Beat the crowds back to beautiful Sri Lanka

Beat the crowds back to beautiful Sri Lanka
July 2019

Spectacular Sri Lanka, a dreamy tropical destination enticing travellers for centuries. Wonderfully welcoming, beat the crowds back to Sri Lanka, a dreamy destination that is hotter than ever. Its compact size belies the wealth of its fascinating ruins and it lays claim to no less than seven World Heritage sites dotted throughout the country. Its mist-covered mountains, wildlife-rich national parks and lush tea estates boast charming, colonial style boutique lodgings and along the palm-lined south coast there are stylish beach resorts and villas to equal the world’s best.

Renewed optimism, stability and safety

Following the softening of government travel advice and improvements in security across the country, the locals are eager to share their beautiful island with visitors and are more welcoming than ever.

With the island's awe-inspiring ancient ruins, traditional temples, national parks and vibrant markets currently quieter than usual, it's the perfect destination for a discerning traveller's upcoming spring or summer getaway.

When is the best time to travel?

It may sound like a cliché, but Sri Lanka really is a nearly year round destination with a jam-packed festival calendar meaning there’s a colourful Buddhist celebration to observe in every season. The coming months showcase the Hindu Festival of Lights, Deepavali, the start of the tea harvest in the highlands and the Minneriya elephant gathering in full swing. Whale watching season commences in the island’s southern region (Mirissa) in November, treating travellers to a memorable wildlife experience. Whether you seek wildlife, culture, beach or active adventure, a journey with A&K through Sri Lanka will deliver on every level.

Why travel in Sri Lanka with A&K?

  • A&K has had its own office in Colombo for many years, with more than 50 staff dedicated to delivering the seamless journeys that are our hallmark.
  • A&K Sri Lanka has strong partnerships with local suppliers and hotels, allowing greater flexibility, competitive rates and added value, as well as an impressive array of insider access opportunities and encounters providing you with a deeper insight into the island.
  • Our team is strengthened by highly professional tour guides, lecturers and naturalists who will take you through the country's fascinating attractions in detail and with knowledge and passion.
  • We have also introduced a flexi-booking programme with reduced deposit requirements, relaxed payment conditions and a generous cancellation schedule, so you can book with confidence.

See - Witness quintessential local wonders

Spectacular Sigiriya

Set 200 metres up an imposing rocky outcrop, UNESCO World Heritage-listed Sigiriya Rock Fortress is part royal palace and part self-contained town with the famous Lion Gate, water gardens, walls and moats, architectural marvels all. From the top, soak up breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside.

Discover Dambulla

Sri Lanka’s greatest cave-temple complex, and an important Buddhist icon, Dambulla dates back to the first century BC and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site home to an amazing array of Buddha statues, as well as honouring Hindu kings and deities.

Botanical immersion

Join a professor of botany at the Royal Botanical Gardens at Peradeniya for an educational walk through the extraordinary botanical collection. Founded in 1824, the gardens comprise over 4,000 species of plants and trees, and its crowning jewel, a colourful display of more than 300 vivid orchid varietals.

Do - Enjoy unforgettable island experiences

Two leaves and a bud  

Try your hand at tea plucking, exploring a plantation of traditional Ceylon tea. Visit the plantations and a factory to learn from an expert about the journey from planting and plucking, to manufacturing, grading and processing, the auction system, and finally a tasting.

Hot air balloon adventure

Take to the skies to admire the splendours of Sigiriya on an exhilarating hot air balloon ride. Surrounded by spectacular views of the island countryside, keep an eagle-eye out for the iconic rock fortress and its famous Lion Gate.

Sri Lankan safari

With a number of national parks to explore, visit Minneriya National Park for a chance to see elephants and the iconic purple-faced langur and toque macaque. Keep your camera handy in Wilpattu National Park to witness wild boar, buffalo, sloth bear and the elusive leopard.  

Stay - Settle into Sri Lanka's luxurious lodgings 

Uga Chena Huts, South Coast

Nestled between the sea and dunes is Uga Chena Huts, a boutique style lodge offering a unique experience in this wildlife haven. The "huts" are luxury pavilions, modern in design and positioned perfectly for privacy. Stay at Uga Chena Huts for a tranquil stay and to experience the best of Sri Lankan wildlife, and the beachside restaurant is the perfect place to treat your taste buds to traditional Sri Lankan cuisine

Ceylon Tea Trails, Hatton

Built between 1890 and 1939, each of the five restored colonial era tea planter residences is unique, but they all combine classical and contemporary style and a taste of gracious living. Each bungalow comes with its own manager, chef, butler and house staff with between four and six rooms each, a separate sitting room, sweeping lawns, swimming pools and English gardens.

Vil Uyana, The Cultural Triangle

Vil Uyana is a haven for those who wish to escape to nature and indulge in some pampering. Offering spacious rooms and suites in four different styles, the hotel provides unique accommodation in a peaceful and tranquil setting. The 36 dwellings are sustainably built in a rustic style incorporating woven reeds and rattan around the resort’s five thriving eco-systems - garden, 

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