Sri Lanka holidays, tailor made
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No group tours.
Description of Sri Lanka holidays, tailor made
Early Arab traders named Sri Lanka “Serendib” – which is where the word serendipity comes from, meaning discovery by happy accident. It’s a verdant, tropical island, that’s both rich in culture but also in natural beauty and wildlife. Our tailor made Sri Lanka holidays can pick and mix from the best of this diverse country, which boasts nine World Heritage Sites, 14 national parks, 86 species of mammals, including elephants and leopards, lush hill country where tea is grown and an Indian Ocean coastline with sandy beaches and swaying palms. No wonder Marco Polo described Sri Lanka as “undoubtedly the finest island of its size in the world”.
For our tailor made Sri Lanka holidays we have developed a unique online holiday planner to enable visitors to create their own itinerary. Sophisticated and user-friendly, the holiday planner offers an opportunity to create individual tailor made holidays to Sri Lanka at your leisure! You are able to explore and plan your own route, excursions and activities, as well as choose the type and style of accommodation that suits you best. A 15-day sample itinerary for one of our tailor made Sri Lanka holidays is given below, but the real choice is yours and an amazing variety of tailor made Sri Lanka holidays are available.
Temperatures remain pretty much the same throughout the year in Sri Lanka, because the island sits just north of the equator, but rainfall varies widely season to season. The best time to come is between the main rainy seasons, which affect different sides of the island at different times. In the south, southwest and hill country, November to April is the best time to come, when the southwest monsoon has finished. In the north and east, October to February is when the northeast monsoon occurs. In this part of the island, it’s better to come when it's dry but hot from April to September. Throughout the year, the hill country always feels much cooler, thanks to its higher elevation.
37 Reviews of Sri Lanka holidays, tailor made
Reviewed on 13 Feb 2020 by Jo BennettThe most memorable part of the holiday was seeing the leopards in Yala national park and the elephants in Udawalawa NP. Read full review
Reviewed on 29 Apr 2019 by Cecilie GianneriThe daily hikes to rock pools for swimming, the early morning hikes to watch the sun rise, the fantastic food, the breathtaking scenery and our impromptu tuk-tuk and boat safari close to Sigiriya were the most memorable parts of our holiday. Read full review
Reviewed on 19 Feb 2019 by Caroline TowerWe all really enjoyed our visit to Sri Lanka and I would love to return to see more. The places you chose for us to stay were really great. They were well spaced and considered our request for some down time as well as culture. Read full review
Reviewed on 27 Jan 2019 by Lynn RidgersThe most memorable part of the holiday was the national park and the sightings of leopards and sun bears. Read full review
Reviewed on 04 Jan 2019 by Sarah LudlamAbsolutely wonderful! Sri Lanka is a magical and diverse country well worth exploring. Read full review
Reviewed on 11 Feb 2019 by Paul MalyonProbably the variety of environments, locations, hotels that exist in Sri Lanka - there is something for every 'taste'... in addition seeing the elephants and a leopard in Yala National Park plus the variety of birds were very memorable. Read full review
Reviewed on 13 May 2018 by Steven MorganThe most memorable was seeing wild elephants in a family group. The scenery and people. Visiting a hand weaving cooperative outside Galle- which took a little finding! Read full review
Reviewed on 02 Apr 2018 by Clare LucasWe stayed at a wonderful place called 'Banyan Lodge' in Sri Lanka. It was a eco-lodge and a very unique experience in a peaceful environment with nature all around... Read full review
Reviewed on 28 Jan 2018 by Sally RothSigiriya in was visually stunning, and it was fabulous to stay at a hotel with a great view of the rock in at the end of our holiday; the elephant safari in Uda Walawe was for the most part a peaceful and enjoyable afternoon; the Barefoot cafe in Colombo was a lovely place to look around and have lunch. Read full review
Reviewed on 18 Jan 2018 by Chrissie VerduynLots of new experiences. Not possible to single one out. Read full review
