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Sri Lanka

Continent: Asia
Region: South Asia

Ideal Duration: 8 - 10 days

Best Time: Winter Read More

Currency: Sri Lankan Rupee (LKR)

Budget: Cheap

"A Land Like No Other"

Sri Lanka Tourism

Sri Lanka is an island nation located in the Indian Ocean known for its spectacular beaches, thousand-year-old Buddhist temples, an abundance of wildlife, and rich archaeological history. The plethora of water sports, breathtaking sunsets, sprawling tea gardens and of course, mouth-watering Sri Lankan food, are sure to make you fall in love with this gorgeous place. 

Rich in culture, Sri Lanka is an intriguing blend of well-preserved local traditions amalgamated with rapid urbanization. With eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites dotted across this tiny country, it is no wonder that it was named the best country to visit in the world in 2019 by Lonely Planet. Drawing its influence from its neighbouring countries of the Indian sub-continent and South-East Asia, Sri Lanka is a must-visit for those looking for the best of everything.

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Best time to visit Sri Lanka

Winter is the best time to visit Sri Lanka

The island country can be visited all around the year, however December to April is considered as the best time to visit Sri Lanka. The only major point of focus is which side of the country is to be visited in a particular month. If you are deciding to visit the West and South coasts and discover the hillsides, December to March is an ideal time for it. However, April/May to September is best to see the Eastern Coast. Also, know that this country receives two different monsoon seasons at different times. So it implies that where one part of the country is wet, the other can be dry at the same time. With Sri Lanka’s position being close to the Equator, the temperature of this island country remains relatively constant throughout the year.

Top places to visit in Sri Lanka by month

Regions in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka has 25 states and 9 administrative regions: Central Province, Northern Province, North Central Province, Eastern Province, North Western Province, Sabaragamuva, Southern province, Uva and Western province.

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Holidify's Opinion

What's Great?

Great beaches. Rich traditional values.

What's Not So Great?

Political instability. Developing country.

For Whom?

Beach lovers. Cultural heritage and history enthusiasts.

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Currency of Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Rupee (LKR; symbol Rp) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of Rp 2,000, 1,000, 500, 200, 100, 50, 20 and 10. Coins are in denominations of Rp10, 5, 2 and 1, and 50, 25, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents.

Exchanging Money in Sri Lanka

MasterCard and Visa cards are widely accepted. We recommend caution when paying by credit card due to the potential for fraud. Major cities have ATMs, although not all will accept international cards. It is advisable to carry cash at hand while travelling.

Nightlife in Sri Lanka

Since the country is just growing out of the war, nightlife is still in its infancy. In the capital city of Columbo, the party culture is emerging with night pubs and bars, lounges and discotheques. Apart from that, in other places, most hotels have bars.

Shopping in Sri Lanka

Special purchases in Sri Lanka include handicraft items made of silver, brass, bone, ceramics, terracotta and wood. Cane baskets, straw hats, reed and coir mats, spices and tea have high demeaned among tourists. There are a lot of options such as bazaars, markets, boutiques and malls where you can shop from.

Festivals of Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka hosts a number of festivals, such as Navam Perehara, Hot Air Balloon festivals, Musicfestivals and Film Festivals, Beach Festivals, Fashion Festivals and religious festivals such as Sinhalese New Year.

History of Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is an island country in the Indian Ocean off the southern tip of India. This country has more than 2,550 years of continuous written history. Ramayana is the most famous epic about Sri Lana where the countryÊwas referredÊto as Lanka, was the empire of king Ravana.ÊÊBuddhism was introducedÊin about mid-3rd century BC after SinhaleseÊarrived inÊ6th century BC. Sri Lanka became a British colony in 1802. In May 2009 government military forces defeated the Tamil Tigers' separatist movement and ended a brutal 26 year-long war that began in 1983, leading to the beginning of a new chapter for the country.

Hygiene in Sri Lanka

Special precautions need to be taken for Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Tetanus, Typhoid. Water, milk, fruits and other consumables must be safe and clean before consumption. It is advised to take comprehensive travel insurance. Hospitals are abundant, some hotels may have doctors, but medical practice standards are low compared to Western medicine standards.

Customs of Sri Lanka

Shaking hands is the customary greeting. Tea will always be offered to you if you visit someone. Refusing it is considered impolite. Punctuality is appreciated. Western wear is allowed at all places except in temples and religious sites.

Tips for visiting Sri Lanka

Throughout the country, there prevails a heightened threat to security against terrorist attacks by indigenous political parties and even major militant groups. Always carry official photo identity proof with you everywhere you go and cooperate with local police and officials.

Culture of Sri Lanka

Buddhism is the majority religion in Sri Lanka followed by 70% of the population. Other sects are Hinduism, Christianity, Roman Catholic and Islam. Major languages are Sinhala and Tamil. English is only spoken by 10% of the population.

Food of Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan food is spicy with rice and curry as a staple food. But you can always ask for less spicy options when you are ordering your food. Thambili, the juice from King Coconut, is very refreshing. It's sold at the side of streets throughout the island.

Stay options in Sri Lanka

Ranging from 5 Star hotels to chic allures along the streets, there are multiple options for staying in Sri Lanka. The hospitality and tourism industries have started developing post end of war in 2009.

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Shreyas Kapoor 1 year ago
Sri Lanka is a very clean and a beautiful country. I visited Galle, Mirissa, Ella, Nuwara Eliya, Kandy, Sigiriya and Colombo in June. The beaches were quite empty (because of offseason), beautiful and clean. The mountains were mesmerising and the history related to the country was quite amazing. The train ride part from Ella to Kandy is a must take one. It offers you a combination of enchanting hills, tea plantations, splendid bridges and waterfalls.

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