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 and the South Coast, Sri Lanka
Best for: Beach, Culture History, Honeymoon
The recently opened KK beach is a stylish beachfront hotel in Habaraduwa, just 20 minutes along the coast from Galle. With six suites mere steps away from the white sandy shores of the Indian Ocean, it offers a blissful retreat on Sri Lanka's south coast.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8916
KK Beach offers stylish and contemporary beachfront accommodation, just 12 kilometres from the ancient port city of Galle. Favourably positioned on a two mile stretch of beach lining the azure waters of the Indian Ocean, KK Beach offers an idyllic retreat on Sri Lanka's south coast, perfect for some time to relax when not busy discovering the marvels of the surrounding region.
There are just six suites at KK Beach, each air-conditioned and offering majestic views of the Indian Ocean. They are designed in a contemporary Mediterranean style, with sliding glass doors to provide guests with uninterrupted ocean views. The suites are elegantly furnished, with comfortable beds and well-appointed en suite bathrooms.
The Beach Club is the main restaurant at KK beach, located on the Ground Floor of the property. Open to non-guests too, the Beach Club offers a combination of fresh sea food, authentic Sri Lankan dishes and Thai cuisine, served in a venue decorated with art from local Sri Lankan artists. There is also the Living Room and Bar, a lovely spot to enjoy a drink or light snack whilst watching the sunset.
There are many facilities at KK Beach for guests to enjoy during their stay, including a 20 metre long infinity swimming pool, yoga classes and the option for in-room massages or dining. There are also lots of activities offered from KK Beach, including diving, snorkelling, canoe trips, whale watching and scenic cycling trips. A short 20 minute drive will take you to Galle, and the UNESCO World Heritage site of Galle Fort, a must-see attraction on any trip to Sri Lanka's south coast.
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
Kahanda Kanda and KK Beach, Sri Lanka - 30% discount
Benefit from 30% discount as well as complimentary spa treatments and private dinner when you stay at Kahanda Kanda or KK Beach, Sri Lanka. Terms and conditions apply. Subject to availability. Please speak to one of our specialists for more information.
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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.