tours available in a number of locations, visitors will be able to learn the fascinating history of this pastime, as well as having the opportunity to snap unique pictures of incredible sunsets with silhouettes of the stilt fishermen. Braver visitors may even want to try their hand at this challenging exploit – the fishermen would be only too happy to show you how it’s done.
Thrill-seekers need not worry about boredom, as a number of exhilarating expeditions are available in Sri Lanka. See everything the island has to offer and satisfy your need for adventure all at once.
Adrenaline will course through your veins and ignite your heart as you white water raft, waterfall trek and rock climb your way through rainforests in Sinharaja, Kitulgala and Mahaweli. As if this isn’t enough, you could witness first-hand the remarkable ingenuity of ancient Sri Lankan civilisations by exploring the virtually untouched, millennia old underground castles, complete with ponds and ventilation systems.
Sri Lanka is known all over for the world for its legendary Ceylon tea, so a trip to this gorgeous island would not be complete without visiting the sprawling tea terraces and plucking your own batch straight from the source.
Begin your experience with a trip to the island's sprawling emerald tea terraces, and learn from the experts how to pull the tea leaves from the paddies. After this you can visit a working tea factory and witness how they turn create the black tea we have come to know and love, and then round off the visit with a truly unforgettable afternoon tea.
Sri Lanka's beaches are truly exotic, offering palm trees, golden sands and crashing waves, giving you the chance to experience true tropical paradise. Some of our favourite beach areas include Bentota, Hambantota, Galle, Kalutara, Pasikudah and Trincomalee.
Whether you want to test your skill at surfing, explore coastal colonial cities or relax on a sun lounger with a book, there really is something for everyone in Sri Lanka.
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Best Time To Travel:
December - April (South and West)
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