Sri Lanka Holidays

Marvel at history and culture on a Sri Lankan holiday, the island that birthed the soul of Buddhism and flourishes nature in abundance. From the rolling hills in the heart of the island, to the white sands of the east coast, Sri Lanka’s landscapes are enticing and inspiring.

Take in the history that lies in Polonnaruwa and experience the rich culture that Kandy has to offer. Fly direct from London Heathrow to Colombo or split the flight duration with a stopover in the Middle East and take in the glamour of Dubai or the culture in Doha.

Whether you want to tour and experience local customs, stay in an intimate romantic retreat, relax on a white sand beach, or get up close with the wildlife in the many national parks and reserves, we promise that Sri Lanka will not disappoint. 

If you need a break after your Sri Lankan adventures, why not partner your trip with a luxurious holiday to the Maldives? The beautiful islands will welcome you with white sandy beaches, tranquil waters and indulgent spas as well as delicious food and warm hospitality.

 

Destination Highlights
  • As Sri Lanka’s cultural capital, Kandy is a must see for first time visitors
  • Sri Lanka’s east coast is home to some incredible white sand beaches
  • With influences from Europe, the Far East and the Indian subcontinent, diversity lives in Sri Lanka’s soul, from the customs to the cuisine.
  • Sri Lanka exports around 300,000 tonnes of tea each year

Our favourite hotels

Our favourite places to stay are below. We know everyone is different, so if you can’t see something you like, we'd be more than happy to help.

Unique Aerial View

Wild Coast Tented Lodge

Yala

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Wild Coast Tented Lodge
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Shangri-La's Hambantota Golf Resort & Spa

Hambantota

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Guide Price

€1,689 pp

Shangri-La's Hambantota Golf Resort & Spa

The Blue Water Hotel & Spa

Wadduwa

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Guide Price

€1,229 pp

The Blue Water Hotel & Spa
Unique Swimming pool

The Fortress

Galle

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Guide Price

€1,399 pp

The Fortress

Time Zone

GMT+5:30.

Flight Time

Approx. 11–12 hours; Indirect flights from Dublin are available via Dubai, Abu Dhabi and other countries

Currency

LKR - Sri Lankan rupee

Visa Information

Irish citizens need to obtain a Visa for travel to Sri Lanka. This can be obtained before travel or on arrival

Language

Tamil, Sinhalese and English.

Health Information

No special vaccinations are required for travel to Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka will do its best to enchant you. After all, this is the land of mist-shrouded landscapes, ancient ruins and enthralling wildlife. Discover the ruins of Polonnaruwa and Galle and sip tea among the plantations of Nuwara Eliya.

  • Temple of the Tooth by night

    Temple of the Tooth

    This mysterious 17th century temple, the legendary home of the Buddha’s tooth, is one of Sri Lanka’s most captivating. See the six golden caskets the tooth was hidden in after it was smuggled here in the hair of a princess.

  • Elephant transit home - Udawalawe

    Udawalawe National Park

    This once small nature reserve is now an attraction to thousands every year. Everyone who visits takes away the amazing experience of the vast areas of roaming space and the mix of wildlife that inhabit it.

  • Market stall selling local produce

    Sri Lanka Cuisine

    Likened to South Indian cuisine, Sri Lankan flavours are dominated by spices, coconut and chillies, with the island's dishes considered among the worlds hottest. While standard foods are spicy, many restaurants tone the chilli content down for tourists.

  • Sigiriya Rock Fortress

    Sigiriya Rock Fortress

    Built on and around a towering 200-metre-high rock, this is just one of Sri Lanka's World Heritage Sites.

  • Dambulla cave temple

    Dambulla Rock Temple

    Dating back to the 1st century, and containing stunning Buddhist murals, this is the best-preserved temple in Sri Lanka.

  • Reclining Buddha at Polonnaruwa

    Polonnaruwa

    See the remains of this remarkable city, filled with ruins, statues, and Brahmanic monuments.

Best time to visit Sri Lanka

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Average weather in January

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31ºC
62mm

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31ºC
69mm

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32ºC
130mm

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29ºC
253mm

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31ºC
382mm

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30ºC
186mm

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30ºC
125mm

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30ºC
114mm

Average weather in September

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30ºC
236mm

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30ºC
369mm

Average weather in November

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30ºC
310mm

Average weather in December

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30ºC
168mm
  • “Without a doubt the best way to see Sri Lanka is to tour it. Using a private guide, you can completely tailor your itinerary to see what you really want to. Then, after you have seen Sri Lanka’s rich culture and history, head to the beach for a few nights of relaxation.”

  • Taylor

    Destination Manager

    “Be sure to visit the fortified town of Galle on the South East tip of the island. This town was built by the Portuguese, and Dutch, and has the feel of an old European city. It’s without doubt my favourite town in Sri Lanka.”

  • Sheryl

    Destination Manager

    “If you get the chance, try travelling by train from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya. This route winds through the heart of the Sri Lankan countryside. See the working tea plantations and the small rural villages that would be missed by car. If you are feeling really daring, try sitting with your feet out the side of the carriage.”

Our Sri Lanka destinations

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Passikudah

Passikudah
Mangrove Forests

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Yala

Yala
Nuwara Eliya

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Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya
Traditional fishing boat

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Negombo

Negombo

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Kalutara

Kalutara
this is a picture of a boat on a beach

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Bentota

Bentota

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Colombo

Colombo

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Kandy

Kandy

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Galle

Galle

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Hambantota

Hambantota

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Tangalle

Tangalle

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Trincomalee

Trincomalee

Types of Sri Lanka holidays

Sri Lanka Multi Centre Holidays

Multi Centre Holidays

Frequently Asked Questions

Flights to Sri Lanka take approximately 10 hours and 30 minutes. There are currently direct flight options from London Heathrow to Bandaranaike International Airport near Colombo, with Sri Lankan Airlines and daily stop-over flights from London and other UK airports. 

The beaches in Sri Lanka have clean, white or golden sand and the Indian Ocean provides excellent diving opportunities and is generally very safe for swimming and watersports. Some of the most popular include Hikkaduwa Beach, Negombo Beach and Bentota Beach. 

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Best things to do in Sri Lanka

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Five star and fabulous in Sri Lanka - The Fortress

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Sri Lanka: The Pearl of The Indian Ocean

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