Reviewed on 28 Mar 2018 by Sue ClaylessThe most memorable was seeing the diversity of wildlife and meeting the lovely people of Sri Lanka. Very enjoyable. Read full review
Reviewed on 11 Jan 2018 by Olivia Oberle RuizMy husband and I loved visiting the ancient cities and temples, and learning so much about Sri Lankan culture and heritage! The tours were well-organized, informative, and truly enriching. Read full review
Reviewed on 26 Aug 2017 by Sarah ColcloughHiking Ella Rock & Sigiriya Rock were both pretty amazing. Seeing the tons & tons of elephants! The other corner accommodation was pretty great too. Also loved the massage we got in Habarana and the 'village tour' we did there. Read full review
Reviewed on 20 Feb 2017 by Anamaria TudoranThe most memorable was seeing Blue Whales live, they are so big! Learning about the Tea industry and how best Tea is made at Amba Estate. Beautiful private waterfalls in the Hillside Country. Sigiriya Fortress / Rock and Dambulla Cave Temples. Beautiful beaches in Tangalle and Bentota. Too many!! Read full review
Reviewed on 24 Apr 2017 by Jens BrümmerCombination of nature and culture. Having a competent guide with us for all our activities as a family. Read full review
Reviewed on 07 Apr 2017 by Bob TreitmanThe variety of eco-systems, climates, views and experiences. And the Rice & Curry! Yum! We thoroughly enjoyed our two weeks in Sri Lanka. Read full review
Reviewed on 07 Apr 2017 by Jenny FewtrellThe highlight was the visit to Sigirya. The climb up the rock is exhilarating and the views from the top are amazing! It was a really excellent holiday. Read full review
Reviewed on 21 Feb 2017 by Madeleine RichardsonIt was a great holiday, a fascinating and varied journey with many experiences. We saw some amazing sights, starting with ancient Buddhist temples, then climbing up Sigiriya, walking in lovely countryside, tasting tea in the plantations at 2000m high, seeing lots of animals and then relaxing for a few days by an exquisite tropical beach. Read full review
Reviewed on 17 Aug 2016 by Elaine BrownWe had a fantastic time. The system for planning the itinerary at pre booking stage is very satisfactory and you are provided with a lot of information by very knowledgeable people who clearly love the country. Read full review
Reviewed on 25 Mar 2016 by Stan DeboehmlerI'd go back tomorrow ! Loved it. Read full review
Reviewed on 11 Feb 2016 by Bill DinnerGreat trip, great guide and solid tour company - the holiday provider was top notch and I would not hesitate to use them again. Read full review
Reviewed on 28 Aug 2016 by Emma CollverSeeing the huge variety of wildlife was a real highlight for us. We saw lizards, elephants, leopards, Eagles, owls, deer, a jackal, crocodiles, monkeys, a wide array of birds, flying foxes, a giant squirrel...and much more! Read full review
Reviewed on 09 Apr 2016 by Janet HallidayAside from the wonderful wildlife that we saw with the help of our driver/guide, we'll have good memories of the friendliness and warmth of the Sri Lankans we met. Read full review
Reviewed on 29 Mar 2016 by Peter CarterExcellent. Brilliant driver, friendly and knowledgeable. We would happily recommend this holiday as one of the best holidays we have ever had. Read full review
Reviewed on 12 Mar 2016 by Pat CallearThe organisation was first rate, and the guide and chauffeur were excellent. The accommodation chosen were for the most part superlative and the train trips were really the high-lights of the trip Read full review
Reviewed on 26 Jan 2016 by Chris FryEverything was memorable! Superb. Read full review
Reviewed on 02 Jan 2016 by Jeffrey CarlinThe most unexpected event was stumbling upon the full moon ceremony at the Temple of the tooth in Kandy...We loved the Safari's but in fact the diversity of things to do in Sri Lanka was amazing. Cultural sites, hiking, safari's and beaches. Read full review
Reviewed on 05 Apr 2015 by Derek PutnamWe really got to see the local view of life traveling on our own, very modern vehicle and used local cafes, services and attractions when possible. Safaris fund conservation.The whole tour was superb. From meeting our guide at the airport to our day of departure we enjoyed every new experience. We were helped every step of the way by Upul, our excellent Guide. Read full review
Reviewed on 16 Feb 2015 by Lori KeatingFirst and foremost, it has to be said that Sri Lanka did not disappoint us in any way! We were always greeted with warmth waves and smiles! It has to be one of the friendliest countries I've visited and it was for the most part very clean. Read full review
