Nestled in the Indian Ocean, south of India, the island nation of Sri Lanka boasts a diverse landscape, ranging from rainforest and arid plains to highlands and sandy beaches, helping make it a hugely popular tourist destination. It is also blessed with a vast array of impressive man-made attractions, most famously its ancient Buddhist ruins, including the 5th-century citadel Sigiriya.
Once you’re ensconced in Sri Lanka, it can be a relatively cheap place to visit and explore, with food and accommodation costs particularly good value. Cheap flights, however, are somewhat harder to come by. To help you plan an affordable Sri Lanka holiday, we’ve done some research and come up with three places you can book a trip that won’t break the bank.
Part of the TUI group, First Choice Holidays offer flight and holiday packages to global destinations from the UK. You select your flight dates and are then directed through to the various accommodation options. If you want to fly out from a particular airport, the packages searched for will only show flights from that airport. As for the website in general, the first thing you notice is how comprehensive their destination guides are, which include everything from average monthly weather, to local currency and visa information, to flight times from airports around the world. When we searched for Sri Lanka, we found a huge variety of options for all inclusive holidays and package holidays, and we would recommend this website highly.
Established in 1980, Mercury Holidays are ABTA members and all of its holidays are financially protected. They cater for destinations across the world, and as well as traditional package holidays they also offer escorted tours, river cruises and rail journeys – although these aren’t available for Sri Lanka. On the plus side, searching for traditional package holiday in Sri Lanka brings up an impressive range of options. Other website features include a section dedicated to special offers, including free massages, free room upgrades, and paying for two weeks and getting your third week for free. The company also claims to only sell their own carefully selected holidays, which their customers have rated as good or excellent in questionnaires. There’s also a perk for single travellers, as unlike many other companies they offer No Single Supplements at many of their hotels. They also have representatives located in every resort they sell packages for, so someone will be on hand to help throughout your holiday.
Thomas Cook are a major player in the travel industry and offer a superb choice of holiday options for destinations across the globe. When we searched for trips to Sri Lanka, we found a huge selection, including private tours that include your own personal guide as part of the price. One benefit is that Thomas Cook’s list of hotels is linked to TripAdvisor, so you can scour previous guest reviews while looking around for your preferred trip. When it comes to flights, Thomas Cook has its own charter fleet and upon booking you can add on various extras such as increased baggage allowance and in-flight meals. In short, when it comes to finding the perfect holiday for your tasted and needs, Thomas Cook are a highly reliable choice.