Intricately woven through with myths and legend, gemstones and spice, this tropical isle is guaranteed to captivate your imagination, as well as your senses
Formerly known as Ceylon, Sri Lanka, the jewel-shaped ‘Pearl of the Indian Ocean’, offers golden beaches, tropical jungles and lofty mountain peaks. In the lush interior you'll find verdant tea plantations said to produce the best cup of char in the world, while the island's ancient Buddhist heritage offers tranquil temples and a fascinating past to explore. Walk with the elephants in Yala National Park, explore the many UNESCO World Heritage Sites and set your taste buds all a tingle with the fresh flavours or Sri Lanka’s exotic cuisine.
Things to do
With its never-ending coastline and tropical climate, Sri Lanka makes for the perfect beach holiday destination. Stay and relax in some of the island's best beachside hotels and all-inclusive resorts in Marawila and Waikkal, or explore its many natural and historical sites and book one of our exciting escorted tours. On our guided holidays you'll see all the sights, from the Buddhist Temple of the Tooth in Kandy to the incredible cave temples of Dambulla, the wildlife parks of Galle and Yala, and the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage. If you're the sea-faring type, Sri Lanka is also a stop on several of ocean cruises too…
Sri Lanka's capital city is well worth a visit. Explore the history of the island and its sublime art in the National Museum of Colombo; revel in colonial architecture inspired by the country’s procession of settlers, and stroll through the coastal city park Galle Face Green for a breath of fresh air before dinner.
The central regions
Sri Lanka's central regions are home to some of its most interesting sights. It is inland that you will find the ancient city of Kandy, set amidst rainforest, tea plantations and cool mountain peaks, as well as the sacred Buddhist Temple of the Tooth and Adam's Peak. To the north you can visit the striking Sigiriya Palace near Dambulla and the sacred city of Anuradhapura.See All Holidays to Sri Lanka