Welcome to
Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka, a sparkling jewel in the Indian Ocean, has welcomed visitors over more than twenty-five centuries.  This is a country of rich and varied landscapes, of lush green jungles, cloud capped mountains, gentle tea slopes, rushing rivers, tumbling waterfalls, neat rubber plantations, coconut groves and sun-drenched unspoilt beaches.  Its deep history is documented in magnificent masterpieces of architecture, art and sculpture, whilst ancient fortresses and places of worship add testimony to the rich culture.

Viceroy TrainSri Lanka offers a holiday experience for everyone.  There is the simplicity of relaxing around the pool or on the beach at one of the many fine hotels, to journey back in time and travel by train on the Viceroy Express through the highlands, climb the steps of the mighty rock at Sigiriya and discover the fortress many regard as a wonder of the world, or choose the excitement of white-water rafting, kayaking, rock climbing, fishing, or perhaps a round or two of golf or a safari in one of the national parks is more your style.

GemsColomboSri Lanka's capital is an intriguing mix of old and new, east and west.  European colonial mansions, Buddhists and Hindu temples, mosques, quaint old gem and handicraft boutiques, noisy bazaars and colourful street markets contrast with the modern high rise buildings, shopping malls and deluxe hotels.

Sri Lanka's two thousand year history can be seen in the stone and plaster of an abundance of impressive monuments in ancient capitals and fortresses.

KandyThe capital of the highlands, Kandy is set amid the lush mountains by the side of the Mahaweli River.  A cultural centre, it is famous for the Temple housing the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha.  Moated, turreted and shinning in its golden-roofed glory, the
temple is a fine example of ancient Buddhist heritage.  Kandy is also renowned for its magnificent Royal Botanical Gardens and just outside the town is the challenging golf course at Victoria Golf Club.

Nuwara EliyaNuwara Eliya
A scenically beautiful hill resort developed by the British in the 19th century to the design of an English country village.  Here you can take 'afternoon tea' in style perhaps after completing a round of golf on the very testing course laid out by the Gordon Highlanders stationed here in 1889. 

A stunning 5th century rock fortress hideaway of a fugitive king.  This citadel of unusual beauty rising 200 metres from the scrub jungle was the innermost stronghold of the 70 hectare fortified town.  A moat, rampart and extensive gardens including the water garden, a UNESCO World Heritage site, ring the base of the rock and the world-renowned frescoes of the 'Heavenly Ladies' still glowing with colour can be reached by a spiral staircase.

Polonnaruwa & Dambulla Rock Temple
PolonnaruwaPolonnaruwa, a well preserved medieval capital, holds many treasures, among then the Gal Vihare sculptures, the Lotus Bath, the Stone Book and the Parakrama Samudraya, a 12th century irrigation Dambullalake.
Built in the 1st century BC,
Dambulla Rock Temple is a World Heritage site and the most impressive of Sri Lanka's cave temples.  The caves contain 150 Buddha images, the largest a colossal figure carved our of rock spanning 14 metres.

The best way to see Sri Lanka is to take a tour, these can vary in length but a suggested short tour could be:

Colombo & Kandy 2 nights / 3 days

Day 1     Arrive in Colombo.  In the afternoon take a city tour.  See the ancient Clock Tower, the old Parliament, a Hindu and a Buddhist temple.

Day 2    
Elephants Leave Colombo for Kandy.  En route visit the elephant orphanage in Pinnawala.  This orphanage is home for about 60 elephants.  Visit during feeding times, when there is the opportunity to see baby elephants being bottle feed and having their daily bath.  From Pinnawala continue to Kandy, the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings.  Here, Dancersmany of the legends, traditions and folklore are still lovingly kept alive.  Drive around Kandy Lake and visit the town, see the bazaar, the arts and crafts centre, a gem museum and a lapidary.  In the evening visit the Temple of the Tooth relic and after a cultural show featuring traditional Sri Lankan dancing.

Day 3     Return to Colombo visiting the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens en route.  The gardens are home to an amazing variety of trees, plants and flowers.

With combinations that could include: culture, beaches, national parks, golf and white water rafting there are many different holiday options available in Sri Lanka or you could combine it with another destination to form a two-centre holiday. Combine a 2 or 3 night short break in Sri Lanka with 3 nights in the Maldives. Each of the 1200 coral islands which make up the archipeligo of the Maldives is beautiful with soft white sandy beaches encircled by a glistening sea. The ambience is relaxed, just right for sunbathing on the beach or diving in the translucent lagoons encloaed by coral reefs and home to a myriad of sea life.

White Water Rafting
White WaterAlthough not well known for its white water rafting the sport is certainly catching on fast.  With many rivers rising in the central mountains and flowing downhill for most of their length, the island has several good locations for the sport. With a wide range and grading of rapids there is something for first- timers and experts alike.  Kitulgala in the hill country, southwest of Kandy provides an ideal base from which many white water rafting tours take place.  Tours can be arranged for anything from 1 hour to a half day including lunch.

Prices on request

When to go

Sri Lanka's climate is tropical. The average yearly temperature for the country as a whole ranges from 28°C - 30°C. However, lows in the central highlands can drop to 16°C. The monsoon season is expected between October and January.

Additional Information

Time Difference Local Currency Local Language Average Flying Time
GMT/UTC + 6 Sri Lanka Rupee Sinhala / Tamil 5 hours 10 mins