Breathtaking vistas, palm-fringed golden beaches, peaceful hill country, abundant wildlife, ancient history and the wonderful, genuine people
Just off the east coast of India
lies the island of Sri Lanka, tear shaped and oozing with beautiful
beaches, lush rainforests, exotic wildlife and stunning mountain
vistas. It's the perfect place for a romantic honeymoon, or
visiting for a cultural and spiritual experience and is
world-renowned for its welcoming people and excellent
Holding the record for the most Unesco World Heritage Sites in a
small area, Sri Lanka boasts eight of the accolades. The island has
been inhabited for more than 2,000 years, yet only now is it
becoming a 'go to' destination. And that's the beauty of this
special island - it's relatively undiscovered and just waiting to
cast you under its spell. Temples, ancient artefacts, fine colonial
buildings, plantation communities, rural idylls and rainforest
residences can all be found on Sri Lanka.
What to see
Colonial Columbo is the island's largest city but not its capital.
It's a wonderful place to begin a trip to Sri Lanka and offers a
hint of the past whilst looking keenly to the future. Capture the
essence of Sri Lanka in Colombo, as you drink in the clashing
colours and cultures of this stunning island. Here you can shop,
eat fine food and take in the history and culture for a day or so.
It's an ideal place from which to plan the rest of your stay and to
contemplate your surroundings.
- Stunning landscapes
- Beautiful beaches
Essential information about Sri Lanka.
Flight time from the UK (London) Approximately
Arrival Airport Bandaranaike International
Entry details (for British passport holders) A
short stay visa needs to be obtained before departure through an
online visa application process, the Electronic Travel Authority
(ETA). Charges apply. Passports need at least 6 months validity
from your date of entry. Before you depart, check the latest travel
advice at www.fco.gov.uk.
Time difference GMT +6 hours
Currency Sri Lanka Rupee.
Language English, Sinhala and Tamil.
Here to help
A local Signature representative will meet you at your arrival
airport and direct you to your pre-booked transfer vehicle. You'll
receive a welcome pack containing local information and all contact
details. A welcome meeting will be arranged at your hotel and
should you need advice during your stay, local representatives will
make scheduled visits
Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage
Sri Lankan people love their elephants and the beautiful creatures
are regarded as having almost sacred status. The Pinnawela Elephant
Orphanage was launched in 1975 and today is one of the world's most
well-respected facilities of its kind, known for its responsible
breeding programme and success in caring for the island's orphaned
or injured elephants. Visitors can watch the magnificent creatures
bathing, as the herd takes time to play and socialise.
The city of Kandy has a laid-back atmosphere and combines this
with a little culture, a smattering of history and a heap of lush
landscapes, making it a diverse place to indulge in some
sightseeing. Meander through the streets to find ramshackle yet
charming shops, a busy market and an array of restaurants and
places to rest your head
The climate in the Sri Lanka.
One thing you can count on with a
holiday in the Indian Ocean is beautiful, tropical weather. All
year round the Indian Ocean offers you days of sunshine, and in Sri
Lanka expect a few downpours warm temperatures - the ideal
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