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Wind your way through Sri Lanka's verdant Tea Country by train to reach charming colonial-style hill stations.

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Stay within Bogawantalwa Valley's mist-shrouded tea plantations.

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Admire the colourful tea pickers in Ceylon's cool central tea plantations

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Overlook the mesmerising Castlereagh lake from up high at Dunkeld Bungalow, the latest addition to the Ceylon Tea Trails.

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Stay at Thotalagala, a firm Ampersand favourite, to experience one of the first and most beautiful 19th century tea planters’ bungalows in Sri Lanka.

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Take in the phenomenal views over Sri Lanka's rolling hills from Thotalagala's prime position in Haputale.

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Base yourself at the Amanwella in Tangalle, a super slick, James Bond-esque beach resort located in the fishing village of Tangalle.

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Enjoy poolside sunsets at Amanwella to witness the sky setting ablaze behind silhouetted swaying palm trees.

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During a stay at Amangalla, explore the historic town of Galle by foot, passing friendly locals as you go.

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SRI LANKA - Yala National Park - leopard

Head to Yala National Park to witness enchanting birdlife, elephants, monkeys, peacocks, crocodiles, buffalo, deer, bears and the highest density in the world of the elusive leopard

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SRI LANKA - Heritance Kandalama

Join wandering elephants at Heritance Kandalama, an architectural marvel of a hotel enveloped in vegetation and the centrepiece of the Geoffrey Bawa pilgrimage route.

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Go whale watching in Mirissa and Weligama Bay to see these magnificent creatures leaping in and out of the ocean.

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Be treated to great service at luxury hotels like Kahanda Kanda, our favourite boutique hotel in Galle.

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We highly recommend the luxury eco-resort of Ulagalla, which is within easy reach of the attractions of the Cultural Triangle.

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Enter another world at the wildly atmospheric Dambulla Caves, Sri Lanka's most extraordinary cave temple complex.

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Continue along the Cultural Triangle journey to see other impressive temples in Mihintale and Anuradhapura.

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SRI LANKA - Polonnaruwa

Visit the extraordinary ancient city of Polonnaruwa, which was the island's medieval capital between the 11th and 13th century.

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Bask in the Sri Lankan sun at The Last House in Tangalle, under the shade of frangipani trees.

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Sit back and relax poolside at Nine Skies hotel in Ella, overlooking the rolling hills.

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Sri Lanka - Perahera Festival

Visit during the spectacular Perahera Festival in Kandy, which comprises of ten nights of lively festivities, involving bejewelled elephants, street dancers and drummers.

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Take in the Perahera Festival at the Temple of the Tooth, Sri Lanka's most holy Buddhist temple where it is said that Buddha's tooth is buried 22/35
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Kahanda Kanda near Galle is one of Sri Lanka's chicest addresses and a wonderfully stylish spot for an arak sour at the living room bar

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SRI LANKA - Sigiriya Rock

Take in the exhilarating views from the top of Sigiriya Rock

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SRI LANKA - Kids at Dambulla

Make friends with smiley local school kids playing at Dambulla cave temple

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SRI LANKA - Tangalle market

Soak up the sights, smells and smiles at Tangalle food market which takes place once a week

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Castlereagh Lake in Sri Lanka's central Tea Country, a stone's throw from one of her chicest boutique bungalows, Castlereagh, which is part of the Ceylon Tea Trails.

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Enjoy sundowners at the Amangalla roof bar with views over the walled fort town of Galle

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The Amanwella’s ultra sexy 45-metre infinity pool is back by an elegant restaurant and looks out over a gorgeous coconut grove and the sea beyond. 

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SRI LANKA - Villa Bentota

Set on a former coconut plantation a stone's throw from a dazzling beach is one of Sri Lanka's most sophisticated boutique hotels: the Villa Bentota

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SRI LANKA - Amangalla Zaal

The Amangalla's Zaal is the grandest living room in Sri Lanka and the perfect location for a glamorous party - New Year's Eve celebrations here are incredible!

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Amangalla is steeped in history: once home to a Dutch commander and a billet for British soldiers, it has been revamped by Kerry Hill who has maintained the unique history of the building allowing you step right back to Galle’s colonial heyday.

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Treat yourself with a stay at one of Sri Lanka's most exclusive and beautifully designed villas - 20 Middle Street, Galle - which sleeps 6 people, and is situated next door to the Amangalla.

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Places of Interest

The mango-shaped island of Sri Lanka is ripe for exploration. Tropical white-sand bays rim the south coast of the island and inland the cool Tea Country provides opportunities for gentle walks among the verdant hills. Further north, the Cultural Triangle showcases Sri Lanka’s fascinating history with its ancient ruins, ornate cave temples and logic-defying sacred sites. The northeast and northwest coasts are developing into exciting new beach resorts, which means in terms of seasonal weather patterns, you can now have a slice of Sri Lankan sunshine year-round.

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  • Galle & the South
  • Cultural Triangle
  • Kandy & Hill Country
  • Colombo
  • The West
  • The East
  • National Parks

Adam's Peak

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Located in the south of Sri Lanka’s emerald-green Hill Country, Adam’s Peak stands proud at 2,243 metres tall and has...

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Anuradhapura

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The sprawling ancient city of Anuradhapura is home to a rich collection of archaeological and architectural wonders; stepped pools, bell-shaped...

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Balapitiya

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A traditional fishing village with a golden sand beach, Balapitiya also sits on the Madu Ganga (River) estuary, connected to...

