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Tea Estates, Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Holidays

There’s only one way to describe this place: diverse. One of the East’s sleepier destinations; but take the time to explore it 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.


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 individually handmade and unique arts and crafts. Support the communities of fishermen’s wives and daughters.

Culinary Ceylon

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

Cycling the Village Roads of Polonnaruwa

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

The Elephant Gathering

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

Private Beach Villa

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

Coastal Adventures

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

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.

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.

Peradeniya’s Botanical Gardens

Abundant with the most incredible variety of trees from around the world, the botanical gardens also have an impressive collection of orchids and roses.


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

KK Beach, Habaraduwa, Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka

Why we love 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.

Explore Sri Lanka

  • Colombo
  • Cultural Triangle
  • Galle
  • Kandy and the Tea Country

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. In fact, I am never happier than when I’m cycling, trekking or simply eating my way through a country! My heart and head regularly pull me east, notably to India but I may also be found wandering through the galleries and piazzas of Italy or daydreaming about fresh ceviche in the far west.
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Joe Parkes

As a child I read voraciously so the seed of travel was planted by none other than Enid Blyton. Family holidays ran the gamut from icy dips in the early summer seas of Cornwall, to camel rides in north Africa, from Times Square to Tenerife. A GAP year upon leaving school cemented the travel bug. After graduating University and before stumbling, happily, into a career in the travel industry I spent a couple of glorious years exploring southern and east Africa, large swathes of South-east Asia, India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.
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Frequently asked questions about Sri Lanka

Is Sri Lanka safe to travel around?

Known for its turbulent history and civil war, peace was declared in Sri Lanka in 2009. It has now very successfully rebuilt itself as a tourist destination and is doing everything to welcome visitors to the country.  Security has been stepped up across the country since April 2019 in response to a singular terrorist attack but the State of Emergency has since been lifted. As when travelling to any destination, we always advise taking precautions when looking after your personal belongings.

What animals will I see in Yala National Park?

With over 126,000 hectares of parkland to explore, visiting Yala is like stepping into the pages of The Jungle Book. Elephants, monkeys, exotic birds and leopards plus an array of other wildlife call Yala home. The park has one of the densest leopard populations in the world.

What currency is used in Sri Lanka?

The local currency is the Sri Lankan Rupee.

Are cash machines easily accessible?

ATMs are becoming more widespread in the larger cities, but are more difficult to find outside of these. Before leaving for more rural areas, we advise making sure you have plenty of local currency with you in case ATM access in unavailable. There is a small withdrawal charge of approximately £2.

When is the best time of the year to visit Sri Lanka?

Sri Lanka is a year-round destination although the weather differs between the north and the south. For the best climate visit the south of the country between January and April and the north from June to December.

Can I rent a villa in Sri Lanka?

Yes, in fact renting a villa of any size is great value and makes for a wonderfully relaxing holiday. A particularly good option for families the villas come with staff and locations range from beachfront to inland depending on your preference. The best selection is found on the south coast near Galle.

Do I need a visa to travel to Sri Lanka?

British passport holders need a visa which is easily obtained online. It is currently free of charge for British citizens until further notice and is generally issued within approximately five days. Other nationalities please ask for further information.

Do I need to worry about malaria?

Sri Lanka was declared free of malaria in 2017 and 2018 after eradicating the disease in 2016. However, do take normal precautions. Wear long-sleeved tops and avoid skin exposure during dusk and dawn when mosquitos are most active. Avoid sitting or staying by any standing water or boggy land. Invest in some repellant when travelling through a jungle and forested regions. Mosquitoes are prevalent and do carry Dengue Fever.

How likely am I to see a leopard in the wild on a holiday to Sri Lanka?

Obviously, wildlife is never guaranteed but chances are good, particularly in Yala National Park which has one of the highest density of leopard in the world.

I would like to explore the north of the country. Is it safe now?

It is safe to visit Jaffna in the north of the country as well as the new beach resorts around Trincomalee on the north-east coast. However it is worth mentioning that in Jaffna there remains a strong military presence. If you like pioneering travel and are OK with basic accommodation then a visit to the very north of the country could well appeal.One of our female travel experts recently travelled to the north and felt extremely safe throughout.

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Rainbow Centre building
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

Why Choose Steppes?

Our knowledge and expertise sets us apart. So too our curiosity. A curiosity of the world and of you, and your passions. 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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