Sri Lanka Holidays
Sri Lanka exclusive holidays destination
Sri Lanka is an island country in the Indian Ocean, located Southeast of India. Travellers choose to holiday in Sri Lanka mainly because it gives them a chance to experience truly exotic locations, enjoy delectable sea food, and visit some of the most ancient structures, all in one holiday. Along with stunning white and brown sand beaches, and historically important ruins, people can also visit tea plantations and luxuriant forest reserves which are home to several magnificent species of animals and birds, on a Sri Lanka holiday. Whether it is a family holiday or a honeymoon, Sri Lanka is an ideal destination for anyone looking for an authentic tropical vacation.
Despite being a small island, Sri Lanka has lots to offer to its visitors. For those who are fascinated by the sea and marine life, the beach town of Mirrisa, famous for whale sighting, is the perfect spot to visit. Travellers also have the choice of enjoying thrilling safari rides and exploring the diverse wildlife of the country. People often plan all-inclusive holidays to Sri Lanka to visit and learn more about the many heritage temples and monasteries that have influenced the culture of Sri Lanka over hundreds of years. In other words, this small island nation is gradually emerging out as a popular Indian Ocean holiday destination thanks to its natural beauty, diverse wildlife, rich history and culture.
Best Time to Visit Sri Lanka
Temperatures remain hot and constant almost throughout the year, but the best time to visit the country is between January to April, and July to September.
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What to visit?
Sigiriya - Also called as the “Lion Rock,” this ancient rock fortress was used as a base for a palace and then a Buddhist monastery in the past. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Adam’s Peak - A beautiful, conical mountain approximately 2200 metres tall, Adam’s Peak is specially known for having a small rock formation in the shape of a footprint near the summit. The footprint is thought to be of Buddha according to Buddhism, Shiva as per Hinduism, and of Adam in Catholicism and Islam.
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic - This magnificent Buddhist temple is located in the palace complex of the former Kingdom of Kandy. The Sacred Tooth Relic is thought to have been playing a vital role in the local politics since ancient times.
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage - Home to more than 90 elephants, this unique elephant orphanage is a major tourist attraction where tourists can feed these magnificent animals and spend their day watching them in their natural habitat.
Royal Botanical Gardens, Peradeniya - Located near Mahaveli, the longest river of Sri Lanka, the Royal Botanical Gardens are famous for its orchids and attract around 2 million visitors every year. They date as far back as 1300’s, and are also home to indigenous spices, medicinal plants and palm trees.
Dambulla Cave Temple - Another UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Golden Temple of Dambulla is one of the largest, most well-preserved cave-temple complexes. There are more than 50 documented caves in the area, which are also home to several impressive ancient statues and paintings associated with Buddhism and Hinduism.
Sri Lanka Highlights
What to Do
Sri Lanka is not only popular for its beautiful coastline, but also very famous for its many nature reserves and historical sites. From walking with the elephants in their natural habitat and visiting ancient World Heritage sites, to rejuvenating at one of its many 5-star beach resorts, there is enough to explore and enjoy on a holiday to Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka Culture
Sri Lanka presents a delightful balance of modernism and traditionalism, thanks in some part to its rich cultural history. You can enjoy the best of Buddhist, South Indian, Dutch and Portuguese influences in the Sri Lankan arts and culture.
Cuisine of Maldives
Mainly influenced by South Indian, Dutch and other South East Asian cuisines, Sri Lankan food is popular for its use of spices, rice and coconut, especially in curries. Being a coastal country, it also has a delectable range of seafood.
Sri Lanka has three international airports that are serviced by many airlines. Sri Lankan Airlines run a direct flight from London to Columbo, while Emirates and Etihad run flights from UK to Sri Lanka via Dubai and Abu Dhabi respectively.
Anyone wishing to enter Sri Lanka for a holiday will require a valid passport with at least six months remaining from the date of arrival, and at least one blank page. A visa is required and can be applied for through the Electronic Travel Authorisation System (www.eta.gov.lk). Tourist visa fees are US$20 for those over the age of 12.
The average temperatures range from 28-32 degrees. The weather is mostly tropical with the climate being coldest during December and January and warmest during April and August.
Top Week Sri Lanka Hotels
Fortress Resort & Spa
Location - Koggala, Habaraduwa
Rooms & Suites - Six exclusive styles of guest rooms and residences
Restaurants & Bars - from international and Sri Lankan cuisine to wood-fired Pizzas
Location - Porutota Rd, Negombo
Rooms & Suites - 6-room coastal villa to a 120-room
Restaurants & Bars - Sri Lankan cuisine mixture of international falvours
Location - Dadella, Distance from Colombo 120 km
Rooms & Suites - 63 rooms
Restaurants & Bars - Sri Lankan cuisine with mixture of international falvours.