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Uncover ancient temples and ruins, amazing wildlife sanctuaries, pristine beaches, and remarkable natural landscapes, all crammed in the spectacular island country of Sri Lanka.

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Helpful Information

When to visit

Sri Lanka is a tropical island nation dictated by two alternating monsoon seasons. Planning ahead is highly advisable so you know which part of the country is dry during your visit. Nevertheless, it can be seen as an all year-round holiday destination because clear blue skies and sunny days can be enjoyed even during the wet season.

High Season (December to March)

  • The Hill Country and the west & south coast beaches are busiest and driest.
  • The Maha monsoon season (October to January) keeps the East, North and ancient cities wet.

Shoulder (April and from September to November)

  • April and September offer the best odds for good weather countrywide.
  • A good time to wander without a set schedule.

Low Season (May to August)

  • The Yala monsoon season (May to August) brings rain to the south and west coasts plus the Hill Country.
  • The weather in the North and East is best.

Things to Do in Sri Lanka

Book a Sri Lanka holiday package to enjoy the country’s fun and exciting activities.

Did you know that the household staple Lipton Tea originates from the tea fields of Sri Lanka? Grab the chance to visit the country’s sprawling tea estates, watch the meticulous pickers at work and taste tea right from the source.  

Dalawella Beach is one of the many world-famous destinations where travellers can enjoy breathtaking sunsets. This beach has a famous swing where you can ride and take scenic shots with a mesmerising backdrop.

If you want a fun-filled day of hiking and sightseeing, make your way to Diyaluma Falls, the second biggest waterfall in the country. The falls are just an hour away from Ella. Diyaluma Falls is worth the trip with its many epic views and natural infinity pools.
 

Must-visit Attractions in Sri Lanka

This country has numerous magnificent tourist attractions. Each splendid spot, historical site, and natural wonder is more picture-perfect than the next. The country is a holiday destination that will surely not disappoint!

Ella is a charming and quaint village tucked amongst the green hills and majestic waterfalls of the Sri Lankan high country. This simple hamlet shows the Sinhalese and Tamil cultures of Sri Lanka coexisting with its colonial heritage. It is also known for its hiking paths that trekkers should not miss out on. 

Explore the ancient ruins of Polonnaruwa and be captivated by the well-preserved tombs, temples and stupas. This ancient city is the ideal place to immerse yourself in the country’s rich history and culture. Know how the country came to be when you go to its many historical spots.
 

Best Time to Visit Sri Lanka

The weather in this country is diverse thanks to its two alternating monsoon seasons. Plan your itinerary before booking our Sri Lanka holiday packages to get the most of your visit.
The southwestern monsoon brings rain to the southwest regions of the country from May to November and remains dry the rest of the year. Meanwhile, the northeastern monsoon affects the north and eastern coastal areas, bringing rain to this small country from October to January and is dry from May to September. Travellers should still expect unpredictable weather during their trips.
 

Known Destinations in Sri Lanka

Explore the many known destinations as you book our Sri Lanka holiday deals.

Standing proud between Ella and Demodara railway stations is the magnificent Nine Arch Bridge or the “Bridge in the Sky.” A train ride from Kandy proves that sometimes, it’s as much about the journey as the destination. Other travellers can also trek around the surrounding jungle areas and tea plantations and marvel at its unparalleled beauty.

Adam’s Peak is one of the many UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Land of Helas. Its name stems from the belief that this mountain is where Adam first set foot on Earth after being cast out of heaven. The climb is undeniably challenging, but reaching the summit is worth it. 

Avoid the rush of the city and lay back on a hammock in the beautiful village of Mirissa, a serene beach hideaway popular among many tourists. You can get a closer view of the locals’ way of life and go whale watching while trying out authentic Sri Lankan cuisine during your stay.
 

Best Hotels in Sri Lanka

Our Sri Lanka holiday deals let you check in the most luxurious accommodations and boutique hotels in the country.

The Anantara Kalutara Resort is just an hour away by car from Colombo. This resort is situated on a secluded beachfront where the Indian Ocean meets the Kalu Ganga River. It is the only luxury resort in the country that offers a perfect 360° view of the ocean and lagoon for that much-needed escape.

Nestled on a hill beside a beach in Galle is a five-star luxury resort ideal for events and relaxation. The Taj Bentota Resort and Spa has modern amenities and flaunts a colonial-inspired architecture, such as red-tiled roofs and spacious interiors. Outside every room is an awe-inspiring view of lush gardens and the relaxing beachfront.
 

Post Lockdown in Sri Lanka

Travellers wanting to go to Sri Lanka need a mandatory COVID-19 insurance cover. If you are fully vaccinated, you won’t need to undergo quarantine on arrival or present a negative PCR or rapid antigen test. Take note that select airlines may still require you to give a negative PCR test before boarding. Travellers should also make sure their proof of vaccination is in English.

COVID-19 health-related measures are still mandatory, such as face masks and social distancing. The government may also impose curfew and travel restrictions at short notice.
 

Flying to Sri Lanka

The country’s capital Colombo has two airports: Bandaranaike International Airport, the first airport with major domestic and international airlines on its runaway and Ratmalana Airport, located approximately 15 kilometres south of the capital.

The average flight from Australia to Sri Lanka takes around nine hours. The only nonstop flight between these two countries is from Melbourne via Sri Lankan Airlines. Other flights will have layovers in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok and other neighbouring countries. 
 

