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All of our holidays to Sri Lanka and Maldives are tailor-made, so you can choose the experience that is best for you.

Accommodation

Places to Stay to Suit Everyone

Sri Lanka has a wide variety of places to stay depending on your mood, budget, location or preference, from family-run guesthouses to exclusive villas, while our resorts in Maldives are specially selected for their character, quality and ambiance. Best of all, you can rest your head in a combination of these places on your holiday to Sri Lanka and Maldives.

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“We absolutely LOVED all our accommodation, [we] were so well looked after in all the hotels.”

Sarah & Richard

Tika Tips

Make the most of your time in Sri Lanka and Maldives by experiencing our recommended top 5 places to stay.

  1. Ceylon Tea Trails, Adam’s Peak
  2. Angsana Ihuru, Maldives
  3. Hanthana House, Kandy
  4. Kulu Safaris, Yala
  5. Heritance Kandalama, Dambulla
Luxury accommodation, enjoyed by the pool side
Traditional tea house accommodation in the hill
Accommodation on the coast, positioned on a rocky outcrop
Luxury beach hut accommodation
Evening meal by fire light

Adventure

For Explorers and Thrill Seekers

If cascading over rapids, ballooning around an iconic rock fortress (Sigiriya), climbing a sacred mountain (Adam’s Peak), trekking to a spectacular viewpoint (World’s End in Horton Plains NP) and experiencing a jeep safari to spot a variety of wildlife (Yala West NP) are high on your wish list, then Sri Lanka is for you!

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“The highlights for us must be the white-water rafting [Kitulgala], which was amazing, and then our first sighting of wild elephants, which is something really quite magical and an experience we will never forget. The whole country is so very diverse and the people are warm and friendly and really did seem to care that we had a good time.”

Clare & Maureen

Sea kayaking on the crystal clear Indian Ocean, Angsana Ihuru, Maldives
Scenic train journey to Ella in the southern Hill Country, Sri Lanka
Hot air balloon flight around the rock fortress of Sigiriya, Heritance Kandalama, Sri Lanka
Wandering through a rainforest, Sri Lanka
White-water rafting over rapids on the Kelani River, Kitulgala, Sri Lanka

Beaches

Year-Round Sun, Sea and Sand

Whether on the golden sandy coasts of the south and west of the island or the coral-white shores of the east, Sri Lanka has year-round, sun-drenched and palm-fringed tropical beaches for you to enjoy! Maldives has the perfect natural combination for the ideal tropical beach holiday. Sun, sea and sand, a thousand ‘Robinson Crusoe’ islands, lagoons with infinite shades of turquoise blue, and dazzling underwater coral gardens.

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“Thank you so much for organising such an excellent holiday. We had a super time and Buckingham Place [Tangalle] was a fabulous final stop!”

Petra & Michael

Tika Tips

Make the most of your time in Sri Lanka by relaxing on our recommended top 5 beaches.

  1. Tangalle
  2. Passekudah
  3. Mirissa
  4. Bentota
  5. Nilaveli
Coconut on the shoreline, Unawatuna, Sri Lanka
Fine dining on the beach, Maldives
Palm-fringed tropical beach, Sri Lanka
Turtle hatchling on the beach, Maldives
Sunset on the beach, Weligama, Sri Lanka

Culture

Ancient Customs and World Heritage Sites

Sacred Buddhist stupas and statues, an iconic pleasure palace atop a rock, atmospheric cave temples, mysterious monastery ruins, extravagant Hindu devales, ancient but innovative irrigation systems, Sri Lanka has it all!

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“Sena [chauffeur guide] provided us with a unique experience of a lifetime: an experience which has shaped us and helped us to grow, an experience that we will never forget.”

Ruth & Mark

Tika Tips

Make the most of your time in Sri Lanka by exploring our recommended top 5 cultural sites.

