Becky Milligan

Sri Lanka Travel Expert

“While it may be small, this tropical island packs a punch. It has successfully surprised the masses with its incredible collection of luxury hotels and resorts, resulting in culture vultures and leisure travellers flocking here for a lesson in history, a dosage of safari life, and to be utterly spoiled in both seaside and jungle-enclosed accommodations.”

Becky Milligan

Sri Lanka Travel Expert

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Experience the Sri Lankan culture

Ancient rock formations, pastel pink skies, wild green jungle: beauty comes naturally to Sri Lanka. The South Asian island is much more than a pretty face, though. Adventure through the forested landscape with tour guides who’ll take you to within a few paces of elephants and leopards, or wipe your bucket list clean with all eight of the country’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Whether you’re seeking first-world escape in a towering treetop lodge or first-class luxury on a colonial spice estate, we can deliver the very best Sri Lanka has to give.

A SURVEY OF SRI LANKA

A teardrop shaped island off the southern coast of India, Sri Lanka is a country that delivers. Golden beaches, tropical jungles, and high mountains may be the atmosphere, but the elephants, temples, leopards, and tea plantations define its attraction. We can’t stay away from the rice and curry, the riveting diving spots, and the elegant hotels, so you’re in good hands when Black Tomato is curating the ultimate tailor-made itinerary. Prepare for ancient ruins, stunning hikes, forts, and fortresses.

TRANQUILITY AMONG THE TEA PLANTATIONS

One of a handful of Sri Lanka’s most breathtaking sceneries, Tea Country is acres upon acres of slanted hills and leafy greenery. A blend of authenticity and luxury, it’s here you can reside at a tea estate, take train rides through misty mountains, and interact with the friendly locals whose job it is to maintain the crop. Embark on a tour of a local plantation to fully understand the significance of this region.

FEELING WILD

A paradise for wildlife lovers, Sri Lanka is easily the best place in Asia for experiencing a variety of animals in a variety of different landscapes. Yala National Park is famous for its leopard population, while Udawalawe is popular for elephant encounters. Others are known for their bird species and another for the elusive sloth bear, but all of them make for a memorable experience in Sri Lanka.

COMPLETE THE CULTURAL TRIANGLE

Where else can you tick off seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites in one go? Consisting of Kandy, Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa, these three great, ancient capitals form the Cultural Triangle. Crammed with monuments and ruined cities, there is so much to see in this one area of the country, it’s an obvious not-to-miss.

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Galle

Head south to the coastal port of Galle – a place steeped in colonial history. Away from the pretty Dutch Quarter villas with their red-tiled roofs and grand verandas you’ll find the unmissable Galle Fort, preserved as it was hundreds of years ago, which bursts into life with a bustling food market every Sunday. You won’t forget the coconut saravita or freshly caught spicy prawn isso vadei. Spend the afternoon exploring the 475-year-old fort before enjoying a private evening with dinner made from local ingredients picked from the stalls.

Willpattu National Park

If it’s an escape from the crowded cities you want, head north for the less-worn paths of Willpattu National Park. With the help of a knowledgeable personal guide, amble through the secluded site famous for its regal Asian elephants. We’ll do our best to help you spot the adorable sloth bears, leopards, and barking deer, too. The untouched forests and plains of Willpattu are an enchanting place, and its many stories are best heard sitting around an evening campfire with the locals.

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Uga Bay

Unwind in Uga Bay, perched on the north-east portion of the island. We’ll make reservations for you to get pampered to perfection in the sea-view spa overlooking the simply stunning Bay of Bengal. Afterward, indulge in beachside barbecues to the sound of native wild birds and crashing waves as the sun drops into the ocean. This is bliss.

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The Fort Bazaar, Galle

Perfectly positioned in the centre of the historic Galle Fort, The Fort Bazaar Hotel boasts a unique style unlike its typically colonial contemporaries. Once owned by a wealthy spice merchant, the décor pays homage to the Middle East with its glowing lanterns, handmade tiles, and vintage patterned furnishings. Rooms here are private and luxurious, while the delicious Moroccan cuisine includes moreish mezze and an unreal lamb tagine.

