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Where to go in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka's main tourist beaches and best choice of hotels are found in the south west. We have an incredible wealth of knowledge and experience on Sri Lanka's main attractions and destinations, and some of our most senior travel experts have travelled extensively in the country. We even have two very proud natives onboard. Give us a call and we would be delighted to share our expertise with you.

To visit the more undiscovered corners of the country or take a specialist tour of historical and natural highlights, ask us to create a tailor-made itinerary for you. Alternatively, choose a multi-centre stay and combine tropical beaches with cultural adventures in Sri Lanka or other popular nearby destinations.

The city of Negombo is a favourite with holidaymakers owing to its natural beauty, range of top quality hotels and all inclusive resorts. Beyond its golden beaches, you'll find historical churches, forts and temples, as well as the Muthurajawela marshland (home to over 190 species of wildlife). The markets on Kochikade road and the daily fish auctions are other good reasons to visit. It's an ideal destination for beach lovers and culture vultures!

The beautiful beach town of Kalutara boasts fantastic beaches, great watersports and gorgeous scenery. Famous for its historical and cultural riches, take an excursion to see the ancient fortifications dating back to the colonial era, as well as magnificent Buddhist temples and handicraft stalls.

For cultural immersion as well as a relaxing beach holiday, the town of Beruwala has a reef-protected shore and fabulous beachfront hotels. Here you can see the island's first mosques and the ancient Kande Viharaya Buddhist Temple. Downtown Beruwala is great for shopping and the nearby turtle hatchery is very popular for adults and children.

The busy coastal capital of Colombo is rich in colourful markets, beautiful gardens and colonial heritage. A good place to come to for fine dining and souvenir shopping, it makes a great contrast to a rural Sri Lankan getaway. A couple of days' visit perfectly complements a longer beach holiday.

In the heart of Sri Lanka, the sacred city of Kandy is renowned for its cultural richness and scenic splendour. Set in Sri Lanka's beautiful Hill Country, this unique city is a world away from the beach resorts and coastal conurbations yet included in many of our scenic Sri Lankan tours, like the very popular "Best of Sri Lanka Tour". The elephant orphanage, waterfalls and ancient temples found here are amongst Kandy's many attractions.

Take a trip into nature at one of Sri Lanka's National Parks. In the south west, Udawalawe National Park and Yala National Park are the places to go to see elephants, leopards, crocodiles and monitor lizards, as well as sloth bears, mongoose, barking deer and many other exotic animal species. These exotic parks offer plenty of opportunity for taking some memorable holiday snaps.

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Pure relaxation

The stunning sands at Kalutara, south of Colombo, are the perfect place to stretch out and soak up the Sri Lankan sun. A choice of divine boutique hotels and all inclusive resorts, coupled with the bustling village atmosphere here, make Kalutara all the more alluring.

Natural wonders and wildlife

No nature lover should leave Sri Lanka without visiting at least one of its National Parks. Udawalawe and Yala National Park are our favourites. A quick consultation with our Sri Lanka experts will help you find a way of seeing more on a dedicated wildlife tour.

Non-stop culture

The hill country city of Kandy is the place to experience the 'real' Sri Lanka, away from the coastal holiday hotspots. Immerse yourself in the culture of Sri Lanka with an overnight stay here or speak to our travel advisers about combining a tour of Kandy with time on the beach.

Family friendly

The extensive choice of resorts and huge range of child-friendly hotel facilities at Beruwala are ideal for families seeking beach relaxation whilst the kids are kept entertained. There's a good choice of activities and attractions for guests of all ages here, as well as cultural and historical sights on offer within easy reach.

Nightlife and entertainment

For the biggest dose of night time entertainment, spend some time in Colombo. Here you'll find everything from Irish pubs and cinemas, to cultural performances and nightclubs, which tend to be located in the city's top hotels.

A bit of everything

The city of Negombo is a great choice if you fancy combining time on the beach with natural beauty and historic buildings. It's also easy to take a day out to visit protected marshlands or you might prefer to visit the capital city of Colombo, just a short trip away and a must see destination.

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Places of interest in Sri Lanka

Depending on the type of location you want, the kind of facilities you'd like to find and the proximity to certain attractions, we have a good number of areas for you to choose from and stay at during your holiday.

Whether you want a pumping and energetic beachside retreat, a tranquil setting in a secluded cove, a hillside resort perched in the midst of nature, or a strategic central location close to civilisation and buzzing city life, nightclubs, theme parks and other kinds of leisure attractions, we can advise you on the best places for you.

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