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Make a holiday rental property or accommodation in Sri Lanka your home away from home

Holidays to Sri Lanka, the Pearl of the Orient, are an all absorbing mix of beaches, naturally stunning landscapes and vibrant culture. There is so much to see, do and enjoy on the island that it would be impossible to do more than scrape the very surface in this rough guide to Sri Lanka, and you would be advised to buy a Sri Lanka travel guide in order to discover the finer points about the island. Located in the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka holidays offer extremely good value for money, especially when you take into consideration the fantastically warm welcome you will receive, the stunning sights you will see and the great activities you will enjoy. Despite trying to avoid clichés, Sri Lanka can only be described as a green paradise!

Things to do on holiday in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is adorned with amazing historical and religious monuments, many of which are completely unique. Any Sri Lanka tour of historic and religious monuments must take in sites including the staggering 5th century Sigiriya Fortress which rises dramatically out of the thick tropical forest, the ancient capitals of Polonnaruwa and Anuradhapura, Kandy’s religious centre to the cave temples of Dambulla at least! As you travel Sri Lanka’s roads, many more amazing man made sights will catch your eye, and the vast majority are worth further exploration.

The tropical beaches are a real asset for Sri Lanka holidays. Stretching almost uninterrupted around the coast, Sri Lanka’s beaches are powder soft and startlingly golden. Littered only by vividly coloured fishing boats, you can always find a secluded spot on the beach from a Sri Lanka property, and the sea is warm and clear, perfect for taking a quick dip, snorkelling or sailing amongst other water sports. The scuba diving in Sri Lanka is exceptional, and there are plenty of opportunities to go diving form Sri Lanka accommodation.

The tropical forests which cover the mountainous interior of Sri Lanka are a marvel of nature. Every shade of green blend together to hide some 2,000 elephants, four species of wild cats (including leopard), sloth bears and over 400 species of predominantly brightly coloured tropical birds. There are four main national parks in Sri Lanka, providing a magnificent opportunity to explore the forest.

The ten day festival of Kandy Esala Perahera in July is a fantastic time to be staying in a Sri Lanka property, allowing visitors to experience Sri Lankan culture at its most vibrant and accessible. As any Sri Lanka travel guide will tell you though, finding Sri Lanka accommodation at the time may prove hard.

Places to visit on holiday in Sri Lanka

The South Coast of Sri Lanka is a perfect place to relax on the beach, surrounded by tiny fishing villages, the fascinating colonial port of Galle and some of the most romantic spots on the whole island.

The West Coast of Sri Lanka is the traditional coast on which to take a Sri Lanka holiday. The beaches are fantastic and perfectly suited for family holidays and luxury beach breaks. The natural lagoons and inlets along the west coast mean that nature lovers will be thrilled by Sri Lanka accommodation on the west coast.

The central mountains of Sri Lanka are simply beautiful. This is the place to come for cultural explorations of Sri Lanka, especially around Kandy and Nuwara Eliya. Nature flourishes in the central region too, with much of the best natural landscapes for walking and tours of Sri Lanka’s finest historic sites.

Climate of Sri Lanka

The best time to visit Sri Lanka accommodation is between December and March, which is the main season for tourism in Sri Lanka, perfect for escaping the British winter. Throughout the year, Sri Lanka’s climate hardly changes in terms of temperature, with monthly averages staying between 30°C and 24°C throughout the year.

Travel to Sri Lanka

Reaching accommodation in Sri Lanka is easy. SriLankan Airways offer a range of flights to Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB) from London, and there are a range of other travel options depending on the exact location of you Sri Lanka holiday rental.

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                                                                                                    We had an amazing time thank you! We went with the understanding that it was the windy season, so we weren’t at all disappointed by the beach. Sisira was amazing, all the staff were. He set up two trips for us to the elephant orphanage and a lagoon tour. The food was unbelievable! It was my first trip away from our kids, who are 5 and 1, so I got to relax and read and sleep whenever I wanted to which was a treat in its self! We made use of the Bar Reef pool and drank our fair share of Pina coladas! On our last day we went across to Udekki and met the very interesting Blues musician owner, who was also so accommodating and we had a drink with him. It really was an amazing trip, our first time to Sri Lanka, and I think we will definitely be back one day.
                                                                                                    • Review Submitted: 29-Sep-2016
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                                                                                                    Surfing & relaxing

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                                                                                                    I am a Norwegian traveling with my girlfriend. We stayed at Michelle's lovely house on Welligama beach. From the time we stepped off the plane everything was taken care of. The house is situated right on a famous surfing break in Sri Lanka. Its for every level, but particularly good for people want to have a go. The house was very big and fresh! Also the workers there were lovely, making tasty local breakfast dished every morning. We had a blast and will come again for sure. The location is nice and quite, but only a short tuk tuk ride to more action in Unewatuna. Also neighbour restaurant was very good. Two thumbs up!!
                                                                                                    • Review Submitted: 07-Sep-2016
                                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Jun 2016

                                                                                                    This house is a holiday dream come true...

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                                                                                                    Marley's is such a special place. The veranda is where I want to be everyday, listening to the ocean, watching the waves and reconnecting with the world! You couldn't get a better location and the gardens and house were immaculate. Facilities spot on, really comfortable beds (a must), great kitchen and living areas and 2 bathrooms (one outdoor - fab!!! and one indoor). Decor, ambience and staff couldn't have been more welcoming and made my first trip to Sri Lanka unforgettable. The local area is buzzing with great bars and restaurants. Short hope along the beach and you can be drinking cocktails whilst watching the sunset! Also an ideal base to tour from. I loved Columbo and Galle town as well as the exploring we did in Udawalawe. Sri Lanka is a place like no other, and Marley's is the same. It steals a place in your heart and leaves you wanting more. Thanks for having me x
                                                                                                    • Review Submitted: 24-Aug-2016
                                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Jun 2016