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 Last House
Tangalle, Sri Lanka
Best for: Beach, Culture History, Family
Set at the end of an unspoilt, picture-perfect beach near Tangalle on Sri Lanka’s south coast, The Last House is a wonderfully inviting boutique villa and a great value option for families and couples by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8916
The Last House, so named because it was famed Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa’s final creation, is a stylish small resort with a maximum of 14 guests, making an idyllic beach retreat for families or couples wanting a quiet escape away from the crowds. You can book out the whole villa if you wish, or take a single room. Accommodation is split into four different rooms, three of which come with a private balcony or garden. Rooms vary in size and specification but all provide space, comfort and sea views.
Pretty courtyards and verandas dotted around in amongst the brightly-coloured walls and surrounding vegetation also provide places of solitude for relaxing with a good book or cold drink. The cuisine on offer – local rice and curry dishes as well as more familiar Western fare – can be eaten in the main dining area, in privacy with friends and loved ones in your own garden or on the balcony.
With its idyllic beach and sea on your doorstep, as well as a beautiful swimming pool, there’s good reason to do very little during your stay, but for those wanting to see a bit more of the surrounding region, there are elephant- and leopard-spotting opportunities in Yala National Park, whale-watching, sea kayaking and sailing from nearby Mirissa Harbour, and the historic city of Galle with its Dutch colonial fort. However much or little you choose to do, you’ll be able to enjoy it all from the relaxing and beautifully-styled Last House.
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.
Holiday ideas including a stay in this property
Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Uda Walawe National Park, Tangalle
In this captivating itinerary, explore the very best of Sri Lanka's scenic south. Explore the luminous hill country, the serene southern coastline, spot wild elephants in Uda Walawe National Park and explore Kandy, Sri Lanka's historic city in the hills.