Region: Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Tailor-made Tours: Our Guide Was Brilliant

[Our guide] was brilliant. Always on time and very helpful. All transfers were great. The bird watching trip was excellent and our guide was great at spotting birds. The elephant orphanage was also great.

Vil Uyana

Idyllic, luxury eco-hotel set amidst a private, wetland nature reserve

The Wildlife Highlights of Southern Sri Lanka

Exactly what we hoped for in a country which we already liked. UK agents always quick to respond to queries and flexible in designing our trip. Exactly what we hoped for in a country which we already liked. Highlights – six Leopards! Nearly 100 species of birds. Many elephants including family groups, as well as … Continued

Buckingham Place

Sandwiched between the tranquil Rekawa lagoon and the turtle beach of Rekawa, British-owned Buckingham Place feels more like an upmarket homestay rather than a hotel.

Kandy

The last seat of the ancient Sinhalese kings, the attractive upland city of Kandy is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and contains the stunning Temple of the Tooth Relic, the country’s top Buddhist site found next to a large scenic lake. After a temple visit, it is well worth strolling through town to catch the … Continued

Warwick Gardens

A beautifully restored colonial house in the highlands surrounded by tea plantations

The Rainforest Ecolodge

A unique property, comprising 16 chalets nestled in the Sinharaja rainforest

Heritance Tea Factory

A unique hotel built in the 1930s on the edge of a huge tea estate outside Nuwara Eliya

Minneriya National Park

A fine example of the many ancient rainwater reservoirs (or tanks) that dot the island of Sri Lanka, Minneriya Tank (built nearly 2000 years ago) is the focal point for this small eponymous reserve of c.9000 hectares and the reason it exists. The tank supplies water to the surrounding area as well as large herds … Continued

Nil Diya Mankada

A charming safari lodge, fantastically located in close proximity the the gates of Udawalawe National Park

Passikudah and Kalkudah

Another area on the east coast which has opened up after the end of the Tamil Tiger war, Passikudah Bay has emerged from years of neglect and now boasts sweeping sandy beaches and a few guesthouses and smart resorts: perfect for a sunny ending to a great Sri Lankan holiday.

Kassapa Lion Rock

Pleasant small hotel close to the Sigiriya World Heritage site

Mirissa Hills

Working cinnamon estate but offers superb exclusive and quiet accommodation

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka ticks all the boxes: vibrant culture, friendly people, varied scenery, excellent accommodation and, of course, wholly impressive wildlife

Casa Colombo Mirissa

A lovely new boutique hotel right on the beach very near Mirissa

Ranweli Resort

A balance of western comforts and indigenous aesthetics in this family-friendly hotel set in natural surroundings

Ranna212

A medium sized hotel located just back from the stunning golden sands of Ranna beach

The Cultural Triangle

In heritage terms, the Cultural Triangle is the most important region of Sri Lanka. It embraces three ancient UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Dambulla, Sigiriya and Polonnoruwa, all within easy distance of each other but all very different, and easily combined. A sacred Buddhist pilgrimage site for an incredible 22 centuries, Dambulla is the best preserved … Continued

Weligama Bay Resort

Nestled between Galle and Matara in the centre of Weligama bay overlooking the scenic sandy beach

Amaya Hunas Falls

This boutique hotel offers a hilltop escape nestled amidst waterfalls, mountains and forest

Central and Southern Sri Lanka: Highlands, Forests & the Leopards of Kumana

An ideal window to enjoy this fabulous tour would be during our later winter months, arriving at Kumana around February, the start of the park’s dry season. The programme begins in Kandy, colourful cultural capital of the Hill Country, where you visit the Temple of the Tooth and Perediniya Botanical Gardens. Take the scenic train … Continued

A Fabulous Wildlife Holiday in Northern Sri Lanka

We were absolutely thrilled by the whole experience and can only commend the helpfulness and friendliness of everyone who made our holiday so special. We cannot speak highly enough of all of our guides who were extremely knowledgeable and went above and beyond to enhance  our Sri Lankan wildlife encounters. We felt very privileged to … Continued

Sri Lanka Tailor-made Tours: perfect mix of culture and wildlife

“It was a very good tour in every respect…Anyone fortunate enough to get [our guide] as their guide will have met an excellent ambassador for Sri Lanka. It was a perfect mix of culture and wildlife and overall a very good mix of hotels.

Cinnamon Citadel

A good four-star hotel option for those visiting the hill country’s charming capital, Kandy

Thilanka Hotel

A stylish hotel overlooking the great city of Kandy

Amari Galle Hotel

Amari is a new hotel conveniently close to the old fort of Galle.

Kalu’s Hideaway

Small, well run guesthouse of character with just five rooms situated close to Udawalawe National Park

Jetwing St Andrews

Authentic British colonial hotel situated within formal gardens in a slightly elevated position in Nuwara Eliya

Jetwing Lagoon

Luxury hotel and spa, sandwiched between the Indian Ocean and Negombo Lagoon

The Kandy House

A luxury boutique hotel in an exquisitely restored 19th century manor house, this property offers an exclusive experience of privacy and relaxation

Uga Bay Resort

luxury family-friendly beachfront hotel in Passekudah with spacious, well-appointed rooms

41 Lighthouse Street

A small, British-owned colonial town house located on one of the main streets in old Galle Fort

Grand Udawalawe Safari Resort

Prized for its excellent location – only 500m from the Ath Athuru Sevana (elephant orphanage) and a five minute drive from Udawalawe National Park, the this is the perfect comfortable accommodation for those wishing to observe the spectacular wildlife of the area.

