Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka

Surfing, Safaris, and Ancient World Heritage sites

Simply Enchanting

A country of diverse landscapes, endless beaches and verdant jungle, delicious food, pumping surf, incredible wildlife, ancient temples and ruins, and some of the loveliest & most welcoming people you’ll ever meet.

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From Rainforests to Beaches | Sri Lanka

This journey takes you back in time exploring narrow lanes flanked by colonial buildings and fortresses by the ocean, then on to a luxury tented camp to spot leopards, elephants and all the colorful wildlife, and finally down to the coast for some family fun.

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Highlights

This small island country is a treasure trove of stunning places: from the beautiful beaches and surf breaks in the south, through to the green tea fields and rolling hills in the centre, and on to the crumbling ruins and remote villages in the north, you could easily spend a month travelling around, experiencing something different and surprising every day.

It is a great place for solo travel, for couples and families, for foodies, wildlife lovers, and adventurers. Sri Lankan people are warm and welcoming, the landscape is diverse, and the culture rich and fascinating.

OUR FAVORITES

The southern coast: starting from historical Galle to the beach village of Unawatuna, and on towards Mirissa and further on quiet Ambalangoda, you’ll find beach after stunning beach. We loved strolling down the narrow lanes in the old part of Galle, with its old colonial architecture, artistic shops and galleries; relaxing in lovely Mirissa, savoring local delicacies by the shore, watching surfers and snorkeling; and admiring the biggest animals that have ever lived on our planet, the magnificent blue whales, on a whale safari. Off the souther coast bryde’s, sperm, fin, minke, and melon-headed whales are also regularly reported, alongside bottlenose, striped and spinner dolphins.

The Kandy to Ella train, one of the world’s most scenic train ride, with its stunning views of lush hill country, green tea fields and misty mountains. It is a long and bumpy ride, but oh so rewarding! Plus, this will take you to the tea plantation region with its old colonial villas and bungalows, green tapestry of hills and vegetable gardens.

The incredible UNESCO sites in the Cultural Triangle, with their impressive architecture and crumbling ruins. This region, once upon a time home of ancient Sinhalese royalty, is dotted with ancient Buddhist temples, monasteries, stupas, sculptures, cities and kingdoms.

Wildlife safari in Sri Lanka are amazing: the country is one of 34 biodiversity hotspots of the world, giving you the chance to spot many species, among which leopards, Asian elephants, sloth bear, macaques, water buffalos, and many more. Staying in a luxury tented camp, dining under the stars, is a wonderful exprience too.

The Knuckles Range undulate across the horizon in the island’s central highlands east of Kandy. A UNESCO World Heritage site, this area is remote and beautiful, and wonderful for trekking as it is blessed by a huge bio-diverse ecosystems, lush forest and stunning views.

Travel Tips

Sri Lanka’s has two seperate monsoons affecting different parts of the island at different times: the main monsoon Yala hits the south west and hill country from April to September. The east coast is wettest in November and December, hit by the rains brought by the Maha monsoon. In between these two monsoons, the inter-monsoon rains brings rains anywhere in October and November. This means that it’s worth planning around these times to get the best out of every trip! Generally speaking, the driest times are December to March to visit the south and Hill Country, while April to September are best for the East Coast.

Tourist visas are valid for a 30-day period, and can be organised online, in advance, via the Electronic Travel Authority. Applications are normally accepted in few days. Travellers will also need to have proof of onward travel, and passports valid a minumum of 6 months and with a free page for stamps.

Sri Lanka has a mix of religions, prominently Theravada Buddhism. Hindus, Muslims and Roman Catholics make up most of the rest of the population. Be mindful of etiquette when visiting religious sites: shoes need to be removed, shoulders and legs need to be covered. Any Buddha tattoo should be covered.

Interent, WiFi and 4g are readily available, local SIM card with data are reliable and inexpensive.

Sri Lanka is a very safe destination, and the people are warm and welcoming. However, the recent terrorist bombings in April 2019 have shown that terrorism can be a threat in this part of the world too. Please bear in mind that security has been stepped up across the island, the country is probably at its safest now due to increased security and anti-terrorosm measures.

We do not organize elephant rides or any other activities that exploit animals. If you travel with us or otherwise, we hope you won’t partake in any form of animal tourism.

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