“An Encounter with Sri Lanka is to experience paradise”

Why Sri Lanka?

Whether it’s beachside bliss and a chilled out holiday by the pool, adventure sports to get your heart racing, or a taste of eco tourism – there is something for everyone and more on this small island. There is no need to pick and choose either because the size of your destination means that you can easily fulfill your heart’s many desires! Want to go on a wild safari? Your chances of seeing a leopard exceptionally high, as this is the country with the highest density of leopards! For animal lovers who want to take it to the next level, why not take in a spot of whale watching?

There are also nature trails, visits to spice gardens and pilgrimages to help discover the past. After a hard day’s travel, why not indulge at a spa and wellness centre, and be pampered according to the natural ayurvedic tradition? Whatever your taste, let us help tailor make your once in a lifetime journey!

Sri Lanka: The Wonder of Asia

A diverse and vibrant country, Sri Lanka is known for its colourful wildlife, beautiful beaches, trademarked Ceylon tea, and friendly locals who have been welcoming visitors to the island for centuries. Today, the island-nation is home to many ethnic groups, religions and languages that today co-exist peacefully in a multicultural landscape. This can be seen in the delicious dishes, which have also been influenced by the Portuguese and Dutch settlers, and the cultural traditions that date back over 2500 years.

 

In more recent times the British colonial culture has also influenced the local context, and this can be seen in the superb architecture, strong infrastructure and prevalence of the English language. In 2009, the longstanding civil war ended and Sri Lanka emerged to become one of the fasted growing economies in the world, with its per capital income doubling since 2005. During this time, poverty also fell from 15.2% to 7.6%, and unemployment from 7.2% to 4.9%. While the production and export of goods such as tea, rubber and other commodities as important as ever, Sri Lanka’s economy today is driven primarily by textiles, garments and tourism.

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Negombo

Negombo is a modest beach town located close to Bandaranaike International Airport. With a stash of hotels and restaurants to suit all pockets, a friendly local community, an interesting old quarter and a beautiful beach, you’re never out of things to do in this city.

Some of the hotels that we recommend in this city are:

Jetwing Beach
Heritance Negombo
Jetwing Lagoon
Jetwing Sea
Paradise Beach Hotel

Colombo

Although reclaiming its 19th-century moniker 'the garden city of the East' is unlikely, Colombo is rapidly emerging as a must-see stop in Sri Lanka. No longer just the sprawling city you have to endure on your way to the southern beaches, it has become a worthy destination in its own right. Some of the hotels that we recommend in this city are:

Cinnamon Lake Side
The Kingsbury
Cinnamon Red
Galle Face Hotel
Ramada Colombo
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Cinnamon Lake Side
The Kingsbury
Cinnamon Red
Galle Face Hotel
Ramada Colombo
Taj Samudra' type="text">Although reclaiming its 19th-century moniker 'the garden city of the East' is unlikely, Colombo is rapidly emerging as a must-see stop in Sri Lanka. No longer just the sprawling city you have to endure on your way to the southern beaches, it has become a worthy destination in its own right. Some of the hotels that we recommend in this city are:

Cinnamon Lake Side
The Kingsbury
Cinnamon Red
Galle Face Hotel
Ramada Colombo
Taj Samudra

Marawila

The towns of Waikkal and Marawila lie about 3km inland of the coast on the A3 north of Negombo. This city is generally more suited to independent travellers and offer a far more intimate, nature-based experience. The beaches of Marawila is long, golden and pristine. Some of the hotels that we recommend in this city are:

Club Palm Bay
Club Hotel Dolphin

Mount Lavinia

Mount Lavinia is famed for its "Golden Mile" of beaches, it has often been a hot spot for tourism and laid back nightlife. It is one of the most liberal regions in Sri Lanka and plays host to the island's annual Rainbow Kite Festival. The hotel that we recommend in this city is:

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Mount Lavinia Hotel ' type="text">Mount Lavinia is famed for its "Golden Mile" of beaches, it has often been a hot spot for tourism and laid back nightlife. It is one of the most liberal regions in Sri Lanka and plays host to the island's annual Rainbow Kite Festival. The hotel that we recommend in this city is:

