Sri Lanka is a beautiful Indian Ocean island with all sorts of amazing holiday highlights; there’s over 1000 miles of coastline lined with blissful beaches and crystal-clear waters, plenty of sunshine throughout the year, thrilling outdoor adventures and captivating cultural centres, to name a few. Is Sri Lanka on your bucket list? We offer superb deals on luxury holidays to Sri Lanka including inclusive packages to premium hotels in Kandy, Colombo and Nuwara Eliya.
Sri Lanka is one of Asia’s top hiking destinations with boundless trails, many of which pass by breath-taking natural wonders such as waterfalls, paddy fields, tea gardens and mountains. There are hiking routes to suit all fitness levels here, from easy strolls to challenging treks. Sri Lanka is also an incredible wildlife spotting destination and one of the world’s top biodiversity hotspots with plenty of national parks, nature reserves and marine parks.
As well as stunning beaches and nature, Sri Lanka is also filled with historic charm. The country dates back over 2000 years and is home to a number of heritage sites such as fortresses, city ruins and temples. The iconic Sigiriya Rock is located in Sri Lanka; this UNESCO World Heritage Site rises from the jungle with impressive frescoes and rock art. Make your travel dreams come true with a getaway to Sri Lanka. Book today!
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Bentota is a charming resort town situated on the south-west coast of Sri Lanka, best known for its glistening Buddhist temples and long stretch of coastline adorned with some of the finest beaches in Sri Lanka. Bentota is also a fantastic culinary hub with mouth-watering local and international cuisine to sample in various eateries, from local beach shacks to fine dine restaurants. Seafood is popular in Bentota, so expect to see lots of seafood restaurants here serving fresh produce.
This authentic tourist destination is a paradise for thrill seekers with boundless water activities to enjoy, including windsurfing, jet skiing, sailing, fishing, and diving. There are some epic dive sites in Bentota all around its coastline allowing you to discover exotic flora and fauna; Canoe Rock is a particularly popular site, renowned for its rich coral. Another must-experience attraction in Bentota is the Sea Turtle Protection Association, which introduces you to the conservation of turtles and allows you a possible opportunity to release baby turtles into the ocean.
A trip to Bentota is incomplete without exploring the town’s Benthara Galapatha Raja Maha Vihara temple, an ancient structure with stunning murals, statues, a 25ft sleeping Buddha, and a Buddhist tooth relic. The Kande Viharaya is another sacred temple worth exploring with plenty of frescoes, life-size statues and sculptures, as well as an image chamber and historic Bo Tree. Book holidays to Bentota with Brightsun Travel and look forward to lots of once-in-a-lifetime experiences in this amazing Sri Lankan town.
Colombo, the colourful Sri Lankan capital is usually visited as a stopover destination as it’s the gateway to Sri Lanka’s beach hotspots, though we recommend that you dedicate an entire trip here as there’s so much to see and do - the city is blossoming into a sought after tourist destination. Colombo is surrounded by jungle, beaches and tea plantations and is renowned for its historic sites, bustling marketplaces, pretty parks and trendy art galleries, plus tantalising street food. We have some great offers on luxury holidays to Colombo that you can check out today.
Colombo is a city steeped in rich history; visiting here is like stepping back in time several centuries… There are lots of stunning ancient monuments to admire including mosques, temples and renovated heritage buildings. Must-see sites include the Jami Ul-Alfar Mosque aka the Red Mosque of Sri Lanka which is one of the city’s oldest mosques and the Gangaramaya Temple, one of the city’s oldest Buddhist temples which now hosts as a museum, educational centre and place of worship.
There are many lush green spaces within the city, so there’s always somewhere serene to retreat to. The beachside Galle Face Green is one to note which is a famous sunset viewing spot, as is Viharamahadevi Park, the largest park in the city with lots of beautiful plants, trees, waterways, walkways and leisure attractions. From Colombo you can enjoy a day trip to Mount Lavinia Beach, a picturesque stretch of coastline less than a 45 minute drive from the city.
Kandy is a laidback city and sacred pilgrimage site located in the heart of Sri Lanka. Here you can explore lots of exotic flora and fauna at tropical rainforests, encounter the city’s warm and friendly locals, browse bustling streets, marvel at impressive sightseeing landmarks, and admire lush verdant landscapes. Brightsun are travel specialists offering cheap holidays to Kandy, featuring flights with world-renowned airlines and accommodation in some of the city’s top hotels and resorts.
Once capital of the ancient kings, Kandy is now one of Sri Lanka’s most culturally and historically significant destinations. The fascinating culture of Kandy is influenced by Buddhism, and there are many traditional festivals celebrated in the city with fun arts and cultural dance performances. Kandy is also home to charming historical structures, including the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, the most important Buddhist site in Sri Lanka believed to contain a tooth of the sacred Gautama Buddha.
Kandy is also renowned for its spectacular tea plantation settings and has great importance in the country’s tea production. The city is located within close proximity to many tea growing regions, so you can pay one a visit, receive a glimpse into tea manufacturing, and sample some freshly brewed Ceylon tea. Whichever kind of holiday you are looking for in this stunning Sri Lankan city, Brightsun Travel offers a wide range of cheap holidays to Kandy, so you can look forward to the trip of a lifetime.
