Sun, Sea and Serenity
Colourful and bursting at the seams with culture, Sri Lanka is a melange of countless historical narratives, mouth-watering cuisine and breath-taking scenery. Temples and jungles add extra layers of excitement to journeys of discovery across Sri Lanka's arterial web of hidden trails and curious monuments. From the highlands to the waterfronts, Sri Lanka is a nation of unmatched diversity.
Sri Lanka is a land of opportunity, narrated through a glittering tapestry of culture and vibrant nature. Teeming with bird life, elephants and leopards. It's an unspoiled window to a world before the distractions of the modern world.
Sri Lankan cuisine focuses on home-grown ingredients, including freshly picked cinnamon, nutmeg, turmeric, chillies, onions, peppers and tomatoes. Much of the cooking is tempered with delicately flavoured coconut milk from the island's own palm trees, and curry dishes are often eaten with flat bread called roti. Ceylon tea is a popular beverage, as is arrack, a coconut-based brandy-like drink.
Things to do
Exploration is at the heart of a Sri Lankan holiday, and the land's curiosities are quite unlike anywhere else. Visit the fascinating elephant orphanage of Pinnawela, take an exciting elephant trek through the forest near Habarana, see the view over Anuradhapura's great dagobas (Buddhist shrines) from the holy hill of Mihintale, or wander through countless ruins, hillsides and waterfronts.
Based on its tropical latitude, Sri Lanka is hot and humid throughout the year. Summer monsoons May - October and winter monsoons December - March cover the south and south-western parts of the island with rain, whereas the central and northern regions tend to remain dryer.
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Fewer places in the world offer so many UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites in such close proximity than Sri Lanka keep reading to discover these natural wonders. Sri Lanka is a hidden gem just waiting to be discovered, read on for our whistle-stop guide to this pearl of the Indian Ocean.
- Flight time: Approx 10.5 hours
- Passport & Visa: Visa required for British passport holders
- Currency: Sri Lanka Rupee
- Time Zone: GMT+5.5
- Language: Sinhalese. Tamil and English are also widely spoken.