Other last minute holiday destinations
Sri Lanka is by no means the only destination available when it comes to last minute deals.
For year-round sunshine and modern amenities the diverse landscapes and beaches of the Canary Islands are hard to beat, while those longing for swaying palms and cocktails may wish to consider the Caribbean. If sightseeing is on the agenda, Thailand and it’s sun soaked shores are full of activities.
However, if Sri Lanka has tempted you, check out our informative travel guide to find out more.
The best time of year to book your last minute holiday
Although Sri Lanka has two rainy seasons, the island is primed for a last minute holiday all year round as the climate is always delightfully warm. April is the hottest month at around 29°C, but even the ‘coldest’ month, January, still boasts temperatures around 27°C.
The southwest of the island is driest between December to March with the north and eastern coastal regions drier between May and September, also making these times the busiest.
Book up to eight weeks in advance to ensure the widest choice of deals and departures, however if you like to be spontaneous, deals are updated regularly and can be found up to a few days before you leave. Please allow time to apply and receive your visa.
Book a last minute deal to Sri Lanka for idyllic beaches and rich history
Jet off to the paradise shores of Sri Lanka in around 11 hours from the UK, to a destination blessed with exotic wildlife, entrancing scenery and bustling cities.
The main beach resorts are dotted along Sri Lanka’s southwest coast, while visitors wanting city life can check out cosmopolitan Negombo with it’s shops, elaborate temples and botanical gardens.
Bentota has one of the island’s most attractive beaches and chances to spot wildlife on a boat trip along the Bentota Ganga. Or visit the opulent nearby temple of Galpota, famous for its seven-metre long sleeping Buddha and colourful carvings.
For a taste of traditional village life, Kammala’s fruit stalls and curry vendors vie for trade alongside modern hotels. Kammala offers a beach-based break with the option of attractions such as Kandy’s Temple of the Tooth and Sigiriya Rock for sightseeing, as well as being close to the capital, Colombo.
Ahunghalla also provides a winning combination of sun and sand with sightseeing. The historic fort is a popular place to visit and the quiet town centre offers a choice of dining and shopping options. Venture further afield to explore the bustling town of Galle, rolling tea plantations and Yala National Park.
Once a mecca for hippies, Hikkaduwa is now a thriving resort with a pretty boat-dotted beach, swaying palms and excellent surfing and diving opportunities. Explore to find food stalls selling delicious local specialities, rainbow-coloured tuk-tuks and souvenir shops.