Luxury Sri Lanka Tours & Travel
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An island country in the middle of the Indian Ocean, just 21 miles off the southeast tip of India at its closet point, is a tropical paradise that offers a wide range of experiences for nearly every type of traveller. The diverse scenery, from postcard-perfect beaches to tropical rainforests, waterfalls, and brilliant emerald tea-carpeted hills, is magnificent, and outdoor adventurers and nearly endless, with everything from surfing and wakeboarding to hiking, climbing and cycling. It offers some of the world’s best wildlife watching opportunities too, including nearly 6,000 elephants and the world’s biggest concentration of leopards, with Yala National Park home to many of them, along with water buffalos, sloth bears, monkeys, crocodiles and a wide range of bird life. In the water, you can see blue whales swimming by in season or watch spinner dolphins dance in the surf. Scuba diving is outstanding here, with the opportunity to dive off many beaches to explore a breathtaking underwater world with colourful fish, coral gardens, saves and shipwrecks.
Visitors who enjoy exploring history will find plenty too, with many ancient temples dotting the island. Beautiful Galle is a must for history buffs, boasting Dutch colonial architecture and a late 16th-century fort. The Dutch modified it extensively the following century, making it one of the most important historic, architectural, and archaeological monuments illustrating European influence in Southeast Asia between the 16th and 19th centuries. Many caves can be explored too, including the Dambulla Buddha caves which are filled with cave paintings and Buddha statues.
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Trips to Sri Lanka
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Colombo, Ulagalla, Kandy, Hatton, Maldives13 NightsFrom $5,090 PPA luxurious two-in-one trip with eight nights among Sri Lanka’s lush landscapes and temples, and f...
Where to visit in Sri Lanka
Our travel experts have collated their top recommendations of where to visit in Sri Lanka.
Colombo is home to Sri Lanka’s only international airport, which means most visits start here. This cosmopolitan city boasts a rich colonial heritage and diverse cultures, where you’ll see bustling street markets overflowing with colorful silks, aromatic spices, and lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. Discover its diversity through temples, mosques and churches that congregate on the same streets, and explore iconic sites like the Khan clock tower, Fort Station and the Red Mosque. Take a tuk tuk ride around the city, sip high tea in a colonial-style hotel that overlooks the ocean and indulge in a mouthwatering array of cuisine.
Galle is one of the most charming cities in Sri Lanka, jam-packed with history. There’s an ever-present aroma of exotic spices as you stroll the bustling alleyways and explore crumbling colonial relics, with the magnificent seaside setting adding to its allure. It’s a melting pot, with the feel of a European city that’s been stolen and dropped into the tropics. The late 16th-century Galle Fort is filled with hotels, cafes and boutiques housed inside transformed Dutch colonial buildings, with the flavor of Ceylon tea and cinnamon never far away.
The cultural capital, Kandy is the gateway to tea country, the mountainous emerald heart filled with tea plantations and misty hills. The city has managed to preserve its unique culture, customs and art, which can be seen in many historic and cultural sites like the Temple of the Tooth relic, the most important religious shrine in Buddhism, said to be the location of a portion of Buddha’s tooth. There are many ancient temples, beautiful gardens, colonial architecture, and delightfully chaotic streets to explore, making it worth spending time here.
Yala National Park
Located along Sri Lanka’s south coast, with parts stretching down to the Indian Ocean, Yala National Park is still relatively undiscovered, but it can give Africa a run for its money when it comes to wildlife safaris. It’s home to many different bird species, like peacocks and crested serpent eagles. Monkeys swing through the treetops and there are many spotted deer, wild boar and monitor lizards, along with elephants, crocodiles and leopards. In fact, it boasts the highest concentration of leopards in the world. As it can only be accessed by vehicle, the best way to experience it is to hire a guide.
One of Sri Lanka’s most important historical sites, Sigiriya is home to the Sigiriya Rock, the eighth wonder of the ancient world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the 5th century, it was the official residence of King Kasyapa. The rock fortress is dominated by a massive column of rock rising over 650 feet from the ground. Climbing it is one of the most popular ways to experience it, but you can also visit Asia’s oldest surviving landscape gardens, a water garden and the Sigiriya Frescoes, paintings of the ladies of the harem of King Kasyapa I.
