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About SRI LANKA HOLIDAYS

Sri Lanka, like a jewel, this lush green island is a haven of palm fronds, endless sandy beaches and coastal villages along the Indian Ocean. The interior elevates to undulating hill country with clear air, fascinating tea estates and picturesque waterfalls. Ancient cities, temples and statues lie nestled within the beautiful groves of these hills.

With it's Buddhist roots stretching back to 247BC, Sri Lanka has the longest history of Buddhism in the world and boasts the classic sites of Anuradhpura, the 5th century capital of Sri Lanka, rock carvings of Isurmuniya Viharaya and the Dambulla Cave Temples. The Temple of The Tooth at Kandy and the famous Buddha figures carved out of rock at Polonnaruwa are now world heritage sites. In contrast, the golf courses at Nuwara Eliya are amongst the finest in Asia, and the sights and sounds of the local stilt fisherman and working elephants provide unforgettable memories.

All this, along with the tranquil beach resorts of the Indian Ocean, give a breathtaking sweep of holiday possibilities that few countries can match.

Colombo

About COLOMBO HOLIDAYS

The commercial and political capital of Sri Lanka, its biggest city and a major port, Colombo is a fascinating city. A blend of East & West, with both modern and historic elements, boasting numerous tourist attractions and a heritage characterised by its colonial buildings. Despite being in an overwhelmingly rural country, Colombo is appreciated for its colonial mantle, its fine dining and shopping facilities. It is also home to a Fort, Cinnamon Gardens and Pettah. Indeed, the hussle and bussle of its busy street life is truly an experience not to be missed and provides a wonderful contrast to the slower pace that one meets in other parts of this wonderful country.

Hill Country

About HILL COUNTRY HOLIDAYS

Rolling tea plantations, cascading waterfalls and hilltop villages make up Sri Lanka’s hill country, which climbs to some 2,500m in the central heartland Sri Lanka’s. With a cool climate and breath-taking landscapes, a visit to this region demonstrates the incredible diversity of this beautiful Island.
 
Nuwaraeliya is Sri Lanka’s highest town and was a favourite hill station during British colonial times. The town is still touted as ‘Little England’. Nuwaraeliya is an ideal base from which to explore the surrounding countryside, including walks to place like Mount Pidurutalagala, at 2,555m the island’s highest peak.

Kandy

About KANDY HOLIDAYS

Kandy, located in the rolling hill country and built around a beautiful lake, is a heritage city of Sri Lanka and regarded as one of the most sacred places for Buddhists. The Royal City of Kandy, at some 500m above sea level, is the hub of any visit to the hill country. The most important place of the sacred city is the famous Sri Dalada Maligawa or the Temple of the Holy Tooth Relic of the Lord Buddha.

Cultural Triangle

About CULTURAL TRIANGLE HOLIDAYS

Sri Lanka’s Cultural triangle is situated in the centre of the island and covers an area which includes the World Heritage cultural sites of, the Ancient City of Polonnaruwa, the Ancient City of Sigiriya, the Ancient City of Dambulla and the Sacred City of Kandy. Perhaps the most famous is the Sacred City of Anuradhapura, which was founded around 5th Century BC and is the oldest city in the Cultural Triangle and Sri Lanka’s first capital. In its heyday, thousands of people lived in a city of royal palaces, monasteries and temples topped by glittering jewels.
 
Due to the stunning scenic experience and historical events and associations, some of which are millennia old, these sites are visited by both pilgrims and tourists alike.

Coastal Resorts

About SRI LANKA'S COASTAL RESORTS HOLIDAYS

Sri Lanka has over a thousand miles of palm-fringed beaches, with the southwest coast boasting some of the finest stretches. The beach resorts in the West and South Coast are popular among the tourists who enjoy taking a dip in the warm waters and relaxing on the sandy beaches. Our selection of hotels have been carefully chosen to provide a wide variety of opportunities to explore this wonderful and varied country. Whether you are looking for a luxury hotel with extensive facilities, a small intimate hotel or a Spa Hotel, Sri Lanka's coastal resorts has it all.

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  • Because there are many waterfalls in Sri Lanka, hydro-power provides most of the country's electricity via power houses near the waterfalls.
     
  • Sri Lanka, along with Malaysia, provides 70% of the world’s rubber. In 1876, 700,000 rubber plant seeds were stolen from Brazil and taken to London for planting. Two thousand of these seedlings were grown in Sri Lanka and later spread to Malaysia.
     
  • Sri Lanka is the world’s largest tea exporter.
     
  • The spice cinnamon originated in Sri Lanka and was discovered by the Egyptians.
     
  • Sri Lanka was known as Ceylon before 1972.
     
  • The majority of the population in Sri Lanka follows Buddhism, which arrived in Sri Lanka in 3rd century BC.
     
  • The national flag of Sri Lanka, the Lion Flag, is considered to be one of the oldest flags in the world.
     
  • To most people around the world nodding your head up and down means yes and moving it back and forth means no. It is the complete opposite in Sri Lanka!
     
  • Sri lanka was the first country in the world to have a democratically elected head of state who was a woman.
     
  • Sri Lanka is home to 242 species of butterflies, with 42 species being endemic.



