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Tourism in Sri Lanka

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About Sri Lanka Tourism (2023)

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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Explore the Wonders of Sri Lanka

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  • Kandy
  • Nuwara Eliya
  • Bentota
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Fabulous Sri Lanka and its Fantabulous Attractions

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  • Kandy
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Idyllic Colombo Tour Packages

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Sigiriya Sightseeing Tour Package

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  • Sigiriya
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Irresistible Sri Lanka On A Budget

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  • Induruwa
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Scenic Sri Lanka Family Tour Package

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  • NuwaraEliya
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Of Beaches and Mountains: Sri Lanka Calls

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Best Selling Sri Lanka Package: Hills & Beaches

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Enigmatic Sri Lanka Honeymoon Tour Package

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  • Kandy
  • NuwaraEliya
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Amazing Sri Lanka Holiday: Whale Watching & Turtle Hatchery

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  • NuwaraEliya
  • Bentota
  • Colombo
4 Days & 3 Nights

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₹19,800/-

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Fun in the Sun - Exotic Sri Lanka Holiday

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  • Kandy
  • NuwaraEliya
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  • Colombo
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Sigiriya, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Bentota, Colombo Tour Package

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  • Sigiriya
  • Kandy
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  • Colombo
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Romantic Sri Lankan Honeymoon Tour Package

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  • Kandy
  • NuwaraEliya
  • Bentota
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Bestselling Srilanka Packages

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Most Popular Packages Of Tea Factory Tour In Sri Lanka

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  • Nuwara Eliya
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  • Colombo
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Magnificent Sri Lanka Honeymoon Package

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  • Negombo
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A Feel-Good Sri Lanka Sightseeing Tour Package

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  • Colombo
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Ramayana Tour Package: Walk Through Sri Lanka’s Past

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  • Kandy
  • NuwaraEliya
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Intimate Sri Lanka Honeymoon Package

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Sri Lanka Shopping Tour Package

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  • Colombo
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Places To Visit In Sri Lanka

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Pidurutalagala in Nuwara Eliya

Also called Mount Pedro, Pidurutalagala is the tallest peak of Sri Lanka. The Pidurutalagala height is 2,524 m. It is easily distinguishable from almost all the areas in Central Province. The Government of Sri Lanka and armed forces have built their communications array on the top of the peak. The communications array contr...

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Temple of the Tooth in Kandy

The city of Kandi earned the title World Heritage Site because of the presence of a sacred tooth relic temple, Temple of the Tooth. As the name suggests, the temple houses Lord Buddha’s tooth which had been transferred all the way from Kalinga to Kandy. It is now stationed at this temple which holds 3 pujas a day to honor a...

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  • Temple
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Royal Palace in Kandy

Royal Palace of Kandy is one of the most popular places to visit in Kandy, Sri Lanka. It is a magnificent structure that will leave you awestruck like never before. Situated near the temple of the tooth, the palace is surrounded by lush greenery which gives it an aura that will make you fall in love with it the first time t...

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Botanical Garden in Kandy

The Royal Botanical Gardens in Kandy was once upon a time a walking place for the Britishers and was accessible to the royals of the Kandian era. However, now everyone is allowed to take a stroll along with the lush green gardens of the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens in Kandy. The gardens are a big hit amongst visitors becaus...

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Galle Face Green in Colombo

Galle Face Green is a stretch of 1,600 feet of blissful greenery and peace. Occupying over twelve acres of land, this urban park was originally built much bigger than it is today. It is still used for golfing, but back in the day, it was used as cricket, rugby, football, polo, and tennis grounds as well for horse racing. In...

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Things To Do In Sri Lanka

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Minneriya National Park in Sigiriya

Sri Lanka is a beautiful island country rich in wildlife. It is a land known for its flora and fauna. With quite a range of national parks, it offers some of the best wildlife tours to visitors. One such park that is known for its safaris is Minneriya National Park. Minneriya National Park was announced a wildlife sanctuary...