Reviewed on 23 Feb 2014 by Jude LambertThe holiday overall was amazing, there were so many memorable experiences it is difficult to name only one thing. If we had to choose it would have to be turtle watching on Rekawa beach. Read full review
Reviewed on 29 Jan 2014 by Heli AruGreat!...Sri Lankean nature and food were just amazing. The chefs are real professionals! Read full review
Reviewed on 24 Mar 2013 by Emma ColemanThe elephant safari, or swimming in the Indian Ocean at sunset were the most memorable parts of the holiday Read full review
Reviewed on 26 Feb 2013 by Alex BuckA brilliant introduction to the east for children. Local people are peaceful and welcoming. The diversity of this small island is amazing. Read full review
Reviewed on 03 Feb 2013 by Val CardwellExcellent - exceeded expectations...We saw a multitude of birds and wildlife and were lucky enough to see leopard and elephant walk down the track and pass close by the side of the jeep Read full review
Reviewed on 08 Jan 2013 by Nelly ClarkSeeing baby elephants at the orphanage and wild at the national park was the most exciting part of the holiday. Read full review
Reviewed on 28 Dec 2012 by Ruth and Dave DawsonExcellent...highlights were the people, the local food, the varied historic heritage and the great range of scenery and wildlife. Read full review
Reviewed on 07 Dec 2012 by Lyn DaviesWe loved our holiday. We had a great time and Yapa our guide was fantastic showing us his country with such pride and love. This added a really personal feel to our travels. Sri Lanka is an amazing country with such different climates, landscapes and a great variety of things to see and experience. A very busy holiday but a great one. Read full review
PlanetWildlife Conservation and Rehabilitation
Sri Lanka has diverse habitats and a great variety of indigenous wildlife and plant life. To help maintain breeding populations of some of the more vulnerable animal species endemic to the island, conservation projects have been started. Through our tailor made Sri Lanka holidays we encourage travellers to visit some of these projects to support their conservation work.
The Born Free Foundation is an international wildlife charity working throughout the world to stop individual wild animal suffering and protect threatened species in the wild. We are an active supporter of Born Free and its animal welfare campaigns, and we encourage all travellers to be aware of potential animal exploitation while on their holidays.
For instance, we do not promote or visit Pinnewala Elephant ‘Orphanage’ following adverse reports from Travellers’ Animal Alert, the global animal welfare campaign of the Born Free Foundation we support, and some of our own customers who visited independently.
Also, we no longer visit the Turtle Conservation Project at Rekawa after feedback of the unprofessional and potentially harmful actions of local rangers as well as the irresponsible and insensitive behaviour of some visitors.
In addition, we no longer visit the Elephant Transit Home (ETH) at Uda Walawe since it was found that some handlers were mistreating the elephants. The Born Free Foundation has rescinded its endorsement of the rehabilitation centre until practices are improved and return to the standards expected by international best practice guidelines. Born Free is currently in negotiation with the ETH and hopefully we will be able to return there in the future.
Please contact us for more details.
Born Free Foundation
The Born Free Foundation is an international wildlife charity working throughout the world to stop individual wild animal suffering and protect threatened species in the wild. Born Free's Travellers’ Animal Alert campaign works around the world to generate a greater public awareness of animal suffering and exploitation, encouraging the public to report animal 'attractions' they encounter both in the UK and abroad, and to promote the philosophies of the Born Free Foundation.
Throughout the world there are hundreds of thousands of wild animals exhibited in zoological collections, performing in circuses, dolphinaria and magic shows, or used as photographic props. While some establishments do appear to provide the animals with adequate conditions, many do not and these continue to thrive due to the support of the tourism industry.
