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Sri Lanka Holidays are famed for visting stunning tropical beaches, rich accessible cultural and awe-inspiring scenery. Seasonal changes make a holiday in Sri Lanka the ideal winter getaway and the island's natural diversity means there is an itinerary to suit everyone.

We offer Sri Lanka holidays that emphasise and value the islands less obvious attractions, such as a road network where sacred cows and elephants rule the highway hierarchy and bicycles aren't considered worth peddling unless they have at least two adults and three children delicately positioned on top. To compliment this we have a beautiful selection of small Sri Lanka Hotels and Sri Lanka Villas that are full of character and charm. Our coastal Sri Lanka Hotels are ideal for a week or two relaxing on the beach, while our inland Sri Lanka hotels offer unique and exciting accommodation while enjoying a island Sri Lanka tour.

Our private Sri Lanka tours do not involve artificial 'culture' pre-packaged for mass tourism, but just everyday life and the type of experiences that make Sri Lanka so special. For example, stop off to buy a bottle of water in the remote hill country and within seconds the shop owner will have laid up a table with their best china and extended an invitation to your entire party to sit and drink overly sugared Sri Lankan tea with the family. We try to promote the people & rich history of Sri Lanka above all and hope you will enjoy our holidays as a result.
With seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites, twelve nature reserves, Buddhist cave temples, mist covered plains, tea plantations, stunning waterfalls and gem mines, we could not encourage a holiday tour of Sri Lanka more strongly. All our Sri Lanka holiday tours are organised on a personal basis with private chauffeur driven vehicles. This is the norm in Sri Lanka where coach parties, queues and souvenirs shops are rarely seen.

The most important thing to remember when planning a tour of Sri Lanka is not to over-load your schedule. This is easily done with endless things to entice your interest, but by compiling an itinerary akin to a military operation you are guaranteed to ruin your time away. So try to rule out staying just one night anywhere, allow for the poor roads and always inform us of any special interests you may have such as bird watching, architecture etc... as this will really help us to plan the perfect itinerary for your holiday to Sri Lanka.

We have some suggested Sri Lanka holiday itineraries on the website to offer inspiration and help as a starting point, but to personalise your holiday to Sri Lanka please give us a call on (0207 112 0019) or email us so that we can tailor make your ideal itinerary.

With direct flights from London and other options from Birmingham & Manchester, flying to Sri Lanka is relatively easy. Whilst many people like to book their own flights, we are happy to arrange tickets. The only direct flights are with Sri Lankan Airways from Heathrow or a limited schedule with First Choice from Gatwick. You can however, also fly with Emirates, Etihad and Qatar via the Middle East or with Kingfisher and Jet Airways via India. 
Sri Lanka benefits from fairly consistent temperatures of 25-29ºC all year round, however the optimum time to holiday in Sri Lanka is December - April. July - September is ever so slightly cooler and has the ability to produce overcast mornings and brief rain showers, but this may appeal to those who want to focus on a tour of Sri Lanka or families with young children.

There are two distinct monsoon seasons in Sri Lanka. The first lasts from May-June and the second from October to mid-November. During these months the seas on the south coast of Sri Lanka become unsuitable for bathing, the picturesque sways of tropical sand are replaced with narrow lacklustre beaches and the air is heavy with salt and spray. The west coast of Sri Lanka is less affected during this period and so coastal villages such as Bentota are preferable. Better yet, opt to stay slightly inland with easy access to the beach but none of its off season drawbacks.

As for the central Sri Lankan hill country, temperatures are significantly cooler all year round due to its altitude. This makes it ideal for many outdoor pursuits and fantastic as an alternative Christmas destination. What better than to spend Christmas day as a family in an old British plantation bungalow, with an open fire, Christmas tree and all the usual trimmings before driving down to the coast for New Year celebrations on the beach!
It is possible to rent a car in Sri Lanka but we advise against it as the roads are poor and the driving conditions challenging. Moreover, it is very economical to hire a driver in Sri Lanka, allowing you to sit back and enjoy the journey. Our drivers speak good English and possess an extensive knowledge of the country enabling them to double up as tour guides.  We offer three vehicle types: a saloon car ideal for 2-3 people; a mini-van ideal for 4-6 people or a 4WD jeep for a more comfortable experience.

Many of our customers also enjoy doing part of their tour by train. This should be emphasised as an experience rather than an efficient way of travelling round the island, but some of the train routes especially in the central hill country extremely beautiful and well worth a short trip. We can pre-book tickets for you and arrange for your driver to follow the train with your luggage so you don’t have to worry about hauling it all on board.

Alternatively, for those who have deep pockets it is possible to charter a light aircraft or book a private helicopter for transfers or day trips. For more details please visit www.simplifly.com

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Dear Kate and Co. Thank you for at wonderful, unforgettable vacation. All the houses and the hotel you recommended where absolutely enchanted. We enclose just a few pictures so you can see what a beautiful a time we had. We will of course be recommending Sri Lanka, the smiling people everywhere and your homepage…. HS – December 2010

Wonderfully professional yet friendly and patient service. Never appeared fed up or unwilling to answer questions - of which there were many! We will always use Fleewinter for our bookings if we are going to an area of the world covered by them. First class service. CR – January 2011

Our time on the west coast and Apsara was wonderful and the villas staff were perfect. Trips were organised for us by Priantha and Chatu, who made everything easy and looked after us wonderfully. Their trips are very good value and they were generous with their time and information. We saw elephants from the road in their natural habitat and many other animals. On our boat trip up the Bentota river we saw crocodiles, monitor lizards, exotic birds, coconut farmers, monks etc.. Fabulous! And New Years Eve on the beach with the Sri Lankan Aprsara 'family' was a real treat. Chandara's cooking was an absolute joy and the staff at Apsara were so kind and caring that we didn't want to leave. CR – December 2010

We LOVED the holiday!! It was totally amazing.....the perfect honeymoon. VB – December 2010

 
  Our Favourites
SLG036 - Mandalay - is a hidden gem, which has recently been fully refurbished. It has 3 double bedrooms and while the price is based on full occupancy it can be adjusted for smaller groups or couples.
SLG018 - Beach Hut - A well established beach villa with one main bedroom situated a few miles from Galle directly on the beach.
SLG045 - Satori - occupies a stunning hillside location slightly inland from Galle, with a private pool, yoga pavilion and beautiful gardens.
SLB011 - Apsara - is a 3 bedroom villa located on the west coast of Sri Lanka, with a stunning river frontage and access to the beach via boat (5 mins away).
SLG049 - Cove House - is a beautiful 3 bedroom villa perched above one of Sri Lanka's most secluded beaches. The ideal home away from home, with great food and safe swimming/surfing.
 
 

 

 

 

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