Sri Lanka Holidays

Welcome to the emerald isle of Sri Lanka – an island nation adorned with endless sandy beaches, timeless ruins, welcoming people, oodles of elephants, rolling surf, cheap prices, fun railway rides, famous tea, flavourful food, and wild and untamed nature. Offering everything from family-friendly holidays to romantic getaways, secluded beach breaks to bustling city tours, Sri Lanka has something to capture the heart of every traveller. From the thrill-seeking backpacker to the family-focused holidaymaker, this budget-friendly destination will no doubt surprise and delight with its myriad of things to see and do. Set sail for a nation that surprises at every corner, where every path leads to a new adventure.

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Be it sun-kissed beaches, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, bustling towns or serene retreats, Sri Lanka boasts a range of destinations to cater to every holiday wish. From the historic Galle to the emerald hills of Nuwara Eliya, let's embark on a tour of Sri Lanka's most popular destinations.


The vibrant capital city of Sri Lanka, Colombo, merges the old and the new. Traditional markets and street food vendors coexist with glittering shopping malls and gourmet restaurants, appealing to both culture vultures and foodies.


Steeped in Dutch colonial history, the town of Galle is a charming destination with rustic villas, ancient churches and the picturesque Galle Fort.

Nuwara Eliya

Known as "Little England", Nuwara Eliya is a serene retreat for those seeking a calm and rejuvenating holiday experience. Its cool climate, lush tea plantations, and majestic mountains offer a refreshing break from the coastal heat.


Kandy is the cultural heart of Sri Lanka, popular with history enthusiasts and marked by its sacred Buddhist sites, including the Temple of the Tooth Relic.

Arugam Bay

For those looking for sun, sand, and surf, Arugam Bay is the prime destination. With its world-renown wave break, it draws surfers from around the globe.

Where to Stay

From the cosmopolitan allure of Colombo to the laidback charm of Galle, the inviting beaches of Bentota to the lush hills of Kandy, Sri Lanka offers a melange of stays to suit every traveller's requirements. Here's a quick guide to the best places in Sri Lanka for families, couples and groups of friends.

For a family holiday

Bentota and Beruwala, with their clean beaches and a plethora of water sports, offer a plethora of family-friendly resorts. For a mix of beach and cultural experiences, Galle and Hikkaduwa command attention.

For a couples holiday

Couples will find romance amid the serene tea plantations of Nuwara Eliya and the tranquil beaches of Trincomalee and Pasikuda. For those seeking a blend of culture and relaxation, Kandy and Galle offer an appealing mix.

For a holiday with friends

For groups of friends, Colombo offers vibrant nightlife and good shopping avenues. Adventurous souls can head to the surfing destinations of Arugam Bay and Ahangama, while the wildlife parks of Yala and Minneriya offer thrilling experiences.

When to Visit

Sri Lanka's tropical location ensures a pleasant climate throughout the year, although the two monsoon seasons can dictate when to visit particular parts of the island. Generally, the high season runs from December to March when the weather is dry and warm across the majority of the country, ideal for a seaside holiday or wildlife safari.

During the shoulder seasons of April-June and September-November, the weather can be changeable but it's also the best time to score a good deal on accommodation as the tourist crowds diminish.

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