Luxury holidays in Sri Lanka

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  • Sri Lanka Luxury holidays

    The island nation of Sri Lanka sits between Asia and southern India, with influences from both. As well as its beautiful natural landscape and wildlife, the island is strewn with the ruins of ancient civilisations, including the Ceylon ruins at Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa, and both should be high on the to-do list if you're heading to Sri Lanka for some sightseeing. A polite culture means you might find you are expected to shake hands with the people you meet - and if anyone offers you a cup of tea, it would be rude to say no.

    Sri Lanka's favourite flavours

    As well as the tea - which is commonly thought of as the best in the world - there are a few other favourite flavours on the island, for example Roti, the coconut-flavoured flatbread served with everything. Look out for Hoppers, a bread product partway between a crumpet and a muffin, and often to be found with an egg on top. And beware the full moon - on this important date in the lunar cycle, no alcohol can be sold in Sri Lanka, so you should plan any drinking around these so-called 'poya' holidays.

    Architectural culture in Sri Lanka

    Sri Lanka has some very specific architectural points of interest, among its other landmarks, and these are connected with its climate. Conserving water from the rainy season is important for year-round residents, and large reservoirs are linked by aqueducts with slopes as gentle as an inch drop in every mile of length, transporting water to where it is needed most. Biso Kotuwa is particularly interesting to any engineering enthusiasts, as it is a system that allows water to flow around the dam using a sluice-like mechanism, reducing the pressure on the dam itself to lower the risk of collapse.

    When should I visit Sri Lanka?

    The driest time of year in the south and west of Sri Lanka is from December through until March, while the monsoon season lasts from May to September, with short transition periods either side of this time. This is the Yala monsoon; the Maha monsoon, on the other hand, mostly affects the east and north of the country, with rain from October to January, and drier months from May to September. For obvious reasons, the best time to visit depends on where you are headed, and on whether you want dry weather or are there specifically to experience monsoon conditions.

    What’s on offer on a luxury holiday?

    There are times when a luxury holiday is the only type of holiday to deliver the goods. If you want to enjoy a spot of wildlife watching, a luxury holiday can make it happen. If it’s far-flung cultures and beaches you want to explore, a luxury hotel will provide the perfect base. When it comes to luxury holidays, it’s not so much about the destination but more about where you stay. That’s why it’s always worth splashing out on a top hotel. Sri Lanka offers that mystery and charm that puts it on many holidaymakers’ wish lists. You’ll find golden beaches, wildlife-packed parks, and world heritage sites that make for a fascinating visit.

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