Some of the wildlife that can be spotted on a Sri Lanka holiday...
The teardrop island is particularly proud of its natural bounty, and rightly so. For thousands of years, vast swathes of land have been protected by Sri Lankan royalty, preserved as sanctuaries for nature to thrive and even today, countless areas of protected land exist on the island. Despite its small size, its diverse landscapes, contrasting seasons, unique climate and incredible biodiversity confirm it as an exceptional place for wildlife enthusiasts to enjoy year round.
Whether you’re a culture vulture keen to explore the impressive temples and UNESCO sites of the Cultural Triangle, a wildlife fanatic who hopes to spot the elusive leopard in Yala National Park, or a fervent foodie whose mouth waters at the tantalizing aromas of cardamom and coriander, here's our pick of the top Sri Lankan experiences that are not to be missed...
Here’s a guide to our favourite local street-food delicacies to sample during your stay…
Mirissa is the gateway to Dondra Point. This is one of the best spots to witness the whale migrations in Sri Lanka from the Bay of Bengal - Sri Lanka’s southern sea is calm offering up the perfect conditions.
On a recent trip to Sri Lanka, Ellis was bowled over by this unique and calm country which is worlds apart from nearby India. From the fascinating culture of the north, to the scenic rolling hills of Tea Country and the beautiful golden beaches on the coast, there is no end to the country's beauty.
In Sri Lanka, festivals are an integral part of life and culture; with a population composed of many races and religions and given its long, ancient history – they are never short of celebrations. Here are a few of the significant festivals:
Tea is part of Sri Lanka’s unique cultural heritage and some of the world’s finest teas are produced here. Due to Sri Lanka’s diverse climate each tea variety is uniquely different. The country is particularly famous for Ceylon tea, recognised over the world for its high quality and distinct aroma (crisp and citrus).
The best of Sri Lanka and The Maldives in this luxurious journey that takes in Sri Lanka's ancient cities and tea plantations before flying off to one of the finest islands in The Maldives. It combines culture with some of the world's finest beaches.
Spotting the Big Five in Africa is often hailed as the holy grail of wildlife holidays, but plenty of other places around the world offer animal sightings impressive enough to rival Africa's, and Sri Lanka is certainly one of them. Here, we introduce you to Sri Lanka's own Big Five and give you all the information you need to go in search of these wild beasts...
Here’s a guide to our favourite things to do in Galle…
Serene Sri Lanka
Galle, Tangalle, Galle, Colombo
Best for: Beach, Highlights, Honeymoon
A truly unique and relaxing journey taking in a selection of beautiful boutique hotels along Sri Lanka's west and south coast. From coastal Bentota to historic Galle and from Tangalle to Thalpe, this itinerary is a peaceful escape with a splash of culture
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8916
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Serene Sri Lanka is the perfect journey for those in need of a true relaxing break, with some culture sprinkled in to create a varied break. With a mix of exotic and beautiful boutique hotels, spread across the west and south coast, with time in the historic fort of Galle, this itinerary blends some much needed down time with one of Asia's most impressive colonial towns. Enjoy wandering around the rustic streets, popping into pretty boutiques and cafes and learning all the region's rich colonial heritage. You might like to enjoy a private walking tour or a cycle through the local villages and paddy fields. If you visit between November and March you might also get to see blue whales, as they tend to feed along this line of coast at that time. This is a wonderful journey and perfect for those who love unique properties and coastal locations.
Days 1 - 4 : Bentota, Sri Lanka
Stay at Rock Villa for 3 nights
On arrival in Colombo, you will be met by your private driver in the arrivals hall. From here you will be driven down along Sri Lanka's palm fringed coastline to Bentota.
Spend three nights at your charming boutique hotel, Rock Villa. This boutique beach villa is located on a pristine coastline where guests often have the opportunity to spot nesting turtles.
Days 4 - 6 : Galle, Sri Lanka
Stay at The Fort Printers for 2 nights
From Bentota, drive south to Galle. This afternoon explore this fascinating colonial fort full of old merchant's houses, boutique hotels, tiny shops and restaurants. Guests will also have the opportunity to take a cycling trip through the nearby villages. Whale watching is popular for visitors to the city between the months of November to April.
