Tropical beaches, historic ruins and forest reserves
Holidays in Sri Lanka take you to an exotic haven of spectacular temples, tantalising tea, golden beaches and stunning wildlife. Families flock to the country’s beautiful nature reserves and national parks where monkeys, elephants and elusive leopards await. Couples and adventurers may prefer to trek into the rainforest where an array of trails can be accessed via foot or rail. Hambantota is an amazing place for a safari, crossing the Walawe River. For something a little calmer, explore tranquil hillside towns, as well as the traditional tea plantations which reside among the carpeted hills.
Sri Lanka’s east coast features white sand beaches lapped by azure waters ideal for chilling out and catching some rays. Bentota Beach is a popular choice, alluring holidaymakers with its mesmerising sunsets and pristine sands, where you can also spot the famous stilt fishermen perched on poles as they reel in their catch. With influences from the Far East, India and Europe, Sri Lanka enjoys a diverse and vibrant soul, displayed in its culture and exceptional cuisine.
Sri Lanka offers you the best of both worlds. Modern amenities and first class service effortlessly combine with authentic surroundings and natural beauty. Tangelle features stunning beaches in addition to impressive nature parks. For a slice of Sri Lankan history and culture, discover its ancient kingdoms and UNESCO listed heritage sites, including Kandy and its intricate colonial architecture, Anuradhapura’s archaic temples and the fascinating walled Old Town of Galle.
Sri Lanka is home to some excellent hotels and at Sovereign, we have hand picked the best. Stay at the Shangri-La’s Hambantota Resort and Spa to enjoy modern amenities mixed with authentic Sri Lankan charm, within stunning tropical gardens. If you are staying in Bentota the Taj Bentota Resort and Spa is a fantastic choice, with tranquil colonial style accommodation and tailored Ayurveda therapies on a beautiful beachfront. Stay at the Uga Jungle Beach in Trincomalee on the east coast to experience boutique accommodation within spectacular natural ocean, jungle and lagoon settings.
This south-coast resort boasts a glorious coastline, with caramel-coloured sands stretching out between palm groves and the waters of the Indian Ocean.
The coast just north of Trincomalee lines up golden sands, tropical mangroves, colourful corals, and – between May and October – waters speckled with blue whales.
Flights from the UK take approximately 10 hours 30 minutes.
Sri Lanka has two monsoon seasons – one in the south-west between May and September, and one in the north-east between October and January. Galle and Bentota are in the south-west, and the most popular time to visit is between December and March for hot, sunny weather and an average temperature of 30°C.
UK citizens will need a visa to enter Sri Lanka. You can apply for a 30-day tourist visa online before you travel.
Tipping is common in Sri Lanka. You should aim to tip 100 rupees at restaurants, and the same again per day for hotel maids and porters. It’s not necessary to tip taxi drivers, although you could round up the fare to the nearest 50 rupees if paying cash.
The official languages of Sri Lanka are Sinhala and Tamil. English is widely spoken too.
No vaccines are required or recommended for travel to Sri Lanka, however all routine immunisations need to be up to date. For full details, please contact your GP.
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