If you’re looking for a holiday that combines beautiful beaches, ancient ruins, tropical rainforests and Buddhist charm, you’ll find it on the island of Sri Lanka. This charming destination offers the perfect introduction to the Indian subcontinent. It’s a microcosm of India, offering what India has in spades – plenty of colour, exquisite landscapes, friendly people, stunning food, gorgeous beaches and many unique attractions.
Formerly known as Ceylon, Sri Lanka promises a wide selection of delightful experiences. Its history, which includes British, Dutch and Portuguese influences, makes it a most fascinating place to visit. Cricket is the sport of choice in this enchanting country, and Ceylon tea is what it’s most famous for. But that’s not all… Sri Lanka offers beautiful beach holidays, safari encounters in national parks full of leopards, elephants and other wildlife, ancient ruins and Buddhist temples.
Why we love holidays in Sri Lanka
It’s a great introduction to India, just on a smaller scale.
The rainforests are magnificent, especially Sinharaja where you can go trekking and swim under the waterfalls.
It’s a paradise for surfers, and lovers of yoga, too.
The food is as tasty and colourful as anything you will taste in India.
English is widely spoken, so you’ll be easily understood.
It’s still a best-kept secret… but not for long!
Book a 2024 Sri Lanka holiday package for an effortlessly exotic honeymoon, or travel to the island for the solo adventure of a lifetime. It’s also an excellent destination for families holidays and groups of friends, so be sure to call us right away.
What to do in Sri Lanka
There is so much to do in Sri Lanka; it’s hard to decide what type of holiday to enjoy. The island is ideal for those who love the beach life, with plenty of water sports, especially surfing, and welcoming seaside resorts. Sri Lanka is also an excellent destination for art and culture, with many exciting attractions just waiting to be discovered, including ancient ruins and enchanting temples. You can go on safari to see wild animals in their natural habitat, visit the ruins of the country’s 2,000-year-old capital, Anuradhapura, and see how Ceylon tea is grown.
Explore Sri Lanka’s fascinating cities like Colombo and the mountain resort of Kandy, step back in time to the Colonial area in Hill Country, sunbathe on white-sand beaches in Trincomalee and Waskaduwa and experience the country’s cultural heritage in a choice of World Heritage Sites.
Things to do in Sri Lanka
Go surfing at Hikkaduwa on the island’s south coast.
Explore some of the island’s traditional produce markets and sample some of their wares.
Climb Sigiriya Rock, with its fortress at the top.
Hike through a tea plantation in Hill Country.
Visit Sri Lanka’s most sacred site, Adam’s Peak believed to be the site where Adam stepped foot on earth for the first time.
View leopards on safari in Yara National Park.
See the well-preserved ancient ruins at Anuradhapura.
Explore the Royal Palace in Kandy.
Discover the magic of bustling Colombo.
Spend time soaking up the sun in one of the country’s most popular beach resorts, Bentota.
Sri Lanka will charm you, delight you and beg you to return. This enchanting country offers all sorts of experiences for every type of traveller. Let Thompsons Holidays Sri Lanka packagestake you there, on an adventure of a lifetime.
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