Reasons to Visit
The Cultural Triangle contains some of Sri Lanka's finest historical sites, including the ancient capitals of Pollonaruwa and Anuradhapura. These vast complexes house temples, palaces, wonderful carvings and huge stupas. Equally jaw-dropping is the Rock Fort of Sigiriya which offers 360° views, more than justifying the climb to the top!
Sri Lanka is famous for its idyllic beaches which stretch from the undeveloped eastern coast all the way around to the west near Colombo. The beaches and the accommodation vary from small intimate boutiques to luxurious resorts on private beaches and larger hotels in more bustling places.
No trip to Sri Lanka is complete without seeing some of its abundant wildlife. The best places to enjoy this are Uda Walawe, Yala, and Minneriya National Park. Here you can enjoy an exciting jeep safari which takes you close to wild elephants, crocodiles and even the illusive leopard.
Sri Lanka rises up from the coast to the hills, a rolling landscape dotted with tea bushes, and interlaced with streams and waterfalls. The lush landscape and cool climate prove to be an ideal combination for tea and Sri Lanka has long been a pilgrimage site for tea planters and tourists looking for the perfect cuppa!
Brightly painted elephants, fireworks, beating drums, and twirling dancers - Sri Lanka's festivals are as colourful and elaborate as the temples they centre on. The country’s largest festival, the Kandy Perahera revolves around the Buddhist Temple of the Tooth which is a must-see on any visit to Sri Lanka.
Some of the country's finest sandy beaches and quiet coves are found along the southern coast. Palm trees and brightly painted fishing boats on the shoreline complete the idyllic scene.
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With Audley, where you stay is very much part of the experience. Wherever possible we try to track down characterful accommodation. We regularly inspect the accommodation we use, updating our knowledge on existing properties and researching new alternatives
Here we feature some of our most interesting properties, although we recommend and use many others to suit all budgets and tastes.
Named after the Sun God, this luxurious small boutique hotel is the perfect place to relax in luxury and seclusion. Consisting of six Ocean Suites, five enchanting Garden Suites and a Grand Suite.
The Norwood Bungalow at Ceylon Tea Trails is one of only two with a swimming pool. The bungalow commands fine views of the eastern end of the Bogawantalawa valley.
Located only 30 minutes from the main sites in the Cultural Triangle, Cinnamon Lodge has recently been refurbished and is set in 12 acres of landscaped gardens replete with botanical splendour.
Ellerton is a small simple boutique hotel sitting on its own hilltop in the centre of Sri Lanka. It was built over 100 years ago for the manager of a major tea estate and it preserves the character and tranquillity of the colonial days.
In the heart of the old fort, this beautiful 17th century building is a sanctuary of calm indulgence. The 12 minimalist rooms have lofty ceilings and crisp bed linen complemented by antiques and reproductions from the colonial period.
Serene Pavilions, located an hour south of Colombo, is a beautiful beach resort offering an oasis of calm at the beginning or end of a tour of Sri Lanka.
The Kandy House is a brilliant small boutique hotel capable of offering stylish accommodation and attentive personal service in a beautiful natural setting. This 200-year old property is a relaxing alternative for those seeking a break from the bustle of city life.
This is Sri Lanka's first stilted resort that creates it own wetland system. 25 detached 'dwellings' are set within 23 acres of abandoned paddy fields. The property overlooks Sigriya Rock and consists of four different habitats: Paddy, Marsh, Water and Forest.
Situated in acres of tea and jungle, Warwick gardens is a sympathetically and tastefully converted planter's home. It is delightfully isolated, yet well located for trips to Nuwara Eliya and Horton Plains.
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