Nestled in the Indian Ocean just below India, Sri Lanka is a welcoming place with a rich cultural heritage. Immerse yourself in the history of the country and explore the Cultural Triangle at the island's centre. Stretching between Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and Dambulla, this region is home to several UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
It's a treasure trove of spectacular ruins with ancient cities and temples as impressive as the Egyptian pyramids. Be sure to visit the historic sites at Anuradhapura, Dambulla, Kandy, Polonnaruwa and Sigiriya. You'll also find wonderful safaris in this region and lots of exotic wildlife.
In Galle, on the southwest coast, discover immaculate beaches and perfect dive spots with technicolour coral gardens, a shipwreck site, and waters teeming dolphins, whales, and over 1,000 species of tropical fish in the South.
In the city itself, wander museums and traditional art galleries, then stop by Galle Fort, another UNESCO site, and catch a breathtaking sunset whilst walking the impressive 16th century Portuguese fortification. In Colombo, the capital city, high-rise skyscrapers tower above an ornate tapestry of Buddhist temples, cathedrals, colonial buildings, Hindu shrines and mosques. It's an architectural feast for the eyes with a perfect blend of the past and the present. Enjoy several art galleries, museums, open-air bazaars, upscale malls, and vast parks. You'll find lots of nearby beaches too.
Sri Lanka is a year-round destination with average highs ranging from 25 to 35 degrees Celsius from January to December. The country experiences two monsoon seasons with one affecting the northeast regions from November to March and the other one affecting the southwest from May to September.
However, during these months the weather is rarely severe and temperatures remain high allowing you to enjoy your luxury holiday to the full. Rain falls in short bursts and tends to clear to blue skies and reduced humidity.
Luxury holidays to Sri Lanka put the focus on you with expert chefs preparing cuisines to your tastes. You'll get to try Sri Lankan specialities, authentic Asian dishes, western favourites and modern fusion-cuisine.
Sample freshly caught seafood and delicious wines paired by skilled sommeliers. Dine on the finest food under a night sky swimming with stars or a romantic candlelit dinner on the beach. Of course, you can also dine inside and enjoy some culinary theatrics at a show kitchen.
As with any holiday, it's a good idea to carry some identification with you and keep a photocopy of your passport on your person. British nationals will need a visa to enter Sri Lanka. You can get a short stay visa online in advance. Visit GOV.UK for more advice.