  1. Sigiriya
  2. Anuradhapura
  3. Dambulla
  4. Polonnaruwa
  5. Kandy
Vatadage, Quadrangle, Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka
Detail of Hindu Devale, Kandy, Sri Lanka
Golden Buddha, Dambulla cave temples, Sri Lanka
Praying monk, Dambulla cave temples, Sri Lanka
Gopuram at a Hindu Devale in Kandy, Sri Lanka

Family

Sri Lanka’s Speciality

Friendly and welcoming, Sri Lanka is the ideal destination for a fun-filled family holiday! Exotic wildlife, sandy beaches, easy-going adventures and child-friendly resorts are a formidable combination for an out-of-the-ordinary family experience.

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“We all had the most fantastic family holiday. There were so many highlights - elephant safari, Chaaya Village [Habarana], [Kandy Esala] Perahera!!! Thanks so much!”

Sheth family

Tika Tips

Make the most of your time in Sri Lanka by enjoying our recommended top 5 family experiences.

  1. Climbing Lion Rock, Sigiriya
  2. Jungle safari camp, Yala
  3. Cycling tour, Galle
  4. Family homestay, Kandy
  5. White-water rafting, Kitulgala
One of the boys of the family on the beach, Sri Lanka
A local family on a day out in Peradeniya Botanic Gardens, Kandy, Sri Lanka
Family white-water rafting at Kitulgala, Sri Lanka
Local grandfather and grandson visiting the Temple of the Tooth, Kandy. Sri Lanka
Leopard spotted on a family jeep safari in Yala West National Park, Sri Lanka

Honeymoons

Sri Lanka & Maldives

Romance abounds in Sri Lanka, from the dreamy and enigmatic landscapes of the Hill Country to the warm tropical breezes and glowing sunsets over the Indian Ocean beaches. Serendipity is another name given to the island, so a honeymoon in Sri Lanka is good fortune for your future life together! Where better to spend your special time away than on an island in Paradise! Luxury villas, pampering spas, private dining and complimentary extras are some of the enticements on offer to honeymooners in Maldives.

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“We would like to say thanks for helping us organise a fantastic honeymoon which we will never forget.”

David & Lauren

Tika Tips

Make the most of your time in Sri Lanka and Maldives by staying in our recommended top 5 honeymoon havens.

  1. Ceylon Tea Trails, Adam's Peak
  2. Angsana Ihuru, Maldives
  3. Uga Ulagalla, Anuradhapura
  4. Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru, Maldives
  5. Aditya, Galle
Honeymoon couple on Angsana Ihuru at sunset, Maldives
Two is company... Ceylon Tea Trails, Sri Lanka
Private lunch on a deserted atoll, Angsana Ihuru, Maldives
Love at first sight, Cock and Hare, Yala West National Park, Sri Lanka
Luxurious In-Ocean Pool Villa ideal for a honeymoon extravaganza, Angsana Velavaru, Maldives

Luxury

When Only the Best Will Do

Sri Lanka and Maldives are blessed with some of the best appointed and ideally situated hotels and villas anywhere in the world, making them the ideal destination for a luxury tropical holiday or extra-special honeymoon.

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“Our trip was a delight from the wondrous Heritance Kandalama hotel [Dambulla], historic Polonnaruwa and Sigiriya sights, to the luxury of The Kandy House [Kandy], sheer indulgence of the Ceylon Tea Trails [Adam's Peak] and ocean-side luxury of Aditya [Galle].”

David & Carolyn

Tika Tips

Make the most of your time in Sri Lanka and Maldives by enjoying our recommended top 5 luxury experiences.

  1. Hot air balloon flight, Dambulla
  2. Castaway island picnic, Maldives
  3. Ceylon Tea Trails, Adam's Peak
  4. Sand bank fine dining, Maldives
  5. Luxury safari camp, Yala
Main bedroom, Cape Weligama Residence, Weligama, Sri Lanka
Crescent-shaped swimming pool and view over Indian Ocean, Cape Weligama, Weligama, Sri Lanka
Entrance to Reef Villa, Wadduwa, Sri Lanka
In-Ocean Pool Villa at night, Angsana Velavaru, Maldives
Indoor living space of an In-Ocean Pool Villa, Angsana Velavaru, Maldives

Scenery

Spectacular Sunrises and Mountain Vistas

Spectacular panoramic vistas in the Hill Country and Knuckles Mountain Range, infinite horizons over the Indian Ocean, a kaleidoscope of exotic flowers and shrubs, and the surreal and otherworldly landscapes of the Jaffna peninsula, Sri Lanka is a photographer’s dream island!

