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Explore temples, go on safari and relax on golden beaches on a Sri Lankan tailor-made tour or honeymoon

An island of national parks, venerated temples, tea plantations and rose-gold beaches: Sri Lanka packs in plenty of experiences. As the country’s popularity grows, our specialists visit regularly to keep abreast of what’s new. Using this knowledge, they can help you plan a Sri Lanka vacation that encompasses your interests and shows you lesser-visited corners of the island.

The Cultural Triangle is Sri Lanka’s historic heartland, a concentration of extravagant ancient cities and cave frescoes with the rock fortress of Sigiriya in its middle. To the south is the pilgrimage city of Kandy, built around the Temple of the Tooth. From here you can ride the train up into the cooler climes of the central highlands, where neatly tended tea estates sit between colonial cottages and swathes of forest. The hills drop sharply down to the national parks and rainforest below, which shelter elephants, sloth bears and, more elusively, leopards. Along the coast you find the Dutch fortress of Galle and palm-fringed coves.

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Suggested itineraries for Sri Lanka

These itineraries give you a starting point for what your trip to Sri Lanka could entail. They cover routes we've found work particularly well and feature some of our favorite places to stay. Treat them as inspiration, as each trip is created uniquely for you.

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Our expert guides to traveling in Sri Lanka

Written by our specialists from the viewpoint of their own travels, these guides will help you decide on the shape of your own trip to Sri Lanka. Aiming to inspire and inform, we share our recommendations for how to appreciate Sri Lanka at its best.

My travels in Kerala & Sri Lanka, 2016

Visiting Kerala and Sri Lanka, Indian Subcontinent specialist Matt captured this video footage on his trip.

Buddha statues in the Dambulla Cave Temples
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What to do in Sri Lanka: our highlights guide

With impressive cultural sites, delightful beaches and wildlife viewing opportunities within its many parks, Sri Lanka offers a diverse mix of experiences, which can easily be combined in a two week trip.

Mother and baby elephants in the wild
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Sri Lanka’s wildlife: safaris, jungles and plains

An avid wildlife enthusiast, Sri Lanka specialist Seamus explains where to spot Sri Lanka’s leopards, sloth bears and elephants. He also shares his recommended experiences away from the usual parks, such as walking through primary rainforest and taking boat rides across secluded lakes.

Jaffna,Sri Lanka
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Slow down in Sri Lanka: a leisurely tour of the north

Trips to Sri Lanka can often be rushed, but it pays to slow down the pace, says Sri Lanka specialist Chloe. On an unhurried tour of Sri Lanka’s little-visited north, there’s time to really get to know a region that, although marred with the scars of war, welcomes visitors warmly.

Summer house at Norwood Bungalow
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Luxury Sri Lanka vacations: from colonial grandeur to palm-fringed shores

Luxury in Sri Lanka can take the form of a palatial beach-front suite, secluded colonial cottage or a safari tent. Sri Lanka specialist Sophie shares her suggestions for the most comfortable stays and exclusive experiences, including tea tasting with a master tea specialist or a chartered flight across the coastline.

Macaques are a regular sighting throughout Sri Lanka
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Family vacations to Sri Lanka

A family vacation to Sri Lanka will get you close to wild elephants, crocodiles and possibly even the elusive leopard. Sri Lanka specialist Alison picks some of her highlights including Yala and Minneriya national parks, the cultural triangle and tea region.

Ceylon Tea Trails, Castlereagh Bungalow, Hatton
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Honeymoons in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is a small island, yet for its size it offers a remarkable array of attractions from ancient temples and grand colonial cities to diverse national parks and powder-soft beaches. For honeymooners, that means lots to see and do as well as plenty of time to relax between destinations.

Niall visiting the Windermere Estate, Munnar, India
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