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SRI LANKA HOLIDAYS 2015, 2016
What do sooty shearwater, spot-billed pelican and masked boobies have in common? They're graceful proof that if you have a passion, we'll do our best to make your travel relevant and stimulating. Our very best. Ask our guests who recently returned from Sri Lankan having mentioned an interest in ornithology. We arranged the perfect, knowledgeable and sharp-eyed driver guide, who helped them identify over 90 types of birds - nearly a quarter of the island's species. They were so impressed; they immediately purchased the same bird-watching bible he used himself.
He's just one of the seriously professional guides, lecturers and naturalists who bring the big, beautiful teardrop of Sri Lanka to life. They're part of the newest team in A&K's global network, based in Colombo with highly experienced, superbly connected, multi-lingual staff on call 24/7. As well as ensuring your holiday flows smoothly, with seamless travel to neighbouring India and the Maldives, they organise unique, one-off experiences from gourmet cooking lessons using island spices to al fresco candlelit suppers overlooking lush plantations, and a day working with orphaned elephants.
Take an Abercrombie & Kent luxury break to Sri Lanka in 2015 and 2016, and we'll show you a country that combines diverse colonial history with ancient temples, verdant jungle and cool upland tea plantations, all ringed by palm-fringed Indian Ocean beaches.
You can travel to Nuwara Eliya in the heart of the tea country where England's influence is betrayed by billiard table lawns and Georgian properties, or Galle Fort in the south where daily life flows effortlessly through the UNESCO listed Dutch architecture. There's the commercial hub of Colombo, a chance to take in the famous botanical gardens or a high quality cricket match, before visiting an elephant orphanage enroute to Kandy, the last Royal capital, with its rambling colonial buildings and temples threaded through wooded lakeside hills.
But whatever you do, we strongly recommend some downtime on the dreamy coast; be it Bentota, sandwiched between river and ocean on the east coast, or Tangalle in the far south. You won't need a brilliantly informative A&K guide to see that the beaches are long and deserted, the water warm and the breeze soft. Some things in Sri Lanka are best left to yourself.
Best time to be there
During our winter months, when the humidity is lower and the temperature more comfortable for sightseeing and exploration. However, the monsoon season of May to September should not be discounted for travel as the whole of Sri Lanka is bursting into lush greenery due to the rainfall showing you a side of this island not everyone sees.
Colombo (Sri Lankan Airlines daily)
10 hours non-stop
GMT +6 hours
Required for British Nationals from 1st January 2012.
Yellow fever if arriving from endemic area
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Suggested itineraries in Sri Lanka
Classic Sri Lanka
Nights: 15 | from £2,200
Visit the cave temples of Dambulla and enjoy an evening puja ceremony at the Temple of the Tooth
Quintessential Sri Lanka
Nights: 16 | from £2,795
Explore Sri Lanka's Galle Fort, take a jeep safari in Minneriya National Park and travel to Kandy on this magical 16 night Sri Lankan adventure.
Highlights of Sri Lanka
Nights: 8 | from £1,950
This unforgettable journey will take you on a Sri Lankan history lesson as you visit this stunning country's exquisite sacred, historical and natural sites.
Family Sri Lanka
Nights: 14 | from £2,995
A magical 14 night family trip to Sri Lanka where you’ll enjoy the beaches of Sri Lanka's southwest coast and visit Polonnaruwa by bike.
Islands, Savannas & the Amazon: Around the World by Private Jet
Nights: 25 | from £70,600
An incredible around-the-world trip by private jet taking in spectacular destinations, like Samoa, Papua New Guinea, Bali, Sri Lanka, Kenya and Monaco over 25 nights.
Islands, Savannahs and the Amazon
Nights: 26 | from £80,689
Fly around the world on an exclusive private jet journey, taking in the mighty Amazon, tropical Samoa and mysterious Papua New Guinea, captivating Asia and the beautiful plains of Kenya.
Sri Lanka & The Maldives
Nights: 16 | from £3,450
A dreamy 16 night itinerary exploring the best of Sri Lanka and the Maldives, including staying in a colonial-style tea planters bungalow and climbing Sigiriya Rock.
Temples, Tea & Tropical Beaches
Nights: 9 | from £2,380
This 9 night tour of Sri Lanka fits explores the colourful markets of Kandy, the beaches around Wadduwa and a train ride through scenic tea plantations.