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Sri Lanka

Beauty and culture round every corner

On a Sri Lanka vacation, discover an island packed with ancient ruins and sacred sites, sample authentic cuisine, explore seaside towns and relax on pristine beaches.

Journey to Sri Lanka and you’ll be amazed at how much beauty and culture can fit into the island nation known as ‘the Emerald Isle’. The warmth of its people makes you feel welcome wherever you go, whether you’re exploring the evocative ancient ruins of Anuradhapura in the famous Cultural Triangle or stopping for coffee at a quaint cafe on the colonial streets of Galle.

On your Sri Lanka vacation, look out for leopards on an exotic safari adventure in Yala National Park, and discover Buddhism’s most sacred site at the lakeside city of Kandy. Take some time out from exploring to get a taste of the delicate flavors of authentic Sri Lankan cuisine.

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sri-lanka highlights

  • Climb the World Heritage-listed Sigiriya Rock

    A steep set of steps takes you past ancient murals to the top of this enormous rock, where the ruins of an ancient palace look out over sweeping views of the jungle below.

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  • Soak up some sun on deserted beaches

    There’s no shortage of immaculate sandy beaches in Sri Lanka, and they’re the perfect place to soak up the sun and relax with a good book.

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  • Tea Estates in the high country

    Get a glimpse of Sri Lanka’s past by savouring the aroma of an Orange Pekoe tea on a picturesque tea estate.

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  • Safari in Yala National Park

    Look out for leopards on a jeep safari in Yala National Park, home to one of the largest numbers of these majestic big cats. The leopards share this captivating habitat with wildlife ranging from elephants and water buffaloes to the Red Slender Loris.

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  • Feast on local delicacies

    Sumptuous flavours are waiting for you to discover in the varied local cuisine, which takes inspiration from numerous international influences and ranges from flame-roasted seafood to aromatic curry.

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  • Explore historic Galle by foot

    Reminders of Sri Lanka’s Dutch colonial past abound at historic Galle, which is dominated by an impressive fort. Explore its network of old streets and ramparts to get a taste of the city’s interesting history.

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  • The Temple of the Sacred Tooth in Kandy

    The lakeside city of Kandy is home to one of Buddhism’s most sacred relics: a tooth of the Buddha, housed in the tranquil Temple of the Sacred Tooth.

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  • Explore the ancient cities of the Cultural Triangle

    The evocative ruins of ancient kingdoms lie waiting for you to explore in Sri Lanka’s renowned ‘Cultural Triangle’; don’t miss Polonnaruwa and Anuradhapura.

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  • Caves at Dambulla

    The ornate Hindu and Buddhist art that adorns the caves at Dambulla is more than worth the effort of ascending hundreds of steps to get there

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  • Observe the native wildlife

    Take an early morning walk along the banks of one of the great man-made lakes of central Sri Lanka, watching the incredible birdlife, crocodiles and other wildlife.

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Sri Lanka reviews verified by Reevoo

Sights / Places to go
9.3
Cuisine
8.0
Overall Rating
9.0
Scores 9.0 out of 10 based on 3 reviews
Reviews and scores from the last 12 months.