Sri Lanka

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.

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Sri Lanka 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.

Sri Lanka and the Maldives

Negombo - Cultural Triangle - Hill Country - Maldives  

Sri Lanka and the Maldives is one of the best twin-centre holidays you can experience, a blend of culture, adventure and beach that makes for such a wonderful journey.

13 days from £2705 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.

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.

Colonial Ceylon

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.

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.

Pottering Down the South Coast of 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.

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.

A Summer holiday in Sri Lanka

Horathapola - Kandy - Cultural Triangle - Wilpattu National Park - Trincomalee - Negombo  

Most people think Sri Lanka is just a winter-sun destination, but much of the north and east of the county is perfect in the summer months.

15 days from £3654 p. p.

Undiscovered East Coast of Sri Lanka

Negombo - Gal Oya - Passekudah - Trincomalee  

The East Coast of Sri Lanka is slowly opening up to tourism. Combine a spot of wildlife in Gal Oya with a visit to Passekudah and ending in Trincomalee.

14 days from £2955 p. p.

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.

Mandira Bungalows, Hill Country, Sri Lanka

Mandira Bungalows

$ $ $ $ $ Sri Lanka's Hill Country  

Mandira Bungalows are a collection of three original planter’s bungalows set in the tea hills around Hatton 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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Gal Oya, Luxury Wildlife Lodge, Sri Lanka | Millis Potter

Gal Oya

$ $ $ $ $ Sri Lanka's National Parks  

Gal Oya is a high-end yet environmentally responsible lodge located in a remote national park in the east of Sri Lanka.

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Horathapola Estate

$ $ $ $ $ Colombo & Negombo  

Horathapola Estate is an original planter’s bungalow, an hour inland from Colombo and the airport making it a perfect first or last stop on a tour of Sri Lanka.

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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

Aditya

$ $ $ $ $ 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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Ulagalla

$ $ $ $ $ Cultural Triangle  

Ulagalla is the most unique and luxurious property in Sri Lanka’s cultural triangle, sitting mid-way between the main sites of Sigiriya, Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa.

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Water Dwellings At Dawn, Vil Uyana, Cultural Triangle, Sri Lanka

Vil Uyana

$ $ $ $ $ Cultural Triangle  

Vil Uyana is a luxury eco resort set amongst paddy fields just a few miles from Sigiriya in the Cultural Triangle in Sri Lanka.

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Kandy House | Luxury Sri Lanka Boutique Hotels | Millis Potter Travel

Kandy House

$ $ $ $ $ Kandy  

The Kandy House is a magnificent manor house located in the quiet outskirts of Kandy offering nine gorgeous rooms and a delightful pool.

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Elephant Stables

$ $ $ $ $ Kandy  

Elephant Stables is a beautiful boutique villa in a peaceful location just 10 minutes from the centre of Kandy in Sri Lanka.

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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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Ceylon Tea Trails

$ $ $ $ $ Sri Lanka's Hill Country  

Staying in one of the five Ceylon Tea Trails plantation houses is the most luxurious way to experience Sri Lanka’s hill country. In many ways, a stay at Tea Trails is the highlight of any tour of Sri Lanka. You can expect the most amazing service, cuisine and a chance to stretch your legs and …

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Amangalla

$ $ $ $ $ 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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Wildgrass

$ $ $ $ $ Cultural Triangle  

Wildgrass is located in Sri Lanka’s cultural triangle allowing you to both reconnect with nature at this eco resort and explore Sri Lanka’s ancient cities.

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Rosyth Estate, Hill Country, Sri Lanka

Rosyth Estate House

$ $ $ $ $ Sri Lanka's Hill Country  

Rosyth Estate is a beautifully refurbished original planter’s bungalow set on a working tea and rubber estate in Sri Lanka’s scenic hill country.

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Taylor's Hill, Hill Country, Sri Lanka

Taylor’s Hill

$ $ $ $ $ Sri Lanka's Hill Country  

Taylor’s Hill is a laid-back colonial country house in the tea hills of Sri Lanka and has a contemporary finish, perfect as a retreat from which to explore the hill country.

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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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Warwick Gardens

$ $ $ $ $ Sri Lanka's Hill Country  

Warwick Gardens is a lovingly restored original planter’s house just outside Nuwara Eliya in the hill country, close to the tea plantations, 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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Bougainvillea Retreat

$ $ $ $ $ Kandy  

Bougainvillea Retreat has the feel of a private villa overlooking the mountains and golf courses surrounding Kandy.

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Jungle Beach Resort

$ $ $ $ $ East Coast  

Jungle Beach is a spectacular property set in natural surroundings on the unspoilt north east coast of Sri Lanka close to Trincomalee.

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Tintagel

$ $ $ $ $ Colombo & Negombo  

Tintagel is a heritage residence located in one of Colombo’s most desirable addresses in Sri Lanka, offering wonderful boutique accommodation in the capital.

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Uga Bay

$ $ $ $ $ East Coast  

Uga Bay is one of Sri Lanka’s finest hotels set on a pristine white sand beach on the east coast close to the town of Passekudah.

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Amanwella

$ $ $ $ $ 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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The Wallawwa

$ $ $ $ $ Colombo & Negombo  

The Wallawwa is a beautiful boutique property with wonderful service set in stunning gardens, ideal for the beginning or end of your trip.

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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.

Nuwara Eliya Post Office, Sri Lanka

Explore Nuwara Eliya

Sri Lanka's Hill Country   View Experience
View of Adam's Peak Sri Lanka

Adam’s Peak

Sri Lanka's Hill Country   View Experience
Elephants in Sri Lanka

Gal Oya Safaris

Sri Lanka's National Parks   View Experience
Buddha in Polonnaruwa temple - medieval capital of Ceylon,UNESCO World Heritage Site

Polonnaruwa

Cultural Triangle   View Experience
Dambulla Caves, Sri Lanka

Dambulla

Cultural Triangle   View Experience
Ritigala, Sri Lanka

Ritigala

Cultural Triangle   View Experience
Mihintale, Sri Lanka

Mihintale

Cultural Triangle   View Experience
Sigiriya Rock, Sri Lanka

Sigiriya

Cultural Triangle   View Experience

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. …

East Coast

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 …

Sri Lanka’s National Parks

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 …

Sri Lanka’s Hill Country

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

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 …

Cultural Triangle

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 & Negombo

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.

 

Sri Lanka South Coast

January

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.

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Tea Fields, Sri Lanka

February

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.

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Sri Lanka south coast

March

Visiting Sri Lanka in March

March is another fantastic month to travel with generally dry weather in most the destinations.

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Dambulla Caves, Cultural Triangle, Sri Lanka

April

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.

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Leopard, Sri Lanka

May

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.

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East Coast Beach off Trincomalee

June

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.

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Elephants in Yala National Park, Sri Lanka

July

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.

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Elephant Gathering Sri Lanka

August

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.

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Temple of the Tooth, Kandy, Sri Lanka

September

Visiting Sri Lanka in September

The north and east still at their best, and the inter-monsoon period continues.

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View of Adam's Peak Sri Lanka

October

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.

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November

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.

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Sigiriya Lion Rock fortress and landscape in Sri Lanka.

December

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.

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Weather

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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.