Colombo, Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte
Sinhala, Tamil, English
Sri Lankan Rupee
Flight time
10 hours and 25 minutes from the UK
time difference
UTC/GMT +5:30 hours
best time to go
Dec-Apr / May-Oct

Introducing Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is small and humble, and compared to its large, imposing neighbour India, it’s a much more manageable, digestible and travel-able stretch of land making it the perfect South Asian destination for families and couples alike. If you’re looking for an off the beaten path location that can give you a stimulating travel experience and a soulful return, Sri Lanka is the place to be. This spectacular island is famous for its paradise beaches and unbeatable surf, the fairy-tale ruins and endless tea plantations, plus the elephant sanctuaries and the untouched nature. But what they probably don’t tell you about Sri Lanka, is the unique charm of its people. At first contact, you may wonder why people are so forthcoming; spend a few days immersed in local life, and you’ll realise that warmth, kindness and generosity is simply the norm in a place like this. Sri Lankan hospitality can’t be beaten so whether you’re touring the temples and ancient ruins in Kandy or strolling the palm-fringed beaches of Galle, you’re bound to see a friendly face or two.

Located just above the Equator in the balmy waters of the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka is an island like no other. And with delightful weather, pretty coastlines, great surf and the most interesting villages, cities and regions for you to explore, it most certainly is a place for the curious and there really is something for everyone.


Sri Lanka is a small island with lots to do and you’ll find that the local people are extremely welcoming of families and children. It’s the perfect exotic destination for a South Asian family adventure but you can relax knowing that kids are always catered for. Resorts are usually child-friendly and can offer a number of different services for parents. Although small and compact, transport links aren’t always the best on this beautiful island so be sure to plan ahead, especially when travelling around with little ones. But all in all, a great place to go with the whole family.


Sri Lankan cuisine is very much inspired by the flavours of South India but Dutch colonists and other international influencers have also helped to shape the food on the island today. Some notable foods that you may want to try include Kottu (spicy stir-fried roti bread with vegetables), Lamprais (rice and curry wrapped and cooked in a banana leaf), Kool (a seafood broth from Jaffna) and Wambatu Moju (a tasty brinjal eggplant pickle often served with meat and rice dishes). Street food culture is the best way to experience local eats in Sri Lanka but you will also find many restaurants offering English written menus in popular towns and cities.

History and Culture

This small island nation is known for its regional diversity but the country as a whole has long been influenced by the heritage of Theravada Buddhism like its closest neighbour, India. Between 1815 and 1948 was the British colonial period of Ceylon and today, there are still some beautiful British colonial buildings dotted around the city of Colombo. The Sinhalese and Tamils form the country’s two largest ethnic groups and whilst there has been conflict in the past, the two live in peace today.

Top Locations in Sri Lanka

This large city is a magical one; set in the heart of the nation, Kandy is surrounded by peaceful mountains and acts as the hiker’s gateway to Sri Lanka’s beautiful tea county. Tea plantations and striking ancient temples form the backdrop to this incredible place and it’s also home to the world famous Temple of Tooth as well as the beautiful Kandy Lake. Whilst you’re here, don’t miss Sigiriya Rock, hiking at Hanthana Mountain Range or Knuckles Mountain Range, and the Royal Palace of Kandy.
Situated on the South Western tip, Galle is an interesting mix of Dutch colonial buildings and exotic jungle beaches. This major city is home to the National Maritime Museum, the National Museum of Galle, the Galle Lighthouse, Galle Fort and it’s also situated within easy travel distance of some of Southern Sri Lanka’s best coastline stretches.
If you’re interested in architecture, sightseeing and shopping, Colombo is a great place to spend a few nights. This striking capital offers some of the most beautiful colonial buildings and a burgeoning art scene makes it a chic destination for city breakers wanting a moment away from the beach. But don’t forget that you’re on an island because the one thing you simply have to try in the Colombo is the tasty seafood! Coffee culture and street food culture is at its finest here so save enough room in your bellies to taste the local flavours as you walk, shop and tour the city.
Hikkaduwa is a small town set along the South Coast and it’s probably one of the most heavenly regions of the entire island. This small stretch of coastline can be defined by its palm trees and shallow waters, soft golden sands which seem to go on forever and the incredible sunsets which conclude each day. This is a great place for diving, surfing and tasty beach barbeques. If you want a laid-back vibe and a safe place for the whole family to relax, the beaches of Hikkaduwa are perfect.
Yala National Park
This is the country’s most popular national park and it’s a rare “safari style” experience which promises common sightings of a whole array of wild animals, including elephants, monkeys, deer, leopards and various species of birds. Yala National Park promotes responsible travel and with the highest density of leopards anywhere on the planet and elephants roaming in large numbers, it’s a fantastic success story of modern day conservation in Sri Lanka. The most popular sites within the park are Sithulpauwwa, Magul Maha Viharaya, Buttawa Lake and various beach walks. Elephant sites and leopard sites are dotted all around so visitors will have high chances of spotting these popular safari giants.

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