Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Yacht Charter Guide

The diverse terrains of Sri Lanka make this an unforgettable sailing destination – within a day you can travel from sandy beaches, to snow-capped mountains covered in rainforest, to the hustle and bustle of lively cities. The stunning island is a hub for superyachts, and a yacht charter is the best way to make the most of the wonderful coasts. The idyllic sandy beaches of the south are complemented by stylish luxury resorts, making this the ideal place to relax and recharge in the beautiful heat of the Indian sun. In land Sri Lanka is full of culture, historical treasures and incredible natural scenery, from ancient ruins and abandoned palaces hidden in dense jungle, to towering mountains with waterfalls racing down their slopes. Back on the sea, take your charter yacht to coral reefs to snorkel amongst colorful fish, or do some fishing and ask your onboard to cook your catch using local flavors.

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Best Time To Visit: The sailing season of Sri Lanka is October to March.

Key Cruising Areas: The north-east and south of the country are fringed with pristine beaches and anchorages to explore. Further afield this is a good location to begin a south-east Asia cruise.

Don’t Miss: The ancient ruins at Sigiriya may be Sri Lanka’s most dramatic landmark. Sat atop the incredible, vertical-sided “lion rock”, the remains of the Kingdom of Kassapa baffle architects to this day. Covered with ancient inscriptions and paintings and surrounded by the oldest landscaped gardens in the world, this is a once in a lifetime experience.

Best Spots for Wining and Dining: The culinary scene in Sri Lanka is exploding, and the biggest city, Colombo, is filled with choices for local fare or fine dining options. Renowned among wine-lovers, the rooftop restaurant of the Galadari Hotel serves excellent seafood accompanied by piano music with stunning views across the sea.

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Best Local Dish: The cuisine of Sri Lanka combines flavors from across the world to create a unique culinary style. Coconut curries, seafood, rice pancakes and samosas are often best from the street vendors, but for local food in a spectacular setting book a table at The Lagoon in the Cinnamon Grand Hotel and try the sour fish curry.

Local Culture: For an interesting glimpse of the industry that Sri Lanka is famous for, visit the Hundungoda Tea Estate. A family run tea estate, Hundungoda produces high quality and niche teas, and the factory and museum are set in lush tropical forest surrounded with birds and cinnamon trees.

Best Beach:  A beach best reached by sea, the golden sands of Hikkaduwa remain one of the quieter spots. With warm seas, resident turtles and a hatchery, nearby eco-gardens and cafes, Hikkaduwa is ideal for a day spent relaxing, sunbathing and strolling.

IYC recommends: Crawl out of bed before the sun comes up to float through the morning mist over mountains and rice fields. Gliding in a hot air balloon is an incredible way to see the countryside below, dramatic rocks, winding rivers and ancient temples fall away below you as you drift through the silent morning air. When you land you will be treated to a champagne breakfast to finish off an amazing experience.

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