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Sri Lanka Holidays

Flight + Hotel

Find the perfect blend in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka holidays encompass everything from exploring the fascinating wildlife that roams its forest reserves to relaxing on pristine beaches along the island’s coast.

Immerse yourself in the country's heritage with a trip to Colombo. Learn about Sri Lanka's colonial years under British rule, along with its ancient past at Buddhist temples, monuments and ruins.

The country's incredibly diverse landscape has everything you could desire from a tropical getaway.

Relax in the sunshine or surf at one of the gorgeous beaches edging the island. From Hikkaduwa to Tangalle Beach, you can carve out your own personal paradise. 

The central highlands are the perfect spot for spectacular trekking routes, as well as sampling a cup of Ceylon tea from the famous tea plantations.

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Things to do in Sri Lanka

From action-packed jungle hikes to calm coastal retreats, you’ll be spoilt for choice with the sights and activities available with Sri Lanka holiday packages.  

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Enjoy a cup of local tea

No holiday to Sri Lanka is complete without trying the island’s popular beverage fresh from the source. 

Sri Lanka is the world’s fourth-largest tea producer, home to a huge variety of tea plantations for you to explore. Visit Dickoya along the tea estate trails close to the Peak Wilderness Sanctuary – established in 1870. 

The Golden Valley of Ceylon is full of tea estates set amid stunning natural beauty. Rather than head out to the valleys, you can always visit the Bogawantalawa Tea Estates showroom in Colombo.

Where to stay in Sri Lanka

Relax in the Highlands 

Retreat to the Central Highlands of Sri Lanka and enjoy the serenity of this stunning UNESCO World Heritage site.

Rolling hills, lush plains and rugged mountain ranges stretch out as far as the eye can see.  

It’s the perfect place for active Sri Lanka holidays – surrounded by hiking trails and natural beauty. Stay in Haputale for the Diyaluma Falls and unforgettable views of mist-topped mountains.

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the columbo skyline at dusk

Enjoy a city break

Sample the buzz of Sri Lanka’s capital city – vibrant Colombo has something for everyone.

The luxurious five-star Shangri-La Hotel is a good base for exploring, while also being close to the coast and Galle Face Beach. Make a splash in the pool or relax in the fantastic spa.

A great activity during a family holiday in Sri Lanka is to take the short and picturesque train ride south to Mount Lavinia Beach, where you'll find more fun in the sun and sea.

Soak up the sun

Head to Galle and grab a prime spot on one of its many sandy beaches. Enjoy a luxury holiday in Sri Lanka as you unwind on Akurala Beach, one of Galle’s quietest spots. 

Take a dip in the sea, the gentle waves creating ideal swimming conditions.

If you’re feeling adventurous, choose Jungle Beach. Hike through rainforest to reach the shore and snorkel through the crystal-clear waters. 

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All you need to know about Sri Lanka

Public holidays

Key public holidays in Sri Lanka include Eid, Milad-Un-Nabi, Tamil Thai Pongol Day and the 12 Full Moon Poya Days throughout the year. 

Languages spoken

Sinhala is the main language spoken in Sri Lanka. Tamil is also widely spoken, with English also used and understood in many places.

Local currency

The local currency in Sri Lanka is the Sri Lankan rupee. Banks and exchange bureaux change major currencies and there are plenty of ATMs.

Getting around 

For long distance journeys, take the train, bus or hire a car. For travelling around towns and cities in Sri Lanka you can use taxis, the public buses or tuk tuks.

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Classic Sri Lankan cuisine

Sri Lanka’s cuisine is truly unique. It mostly uses a blend of south Indian, Dutch and Indonesian ingredients, each dish providing an explosion of flavours. 

Try the signature ambul thiyal, an aromatic fish-based curry. Hot and sour in taste, the dish is enjoyed all over the country and is especially popular in coastal locations. 

Sample lamprais, dervied from the Dutch word 'lomprijst' or 'packet of food'. Lamprais is curry, vegetables and rice wrapped up in a banana leaf and served hot out of the oven.  

Finish your meal with something sweet like aluwa – a traditional Sri Lankan treat made from rice flour or potato and sweetened with treacle.

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Cultural considerations

Buddhism is Sri Lanka’s main faith and the religion influences traditions and customs all over the country.

Meal times are an important part of the day. You may notice you have to wait a while before your food is served, as people like to socialise before they eat. 

Sri Lankans usually eat with their fingers and use rice or bread to scoop up food. Ensure you always use your right hand when eating.

The best beaches

As a large island, Sri Lanka is renowned for its spectacular shorelines. Families and thrill-seekers alike will love the west coast and Bentota Beach in particular.  

The waters here are ideal for sailing, wind surfing and jet skiing, while sailing down the Bentota River is another great experience. Look out for exotic birds and wildlife in the lush mangroves.  

For snorkelling and scuba diving adventures, visit Negombo Beach. If you just want to relax, stroll along the vast sands and laze in the shadows of the palm trees that line this famous beach.

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Why we love Sri Lanka

“The diversity of Sri Lanka is incredible – from hopping between bustling cities to tranquil tea plantations and serene beaches. Sri Lankan cuisine is delicious too, with kottu roti a must try, whether you’re at a street market or luxury restaurant.” 

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