Where ever you choose to stay for your Sri Lanka holiday will depend on the time of year that you choose to travel. However, one there is one thing that is guaranteed, wherever you decide to stay – you will find some magnificent beaches, exotic wildlife, and amazing cultural. Most visitors arrive in Colombo, the island’s largest city, with its colonial splendour, with it busy bustling markets, and stunning Buddhist temples. From here, a short drive up the West coast will bring you to the lovely beach town of Negombo, with its attractive and unspoilt coast dotted with fishing boats and palm trees, and Waikkal, famed for yet more pristine beaches, as well as its population of exotic butterflies. Both of these towns are very quieter and less touristy than some of the larger resort, so they are perfect bases for getting to know more about the local life and culture.
South of the Island, is the town of Kalutara this was once a very important place for the spice trade, and now it is an unspoilt town, with a selection of superb hotels with plenty of facilities for families of all ages. For something a little different, why not consider Bentota Beach (this was my personal favourite place) which occupies a spectacular location between a river bank on one side and the stunning seafront on the other. This resort is home to some luxury hotels. They say the jewel in the crown of a holiday to Sri Lanka is to stay at Galle, the majestic colonial town with it’s spectacular setting on the Indian Ocean. It is also home to some of the most romantic hotels on the island, and offers the perfect combination of relaxation, culture and nature . Where ever you stay on the island a tour of some of the most spectacular sites is a must visit the plantations of the famous Ceylon Tea, or a visit to the Elephant Orphanage at Pinnawela and The Temple of the Sacred Tooth, but you will always find something special to you there is so much to see and do for all ages
Time difference: GMT +6 hours
Currency: Sri Lanka Rupee.
Language: English, Sinhala and Tamil.
Flight time from London: Approximately 11 hours.
Arrival Airport: Bandaranaike International Airport.
Entry details for British passport holders: A short stay visa needs to be obtained before departure through an online visa application process, the Electronic Travel Authority (ETA). Charges apply. Passports need at least 6 months validity from your date of entry.( Before you depart, check the latest travel advice at )
BEST TIME TO GO…
Sri Lanka has a tropical climate, with wet and dry seasons, and the island’s size means that different weather patterns affect different parts. For this reason, Sri Lanka is considered to be a year-round destination because despite its weather patterns, half of the island is always in season. Broadly speaking, the inter-monsoon period between August and September is generally dry and warm, with rainfall being confined to short, sharp showers in the evenings rather than during the day. Outside of these times, it’s good to base yourself either on the southwest coast, which is best experienced between October and January, and the north eastern coast, which has lower rainfall between May and July. But please do remember these are just guidelines, and you may experience some unseasonal weather outside of these periods.
Why Not add a stop over on your way out or on your return or both the choice is yours