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Ceylon Tea Trails, Hatton, Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Holidays

One of the East’s sleepier destinations. But take the time to explore Sri Lanka and you’ll find that you wake up to something completely different every day.

Lush, green and without crowds, Sri Lanka has become one of the prime boutique destinations of the East. We love it for its diversity, the people and the exquisite food.

A Sri Lanka holiday will not disappoint. You are guaranteed to experience one of the most idyllic and exotic destinations on earth. Travelling around this beautiful island, you will see rolling tea estates, spectacular views, fascinating historical sites, wide stretches of sandy beach and verdant forests abundant with wildlife, such as leopard, wild elephant and sloth bear.

Train crossing Nine Arch Bridge, Nuwara, Sri Lanka
Nuwara, Sri Lanka
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Ceylon Tea Trails, Hatton, Sri Lanka
Ceylon Tea Trails, Hatton, Sri Lanka
Tea Plantation, Nuwara, Sri Lanka
Nuwara, Sri Lanka
Colombo City Walk with Mark Forbes, Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Elephants, Sri Lanka
Pinnawala, Sri Lanka
Sperm Whale, Trincomalee, Sri Lanka
Trincomalee, Sri Lanka
The Sri Lankan leopard
Sri Lanka
Maalu Maalu beach walkway, Passekudah, Sri Lanka
Maalu Maalu, Passekudah, Sri Lanka

Why Visit Sri Lanka

With so many different holiday styles, Sri Lanka has something for everyone, from trekking and camping in National Parks, such as Wilpattu, to flying to north-east Jaffna to explore the Dutch forts. Alternatively, you could relax on the glorious sandy beaches around the coast, explore the UNESCO site of Galle or discover Colombo’s fascinating past and vibrant future with a private walking tour in the city.

Experiences

Make the most of every moment in Sri Lanka. Create an itinerary brimming with these truly unforgettable moments.

Meet the Makers – Thimble Workshop

Pay a visit to the Thimble Foundation workshop, offering unique arts and crafts. Support the communities of fishermen’s wives and daughters.

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Culinary Ceylon

At Culinary Ceylon, enjoy home cooking using family recipes passed down from proprietor’s ancestors. Immerse yourself in the local culture with this fully guided, theatrical and memorable curated experience boldly different from an ordinary restaurant visit.

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Cycling the Village Roads of Polonnaruwa

Cycle through the village roads of Polonnaruwa early in the morning to enjoy the tranquil atmosphere.

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The Elephant Gathering

Witness hundreds of elephants gathering in Minneriya National Park during Sri Lanka’s dry season.

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Coastal Adventures

Swim from the clear, calm east coast beaches near Trincomalee or Passekudah.

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Private Beach Villa

Rent a fully staffed, private beach villa with family and friends.

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Bird watching

Sri Lanka is a birds paradise. Spend a few days in the Knuckles mountain range, a unique ecosystem and home to over 120 bird species.

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Sinharaja Forest Reserve

View the magnificent mixed-species bird flocks of Sinharaja, Sri Lanka’s premier rainforest. Other animals present include leopard, purple-faced langur, barking deer and three types of squirrel.

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Anuradhapura

Explore the extensive ruins of the greatest monastic city of the ancient world, Anuradhapura.

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Little Adam’s Peak

Hike to Little Adam’s Peak to marvel at the 360-degree views of the surrounding mountains and tea estates.

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Explore Sri Lanka

  • Colombo
  • Cultural Triangle
  • Galle
  • Kandy and the Tea Country
  • Negombo
  • Jaffna and the North
  • Wilpattu National Park
  • Yala National Park
  • Mirissa
  • Trincomalee
  • Udawalawe National Park

Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Kate Hitchen

My travels were first inspired by my love of the UK, which I take as much pleasure in exploring as countries far and wide. For me, travel is all about the adventure, the people I meet and the food I sample along the way.

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Rainbow Centre, Sri Lanka

Rainbow Centre

We support projects right across the planet. Explore below to see where and how we’re making a difference – in some cases, we can even arrange a visit as part of your tailor-made itinerary.

The Rainbow Centre provides daily education, food, welfare, medical treatment and loving support to children living in extreme poverty in southwestern Sri Lanka. Its key aim is to enable children to obtain an education and to help them to break free from a world of crime, begging, addiction and abuse.

Read more about The Steppes Fund For Change

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Our knowledge and expertise set us apart. So too our curiosity. It is this that drives us to create a journey that is really bespoke to you, all the while ensuring we travel and operate sustainably.

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