off the east coast of India lies the island of Sri Lanka, tear shaped and oozing with beautiful beaches, lush rainforests, exotic wildlife and stunning mountain vistas. It's the perfect place for a romantic honeymoon, or visiting for a cultural and spiritual experience and is world-renowned for its welcoming people and excellent hospitality.
Holding the record for the most Unesco World Heritage Sites in a small area, Sri Lanka boasts eight of the accolades. The island has been inhabited for more than 2,000 years, yet only now is it becoming a 'go to' destination. And that's the beauty of this special island - it's relatively undiscovered and just waiting to cast you under its spell. Temples, ancient artefacts, fine colonial buildings, plantation communities, rural idylls and rainforest residences can all be found on Sri Lanka.
Colonial Columbo is the island's largest city but not its capital. It's a wonderful place to begin a trip to Sri Lanka and offers a hint of the past whilst looking keenly to the future. Capture the essence of Sri Lanka in Colombo, as you drink in the clashing colours and cultures of this stunning island. Here you can shop, eat fine food and take in the history and culture for a day or so. It's an ideal place from which to plan the rest of your stay and to contemplate your surroundings.
Flight time from the UK (London) Approximately 11 hours.
Arrival Airport Bandaranaike International Airport.
Entry details (for British passport holders) A short stay visa needs to be obtained before departure through an online visa application process, the Electronic Travel Authority (ETA). Charges apply. Passports need at least 6 months validity from your date of entry. Before you depart, check the latest travel advice at www.fco.gov.uk.
Time difference GMT +6 hours
Currency Sri Lanka Rupee.
Language English, Sinhala and Tamil.
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A local Signature representative will meet you at your arrival airport and direct you to your pre-booked transfer vehicle. You'll receive a welcome pack containing local information and all contact details. A welcome meeting will be arranged at your hotel and should you need advice during your stay, local representatives will make scheduled visits
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