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…
The Fort Printers
Galle, Sri Lanka
Best for: Culture History, Honeymoon, Family
Steeped in history and offering superb service, Fort Printers is an atmospheric and stylish boutique hotel spread across three adjoining colonial period villas and ideally located for exploring the cultural sites, shops and restaurants of Galle Fort.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8916
Housed in an eighteenth-century mansion that in its time has served as a school, Buddhist institution, bank and printing press, The Fort Printers offers 13 suites in three colonial villas overlooking the beautiful tiled roofs of the houses, the harbour and the lighthouse. The building is characteristic of the colonial architecture in the area, which guests can explore more of by walking into Galle to see the famous Galle Fort, temples, churches and also relax on the beautiful local beaches.
The main house is accessed through a grand hallway with a view of the inner courtyard and magnificent frangipanis. Guests can also enjoy the use of the library which contains a selection of books and magazines. The hotel encourages local and international artists by regularly hosting art exhibitions. All guests at Fort Printers may also use the facilities of the hotel’s beachfront sister property, the lovely Frangipani Tree.
All suites are air conditioned and furnished to a high standard with classic and contemporary hand-made furniture. Guests staying in the Pedlar’s Street and Church Street wings have access to all facilities at the main Fort Printers building including the restaurant and swimming pool. The suites exude an Asian theme with vibrant carpets and silks.
The restaurant offers an imaginative menu that seeks to use fresh seafood and organic local produce and a variety of breads are freshly baked daily. Two dedicated chefs plan the menu for the day based on guests' preferences, and lovingly create delicious Sri Lankan curries, grilled fresh seafood and Mediterranean inspired specialties.
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.
Holiday ideas including a stay in this property
Colombo, Sigiriya, Kandy, Hill Country, Galle
Staying in luxurious boutique hotels, enjoy the best of Sri Lanka in this enchanting getaway. This is an ideal journey for honeymooners or couples, taking in the ancient cities, Kandy, the tea growing region, Galle and the glorious coast.
Galle, Tangalle, Galle, Colombo
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