The small town of Ella is nestled in the high country among lush, brilliant green hills and cascading waterfalls. One of the most beautiful areas on the island, it’s home to Diyaluma Falls, the second tallest in Sri Lanka, the iconic Nine Arch Bridge, endless tea plantations and mountain passes. The village itself offers a laid-back base for enjoying it all, including hikes made more pleasant in the cooler climate. The view through Ella Gap is jaw-dropping, and on a clear night you’ll be able to spot the glow of the lighthouse on the south coast.
A resort town on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka, Bentota is the place to come to enjoy unspoiled golden sands and waves popular for surfing, windsurfing, wakeboarding and more. Bentota beach offers the quintessential swaying coconut trees and is an ideal spot for swimming, snorkeling and diving. Among the reef off Bentota, there are over 500 different types of fish species from angel fish and parrot fish to groupers and jack fish. Check out turtles in their natural habitat at the Kosgoda Turtle Conservation Project and head to one of the many spas to relax and enjoy hot stone therapy, aromatherapy and more.
The small village of Ulagalla makes a popular base for exploring the area known as the Cultural Triangle, home to five of Sri Lanka’s eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Within the triangle is the famous Sigiriya Rock, the Dambulla cave monastery, the Mihintale Buddhist center and intriguing ancient hospital ruins that date back to the 9th century. In Minneriya National Park, elephants can often be spotted. The area is filled with lush paddy fields and tranquil reservoirs, making it especially atmospheric.
Tucked within Sri Lanka’s emerald Central Highlands, the Bogawantalawa Valley, also known as “the Golden Valley of Tea,” is one of the most stunning tea growing areas in the country. It sits an an elevation of more than 4,921 feet and overlooks mist-enveloped rolling hills and serene Castlereagh Lake, with its waters so still it looks like glass. Kayak tours allow you to paddle around enjoying a magnificent perspective of the lush, tea-blanketed mountains. With the Dunkeld Tea Factory here, you can also enjoy a tour and tea tasting.
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Things to do in Sri Lanka
One of the most iconic historic landmarks and most photographed sites in Sri Lanka, Sigiriya Rock is a must-visit. An ancient rock fortress, it’s dominated by a massive column of rock that rises more than 650 feet from the ground. Experience it by climbing 1,200 steps to the top, best done in the early morning hours to avoid the heat and big crowds.
Discover Elephants in Udawalawe National Park
Elephants can be spotted throughout Sri Lanka, on tea plantations and sometimes even sneaking into hotels. But Udawalawe National Park is your best bet for watching them roaming free in the wild. The park is home to some 400 of the animals, along with vast stretches of grassland, jungle and forest. It’s a top destination for birdwatchers too.
Spot Leopards in Yala National Park
Yala National Park is a wildlife lover’s dream, home to many exotic animals, including leopards. It boasts the highest density of the cats anywhere else in the world. While you’re here you can watch the monkeys swing through the trees, listen for the thunder of the elephants’ hooves, keep an eye out for tooth crocs and see many bird species too.
Picturesque Kandy sits beside a lake in the central highlands, providing a cooler respite and a wealth of ancient temples. This was the last capital of Sri Lanka’s ancient kings, home to the famous Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, believed to have belonged to Buddha himself. The botanical gardens here is worth exploring too with an impressive collection of orchids.
Experience the Colonial Charms of Galle
The Old Walled City of Galle dates back to the late 16th-century, and surrounded by the Indian ocean on three sides, it’s a breathtaking sight. The inside is just as impressive with the scent of exotic spices wafting through the air as you stroll the narrow streets lined with ancient mosques, historic churches, and Dutch colonial buildings, along with restaurants, cafes and boutiques.
Learn How Stilt Fishing is Done
Stilt fishing is unique to Sri Lanka, with fishermen sitting on a cross bar tied to a vertical pole, driven into the sand about 10 feet offshore. From there, the fisherman casts a line, waiting for a fish to come along. About 20 minutes from Galle’s center, you might see them along the beaches. For a tip, they’ll show you how it’s done.
Enjoy the Beaches of Bentota
Located along the southwest coast, Bentota’s beaches are some of the best in Sri Lanka, with pristine golden sands fringed with swaying coconut palms. This is the place to go for a wide range of water sports, including windsurfing, wakeboarding, jet skiing and parasailing, as well as diving and snorkeling. The underwater world is incredible, with an abundance of colorful fish.
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