Taru Villas Kandy

A historic villa that wonderfully reflects the charm of traditional Kandyan architecture and interior design

Wild Glamping Gal Oya

Award-winning, eco-friendly, luxury tented camp on the edge of Gal Oya National Park

Amaya Beach

The highest international standard hotel accommodation available on Passekudah Bay

Trincomalee and Nilaveli

In common with Wilpattu and other northern and eastern areas, Trincomalee and Nilaveli were off limits during the war against the Tamil Tigers. Now they are once more firmly on the map, offering more attractive beaches than the southwest coast, whale watching, cultural sites and good snorkelling. Trincomalee has the second largest natural harbour in … Continued

Gal Oya Lodge

A luxurious eco-lodge comprising standalone bungalows blended seamlessly into the wilderness surroundings

Rainforest Edge

ten minutes from the Sinharaja rainforest, this accommodation is the perfect escape for nature lovers

Casa Colombo

A grand colonial mansion which has been converted into a fascinating boutique hotel

Leopard Trails Yala

Bespoke tented safaris allow guests to become immersed within the wild and spectacular nature of Sri Lanka’s national parks

Aranya Trails

Luxury, tent-style lodge on the edge of Wilpattu National Park

Indian Subcontinent

The mighty Indian subcontinent is one of contrast and contradiction but is always beguiling and enthralling.

Shinagawa Beach

A luxurious hotel situated upon a stretch of beautiful sandy beach on the Southern coast

Sri Lanka Tailor-made Tours: excellent value for money

We’ve had an excellent, enjoyable holiday with lots of wildlife, lovely accommodation and excellent service… We would be delighted to recommend your services to anyone. Sri Lanka is excellent value for money.

Wattura Resort

Luxury, boutique resort, only a 45 minute drive from Colombo’s Bandaranaike International Airport

The Fortress

Located in the town of Koggala upon Sri Lanka’s pristine southern coastline, the Fortress Resort and Spa is a luxury boutique beachfront property.

Heritance Kandalama

Situated by an ancient reservoir in the Cultural Triangle of central Sri Lanka

Bundala National Park

Bundala National Park is an outstanding Important Bird Area: in 1991 Bundala was the first in Sri Lanka to be designated a RAMSAR wetland. Bundala boasts 197 bird species, of which 100 are water fowl and 58 migratory. The avian highlight at Bundala is the greater flamingo, which visits in large flocks, but also seen … Continued

Garton’s Cape

A luxury boutique hotel in the little hamlet of Ahangama, with glorious ocean views.

Sinharaja Forest Reserve

Covering a mere 112 square kilometres, Sri Lanka’s only biological UNESCO World Heritage Site is a biodiversity hotspot and the last significant tract of undisturbed primary rainforest on the island. Sinharaja has a high endemicity of trees, oddities such as the purple-faced leaf monkey, and is famed among birdwatchers for mixed feeding flocks and for … Continued

Wallawwa

A beautifully renovated country house hotel just 15 minutes from Colombo airport.

Mirissa

Situated on the wide Weligama Bay on the south coast east of Galle, the village of Mirissa is itself not very remarkable, but it’s from there that early morning boat trips are taken out to sea to spot the largest creature ever to have lived on Earth – the blue whale. From November to April, … Continued

Anilana Nilaveli

A luxurious contemporary resort situated on a peaceful stretch of the beautiful Nilaveli beach.

Tamarind Tree

Set amidst a lush arboretum, which includes an ancient tamarind tree

Maalu Maalu

One of the pioneering hotels on Passekudah Bay, north of Batticaloa on Sri Lanka’s east coast

Lagoon Inn

A friendly, homely guesthouse located in Hambantota, 2km east of the northern entrance gate to Bundala National Park

The Last House

A vibrant, stunning hotel with the Indian ocean on its doorstep and Yala National Park nearby

Kottukal Beach House

Idyllic ocean surroundings and opulent comforts, a heavenly beach retreat within striking distance of Kumana

Amaya Hills

A luxury hillside hotel overlooking Kandy and the stunning Heerassagala Hills

Indian Ocean

The warm waters of the Indian Ocean possess many travel pearls

Galle

The southern coastal town of Galle holds a very special UNESCO World Heritage Site: Galle Fort and Old Town. Built on a promontory by the Dutch four centuries ago, the Fort contains many well-preserved colonial buildings and exudes a profound sense of history. One can walk the high ramparts of Galle Fort and enjoy the … Continued

Jetwing Lighthouse

A medium-sized, international standard hotel well located on a promontory near Galle Fort

Thamaravila

Outside Wilpattu National Park, five luxury tented chalets, each built on stilts, with thatched-roofs and open-air decks

