Sri Lanka Holidays
Holidays in Sri Lanka have been quietly up & coming for a few years now, and the island is really blooming as a destination with the capacity to delight all but the moodiest visitor.
Sri Lanka’s 833 mile coastline is full of delightful beaches, which range from fun and sociable to quiet and undeveloped. Its wildlife is gobsmacking, too - you can encounter hundreds of species both on land and underwater, thanks to world-renowned National Parks and excellent diving all around the coast. The island also has a startlingly rich cultural heritage, with dozens of impressive ancient sites open to the public.
Add to this a warmly welcoming people, irresistible cuisine, year round tropical sunshine (the island has a dual monsoon system - read more about Sri Lanka’s weather here), and a calendar of lively festivals, and you have one tempting offer. It’s all relatively close together, too - Sri Lanka is only nine hours drive from tip to tip.
Things to love in Sri Lanka
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No electricity, outdoor showers, walls made of mud (literally), in the back of beyond, no air-con and miles away from civilisation as we know it… and we love it. The creation of a mad man or a genius, we can’t quite decide - perhaps a well balanced combination of the two - The Mudhouse is a ‘marmite’ type of retreat. And we love marmite!
Sri Lanka’s superb wildlife and National Parks are a significant draw, offering unspoilt natural beauty, stunning landscapes and close up animal encounters. Gal Oya National Park is home to Sri Lanka’s Vedda tribe, its largest reservoir, a small count of elephants, and also offers the only boat safari in Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka’s wildlife is world class, with its extensive National Parks protecting big mammals like elephants, leopards and sloth bears, along with hundreds of smaller species. With such diversity, there are many excellent opportunities for safari, and our Big Game Camping experience puts you right in the middle of the action, whether you want to stalk leopards in Yala or Wilpattu or witness wild elephants in Uda Walawe.
Whales hold a powerful fascination for many people: ancient and beautiful, formidable yet graceful, and incredibly vulnerable to human actions. A chance to see these ocean giants at a responsible distance is a bucket-list-topping experience, and you can’t get closer than a boat trip close to their migration path off Sri Lanka’s idyllic coast.
Named locally as Sri Pada, or ‘sacred footprint’ , Adam's Peak is a Buddhist place of worship and a special site for many religions and interests. The mountain has a undoubted romantic appeal which is literally the stuff of fairy-tales. You'll climb through the night, timing your arrival to meet the sunrise.
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The Selective Asia difference
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We know your time is precious, both before and during your trip. That’s why our team of Asia Specialists learn about your holiday tastes and needs to craft a balanced and unique holiday, designed especially for you.
From our One Bottle at a Time project to community based projects and wildlife conservation, we care about the communities, wildlife and environment in the regions where we operate, making sure your money goes to where it matters as much as possible.
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