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Sri Lanka

Travel Sri Lanka

The Wonder of Asia

Emerging from years of civil war, Sri Lanka is eager to make up for lost time in the tourism stakes, and is doing just that. Although small compared to its giant neighbor, India, Sri Lanka packs a lot into a limited space, with beautifully neat tea plantations clinging to the slopes of the central hills, dry and dusty plains to the north in the so called 'Cultural Triangle' and the glorious white sand beaches of the south and east coasts.

The geographical heart of Sri Lanka is an area of hills reaching a height of just over 2,500m. With cooler temperatures and seemingly endless views of tea and more tea this is heaven for the challenge-loving cyclist. Kandy forms a center point to this region with its famous 'Temple of the Tooth' housing a relic of the Buddha.

To the north lie dry plains dotted with hills, home to the most significant of Sri Lanks'a cultural treasures including Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa and Anuradhapura. Further north still lie the Hindu dominated regions rarely visited by tourists.

Along the island's fringes can be found a string of white sand beaches, perfect for relaxing or, for the more adventurous, surfing. Add to this the charming city of Galle on the south coast and you can see that Sri Lanka serves up a tasty mix for visitors.

QUICK FACTS


CURRENCY

Sri Lankan Rupee

CAPITAL CITY

Colombo

POPULATION 

Approx. 21 Million

TIME ZONE

GMT +5hrs 30 min

LANGUAGE

Sinhala & Tamil

RELIGION

Buddhism

MAIN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORTS

Colombo (CMB)

Weather & Climate


Coolest time:  Temperatures remain fairly consistent throughout the year – Hottest Time:  Temperatures remain fairly consistent throughout the year

Wettest time: Varies regionally and is influenced by two separate monsoons – Driest Time: Varies regionally and is influenced by two separate monsoons

Our favourite time: Any Time!

Sri Lanka is a year-round destination, with generally good weather. Two monsoons affect different parts of the country, so one region can be dry while another is experiencing tropical rain showers. March to mid-April is the driest time nationwide, with the first annual monsoon bringing rain to the southwest lowlands and central hills from late May to September and a weaker second monsoon affecting the northeast of the island from November to February.

The hill country is significantly cooler than the northern plains and coast, and can be downright chilly at night! Temperature is strongly affected by altitude with higher destinations such as Nuwara Eliya and the Horton Plains experiencing minimum temperatures in single figures (centigrade) during winter months.

When is the best time to visit Sri Lanka?

Although Sri Lanka boasts good weather year-round, you’ll find that December through March is the best time to visit the west and south coasts and hill country, while the east coast has the best weather from April until September. July, August and January are the months with the highest volume of tourists, so choose spring or towards the end of the year to avoid the crowds.

Kandy
Temperatures in Kandy are pretty constant throughout the year.
January, February and March are the months with the least rainfall in Sri Lanka
Galle
Temperatures in Galle are pretty constant throughout the year
In Galle October and November are the months with the most rain
Anuradhapura
Temperatures in Anuradhapura vary little throughout the year
In Anuradhapura October and November are the months with the most rain
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