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Tailor Made Holidays to Sri Lanka

The Pearl of the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka, a jewel suspended like a pendant by an invisible thread from the Indian sub-continent, can trace its history back through the mists of time. Legend has it that the island was the original Garden of Eden and that Adam left an impression of his foot on the mountain known as Adam’s Peak. Pilgrims climb the steep path to the summit every year during the dry season. From the north, where once the trading town of Jaffna prospered, to the Bay of Trincomalee, through to Galle in the south, history abounds. In the 6th century B.C an Indo-Aryan Prince, Vijaya, the founder of the Singhalese people came down from northern India. Claiming descent from a lion, Singha, these ‘lion people’ settled on the island and proceeded to build impressive cities, canals, lakes and, indeed, a whole culture.

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The island was first colonised by the Portuguese in the 16th, then by the Dutch in the 17th century. Their time-forgotten fort still stands proudly on the Galle Peninsula. The British arrived in the 1790s and all these cultures have left their imprint on the island, the people and their traditions. The colonial grandeur of the British period is most evident in Colombo and Kandy. The sweeping arcades and the Government buildings attest to the importance of the island in the 19th century. 

Kandy is the old capital of Ceylon and the seat of the last Singhalese kingdom. This picturesque city, nestling amongst rolling hills and set around an ancient, man-made lake, is the site of the Temple of the Tooth, the most venerated Buddhist temple in the country. Annually, during the period leading up to the full moon between July and August, one of the world’s oldest pageants, the Esala Perahera is held. At this time, a procession of hundreds of elephants caparisoned in lights, brocades and batiks and thousands of ceremonially dressed dancers, drummers and fire-eaters parade in the streets.

These colourful events build up to a frenzied climax, during which the Tooth Relic is carried triumphantly through the city by the Temple’s grandest elephant. 

Leaving Kandy and travelling into the hills, the landscape changes to forested mountains, waterfalls and manicured, undulating tea plantations speckled with brightly cloaked tea-pickers. These misty hills are where the British took refuge from the summer heat and their legacy remains in Nuwara Eliya, the island’s highest town, with its mock-Tudor cottages, golf course, horse-racing and country clubs.

It would be difficult to find a land more fertile than Sri Lanka. Myriad hues of green form a picture of overwhelming beauty. From the rice paddies to the tropical forests there is abundance everywhere.

The surrounding seas vary from opalescent greens to deep blue, clear waters edged by long, empty, white sand beaches. Along the coastline are some exquisite boutique hotels, fully-staffed private villas and islands where guests are pampered and indulged in warm, luxurious, tropical surroundings.

For the discerning traveller there is much to see and experience in Sri Lanka and one trip will probably not be enough. In the words of one Dutch East India Company employee, who wrote: “Last night I dreamt of Ceylon and I could smell the spices and I could feel the warm breeze on my skin. Would that I was there once again”.

Fun For the Family - A Holiday in Sri Lanka - Colombo, Sigirya, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Dikwella & Bentota

A stimulating holiday for adults and children alike, which introduces you to Sri Lankas cultures, history, wildlife and her glorious beaches whilst staying in child friendly villas, lodges and hotels.

From £2110 per person sharing

Romantic Retreats - Sri Lanka - Colombo, Cultural Triangle, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Yala, Galle

A classic two week itinerary around Sri Lanka staying in the most exclusive hotels and villas enroute. Culture, comfort and cuisine, this holiday has it all.

From £3508 per person sharing

The Coasts and Culture of Ceylon - Sri Lanka -

A fourteen night holiday that introduces you to Sri Lankas ancient cultural heritage, her highlands and tea growing areas and her miles of palm fringed beaches.

From £2892 per person sharing

The Path of the Planters

A 2 week holiday staying in some of Sri Lankas most exclusive historical properties, allowing a gentle exploration of the islands arts and culture, her tea growing areas, rural estates and colonial history.

From £2854 per person sharing

A Taste of Sri Lanka - Colombo, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya & Bentota

A ten night holiday to the tea plantations of Sri Lanka, including a night in a boutique hotel in Colombo, two nights exploring the arts and crafts of Kandy, a delightful morning train journey, a night in each of the four Tea Trails bungalows, a private...

From £2752 per person sharing

The Nature of the Spice Isle

2 weeks travelling the length and breadth ofSri Lanka, visiting its National Parks and World Heritage Sites in order to catch a glimpse of its hidden treasures and natural delights.

From £2342 per person sharing

42 Lighthouse Street, Galle

This resort reflects the architectural style and traditions of Vietnam. This is very much evident in the cham style reception and dining pavilion. The exclusive location is within walking distance of the city centre and is Nha Trangs only beachfront...

