Sri Lanka holiday ideas

5 Sri Lanka holiday ideas we love

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“It’s got something for everyone” isn’t a cliche when it comes to Sri Lanka holiday ideas. It really does. Ancient kingdom exploring for the history buffs. Goosebump-prompting elephant sightings for the wildlife lovers. Hidden Robinson Crusoe’esque beaches for the sun-worshippers. And some of the best food on earth for the foodies. And all of this is woven together by some of the most friendly local people you could ever hope to encounter.

Sri Lanka has been exceptionally popular so far this year – and we’re not surprised at all! Dive in below to 5 of our favourite holiday ideas for exploring this teardrop-shaped gem of an island. (Remember, everything is bespoke with us, so this is just a taster).


Discover the magic for yourself on these 5 Sri Lanka holiday ideas


Ultimate Sri Lanka – 21 days

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Experience Ultimate Sri Lanka, our most jam-packed Sri Lanka holiday idea itinerary! From ancient wonders to hidden gems, experience the diverse richness of this island paradise. You’ll discover Anuradhapura’s history, the newfound charm of Jaffna, and the untouched beauty of the east coast. Spend time exploring Sigiriya, Dambulla, Polonnaruwa, and Kandy’s ancient cities. Lose yourself in tea plantations, encounter leopards in Yala National Park, and stroll through Galle’s colonial streets. Brace for an unforgettable journey!

1 night Negombo – 1 night Anuradhapura – 2 nights Jaffna – 1 night Trincomalee East Coast Beach – 2 nights Sigiriya – 2 nights Kandy – 3 nights Tea Country (with train) – 1 night Yala National Park – 2 nights Galle – 3 nights Southwest Coast Beach – 1 night Colombo


Sri Lanka’s Hidden Gems – 17 days

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There’s something extra special about exploring the path less travelled on your holidays. We’re huge advocates of always visiting the highlights (they’re highlights for a reason!), but there’s so much magic to be found when you dig a little deeper. Visit a working coconut plantation, share homecooked meals with local families and meet the indigenous tribes of Gal Oya National Park on this 17-day holiday.

1 night Horathapola Estate- 2 nights Wilpattu National Park – 2 nights Jaffna – 2 nights Sigiriya – 3 nights Pasikudah Beach – 2 nights Gal Oya National Park – 2 nights Knuckles Mountains – 1 night Gampaha

Sri Lanka Family Holiday – 14 days

Sri Lanka family holiday


Families and memory making is at the heart of this Sri Lanka holiday idea. Your two weeks will be packed full of wild elephant sightings, cave temples, ancient rock fortresses, whale-watching, diving trips, kayaking adventures and beach fun. The kids will want to join you on holidays forever more after this one!

3 nights Sigiriya – 5 nights Trincomalee Beach – 3 nights Digana/Knuckles – 1 night Colombo

Express Sri Lanka – 11 days

Pushed for time? No problem. We’d always recommend carving out as much time as possible for your Sri Lanka holiday (it’s worth it!). But, if 11 days are your goal, we’ve got you covered. This whistlestop Sri Lanka holiday takes in the sacred and historic city of Kandy, then sees you flying through the tea hills on one of the most beautiful train rides on earth. Then you’ll be spotting wildlife in Udawalawe National Park before winding up sunning yourself on a sandy southwest beach. This holiday is short, but perfectly formed.

1 night Negombo – 2 nights Kandy – 2 nights Tea Country – 1 night Udawalawe National Park – 3 nights Southwest Coast Beach


Sri Lanka and the Maldives – 14 days

Sri Lanka and The Maldives


If you’re looking for a holiday that ticks all of the memorable holiday tick boxes, this is it. You’ll explore two of Sri Lanka’s great ancient cities, Sigiriya and Kandy. You’ll get the chance to spot countless wild elephants in Minneriya National Park. You’ll hop on a stunning train ride through the tea country. And last – but absolutely not least – you’ll find yourself unwinding in absolute paradise on a Maldives beach. That doesn’t sound too shabby to us!

2 nights Sigiriya – 2 nights Kandy – 2 nights Tea Country – 1 night Colombo – 5 nights Maldives Beach




Travel is what we do and we’re never happier than when we’re designing completely bespoke, tailor-made adventures for you. So, give us a call on 01242 253 073 to chat to our Sri Lanka experts, Rebecca and Lisa, about getting your dream Sri Lanka holiday in the diary – we’re here to help!