Travellers’ Animal Alert is about being a compassionate traveller, alerting Born Free of captive animal suffering around the world. Incorporating complaints received from concerned members of the public returning from holidays in both the UK and abroad, Born Free hopes to tackle the growing problems associated with captive wild animal welfare.
We are an active supporter of Travellers’ Animal Alert and we encourage all travellers to be aware of potential animal exploitation while on their holidays. In order to help Travellers’ Animal Alert, we will promote the following guidelines as a provider of responsible tourism:
• Promote Travellers’ Animal Alert in our customer travel documents and on our website
• Pledge not to promote any exploitative animal 'attraction' through our company literature or website
• Encourage all our holiday service providers not to promote any activity that involves animal exploitation
• Encourage our staff and customers to look out for captive animal exploitation and report any suffering to Travellers’ Animal Alert
• Actively encourage compassionate and responsible tourism.
Reducing water consumption
Sri Lanka, like many countries around the world, suffers from acute water shortages at certain times of the year. Even though the island experiences two monsoons a year, the reservoirs and tanks are not of sufficient capacity to supply the country’s requirements. This not only causes water shortages in villages and towns – in some areas they are limited to only one hour’s supply a day during these periods – but also contributes to power cuts since much of Sri Lanka’s electricity is generated by hydroelectric power. Reducing water consumption while travelling in Sri Lanka will contribute directly to conserving essential water supplies. Much of the Sri Lankan population wash in rivers and lakes and so supplied fresh water is used mainly for cooking and drinking.
Please share our concern for the environment - SAVE WATER.
• Less than 20% of the world's water is fresh water.
• Acute water shortage has become a recurring problem in many parts of Sri Lanka and the rest of the world.
• Conservation is the greatest resource when it comes to water supply.
Limiting non-degradable waste production
In previous times many of the goods and products sold in Sri Lanka were packaged in natural biodegradable materials. Today, however, much of the packaging is non-degradable and this waste pollutes the environment, particularly when it is not disposed of correctly. Limiting the amount of non-degradable waste generated helps to preserve the environment and reduces the potential negative impact on wildlife.
• Try to buy goods and products in biodegradable packaging. For example, many pharmacies in Sri Lanka dispense medicines in paper bags rather than plastic bags.
• Limit the number of plastic carrier bags acquired when shopping by putting your purchases directly into your own bag without extra packaging.
• Reduce the number of plastic water bottles used by storing your drinking water in a re-usable water container. (Bringing a water filter, potable iodine solution or water purification tablets with you will help limit the number of water bottles required.)
• Always dispose of non-degradable waste carefully since it can have a detrimental effect on the environment and wildlife.
PeopleThrough our tailor made Sri Lanka holidays we actively encourage responsible and sustainable travel to Sri Lanka. By working on our Sri Lanka holidays closely with our associate company in Sri Lanka and other partner organisations, we are endeavouring to promote cultural exchange, social awareness, self-employment and self-development.
Sri Lanka holidays guides
We only employ English-speaking Sri Lankan chauffeur guides who are all licensed by the Sri Lanka Tourist Board. Experienced guides for trekking, safaris and other specialist activities are hired locally and have extensive knowledge of their chosen area of expertise.
Sri Lanka holidays accommodation
We actively promote small family-run guesthouses that employ local workers, or in the case of larger hotels, locally owned establishments.
Sri Lanka holidays restaurants
We encourage travellers to eat at traditional restaurants, roadside eateries, street vendors and market stalls in order for them to enjoy and experience authentic Sri Lankan food.
Sri Lanka community-led projects
The Asian Tsunami highlighted the plight of coastal communities in Sri Lanka and our initial projects were targeted at Sri Lankan individuals and communities devastated by the tsunami (please ask us for details). However, many other communities away from the coast also lack essential materials and services and our objective is to offer long-term support to such Sri Lankan individuals and communities. By channelling all donations received by Forgotten Village Sri Lanka (an independent charitable organisation) into community-based projects on the island, we hope to provide sustained assistance to these communities in their endeavour to improve their lives. We make a contribution to Forgotten Village Sri Lanka for every holiday booked.