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Tropical holidays in Sri Lanka – Dream destination in the Indian Ocean

Discover the enchanting island paradise with Etihad Holidays' unforgettable holidays to Sri Lanka. Whether you're dreaming of a luxury holiday in Sri Lanka or looking for the perfect package holiday, Etihad Holidays has tailored experiences that promise to make your visit truly special. Sri Lanka is a unique destination brimming with natural wonders, idyllic beaches, a vibrant culture, and some of the most biodiverse nature reserves in the world. A land of rare experiences, the compact island will appeal to adventure seekers and tourists chasing the sun.

Best time to travel to Sri Lanka

between December and April
mixed tropical climate
temperatures from 27 to 29°C (81 - 84°F)

What to see and do in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is a feast for the senses, boasting an abundance of extraordinary things to see and do. Packed into the compact island are seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites, 26 biodiverse national parks as well as countless beach resorts, untamed coastal strips, ancient temples and cities bursting with energy. Topping many traveller itineraries are Sri Lanka's vibrant cities: chaotic and spirited Colombo, historic Kandy and the colonial delights of Galle. Each city makes a good base for reaching some of Sri Lanka’s other highlights. Excursions and day trips can take you down off-beaten paths to tea plantations, rainforests, mountains and tropical islets.

For those pondering where to holiday in Sri Lanka, the choices are as diverse as the island's landscape. From the sun-kissed shores of the south coast to the ancient ruins and lush tea plantations of the central highlands, every corner of Sri Lanka offers a unique allure. With our package holidays to Sri Lanka, you can explore these wonders without the hassle, ensuring a seamless travel experience from start to finish.
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Most visitors will spend a little time in Colombo of their holiday to Sri Lanka if only to reach the international airports. There is every reason to put aside a few days to immerse yourself in the bustling neighbourhoods of Sri Lanka's biggest city, especially the ever-popular Cinnamon Gardens district. Colombo, the vibrant capital city of Sri Lanka, serves as a captivating blend of historical charm and modern dynamism, with bustling streets, colonial buildings, and a scenic oceanfront that beckons travelers from around the globe.

Key facts about Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is a tropical island country located in South Asia, just off the southeastern coast of India. It is known for its beautiful beaches, historic temples and palaces as well as its biodiverse wildlife. Around 123 mammal species live there, including 21 endemic species.

Formerly known as Ceylon, Sri Lanka has a history stretching back at least 33,000 years. On February 4th 1948, Ceylon gained independence from colonialism and became the first democratic republic in Asia. In 1972, the country became a republic and was renamed Sri Lanka, meaning 'Resplendent Island.'

The current population of 22 million incorporates diverse cultures and languages that reflect the layered history. The metropolitan area of Colombo, the largest city, is home to around 25 percent of the island’s population.

With unspoiled beaches, incredible wildlife, and millennia of history, it is easy to see why Sri Lanka welcomed a record 2.5 million tourist arrivals in 2018.


population of 22 million
rich history
capital: Colombo
2.5 million tourist arrivals in 2018

Weather & stay at Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka's tropical climate invites mixed weather conditions throughout the year. Two monsoon seasons (known as Maha and Yala) stand out. Temperatures are consistently hot, with little deviation across all seasons. For example, in Colombo, average monthly temperatures range from 27°C (81°F) to 29°C (84°F) throughout the year.

December to April is Sri Lanka’s high season with sunshine hours between 7 to 8 hours daily. It is prime time for safaris, as the big animals of Sri Lanka’s national parks gather around watering holes.

April, September, and October are ideal for exploring contrasting locations, as the weather is more balanced across the island. The shoulder months on either side of the Maha and Yala monsoon seasons are dry, with pleasant temperatures inland. And while rain may be expected, there is plenty of sunshine to offset the occasional downpour.

Transportation – Getting to and around Sri Lanka

Tuk-tuks and taxis are ideal for moving around urban areas during your holiday in Sri Lanka. Inexpensive taxis or shuttle buses are the preferred method for airport transfers. Furthermore, public buses crisscross the island. But the highlight for many travellers is the vintage rail network, which cuts through Hill Country and links resorts across the southern and western coastlines. They are a surprisingly laidback mode of transport (less chaotic than buses) and the views are often sublime. Hiring a motorbike or car is also a popular option among tourists.


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Sri Lanka Events 2024

Dive into the vibrant tapestry of Sri Lanka’s culture and heritage by exploring the exhilarating events during your Sri Lanka holiday lined up for you in 2024. From enchanting wedding expos to pulsating music festivals and spiritual celebrations, embark on a journey of discovery and delight across the island's diverse landscapes.

Book your dream holiday in Sri Sanka now with Etihad Holidays

Luxury holiday Sri Lanka packages by Etihad Holidays take indulgence to the next level. Stay in exclusive resorts and boutique hotels that offer unparalleled hospitality, exquisite dining, and soothing spa treatments amidst breathtaking settings. Our luxury offerings ensure that every moment of your stay is enveloped in comfort and elegance.

For couples seeking an unforgettable start to their journey together, a honeymoon in Sri Lanka with Etihad Holidays promises romance and adventure. Imagine walking hand in hand along deserted beaches, sharing intimate dinners under the stars, and experiencing the thrill of wildlife safaris together. Our Sri Lanka honeymoon packages are designed to create memories that last a lifetime.

Sri Lanka beach holidays are a highlight for many. The island boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, ranging from the popular Bentota and Mirissa to the secluded havens of Pasikudah and Trincomalee. With Etihad Holidays, you can soak up the sun on pristine sands, dive into crystal-clear waters, or simply enjoy the ocean's tranquil melodies from your luxury beachfront accommodation during your Sri Lanka beach holidays.

Choosing Etihad Holidays for your holidays to Sri Lanka means choosing a travel partner dedicated to making your visit as enriching and enjoyable as possible. From the moment you book your package holiday to Sri Lanka to the time you return home, you'll enjoy the peace of mind that comes with expert planning, quality accommodation, and thoughtful itineraries that capture the essence of Sri Lanka for holiday seekers.

In conclusion, whether you're drawn to the serene beauty of Sri Lanka's beaches, the luxury of its resorts, or the charm of its diverse landscapes and cultures, Etihad Holidays offers an array of options to make your dream holiday a reality. Let us take you on a journey to discover the magic of Sri Lanka, where every moment is a treasure and every experience a story to cherish.

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