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Holidays to Sri Lanka

India's neighbour is much more than a sunny beach destination (although both can be found in a country which boasts 833 miles of coastline). It pays to step away from the sand to find other highlights: the Portuguese and Dutch colonial heritage which shapes the south-westerly city of Galle; the serenity of Kandy, with its vast Buddhist temple; the swirl of the capital Colombo; the British yesterday of Nuwara Eliya, a hill station framed by tea plantations. Despite a difficult recent past, Sri Lanka’s future beckons.

Must see: I climbed Sigiriya – a 660ft (200m) stand-alone monolith almost at the heart of Sri Lanka – on a blazing day. It was tough going, but the route up, sometimes along rusty stairs hammered into the rock, took me past frescoes which date back to the fifth century – and delivered me to a flat-top summit which once hosted a royal palace. Truly amazing.

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Sri Lanka safari to Yala; includes 8 private jeep safaris at Yala and a whale watching trip from Mirissa. Classic Sri Lanka wildlife safari.

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Explore Sri Lanka, a country with 2,500 years of rich history and 8 World Heritage Sites. Visit ancient kingdoms and pay homage at the cradle of Buddhist civilisation. Wander through tea plantations, see an extraordinary range of wildlife at National Parks before extending your holiday on one of the world class beaches of Sri Lanka.

  • Holiday duration: 8 days
  • Price from: £1,550
  • Operator: Eastravel
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This fantastic tour covers much of the island, taking in the ancient cities, the hill country and beach stay. Transport is with your expert chauffeur-guide and mini-van and they’ll be with you for most of the tour, so you can use the vehicle to go on as many day trips and excursions as you wish.

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Spend two weeks exploring Sri Lanka with immersive local experiences and wilderness adventures combined with luxurious hotel stays.

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A diverse wildlife safari combining the best locations in Sri Lanka; Yala in the south east for leopards (also elephants and chance for sloth bears) and less visited/ crowded Wilpattu National Park further north for a contrast in habitat, but familiar species. Round off your trip with a tiger safari in India, visiting Kanha National Park.

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Leopard and elephant are Sri Lanka’s two signature species, and you’ll have ample opportunity to spot both on this two-week tour of the island, which has been specifically designed with wildlife and nature lovers in mind.

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Off the beaten track in Sri Lanka

Experience the traditional lifestyles of the rural paddy farmers, coastal fisherman, tea pluckers of the central hills and Sri Lanka’s indigenous inhabitants: the Veddas or Wanniya-laeto (forest-dwellers).

  • Holiday duration: 15 days
  • Price from: £1,944
  • Operator: Eastravel
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Sri Lanka Ayurvedic, Yoga and Meditation

Rejuvenate yourself with the ancient secrets of Ayurvedic healing. This is an easy-paced journey that combines Sri Lanka’s ancient cultural heritage with a two-week intense wellness retreat at the Barberyn Beach Ayurveda Resort in the coastal village of Weligama.

  • Holiday duration: 21 days
  • Price from: £1,299
  • Operator: Eastravel
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Explore the wonders of Sri Lanka on our Emerald Isle group tour. Start with the modern capital city of Colombo, before travelling inland to the 'Cultural Triangle' of Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and Kandy. Anuradhapura, where Buddhism first came to Sri Lanka, was the country's capital for 1,300 years.

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Sri Lanka safari to Yala, with 6 private jeep safaris. Yala National Park is well recognised as one of the best parks in the world to observe and photograph leopards. This tour is an ideal add-on if you have already booked a bargain beach holiday, but fancy getting out and seeing and experiencing a whole lot more than your sun lounger!

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