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Sri Lanka

Rich wildlife, World Heritage ancient cities, tea plantations, national park safaris, unspoilt coastlines and, of course, the famous Sri Lankan curries


Presenting or Sri Lanka tours.

Known to early Arab traders as the Island of Serendipity and to the British colonists as Ceylon while Marco Polo, after a 13th-century visit, is said to have declared Sri Lanka to be “the finest island of its size in the world”. So we reckon that serendipity – meaning of course. a ‘fortuitous discovery’- is the perfect name for this magical island.

With a stunning coastline; picturesque forests, waterfalls and tea plantations of the hill country, spectacular national parks, the World Heritage Sites of the ‘Cultural Triangle’ – Sigiriya, Dambulla and Polonnaruwa – historic towns of Kandy, Galle and Nuwara Eliya, bountiful and accessible wildlife, plus a world-renowned, rich cuisine and super friendly inhabitants the island of Sri Lanka just about has it all.

There’s also a wealth of activities too, from cycling through 1,000-year-old ruined cities, hiking through lush forests, visiting tea and spice plantations, nosing through colourful local markets, jeep safaris through Wilpattu or Minneriya National Parks, hiking to World’s End in Horton Plains, sundowners on an idyllic beach or just hanging out and meeting the friendly residents in a local tea shop.

The island’s relatively small size, decent transport and accommodation infrastructure plus both west and east-facing coastlines, make Sri Lanka absolutely perfect for tours at any time of year.

Note also that, for those with more time, we can organise beach extensions, prior to or after our tours while Sri Lanka is also easily combined with a short flight to the Maldives for island and snorkelling/scuba diving options as well as our unusual off the beaten track Maldive Islands tour.

Sri Lanka


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Just a few of our favourite things to see, do and experience in Sri Lanka


UNESCO World Heritage sites - our tours cover no less than 7 of Sri Lanka's UNESCO inscribed sites; Dambulla, Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa, Anuradhapura, Galle, Kandy and the Central Highlands


The mountain capital - visit lakeside Kandy, nestled in the hills with its famous botanical gardens and prestigious Temple of the Tooth


Udawalawe National Park
Wildlife - including elephants, crocodiles, leopards, turtles, whales, dolphins plus exceptional birdlife


A mountain-top fortress - check-out the mysterious ruins atop a dramatic rock outcrop; take in the spectacular views from the summit plus of course the charming and enigmatic Cloud Maidens on your ascent


Food - discover the varied and justifiably reputed cuisine with its Indian, Arab and Southeast Asian influences but ultimately unqiue and original style

Culture and Customs

Knowing what to expect from local culture and customs will help you get more out of your Sri Lankan tour

Location, compass


The island of Sri Lanka, (formerly Ceylon) lies just to the southeast of the Indian mainland's Tamil Nadu State, between the Bay of Bengal to the northeast and the Indian Ocean to the south and west

Geography, rocks


Coastal regions are generally low-lying and humid with high, cool & lush mountains in the southern centre and an extensive dry zone to the north of the island

Climate, girl with parasol


A tropical climate with warm all year temperatures though highlands can get cool. Due to a complex geography weather is unpredictable but southwest monsoon is May-Oct & northeastern Dec-March

People, person


Sinhalese account for around 75% of the population with Muslims of Arab origin & Sri Lankan Tamils forming around 10% each. Indian Tamils, employed by the British to pick tea are the remaining 5%

Beliefs, monk


Approximately 70% of Sri Lankans are Theravada Buddhists with significant minorities of Hindus (12%), Muslims (10% ) and Christians (8%)

Food, mortar and pestle


Whether Sinhalese, Tamil or Muslim the clear food influences to a visitor are Indian. As an island, fish and seafood are important and with its southerly location coconut is an important element

Local Experts

Genuine local knowledge is what turns a good travel experience into an unfforgettable one. Here's our shout-out to the locals that help maket that happen.'


On top of over 10 year's guiding experience Amara is also a member of; the University of Colombo Ornithologist Group, Wild Life and Nature Protection Society of Sri Lanka and the Sri Lanka Archeology Soc. Not so bad references!


We're extremely lucky to know multi-talented Nandana since, as well as being one of our regular Sri Lankan tour leader, he also leads specialist wildife, birdwatching and food tours no less!

Things To Know

Useful information and practical tips you should know before you travel to Sri Lanka

Helpful Country Info

Official Name
Sri Lanka

Capital City

c 20 million

GMT +5.30

Sri Lankan Rupee

Banking Services
ATMs widely available

230V; sockets, 3 pin, square or round

WiFi in all hotels

3G/4G SIM cards available

Dialling Code

Sinhalese & Tamil with English widely spoken

Buddhist & Hindu with Muslim & Christian minorities

Frequently Asked Questions

Question #1

What is the best time to visit Sri Lanka?

Complex geography makes for complex micro-climates on this small island but generally speaking, temperature and rainfall vary little, apart from a dry season of December through to February. Our two itineraries are designed to reflect the best time of year at the places visited.

Question #2

What innoculations do I need?

For Sri Lanka, there are no compulsory inoculations – however, Hep A, Polio, Typhoid and Tetanus are recommended. If you are considering antimalarials we recommend you consult a health professional, but whatever you do or don’t do about antimalarials, we recommend a 50% DEET based insect repellent. A useful resource for information on travel health is

Question #3

Do you recommend your tours for people travelling on their own?

Our small group tours make ideal holidays for solo travellers. Small fully escorted groups, eating together, family style, no compulsory single supplements all go towards making you feel like you are travelling with a group of friends. If you don’t want to share then ask about single room supplements.

Question #4

If we book flights through you, which airlines do you use?

We are happy to book your flights from the UK to Columbo. There are no direct flights but we can offer a wide range of options, from regional airports as well as London using most major airlines – most often Sri Lanka Airlines or Emirates. Prices on the website are a guideline and we find the best prices and routes for you. Upgrades to Premium Economy or Business class are available.

Question #5

What’s your policy for tipping?

Tipping is discretionary. People always appreciate a gesture for their hard work and dedication but staff are paid and don’t rely on tips. It’s hard to give a guideline before a tour as it does depend on the group size. The tour leaders don’t collect money for tips but are happy to advise. What often works well is if the group appoint someone to collect and distribute tips on behalf of the whole group.

Question #6

How do I pay for the holiday, and is there a surcharge for credit cards?

We ask you to pay a 10% deposit upon booking your holiday with the balance being due 60 days prior to departure. There is no surcharge for paying by credit card. There is no charge for debit cards. We accept most major credit cards including American Express.

Packing Guide

Packing light is a virtue, it'll make getting around easier and gives you room for souvenirs and the special things you find along the way. Packing "as little as possible" doesn't mean you have to forego comfort and any items you may forget are usually available locally for a fraction of the price.

Weather and Climate

Sri Lanka Weather Chart