About Sri Lanka

  • Capital of Sri Lanka: Colombo
  • Population of Sri Lanka: 22 million
  • Languages in Sri Lanka: Sinhala, Tamil, English
  • Time in Sri Lank: GMT+5.5
  • International dialing code for Sri Lanka: +94
  • Voltage in Sri Lanka: 230V 50Hz AC
  • Visas for Sri Lanka: Sri Lanka visas www.eta.gov.lk
  • Money in Sri Lanka: Sri Lankan rupee (LKR)
  • Travel advice for Sri Lanka: Foreign & Commonwealth Office
  • Sri Lanka tourist board: Sri Lanka Tourism

Overview

Hidden between the lands of India and Southeast Asia, you would say that this teardrop island is in plain sight. Yes it is but Sri Lanka’s beauty, history, culture, and wildlife are very much alluring.

With a history expanding over 3000 years, now you can take a cycle tour to some of world’s oldest civilizations. This includes Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and the once forgotten Sigiriya Rock Fortress soaring above the jungles. Despite its small size Sri Lanka is also included among the top five biodiversity hot-spots in the world. So you can hop into one of the many daring National Parks, Yala is the most visited with its lurking leopards, majestic elephants and colorful birds. More Destinations

You can head to Sri Lanka’s cool highlands – to the city of Kandy filled with temples and religious festivals. You can then take a train, visit the Colonial bungalows and watch tea pickers at work in the emerald tea plantations of Nuwara Eliya.

The heritages are blended at the old port city of Galle with Dutch and Portuguese, you can wander through the little streets and colorful shops. At last you will be greeted by the Sri Lanka’s famous beaches that are enticing with beautiful sunsets. As a country that is yet to be explore it is correct to say that in Sri Lanka you’re always just a short way from finding something utterly new.

When to go to Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka has two monsoon seasons. It brings rain to the south-west of Sri Lanka between May and September while to north-east the rains are from December to March. The rest of the year is sunny and dry, and the temperatures are fairly constant year round. Coastal sides have an average temperatures of 25-30°C and the highlands are 15-18°C on average.

Getting around in Sri Lanka

Public transport in Sri Lanka is cheap but are crowded. Tuk tuks are the most common type of transport after buses. Trains are also available, they are cheaper and faster. Driving is full of chaos therefore it is better to get a vehicle with a driver that will cost around $40 a day. Cycling is also a great way to explore around.

Sri Lanka accommodation

Hotels come in all sizes and prices, from luxurious villas to home-stays. Some of the finest hotels are located in old colonial buildings and tea estate bungalows. You can also camp within most of the Sri Lanka’s national parks through prior reservation. Prices in most coastal areas are subject to seasonal variations where the rates at west coast rises from November to April while rates from East coast rise from around April through to September. Rates in Kandy too increases during the Esala Perahera.

Sri Lanka food & drink

Sri Lanka has a unique cuisine that is a blend of Indian, Chinese, Portuguese, Dutch and English food culture. Sri Lankans thoroughly love spices and coconuts, they experiments with different flavors so whatever you eat here your taste buds are going to thank you with happiness.

Meals are of rice and curries, spiced vegetables, salads and various pickles. In addition to rice you can find string hoppers, egg hoppers, noodles, roti and pancakes which are some local specialties. To get rid of your thirst you can try a king coconut (its refreshing), a fresh juice or tea and coffee. And if you want more, arrack and toddy are famous liquors among Sri lankans.

Recommends

 

  • Visit the ‘Temple of the Tooth’ which houses the scared tooth relic of Buddha. In early days it was the symbol of status denoting the right to ascend the throne.
  • Spot Leopards in Yala National Park. Yala is not the only national park to see these fierce predators but they are easily sighted on Yala as there are 30-40 leopards within the park
  • Take a cup of Ceylon Tea in Nuwara Eliya. Nicknamed as the Little England, this little city is the heart of Sri Lanka’s tea industry
  • Take a Train. Sri Lanka’s train rides are spectacular and is considered one of the most scenic in the world, especially the Kandy-Ella train.
  • Climb Sigiriya. This is one of Sri Lanka’s seven World Heritage Sites. Dating back to 5th century AD, this rock fortress has acted as a royal palace to King Kashyapa and later a monastery to Buddhist monks
  • Visit a Turtle Hatchery. One of the best in Sri Lanka is the Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery. You can watch baby turtles hatching and release them into the sea.