The Essential Travel Guide to Sri Lanka

July 11, 2017

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Spread over 65,610 square kilometres this island nation is located in the Indian Ocean, just south of India and it offers a miasma of amazing opportunities, here’s our guide to Sri Lanka.  

Discover wildlife in jeep safaris and diving spots, as well as incredible cultural experiences within magnificent temples and ruins. The breath-taking landscapes of Sri Lanka range from rich rainforests to desert-like planes. As well as highlands & pristine beaches.

With so many phenomenal experiences and wonderful places to stay in Sri Lanka it promises an incomparable getaway for those seeking luxury, adventure or memorable sights. Adventure awaits!

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Why Sri Lanka?

Rich in Culture

Known for it’s vast collection of ancient temples and UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Sri Lanka offers amazing samples of it’s culture, both past and present, including the famous Temple of the Tooth located in Kandy. The city with most of these stunning structures is Anuradhapura, the capital of North Central Province; here you’ll find a number of beautiful and diversely built temples.

Stunning Wildlife

The Southeast of the country is home to two of it’s most favoured national parks. Where Sri Lanka’s exciting wildlife is preserved and showcased with jeep safaris that allow you to drive alongside elephants, crocodiles, sloth bears (yes, like Baloo from The Jungle Book) and leopards.

Weather & When to Go

Sri Lanka maintains a warm climate all year round, with lows hovering at around 25°c in it’s capital, Colombo, and highs in April and May at an average of 29°c.

May and October tend to be the wettest months. However, April is when the shimmering sea separating Sri Lanka and the Maldives is at it’s warmest, sitting at around the 30°c mark. Making it the best month to take a dip.

Getting Around

In Sri Lanka they drive on the left, so you can skip the adjustment period. You can drive from one city to the next as you please. Join an organised tour around the entire island where you’ll see the best of each location and spend a night in the best spots

However, seaplanes can be booked in advance for longer journeys, and take just a fraction of the time.

One other thing to note, for around £20, you can take a bus from one side of the island to the other

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Currency

The Sri Lankan rupee is used as currency here, which is the equivalent of £0.0050, meaning every pound is equal to just short of 2000LKR.

Food and beverages are at a very good cost in Sri Lanka, and it’s more than possible to get through a day with no more than the equivalent of £15. A 10% service charge is often expected in restaurants and for drivers.

FCO Advice

Keep up with the latest in Sri lanka with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office here.

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In short, Sri Lanka offers a little bit of everything, making for an incredible, unforgettable escape for every holidaymaker. If you’re ready to start your adventure, click the button below to find out more.

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