Sri Lanka Tourism
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About Sri Lanka Destinations
Officially renowned as the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, this is an island which is situated southeast of India. Sri Lanka tourism is characterized by its colonial architecture, and Buddhist temples, stunning beaches, and destinations like Colombo, Galle, Kandy, Yala National Park. Wildlife Sanctuaries with leopard and elephant populations are also some of the most popular places to visit in Sri Lanka. From stunning beaches to wildlife reserves, places in Sri Lanka draw in a huge number of travelers to its shores. Read our Sri Lanka holiday guide to learn about all major tourist attractions and things to do in Sri Lanka.
Culture of Sri Lanka
The culture of the country is diverse and has different ethnicities and their religions. The most populous and found ethnicity is Sinhalese. Tamils also have played an influential part in making the significant history of the island. Both these communities have Christians in the majority which are recent converts, keeping their traditional culture intact. Tourist destinations in Sri Lanka offer diverse cultural encounters, adventure activities, rewarding scenery, and shopping options. The Paradise Road, Galle Face Green, and Galle Road are perfect places to enjoy cheap shopping in Colombo Sri Lanka.
Top Experiences in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka is a vast country with so many tourist attractions, pristine landscape, and places for adventures. It is a jewel of a nation in the Indian Ocean where tourism in Sri Lanka is rapidly adjusting to the needs of the rising clients and a comprehensive range of things to offer to the international visitors.
Points of interest in Sri Lanka include a total of eight world heritage sites marked by UNESCO, including some of the temples, telling the 3000 years’ history of ancient practices and all. Some of the names to include are Sigiriya, Anuradhapura, Dambulla Cave Temple, Dambulla, Kandy, Polonnaruwa, Sinharaja and colonial fortresses like Galle, Tricolomalee. Despite the popular attractions, it has also secured some of the wilderness for their tourists, including some wild safari tours like Udawalawe National Park, Wilpattu National Wildlife Park, Ridiyagama Safari Park, Wasgamuwa National Park, and much more. You can see leopards, water buffaloes, several migratory birds, elephants, and a lot more.
Useful Travel Tips
In terms of cheap accommodations, private rooms cost at least $15 per night together with air conditioning. Sri Lankan food is cheap and very delicious. Local foods such as a dish made of chapatti and pancakes cost about $3. Different cuts of meat, eggs, vegetables, or rice will cost you about $5. Moreover, outside the key cities such as Kandy and Colombo, you will find non-Indian and Sri Lankan foods. Nevertheless, go for the local food, as it is super delicious.
Get Around in Sri Lanka
The ideal way to move within the country is by trains and Tuk-Tuk. Tuk-Tuk is quite cheap as you have to pay approximately $20 for a whole day visit. Various typical routes to travel by Tuk-Tuk are Galle to Colombo that costs $2, Kandy to Nuwara is around $2, and Jaffna to Colombo is about $3.
Reasons to Visit Sri Lanka
Tourism in Sri Lanka includes a lot of things that as a tourist you must visit to enjoy. It comprises of several things such as tasty foods, diverse culture, scenic trains, historical architectures, wildlife, and immaculate beaches. Sri Lanka is the place to get lost in incredible frescoes, water gardens, and ancient ruins of fantastic rock fortress. Further, do not miss the bravura view from the top of the rock with rolling hills, and a jungle in all directions. Fritter your vacation basking in the sun on a hammock at the small village of Mirissa. Amazingly, Mirissa is one of the most stunning beach gateways and critical revenue of Sri Lanka tourism. You will forget the real world once you enter Mirissa paradise. No wonder it has been incorporated as a great place to visit in Sri Lanka for your incredible vacation.
Those planning Sri Lanka budget tours should visit the country during the monsoon season, from May through September. Go through our listings of holiday packages to plan memorable tours of Sri Lanka.
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Places To Visit In Sri Lanka
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Gangaramaya Temple in Colombo
Located near the Beira Lake in 61 Sri Jinarathana Road, Colombo, Sri Lanka, Gangaramaya Temple is a mix of Indian and Chinese architecture. Gangaramaya Temple timings are 6 am to 10 pm. A stellar example of Buddhist Temples in Sri Lanka, it was built by Don Bastian, a famous naval merchant in the nineteenth century. Gangara...
- Religious sites
- Buddhist temple
National Museum in Colombo
The National Museum of Colombo is the gateway to another era. With a great collection of coins, ceramics, daggers, bows, arrows, swords, guns, silverware, jewelry waiting around the corner, this place is a must for history buffs and tourists. Maintained by the Department of National Museum, this is the largest museum in Sri...
