5 Unmissable Experiences in Sri Lanka

Our favourite experiences and their closest villas

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A myriad of landscapes and cultures, Sri Lanka is a truly beautiful and fascinating island set amidst warm Indian Ocean waters. Idyllic beaches, fascinating wildlife, Ceylon tea plantations and temples are just a few of the incredible sights to be admired during your luxury villa stay. Though it may be tempting to stay at the villa and relax by the pool, there are so many opportunities for exploration that are simply too good to miss.

1. Whale watching in Mirissa

The Indian Ocean is full of fascinating creatures, including the world’s largest mammal - the blue whale. Set sail from Mirissa as the sun rises with your own captain and on-board naturalist who will help you catch a glimpse of whales, dolphins, whale sharks and more. The best time to go whale watching is from November to April, as this is when the whales will be migrating from the southern to the northern hemisphere.

Where to stay

Beautiful Palmyra is located just 3km away from Mirissa, a stunning villa with ocean views and an infinity pool. This clifftop property is located right at the water’s edge and features a yoga terrace, fantastic cook service and tropical gardens. The villa is spacious, homely and sleeps up to eight guests, perfect for a trip away with family or friends.

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2.  Day tour to Mulkirigala Raja Maha Vihara

An ideal spot for keen explorers, the cave temples of Mulkirigala are some of the best-preserved rock temples in Sri Lanka. The fascinating archaeological site features colourful paintings, Buddha statues and sculptures. You’ll also find an extensive collection of age-old murals belonging to the Kandyan era.

Where to stay

Part of our luxurious ABOVE collection, beautiful Ani Sri Lanka is situated just 40km from Mulkirigala Rock Temple. This villa is the perfect place for a special celebration, with the high-spec services of a gourmet chef, spa, massages, waterslides and more.

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3. Heritage Galle and Turtle Conservatory

Known for its 17th century Portuguese fort, Galle is a historic city bound to provide a memorable day out. Galle is also very close to Koslanda, home to the Turtle Conservation Project. Here, you’ll learn about five species of turtle that nest in Sri Lanka. The project is designed to protect the species as well as educate the local community.

Where to stay

Located on the edge of Habaraduwa Beach, Heliconia is a convenient 10km drive away from Galle. This villa boasts extraordinary sea views, while its proximity to all that Galle has to offer makes it an ideal spot for a small group to stay and explore the area.

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4. Yala Park Safari

Forested grasslands, vibrant flora and fascinating wildlife - a safari is an absolute must when visiting Sri Lanka. Yala has a super high density of leopards and is a haven for around 200 bird species. See if you can spot the elusive leopard, as well as sloth bears, jackals, crocodiles, elephants and deer during this incredible three-hour tour. This one is just perfect for wildlife enthusiasts.

Where to stay

With its swaying palms, 15m long pool and grand yet homely interior, Cinnamon House is a real Sri Lankan beauty. This wonderful villa is positioned high on a hill with far-reaching sea views, and is located 100km (approximately 2hr 15 mins) away from Yala.

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5. Bird watching safari in Bundala

The wetlands and lagoons of Bundala are home to 197 different bird species. This beautiful UNESCO-designated biosphere reserve can be explored on a fascinating bird watching safari. You’ll have more than enough time to explore and take photos of a range of local and migratory birds as well as stunning landscapes. Make sure to bring your binoculars!

Where to stay

Lemongrass is located just over an hour’s drive from Bundala, a luxurious hideaway with direct access to a sandy beach and an impressive 30m pool. This villa is fantastic for a group of friends or family, complete with a wonderful roof terrace where you can lounge in the sun and peer out across the Indian Ocean.

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If you're feeling inspired by our range of Sri Lanka experiences and would like to speak with one of our Specialists, make an enquiry or browse our Sri Lanka villa collection today.