Travel

Sri Lanka is deservedly known as the Gateway to the Orient, and if you are planning a visit we offer our expertise and are pleased to share our love of the country to make your holiday the best you can possibly imagine. The perfect country for both short city breaks and longer stays on the beach, the range of bespoke and tailor made trips available give you the opportunity to discover for yourself the people, culture, and beautiful nature of Paradise.

Explore empty beaches fringed by palm trees, a climate that varies from tropical heat to an almost European summer coolness, and allow yourself to be warmly welcomed by the ever-inviting people of Sri Lanka with the broadest of smiles.

Sri Lankan beach and palm trees 

Colonial buildings from the British, Dutch and Portuguese eras survive, as do sights from earlier in the history of the island. Wander through the great national parks on the coast and in the hill country, and experience exotic species of animals, birds and plants that will take your breath away.

Sri Lankan tea plantation 

Discover and sample delicious local and international cuisine; with the freshest fish and seafood direct from the blue depths of the Indian ocean, there are many excellent and reasonably priced restaurants unknown to most visitors. Shopping is plentiful at stylish boutiques and local markets, with prices at a fraction of those in the UK; for the discerning fashonista designer brands are available at local prices as Sri Lanka produces a high proportion of the clothing sold in Europe and North America.

Please see below for a range of places we recommend for a visit, and contact us to arrange the tailor made trip of a lifetime.

Colombo

The colonial and modern capital of Sri Lanka, Colombo is an important trading centre boasting a number of world class hotels where excellent facilities are combined with the friendly service that is typical of Sri Lankan hospitality.

Much of Colombo’s colonial architecture survives, particularly around the old Dutch built fortified harbour such as The Presidents Palace, the Secretariat, the Pacific Oriental Hotel (which boasts a wonderful view of the port of Colombo from its restaurant) and Cargill’s Department Store.

The commercial district of Pettah lies to the north of Fort, where shops and stalls combine to provide a giant bazaar wherein local people shop for bargains in clothing, jewellery and domestic appliances. To the South is Colpetty, a fast developing commercial and upmarket residential area where traditional traders share space with modern boutiques and shopping centres for an eclectic mix and shopping experience.

Between Fort and Colpetty is Galle Face Green, a long stretch of coastal lawn and promenade similar in style to the Palmeira Lawns that separate Brighton and Hove. Enjoy a jog, fly a kite or go for a drink at the Galle Face Hotel, another fine example of a surviving colonial building.

Beyond Colpetty are the beaches of Mount Lavinia where you can escape from the bustle of the city and enjoy a swim in the Indian Ocean, or some excellent seafood at a beach front restaurant. Mount Lavinia is also home to another fine colonial building, the former Governer’s residence, an excellent hotel which now sits prominently on a rocky outcrop.

Sunsets in west facing Columbo, and indeed right along the west coast, are something else.

Evening Sky in Sri Lanka

Other Colombo attractions include the Vihara Maha Devin Park, The National Museum, the Art gallery and the famous Cricket Club Café, where a colonial house has been skilfully converted into an English style pub dedicated to all things cricket, a reflection of Sri Lanka’s national obsession with the game and the place to be for cricket fans worldwide.

View of Columbo 

Kandy

Kandy is the ancient pre-colonial capital of the island situated in Sri Lanka’s hill country which enjoys a refreshingly cool inland climate in comparison to the heat of the coast.

Kandy sunlit Buddha
 

Kandy, which is beautifully set around a 19th century artificial lake, is home to many attractions including the world famous Temple of the Tooth, a sacred site to Buddhists the world over. The area is also home to the Kandyan Dance,which takes place annually in late July, and early August; demonstrations of the dance take place regularly in hotels and at events such as cricket matches but, if you are lucky enough to be in Kandy at the right time, you can see the real thing for yourself.

Other attractions in and around Kandy include, the National Museum and the Udawattakelle Sanctuary, a haven for birdlife in addition to many scenic walks around the area.

There are also the wonderful botanic gardens, where you can escape the bustle of the city and enjoy a day among the landscaped gardens and huge collection of exotic plants. If walking around inthe hot sun proves too much, you can always take advantage of the local transport.

Bullock cart in Kandy botanical gardens

Close to Kandy is the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage, where elephants can be seen in their natural habitat, and the Mahaweli river, where the elephants are bathed in the afternoon.

Negombo

Negombo is the major beach resort on the West Coast of Sri Lanka, north of Colombo and easily accessible from the airport. It is famous for it’s fishing, and attracts thousands of visitors each year.

The fish market is a local wonder, where a variety of seafood such as crabs, prawns, fresh fish are locally caught and available direct from the traders. A colourful fishermans’ festival is held each year in late July

A variety of luxury hotels or guest houses are available, and the area has a wonderful choice of restaurants.

Nuwra Eliya

At the centre of the Sri Lankan tea growing industry, this area was developed by the British who found the cool climate a refreshing escape from the heat of the coasts.

Colonial institutions survive little changed from those days, such as the Hill Club, where jacket and tie is still required for dinner, and the Grand Hotel. All are surrounded by beautiful, European style gardens and make for a glorious setting to relax and enjoy your surroundings.

The area also has excellent golf courses and opportunities for horse racing, a pastime enjoyed by local and visitors alike.

Galle

Lying at the extreme south western tip of the island is Galle, Sri Lanka’s second city. As well as being a fascinating destination is its own right, with its beautifully preserved Dutch colonial fort, it is also at the centre of Sri Lanka’s finest Beaches.

Galle

Accommodation is Galle itself is limited, but there are excellent beach resorts a short taxi or tuk tuk ride away.

To the north lies Hikkaduwa with a number of hotels with confusingly similar names, based on the resort’s proximity to a beautiful coral reef. To the east is Koggala Beach, a small but thriving resort long popular with travellers from continental Europe but still large unknown by British tourists. The Koggala Beach Hotel is right on the beach, with excellent facilities and sumptuous Sri Lankan and international buffets.

On the cost road between Columbo and Galle lies the popular resort of Bentota, home of the amazing Ceysands hotel. Reached after a short boat ride across the lagoon, it features pristine beaches and a restaurant offering a traditional Sri Lankan buffet, including fresh seafood, and brilliant views across the Indian Ocean.

Ceysands

Contact Flavours of Ceylon on 01480 495914 or email info@flavoursofceylon.co.uk to bring the sunshine of Sri Lanka to your life in Cambridgeshire.

Flavours of Ceylon is based in St Ives, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire

Events

Events for 2017

Saturday 10 June 2017 Huntingdonshire Riverside Gala 11am to 5pm

 

We were at the first one and we are back this year with a bigger and better stall


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