A tropical paradise of palm-fringed beaches and rainforest peaks
The teardrop off India, Sri Lanka brims with lush landscapes, ancient treasures and colonial history – all ringed by the palm-fringed beaches of the Indian Ocean. On a Sri Lanka holiday a large dose of tropical warmth awaits, in both the weather and the welcome.
Once lured by jewels and spices, travellers now head to Sri Lanka for sand and sunshine. But it’s much more than a beach destination. Journey through the verdant interior, and you can stay on a tea plantation, immerse yourself in Buddhism at temples scattered throughout the country or visit historic coastal towns such as Galle. Nuwara Eliya with its lawns and Georgian properties feels oddly reminiscent of home, whilst capital Colombo has a cosmopolitan vibe and indelible colonial heritage.
And there’s spectacular wildlife. Explore Sri Lanka’s national parks, if you’re lucky you might see leopard in Yala. And you’ll love the food; a tasty fusion of Portuguese, British, Malay and Indian influences where kottu rotti, Tamil crab and coconut sambal accompany the staple diet of rice and fragrant curry.
Our guides, lecturers and naturalists will bring your Sri Lanka tour to life; from gourmet cooking lessons, to al fresco candlelit suppers; these are the moments you’ll remember for the rest of your life. Whatever you do, we recommend some down time on the coast where the beaches are long and deserted. After all, some things are best enjoyed in peace and quiet.