The small teardrop-shaped island of Sri Lanka belies its enormously varied landscapes and the multitude of experiences on offer; from climbing ancient rock fortresses, wildlife viewing in National Parks and unwinding on sweeping Indian Ocean beaches.
With all the colour and vibrancy of India but with a gentler pace and more manageable distances, Sri Lanka is perfect for anyone wanting to take in world-heritage sites, bird-watching and elephant safaris, exotic beaches, vast temples, colonial splendour and breath-taking scenery. Our tours in Sri Lanka are tailor-made to individual needs but are likely to include the lush, green hills of the Ceylon tea country, the Cultural Triangle – which includes Kandy’s Temple of the Tooth and it’s world-famous religious festivals, the spiritual Dambulla Caves, the 5th Century fortress Sigiriya Rock and the ancient city of Polonnaruwa – Tangalle’s warm Indian Ocean and the UNESCO world heritage site of Galle Fort.
For all of our honeymoons and holidays in Sri Lanka our carefully selected Sri Lankan driver/guides will be on hand to ensure that you travel in comfort.
Boutique accommodation is plentiful in Sri Lanka, from restored colonial mansions to minimalist luxury resorts on palm tree-fringed beaches, some of our personal favourites are listed below.
Built over 200 years ago in the traditional ‘Dutch warehouse’ colonial design, The Wallawwa is an elegant and tranquil boutique retreat nestled amongst acres of exotic tropical gardens. Close to Colombo’s airport, The Wallawwa offers the perfect introduction to Sri Lankan hospitality, and the legendary ‘rice and curry’ served in their in-house restaurant is worth the journey alone.
Enjoy the relaxed elegance of Kandy House, a beautiful colonial style house with intimate corners and a riad-style inner courtyard. Despite being just twenty minutes from the historic city Kandy, you’re in the thick of nature here, a walkway through the jungle leads to the pool which overlooks a rice paddy.
Further north, tranquility and privacy prevails at Ulagalla, where raised log-cabin chalets with plunge pools are dotted around vast paddy fields. Explore the extensive grounds and surrounding jungle on foot, bike or golf buggy or venture further afield to nearby cultural sights such as Sigiriya Rock.
Sri Lanka’s hill country is a must-see for its spectacular scenery and lush tea plantations. The Ceylon Tea Trails is home to four plantation bungalows, set around Castlereagh reservoir in the heart of Tea Country. The smallest, Summerville, shares fabulous lake views with Castlereagh whilst up in the hills, Norwood’s large pool is surrounded by roses and huge bamboo trees and Tientsin’s stunning tiered gardens offer plenty of hidden places to sit and relax.
Expect high teas and four-course dinners, and lots of old-fashioned and elegant touches throughout.
Explore the UNESCO heritage site of Galle Fort from the grande dame of Amangalla in all its colonial splendour (with the welcome addition of an excellent Ayurvedic spa). Fifteen-minutes’ drive inland from Galle itself in the hills above Koggala Lake, Kahanda Kanda is a small stylish boutique hotel with friendly staff, comfy sofas and delicious homemade cuisine. To finish with a real treat, soak up the zen-like vibe of infinity pools and open plan suites at Amanwella in Tangalle on the south coast, situated on a breathtakingly beautiful palm-fringed beach just a two-hour drive from Galle.