South Coast

Sri Lanka’s palm-fringed south coast is an ideal place to end a tour of Sri Lanka with a selection of superb beaches and sleepy fishing villages. Generally, the further down the road you get from Colombo, the less touristy the beaches become. Down the coast you find the small villages of Bentota, Wadduwa and Balapitya. Galle is its most famous city, with its superb Dutch colonial fort and only about two hours from Colombo and ideal to spend a few days exploring. Mirissa is well-known as a hotspot to see blue whales and sperm whales from December to April. Small villages such as Weligama and Tangalle make for superb beach stays too.

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South Coast Itineraries

This is just a selection of suggested itineraries that are there to help you with your ideas and to start the conversation with us about planning your tailor-made holiday. All our holidays are private for you and your party, and can depart on any day you like. We can adapt and change any element of these journeys, or design an itinerary from scratch around your travelling plans.

Ultimate Luxury Holiday to Sri Lanka

Cultural Triangle - Kandy - Hill Country - Southern Beaches  

Sri Lanka has it all; amazing luxury boutique hotels, fantastic experiences, breath-taking scenery, sumptuous cuisine and you can even hop around in a private helicopter.

14 days from £7020 p. p.

Sri Lanka’s Tea Hills and Palm-fringed beaches

Negombo - Hill Country - Galle - Tangalle  

This journey to Sri Lanka combines the tea country with a stay on Sri Lanka’s south coast, more of a relaxing holiday than immersive tour, a way to sit-back and relax and simply enjoy the destination.

14 days from £5528 p. p.

A Tour of Colonial Sri Lanka

Colombo - Kandy - Hill Country - Galle  

Delve into Sri Lanka’s colonial past, exploring the Portuguese, Dutch and British influences that have helped shape modern Sri Lanka.

  £3780 p. p.

A Family Holiday to Sri Lanka

Negombo - Hill Country - Kandy - South Coast Beaches  

Think Sri Lanka, and think of wild elephants, jungles, tea plantations, spices and palm-fringed beaches. All of which makes for a wonderful family adventure, designed to not involve too much driving which can always be a downside to travelling with children in Sri Lanka.

14 days from £1910 p. p.

Slow Sri Lanka

Negombo - Yala National Park - Galle - Bentota  

Take your time, and set off on a leisurely itinerary along Sri Lanka’s south coast, letting the shoulders drop as you meander slowly from Yala National Park to Galle and the palm-fringed beaches beyond.

14 days from £3605 p. p.

Highlights of Sri Lanka

Negombo - Cultural Triangle - Hill Country - Galle  

For those wanting a quick introduction to Sri Lanka, then this suggested private tour might well be your answer. Explore the Ancient Cities, the Tea Country and end on the south coast beaches.

10 days from £1755 p. p.

Classic Sri Lanka

Negombo - Cultural Triangle - Kandy - Tea Country - Yala - Galle - Bentota  

This classic private tour of Sri Lanka takes in all the major highlights from the stunning cultural heritage of the north, the tea country, wildlife and laid-back beaches in the south.

13 days from £2595 p. p.

South Coast Accommodation

This is just an overview of the hotels and lodges we feature, from characterful boutique lodges to luxury hotels. We do have a range of other hotels that we use, so if you don't see from our portfolio what you are looking for, we almost certainly know about it and can help plan an itinerary using it.

Kahanda Kanda

$ $ $ $ $ South Coast  

Kahanda Kanda is a luxury boutique bolt-hole located in the hills above Galle in Sri Lanka.

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KK Beach Club near Galle, Sri Lanka, Millis Potter

KK Beach

$ $ $ $ $ South Coast  

KK Beach is a stylish, chic 10-bedroom boutique hotel overlooking the Indian Ocean in Habaraduwa, close to Galle in Sri Lanka.

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Cinnamon Wild, Sri Lanka

Cinnamon Wild

$ $ $ $ $ Sri Lanka's National Parks  

Cinnamon Wild is a low key safari lodge with comfortable chalets on the edge of Yala National Park, a perfect base from which to explore the wildlife.

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The Fort Bazaar

$ $ $ $ $ South Coast  

The stylish Fort Bazaar is located in the heart of Galle Fort offering a wonderful chic retreat and delicious dining.

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Aditya, South Coast, Sri Lanka | Luxury Beach Hotels in Sri Lanka


$ $ $ $ $ South Coast  

Aditya is a contemporary style boutique hotel set on a quiet stretch of beach just up the coast from Galle on Sri Lanka’s south coast.

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Chena Huts

$ $ $ $ $ Sri Lanka's National Parks  

Chena Huts is a luxurious African safari style property close to Yala National Park in Sri Lanka, offering private pool villas next to a secluded beach.

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$ $ $ $ $ South Coast  

Amangalla is the most exclusive and prestigious hotel in Galle offering excellent service and the highest level of accommodation.

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Rock Villa

$ $ $ $ $ South Coast  

Taru Villas – Rock Villa is pretty boutique hotel set in tropical gardens by the beautiful beaches of Bentota on the south coast of Sri Lanka.

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Frangipani Tree, Sri Lanka | Luxury Beach Hotels | Millis Potter Travel

The Frangipani Tree

$ $ $ $ $ South Coast  

The Frangipani Tree is a Geoffrey Bawa inspired contemporary beachside hotel near UNESCO world heritage Galle Fort in Sri Lanka.

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The Fortress

$ $ $ $ $ South Coast  

The Fortress is a well polished luxury resort ideal for families set on golden sands only 30 minutes from Galle Fort in Sri Lanka.

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Leopard Safaris, Yala, Sri Lanka

Leopard Safaris Yala

$ $ $ $ $ Sri Lanka's National Parks  

Noel Rodrigo’s Leopard Safaris in Yala provide an African style safari camp amongst some of Sri Lanka’s finest wildlife experiences.

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Casa Mirissa, South Coast, Sri Lanka | Luxury Boutique Hotels | Millis Potter Travel

Casa Mirissa

$ $ $ $ $ South Coast  

Casa Mirissa offers stylish boutique accommodation set right on the sands of Mirissa Beach on the south coast of Sri Lanka.

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$ $ $ $ $ South Coast  

Amanwella is a luxury contemporary style beach hideaway in a hidden cove on Sri Lanka’s beautiful southern coast.

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Cape Weligama

$ $ $ $ $ South Coast  

Cape Weligama is a luxury resort with stunning ocean views on the south coast of Sri Lanka, the sister property to Tea Trails.

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South Coast Experiences

This is a selection of experiences that allow you to see the destination in new and interesting ways. Almost all our experiences include a private guide, and can be then tailored to your particular interests. Indeed, many of the experiences we offer are created individually for our guests, so this list is by no means conclusive. In fact, we leave a couple of our best ideas up our sleeves for when you enquire with us.