South Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka straight out of glossy travel brochures

Miles of golden sandy beaches, tropical forested hills, Galle’s colonial seaside fort that’s a World Heritage site, majestic whales and dolphins delighting in the warm coastal waters, turtles coming ashore on moonlit beaches to lay eggs.

Lovers of wildlife are spoilt for choice. Yala National Park is famous for its leopards and elephants, and is Sri Lanka’s most visited National Park. Kumana National Park is just as spectacular, but comparatively less visited. Further inland lies the World Heritage Sinharaja Reserve with its dazzling array of birdlife. Whale and Dolphin cruises depart from Mirissa.

Despite being frequently visited and much loved, this is not some over developed Costa del Lanka. You can still find beaches all to yourself, and life retains its gentle rhythm like everywhere else on this magical island.

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Wildlife

The South is superbly blessed for those interested in seeing the rich wildlife of Sri Lanka. It is fair to say that if you had to choose just one region for your wildlife explorations, you’ll not regret choosing the South.

Here, the most famous Yala National Park draws in visitors for its high density of Leopards. Kumala National Park is just as stunning, but has fewer visitors. For those wishing to stay closer to the capital Colombo, Uda Walave is an excellent choice for watching elephants and other fauna.

The Sinharaja National Park is spread across the South and Hill Country, and is just as easily accessible from both regions, although you cannot drive across from one side to the other. Both sides of the National Park offer different terrain and experiences.

The south coast is perhaps the most popular of the three Whale watching hot spots on the island.

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Our Accommodation Ratings

Opulent: Exceptional, unashamedly the best of sheer luxury. (£££££)

Luxury: Outstanding levels of 5* comfort, hospitality and facilities. (££££)

Premium: Excellent levels of comfort and hospitality and a wide range of facilities. (£££)

Mid-Range: Good levels of comfort and hospitality, with a reasonable range of facilities. (££)

Simple: Clean and simple, no frills. Often in areas of natural beauty or near wildlife reserves. (£)