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…
Weligama, Sri Lanka
Best for: Beach, Honeymoon, Watersports
Nestled into the natural slopes of the surrounding cliffs, Cape Weligama is a relaxed waterfront property offering stunning panoramic views of the Indian Ocean, an array of cuisine, a selection of exciting activities and the perfect opportunity to unwind.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8916
Just thirty minutes east of the exotic and exciting town of Galle lies Cape Weligama on the palm fringed shores of the legendary island of Sri Lanka. Offering a selection of accommodation types, this resort is perfect for romantic getaways or those travelling with friends and family. A collection of private residences and villas are scattered amongst the natural slopes of the cape, creating the welcoming illusion of being in a traditional Sri Lankan village. From residences set within beautifully manicured gardens, to villas with stunning views of the Indian Ocean from their upper level infinity pools, Cape Weligama offers a collection of 40 stylish and private living quarters beneath the local terracotta-tiled rooftops.
Cape Weligama is a gourmet paradise offering an assortment of international dining venues across the resort. De Mauny restaurant pays tribute to its location, offering the day’s freshest catch selected by you at the Pola (market) and cooked to order while you gaze out from the ocean-facing restaurant. Kumbuk gives you the chance to experience real Sri Lankan cuisine, enjoying the islands unique and spicy curries and eating with your hands in this open air spot. Enjoy sipping on fresh and exciting cocktails at Taylor Pavilion while capturing Weligama’s iconic sunsets.
This beautifully relaxed waterfront property offers a diverse range of activities all through the year. Enjoy surf lessons, scuba diving, and lake kayaking, as well as leopard safaris and rice paddy bicycling outside of the resort. And of course, there is plenty of time to relax and this is the perfect place to do so. Kick back on the picture-perfect beaches in secluded coves where turtles swim about in the crystal-clear waters; lay by the infinity pool that appears to flow seamlessly into the blue glistening sea or enjoy a private pampering session in your own suite or villa.
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.
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.
Holiday ideas including a stay in this property
Colombo, Kotugoda, Anuradhapura, Kandy, Hatton, Welligama
This luxurious itinerary showcases the highlights of Sri Lanka whilst staying in some of Sri Lanka's most spoiling and luxurious hotels. This is the perfect trip for those wishing to combine comfort, style and culture with some time on the beach.