Sri Lanka Holidays

Sri Lanka Holidays - A stunning island destination

The fascinating island of Sri Lanka is located in the Indian Ocean just off the southern coast of India. Sri Lanka is just 270 miles long by 140 miles across at the widest point and was formerly the British colony of Ceylon. Sri Lanka presents the visitor with an unhurried lifestyle as well as many captivating sights and sounds - a veritable treat for the senses. This is a splendidly picturesque country full of exotic colour, sounds and sensations. Whilst the majority of holidays here will inevitably centre on the fabulous tropical beaches, Sri Lanka offers so much more to experience - lush green hills, sparkling rice paddies, scenic tea plantations, jungles and mountains, and echoes of its colonial past in its hill stations, estates and beautiful gardens.

The main tourist destinations feature miles of superb palm-lined golden sand, the wide Sri Lankan beaches enjoying the clear warm water of the exotic Indian Ocean - idyllic for watching fisherman at work and fabulous for viewing sunsets. These beaches are also magnets for water sports fans and diving enthusiasts, with holidays here being at their best during the British winter. The most popular holiday destinations are the beach resorts running south from the colourful capital Colombo to the fascinating historic colonial port of Galle; a string of exceptional beaches including Bentota and Beruwela. Animated coastal towns like Kalutara and easygoing beach resorts like Negombo present relatively lively alternatives. Sri Lankan resorts can offer a selection of sophisticated hotels, stylish villas and guesthouses with modern amenities and fine gardens. The picturesque setting combined with the quality of hotels and friendly service make Sri Lanka a popular choice for weddings and honeymoons. Many hotels offer holidays on an all-inclusive basis.

You will also find a range of superb excursions on offer. Your holiday could include unforgettable trips to Buddhist and Hindu temples, turtle farms, bird and elephant sanctuaries, atmospheric crocodile-spotting river trips, wonderful botanical gardens at Kandy and the Yala West National Park with its bears, crocodiles, buffalo and leopards. Birdwatchers should head for the Bundala National Park. It’s not all about the natural surroundings though – Sri Lanka also offers superb opportunities for shopping in its intriguing colourful bazaars.