From the verdant tea fields of the central highlands, to its jungles teeming with wildlife and the palm-fringed beaches on the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka is fantastically stunning and incredibly diverse and at Millis Potter, we love for our guests to see it differently. With an array of boutique hotels throughout the island, Sri Lanka is an ideal destination to embark on a luxury, relaxing private tour showcasing all this diversity. Its rich and colourful history has left behind some impressive sights, such as the rock fortress of Sigiriya, the Buddhist rock-cave of Dambulla, the ancient cities of Polonnaruwa and Anuradhapura. Over the past few years, tourism in Sri Lanka has developed impressively, allowing guests to get more off-the-beaten track making for a more immersive experience. At Millis Potter, we use the very best driver/guides to ensure your experience of Sri Lanka is second to none, creatively offering tailor-made itineraries using characterful boutique hotels to allow the destination to come to life, based totally around your own interests. You might like a quirky behind-the-scenes walking tour of Colombo, or cycling around the hidden corners of Kandy; our way of seeing Sri Lanka is always about maximising the experience. We can tailor a bespoke trip totally around you with the best Sri Lanka travel advice; whether you are wanting a romantic honeymoon, possibly combining Sri Lanka and the Maldives, a family holiday where the children can meet elephants for the first time, or a cultural tour immersing yourself in the charms of this amazing island. It is also ideal if you have specialist interests, such as exploring its superb wildlife where you will find it is one of the best destinations to spot leopard or elephant in the wild. You could possibly opt for a few days trekking in the mountains of Sri Lanka or learn to cook the best Sri Lankan curry. Just have a look through some of our suggested itineraries, experiences and hotels and use this as a starting point when you call us to create a truly bespoke itinerary based totally around you.
Sri Lanka 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.
Sri Lanka 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.
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. …
The East Coast of Sri Lanka is far less developed than its southern counterpart, and only in recent years has there been new hotels to open up. It is also better to visit in the summer months, and as opposed to the winter on the south coast. the charming city of Trincomalee is the main …
There are 22 national parks in Sri Lanka with such a diverse range of flora and fauna. You can easily add in a stay in a national park on a tour of Sri Lanka, or we can tailor a specialist wildlife tour showcasing the diversity between the man parks on offer. The most famous (and …
In the heart of Sri Lanka you find the Hill Country, known for its rolling tea plantations and national parks. Anyone a tour of Sri Lanka will delight at driving through this amazing scenery, and you can even take a train from Kandy to make it all the more special. At the centre of the …
Kandy is beautifully set in within the foothills of the Hill Country, a perfect link on a tour of Sri Lanka between the Cultural Triangle to the north and the Hill Country to the south. It was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings who were defeated by the British in 1815, and is …
Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle is located in the north of Sri Lanka and is home to an abundance of ancient cities and sites that will make any casual visitor pretty awe-struck about the stories that make up the colourful history of Sri Lanka. The ancient cities of Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and the rock-fotress of Sigiriya are …
Colombo is the capital of Sri Lanka, but unfortunately often left off many people’s tour of Sri Lanka. If you like bustling markets and colonial architecture then Colombo is well worth a visit. Historically, it was a melting pot of merchants from Europe, Arabia and the Orient, and with British and Dutch colonial influences, has …
Sri Lanka Info
Flights: Sri Lanka has superb flight links with the Middle East and most carriers then fly onto Europe and the USA. If you are travelling from Australia and New Zealand, the fastest links are through Malaysia or Singapore. There are direct flights from the UK to Colombo with Sri Lankan Airways, along with excellent flights from Middle Eastern Carriers (Emirates, Qatar, Etihad, Oman Air, Turkish). There are also direct flights from Amsterdam and Paris with KLM.
Visas: You are required to have a visa, but these are easily applied for before you travel online.
Visiting Sri Lanka in January
January is one of the best months to visit Sri Lanka, with the central hills and south-west coast at their best. It can be a little wetter around the Cultural Triangle.
Visiting Sri Lanka in February
February is again one of the best months to travel to Sri Lanka, with generally dry weather in the central hills, south coast and Cultural Triangle.
Visiting Sri Lanka in March
March is another fantastic month to travel with generally dry weather in most the destinations.
Visiting Sri Lanka in April
April is possibly the hottest month of the year, and still great to visit Sri Lanka. The monsoon is yet to arrive, making a visit to the south-west coast ideal to cool off after a tour of Sri Lanka.
Visiting Sri Lanka in May
The south-west monsoon begins and lasts until the end of June, but doesn't affect the north (including the Cultural Triangle) and the east coasts. Showers tend to be short and sharp, so its still possible to travel.
Visiting Sri Lanka in June
June is again perfect to explore the north and east of the country, with the south-west coast having the monsoon.
Visiting Sri Lanka in July
July is perfect for heading north, trying the wildlife in Wilpattu, the cultural triangle and beaches on the east coast. This is also known as the 'inter-monsoon' period, so its still very possible to travel.
Visiting Sri Lanka in August
August is when the great Perahera Festival takes place in Kandy, and you can combine that with the east coast and Cultural Triangle. It is also the time of the great elephant gathering at Minneriya.
Visiting Sri Lanka in September
The north and east still at their best, and the inter-monsoon period continues.
Visiting Sri Lanka in October
October is a difficult month to judge, as the north-east monsoon arrives and is the stronger of the two, affecting the whole country in some way. Expect a shower or two.
Visiting Sri Lanka in November
Like October, November is a tricky month to judge. The north-west monsoon has moved into affect the east coast and north of the island, with the south starting to get better.
Visiting Sri Lanka in December
December is a popular due to the Christmas and New Year holidays, and the weather can still be somewhat unpredictable, especially on the south coast. Generally, a journey through the Cultural Triangle, Kandy and the Hill Country will be fine at this time of year.
Sri Lanka lies close to the equator, so temperatures are always generally very pleasant. We consider it an all-year destination, as certain areas are always at their best. Having said that, it is an island that gets a great many weather fronts moving across it, so you can expect a little rainfall at any time, but these showers are usually short and sharp. The best time to visit the south-west coast and central hills are generally from mid to late December to April, with the south-west monsoon arriving in May. From then, the north (including the Cultural Triangle) and the east come to the fore and are at their best. October and November is difficult to predict as the north-west monsoon arrives.