Sri Lanka is an impressive place to travel, as I discovered on a recent seven-night trip to the tropical island that lies off the south-east coast of India.
My trip encompassed aspects of Sri Lanka’s culinary diversity, wildlife and cultural heritage.
Due to professional commitments elsewhere, I didn’t have as much time available as most travellers to explore the island. You can easily spend a couple of weeks in Sri Lanka.
Enjoying tea and surf
With tea plantations, beaches renowned for outstanding surf, ancient temples and fortresses plus national parks that provide habitat for endemic animals and birds, there’s much to do and see on the island.
Of course, many people visit Sri Lanka to do very little. Many tourists visit simply to relax on the sandy beaches.
Others prefer spending time at luxury wildlife resorts that offer morning and afternoon game drives.
I left it to Indian Odyssey, a tour company with expert knowledge of Sri Lanka, to put together my itinerary.
Outstanding accommodation in Sri Lanka
They selected some impressive places to overnight. All of the hotels and resorts that I stayed at in Sri Lanka are places that I’d happily visit again.
My itinerary started in Colombo, where I stayed at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel.
After departing the Sri Lankan capital, I spent a couple of nights at the Leopard Trails on the edge of Wilpattu National Park.
As I travelled through Sri Lanka’s interior I stayed at the Cinnamon Lodge Habarana
The Cinnamon Citadel Kandy has impressive views over the Mahaweli River.
The Living Heritage Koslanda resort proved a tranquil base to view Sri Lanka’s second highest waterfall and provided exquisite hospitality on my penultimate night in the country.
My final night was at the Kahanada Kanda resort, set on a tea plantation near Galle.
Reasons to visit Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka is one of the few places on the planet that offers opportunities to see whales swimming in the sea on the same day as taking a game drive during which you might spot wild creatures such as elephants and leopards.
I’m pleased to say that I did see a leopard and captured some good photos of the animal. I’ll be sharing those elsewhere, so don’t be surprised if you see a leopard picture with my name on it soon.
The photos illustrating this post are a fraction of the hundreds I shot while in Sri Lanka. They depict some of the people I met, some of the food that I ate, and some of the things that I saw on the island.
If you are thinking about a trip to Sri Lanka, don’t forget your camera. It’s a great place for travel photography.
How to do it
I travelled to Sri Lanka on a tour organised by Indian Odyssey, a UK-based tour operator specialising in bespoke holidays to Sri Lanka, India, Bhutan, Nepal, Myanmar and the Maldives. The team has personally tested the accommodation and excursions and can create inspiring, tailor-made privately guided tours and bespoke holidays. For more information and to book, visit www.indianodyssey.co.uk, call 01224 313984 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prices start at £1,895 per person for a seven-night trip to Sri Lanka, including return flights from the UK, accommodation in boutique hotels, a personal driver and a tailored itinerary for each guest.
SriLankan Airlines operates direct flights between London Heathrow and Bandaranaika International Airport near Colombo, Sri Lanka’s capital. The duration of the flight is 10 hours 45 minutes.
Find out more about things to do and see on the island by clicking on the Sri Lanka Tourism website.
The Go Eat Do travel blog has a post with useful cultural and practical tips for travel in Sri Lanka.
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Coconut rotis, served with chutney, a breakfast at the Living Heritage Koslanda resort.
Disclosure: Stuart travelled in Sri Lanka as a guest of Indian Odyssey.