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Bandarawela

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The bustling hill town of Bandarawela is, like Nuwara Eliya, in the cool Central Highlands, though it is further south...

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Bentota

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Around 60 kilometres south of Colombo and bridging the Bentota River as it reaches the coast, Bentota was an early...

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Bogawantalawa Valley

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The Bogawantalawa Valley lies within the lush emerald-green Central Highlands of Sri Lanka and is known as ‘the Golden Valley...

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Buttala

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Buttala, north of Kataragama and fringing Yala National Park, is known as the rice bowl of Sri Lanka. The region...

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Colombo

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Sri Lanka's former capital (the modern capital is Sri Jayawardenpura Kotte nearby) sits in a prime position, stretching 14 kilometres...

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Dambulla

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This is Sri Lanka's greatest Cave Temple complex; the walls are alive with frescoes of religious and secular scenes and...

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Deltota

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Set in the heart of the hill country an hour and a half south of Kandy, Deltota is a charming...

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Ella

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Ella sits right within the verdant Hill Country that Sri Lanka is famed for, making it an ideal destination for...

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Gal Oya National Park

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Buried deep in the middle-eastern wilderness of Sri Lanka, Gal Oya National Park has some of the most striking landscapes in...

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Galle

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Like Colombo, Galle was a thriving port long before colonial times and its accessible location on the southwest of the country...

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Haputale

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Situated in Sri Lanka’s spectacular hill country, Haputale is perfectly situated for hiking in the mystically beautiful Horton Plains national...

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Horton Plains

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This high grassland plateau (1,800 to 2,160 metres above sea level) became a national park, The Peak Wilderness Sanctuary, in...

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Kalpitiya

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Kalpitiya is located on the West Coast, four hours north of Colombo. A dry and hot part of the island,...

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Kandalama

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Kandalama is a beautiful ancient man-made lake close to Sigiriya and Dambulla. Located on its shores is the famous Kandalama...

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Kandy

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Kandy was the last royal capital and is arguably one of the most picturesque cities in Sri Lanka. As it is...

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Kataragama

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Kataragama is the most mystical of temple towns in Sri Lanka, and for over 2,000 years it has been a...

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Kitulgala

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Kitulgala - which is named after the sago palms that surround it - is in the low hills to the...

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Knuckles Mountain Range

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Stretching over 155 square kilometres of striking landscape, the Knuckles Mountain Range is a conservation area right in the heart...

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Kuchchaveli

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On Sri Lanka's stunning east coast just to the north of Trincomalee, Kuchchaveli is a small quiet village in a relatively...

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Kumana National Park

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Spread over an area of 356 square kilometres, Kumana National Park is a hidden gem for wildlife enthusiasts. This less...

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Matale

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Located in the heart of Sri Lanka, between Kandy and Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle, and surrounded by the Knuckles mountain...

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Minneriya National Park

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Located in the heart of Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle, Minneriya’s scenery offers just the kind of respite one might be...

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Mirissa

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Located 4km southeast of Weligama, Mirissa is a laid-back beach town, stretching along the golden sands that Sri Lankan is famed for....

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Negombo

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Located just 7 kilometres from the international airport in Colombo, Negombo is the principle seaside destination for those seeking to stay...

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Nuwara Eliya

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The cool, misty hill station of Nuwara Eliya (pronounced Noor elia) was first established as a summer retreat by the...

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Pasikuda

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A pristine stretch of beach, Pasikuda Bay fronts the turquoise waters on the East Coast of Sri Lanka. Located between Trincomalee...

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Pidurangala

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Two kilometres from Sigiriya, Pidurangala is a large rock outcrop home to the Pidurangala Royal Cave Temple and the Pidurangala...

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Polonnaruwa

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The extraordinary ancient city of Polonnaruwa was the island's medieval capital between the 11th and 13th century. Built alongside a...

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Ritigala

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Legends swirl around the mountain of Ritigala, which towers like a pile of huge, sculptural granite blocks over the surrounding...

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Sigiriya

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There are few more iconic, let alone impressive, sights in Sri Lanka than the 370-metre-high rock citadel of Sigiriya, a protected UNESCO...

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Sinharaja

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This 8,800-hectare reserve, near the gem-mining town of Ratnapura, in the far south of Sri Lanka, is vitally important as...

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Tangalle

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Tangalle is a small fishing village on the southernmost coast of the island and is best known for its beautiful...

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Trincomalee

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The largest town on Sri Lanka's eastern coast, Trincomalee is home to some great beaches with fantastic snorkelling and scuba-diving,...

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Udawalawe National Park

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Udawalawe National Park is a 119-square mile wildlife sanctuary, centred around a large reservoir and situated on the Walawe River...

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Wadduwa

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Wadduwa is located on the Southwest coast of Sri Lanka. Within a close distance of Colombo, Beruwela and Bentota, Wadduwa...

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Weligama

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Weligama is a bustling coastal town roughly a 40 minute drive east of Galle, on the most southern tip of...

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Wilpattu National Park

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Located on the north west of the island, Wilpattu is the oldest and largest National Park in Sri Lanka, stretching...

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Yala National Park

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For centuries, Yala National Park has been revered as an unparalleled testament to the beauty of Sri Lanka’s wilderness and...

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Wellawaya

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A small town conveniently located at the crossroads to the hill country and the east coast, Wellawaya is a handy...

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So many highlights to choose from! The hotels were amazing but Maya Villa was a highlight… I loved just hanging out in the hammock reading my book and watching the peacocks chase the cows!
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