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Plan Your Holiday

You may plan your holiday tour to Sri Lanka according to its two seasons which mean climatically speaking; the driest (and best) seasons of the island are from November to March for the west coast, the south coast and the Hill Country, and from April to September for the Cultural Triangle region( Ancient Kingdoms & Heritage sites ) and the east coast.

Plan Your HolidayNote:

  • Sri Lanka’s climate means that it is always the ‘right’ beach season somewhere on the coast. The weather doesn’t follow strict rules, though – it often seems to be raining where it should be sunny, and sunny where it should be raining. Rainfall tends to be emphatic – streets can become flooded in what seems like only minutes.

  • The peak tourism season of the island is mid-December to mid-March when most of European tourist visit, the majority of them escaping the European winter. There is a mini peak season again in July and August when festivals (pageants) mainly in Kandy & in Kataragama are held.

  • During the Christmas to New Year holiday season and Festival season in July /August in particular accommodation anywhere on the island can be tight due to the huge influx of foreign visitors and hotel rates usually double or treble up. So travelers are advised to book their accommodation in advance prior to the arrival during those periods.

  • Out-of-season (April to September) travel has its advantages – not only do the crowds go away but many air fares and accommodation prices drop right down. Nor does it rain all the time during the low season.

  • If you are interested in booking a Round Trip programme, the flight time is an important component when making the maximum use of your stay. Dambulle is a central point when visiting cultural sites such as Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and Sigiriya and is approximately 4 hrs away from the Airport.
    Most travelers prefer to drive up to Dambulle directly from the airport when they arrive in the morning. Most European and Middle East carriers arrive early morning to Sri Lanka which is ideal for most travellers. Overnight stays close to the airport (Negambo) or in Colombo is considered practical for late evening arrivals.

 

If Your Holiday is : One Week

It is just about possible to see the best-known attractions of Sri Lanka in one week, but it will be hectic and exhausting. Here you would have to be clicking the camera out of the coach window before rushing off for the next destination and spending countless hours on the road. If that is the holiday you need then expert advice on routes and accommodation is vital to reduce your travel time wherever possible. Far better in most cases to decide your priorities and decide which part of the island holds most appeal.

Possible one-week itineraries include

November to March

  • Capital City - Colombo
  • Culture - Kandy
  • Hill Country (Tea Gardens, Waterfall, Scenery) - Nuwere Eliye
  • Heritage - Sigiriye / Dambulle
  • Beaches (West, Southwest, South, Deep south coast) - Kalpitiye / Negambo / Bentota / Unawatune, Mirisse ect..

April to September

  • Ancient Kingdoms  - Anuradhapure / Polonaruwe
  • Heritage- Sigiriye /  Dambulle
  • Wild Life- Wilpattu / Minneriye National Parks
  • Beaches (East Coast)-NilaWeli /  UppeWeli / Pasikudha / Kalkudha

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If Your Holiday is : Two Weeks

Two weeks is the most common time period for a Sri Lanka tour, with your Sri Lanka holiday often finishing with several days on a tropical beach. To get the best out of your fortnight’s holiday, it is hugely important to identify your priorities.

Possible two-weeks itineraries include

November to March

  • Capital City - Colombo
  • Culture - Kandy
  • Hill Country (Tea Gardens, Waterfall, Scenery) - Nuwere Eliye, Elle
  • Heritage- Sigiriye / Dambulle
  • Ancient Kingdoms - Anuradhapure / Polonaruwe
  • Wild Life - Udewalewe  / Yala  / Bundele National Parks or Sinharaja Rain Forest
  • Whale & Dolphin Watching- Mirisse & Kalpitiye
  • Beaches (West / Southwest / South / Deep south coast) - Kalpitiye, Negambo, Bentota, Unawatune, Mirisse,Tangalle  ect..

April to September

  • Capital City - Colombo
  • Ancient Kingdoms - Anuradhapure / Polonaruwe
  • Heritage- Sigiriye / Dambulle
  • Culture – Kandy
  • Wild Life- Wilpattu / Minneriye / Kaudulle / Kumana National Parks
  • Whale & Dolphin Watching- Trincomalee
  • Hill Country (Tea Gardens, Waterfall, Scenery) - Nuwere Eliye, Elle
  • Beaches (East, Southeast Coast)- NilaWeli / UppeWeli / Pasikudha / Kalkudha and Arugambay

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If Your Holiday is : Three Weeks

A three-week Sri Lanka holiday leaves you ample time to see the best of this tropical paradise, allowing you to relax, slow the pace and tarry a while in your favorite destinations. Here you can consider extending time in Kandy to visit the Knuckles and In the hill country climbing Adam’s Peak or a stay in the less-visited Haputale and Bandarawela or to visit emerging North; Jaffna peninsula

Possible three-weeks itineraries include

November to March

  • Capital City - Colombo
  • Culture - Kandy
  • Hill Country (Tea Gardens, Waterfall, Scenery) - Nuwere Eliye / Elle / Knuckles / Adam’s Peak / Haputale / Bandarawele
  • Heritage- Sigiriye / Dambulle
  • Ancient Kingdoms - Anuradhapure / Polonaruwe / Yapahuwe
  • Wild Life - Udewalewe  / Yala  / Bundele National Parks or Sinharaja Rain Forest
  • Whale & Dolphin Watching - Mirisse & Kalpitiye
  • Beaches (West / Southwest / South / Deep south coast) - Kalpitiye, Negambo, Bentota, Unawatune, Mirisse ,Tangalle ect..

April to September

  • Capital City - Colombo
  • Ancient Kingdoms - Anuradhapure / Polonaruwe and Yapahuwe
  • Emerging Sri Lanka - Jaffna peninsula
  • Heritage - Sigiriye / Dambulle
  • Culture – Kandy
  • Wild Life- Wilpattu / Minneriye / Kaudulle / Kumana National Parks
  • Whale & Dolphin Watching- Trincomalee
  • Hill Country (Tea Gardens, Waterfall, Scenery) - Nuwere Eliye / Elle
  • Beaches (East, Southeast Coast) - NilaWeli / UppeWeli / Pasikudha / Kalkudha and Arugambay

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