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Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka

One of the world's most exotic islands

Sri Lanka is located at the southern tip of India and is one of the world’s most exotic and beautiful islands. You will find mystical ancient cities, thick jungles and miles upon miles of pristine white sand beaches here. The culture is warm and the people of Sri Lanka are extremely friendly. It’s an affordable destination to visit in terms of both getting there and the cost of living when you are in resort is very inexpensive.

Popular with families as well as couples and groups, Sri Lanka has something for everyone. The serene east coast suits families whilst others will find a full itinerary of exploring and hiking through the more off-the-beaten-track areas is their dream holiday adventure. Many of the resorts have long transfer times so we can arrange private car transfers to make the journey as comfortable as we can for you.

The island has some magnificent beaches, especially along the south west coast. It also has cooler mountainous regions in which you’ll discover waterfalls, indigenous wildlife, vast tea plantations and ancient sites.

Hikers and climbers will love Adam’s Peak which stands at 7359 feet. There’s a choice of trails to consider plus you can hire a guide to take you to the top if you wish. It’s a challenging climb but one that is well worth the effort in our opinion.

Sacred and religious sites include the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic in Kandy, the Golden Temple of Dambulla and Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple in Colombo.

One of the most famous sights in Sri Lanka is Sigiriya Rock. At the top is an impressive mountain fortress and you’ll also be able to take in breathtaking views.

An excellent way to see Sri Lanka is to take one of the many organised tours we have and combine these with a hotel stay. When you contact Designer Travel, you can be assured that your enquiry will be dealt with by an experienced Travel Expert who can design a bespoke travel itinerary just for you. As we are independent, we can search through the many flight and accommodation options available and choose the ones which are right for you. Whether you’re considering a twin-centre stay, an activity holiday, hiring a dream villa or staying in a small boutique retreat off the beaten track, Designer Travel can help. Add to that the fact we’re fully ABTA bonded and offer an after sales service and you can see why customers are choosing to return to book with us year after year. To start planning your dream holiday to Sri Lanka, please fill in the enquiry form or give us a call.

Key Highlights
  • Sri Lanka has eight UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • Transfer times from the airport can be long but it’s absolutely worth it to see this magnificent island
  • An organised tour is a fabulous way to see Sri Lanka
  • The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic in Kandy is a popular and fascinating historic site
  • Don your best hiking boots and climb to the top of Adam’s Peak
  • You can climb aboard a boat and go whale watching
  • Visit the fort at the top of Sigiriya Rock
  • Yala National Park has an abundance of wildlife including buffalos, monkeys and elephants
  • If you’re looking for a boutique retreat, consider The Wallawwa
  • Amari Galle enjoys a lovely beachfront position
  • Combine a stay in Sri Lanka with a visit to the idyllic Maldives
  • Please check up to date advice regarding visa requirements

Travel Information

Time Difference: GMT +5 hours 30 minutes

Currency: Sri Lankan Rupee

Climate Information

Sri Lanka is a year round destination with an idyllic climate.

There are two monsoon seasons to consider; the southwest monsoon lasts from May to July and from October to January it’s the northeast monsoon.

The best time to visit is from January to April and from mid-July until September.

Leisure & Activities

The ancient rock fort, Sigiriya, is one of the most famous tourist destinations in the world. The 200 metre high rock is situated in the heart of the island between Dambula and Habaraue. The surrounding grounds feature the remains of a ruined palace, a vast garden with ponds and fountains, and a network of fortifications. It’s well worth the climb to the top of the rock for spectacular views of the surrounding countryside.

The city of Kandy is situated in central Sri Lanka and is surrounded by mountains which are home to vast tea plantations. One of the many reasons to travel the city is to visit the Temple of the Tooth. This fascinating Buddhist temple is situated within the Royal Palace complex and houses a casket containing a tooth of the Buddha.

Yala National Park
Yala National Park is the most visited park in Sri Lanka. It's home to 44 kinds of mammals and 215 different bird species. Mammals include the world’s biggest concentration of leopard, elephants, jackals, sloths, spotted deer and crocodiles. The best time to visit is between February and July.

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