About Sri Lanka

Welcome to Sri Lanka! Staying true to its name, which means the resplendent island, Sri Lanka offers extraordinary experiences to fill your soul with great memories and bliss. A precious gem in the Indian Ocean, the country is amongst the top in the world for biodiversity and astounding natural landscapes. For years, travellers have passed overhead to someplace else but now, more and more people are discovering the irresistible charms of Sri Lanka.

The capital

Colombo, the capital city and bustling commercial hub of Sri Lanka, is the perfect launchpad of all the amazing adventures you want to experience in the country. As the biggest and most developed city, it offers a wide array of activities you can try before venturing out to the beautiful provinces. Enjoy bargain shopping in Pettah, bask in the sun on Mount Lavinia’s golden beach, visit the Gangaramaya Temple, or simply relax on Galle Face Green urban park whilst eating some shrimp fritters with a fresh lime juice.

Ancient cities

With an intriguing history spanning over 3,000 years, Sri Lanka has a rich cultural heritage evident from the well-preserved ruins found in its hauntingly ancient cities listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The most famed of all is the sacred kingdom of Anuradhapura, the royal capital of 113 successive kings who built grand palaces, opulent gardens, and enormous Buddhist shrines. It is the home of the oldest living tree in the world, the Sacred Bo tree of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi. You will also find here some of the world’s greatest Buddhist monuments including the Ruwanweliseya, Jetavanaramaya and Abhayagiri stupas. Another fascinating attraction is the ancient city and fortress of Sigiriya, also known as the Lion Rock, famous for the palace ruins on top of its massive rock dominating the lush jungle from all sides. When it comes to brilliantly preserved archaeological relics, Polonnaruwa is the best bet. Highlights of this incredible city include the Gal Viharaya sculptures, the shrine of Lankatilaka, and the ruins at the Sacred Quadrangle. Meanwhile, surrounded by lush greenery in the peaceful countryside, the large city of Kandy is known for Temple of the Tooth Relic where the sacred tooth of Buddha is kept. Another holy place you should not miss is in the humble town of Dambulla. Perched on a majestic hill on the edge of town, the Rangiri Dambulla Cave Temple is the largest and best-preserved cave-temple complex in the country. Moving on towards Sri Lanka’s breathtaking coast, you will find Galle with its fortified old town. This coastal town’s Galle Fort showcases an amazing collection of colonial structures.

Wildlife sightings

On top of its rich cultural heritage, Sri Lanka also boasts an impressively high rate of endemic species, making it one of the best places in the world to see and observe wildlife. The country is absolutely an exotic flora and fauna paradise! Enjoy sightings of wild elephants, leopards, colourful peacocks, sambar deer, water buffaloes, toque macaque monkeys, langurs and other rare species. The most popular wildlife sanctuaries to visit include Yala National Park, Udawalawe National Park, Kumana National Park, and Sinharaja Forest Reserve. Sri Lanka’s waters are also home to blue whales and dolphins. Dondra Point and Mirissa are some of the best locations to spot these amazing creatures.

Stunning beaches

Temples and elephants are just the tip of the iceberg! Sri Lanka’s beaches are also one of a kind. For a relaxing holiday away from the hustle and bustle, you may travel to the picture-perfect coastal areas of Unawatuna, Bentota, Hikkaduwa, Kalpitiya, Negombo and Tangalle. Laze under the sun and try thrilling water activities like snorkelling, scuba diving, parasailing and windsurfing. If you’re a surfing beast who came in search of the best waves, then the stunning Arugam Bay is the perfect place for you. While its long right-hand point break attracts surfers, its small, laid-back beach scene lures families and honeymooners for a wonderful time on the East Coast. The sleepy fishing town of Weligama is another great destination for beach lovers. The waves here are ideal for novice surfers and you will be amazed to see fishermen sitting on wooden poles, a couple of metres above the water, while skilfully targeting their fish.

The Hill Country

Travelling through Sri Lanka’s Hill Country is probably the closest you get to Nirvana. It is a breathtaking land made of emerald peaks and rolling hills draped in tea plantations. Enjoy a scenic rail journey between Nuwara Eliya and Ella, admiring panoramic views of forest-green mountain ranges; take an easy hike to Little Adam’s Peak; or drive across Kandy, watching out for every crashing waterfalls found in almost every bend of the road. Visit a tea plantation up in the hills of Baddegama or in Hatton and enjoy a cup of freshly brewed Ceylon tea to complete the experience.

Why we love it!

Heritage

With a history expanding over 3000 years, Sri Lanka is home to some of the world’s most ancient cities including Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and Digamadulla; their once glorious townships, palaces, temples, monasteries, hospitals and theatres intricately carved and modelled out of stone lay and abandoned and forgotten with time amidst the soaring jungles.

Festive

With a population composed with many races and religions, Sri Lanka is never short of festivals and celebrations. Every month brings a celebration either of religious or cultural importance, making Sri Lanka one of the countries with highest number of celebrations and holidays.

Thrills

With varying climates and Geography packed into a small island Sri Lanka offers a range of adventures from the top of the mountains to the depths of the oceans.

Scenic

Despite being a relatively small island, Sri Lanka is endowed with a diverse collection of landscapes, climates and natural features. Sri Lanka’s infamous beaches have been enticing visitors for many years. However, the rest of the island harbours many more idyllic vistas.

Pristine

With nearly 1600 km of of palm fringed Coastline baked to perfection surrounding the country Sri Lanka is the ideal destination for beach bums worldwide. May it be windsurfing, kayaking, yachting, water skiing, scuba diving or jut lazing around for the perfect tan, Sri Lanka offers it all.

Wild

Despite its small size Sri Lanka boasts one of the highest rates of biological endemism in the world whether its plants or animals and is included among the top five biodiversity hotspots in the world.

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