Wilpattu National Park

Situated in the northern dry zone, Wilpattu is Sri Lanka’s largest national park at 131,000 hectares, yet one of its least visited. Off limits during the war with the Tamil Tigers, since that ended in 2009 the park infrastructure has gradually been improved so that now the largely forested reserve is again very rewarding to … Continued

Sri Lanka Tailor-made Tours: A wonderful itinerary

Our guide was excellent being knowledgeable, interesting, trustworthy and a good travel companion. I would unhesitatingly recommend him to your future clients. Yala was undoubtedly the highlight of the tour and from a wildlife point of view exceeded our expectations. My wife and I have had a thoroughly enjoyable two weeks in Sri Lanka. Everything … Continued

Xtreme Nature Tours Kumana

An absolutely unique experience, being the only opportunity in the entirety of Sri Lanka to camp within one of its national parks

The Dutch House & Sun House

Colonial Dutch and British sister boutique hotels situated on a hill outside Galle Fort

Cinnamon Wild Yala

Award-winning luxury lodge located just outside the world renowned Yala National Park

Jansen’s Bungalow

Wonderful property with views of the rainforest and surrounding tea estate. A natural pool in the local river is a superb spot to cool off

Big Game Camp Yala

an amazing tented wilderness experience, just 20 minutes from Yala National Park

Cinnamon Lodge

One of Sri Lanka’s foremost hotels nestled among 27 acres of verdant grounds bordering a large lake in Habarana

Palm Garden Village

A perfect retreat for relaxation after busy days exploring Wilpattu and Anuradhapura

Palmyrah House

A stunning luxury boutique hotel on Mannar island

A Gentle Family Journey in Sri Lanka

A relaxed yet absorbing itinerary affords plenty of pleasurable time by the sea, while offering much of cultural and interior interest

Tamarind Hill

Original colonial mansion of great atmosphere and character, perched atop a small hill just outside Galle Fort

Fort Bazaar

Located in the heart of Galle Fort, the Fort Bazaar is perfect for guests that are looking to soak up the Fort’s legendary atmosphere

Uda Walawe National Park

Covering nearly 31,000 hectares, Uda Walawe National Park was created in 1972 as a sanctuary for wild animals displaced by the construction of the Uda Walawe reservoir. Mammals present include elephant, leopard, fishing cat, sloth bear, wild boar, golden palm civet, three species of mongoose, tocque macaque, tufted grey langur and wild buffalo. Renowned as … Continued

Leopard Trails Wilpattu

Bespoke tented safaris allow guests to become immersed within the wild and spectacular nature of Sri Lanka’s national parks

The Romance of Sri Lanka and The Maldives

The wildlife highlights of Sri Lanka and combined them with an exceptional small resort in the Maldives to provide the perfect romantic combination

Trinco Blu by Cinnamon

Located north of Trincomalee in an area fast becoming one of Sri Lanka’s premier whale watching and beach locations

Habarana Village by Cinnamon

clusters of thatched chalets in lush tropical gardens – the perfect base for the Cultural Triangle

Boulder Garden

A remarkable boutique hotel built into huge granite boulders bordered by the lush Sinharaja rainforest

Mahoora Luxury Camping

Offers a very different wildlife experience from lodge-based safaris in Yala, Uda Walawe, Wilpattu and nine other Sri Lankan national parks

Kumbuk River Lodge

Set by a river within easy reach of the north entrance to Yala and exudes simple yet natural charm

Yala National Park

Sri Lanka’s second largest national park (at 378 sq miles) and its premier wildlife location, Yala offers an almost African safari experience as well as important Buddhist sites. On game drives by jeep, one can view wild elephant, buffalo and boar, huge monitor lizards, macaque monkeys and many rare and endemic bird species: it is … Continued

Uga Jungle Beach

The most luxurious accommodation available to the north of Trincomalee

Nuwara Eliya

The central highland region of Sri Lanka is a world apart from the coastal plains. Starting south of Kandy, the road winds its scenic way up to Nuwara Eliya, the island’s highest town and once a British hill station, surrounded by tea plantations. The many existing examples of colonial British architecture combined with the unpredictable … Continued

Aditya Resort

Quality boutique hotel close to the historic city of Galle, with a beautiful beach right on its doorstep

Ulagalla Resort

A beautiful colonial boutique hotel set amongst 58 acres of native forest and rice fields near Anuradhapura

Anuradhapura and Mihintale

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Anuradhapura was the original ancient capital of Sri Lanka, built around a cutting of the sacred Bodhi fig tree (now a large sprawling giant of a tree) under which the Buddha sat in India and brought to Sri Lanka in the 3rd Century BC. The city flourished for 1300 years … Continued

Anantara Kalutara

This high quality, family friendly resort enjoys an enviably secluded beachfront location.

Northern Sri Lanka: Wildlife, Snorkelling and Ancient Heritage

The best time to experience this superlative itinerary is late December to end March when many migrant species – notably greater flamingos in their thousands – can be seen in the wetlands and flats of Mannar Island and the nearby mainland of far northwestern Sri Lanka. The area is very different from other parts of … Continued