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Sri Lanka's cultural and commercial capital, Colombo has a long history as a trading port. Governed successively by the Portuguese, Dutch and British, the city has a unique multicultural spirit, unusual architecture, a diversity of religious heritage, and colorful markets to match.
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Visit the Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple, one of the central places of worship in Sri Lanka. The complex is a vast group of shrines dating from various periods and built in a wide range of architectural styles, which can lend the temple a quirky, patchwork feel. The grounds also contain a bodhi tree said to be grown from a cutting of the one under which the Buddha gained enlightenment, as well as a crystal lotus reputed to contain one of his bones.
Seema Malaka Temple
While at Gangaramaya, see the Seema Malaka Temple, one of Sri Lanka’s most unusual shrines. Built in the 1970s to replace an earlier 19th-century building that was slowly sinking into Beira Lake, Seema Malaka was designed in a serene, minimalist style by renowned Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa. Several simple pavilions appear to float on the surface of the lake, connected to each other and the mainland by walkways lined with statues of the Buddha.
Galle Face Green
Stroll along the edge of the Indian Ocean on the Galle Face Green and arrive at the landmark Victorian Galle Face Hotel. Enjoy cocktails at its beach bar, where Somerset Maugham and Noel Coward once held court.
Depending on the schedule, attend a cricket match in Colombo. While technically cricket is not Sri Lanka’s national sport (volleyball is), it is by far the most popular, a status helped by the national team’s upset of Australia in the 1996 Cricket World Cup finals.
Jami Ul Alfar Mosque
See the Jami Ul Alfar mosque in the Pettah neighborhood, whose garish exterior of red and white stripes, checkers, spirals and other patterns makes it one of Colombo's most recognizable religious landmarks.
Spend 12 days exploring Sri Lanka’s must-see spots on this exciting 12-day journey. You’ll stay in some of Sri Lanka’s most luxury hotels, as you take in a cricket match in Colombo, explore Sigiriya Rock Fortress in Dambulla, visit an ancient monastery in Kandy, tour a tea plantation and take a cooking class.
Gear up for the best day of your life and celebrate your love in style with an unforgettable honeymoon on this romantic tour of Sri Lanka. Spend quality time together in historic cities and scenic wildlife and kick off your married life with a picture-perfect wedding day on the beach.
The perfect setting for your big day, the gorgeous island of Sri Lanka invites you to explore its beauty on a 10-day pre- and post-wedding tour that will ensure you never forget a moment. Explore the ancient treasures and stunning landscapes of this island nation, and start your married life off in style.
Explore Sri Lanka by bike on this exhilarating 11-day quest through its most picturesque, fascinating sites and cities. You’ll stop at ancient Buddhist temples, cycle past wild animals, take a safari ride through a national park, and make friends with tea workers, all while staying at the country’s most luxury hotels.
Play with elephants, relax as the kids swim in the Indian Ocean and fall asleep to the calming ocean lull while staying in a floating house on this 13-day luxurious Sri Lankan holiday. With hiking, elephant trekking and rafting in store, there’s plenty of action to keep the kids busy and still time for you to relax.
Sri Lanka is the perfect setting for the family vacation of your dreams. Play with baby elephants in Pinnawala, explore the vibrant coral reefs, hike archaeological ruins and catch a stunning tangerine sunset with loved ones. This is 13-day luxury journey will create special, lasting family memories.
Take a thrilling trip through India and Sri Lanka, spending 16 days meandering from Mumbai’s iconic Bollywood, down the backwaters of Kerala, exploring colonial Cochin. You’ll fly onwards to Sri Lanka, where you’ll explore its ancient wonders like the Temple of Tooth, all the while staying in luxury hotels.
Step back in time without leaving any luxury behind on this 14-day journey through Sri Lanka’s most important heritage sites. Picnic atop an ancient rock fortress, take an exciting safari through Yala National Park and visit the revered UNESCO site, Anuradhapura. This adventure offers insight into ancient cultures.
Experience Sri Lanka’s natural beauty on this luxurious 16-day adventure. Observe wild elephant herds in their natural habitat, trek in the lush Sinharaja Rainforest, explore multiple UNESCO sites, hike through an ancient monastery and still have plenty of time to unwind by the turquoise sea in stunning Galle.
Spend an unforgettable 10 days touring the beautiful island of Sri Lanka for a romantic honeymoon filled with stunning sights and spectacular scenery. From ancient ruins to whale-infested waters, this trip is packed with treasures that will guarantee your newlywed life starts in style.
A unique region with a strong Indian presence, no stone goes unturned on this 15-day luxury Northern Sri Lanka adventure. This is the most luxurious tour you will find in the region – but this is not your typical 5-star service. You’ll experience the rare opportunity of seeing the country’s rebirth from the civil war.
This pre- and post-wedding tour of the treasures of Sri Lanka has it all, from ancient history and culture to natural beauty and, most importantly, romance. Create unforgettable memories as you prepare for your big day and embark on the honeymoon of a lifetime.
Get up-close and personal with Sri Lanka on this revealing 12-day helicopter tour. You’ll stay in the country’s best hotels, while visiting ancient cities and seeing their age-old ruins and important religious sites like the Temple of Tooth, as you’re graced with incredible bird’s-eye views aboard your helicopter.
