Few islands in the world offer the diversity that exists in Sri Lanka, from ancient cities and rolling tea plantations, to the best beaches in the Indian Ocean. Luxury holidays in Sri Lanka offer unimaginable variety as well as an introduction to the Indian Subcontinent’s marvellous natural beauty and astonishing variety of bird and animal wildlife. Whichever way you choose to experience this marvellous nation, it continues to intoxicate with its potpourri of cultures, customs, natural beauty, and way of life.
At OROKO, we pride ourselves on having an unparalleled understanding of the island and use this knowledge to create tailor-made luxury holidays in Sri Lanka which go above and beyond the ordinary. We are constantly on the lookout for new properties and secret gems and are passionate about developing unique experiences led by our long-standing local partners which allow you to get under the skin of Sri Lankan culture during your holiday.
POCKET GUIDE TO HOLIDAYS IN SRI LANKA
Cocooned by lush tea plantations and verdant rainforest, Kandy is a vibrant splash of colour amid a sea of emerald green. Sri Lanka’s former capital and a UNESCO-listed city, it is home to the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, one of Buddhism’s most sacred shrines. With pastel-hued bungalows and colonial buildings surrounding the large lake at is heart, the charming city is rich in history and well worth visiting during luxury holidays to Sri Lanka.
The economic and political capital of Sri Lanka, Colombo is a quintessentially cosmopolitan city, where British and Dutch colonial architecture brushes shoulders with futuristic skyscrapers and the streets are abuzz with tuk tuks and bustling temples. The Fort, Cinnamon Gardens, Jami-Ul-Alfar Mosque and the National Museum are particular historical highlights that shouldn’t be missed on luxury holidays in Sri Lanka, whilst the legacies of its colonial garden routes are still very much intact along its shady boulevards.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, built by the Portuguese and further fortified by the Dutch, the historic city of Galle is a delight to explore on luxury holidays to Sri Lanka, with the old trading port blessed with an abundance of imposing Dutch-colonial buildings, grand mansions, ancient museums, and mosques. At the heart of the city is the Fort, a walled enclave surrounded on three sides by the ocean. Beyond the fortress, Galle entices visitors with its idyllic gold-sand beaches.
Luxury holidays to Sri Lanka would be incomplete without a visit to Yala National Park, the country’s second largest and most visited national park. Originally a hunting ground for the British during colonial rule, the park’s grassy plains and tangled forests are now home to the highest density of leopards in the world, as well as elephants, monkeys, crocodiles, peacocks, sloths, and buffalo. Split into five sectors, two are open to visitors on guided 4×4 safaris.