- Historical Sites
Old City Hall in Colombo
The Old City Hall of Ceylon is a British era municipal building. Within the confines of this space, a tourist can almost sense the history of Ceylon unfolding over the ages. Built in 1865 on Main Street, this British era building houses in its ground floor gallery old trucks and municipal equipment. It is interesting to not...
- Historical Sites
- City Tour
Viharamahadevi Park in Colombo
Located in the heart of Colombo city, Viharamahadevi Park is also known as Victoria Park. Situated next to the national museum of Colombo, it is Colombo’s largest public park with an area of 50 acres. It is named after the mother of Sinhalese King Dutugamunu.
Viharamahadevi Park History
During the Second World War, the p...
- Ideal for families
- Mini Zoo
Beddagana Wetland Park in Colombo
Located just outside of the city limits of Colombo, Beddagana Wetland Park is a nature park stretching over an area of 18 hectares. This natural expanse of Beddagana lies within the urbanized administrative capital Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte. The new Parliament building is in proximity to this lovely wetland park. It’s a gre...
- Ideal for families
- Bird Watching
Things To Do In Sri Lanka
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Visit the Independence Memorial Hall in Colombo
For the sheer historical value of it all, visit Independence Memorial Hall – a famous place to behold in Colombo. As is expected of any free country, any buildings and statues built in commemoration of their freedom struggle is a sight to behold. There is very little doubt that Independence Memorial Hall is a remarkable bea...
- Historical Sites
- City Tour
Have Fun at Leisure World Water Park in Colombo
Everyone loves some good old fashioned water theme park rides and the fun at Leisure World Water Park never stops. With daring rides and top of the line safety protocols, Leisure World’s Water Park never ceases to amaze. There is a wide variety of rides for different ages and for children, the ticket price is based on their...
- Water Rides
- Unlimited Fun
Enjoy Shopping in Colombo
While shopping in Colombo, Sri Lanka one should visit the Paradise Road, Good Market, and Majestic City are popular places to buy souvenirs. Colombo is the capital city of Sri Lanka and no tour of any capital city anywhere is complete without shopping in Pettah Market. Tourists can buy fresh produce, electronics, textiles, ...
- Local market
- Handicrafts shopping
Spa Massages in Colombo
With ancient Buddhist cities, elephant safaris, and unspoiled Indian Ocean beaches, Sri Lanka is a hot tourist destination. And thus, pampering your body and soul with a massage therapy in a spa in Colombo can be quite rejuvenating. After the sightseeing fatigue sets in, head to one of the best spas in Colombo for some inst...
- Relaxing experience
Visit St. Wolvendaal Church in Colombo
One of the best Protestant Churches in Colombo is Wolvendaal Church. The best thing about this Church is its ambiance. Unlike other churches that exude a religious sparkle, St. Wolvendaal is actually eerie. With a surprisingly somber atmosphere and a sense of history, it absolutely makes sense to visit St. Wolvendaal Church...
- Historical Sites
How to Reach Sri Lanka
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Colombo International Airport (CMB) is the main point of entry for international travelers in Sri Lanka. The availability of domestic flights in Sri Lanka is limited as most of the cities are quite near to each other. Direct flights from Indian cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, and Chennai are available by Air India, Jet Airways, and SriLankan Airlines. India to Sri Lanka flight duration may vary from 90 minutes to 3 hours 30 minutes depending on the airport.
However, some of the prime flight zones are from Ampara, Bentota river, Colombo, Hatton, Jaffna, Kandy, Anuradhapura, Katugastota, Kelaniya, Koggala, Mahaweli, Weerala, Sigiriya, Trincomalee etc. The airlines that religiously serve Sri Lanka are like Jet Airways, Singapore airlines, Turkish Airlines, Spice jet airlines etc.
Once you scout you will get the detail travel time of the buses that majorly includes routes like Negombo, Galle, while there is a direct bus route from the Colombo to Kandy. For every hour the buses travel for forty to fifty kilometers. However, the speed lifts up as the drivers are set to wheel on the plane lands to 60 to 70 kilometers. But again the speed slows down to 20 km in the hilly areas.
In Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka Railways runs throughout the island. A train ride is more relaxing as compared to other rides. In fact, the first class train ticket in Sri Lanka does not go beyond $15.35. In Sri Lanka, there are three rail lines, including South from Colombo, East from Colombo, and North from Colombo. One can book regular class or an AC class depending upon the distance of your location and hours of travel.