Mount Lavinia Hotel

Anuradhapura

Anuradhapura is one of the ancient capitals of Sri Lanka, famous for its well-preserved ruins of ancient Sri Lankan civilization. The city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was the center of Theravada Buddhism for many centuries . Some of the hotels that we recommend in this city are:

Uga Ulagalla
Palm garden Village
Forest Rock Garden Resort

Jaffna

Slowly but surely re-emerging as a bastion of Hindu tradition, art and creative culture, Jaffna is once again welcoming visitors and looking to rise again. It’s an intriguing, unimposing and mostly unnourished place that's a thoroughly rewarding place to invest a few days discovering Sri Lankan Tamil culture. Some of the hotels that we recommend in this city are:

Jaffna Heritage Hotel
Jetwing Jaffna
Fort Hammenhiel Resort
The Margosa Villa
Green Grass Hotel

Habarana

Habarana is a popular tourist destination for safari lovers as it is the starting point for safaris in the nearby Habarana jungle and the Minneriya sanctuary which is heavily populated by elephants. Elephant back riding is also an attraction in this small city. Habarana is situated nearby to the ancient rock fortress and castle/palace ruin of Sigiriya. Some of the hotels that we recommend in this city are:

Cinnamon Lodge
Habarana Village by Cinnamon
Sorowwa Resort & Spa

Dambulla

Major attractions of the area include the largest and best preserved cave temple complex of Sri Lanka, and the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium, famous for being built in just 167 days. The area also boasts the largest rose quartz mountain range in South Asia, and the Iron wood forest, or Na Uyana Aranya. Some of the hotels that we recommend in this city are:

Heritance Kandalama
Signature by Amaya Kandalama
Camellia Resort & Spa
Kassapa Lions Rock
Thilanka Resort & Spa

Sigiriya

The name Sigiriya refers to a site of historical and archaeological significance that is dominated by a massive column of rock nearly 200 metres (660 ft) high. Sigiriya today is a UNESCO listed World Heritage Site. It is one of the best preserved examples of ancient urban planning. It is the most visited historic site in Sri Lanka. Some of the hotels that we recommend in this city are:

Jetwing Vil Uyana
Aliya Resort & Spa
Elephant Corridor
Sigiriya Village
Amaara Forest Hotel

Trincomalee

Trincomalee is fascinating town, sitting on one the world’s finest natural harbours, Trincomalee is old almost beyond reckoning: it’s possibly the site of historic Gokana in the Mahavamsa (Great Chronicle), and its Shiva temple the site of Trikuta Hill in the Hindu text Vayu Purana. Some of the hotels that we recommend in this city are:

Anilana Nilaveli
Jungle Beach Resort
Trinco Blu by Cinnamon
Nilaveli Beach Hotel
Pigeon Island Resort

Passikuda

Pasikudah is easily accessible from Trincomalee and Batticaloa, both of which cities have star class accommodation. Pasikudah is fast becoming an investors hub as foreign and local investors have shown interest in developing tourism along the beach. Some of the hotels that we recommend in this city are:

Uga Bay
Amaya Beach
Anilana Passikuda
Maalu Maalu
Amethyst Resort

Kandy

Kandy is the second largest city in the country after Colombo. It was the last capital of the ancient kings' era of Sri Lanka. The city lies in the midst of hills in the Kandy plateau, which crosses an area of tropical plantations, mainly tea. Kandy is the home of The Temple of the Tooth Relic, one of the most sacred places of worship in the Buddhist world. Some of the hotels that we recommend in this city are:

OZO Kandy
Earls Regency
Cinnamon Citadel
Earls Regent Hotel
Mahaweli Reach Hotel
Kandy House
Clingendale
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OZO Kandy
Earls Regency
Cinnamon Citadel
Earls Regent Hotel
Mahaweli Reach Hotel
Kandy House
Clingendale
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OZO Kandy
Earls Regency
Cinnamon Citadel
Earls Regent Hotel
Mahaweli Reach Hotel
Kandy House
Clingendale
The Theva Residency''

