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Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

See baby Asian elephants

Pinnawala was founded in 1975 to care for orphaned elephants from all over the country. You can visit the orphanage and see the herd being fed and taking a dip in the nearby Oya River twice a day.

Elephants playing in the river in Pinnawala

About Sri Lanka

The teardrop island of Sri Lanka fuses ancient spirituality with remarkable nature sites and some of the finest beaches in South Asia.

Tailor-made Sri Lanka holidays with Round the World Experts

Whether you’re travelling to the spiritual destination for the first or fifth time, our team of Experts can create you the perfect tailor-made Sri Lanka holiday.

With years of travel experience under our belts, we confidently specialise in tailor-made holidays that are unique to the individual. We’ve travelled to all parts of the globe, including Sri Lanka, and have plenty of holiday experiences and stories to share to make your holiday something special. From booking flights to arranging accommodation, transport and unique experiences, our team can organise your entire Sri Lankan holiday for you.

When you book with us your Expert will be available to lend a helping hand to ensure you are prepared for your trip. While travelling, you’ll also be able to contact your expert to ask any questions or make any changes. In the event of an emergency, we’ll also be on hand to help with our 24/7 Emergency Assistance service.

With a customised service from start to finish, there’s never been a better way to experience Sri Lanka. Start planning your Sri Lanka holiday itinerary today by calling our expert team.

With 25 years of civil war a fading memory, Sri Lanka's tourism industry has been reinvigorated, welcoming a new generation of travellers from all over the world to discover one of South Asia's most diverse and accessible destinations.

The Buddhist faith permeates every aspect of the Sri Lankan culture, from historic temples that still play a vital role in the people's lives to massage techniques, inspired by ancient wisdom. This tranquil atmosphere complements the island nation's serene mountain vistas and palm-lined beaches.

For the more adventurous, Sri Lanka offers a competitive selection of outdoor activities and other experiences to appeal to even the most seasoned explorers, including eight UNESCO World Heritage sites and teeming national parks where you're all but guaranteed sightings of elephants and leopards roaming free.

When to go

Sri Lanka's tropical climate means temperatures are consistently warm with a chance of rain at any time of year. You can avoid the worst of the wet weather by planning your trip around the two annual monsoon seasons, which are May to August in the south-west of the country and October to January in the north and on the east coast. The island's west and south coasts experience the least rainfall between December and March. If you're hoping to see some local culture during your visit, the calendar offers plenty of festivals to choose from. One of the most significant is the 10-day Esala Perahera festival in July and August that sees the city of Kandy explode with colourful costumes and dance performances.

Whether for a stopover, prime destination or one part of a larger itinerary, our experts can tailor-make an itinerary featuring Sri Lanka for you.

Airlines that fly to Sri Lanka

  • British Airways
  • Emirates
  • Etihad Airways
  • Qatar Airways

Sri Lanka airports

Sri Lanka's major hub is Bandaranaike International Airport, located about 18 miles north of the capital Colombo. Flights also operate out of Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport in the south of Sri Lanka, which can be more convenient for coastal destinations.

Best time to fly

Peak season in Sri Lanka is between December and March, when many travellers escape the cold weather in the Northern Hemisphere. Visiting off-peak can offer substantial discounts on accommodation and tours, as well as drier weather on the east coast between April and September.

Flight facts

The average flight times from London to Sri Lanka are:

  • 10 hours and 30 minutes to Colombo non-stop
  • 12 hours and 30 minutes to Colombo with one stopover
  • 15 hours and 15 minutes to Hambantota
Sri Lanka may look small on the globe, but this island offers a huge variety of experiences to satisfy visitors of all ages and interests. Check out some of our favourites below or talk to one of our experts today for more ideas.

For first time visitors:

  • Climb to the top of Sigiriya rock fortress for outstanding views
  • Lie back on Sri Lanka's best beaches at Negombo and Unawatuna
  • Tour a tea plantation to enjoy beautiful scenery and local blends
  • Unwind with an Ayurvedic massage.
  • Shop for sapphires, rubies and other precious stones at some of the world's leading gem markets

For history and culture:

  • Make the pilgrimage to the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy, one of the most sacred Buddhist sites in the world
  • Admire the ancient murals and statues at the UNESCO-listed Golden Temple of Dambulla
  • Walk through the atmospheric ruins of Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka's ancient capital
  • Take a tour of Anuradhapura to see historic temples, dagobas and royal palaces
  • Discover Sri Lanka's colonial heritage at Galle

For wildlife encounters:

  • Watch 80 elephants feeding and bathing at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
  • See wild elephants roaming free at Udawalawe National Park
  • Spot the leopards at Yala National Park
  • Enjoy whale and dolphin watching at Dondra Point
  • Join a Turtle Watch at Rekawa Beach for the chance to see turtles laying their eggs

For outdoor activities:

  • Head to the Knuckles Mountain Range for Sri Lanka's top nature treks.
  • Board a kayak and tackle more than 100 rivers island-wide
  • Shoot the rapids on the Kelani River
  • Ride the waves at Weligama, the best surf spot for beginners
  • Explore the underwater world on a scuba diving trip to Bar Reef

The ultimate itinerary

If you're time-poor in Sri Lanka we recommend our Colombo, Caves & Kandy Classic Journey. Taking place across nine days, this journey will see you explore the temples, tea plantations and sacred monuments of Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle, touring all of the country’s key destinations with a English-speaking guide and accommodation in three to four star hotels and heritage hotels.

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