Although it shares many similarities with its neighbour, namely it’s deliciously spiced curries, love of tea and cricket, Sri Lanka has its own personality and many attractions.

There is so much to see in Sri Lanka that many people choose to go on an organised tour taking in the capital Colombo with its hustle and bustle as well as its historical centre. The tour would then move on to Habarana, taking in Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, the world’s first elephant orphanage established to feed, nurse and house young elephants lost or abandoned by their mothers.

This can be followed by a visit to Auradhapura, the ancient capital which is Sri Lanka’s most sacred city and home to the islands most sacred Buddhist sites. Another option would be to visit one of Sri Lanka’s many UNESCO World Heritagesites, the Sigiriya Rock Fortress, stunning in its sheer size, with its water gardens,frescos of the Sigirya maidens.

Then onto Kandy, an amazing city situated right in the middle of the island, the second largest I Sri Lanka and the islands cultural capital, home to the Temple of the Tooth.

You could then move into tea country, sampling some of the best teas in the world visiting an area called Nuwara Eliya.

Yala National Park is your next stop, best known for its leopards, but with an abundance of other wildlife (including elephants) and birds for you to see by way of a 4×4 jeep safari should you wish.

Another option of how to enjoy Sri Lanka is to head to one of its beautiful beach resorts with its golden sands, warm waters and amazing hospitality. From here you could enjoy day trips to any of the islands amazing attractions. Many people choose to follow a tour with a beach stay.

Sri Lanka has 2 monsoon zones, May to July in on the East coast and March to October on the West and a constant tropical climate of around 27 degrees making it a year round destination.

Flying to Sri Lanka takes around 11 ½ hours direct from London Heathrow with Sri Lankan Airlines. The time change is 8 hours ahead of GMT and a visa is required for travel.

Here at Milford Travel we can arrange any type of holiday to Sri Lanka which might suit you, please pop in for a chat and we will put together something perfect. Please call 01590 644899 or email enquiries@milford-travel.com or just pop into our shop on the high street in Milford on Sea.