Kitugala

Kitulgala is a small town in the west of Sri Lanka. It is in the wet zone rain forest, which gets two monsoons each year, and is one of the wettest places in the country. Nevertheless, it comes alive in the first three months of the year, especially in February, the driest month. The Academy Award-winning The Bridge on the River Kwai was filmed on the Kelani River near Kitulgala. The hotel that we recommend in this city is:

Plantation Hotel

Hatton

Hatton serves as a gateway to Adam's Peak (Sri Pada) and Sinharaja Forest Reserve, it is better known for its Ceylon tea plantations and industry. Some of the hotels that we recommend in this city are:

Castlereagh Bungalow
Norwood Bungalow
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Castlereagh Bungalow
Norwood Bungalow
Tientsin Bungalow' type="text">Hatton serves as a gateway to Adam's Peak (Sri Pada) and Sinharaja Forest Reserve, it is better known for its Ceylon tea plantations and industry. Some of the hotels that we recommend in this city are:

Castlereagh Bungalow
Norwood Bungalow
Tientsin Bungalow

Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya is is considered to be the most important location for tea production in Sri Lanka. The city is overlooked by Pidurutalagala, the tallest mountain in Sri Lanka. Nuwara Eliya is known for its temperate, cool climate — the coolest area in Sri Lanka. . Some of the hotels that we recommend in this city are:

Heritance Tea Factory
Jetwing St’Andrews
Grand Hotel
Hill Club
Jetwing Warwick Garden
Langdale by Amaya Boutique Resort

Ella

Ella has a rich bio-diversity dense with numerous varieties of flora and fauna. Ella is surrounded by hills covered with cloud forests and tea plantations. The town has a cooler climate than its surroundings, due to its elevation. The Ella Gap allows views across the Southern plains of Sri Lanka. Some of the hotels that we recommend in this city are:

98 Acres Hotel
The Secret Ella
Ravana Heights Ella
Ella Adventure Park

Udawalawe

Udawalewe national park was created to provide a sanctuary for wild animals displaced by the construction of the Udawalawe Reservoir on the Walawe River, as well as to protect the catchment of the reservoir. It is a popular tourist destination and the third most visited park in the country. Some of the hotels that we recommend in this city are:

Centauria Tourist Hotel
Kalu’s Hideaway

Yala

Yala National Park is the most visited and second largest national park in Sri Lanka. Along with Wilpattu, the park is best known for its variety of wild animals such as Sri Lankan elephants, Sri Lankan leopards and aquatic birds. Some of the hotels that we recommend in this city are:

Cinnamon Wild
Jetwing Yala
Elephant Reach Hotel
Leopard Yala Luxury Camping
Mahoora Tented Safari Camp

Tissamaharama

Tissamaharama used to be the capital of the Sinhalese Kingdom of Ruhuna as early as the 3rd century B.C. The large artificial Tissa Wewa lake, which was a part of a sophisticated irrigation system, also dates from that time. With its pretty lakeside location, Tissamaharama is a mellow and ideal base for the nearby Yala and Bundala National Parks. Some of the hotels that we recommend in this city are:

The Safari Tissamaharama
Hibiscus Garden
Kithala Resort
Tamarind Tree Hotel
Priyankara Hotel

Hambantota

Hambanthota is a city along the coastal belt of Sri Lanka, and is home to many attractions. These include a Sea Port, a dry botanical garden, salt pans and wind farms. Some of the hotels that we recommend in this city are:

Peacock Beach Hotel
The Oasis Hotel

Mirissa

Crack open a coconut, slip into a hammock and rock gently in the breeze, allowing the hours, days and even weeks to slip calmly by. Welcome to Mirissa, which is 4km southeast of Weligama, and is another quickly developing crescent of beach. Some of the hotels that we recommend in this city are:

Mandara Resort
Turtle Eco Beach
Paradise Beach Hotel

Galle

Galle is the big unmissable destination in the south. It's at once endlessly exotic, bursting with the scent of spices and salty winds, and yet also, with its wonderful collection of Dutch-colonial buildings, a town of great beauty. Classic architecture melds with a dramatic tropical setting to create a reality that is endlessly interesting. Some of the hotels that we recommend in this city are:

