Beach holiday & tour in Sri Lanka

“Spend a week on a beautiful palm-fringed beach before exploring some of the country’s tea plantations, national parks and heritage sites, all the while staying in some pretty swish boutique hotels.”


Colombo | Ahungalla | stay at a hotel designed by Geoffrey Bawa, Sri Lanka’s most celebrated architect | Hill Country Nuwara Eliya | Ella | Yala West National Park | Galle

Description of Beach holiday & tour in Sri Lanka

This Indian Ocean jewel was a favourite of the explorer Marco Polo, and Arab traders called it Serendib, meaning serendipity: a happy accident. On this tailor made beach holiday and tour in Sri Lanka you’ll get to experience some of the beauty that so entranced these ancient travellers.

This first week of this holiday is based at 4-star+ Heritance Ahungalla. Set on an unspoilt, palm-fringed beach on the island's southwest coast, this iconic hotel was designed by Geoffrey Bawa, Sri Lanka's most celebrated contemporary architect. As well as relaxing on the beach, there’s also the option of riverboat trips around the coastal lagoons and mangrove-clad waterways, with the chance of spotting some of the country’s many bird species.

Leaving Ahungalla, you’ll head for a five-day tour of Sri Lanka’s hill country and national parks. You’ll stay in luxury at former tea plantations and hill stations before heading to renowned Yala West National Park, Sri Lanka’s principal wildlife reserve, which has the highest density of leopards in the world, and is also home to elephants, wild buffalo and the rare Sloth Bear.

The last stop on the trip is the heritage city of Galle, where you’ll get to explore the Old Dutch Fort and the Arab Quarter before heading for one final night at Ahungalla.

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Departure information

Our tailor made Sri Lanka holidays can be arranged at any time to suit you, and adapted to your requirements as necessary although we do not offer trips for under 10 days.
Holiday type

Tailor made holiday

This trip can be tailormade to create a unique holiday for your individual requirements by travel experts with intimate knowledge of the destination. It is a more luxurious trip that will suit those who enjoy immersing themselves in new cultures and environments before relaxing in comfort in some of the best and most characterful local accommodation! Quality and value are the hallmark of these trips.

Responsible tourism

Beach holiday & tour in Sri Lanka

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.


Conservation projects
The Elephant Transit Home (ETH) in Uda Walawe NP is an excellent way of seeing baby wild elephants at close quarters in their natural environment.

This conservation project (supported by the Born Free Foundation) takes in baby wild elephants that have been separated from their mothers and cares for them until they can be returned to the wild. They spend their days roaming freely in a section of the park, being observed at a distance by a few members of the ETH staff. They are fed at 3hr intervals in a specially constructed feeding yard where they can be seen by tourists from a viewing platform separated from the yard itself.

At no point can the tourists have physical contact with the animals. The sight of feeding time is very popular with local and foreign tourists alike as the elephants are enthusiastic, relaxed and full of character, unlike the elephants at Pinnewala Elephant 'Orphanage'.

Our small group sizes (up to 8 persons) allows us to use cars, small vans or jeeps when travelling around the island and when visiting rural areas and national parks, where use of larger vehicles in such areas often results in widening and ‘blacktopping’ of rural paths for coach access. The resulting effect on the environment can be devastating. We feel that our small group sizes also lead to less impact both on the environment and the people that we visit as well as allowing for more supervision, advice and explanations with the high ratio of guides to travellers.


We actively encourage responsible and sustainable travel to Sri Lanka. By working 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.

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.

We actively promote locally owned hotels that employ local workers. This policy contributes directly to the local economy and provides local employment while enhancing the visitor’s experience of Sri Lanka.

Embracing local cuisine is an essential part of any holiday if the visitor is to understand the country’s culture and savour its culinary delights. 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.

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.

4 Reviews of Beach holiday & tour in Sri Lanka

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 04 Mar 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Sri Lanka is a beautiful country with beautiful people. We enjoyed the mix of the cultural triangle, hill country and beach which was ideal for a small group of friends with slightly varying preferences. There was something for everyone.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Use an operator with local knowledge and local contacts to ensure you get the holiday you want.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes, despite having some concerns about disturbing wildlife we were assured that our presence supported conservation work. We ensured that tips were directly given to people who had helped to provide us with an exceptional experience.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Without the help of this tour operator this holiday would not have been so memorable and enjoyable. We are very grateful for the exceptional service and advice they gave us.

Reviewed on 20 Mar 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The beautiful scenery, the exciting wildlife, the friendly people and delicious food.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Go for as long as possible. We were fortunate enough to take three weeks traveling around beautiful Sri Lanka so we were able to chill and relax inbetween all the exciting trips and activities we planned.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

We stayed at homestays, very small hotels and on an organic tea plantation so we really feel that that we were able to support the local people.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Absolutely fantastic! Everything was perfect from the initial booking with our tour operator, the superb accommodation and the planned activities and safaris.

Reviewed on 06 Jan 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Whale Watching and Wildlife Safari.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Spend the majority of your time on the coast and taking part in sea based activities.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

The whale watching company were very respectful to the whales and dolphins, keeping their distance as not to disturb.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

A great holiday, but we would certainly not use this tour company again.

Read the operator's response here:

Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback, which is disappointing regarding the chauffeur guide. I am sorry to hear that you found the chauffeur guide to be unsatisfactory and an incompatible match for your honeymoon. I can only apologise for the effect this had on the enjoyment of your trip, which seemed to have met most of your expectations otherwise. It is a pity that you didn’t raise this issue with us immediately it became apparent so that we may have ameliorated the situation by changing your chauffeur guide. The chauffeur guide is central to the holiday and not everyone is compatible with each other. As you can see from previous customers’ feedback, your chauffeur guide is respected, appreciated and liked.

Reviewed on 22 Apr 2010 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Walking the Tea Trails in Sri Lanka. The accommodation - Castlereagh Bungalow - was the most luxurious, most welcoming, most helpful place we have ever stayed in; and the walks through the tea estate with idyllic views of the reservoir and surrounding hills, both relaxing and inspiring.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Can't generalise. The aspect we most appreciated of the tour operator was that we said what we personally most wanted from the holiday - in our case, cultural interest, the opportunity to meet Sri Lankans, absence of crowds, high level of comfort, empty beaches where we could walk unmolested, wonderful scenery, and a leisurely itinerary - and they tailored the holiday the trip to meet our requirements exactly.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

Yes definitely for the first; to be honest about the second, I'm not sure that any long haul holiday is particularly environmentally friendly.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Excellent - it was surpassed our expectations.

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