Though small in size, Sri Lanka is abundant in beauty, rich in experiences and brimming with amazing accommodation.
From the tea plantations to the coast, the cities and the national parks – Sri Lanka has something to offer everyone.
We are seeing a lot of interest in Sri Lanka at the moment – as tourism in this beautiful country undergoes somewhat of a renaissance. Travellers are keen to discover its World Heritage-listed sites and cities, experience its beautiful beaches and coasts, try their luck at spotting a leopard on safari and connect with this wonderful country and its people.
To help you discover Sri Lanka as we know it we’ve compiled a list of some of our favourite places to visit, which all feature in our Secret Sri Lanka itinerary. This tour includes luxury accommodation and a range of exclusive experiences that guarantee a truly memorable holiday in Sri Lanka.
# 1 Take a picnic breakfast in Sri Lanka’s tea country
The sun is sneaking in through your window, the day beckons and all around the stunning countryside and tea plantations of Sri Lanka are luring you outside. Experience the nation’s tea country intimately – at Thotalagala a freshly prepared hamper – complete with rug, fresh bread, sparkling wine, and other edible delights – are packed especially for you. Take your basket and find the perfect spot to share a private picnic breakfast with your loved one or family.
#2 See Sigiriya Rock Fortress from the air
Fly over the UNESCO World Heritage Rock Fortress at Sigiriya to see this magnificent sight from the sky. Hold your breath as you see one of Sri Lanka’s most famous sights like few do – from the window of a private charter flight. Once you land, the rock’s 1000 steps can be climbed should you wish. Maybe the aerial view was enough and you can just head to Ulagalla, a stunning eco resort situated on a 60-acre private estate. Settle into your individual villas with private plunge pool and imagine climbing those 1000 stairs!
# 3 Discover old and new Colombo
Like the rest of the country, Colombo is changing as tourism gathers pace in Sri Lanka. While still embracing its heritage, Colombo is fast becoming vibrant and cosmopolitan. Explore the city with a personalized walking tour and discover the secrets of this fascinating city. What better place to stay to explore the city than the boutique property Maniumpathy – immerse yourself in its history and cuisine.
#4 Study the work of iconic architect Geoffrey Bawa
Sri Lanka’s Geoffrey Bawa was one of Asia’s most influential architects and the main driver of a style known globally as “tropical modernism.’’ His work and influence can be seen across Sri Lanka. Surround yourself in Bawa’s work at the Last House – the final building he designed. You can book this whole exclusive beachside villa – swim, enjoy a massage, indulge in fresh seafood and generally unwind at the end of your travel in Sri Lanka.
#5 End the day with drinks at an exclusive Galle villa
Imagine a colonial-era villa with less than a handful of rooms, a pool, an onsite chef and stunning living spaces that invite you to linger. Then picture yourself using the whole villa for your private group, or family holiday. Perfectly located inside Galle Fort, the villa’s locale makes it ideal to explore the city on foot. At the end of the day, head to the private roof top terrace of the villa for a cold drink and to watch the sun fade.
Experience Sri Lanka for yourself. These five stays and experiences are part of our Secret Sri Lanka itinerary. Experience it in full, or choose one or two of these experiences or hotels and let us create a custom made itinerary for you that reflects your own particular interest and wishes for your dream holiday in Sri Lanka.