Jetwing Light House
Jetwing Kurulubedda
Aditya Boutique Hotel
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Jetwing Light House
Jetwing Kurulubedda
Aditya Boutique Hotel
Galle Fort Hotel'' type="text">Galle is the big unmissable destination in the south. It's at once endlessly exotic, bursting with the scent of spices and salty winds, and yet also, with its wonderful collection of Dutch-colonial buildings, a town of great beauty. Classic architecture melds with a dramatic tropical setting to create a reality that is endlessly interesting. Some of the hotels that we recommend in this city are:

Jetwing Light House
Jetwing Kurulubedda
Aditya Boutique Hotel
Galle Fort Hotel'

Tangalle

Tangalla is the gateway to the wide-open spaces and wide-open beaches of southeast Sri Lanka. It's the last town of any size before Hambantota and has some old world charm. But you're really here to find your perfect beach and revel in it. Some of the hotels that we recommend in this city are:

Amanwella
Buckingham Place
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Amanwella
Buckingham Place
Turtle Bay''' type="text">Tangalla is the gateway to the wide-open spaces and wide-open beaches of southeast Sri Lanka. It's the last town of any size before Hambantota and has some old world charm. But you're really here to find your perfect beach and revel in it. Some of the hotels that we recommend in this city are:

Amanwella
Buckingham Place
Turtle Bay''

Koggala

Koggala is a small coastal town, situated at the edge of a lagoon on the south coast. It has one of the longest beaches in Sri Lanka, and is located in close proximity to the popular tourist resort of Unawatuna, Koggala in comparison is relatively uncluttered as a tourist destination and mostly unexplored. The hotel that we recommend in this city is:

The Fortress

Hikkaduwa

Hikkaduwa's beach and night life make it a popular tourist destination. It is a well-known international destination for board-surfing, and is known to be the second best spot for surfing in Sri Lanka. And with the coral sanctuary just around the corner, there’s something here for everyone. Some of the hotels that we recommend in this city are:

Tranz by Cinnamon
Citrus Hikkaduwa
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Tranz by Cinnamon
Citrus Hikkaduwa
Bansei by Hotel J' type="text">Hikkaduwa's beach and night life make it a popular tourist destination. It is a well-known international destination for board-surfing, and is known to be the second best spot for surfing in Sri Lanka. And with the coral sanctuary just around the corner, there’s something here for everyone. Some of the hotels that we recommend in this city are:

Tranz by Cinnamon
Citrus Hikkaduwa
Bansei by Hotel J

Unawatuna

Unawatuna is a major tourist attraction in Sri Lanka and famous for its beautiful beach and corals. With flawless crescent of golden sand that swept along a palm-lined shore with turquoise waters, this city is the beach and surfing enthusiast’s paradise. Some of the hotels that we recommend in this city are:

Unawatuna Beach Resort
Coco Bay

Weligama

The name Weligama, literally means "sandy village" which refers to the area's sandy sweep bay. There are a number of sites of historical importance within Weligama and its vicinity, including a 3 metres high bas-relief statue of Bodhisattva Avalokiteśvara, carved into the surrounding rock, between the 6th-9th century AD. Some of the hotels that we recommend in this city are:

Mandara Resort
Mirissa Hills'' type="text">
Mandara Resort
Mirissa Hills'' type="text">The name Weligama, literally means "sandy village" which refers to the area's sandy sweep bay. There are a number of sites of historical importance within Weligama and its vicinity, including a 3 metres high bas-relief statue of Bodhisattva Avalokiteśvara, carved into the surrounding rock, between the 6th-9th century AD. Some of the hotels that we recommend in this city are:

Mandara Resort
Mirissa Hills'

Induruwa

Beautiful and low-key with un-crowded beaches, offering a scenic village life and a comfortable distance to Colombo and some of the major tourist hot-spots along Sri Lanka’s Western and South Western Coasts, makes Induruwa a prime destination not only for those looking to relax their mind and body but also for travellers looking for adventure. Located 70km away from Colombo, Induruwa is also an excellent starting point for excursions and day trips. Some of the hotels that we recommend in this city are:

