Handy Guide for Sri Lanka Holidays from the UK
Why choose a holiday to Sri Lanka from UK?
Deciding where to holiday this season? Sri Lanka would be an ideal choice as it is an absolutely stress-free and enjoyable holiday destination for young and old alike. Let’s discuss some of the main reasons why UK holiday-ers should choose Sri Lanka Holidays from UK.
4 things you will like about Sri Lanka
1. Tropical Weather
Living in the West, you are probably accustomed to a timetable of different weather conditions and often have to schedule your annual plans based on this timetable. Sri Lanka has is a tropical country and hence experiences bright and shining weather all year round: ideal for making tours even more memorable.
Ever had an up-close-and-personal encounter with a cow in the middle of the street? That’s Sri Lanka! Standing next to a waterfall and enjoying the cool watery breeze spraying on your face, catching a glimpse of a leopard on your jeep safari, or simply sunbathing on the shore of the exotic coastline are all natural experiences that you will take home from your holiday to Sri Lanka.
3. Food and People
Sri Lanka is a perfect mix of having great food with great people! The use of exotic spices and herbs create a variety of mouth-watering dishes. And nothing is better than sitting down for a staple meal with a bunch of warm-hearted and always welcoming Sri Lankans!
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Best Time to Visit Sri Lanka
Any time is holiday time in Sri Lanka. The tropical weather allows for year round sunshine with a couple of monsoons that usually don’t disturb tourists too much. So what you need to consider is the weather in UK that you want to take a break from. Is it the June/July hot summers or do you prefer to get away during the extreme cold winters? Depending on your preference, you can plan a holiday to Sri Lanka from UK.
In Sri Lanka, December to March is the Northeast monsoon which does not bother the tourism industry since the attractions are mostly in the west, south and centre of the Island. The Southwest monsoon strikes from May to August and it would be preferable to visit the hill country during this period. Apart from that, April and September to November are months where no rain is expected anywhere in the country.
‘Not to miss’ activities on your holiday
As a holiday destination, Sri Lanka has a lot of exciting dishes on its plate. Even with just a few days in hand on your holiday to Sri Lanka, you can experience sandy beaches, wildlife safaris, a tour of the ancient ruins, adventure such as trekking and rafting, peace and tranquil amongst serene greens, fiery Lankan style culinary and to top it all off, a chance to rejuvenate your mind, body and soul with an Ayurvedic treatment.
1. Beach experience of a lifetime
The south and west coastline of Sri Lanka boasts some of the most amazing beaches you have ever seen. Don’t forget to carry your surf board as the waves are just perfect for those who love surfing. Galle, Hikkaduwa, Mirissa, Bentota, and Passikudah are just a few cities that are well renowned for their beaches. Whether you are looking to indulge in some interesting water sports or just looking to relax and sunbathe on the beach, holidays to Sri Lanka should be your solution.
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2. Rock/Mountain climbing
Sigiriya, also known as the Lion’s Rock is a castle built on top of a rock by one of the ancient Kings of Sri Lanka. When climbing this rock you will come across a Lion Gate, a mirror wall and some beautiful frescoes preserved from those days. Sigiriya is an easy and fun rock climbing activity that is do-able by all.
Adam’s peak is a famous mountain with a lot of religious significance for the Sinhalese, Hindu’s, Christians and Muslims. Over 7000 feet in height, this mountain can only be climbed by the fittest. Reaching the top rewards you with unmatchable views and the greatest achievement of getting there!
3. Be a part of the wildlife
While on your Sri Lanka holiday from the UK, you are bound to catch a glimpse of the Big 4 – Leopard, Elephant, Bear and Whale. Yala National Park in the South or Wilpattu National Park in the North is where the probability of finding these animals is higher. There are several other national parks around the island that also take you on a wildlife safari and offer a unique camping experience.
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4. Village life and Lankan culture
A visit to any of the cities in the cultural triangle of Sri Lanka: Sigiriya, Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa, will let you explore the old age traditions, cultures and way of life of the Lankan people. Visit one of the villages via a ride on the bullock cart and sit down for a meal with one of the village families. You will be impressed with the warm welcome and enchanting atmosphere.
Kandy is an ideal city to learn about the history and culture of Sri Lanka. Visit the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic where you will find an abundance of religious significance, arts, crafts and tradition.
Read our handy guide to find out more about Places to Visit in Kandy.
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5. An exclusive train journey
Rail routes are available in many countries but rail routes as beautiful as one which takes you through the town of Ella is just unbeatable. Luscious tea plantations, cascading waterfalls and picturesque views are what this train journey during your holiday to Sri Lanka has to offer. Once you reach Ella, choose a hotel or villa to stay at and wake up the next morning to absorb the breathtaking view of the Ella Gap (view through a slight cleft in the hills).
Read more about Hill Country of Sri Lanka.
6. Tea Plucking
When you are in an island that owns an uncountable number of massive tea estates, tea plucking is a unique activity that you definitely should not miss. You will be asked to get into the traditional dress – sari for ladies and sarong for men, and then you will be handed a basket to be strapped around your shoulder. A guide will take you into the tea estate and illustrate the plucking technique. A visit to a functioning tea factory will explain how the tea you plucked goes through the manufacturing process to be produced as tea for consumption.
7. White water rafting
Kitulgala is the town known for white water rafting as it lies in the extreme wet zone and has a beautiful river running through it which facilitates the rafting activity. The two annual monsoons provide for enthralling waters to make this an extra-ordinary experience for Sri Lanka holidays from the UK.
Make your holiday even more memorable by including a day or two in one of the many exclusive, well renowned Ayurvedic Spas that Sri Lanka has in store for you. Indulge in a peaceful and relaxing Ayurvedic treatment to let your mind, body and soul feel completely rejuvenated. These facilities are located in all parts of the island. So whether you want an Ayurvedic experience on the beach or amongst the greens, you can definitely make it happen.
9. Explore the city
Colombo is the commercial hub of the island. Shopping is a must here. You will find plenty of readymade garments, textiles, footwear, food items, batiks, and much more. In addition to that, there are several family friendly spots for cycling, roller blading, and jogging or just spending quality outdoor time with your family. Exclusive restaurants are also available for enjoying local and international cuisines. Don’t forget to try the street food and don’t be ashamed to eat with your hands; it’s the Lankan way of eating.
Find out more about Best Places to Visit in Sri Lanka.
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Good to know
- As a UK citizen/passport holder, you can apply online for an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) as a visa to visit Sri Lanka. On this authorization you are not allowed under any circumstances to be employed in Sri Lanka.
- If you are unable to apply for an ETA online, you may choose to obtain your visa on arrival at the Bandaranaiyake International Airport or at the Mattala Rajapakse International Airport.
- Several airlines fly in to Sri Lanka from all parts of the United Kingdom. You could choose either a direct flight or a connecting flight if you are unable to travel for long hours on the same flight.
- A direct flight would take approximately nine to eleven hours to reach Sri Lanka from UK. You could break your journey by taking a connecting flight via one of the Middle Eastern countries.
- Upon arrival, you can change currency at the airport if you wish to. If not, you will find several authorized money changers and banks to help you with currency exchange while on your holiday to Sri Lanka.
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