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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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This 18 day holiday covers the northern portion of Sri Lanka in detail, taking in wildlife, culture and beaches. It is the perfect trip for those who have perhaps visited the island before, or for those with an adventurous streak who want to explore something many others don't even know about.

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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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This fantastic 2 week holiday takes in some of the best of Sri Lanka, with a short and relaxing stay in the Maldives at the end. Featuring some of our best signature boutique and character hotels, this trip includes some of the highlights of Sri Lanka - from the cultural triangle, to the tea estates around Kandy.

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A unique itinerary to Northern Sri Lanka featuring wildlife safaris, cultural insights and glorious beaches. Spend lazy days experiencing true Sri Lankan hospitality at the unique Mudhouse in Anamaduwa, go on a safari at Wilpattu National Park, see the highlights of Jaffna and go island hopping to the remote easterly islands.

  • Holiday duration: 14 days
  • Price from: £1,390
  • Operator: Eastravel
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Take your time and enjoy one of the most varied and beautiful countries on this planet. This holiday idea is designed for a two week holiday and goes at a relaxing pace.

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Covering the cream of the island’s ancient sites and the site of the island’s famous “elephant gathering” at Minneriya, this short, introductory tour of Sri Lanka is the one we generally recommend to first-time visitors who are more interested in history and culture than flopping under the palms on a tropical beach.

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A comprehensive tour through Sri Lanka exploring World Heritage Sites, ancient kingdoms and pay homage at the Cradle of Buddhism. Take a nostalgic train ride through some of the most scenic spots in Sri Lanka and enjoy the crisp cool climate as you wander through sprawling tea plantations.

  • Holiday duration: 17 days
  • Price from: £1,688
  • Operator: Eastravel
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Wild Sri Lanka gives you the opportunity to see the wildlife highlights of the country whilst taking in the major cultural sites. It takes you to some of the least visited wildlife spotting locations giving you magical moments with leopards, elephants and or sloth bears on safari. We can tailormake your perfect itinerary.

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Sri Lanka is home to an extraordinary range of wildlife. Several national parks, some of them which are recognised as Heritage Sites of the world boast of elephants, sloth bears, crocodiles, monkeys and a colourful collection of migratory and endemic birds.

  • Holiday duration: 14 days
  • Price from: £1,600
  • Operator: Eastravel
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