Locations in Sri LankaBack
Sri Lanka is one of the most biodiverse islands in the world, boasting a wide variety of different environments ranging from the high peaks and lush green hills of the tea country to the dry scrubland in the island’s deep south. As Marco Polo described it, Sri Lanka is ‘better circumstanced than any other island in the world’ which, considering its size, is incredible. Within hours you can move from lying on a beautiful tropical beach to trekking through thick rainforest, or exploring a remote forest wilderness, or drive out of a major city straight into the island’s rolling tea hills.
This variety of landscapes not only makes Sri Lanka highly diverse as a travel location – ideal for beach getaways, adventure holidays and walking tours – but also makes it one of the best destinations in the world for a specialized wildlife holiday. Sri Lanka is home to a wide range of animals and plants, including both the largest creature on land and sea – you can spend the morning seeing blue whales in Mirissa, and the afternoon spotting elephants at Uda Walawe National Park. Visited by over 400 species of bird, Sri Lanka is also a paradise for birdwatching.
Each location has its own self-contained character, culture and beauty, whether it is the white sands and clear, turquoise water at Trincomalee or the unique traditions of Jaffna, which is heavily influenced by its closeness to southern India. Click on the drop-down selection box below to discover more about the different holiday locations in Sri Lanka.
See the ancient ruins of Sri Lanka’s first capital
A hill country town with beautiful walking trails
A laidback south-east beach town famed for its surf
Cycle along coastal paths and fish on the lagoon
Explore the architectural legacy of Geoffrey Bawa
Sri Lanka’s thriving capital which blends old and new
Explore the intricate murals and statues at Dambulla
Invigorating trekking routes with astonishing views.
An enchanting coastal city with a rich history
Mesmerising tea hills surrounding Adam’s Peak
Watch elephants swimming at this national park
A great base for visiting historical Tissamaharama
This northern town has its own unique culture
Relax on tranquil beaches or kite-surf on the lagoon.
Explore the heritage of Sri Lanka’s last kingdom
Kandy Victoria Golf
Go golfing or walking on this spectacular estate
Try some adventure activities on the Kelani River.
A breath-taking and escapist part of the hills
A lively south coast town with a beautiful bay
A youthful beach town close to the airport
Explore Sri Lanka’s British colonial history
A spectacular east coast bay perfect for families
Discover the relics of Sri Lanka’s medieval capital
A quiet town set in the remote north-west wilderness
Stunning beaches perfect for a romantic holiday
Explore the astonishing Sigiriya Rock Fortress.
Sri Lanka's surviving stretch of virgin rainforest.
Explore the town’s history and sensational beaches
A quiet coastal spot close to Colombo and Bentota
A spectacular stretch of coastline next to Mirissa
Wilpattu National Park
Sri Lanka’s oldest and most beautiful national park
Yala National Park
Go in search of elephants, sloth bears and leopards
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