Boats under palm trees along a beach in Sri Lanka

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Holidays in Sri Lanka offer a tantalising cocktail of sandy beaches, wildlife encounters, ancient sites, tea plantations and remarkable natural scenery.

Why go?

Rent a car in Sri Lanka and you can create the perfect blend of holiday adventures...

Sri Lanka in South Asia is an island in the Indian Ocean, south of India. Due to its location, the island has many British colonial connections but, prior to British rule, the country was occupied by both the Portuguese and the Dutch so you will find this also in evidence as you travel around.

By far the best way to see this country is by car and car hire in Sri Lanka will give you the freedom to explore this amazing place and see sights such as the capital Colombo and the city of Kandy, home to the Temple of the Tooth Relic, one of Sri Lanka's eight Unesco World Heritage Sites.

The climate in Sri Lanka is sub-tropical with two monsoon seasons. The weather varies depending when you go but the best time to visit the west coast is between December and March, while you are better visiting the east coast from April to September.

Sri Lanka is accessible from most countries and you can collect your Sri Lanka car hire at Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB) from which you can begin your tour of the country. Various other pick-up points are available at downtown locations around Sri Lanka. Select the most convenient option when you book in advance of your trip. This is also the best way to find the cheapest deals on car rental.

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Where to explore?

There are many towns and cities in Sri Lanka that are worth visiting...

Your first stop after picking up your car could be Negombo, which offers some of the better beaches on the west coast of Sri Lanka. It is close to the airport and also has some great restaurants, bars and nightlife. Additionally, Beruwela and Kalutara are some other beach resorts that you can go through as you travel south from the airport. If you decide to venture north from the airport first, then the coastal town of Waikkal is worth visiting

If you are looking for beaches in Sri Lanka then you will not be disappointed. Heading south from the airport down the west coast will take you to the Galle area and the beaches of Rathgama, Ahungalla and the famous Bentota beach. Activities available at these resorts include diving. There are also markets selling a variety of traditional and local items including clothing and batik. Other places to visit in Sri Lanka include the Sigiriya Rock Fortress as well as the beautiful temples of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa.

There are many reasons to visit Sri Lanka, which of course includes the beaches. Other things to see and do include hiking. Walking up Adam's Peak is an experience not to be missed. Additionally, the varied landscape in Sri Lanka means that you can visit the Yala National Park and see wildlife such as leopards and elephants as well as do adrenaline-filled activities such as white-water rafting.