Emerald Bay Hotel
Induruwa Beach Hotel

Sinharaja

Sinharaja is one of the famed national parks and a biodiversity hotspots in Sri Lanka. It is of international significance and has been designated a Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The reserve's name translates as Lion Kingdom. Some of the hotels that we recommend in this city are:

Rain Forest Eco Lodge
Boulder Garden Hotel'' type="text">
Rain Forest Eco Lodge
Boulder Garden Hotel'' type="text">Sinharaja is one of the famed national parks and a biodiversity hotspots in Sri Lanka. It is of international significance and has been designated a Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The reserve's name translates as Lion Kingdom. Some of the hotels that we recommend in this city are:

Rain Forest Eco Lodge
Boulder Garden Hotel'

Ahungalla

Ahungalla is known primarily for its sandy beach, accompanied by a wide palm belt, considered to be one of the best on the island. The hotel that we recommend in this city is:

Heritance Ahungalla

Arugam bay

Lovely Arugam Bay, a moon-shaped curl of soft sand, is home to a famed point break that many regard as the best surf spot in the country. It's a tiny place, with a population of a few hundred, and everything is dotted along a single road which parallels the coast. Some of the hotels that we recommend in this city are:

Plam Grove Holiday Inn
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Plam Grove Holiday Inn
Stardust Beach Hotel''' type="text">Lovely Arugam Bay, a moon-shaped curl of soft sand, is home to a famed point break that many regard as the best surf spot in the country. It's a tiny place, with a population of a few hundred, and everything is dotted along a single road which parallels the coast. Some of the hotels that we recommend in this city are:

Plam Grove Holiday Inn
Stardust Beach Hotel''

Bandarawela

Bandarawela, is a busy market town that makes a good base for exploring the surrounding area. Due to its agreeable climate, it’s a popular area to retire to. Each Sunday morning the town has a lively market. Tinted with a colonial past resting among lush forestation, this town has found its niche among its visitors as a base for eco-tourism. Some of the hotels that we recommend in this city are:

Bandarawela Hotel
Orient Hotel

Bentota

Bentota is a buzz of attractions all in one place. Not only is it a destination for watersports, but Bentota also delivers an ancient art of healing called Ayurveda. The town is famous for its toddy production, an alcoholic beverage made out of coconut nectar. It also has a turtle hatchery, meaning there’s something here for everyone! Some of the hotels that we recommend in this city are:

Avani Bentota Resort & Spa
Bentota Beach Hotel
Centara Ceysands Resort & Spa
Club Bentota
Vivanta by Taj
Club Villa
Saman Villas

Beruwela

Beruwala is the starting point of the 130 kilometres long stretch of beach. The bay around remains ideal for bathing almost for the whole year. With attractions such as the brief-gardens, the house and garden of landscape architect Bevis Bawa, developed since 1929 and fishing harbours to watch the fishing boats being unloaded, Beruwala is a must0visit town. Some of the hotels that we recommend in this city are:

Cinnamon Bay
Eden Resort & Spa
Club Palm Garden
The Palms

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  • All went very smoothly and we had a wonderful time.  The itinerary was perfect and we loved the fact that we could change it if we chose to.  All the accommodation was lovely….

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    Just a short note to express our thanks for an excellent tour. We so appreciated all your details and work behind the scene to make it a special event for us all. It was well paced and we enjoyed the variety of hotels and locations. Ben our guide was very knowledgeable and handled situations with a high level of professionalism.

     

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    We loved the trip so much-every day was great.
    You did a truly magnificent job
    and when we get organised, will send you a few happy snaps.
    Loved the maiko dinner, the walking tours to temples in Kyoto and the dress ups.
    Kamikotchi was my favorite ryoken-alpine hotel has wow food, and baths.
    Great job
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    Kathryn
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    Thanks for all your help

    Diana Steve & Bianca
  • Nora
    Thanks very much for your email and assistance.
    We had a productive and very enjoyable trip, with the time in Scotland being the highlight.
    Everything went well and all arrangements connected well to each other.
    For your information, the only glitch was at the Hilton London Eurston, despite its great location, not up to standard. If I were you, I would cross them off your list.
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    Peter
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    Diana & Steve
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