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SRI LANKA HOLIDAYS 2015, 2016
India's teardrop is brimming with green landscapes, ancient treasures, and a large dose of tropical warmth –both in terms of weather and smiles. Once lured by jewels and spices, travellers now head to Sri Lanka for sunshine and palm-fringed beaches. But this 'small' island is much more than a beach destination;you can travel through the beautiful green interior taking in ancient sights, stay on a colonial tea plantation, immerse yourself in the Buddhist spirituality at temples and shrines scattered throughout the country, or visit historic coastal towns such as Galle. The historic coastal town of Galle is full of character. Over the centuries, traders and explorers from all over the world have landed here and left their marks. Sri Lanka's former capital and the largest city on the island, Colombo is vibrant and cosmopolitan. Its position on the west coast made it an ideal trading centre on the East-West trade routes, and the indelible colonial influence can be seen in the older districts around the harbour. Add to all this culture, Sri Lanka offers great value for money and a relaxed, friendly vibe, so it's easy to see why Sri Lanka is a hit. Its national parks offer innumerable opportunities for wildlife-spotting, whether it's leopards in Yala, colourful bird life, or whales off the coast. The beaches are stunning, and the cuisine –a fusion of Portuguese, Dutch, British, Malay and Indian influences –tantalising. Hoppers, kottu rotti, Tamil crab, lamprais and coconut sambal accompany the staple of rice and fragrant curry.
Sri Lanka with A&K
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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Annie, Brandon, Debbie, Margaret, Vicky Hamlin, Vicky Smith and Rachel - are experts in designing travel experiences across the region to suit your personal needs, interests and budget. Their intimate knowledge of every hotel and resort featured in our Orient, India, Australasia and Indian Ocean portfolio, together with our own network of offices throughout these areas, allows us to offer unique in-depth knowledge, unparalleled insider access and the VIP service for which Abercrombie & Kent is renowned.
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Our driver Sidney was excellent, first class. There should be more people in this world like him. He was calm, patient and understanding. On top of having a superb knowledge of the history of Sri Lanka, excellent driving skills and wonderful suggestions for how best to spend our time it was also the little things that really made our trip.
- AN, Abu Dhabi