Enjoy a fusion of exotic experiences, cultural discoveries, beach time bliss and adventures in wildlife on a memorable vacation in Sri Lanka! This Pearl of the Indian Ocean located off the southeastern coast of India and formerly known as Ceylon is an ideal luxury getaway. Gorgeous like a Garden of Eden, the island of Sri Lanka dazzles with lush jungle interior and romantic golden beaches lapped by the azure Indian Ocean. Blessed with a year-round tropical climate and varied spectacular landscapes, Sri Lanka boasts 3000 years of history, eight UNESCO-protected sites, Buddhist temples and colourful culture. From ancient travellers like Ptolemy and Marco Polo to Persian, Portuguese, Dutch traders and British colonists, visitors favoured this sacred land for its fabulous nature, spices, cinnamon and precious gems. Nowadays, the tropical paradise lures honeymooners, families, couples and solo-travellers with an abundance of stunning attractions and genuine local hospitality.
Have a luxury city break in its commercial capital Colombo which offers brilliant shopping, high-end restaurants, markets and museums. Stroll the charming old town of Galle and relish its colonial architecture, the Dutch Fort and the unique ambiance reminiscent of St. Tropez. To absorb a wealth of nation’s cultural, historical and spiritual heritage, head to Rajarata (“The King’s Land”) known as the Cultural Triangle in the North Central Plains. Discover treasures of the Sinhalese civilization, Buddhist temples and ancient ruins in the first Sinhalese capital city of Anuradhapura and the medieval capital of Polonnaruwa. Behold carved palaces, legendary Temple of the Tooth and traditional dances in Kandy. Bask in the incredible cave artworks in the Golden Temple of Dambulla and climb the “Eight Wonder of the World” – the 5th-century “Lion’s Rock” palace-fortress Sigiriya. An exotic wildlife holiday awaits you in Sri Lanka with a laid-back safari in Yala, Wilpattu, Uda Walawe and other national parks inhabited by elephants, leopards, monkeys, crocodiles and myriads of birds.
Travelling across the country is impressive and exciting – just take a car, train or a seaplane. The magic beauty of this land will spell you: scenic mountains with stunning waterfalls, sleepy villages with coconut farming, lush hillside tea plantations and endless rice fields. Home to fabulous boutique hotels and luxury beachside resorts, Sri Lanka offers a selection of knockout private villas to spoil you. Enjoy tea tasting and sumptuous local cuisine, shopping for handmade textiles and crafts, surfing and whale watching, diving and fishing, indulge in Ayurvedic spas, unwind under coconut palms on island’s magnificent beaches – there is something for every taste.
All popular Sri Lankan destinations can be easily accessed by a helicopter transfer from the Bandaranaike International Airport located 32 km north of Colombo.