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“A beautiful place, lovely smiley people and AMAZING food (waistline has the evidence!).”

Cara & Chris

Tika Tips

Make the most of your time in Sri Lanka by enjoying our recommended top 5 scenic experiences.

  1. Mist-laden mountains, Knuckles
  2. World's End, Horton Plains
  3. Hill Country train journey, Ella
  4. Boat safari, Gal Oya
  5. Sunrise at Sri Pada, Adam's Peak
Sunset, Ella, Sri Lanka
Ramboda Falls, Hill Country, Sri Lanka
View south through Ella Gap, Ella, Sri Lanka
Beach and palms, Angsana Ihuru, Maldives
Tea plantations, Hill Country, Sri Lanka

Wildlife

Leopards and Elephants and Bears, Oh My!

For a small island, Sri Lanka has so much wildlife on offer, including its own 'Big Four' - elephant, leopard, sloth bear and blue whale. Our wildlife holidays bring you the very best of this environmentally diverse country, which boasts 86 species of mammals (including leopards, elephants and sloth bears), more than 400 bird species (including 26 endemics), and a colourful array of flowering plants and trees, all contained within 21 National Parks out of 100 areas protected by the Government, and surrounded by the Indian Ocean alive with mighty blue, sperm and humpback whales as well as large pods of dolphins.

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“The safaris were great. Loved them. I saw about 150 species of birds, which is not bad at all as out of season and we were lucky to see Leopard and Sloth Bear at Yala. We particularly enjoyed the jeep safaris.”

Blow family

Tika Tips

Make the most of your time in Sri Lanka by enjoying our recommended top 5 wildlife experiences.

  1. The 'gathering', Minneriya
  2. Jeep safari, Yala
  3. Whale watching, Mirissa
  4. Swimming elephants, Gal Oya
  5. Spotting endemics, Sinharaja
Spotted deer in flight, Yala West National Park, Sri Lanka
Leopard up a tree, Yala West National Park, Sri Lanka
Mother and baby elephants, Yala West National Park, Sri Lanka
Solitary Little Green Bee-eater, Yala West National Park, Sri Lanka
Pod of dolphins swimming near Palagama Beach Resort, Kalpitiya, Sri Lanka
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Elephant in the lake, Gal Oya NP, Sri Lanka
TikaWeeks #04/2018: Sri Lanka update

Posted by John on 22nd January 2018

A belated Happy New Year to one and all! The start of the peak holiday and booking season has seen us have our best year yet, so we would like to thank our current and past customers for their patronage. The New Year brings new ideas and, according to National Geographic Traveller, Sri Lanka is the No. 1 spot to offer “a better all-round travel experience” on the ‘Cool List 2018’. Why not try something different in Sri Lanka? Alternative, less visited areas are highlighted along with a news round-up, recent changes to credit card payments, and the Destinations holiday and travel show just around the corner.

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A monk lighting votive candles, Kataragama, Sri Lanka
TikaWeeks #50/2017: Sri Lanka update

Posted by John on 17th December 2017

‘Tis the season to be jolly – ho, ho, holidays are upon us! Even Sri Lanka celebrates Christmas, amongst 23 other public holidays, and the island’s predilection for festive favourites covers a panoply of religions and significant occasions during the year. Ever heard of Sri Lanka’s second airport, Saffron Villa or The Planter’s Bungalow? More will be revealed. ‘Destinations’ is on the cards once more and then there is the usual news update to round things off for 2017. May we wish all of our customers past, present and future a resplendent 2018!

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Arwen may be happy jumping in the snow of The Lakes but many prefer the hot and sunny climes of Sri Lanka and Maldives!
TikaWeeks #49/2017: Sri Lanka update

Posted by John on 9th December 2017

With long nights, snow and freezing temperatures in The Lake District, my mind wanders to the warm and sunny climes of Sri Lanka and Maldives at the start of winter here and the main holiday season there. This week’s update considers the seasonal weather patterns in the tropics, visa requirements and electrical plugs in Sri Lanka, the island’s nascent motorway system, and another invitation to the Destinations holiday and travel show.

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