Often seen as a miniature India, Sri Lanka has much more to offer than meets the eye. With all the splendour of any Indian Ocean island plus the added joy of a charming Indian heritage, this island has a unique atmosphere which sets it apart from its neighbours.
With British Airways adding a new direct service flight to Sri Lanka last year there’s never been a better time to visit this incredible island, which is now just 11 hours away from Heathrow. Perfect for a week away or an extended luxurious break, there’s plenty to do in Sri Lanka and we’re going to uncover its best bits. So without further adieu join us as we discover the many wonders of sparkling Sri Lanka...
Sri Lanka has a rich history, with written records of the island dating back more the 3,500 years, but it’s not just on paper where you’ll find signs of its heritage, with majestic ruins found scattered across the country. The best places to see evidence of ancient Sri Lankan civilisation are the two main Ancient cities, Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa.
These two cities are mainly made up of ruins of ancient capitals, which have since been partly restored, and display fantastic examples of past civilisations, spanning over 1,500 years of wars, dynasties and religious changes. Stay in the commercial capital of Colombo, located south of these two historic sites, and receive two free nights on us when you visit from the 12th until the 15th June.
Of course, the main allure of any island destination has to be its beaches and you won’t be disappointed with the sand in Sri Lanka. Whether you’re searching for breezy bays, coasts surrounded by nature or lively beach bars this island has everything you could dream and then some.
The weather varies in Sri Lanka depending which side you’re on but you’ll never be cold regardless of the time of year. If you’re planning on heading to the island between the months of November and March then the beaches on the south-west coast near Colombo are the best ones to hit, as they’ll be soaked in sun and will remain dry.
However, over on the east coast it’s from March until October when the weather is at its finest. Uppuveli beach on the eastern coast is possibly one of Sri Lanka’s best kept secrets, but it won’t be long before more people discover this tropical nirvana which has retained its natural beauty since being reopened to the public following the end of the civil war.
The abundance of incredible animals in Sri Lanka is something the whole family can enjoy.Take a tour of the country through Habarana, Kandy, Nuwara, Eliya and Colombo discovering all the fantastic nature the island harbours along the way and pay just £1,399 per person for an eight-day trip flying with BA.
Feed the elephants at the Pinnawella Elephant Orphanage and sample some of the best tea you’ll ever try from the nearby plantations on your way. If it’s marine life you’re after then Sri Lanka’s got that covered too, with some superb snorkelling spots and great viewing points for whale-watching.
Head to Pigeon Island for glistening, crystal clear waters packed with vibrant reefs which are home to colourful tropical fish and plants. Journey back from Pigeon Island to Mirissa, on the southern coast, to look out for the whales swimming in the Indian Ocean!
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