Ali Gedara, Kandy

A private home and ancestral farm estate, just 45 minutes from Kandy, where visitors are houseguests, rather than clients. The main attractions are the five tame elephants that come up to the kitchen door every morning for their breakfast. This is an...

Amangalla, Galle

An historic building in the thronging Galle Fort area has been converted into a luxury hotel, which aspires to a colonial atmosphere. The rooms are stylish and spacious with high ceilings, reproduction furniture, four-poster beds and large shutters. The...

Amanwella, Tangalle

A luxury resort overlooking a deserted bay on the southern coast of Sri Lanka. Each of the thirty suites features a private swimming pool and terrace, with views towards the sea. There is a choice of dining, a library and a huge infinity pool overlooking the beach.

Amaya Hills, Kandy

Inspired by classical Kandyan architecture, this is a spacious and airy hotel built on a hill with expansive views of the valleys below. It is situated just outside Kandy and is a short drive from the main sights of the city. The décor is stylish and...

Apa Villa, Illuketia

A beautifully restored, six-bedroomed plantation house dating from 1820. Just half an hour inland from Galle, this is a fantastic alternative to a beach property for those looking for total relaxation. The main house is built on the foundations of the...

Apa Villa, Thalpe

Just 8km south of Galle, in a coconut grove on the beach, lie three fully staffed bungalows. A shady swimming pool extends almost to the beach. The suite comprises a bedroom (hidden behind heavy wooden doors and featuring a 4 poster bed on a raised marble...

Beach House, Tangalle

An idyllic villa situated in Tangalle at the southern tip of the country. Nestled amid coconut trees overlooking the sweeping bay, its garden opens directly onto the beach. It is lovingly furnished in a comfortable and relaxed style. The bougainvillea-filled...

Beach Hut, Thalpe

A lovely, fully staffed beach house, just 10 minutes from Galle. Entrance to the property is via a small bridge over a water feature into the spacious living area. The master bedroom, with its simple yet elegant décor, occupies the majority of the upper...

Bentota Beach Hotel, Bentota

A stylish resort hotel enjoying a wonderful location. All rooms have balconies and views of either the estuary or the ocean. In addition to the land based restaurants, there is also a floating restaurant. The pool is large and built out of the natural...


Adams Peak

Legend has it that the footprint at the mountain’s summit (2224m) was left by Adam, when he was cast out of the Garden of Eden. Revered by all religions, it is the most important pilgrimage site in the country. The hard climb is normally done at night, reaching the summit for sunrise.


This lovely beach resort is approximately half way between Galle and Colombo. It has long deserted beaches and a choice of water sports on the river. In Bentota, you can visit Brief Garden which was built by Geoffrey Bawa’s brother, Bewis. The village...


Colombo is a highly underrated city with a vibrant artistic community and some excellent galleries, shops and restaurants.

Cultural Triangle

Sigiriya is possibly the most impressive site in Sri Lanka. Situated on the top of a vast 200m granite rock lie the ruins of the legendary sky citadel (477 AD), which is famous for its frescoes of celestial maidens. Although it is a steep climb to the...


Thought to be the Biblical city of Tarshish, Galle is one of Sri Lanka’s most historically interesting coastal towns, having been occupied by the Portuguese, Dutch and British. The impressive 17th century Dutch fort, now a UNESCO World Heritage site, encloses the quaint and charming old town.

Horton Plains

Horton Plains National Park is the island’s highest and most isolated plateau (2130m). The landscape is reminiscent of Scottish moors and harbours a variety of wildlife including Sambhur deer and Macaque monkeys. There are some wonderful scenic walks...


Kandy is the old capital of Ceylon and the seat of the last Singhalese kingdom. It is a charming city with the most important Buddhist temple in the country and is set around an ancient artificial lake amongst rolling hills that are covered by forests...

Nuwara Eliya

Meaning City of Light, this is the highest town in Sri Lanka (1990m) and a major hill resort. This cool and misty escape was a favourite with the British who built lovely, colonial houses with immaculate lawns and colourful flower beds, an 18-hole golf...


Ratnapura is known as the gemstone capital of Sri Lanka. Precious and semi-precious stones are dug by hand in the fields and hills surrounding the town, then cut and lovingly polished before being exported worldwide. Although topaz, rubies, amethyst,...

Sinharaja Rainforest

Sinharaja is the largest expanse of lowland rainforest remaining in Sri Lanka and was declared a World Heritage Site in 1988. Located in the southwest lowland wet zone, it is a critically important site for a vast number of endemic fauna and flora, which...


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