Hectic and noisy Colombo is hardly conducive to a relaxing holiday, but it can make for an explosive introduction to this vibrant country or a fun and convenient place to spend your last night and pick up some gifts for loved ones. For a more relaxing option many people choose to stay near the airport or in the coastal resort of Negombo.
There is only one word to describe Colombo and that is hectic! It can be fun with a handful of good shops and restaurants to explore but we wouldn't overly recommend it as the first point of call for newcomers to Sri Lanka. It isn't a must see.More
Kandy is 3 hours from Colombo and the religious heartland of Sri Lanka. It was made a world heritage site in 1988. The city's main attraction is the Temple of the Tooth, home to Sri Lanka 's most precious Buddhist relic which becomes the focus of a fortnight long festival known as the Perahera each July. Other points of interest include the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage, Royal Botanical Gardens and the Commonwealth Cemetery.More
Originally a fishing town the long beaches of Negombo are nowadays dominated by tourists who like the short transfer times from Colombo International Airport. With a few good hotels, Negombo is a popular jumping off point for visitors but it is by far the most touristy town in Sri Lanka and so may not appeal to everyone.More
Bentota is just 2 hours from the airport and as such has a good range of facilities such as watersports and local restaurants. There are a number of larger hotels along the main beach, but your likely to have the smaller beaches to yourself. The area is ideal for families with elephant rides on the beach, banana rides year round and Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery nearby.More
Hikkaduwa is traditionally a surfer town and so has a number of laid back beachfront bars and restaurants, as well as two of the only discos on the island. We have a few accommodation options in Hikkaduwa and recommend it as a day trip from both Bentota and Galle for the glass bottom boat and chance to swim with turtles in the bay.More
The Galle Fort is a UNESCO World Heritage site thanks to its Dutch colonial past and makes a great day trip from a coastal villa. It has a real cosmopolitan feel due to boutique gift shops and hotel restaurants, mixed with Moorish, Portuguese, Dutch and British history. It is possible to stay in the fort and definitely fun for a few nights. It is approx 3 hours from the airport.
Adam's Peak at 7500 ft high is the most famous physical feature in Sri Lanka and a place of pilgrimage. Sri Lankans come mainly in the month of April to pay their respects to the mountains deity Sumana, while foreigners come to admire the sunrise. The climb takes several hours and is done at night, therefore only suitable for the physically fit.More
Yala National Park
Yala National Park on the southeast tip of the island is the most well known of Sri Lanka 's 15 wildlife reserves. Yala is prime leopard spotting territory, especially in August when the area is at its driest, but it is also home to a healthy population of elephants, sloth bears, crocodiles, wild boar, buffalo, jackal and an abundance of bird life.More
Ella has one of the best views in Sri Lanka - through the Ella Gap to the Kirinda Lighthouse on the coast 1000m below. Ella can be reached by road or rail, 7 hours from Colombo. Home to some lovely waterfalls, working tea estates and mini Adam's Peak you can happily spend a few nights in this charming little hill town.More
Home to the Kelani River, Kitugala is a pretty riverside village dedicated to white water rafting, canyoning and kayaking.More
Arugam Bay on the east coast of Sri Lanka is a surf paradise, popular with backpackers during the months of April - September. Best avoided in the off season when most of the local businesses close down.More
We are often sent special offers from the boutique hotels and villas we work with. You will find details of our current special offers below, but if there is a property you like and it is not listed below please let us know. We are always happy to put forward any realistic offers to our owners and will advise you as to whether it is a favourable time of year etc… in which to do so.
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Fleewinter is Guardian Award Winner!
We are very proud of the holidays and service we provide our customers, and were over-the-moon to win the best Short Break Tour Operator 2014 award from the Guardian & Observer Newspaper. We also only missed best overall small tour operator by 0.8%! Many thanks for everyone who voted for us.
Itineraries on Iphones!
Today we officially launch our new system whereby all our customers have the option to have their travel documents delivered to their phone or tablet using the Vamoos app. It includes interactive maps, real time weather forecast plus of course our famous destination guides. Currently available on iphone and ipad and soon to follow on other devices. If you are travelling this summer don’t forget to ask us
JUST 2 DAYS LEFT TO VOTE!!!
We’re looking for people to take two mins to vote for Fleewinter in this years Guardian Travel Awards! Just click on the following link – http://www.global-research.net/guta/start.asp and under tour operator type in ‘fleewinter’ and rate our performance! You can pretty much ignore all other boxes and click submit at the end! Thank you so much!
Guardian Travel Awards 2014
This year we are in the running for the Guardian’s ‘Best Small Tour Operator’ Award and we would REALLY, REALLY, REALLY like to win! So provided you think we deserve it, we would be so grateful if you would take 2 minutes to fill out the following questionnaire – http://www.global-research.net/guta/start.asp
There are just three important boxes and the closing date is Friday 6th June:
1. Scroll down to the Tour Operator section and type Fleewinter into the ‘specify other’ box
2. Rate our performance
3. Then click through to the last page (ignoring the other questions if you wish).
Thank you all so very much!!
New website about to launch
Welcome to our new website. We are still transferring some of the sections but please let us know what you think of it as it has been the biggest change we have made since Fleewinter was establish more than 10 years ago