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Sri Lanka Holiday

Travel to an island country in South Asia that's home to Buddhist temples, diverse wildlife, a modern capital and miles of superlative beaches.

Sri Lanka is a tropical island lying off the southern tip of India. With rainforest-covered mountains, culture-rich cities, shrines and temples, you’ll find much to do. Watch elephants bathing in freshwater lakes, tour sacred sites and visit wildlife sanctuaries.

Go shopping in the malls and upmarket department stores of Colombo, the country’s commercial and administrative capital. Search for bargains in Pettah Market. View ancient paintings and sculptures dating back to the fourth century B.C. at the Colombo National Museum.

Take the children to the elephant show at Colombo Zoo and join locals for an evening stroll along the Galle Face Green Promenade. Gaze out at the Indian Ocean while sampling delicious street food.

In the mountains of central Sri Lanka, find Kandy, the country’s second-largest city. Look for the 17th-century Temple of the Tooth. It holds the relic of a canine tooth belonging to Lord Buddha, the founder of Buddhism. Learn about the history of tea in the Ceylon Tea Museum. About an hour's drive from Kandy is the Millennium Elephant Foundation where you can give the elephants a morning bath.

To see more wildlife, check out some of the country’s national parks. Hike through the wetlands of Bundala National Park where large flocks of pink flamingos stand one-legged. Join a four-wheel-drive safari through Udawalawe National Park to observe jackals, monkeys and water buffalo. Yala National Park is known for its leopard population.

Put on your hiking boots for a climb to the top of Adam’s Peak, the country’s highest mountain. For more than 1,000 years this has been a sacred mountain to Buddhists, Christians, Hindus and Muslims. The ascent takes several hours no matter which trail you take. At the summit look for the small Buddhist temple and shrine.

For peaceful relaxation, explore quiet coves along more than 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometers) of Sri Lanka’s outstanding beaches.

Book a vacation to Sri Lanka for its delightful combination of culture, wildlife, beautiful scenery and adventure.


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Mandarina Colombo NZ$104
Mandarina Colombo

Mandarina Colombo

433, Galle Road, Colombo
     
    4.2
    of 5, from 250 reviews
    4.0 out of 5.0

    Located in Kollupitiya, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of University of Colombo, US Embassy, and High Commission of India. Nawaloka Hospital and Lanka Hospital are also within 6 mi (10 km).

    Heritance Negombo NZ$184
    Heritance Negombo

    Heritance Negombo

    175, Lewis Place, Negombo
       
      4.5
      of 5, from 204 reviews
      4.5 out of 5.0

      Nestled on the beach, this Negombo hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Negombo Beach, St. Sebastian's Church, and St Anthony's Church. Ave Maria Convent and St.Mary's Church are also within 6 mi (10 km).

      OZO Colombo Sri Lanka NZ$103
      OZO Colombo Sri Lanka

      OZO Colombo Sri Lanka

      No. 36-38, Clifford Place, Colombo
         
        4.2
        of 5, from 351 reviews
        4.0 out of 5.0

        Located in Colombo 04, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Majestic City, Mount Lavinia Beach, and Galle Face Beach. Galle Face Green and Pettah Market are also within 6 mi (10 km).

        Shangri La Colombo NZ$231
        Shangri La Colombo

        Shangri La Colombo

        1 Centre Road, Galle Face, Colombo
           
          4.5
          of 5, from 104 reviews
          5.0 out of 5.0

          Located in Kollupitiya, this luxury hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Galle Face Green, Galle Face Beach, and Pettah Market. Mount Lavinia Beach and St. Andrew's Scots Kirk Church are also within 6 mi (10 km).

          Cinnamon Red Colombo NZ$117
          Cinnamon Red Colombo

          Cinnamon Red Colombo

          59, Ananda Coomaraswamy Mawatha, Colombo
             
            4.4
            of 5, from 706 reviews
            3.5 out of 5.0

            Located in Kollupitiya, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Liberty Plaza.

            Heritance Kandalama NZ$191
            Heritance Kandalama

            Heritance Kandalama

            Kandalama Lake front, Dambulla
               
              4.4
              of 5, from 331 reviews
              5.0 out of 5.0

              Located on a lake, this family-friendly hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Popham's Arboretum, Dambulla Cave Temple, and Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium. Ancient City of Sigiriya and Sigiriya Museum are also within 16 mi (25 km).

              Earl's Regency NZ$139
              Earl's Regency

              Earl's Regency

              Kundasale, Kandy
                 
                4.1
                of 5, from 199 reviews
                5.0 out of 5.0

                Set in Kandy, this family-friendly hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Kandyan Art Association & Cultural Centre, Kandy Lake, and Wales Park. National Museum and International Buddhist Museum are also within 6 mi (10 km).

                Heritance Tea Factory NZ$217
                Heritance Tea Factory

                Heritance Tea Factory

                Kandapola Nuwara Eliya, Nuwara Eliya
                   
                  4.4
                  of 5, from 143 reviews
                  5.0 out of 5.0

                  Situated in Nuwara Eliya, this luxury hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Pedro Tea Factory, Lover's leap Waterfall, and Galway Forest Reserve. Victoria Park and Nuwara Eliya Golf Club are also within 9 mi (15 km).