Imaginative architect Geoffrey Bawa inspires this 13-day itinerary just as beautiful Sri Lanka inspired his creative works. In addition to seeing Bawa’s final creation and other beautiful buildings, you will bike through the lush Ceylon Tea fields and see one of Buddha’s actual teeth on this luxurious tour.
It’s a sun-soaked adventure on this 13-day Sri Lankan east coast holiday. Give surfing a try on the famous Arugam Bay beach, bike through the lush Ceylon tea fields, view a tooth belonging to the revered Buddha and relax by the sea in luxury. Your incredible memories will last much longer than your golden tan.
Spend nearly an entire month - 26 days - traveling in luxury through India, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives. You’ll visit religiously-important and UNESCO-listed sites including temples and palaces, watch baby sea turtles hatch in Tangalle, and relax at your luxury beachside resort on the stunning Kaafu Atoll.
Sri Lanka is paradise for trekkers. On this 10-day trip, you’ll trek through the rainforest, tea plantations and even along the famous pilgrimage route to Adam’s Peak to catch the tangerine sun climbing above the mountaintops. Encounter diverse wildlife, birdlife and friendly locals on this luxury trekking adventure.
Discover the fantastic hikes and trails that wind their way over and around the gorgeous island of Sri Lanka. Gear up for incredible treks to soaring peaks and down through lush valleys, showcasing the country’s flora, fauna and natural treasures.
The dramatic and sultry Tintagel property is located in central Colombo, close to Colombo Town Hall, National Art Gallery and Sinhalese Sports Club. The hotel was previously home to three of Sri Lanka’s political leaders, making it an important structure of national heritage. This unique and intimate hotel boasts ten high-ceilinged suites with timber floors, lavishly decorated with a unique blend of color, texture and atmosphere. The spacious bathrooms feature rain showers, bathtubs and large vanities. All rooms include complimentary WiFi, LCD TV screens with DVD/CD players, a minibar, tea- and coffee-making facilities and Egyptian cotton bedding. Selected suites come with a private courtyard or a balcony. There are a range of dining facilities including an alfresco restaurant, a chic indoor restaurant offering international cuisine, a private dining room and a bar with black leather lounges and bronze tables. Other facilities and services of the hotel include a spa with optional in-room service, swimming pool, gym, steam room, library and courtyard.
In prime position next to the lake and nearby Buddhist shrine, Uga Residence screams old-world elegance in modern Colombo. Nestled on a verdant avenue, this perfectly-appointed Victorian mansion offers an escape and some peace and quiet within the bustle of the city. Guests can relax in their luxurious suites, bedecked in rich materials and textures, or on their private terraces; alternatively, they may enjoy tranquil walks in the shady gardens. Relaxation and reinvigoration are close at hand with massages available on request and the hotel pool awaiting with cooling waters in a sunny courtyard. A la carte dining is a sumptuous affair at the poolside restaurant, where guests may begin with a cocktail from the adjacent bar and continue with wine from the cellar to accompany the gourmet delights on offer.
Priding itself on a minimalist design and conveniently-located in the center of Colombo, this retro-chic boutique hotel offers 12 designer suites, a world famous pink pool and exceptional dining experiences within its 200-year-old mansion that has been built to combine comfort with style. The hotel offers impressive international cuisine in an elegant setting of colorful glowing chairs and other modern furnishings. From Casa Domos to in-suite spas, attention to detail doesn’t go unnoticed, and is what contributes to the hotel’s exclusive and personal feel. The hotel’s own Casa Domos are above and beyond any type of butler you may be used to. They will be your contact during your stay and will take care of your every need. From collecting you in a vintage car with complimentary bubbly from the airport, to escorting you to your room and organizing any activities in the city, they live by the philosophy that they should come to you, not vice versa, for a hassle-free, relaxing and enjoyable holiday.
Galle Face Hotel
The Galle Face Hotel is located in the heart of Colombo, overlooking the Galle Face Green and the Indian Ocean. The hotel has 150 rooms and suites and is separated into two parts, the Regency wing, which is contemporary, and the Classic wing, which is the older part of the hotel. Each has a variety of rooms and suites with views of the Ocean or of Galle Face Green. There are three restaurants at the hotel to choose from: The Sea Spray Restaurant serving fresh seafood dishes, Verandah Restaurant with Sri Lankan and Western cuisine and The 1864 Restaurant with a large selection of gourmet dishes. The facilities at the Galle Face include a business center, newly opened fitness center with state-of-the-art weight training and cardiovascular machines and a salt-water swimming pool with views of the ocean. There is also a spa for massage and beauty treatments. The hotel is approximately a 45-minute drive from Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB).
Situated just 15 minutes from Bandaranaike International Airport, The Wallawwa is an old colonial home that has been restored and converted into 17 guestrooms and suites-- The Mountbatten Suite, two Family Suites, two Wallawwa Bedrooms, and twelve Garden Suites. The property offers well-manicured, lush gardens, a library, a study with computer and complimentary internet access, a swimming pool, and a spa. The Verandah offers Asian Fusion cuisine and is set overlooking the property's beautiful gardens.