By Natalie Robinson, 5 months ago, 1 minute read.

Why Sri Lanka should be on your must-visit list

Sri Lanka: named Lonely Planet’s top destination for 2019 – and with good reason. Christened the ‘teardrop of India’, the country is full of beauty, culture and heritage ready to explore.

Now is the best time to travel to Sri Lanka with great hotel deals, excellent value prices and more chance of seeing its beauty with a smaller number of tourists.

The country may be small but it is mighty, boasting nine UNESCO World Heritage sites, from The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic in Kandy and Sigiriya, an ancient Rock Fortress dating back to the 5th century AD, to beautiful tea plantations, the Sinharaja Forest and Galle, a beautiful UNESCO town on Sri Lanka’s southwestern tip.

Sri Lanka also has miles of beautiful beaches from undeveloped shores and romantic hideaways to fun, sociable hubs and family friendly sands. In the UK summer, plan your trip with a visit to the east coast beaches to enjoy the Sri Lankan coastline and in the UK winter, the southern and south west beaches are at their best.

Some of Sri Lanka’s beaches offer the chance to spot whales and dolphins from November to April, and sea turtles can be spotted all year round in Kosgoda or Rekawa. Enjoy the ocean yourself with endless water sports and surfing hotspots around the coastline.

Whilst the beaches are something to boast about, to just enjoy a beach break in Sri Lanka would only be scratching the surface.

The country is bursting with heritage from impressive cities to sacred sites and ancient monuments. Visit the Cultural Triangle, located between Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and Kandy and find ancient kingdoms, relics and sculptures dating back thousands of years. Try to include stays in the lovingly restored colonial bungalows into your itinerary for a glimpse of the bygone era.

Colombo, Sri Lanka’s capital, is a dynamic destination, full of colonial architecture, temples, bustling markets and street stalls and a vibrant atmosphere as well as a growing food scene.

Did you know Sri Lanka has the largest density of leopards than anywhere else in the world? Spot them as well as elephants and other magnificent wildlife in one of Sri Lanka’s many national parks. Yala and Wilpattu are perfect for leopard spotting and Uda Walawe is a prime location for elephants. Gal Oya can take you on a boat safari to spot them swimming. The annual Elephant Gathering in Minneriya National Park is truly a sight to behold in August to September.

Sri Lanka is a small but diverse country and visitors can tick so much off their bucket lists with just one flight.

Premier Holidays tours are all private to you and come with a driver guide. Customise these tours as much or as little as you wish – our travel experts have the experience and can tailor-make itineraries depending on what you’d like to see on your visit. Distances in Sri Lanka may take a little longer to get between locations, however these journeys are made even more interesting by your guide pointing out things of interest along the way.

For your journey to Sri Lanka, we recommend travelling in style and comfort with Emirates. Experience world-class service, award-winning inflight entertainment, and gourmet cuisine from the comfort of an enclosed private suite in First Class, or the refreshed Business and Economy Class cabins. Flights from the UK to Colombo take approximately 11 hours, and you can fly from London, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh or Glasgow.   Lots of great offers are available now - Call us today to find out more.

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