An Insider’s Guide to Holiday in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka is one of the most beautiful island in the world.
the island is surrounded by Indian Ocean and positioned in South Asia .
this island has being visited and enjoyed by many travellers for many decades.
it is just not the beaches that visiotors will find in this tropical island.
It is true that Sri Lanka is a paradise for honeymooners ,For surfers and water sports enthusiasts.
wildlife filled country safari parks ,misty mountains surrounded by tea plantations with waterfalls has amazed the nature loving visitors.
Sri Lanka has lot of places of interests and activities for the families with kids.
Sri Lankan elephants ,monkeys and turtles are some of the favourites animals enjoy by kids.
There are endless sightseeings starting from low-lands to up country.
the middle of the island rises 2000 feet above sea level with hills and mountain tops.
Every year hundreds of yogis come to Sri Lanka looking for clam and relax environment to meditate and revitalise.
Sri Lankan aurvedha ( the ancient healing system ) is more than a holiday massage or pampering available for tourists .
fine range of aurvedic villas, boutique hotels and luxury spas are built among most beautiful places in Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka is rich with history .a country with rich cultural background.
it is evident with its large presence of historic sites including ruins of ancient marvels such as sigiriya.
there are palaces ,temples,shrines and forts in every nook of the country.
Historians to archaeologists regard Sri Lanka as a must see destination.
Sri Lanka is one of the top countries in South Asia full with historical past.
Sri Lankan food is second to none.
the cusines are rich with tropical fruits and vegetables.
freshly grown herbs and sri lankan spices use by locals lavishly and to their heart content in their food.
the Sri Lankan food recipes are based on medicinal herbs and plants.
you can learn about the food of Sri Lanka with a unique Sri Lankan food tour in the country.
above all Sri Lankans are very friendly nation.A nation of Sinhalese ,Tamils ,moors and Burgers.
although Sri Lankans belong to different religious faith whether they are either Buddhists ,Hindus ,Catholics ,Christians or islams ,they all live in harmony under one Sri Lankan flag as Sri Lankans.
SRI LANKA HOLIDAYS
there is no doubt that you are looking for a Sri Lanka travel destination expert to get your Sri Lanka holidays organised.we have over 15 years of experience in arranging Sri Lanka holidays and Sri Lanka tours.
What is meant by Sri Lanka travel destination expert.someone who has born in that country and lived and travel in the country for the entire time of his life. so all our Sri Lankan tours are handled by Sri Lankans.
Sri lanka country experts ,they plan holidays to Sri Lanka and tours to Sri Lanka .so you are guaranteed of their expertise knowledge of Sri Lanka.
who would know Sri Lanka better than someone who is actually from Sri Lanka itself.
a knowledge from an insider who can recommend you Sri Lankan island’s attractions and places of interests.
HOLIDAYS IN SRI LANKA
holidays in Sri Lanka falls in to different categories of your purpose of travel to Sri Lanka.
when thinking of holidays in Sri Lanka what usually come in to mind is Sri Lankan Beach holidays.
since Sri Lanka is an island of tropical Indian Ocean .Sri Lankan beach holidays are very popular but the best island holiday is to explore the Sri Lankan island more in depth.
combination of Sri Lankan tours and beach holidays in Sri Lanka is the ideal way of exploring the tropical island of Sri Lanka.
in addition to relax in Sri lanka’s best beaches you will get an opportunity to experience the countries culture ,Sri lanka’ landscapes and sceneries.
You can read and learn more about Sri Lanka as a holiday Destination on our Sri Lanka attractions Guide.
HOLIDAYS TO SRI LANKA
Sri Lanka can be visited all year round,of course there are low and high Sri Lanka tourist season as well. Holidays to Sri Lanka can be arranged during any time of the year.
Sri lanka’ west and east part of the island ,specially two coastal part of the Sri Lanka island have different weather patterns at different time of the year.
When it’s winter season in both in western and Eastern Europe holidays to Sri Lanka and tours to Sri Lanka can be arranged.
During the winter season in Sri Lanka a Sri Lanka tour can be arranged with a combination of a beach stay in southern ,western and mostly deep southern part of the Sri Lankan island.
Sri lanka ‘s east coast has countries finest unpolluted beaches .when it’s summer season in Europe holiday to Sri Lanka can be arranged with a Srilankan tour combined with a beach stay in the east coast of the island.
