We've put together a guidebook with everything you need to know about Sri Lanka and the Maldives. Written by our specialists, it details destination information, a wildlife guide, some suggested itineraries and plenty more to inspire your holiday. Fill in the form below and if you live in UK, your guidebook will arrive by post within the next couple of days. For those who live abroad, we will send you a link by email which will allow you to download your own copy.
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…
Tangalle, Sri Lanka
Best for: Beach, Imagine Favourites, Hideaway
One of Sri Lanka's most exclusive hotels, Amanwella is a contemporary luxury beach resort magnificently perched above a crescent-shaped beach near Tangalle in Sri Lanka’s deep south, offering top-level pampering and a chance to relax and unwind.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8916
Younger sister to colonial Amangalla in Galle, this elegant resort is completely unique in style. Its sleek lines, carefully designed open spaces and soothing colours make the resort a luxurious delight after exploring the rest of Sri Lanka. 30 identical suites are nestled into the hillside coconut grove, each with a private-entry courtyard and plunge pool. The contemporary interiors consist of a combined sleeping and living room with a cosy king-size bed, writing desk and armchair while the terrazzo floors and soothing beige, cream and sandy tones reflect the beach setting.
Dine on sumptuous Asian and Mediterranean cuisine at the main restaurant perched above the ocean for spectacular views, or for something more romantic, the Beach Club, an intimate dining experience on the beachfront serving locally sourced fresh seafood. For something a little different, head to the terrace adjacent to the breath-taking 45-metre infinity swimming pool, this provides an unbeatable spot for some light al fresco dining.
Wonderfully rejuvenating spa treatments are available at Amanwella’s spa or in the privacy of your own suite. Enjoy a facial, massage, or body scrubs that uses Aman’s organic range of beauty products. For those more cerebrally inclined, the library offers a variety of books on Sri Lankan history, arts, culture and wildlife.
Hard as it will be to tear yourself away, there is plenty to do should you feel the urge. The south coast offers an attractive mix of secluded beaches, history, wildlife and adventure. The beaches are secluded, long and unspoiled, and an extensive coral reef along the coast is ideal for snorkelling. From December to April, the South Coast is one of the world’s finest whale watching locations, with blue and sperm whales frequently seen along with spinner dolphins, and at night you can go to Rekawa Beach to watch endangered marine turtles nesting. You can also visit Mulkirigala, an ancient Buddhist temple perched on an enormous boulder, or go on a safari to Udawalawe or Yala National Parks, where herds of wild elephant roam free and you may be lucky enough to spot an elusive sloth bear or leopard.
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.
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.
Morning and Afternoon Jeep Safari - Yala National Park
Whilst at Yala National Park, enjoy a morning and afternoon game drive to witness the variety of wildlife, particularly leopards, for which the park is renowned. Yala is known to have the highest density of leopard on the planet.