Stay at the Fort Printers, a stylish boutique hotel located in the heart of Galle Fort. Once a Buddhist institution, bank and printing press it now holds 13 suites in three beautiful colonial villas.
Days 6 - 8 : Tangalle, Sri Lanka
Stay at Coco Tangalla for 2 nights
Today you will be driven along the scenic south coast of Sri Lanka, to Tangalle. Here you will have the opportunity to sit back and relax on this wonderful line of coast.
Throughout your time here you will stay at Coco Tangalla, a stylish boutique hotel. This villa is an ideal destination for couples and older families alike.
Days 8 - 11 : Thalpe (near Galle), Sri Lanka
Stay at The Frangipani Tree for 3 nights
Today you will drive back along the south coast to Thalpe, a coastal aea just south of Galle. Thalpe is a wonderful destination for relaxing and exploring the beaches and diverse heritage of Sri Lanka's south coast.
During your time in Thalpe you will be staying at the sister hotel of Fort Printers in Galle Fort, the Frangipani Tree. This boutique hotel offers a stylish and intimate beachfront atmosphere along with nine exquisitely furnished suites, housed in three villas.
From Thalpe you will be driven back to Colombo for your flight home after the most relaxing journey.
Short on time?
Or perhaps you’d like to add on a night in the Capital, Colombo. Our Sri Lanka specialists can design your itinerary to suit any length of trip or budget, and have access to the best special offers. Call us on 020 3141 2850.
When to go
Sri Lanka is considered a sunny year round destination; there is always somewhere experiencing good weather on the island. However, there are huge regional differences. The Southwest ‘Yala’ Monsoons brings rain to the west and southwest coast, as well as the hill country, from April/May to September. During this time the north and east coasts are good. The northeast ‘Mahe’ monsoon is less extreme and brings rain to the east and north during October and November. This monsoon can bring a bit of rain to the south as well. Put simply; head to the south, central, hill country and western areas between December and March and ideally head to the north and eastern areas between April and September. We can never guarantee good weather but believe this is a good guide to follow.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8916
Things to do
Galle Cycling Tour - The Paddy Trail (12km)
Heading out of Galle, explore village life by bike in this charming experience. The 12km paddy trail is a great opportunity to see inland Sri Lanka and Koggala Lake.
Culinary Tour of Galle
Learn the secret of Fort food on this great culinary tour. Gain knowledge of Sri Lankan street food whilst meeting several local characters along the way to bring the tour alive. Did you know that cinnamon helps improve your memory?
Galle Fort Walking Tour with Sanjei
Enjoy a walking tour of Galle Fort led by Sanjej. Enjoy numerous stories as you venture into the little nooks and crannies that make Galle Fort so special.
Merchants of Galle Fort
Enjoy a fascinating walk through UNESCO listed Galle Fort with a guide who will take you behind the historic walls of this ancient citadel. Meet the ancestors of the original merchant families and learn about the spice trade and colonial history.
Galle Fort Walking Tour
Walk along the ramparts and through the ancient streets of Galle Fort, founded by the Portuguese in the 16th century. Galle is rich with merchant history and colonial charm.
Whale Watching from Mirissa
Explore the waters off Sri Lanka’s south coast from Mirissa fishing harbour. Enjoy 4 hours watching whales, spotting blue whales and spinner dolphin. The best spotting is between December and April.
Galle Cycling Tour - The Paddy Trail (30km)
Head out of Galle and discover village life by bicycle. The 30km paddy trail is a fantastic opportunity to see some of inland Sri Lanka and Koggala Lake. This is an ideal experience for those who consider themselves fit.
From $2209 per person
International economy class flights and airport taxes from the UK
Meals as per itinerary
Private guide and driver
Ask our specialists for prices excluding flights from the UK. This price is as a guide only. The actual price is influenced by fluctuations in exchange rate, time of year, travel class of flights and the use of private versus shared excursions. Single supplements are likely to apply.