Who is this website for
this website is for independent travellers who would like to book a Sri Lankan holiday through a reputed Sri Lankan travel agency or independent Sri Lankan travel consultant.
island Srilanka.com provide comprehensive guide to Sri Lanka as a holiday destination.
We have recommendations of where to stay in Sri Lanka and what to do in Sri Lanka.
And we do connect you with the right people ,the locals of Sri Lanka to have a most authentic holiday experience of your lifetime.
we have wide range of tours available from budget Sri Lankan tours to luxury Sri Lankan tour packages. check out our pages of Sri Lankan tour packages.
you can read more about us and the Booking process on about us page.
Why you need to book with a Country Expert?
How to plan your Sri Lankan Holiday
if you are a visitor from a closer country to Sri Lanka basically from another Asian country or Arabian country most visitors tend to spend around a week or more.
But if you are a visitor from Europe including Eastern Europe it is better to allow at least two weeks time to spend your holiday in Sri Lanka.
check out our short Sri Lankan holiday guide including mini round trips and Day tours.
if you are a visitor from American continent ,Canada or Australia it is also advisable to spend at least two weeks time in Sri Lanka.
check out our multi day vacation guide in Sri Lanka ,if you are spending more time in Sri Lanka.
getting here to Sri Lanka is really easy,Sri lanka is well connected with international flight routes around the word.
check out our Sri Lanka international Airport Guide for flight connections from your country of travel.
HOW TO HOLIDAY IN SRI LANKA
Below are the three most common and recommended ways of holidaying in Sri Lanka.
read and choose which method is most suitable for you , each method has its own advantages depending on your holiday budget and travel style .
you can be either a luxury traveller or someone with a holiday budget.
if you are still not sure How to Holiday in Sri Lanka. CONTACT US any time.
1.Choose a Sri Lanka tour package
This is the most popular way of holidaying in Sri Lanka .You can always fine tune these packages according to your travel style,taste,budget and dates. packages include transport ,transfers,hotels,meals, attraction tickets.
you can book these tours also with a tour guide or simply with English speaking driver. Multilingual tour guides are also available in Sri Lanka.
these packages can be done as private bespoke tours of Sri Lanka.what in terms of travel trade vocabular call them as tailor-make tours.
there are ready- made tour packages starting from 1 day to 16 days and more .
for an example 3 days tour of Sri Lanka ,7 days tour of Sri Lanka ,15 days tour of Sri Lanka
the advantage of buying a Sri Lankan tour package is,you will be guaranteed to enjoy your holiday without worrying about what to do and how much to spend ,and calculating and budgeting everyday for your holiday.
Buying the whole Sri Lanka tour package is actually a deal where you will enjoy the benefit of spending less ,worry free Holiday.
most Sri Lankan (local)tour agents sell tour packages excluding flights since purchasing and finding good flight deal has become more easier online nowadays.
when booking through international tour operator to Sri Lanka most of the tour packages comes as flight inclusive deals to Sri Lanka.
You can also check out our Sri Lanka flight inclusive tour packages available through international tour operators.
2.Hire a Car with Tourist Driver in Sri Lanka
This is the most flexible way of travelling around Sri Lanka .we can provide you the tour plan with a driver .guest choose the hotels on -the- go.
your driver will pick you up at the Sri Lankan airport and will be with you until end of your Sri Lankan tour.
locals tourist drivers know the places of interests to hidden spots of where to eat and so on … tourist drivers are just not another taxi driver ,he will be your Sri Lankan companion on your Sri Lankan tour.
you will be guaranteed to enjoy your freedom of travel in Sri Lanka.
you don’t even need to worry about drivers food or accommodation.our driver rates are included of everything
Read more on hiring a car with driver in Srilanka Guide.
3.Book a small Group Tour to Sri Lanka
Unlike in 70s and 80s Big coaches full with tourists are hardly to be seen in many tourist destinations.where mass tourism with all inclusive deals were popular.
Sri lanka is no exception ,since the end of civil war in Sri Lanka in 2009,country has seen a influx of tourists from all over the word. back -packers are discovering every nook in the country.
when a war is finished ,budget conscious back-packers are the very first to explore a country .they actually discover a country ,they write blogs about it. if there are good Sri Lankan travel blogs exists ,most of them are written by them. They use public transport most of the time.the modern Sri Lankan hostel culture to Srilankan home accommodation culture is the influence of these travelers to Sri Lanka.so called shared economy or Air B&B style accommodation are easily to be find almost every nook of the country.
actually there are tours available catering to this segment of the market,where combination of a home stay included in the tour itinerary to cut down on budget.
the modern travellers like to travel in small groups ,there are many advantages of joining a small group tour to Sri Lanka ,group tours are famous among single or solo travellers
but even whether you are a couple ,just couple of friends or a family with kids ,joining a small group tour is a great way to travel to Sri Lanka on a Budget.
