Our Sri Lanka holidays

Sri Lanka tops many travel wish lists, and it’s not hard to see why. The wildlife ranges from blue whales and elephants to leopards, sea turtles and rainforests teeming with monkeys and peacocks. Adventurous families can set off on activity holidays. Beaches woo surfers and honeymooners alike. And there are myriad cultural attractions, from coastal cities to the misty shrines of the Hill Country. Our responsible Sri Lanka holidays help nudge tourism here in the right direction, using local guides and smaller, family-owned accommodation for out-of-the-ordinary experiences that actually benefit Sri Lankan communities, while ensuring wildlife tours put the animals’ welfare first.

Our top Sri Lanka holidays

Sri Lanka holidays, tailor made

From £2395
15 days inc UK flights
Independent tailor made holidays to Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka family adventure holiday

From £1690
13 days ex flights
Sri Lanka active tour with children with best family hotels

Sri Lanka highlights holiday

From £1695
14 days ex flights
An exciting mix of culture, nature, wildlife and beaches

Sri Lanka luxury camping & wildlife holiday

From £2630 to £3400
11 days ex flights
Exclusive Wildlife Holiday with mobile tented camps

Sri Lanka family holiday

From £1650 to £2200
15 days ex flights
A fabulous family holiday including the best of Sri Lanka

Cycling holiday in Sri lanka

From £1840 to £2060
14 days ex flights
Discover Sri Lanka on a two-wheeled adventure
Small group2022: 16 Jul, 13 Aug, 10 Sep, 8 Oct, 12 Nov, 26 Nov, 3 Dec, 17 Dec, 2023: 14 Jan, 28 Jan, 11 Feb, 25 Feb, 4 Mar, 18 Mar, 1 Apr, 15 Apr, 1 Jul, 15 Jul, 12 Aug, 9 Sep, 7 Oct, 11 Nov, 2 Dec, 16 Dec

Sri Lanka wildlife holiday, tailor made

From £1445
10 days ex flights
Sri Lanka wildlife vacation

Tailor made wildlife tour of Sri Lanka

From £1990
11 days ex flights
Wildlife tour around Sri Lanka - see blue whales!

Active Sri Lanka holiday

From £2703 to £3152
15 days inc UK flights
Bike, raft and hike cultural trip in Sri Lanka
Small group2022: 4 Oct, 18 Oct, 1 Nov, 15 Nov, 29 Nov, 13 Dec, 2023: 10 Jan, 24 Jan, 7 Feb, 21 Feb, 7 Mar, 21 Mar, 4 Apr, 18 Apr, 2 May, 16 May, 30 May, 13 Jun, 11 Jul, 25 Jul, 8 Aug, 22 Aug, 5 Sep, 19 Sep, 3 Oct, 17 Oct, 31 Oct, 14 Nov, 28 Nov, 12 Dec

About our Sri Lanka holidays

Cultural attractions in Sri Lanka

Guidebooks have concocted the ‘Cultural Triangle’ – a circuit with three temple-laden cities (Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and Kandy) at its corners, and Sigiriya rock fortress and the Dambulla Caves in the middle. But often, the cultural attractions in Sri Lanka are as simple as eating banana-leaf lamprais elbow-to elbow with office workers at a Galle bus station or jittering along unmade beach roads on a tuk tuk. Experiencing the serenity of Sri Lankan Buddhism and yoga are cultural draws, too; the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is said to house one of Buddha’s gnashers. You can also visit towering roadside Hindu temples and Catholic cathedrals.

Wildlife holidays in Sri Lanka

Wildlife holidays in Sri Lanka introduce you to a stronghold of the Asian elephant, which roams free in Udawalawe and Yala. Yala National Park is also home to the slippery leopard. Langur monkeys are more likely to seek you out; hold on to your lunch at the tourist spots. Elsewhere, the forests chirrup with over 400 species of birds, monitor lizards snooze under sunloungers, and out in the choppy Indian Ocean goliath blue whales sail by. Sadly, Sri Lanka is also a gauntlet of elephant rides and dubious turtle sanctuaries, so travel with a responsible company to see the best of wildlife in Sri Lanka.

Family holidays in Sri Lanka

You’ll see Sri Lanka with a renewed sense of wonder when you travel with kids. There’s near-guaranteed wildlife viewing in the elephant-friendly national parks. The trains are safe and easy to navigate, especially when you travel with a tour company that specialises in family holidays to Sri Lanka. You could wind up chugging through jungle and across mountain passes to Ella, where you can wander through tea plantations to Little Adam’s Peak. Back on the coast, pancake-flat beaches – and, in fact, any patch of green – double as cricket pitches when the schools let out; extra fielders are always welcome.

Cycling holidays in Sri Lanka

You’ll need to leave your Lycra and Tour de Force mindset at home on a Sri Lanka cycling holiday. It’s steady business, sometimes because you’re meandering from coconut stalls and spice markets to jungle Buddhist temples and mirrored rice paddies. Other times, you might be slowing down because you’re toiling your way into the pinstriped Hill Country – scenic and cool, but a near-constant climb. This is slow travel at its best, forcing you to look around. Our cycling in Sri Lanka travel guide goes into the ins and outs of freewheeling around the island.

Holidays to Sri Lanka & the Maldives

Look at a map, and you’ll see that Sri Lanka and the Maldives are tantalisingly close. And although there’s just a 1.5-hour flight between Male and Colombo, the two countries offer very different travel experiences. You can join the honeymooners and scuba divers staking out a castaway island in the Maldives or hop on a dhoni cruise that takes you to lived-on islands away from the insular hotels. Sri Lanka might only have the one island, but it’s a diverse capsule of sand-swept seaside cities and misty mountain villages, of leopard jungle and elephant grasslands, and of Hindu and Buddhist temples.

Types of tours & holidays in Sri Lanka

Small group holidays are one of the best introductions to Sri Lanka – or to a corner that you haven’t yet explored. Some guide you around the whole island over a couple of weeks, while others take on a theme: cycling, food or yoga. If you’re a solo traveller, you’ll always have someone to catch up with over a glass of arrack after a day’s exploring. Wildlife tours seek out elephants, leopards, flashy magpies and shy sloth bears. Travelling with the kids? Whether you’re taking tots or teens, family holidays match you up with accommodation and modes of transport that suit your needs.
Travel Team
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[Cultural attractions: Sander Don] [Wildlife: Yves Alarie] [Family holidays: Egle Sidaraviciute] [Cycling : Amila Tennakoon] [Sri Lanka & the Maldives: Jailam Rashad] [Types of holidays: Anton Lecock]
Photo credits: [Page banner: chuvipro] [Cultural attractions: Sander Don] [Wildlife: Yves Alarie] [Family holidays: Egle Sidaraviciute] [Cycling : Amila Tennakoon] [Sri Lanka & the Maldives: Jailam Rashad] [Types of holidays: Anton Lecock]