Sri Lanka Holidays

A teardrop-shaped island in the Indian Ocean and boasting everything from tropical beaches to enticing jungle landscapes bursting with incredible landscapes, fascinating wildlife and cultural wonders, Sri Lanka has something for every traveller. An irresistible destination with over 2,000 years of history, this tropical island off the southern tip of India is home to eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites from ancient temples and historic cities to hilltop citadels – and that’s not even mentioning the national parks where you can spot elephants and leopards and luscious tea plantations, all of which are waiting to be explored on your Sri Lanka holiday.

Sri Lanka's – which stretches an impressive 1,300km – provides access to stunning beaches where you’ll find a number of luxury resorts and boutique hotels. With plenty of opportunities to hike, dive and snorkel, you can choose between relaxing days on the beach and heading out on an adventure. Our top tip when travelling to Sri Lanka is to combine a tailor-made tour with a chilled out beach stay for the best of both!

Browse our selection of Sri Lanka holidays, taking your pick of popular beachside hotels, boutique escapes and All Inclusive resorts. For an all encompassing stay, check in to the 5* Shangri-La's Hambantota Golf Resort and Spa complete with an artisan village, on-site golf course and flying trapeze. Families will love Club Hotel Dolphin on the west side of the island featuring a kids club for little ones and spa facilities for parents to enjoy.

And we’ve made it easy to plan your dream holiday thanks to our affordable selection of hotels and convenient flight options. Talk to our Indian Ocean travel team today today to get their expert advice on where to stay and what to do on your Sri Lanka holiday.

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Sri Lanka Travel Information

Direct flights depart from London to Colombo. A luxury coach runs every 15 minutes from the terminals to Colombo.

  • Currency: Sri Lankan rupee 
  • Time difference: GMT +5 hours 30 minutes
  • Flight from UK: 10 hours 30 minutes 
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  • Language: Sinhala, Tamil 
  • National drink: Tea 
  • National dish: Rice & curry

Travel Tips & Advice for Sri Lanka Holidays

Sri Lanka Activities

For unforgettable views of the country's striking landscape, choose to take to the skies and look over the island in a hot air balloon. There are a number of companies offering this experience around Sri Lanka, with many taking off from popular destinations, such as Dambulla. You’ll get unrivalled views of the tree-topped cliffs below, something you’re bound to never forget. Back on terra firma, you can head off on a mountain bike, exploring miles of trails through the island's forests where you can spot a variety of wildlife. The clear waters are ideal for snorkelling and diving, and when the surf's up you can ride the waves. Windsurfing, canoeing and many other water sports are there to enjoy, no matter your skill level.

Sri Lanka Food & Drink

Take the chance to try something new and sample the local cuisine outside the resort. Rice, fruit and spices are central to Sri Lankan cooking, making everything on offer incredibly flavourful. Curries are a mainstay, with a number of options to choose from. Whether you’re craving chicken or veggies, you’re sure to find a curry dish that tantalises your tastebuds. However, there are many other local dishes to try, including string hoppers or very thin noodles, and roti, a type of flatbread. Street vendors sell delicious treats though it's recommended that you avoid unpeeled fruit and salads. Tea is the main beverage chosen to accompany most meals, though there are plenty of alcoholic options if you fancy something stronger.

Sri Lanka Attractions

With a number of stunning World Heritage Sites, you’re simply spoilt for choice when it comes to attractions in Sri Lanka. Located atop a rock plateau, Sigirya Rock Fortress overlooks a vast jungle and is home to a mysterious 5th-century fortress. Alternatively, elephants are part of Sri Lanka's culture and allure, and the Millenium Elephant Foundation in Pinnawela is home to orphaned or abandoned elephants. Get up close to these beautiful animals in this sobering but ultimately uplifting experience. In the hill country, Nuwara Eliya is set among tea plantations and provides a cool antidote to the heat of the coast. This gorgeous flora covered landscape is waiting to be explored, plus you may be able to spot the native monkeys and birds that call it home.

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