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Trip to Sri LankaIt was a very short trip,wished i had known earlier thattrsvelling to 2 places would make us tired but we did enjoy.our guide razeen was amazingly helpful and friendly
Trip to Sri LankaIt was a great experience and hospitality provided by red global ifaz and driver manoj. Unluckyly it was a govt holiday and a festival day tat most of the shops were shut. Still Manoj took us to open shops little outside Colombo and made us shop. It was a great one day trip. I will soon take a week full Lanka trip.. Everything was good from the time receiving till the time dropping us back. Loved the one day trip in srilanka.
Trip to Sri LankaWell organized. Cotyledon Tour business development manager was excellent and extremely helpful. The driver cum guide was also too good. Only change in hotel should be discussed and approval taken before affecting any changes in the originally agreed list. Whole tour full of snippets of good memory.
Trip to Sri LankaTrip was well planned . Overall hotels were ok .Tour guide driver was good although ccar had break oil problem on last day of the toor Nuwarelya is very nice place .neveli beach at Trincomalee is excellent
Trip to Sri LankaWe did a good tour of entire SriLanka organised by Paradise Voyages in March 2019 for 7 nights. Everything was well organised and we had wonderful time. A special mention to our driver Pulasthi who was a great guide and an extremely safe driver.
Trip to Sri LankaIt was my first experience of planning a trip through Travel triangle. I had a great experience. Everything was managed very well. The only issue I have is that the agent assigned to me (Divya) stopped responding to my messages in the last week. I made the full payment through NEFT to travel triangle in advance hoping it would make it easier. But on the last day I found out that my agent in Lanka had not received the payment. It was just less than 24 hours to board my flight and it created a panic situation for me. I hope travel triangle does a better job next time.
Trip to Sri LankaOne of the best trip ever. Luckily we landed up during the new year celebration. We made the most of our experience. The hotels suggested were good. Our Driver Chamika was the sweetest soul. Very calm, patient And helpful in all ways.
Trip to Sri LankaOur trip went very smooth with support from Neeraj our travel agent who helped us with suggesting the places to travel in Srilanka. We were very happy with our tour driver and guide Cheleka who has been very supportive during the travel. We had the accommodations as promised in the itenary and a cab through out the journey so was a stress free journey when it comes to planning while travelling
Trip to Sri LankaWhere was travel agent. Atleast a courtesy call from him we expected went wrong. Not even a call he made till our departure from Lanka. As we have trusted agent blindly keeping good faith though it is his duty to call and atleast enquire the things. Also the trip was good but wrongly planned as the places like Kandy to nuwaru eliya for seeing one place Seetha eliya traveling in a car entire day no use and nor should they suggest anybody atleast a day and night should be spend in nuwaru eliya. And again nuwaru eliya to bentota again only in-car.. common guys atleast plan properly as we too invest money for enjoying memorable holidays. Rest it was good experience rather thru travelers triangle. Have recommended friends also. But please tell agents to plan properly the precious time of traveller's Good
Trip to Sri LankaIt was the first international trip planned by me & was confused with choosing location and package . One of my friend refered to go with travel traingle . When I enquired about the places I got the very good response from travel agents . But , still I had a doubt that whether I can believe those agent or not . But , based on travel traingle reviews , i chose to go with Tropical cylon . Based on my expectations , they have arrived best quote which meets all our requirements and reasonable price. More important thing is that they have adhered everything as per their commitment and itinary .particularly the guide come drivr Mr.Nipun , guided us throughout the journey and ensured everything to make our stay and journey a pleasant one & clearly understands all our needs . So , special thanks to Mr.Nipun & TC .overall it was a great journey and we al had a wonderful te at srilanka . Once again thanks to TC and travel traingle for wonderful support. Water rafting at kithulagala, stay at Kandy and grand Camilia was memorable one . Galle , bentota beach was one of the best beaches I have ever visited Trekking at sigiriya , little Adams peak and nine arch bridge was fantastic . It has more beautiful views and u can enjoy the nature to its core We had some great shopping at srilanka local bazaars , laksla and more ..
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FAQ's of Sri Lanka
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Yes. Indian nationals must get a visa and passport for Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka is one of the safest countries to visit in Asia. There aren’t any significant security issues in Sri Lanka, except a few areas up north. It is not to travel during monsoon in Sri Lanka.
Sigiriya, Temple of the Tooth, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, National Museum of Colombo, St. Lucia’s Cathedral, and Galle Face Green are major points of interest in Sri Lanka.
Except for monsoon season, any time of the year is ideal to visit Colombo. The monsoon season in Sri Lanka lasts from June to September.
The city of Colombo is located on the west coast of Sri Lanka’s Western Province.
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