Valiant, beautiful and incredibly friendly, captivating Sri Lanka has not and will not be beaten by its recent troubles. In fact, with some fantastic deals flooding in, we’d argue that there is no better time to plan a trip. With so much to see and do throughout the year, our experts can ensure your luxury holiday is jam packed with rare wildlife, rolling tea hills and cultural sights aplenty – oh and a few nights on the beach too. So what are you waiting for?
Cut down on long drives and up the glamour by flying via seaplane from the capital of Colombo to the Cultural Triangle or Tea Hills - landing on one of the beautiful water reservoirs dotted around the centre of the country.
Experience This: Climb Sigiriya Rock Fort
Make the climb to the top of the stunning Sigiriya Rock Fort to enjoy panoramic views of the Cultural Triangle region from the top. As you navigate up the vertiginous spiral staircases take time to enjoy your surroundings, and stop on the way at the beautiful boulder gardens and detailed frescoes. When you reach the top, marvel at the ancient examples of town planning that make the citadel so impressive.
Experience This: Minneriya Elephant Gathering
Head to Minneriya National Park during August or September to see the annual elephant gathering, which sometimes sees over 300 elephants congregate in one area – the fertile lands surrounding the Minneriya Reservoir. Though an incredibly magical sight to behold, this gathering is actually the elephants’ very practical solution to the lack of water in the area during the dry season.
Water Garden Sigiriya, Cultural Traingle
Ceylon Tea Trails, Tea Hills
Jungle Beach by Uga, East Coast
Chena Huts, Yala National Park
Experience This: Anuradhapura By Bike
The ancient and UNESCO-protected city of Anuradhapura is widely regarded as Sri Lanka’s first capital and was once home to over 10,000 monks. These days there are still numerous well-preserved ruins to see, and since the site itself is very large, we suggest exploring by bike, with an expert guide to lead the way from stupa to stupa.
Experience This: Hiking In The Knuckles
More active travellers should make the effort to find the path less travelled in Sri Lanka and go hiking in the beautiful Knuckles Mountain Range. Located at the centre of the tear-drop shaped country, the lush Knuckles are made up of a series of peaks and valleys which look like a clenched fist. While hiking here, spot rare birds and over 40 hidden and remote villages.
When To Go?
Sri Lanka is generally warm and sunny all year round, but with slight differences in rainfall patterns depending on which regions you’re visiting. For the driest weather, head to the south-west between December and March or the north-east between May and September. That said, even during the monsoon seasons, sunshine is plentiful and most of the rain falls at night, so Sri Lanka is often regarded as a year-round destination.
If you're feeling inspired to plan your own Sri Lankan getaway, have a look at our sample itineraries or get in touch with one of our experts by calling 020 3613 5515 or making an enquiry online.