Group tours depart on fixed days of the each month ,most of the time you can book a group tour through an international tour operator to Sri Lanka.
local tour suppliers and travel agents are selling Sri Lankan group tours through international operators since gathering travelers for the same tour can be harder just as single agent.
we have one 16 Day Sri Lanka round tour (suited for European travellers ) departing on fixed date of each month ,you can sign up for this tour here.
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I am Supun Abeynayake your first person of contact when it’s come to your tour inquiry.
Below I have highlighted the advantages of planning and booking through a destination expert. A single source with a local knowledge.
1. Whether it is a simple or complex itinerary,it requires a great deal of planning .your flights ,transfers and activities need to co-ordinated and they all need to be matched up.getting travel logistic right is where most travellers make mistakes ,which are often costly.this is where you need someone in the destination who has first hand experience and knowledge.
2.you have only one person to deal with and co-ordinate.unlike international agents your tour inquiry won’t be pass down to from one agent to another.
3.I will always suggest few changes to your tour that can work best to your advantage.i always look for what’s on offer and new accommodation where I can pass that to our customers.
4.We are small and independent family run business ,which means we are not tied up to certain network of businesses. We know almost know every hotelier or activity operators personally.
what we offer is ,what we have personally experienced first.the standard and the quality of places and activities are very important for us.
5.Quick Response time.since we are local .we can deal with your inquiry more quickly than any other international operator ,who are waiting for a response from their local agent.
islandsrilanka.com website was like “Dream Come True” As a huge supporter of sustainable tourism I always want to promote tour and activity holidays which will bring benefit to the locals of the island.
on the otherhand building a platform to book tour and activities which in return give travellers unique and authentic experiences of the Srilankan Island.
My team islandsrilanka.com connects travellers with best of locals who are independent small and professional tour and activity providers of the island.
we use our network in the island to connect you with most amazing people .
Our network of connections build up from local tourist drivers ,tuk tuk drivers ,tour guides ,home cooks , local Trekkers ,small hoteliers ,boutique type accommodation providers ,organic farmers ,local fishermen,toddy tappers , cinnamon peelers ,folk dancers to historians ,architects to aurvedic doctors.
Whatever your budget ,we can find something for everyone to enjoy this beautiful island at anytime of the year .
leave your holiday time to relax and enjoy .plan and book your holiday in advance at a shortest possible time with us.
Warm Wishes and Happy Holidays
How our platform works
- the tours and activities listed on the site are handpicked for their uniqueness.
- there are hundreds of small and medium sized activity and tour organiser in the island who are struggling to market it to the world travellers ,our attempt is to show case their tours on our platform. So we are the connecting partner
- we list tours and activities organise by these small operators ,but they are true expert in their feild.
- we list only one tour from each of the partners we selected to work with
- from time to time we list tours chosen by international tour organiser who have partnered with local operators because of the uniqueness of those tours they offer
How to book a Sri Lankan tour
you may have already read our website information regarding type of tours available for you to choose from.
if you are still not sure just send us a message we can take it from there, we will get back to you as soon as possible with relevant information regarding your Sri Lankan tour inquiry.
we work with small number of Sri Lankan tour and activity organisers to give you best out of your Sri Lankan holiday.
The tours offered by local suppliers are excluded of your flight tickets to traveling to in and out of Sri Lanka .
all local tour operators have very simple booking process with simple booking conditions.
please read the general Sri Lankan tour booking conditions in place with most agents.
there will be specific condition or variations with different travel agents.
however we will mention what you need to know when you booking the tour .
Payments for your tours
depending on the type of Tour /price you book ,we will email you the best possible payment options are available to complete your booking process.
whether it is need to be paid full or just a percentage needed determined by the type of tour,price and time of th year tour taking place ( some tours need to be book well in advance in high seasons ).
we have secured online payment system through PayPal ( you don’t need a pay pal account ) .
customers can also pay via bank transfers to our local bank.
most of the time transfers ,short trips and some multi day tours ( with no accommodation) or driver hire can be paid on upon arrival to Sri Lanka.