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Stunning Sri Lanka holidays 2021
Surrounded by the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka is a beautiful island with a lot to offer. If you’re looking for some fun in the sun in 2021 then Sri Lanka holidays are ideal for you. With perfect picturesque beaches, unique cultural cities, enchanting temples and spectacular rainforests, this is the place to visit. Sri Lanka’s rich cultural history will keep you mesmerised throughout your trip, especially when visiting one of the ancient capital ruins or the bustling city of Colombo.
The scenic beauty of this nation is at its best in the Central Province of the country, decorated by tea plantations, waterfalls and valleys, while in the far south you’ll encounter the sprawling Yala National Park, famed for its wildlife. This exotic paradise is home to no less than eight UNESCO World Heritage sites, which contain a wealth of lush mountain terrain and magnificent wildlife.
Of course, no cheap holidays to Sri Lanka are complete without a trip to the beach. There is 1,500km of beautiful coastline, which feature pristine golden beaches and stunning turquoise waters. From Trincomalee to Galle, topping up that tan and trying your hand at some of the water sports on offer couldn't be easier on the island’s beautiful coastline.
If you want to discover the island’s past, Sri Lanka holidays provide a number of amazing historical and cultural sites to explore. The nation’s rich history can be seen in various locations, like Buddhist temples, ancient rock sculptures, fortresses and palaces.
Why book Sri Lanka holidays
Discover the best beaches
You'll love the stretches of sandy shores from Negombo to Galle
Lush natural wonders
Sri Lanka boasts leafy, green mountains and wonderful tea plantations
Sample the local food
When in Sri Lanka, it is a must to tuck into the local spicy flavours
Must-visit historical sites
Check out the ancient fortress perched atop Sigiriya Rock
Cultural hotspot not to miss
Dambulla Royal Cave Temple is a World Heritage Site, as well as the largest and best-preserved of its kind
Great national parks
Yala National Park is perfect for safaris - try and spot all the animal from birds to leopards
Top resorts in Sri Lanka
Negombo is a beautiful beach resort on the western coast of Sri Lanka, just a short drive north of Columbo. …From £704 per person
Colombo in Sri Lanka, AsiaFrom £673 per person
Induruwa in Sri Lanka, AsiaFrom £738 per person
Bentota in Sri Lanka, AsiaFrom £758 per person
Galle in Sri Lanka, AsiaFrom £858 per person
Located in the south of Sri Lanka, Hikkaduwa is a small town that attracts many tourists every year. Although it …From £752 per person
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Your guide to Sri Lanka holidays
There are countless things to do in the diverse Sri Lanka, catering for each and every type of visitor, offering adventure, discovery and relaxation. Sri Lanka’s attractions create exciting and ever-changing holidays full of adventure, intrigue and beauty. The aspects that lure holidaymakers to this fascinating country are found in the island’s diverse landscapes which boast idyllic beaches, dramatic highlands and wildlife-rich rainforests. Combine this with the country’s rich cultural and religious heritage, discovered through ancient capital ruins, gorgeous temples and UNESCO World Heritage Sites and you have a holiday destination that is desirable beyond any other.
Harking back to its past, Sri Lanka has a wealth of ancient sights to explore. The famous Sigiriya, also known as Lion Rock, is a stone monument that rises up in the cultural heart of Sri Lanka. There are remnants of an ancient city scattered around it. Polonnaruwa and Anuradhapura are two other ruined cities that are worth a visit, as well as the Dutch Fort in Galle. The Sacred Temple of the Tooth is home to a Buddhist relic and also worth discovering.
If you want to see some of the local wildlife, Minneriya National Park Safari has an array of elephants, magnificent birds and other wild animals. During an open top jeep tour, you will get up close to the 24 species of mammals that inhabit the park. If you want to see more elephants, then head to the Elephant Transit Home in Udawalawe National Park. The elephant rehabilitation treats orphaned and injured elephants, who are then prepared to be released back into the wild.
Thanks to the year round sunshine, you can expect lots of beach days on your holidays in Sri Lanka.
For the ultimate peaceful beach paradise, heading to Bentota, just a few kilometres south of Beruwela, will satisfy your sand urges. There are also some great water sports on offer at the beach, with windsurfing, jet skiing and kayaking all available to those that can’t sit still on the sand for too long.
Soft white sand and crystal clear waters are the order of the day at the resort of Beruwela. Located just south of Colombo and boasting some of the island's best beaches, they are perfect for both relaxing on the sand and taking to the water. Thanks to its calm, clear waters, both diving and snorkelling are very popular activities to indulge in during your holidays.
Further to the south near the cultural destination of Galle, you’ll find the beach resort of Unawatuna. The beach here is one of the country’s most beautiful gems, with a long strip of sand and stunning coral beneath the waves ready for you to explore.
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