Leopard Trails, Willpattu National Park

Immerse yourself in the Sri Lankan wildlife at Leopard Trails, located in the 130,000-hectare Willpattu National Park. You’re perfectly positioned to witness (safely) the rare beasts that roam nearby and a typical day will end eating under the stars by campfire, before retiring to the cosy confines of a tent that will challenge the comforts of hom

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The Wallawwa, Kotugoda

A serene oasis away from the chaos and bustle of Colombo, The Wallawwa is well equipped to cater to the A-list. Chill out in the Z Spa or soak up the scents of the native plants through the beautiful three-acre site. Stretch out and unwind on your oversized bed, and feast on unforgettable Asian fusion dishes, with many of the spices and ingredients sourced from the hotel grounds.

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Blink luxury camping

Get a taste of wild tranquillity and spend an exclusive evening at Udawalawa National Park to enjoy the peaceful sound of local wildlife sending you to sleep. With Blink, you can live in complete luxury away from it all with specialised catering just for you. Take a private Jeep tour at the crack of dawn, watching out for water buffalo, monkeys, crocodiles, elephants, and much more.

Take in the views of Sigiriya by hot air balloon

As dramatic natural landmarks go, the towering fifth-century abandoned fortress of Sigiriya is up there. Flanked by seas of vibrant greenery, Sigiriya also offers spectacular views for those brave enough to climb its rather delicate staircases built into the 200-metre-tall granite rock at the centre. However, we recommend you appreciate its wonder from the air. We’ll arrange a hot air balloon ride so you can take lunch while you take in the views.

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Embark on a personalised tour of Sri Lanka’s tea heritage

Set against steep, slanting hills, the train ride into the heart of Tea Country is an experience in itself. Map the journey from field to cup with a unique tour. Led by a local guide, experience the real story of the region’s freshest offering. For the evening, we can organise boutique accommodation nearby and your own personal chef who will create a menu based around you.

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Enjoy private romance at Galle Fort

Get swept up in the beauty of Galle Fort, built in 1588, with looming palm trees parading the perimeter and the distant sound of the shore crashing into the grass-clad city walls. If you like, you could even indulge in a romantic, candle-lit dinner for two within the fort – exclusively catered for with gentle live music – giving you an unforgettable experience whether you’re honeymooning or celebrating your 40th wedding anniversary.

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WHERE TO STAY

In a country that offers so much in the way of experiences, you can expect the same from the hotels. There are five-star hotels in Colombo, boutiques discovered by our experts, and luxury resorts that focus on peace, wellness, relaxation, and cultural immersion. We’ve determined where provides the best views, who has the best beaches, and what puts you in close proximity to the action; all you have to do is say yes.

FOR THE CULTURE

Whether traveling to the ‘Cultural Triangle’ or the ‘Golden Valley of Tea’, you are sure to fall captive to the charm of Sri Lanka’s vivacious culture. Amidst the paddy fields of Sigiriya sits Vil Uyana, a luxury, eco-focused hotel that overlooks the ancient rock fortress. For those in search of a traditional colonial estate, Tea Trails is a property perfect for rest and relaxation.

FOR THE WILDLIFE

Elephants, leopards, bears, oh my! Sri Lanka is a wildlife hotspot. If we had one sole ‘can’t-miss’ experience in the country, it would be to enjoy the National Parks and Nature Reserves by jeep safari and five-star hotel. Located adjacent to Yala National Park, the Wild Coast Lodge is a resort that must be seen to be believed. A jaw dropping display of a clever layout and design, this bolthole will leave you right in the thick of it – until you wish to return back to your private villa, that is.

FOR THE BEACH

For those chasing the famed Sri Lankan beach resort, look no further than Cape Weligama. A clifftop hotel perched above the Indian Ocean, we’ve truly never come across an infinity pool more stunning. What’s more, the beach below is a cradle of activity. Head here for swimming, surfing, and diving.

  • Population Population 21,200,000
  • Capital Capital Colombo
  • Currency Currency Sri Lankan Rupee
  • Language Language Sinhala
  • Time Difference Time Difference GMT + 5.30 | ET + 10.30
  • Expert Tip Expert Tip

    "Journey up into the tea country by old fashioned steam train."

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