Nuwara Eliya is a beautiful and charming city located in the heart of the Sri Lanka’s hill country. The region boasts several mountains, lush green tea plantations, cascading waterfalls, national parks and many more scenic sights as well as a rich heritage and culture. Nuwara Eliya has a serene and peaceful vibe and it’s nicknamed as Little England, because the community was once a popular retreat for the British due to its cool climate. Nuwara Eliya now resembles a British country town with a golf course, post office, Tudor-style hotels and colonial-era buildings. The Grand Hotel in Nuwara Eliya is an excellent 4-star colonial-style hotel which overlooks pretty rose gardens with outdoor seating. It’s the perfect accommodation choice for your holiday to Nuwara Eliya. Whether you want to visit for a long weekend or an entire fortnight, Brightsun Travel has a great range of cheap holidays to Nuwara Eliya to suit a range of travellers. Those on the lookout for a cultural experience and something a little bit different should also visit the colourful Seetha Amman Temple; a remarkable Hindu structure located amidst pine trees and misty mountains. The shrine is included in many legends, so it’s definitely worth a visit.
Another must-visit attraction in Nuwara Eliya is the Pedro Tea Factory. Here you can enjoy a guided tour and learn about the tea-making process, sample freshly-brewed tea and generally enjoy a cultural and educational experience. From the Pedro Tea Factory you can take a hike up to Lovers Leap - an impressive waterfall featuring spectacular views of the city. Next amongst the best things to see in Nuwara Eliya are its glorious strawberry fields. During certain seasons visitors can walk through the fields and pick their own strawberries as well as enjoy a tractor tour. An afternoon spent in Victoria Park is definitely worthwhile, as you can enjoy a picnic in pleasant open spaces amidst an array of colourful blooms and rare bird species. Away from the scenic routes of Nuwara Eliya is the bustling Central Street Market on New Bazaar Street which is a great stop for outdoor shopping selling bargain goods including winter clothing, flowers, fruit and vegetables and different types of tea. Contact Brightsun Travel and explore our exclusive holidays to Nuwara Eliya which are available all year round.
Currency: You’ll be spending Sri Lankan Rupees.
Language: There are two official languages in Sri Lanka: Sinhalese and Tamil.
Local Time: 5 hours and 30 minutes ahead of GMT.
Flight Time from the UK: Approximately 10 hours and 30 minutes from London.
Tourist Information: Visit the official Sri Lanka tourist information site for lots of helpful information regarding upcoming events, where to go, what to do, and how to get around..
Health/Travel Restrictions: To travel to Sri Lanka, British citizens need a valid passport and an Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA). For up-to-date travel advice and health recommendations visit the government’s Sri Lanka travel advice.
A: Visitors to Sri Lanka must apply for an Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA).
A: Yes, Sri Lanka is generally considered to be safe to visit on holiday. The country enjoys low levels of crime and has a low threat from terrorism. However, it is important to exercise caution as in any destination, and travellers should be aware of their surroundings at all times.
A: The best time to visit Sri Lanka on holiday is from December to April during the dry season. This is when you can expect warm and sunny weather, perfect for outdoor activities such as hiking, exploring national parks, and relaxing on the beach. The off-season months of May to September can be quite wet, so it's not ideal for those wanting a beach holiday.
Holidaymakers visiting Bentota will find plenty to do and explore, from sunbathing on golden sands to exploring the nearby wetlands. Adrenaline-seekers can take part in water sports such as surfing and kite surfing, while nature lovers can observe the local wildlife at the Turtle Hatchery or explore the coral reefs. There are also plenty of cultural attractions to discover, such as historic temples, colonial mansions, and bustling markets. Shopping enthusiasts can find a wide range of goods in Bentota's many shops, while foodies can sample delicious Sri Lankan cuisine at one of the local restaurants or cafes.
Visitors to Colombo can explore historical sites such as the Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple, Colombo Fort, and Old Parliament Building. The bustling markets of Pettah provide an array of spices and colourful clothing. Nature lovers can take in the breathtaking views at Galle Face Green or Mount Lavinia Beach. Shopping enthusiasts will find a wide selection of malls, stores, and boutiques in Colombo's main shopping district. Foodies can experience traditional Sri Lankan cuisine at one of the many local restaurants or try out some international dishes at the numerous eateries located around the city.
Kandy is a great place to explore. There are plenty of historical sites to discover, such as the Embekke Devalaya Temple or Temple of Tooth Relic, which is believed to house one of Buddha's teeth. The Royal Botanical Gardens offer an opportunity to get up close with nature, while hiking trails provide spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. Shopping enthusiasts can find everything from traditional souvenirs to modern clothing at local markets and shops. For those looking for some nightlife, Kandy has many bars and restaurants offering live music and entertainment. For something a little different, experience one of Kandy’s unique, vibrant festivals including the annual Esala Perahera which honours Buddha's tooth relic with nightly parades featuring elephants draped in lavish decorations.
Nuwara Eliya offers a wide range of activities and attractions for visitors, from golfing to hiking and water sports. Nature lovers can explore the lush forests and tea plantations that cover the area, or take a boat trip on the beautiful Lake Gregory. Adventure-seekers can go horseback riding, mountain biking, or fishing at one of the nearby lakes. Culture vultures can wander around Nuwara Eliya town and visit its colonial landmarks, such as Queen Victoria Park or St Andrews Church. There are also many markets selling local handicrafts and souvenirs, so shoppers can pick up traditional items to take home with them.
Sri Lanka has a tropical climate, with hot and humid weather year-round. The hottest months are March and April when temperatures can reach up to 32°C (90°F). The wettest months are December and January, with the southwest monsoon bringing heavy rains to the country. May through September is generally the drier season in Sri Lanka, although there can still be showers.
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