Golden sands and national parks
Holidays in Hambantota are an animal lover’s dream. With rich biodiversity and stunning natural habitats, the area has become synonymous with exquisite Sri Lankan safaris. Located in the Southern Province of Sri Lanka, the area is enveloped by dense national parks which are brimming with exotic flora and fauna and breathtaking views.
Largely untouched by tourists, adventurous holidaymakers can fully immerse themselves in the unbelievable environment of Hambantota. The Walawe River, which flows from Adam’s Peak to the Indian Ocean, meanders through this striking region and provides the perfect way to explore the stunning surroundings. The tranquil lagoons and peaceful waterways of Bundala National Park create the perfect exotic backdrop, while Turtle Beach offers a beautiful haven for five species of these endangered animals. Set against the backdrop the Sithulpawwa Rock Temple, a 2,000 year old Buddhist monastery, the Yala National Park combines Sri Lankan heritage with its rich natural habitat.
Luxury holidays in Hambantota are famed for their outstanding natural beauty. Offering a once in a life time experience, holiday makers are completely immersed a tropical Sri Lankan paradise. From spotting leopards in an exotic jungle landscape to taking in the golden sunset along the pristine coastline, Hambantota offers another level of luxury. Sovereign’s stand out resort in the area is the Shangri-La's Hambantota Resort & Spa. This resort welcomed its first guests in 2016 and has since become renowned for its sumptuous ambiance. Surrounded by tropical gardens and boasting spectacular views, this resort epitomises Sri Lankan luxury. Chic interiors and outstanding facilities, including its own artisan village and 18 hole golf course, make this resort the perfect destination for those who wish to escape into an exotic paradise.
Sovereign’s Trusted Advisers are experts in helping people create memorable, luxury holidays in this magnificent region. From unique added extras to personal touches, our award winning service has been refined over 45 years to offer an unrivalled holiday experience.
Flights from the UK take approximately 10 hours 30 minutes.
Transfer time from Colombo airport to Hambantota is approximately 4 hours 10 minutes; from Mattala Rajapaksa International airport, it's 45 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.