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  • Colombo (capital busy city) & Cinnamon Gardens and The Forth
  • Dambulla Temple – the largest cave monastery in the Sri Lanka
  • Peradeniya Botanical Garden (spreads over 147 acres)
  • Evening cultural show - Kandy


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  • The Galle Fort - UNESCO World Heritage Site of Dutch colonial architecture
  • Sigiriya Rock Fortress - built in the 5th Century, also known as Lion Rock (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
  • Temple of the Tooth Relic - Kandy
  • Anuradhapura - the ancient capital of Sri Lanka (UNNESCO World Heritage Site)
  • Tea plantation and a tea factory
     

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  • Yala National Park - mainly famous for its leopards, and a large number of other animals
  • Whale watching in Mirissa (November – Aril)
  • Udawalawe National Park - famous for the many elephants that live there (around 400 in total)
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  • Thirsty?...Don’t forget to try the country’s best tea Ceylon Tea, a Toddy drink (natural palm Juice) and Arrack, Sri Lanka’s best beer.
  • In Colombo visit Mt Lavina restaurant where you will find the best seafood in town with sea views.
  • Don’t forget to try fresh Indian Ocean king prawns.
  • Try the local cuisine! Kothu rotti is made of bits of rotti, onion, tomatoes, chillies and your choice of meat. However be careful, local cuisine can be spicy!
  • Forget about tap water and drink bottled water only.
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  • In Colombo, visit the Buddhist Gangarama Vihara temple filled with Buddhist art. Make sure you take off your shoes & hat before you go in. Woman should cover the legs and arms and men should avoid wearing shorts.
  • Make sure you buy alcohol before full moon days. There will be no hotel bars, night clubs, casinos or local stores selling alcohol in respect to these religious days.
  • Stroll around Colombo city; you will find handicrafts on sale. One of the the best shops in Colombo for local handicrafts is Lanka Hands at Bauddhaloka Mawatha, where you will find jewellery and Sinhalese masks.
  • Pop into the Colombo National Museum, where you will find the ancient paintings which reflect the 4th century BC.
  • Keep some cash with you if you want to take pictures at certain sites, where fees maybe applied.
  • Indulge in a local treatments like foot and head messages, which the region is famous for.
  • Take an exciting ride in a Trishaw for a short journey around town. The three-wheeled chariot is the mainstay of Sri Lankan transport.

Getting There SRI LANKA


SRI LANKAN AIRLINES
A daily service from London Heathrow to Colombo. There are a range of pre-departure facilities such as online check-in or choose your seat.
General Facilities include:
  • A choice of video and audio channels on the personal seatback TV, including special programming for children.
  • Complimentary food and drinks with an option reserve your meal.
Travel Classes:
Economy Class - seat pitch approx. 32”; luggage allowance 30kgs

Business Class – seat pitch approx. 48” (19.5” wide); luggage allowance 40kgs. Each seat is electronically operated with an adjustable footrest, headrest, and lumbar-support, and own reading lamp.



EMIRATES
To Colombo via Dubai - flights from six regional airports: London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle, and Glasgow. There are a range of pre-departure facilities such as online check-in, choose your seat and print your boarding card.

General Facilities include:
  • “ice” entertainment system – personal seatback monitors provide up to 1200 channels to choose from (international movies, TV programs, music, video games) in all classes.
  • Dining - choose from regionally inspired dishes with locally sourced ingredients and free drinks in all classes.
Travel Classes:
Economy Class – seat pitch approx. 32-33”; luggage allowance 30kgs.

Business Class – seat pitch approx. 48-60” / lie-flat beds approx. 79” long; luggage allowance 40kgs. Priority check-in & baggage handling; complimentary chauffeur-drive service (mileage restrictions apply); executive lounges in the UK and Dubai.

First Class – seat pitch approx. 69”; luggage allowance 50kgs. First class passengers enjoy individual private suites on selected aircraft; personal mini-bar; exclusive cabin crew service; dining service with fine wines and champagne.
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Language: The official language of Sri Lanka is Sinhalese. Tamil and English are also widely spoken.
 
Currency: The official currency is Sri Lankan Rupee. (LKR; symbol Rp) = 100 cents. Credit cards are widely accepted.
 
Time Difference: +6 hrs GMT
 
Flying Time: 10¾ hours (Colombo)
 
Tourist Board: http://www.srilankatourism.org/
 
Visa Requirements: UK passport holders require an Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) to enter Sri Lanka; this can be obtained by visiting www.eta.gov.lk for US$30. Non-UK passport holders should check with the Sri Lankan High Commission. Tel: 0207 262 1841 (Ext: 223) or www.srilankahighcommission.co.uk as different rules may apply.
 
Passport: A valid passport with a minimum 2 months remaining on your passport from the date of return to the UK and an available empty page.
 
Security: For the latest information visit the foreign office website at www.fco.gov.uk and select ‘Country Advice’.
 
Voltage: 230v 
 
Religion: Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism and Christianity.
 
Health: Hepatitis A/Tetanus vaccinations are recommended before arriving to Sri Lanka. Check with your Doctor for latest information.
 
Water: Bottled water is recommended.
 
2012 Public Holidays:
1 Jan - New Year's Day & Tamil Thai Pongal Day & Duruthu Full Moon Poya Day
1 Feb - Nikini & Navam Full Moon Poya Day
4 Feb - Milad un-Nabi (Birth of the Prophet) & National Day
1 Mar - Medin Full Moon Poya Day
1 Apr - Bak Full Moon Poya Day
6 Apr - Good Friday
28 Apr - Vesak (Buddha Day) 
1 May - May Day
1 Jun - Poson Full Moon Poya Day
1 Jul - Escala Full Moon Poya Day
19 Aug - Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan)
1 Sep - Binara Full Moon Poya Day
1 Oct - Vap Full Moon Poya Day
26 Oct - Eid al-Adha (Hadji Festival Day)
1 Nov - Il Full Moon Poya Day
13 Nov - Deepavali
1 Dec - Unduvap Full Moon Poya Day
25 Dec - Christmas Day

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