Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is a wonderful holiday destination. A long and rich culture is illustrated by the temples, forts and ruined cities that proliferate while national parks, many covered in dense jungle are home to wild elephants and leopards. The mountainous interior offers a mixture of spectacular scenery alongside the ordered beauty of its vast tea plantations. And then there is the coast; hundreds of miles of idyllic beaches offering the perfect place to relax.

Sri Lanka offers 24 game reserves, several of which are home to some of the world’s most iconic animals. The Asian elephant can be seen, sometimes in large family groups, while the Sri Lankan leopard stalks the forests which cover nearly 25% of the country. Sri Lanka offers the highest bio diversity density of any country in the whole of Asia, found in a wide variety of different habitats. With over 3,200 flowering plants and 250 species of bird, it’s unlikely you are going to run out of things to look at.

With a history running back well over 3,000 years, Sri Lanka is blessed with a material history that can be seen in the innumerable cities, shrines and temples which still exist. The most famous is Anuradhapura, one of the oldest continuously inhabited sites in the world and also one of Buddhists' most sacred sites. Capital of Sri Lanka between the 4th to the 11th centuries AD the monuments are testament to its power during its heyday. The hill fortress of Sigiriya, the ruins at Polonnaruwa with their complicated irrigation networks, and the more recent buildings of the Kingdom of Kandy all stand witness to the magnificence of Sri Lanka's past.

Sri Lanka has long been famous for its beaches - beautiful golden sands fringed by forests of palm trees. We can offer some wonderful resorts, many of which offer other activities. Its possible to arrange boat trips to go in search of dolphins and whales (December until April), diving and deep sea fishing.

In the hills of the interior there are opportunities for walking, whether that be doing gentle day walks while staying in a luxurious tea plantation house, or a more robust hike through the jungles of the interior in search of flora and birds.

Families
The coast of Sri Lanka with its golden beaches, swaying palm trees, stilt fisherman and mangrove lined lagoons offer a fabulous family holiday. You can fly direct, a bonus, and when there explore at your own pace with a private car and driver. You’ve got forts to explore, educational elephant encounters to enjoy – children love the Born Free elephant sanctuary - along with many other activities like cycling, kayaking and visiting hill stations.The beach resorts around atmospheric Galle are perfect for down-time after exploring the riches of the cultural triangle. A real highlight is clambering up the steps and dodging monkeys at wonderful Dambulla and scaling the impressive Sigiriya Rock Fortress.

Wherever you go you will not be disappointed. Sri Lanka is a tropical lush paradise, littered with the ruins of its long and illustrious history. It is a country to visit and enjoy.

Safaris visiting this attraction

11 days
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Sri Lanka - Family Adventure

A wonderful family tour of Sri Lanka including culture, wildlife viewing, and time at the beach

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Sri Lanka - Family Summer Special

A fantastic summer family holiday in Sri Lanka with culture, wildlife, adventure and beach

19 days
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Sri Lanka - Wildlife and Wonders

This luxury private tour of Sri Lanka takes you to all the cultural highlights as well as on safari