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  • National Park
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Hiking at Horton Plains National Park in Kandy

Horton Plains, located on the southern plateau of Sri Lanka is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is home to the famous Horton Plains National Park which is one of the major tourist attractions in Sri Lanka. The climate here is exactly like a Montane Forest, the temperature varies between 14 to 16 degrees centigrade almost th...

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  • Adventure Activities
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Spice Garden in Kandy

Known as the land of spices, Sri Lanka is renowned for producing spices. More than 10 variety of spices are cultivated and can be found in Sri Lanka and most of these are exported. When visiting the beautiful country you should make sure you do not miss out on these fascinating and beautiful Spice gardens in Sri Lanka. Visi...

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Shanthipura View Point in Nuwara Eliya

Shanthipura is considered to be the highest village in the North East region of Sri Lanka and can be accessed from the Nuwara Eliya Kandy road. Situated on an altitude of 7339 ft on the stunning Kikiliyamana Mountain road from Nuwara Eliya and at the bottom of a hill, Shanthipura is a little village gives a panoramic view o...

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Nuwara Eliya Golf Club in Nuwara Eliya

The Nuwara Eliya Golf Club is situated in Nuwara Eliya and from the region of Gregory Lake it is within the distance of 2.8 km. This Club was founded in 1889 and is amongst the oldest clubs for golf in Asia. If you are fond of golf history, Nuwara Eliya Golf Club will provide you a once in a lifetime experience. After the R...

  • Golf Course
  • Adventure
  • Nature
  • Ideal for friends
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How to Reach Sri Lanka

Read about the best & quickest routes to save time & money, as suggested by our travelers

By Air

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.

By Train

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.

By Road

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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    Ananda Rao Korada

    Chennai

    Ananda's 7 days trip to Sri Lanka

    Cab driver Mr. Ashfaq was very polite and decent and he had knowledge about the sightseeing. The hotel stay was not upto the mark . The travel agent dont have good tie up hotels. The food in those hotels were not good enough. Post payment the agent didn't use to pick the call and listen to our requ
    est. Won't suggest to go with crimson voyages.
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    Drrashmirupa

    Mumbai

    Drrashmirupa's 7 days trip to Sri Lanka

    Won't recommend crimson voyages at all. Very poor collaboration with hotels. The service doesn't pick the call or call back after receiving the full payment. Doesn't listen to you at all. Nurshida was my travel agent. Though the cab driver was very good.
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    Shrutika Khandare

    Mumbai

    Shrutika's 4 days trip to Sri Lanka

    Everything was just Amazing. Great cab & driver service
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    Hariharan Ganesan

    Tamil nadu

    Hariharan's 3 days trip to Sri Lanka

    It was a very worst experience with food at both the hotels(Sobaya and Flora and Fauna). The rooms did not feel like Deluxe and Superior rooms which we were told was booked for us and definitely not worth the money we paid for the rooms. The people at Flora and Fauna hotel were so rude. My wife was
    very sick and had to use the washroom for 15minutes after the checkout time. When we requested for an extra 15minutes the person at the reception was extremely rude and said book any hotel room and use that washroom. Is this the kind of stay the travel agency books for foreigners visiting SriLanka? For anyone booking through TravelHub I would say not to stay at Flora and Fauna in Mirisaa. The best thing about the trip was the cab and driver Sugurth. He was so polite and helped us throughout our trip. He was of great help when my wife was sick in thr tour. The cab was so neatly maintained and very comfortable to ride in. His driving is also secondary to none. To anyone visiting SriLanka i would recommend to ask this driver by name and get him if possible - Sugurth.
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    Lavinam

    India

    Lavinam's 7 days trip to Sri Lanka

    Trip was very good but what hotel were confirmed during confirming pack was not given the same at Ellla and bentota Kandy and Bentota was lovely
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    Piyush Wason

    New delhi

    Piyush's 8 days trip to Sri Lanka

    The best hotel was Amaya Hill in Kandy which was truly amazing in terms of location and food, you can imagine our experience of hotels then went down the drain and at Bentota we cried looking at the hotel promised. We were promised 4 star hotels for the amount we had paid for a trip to SriLanka an
    d I felt CHEATED when we reached Bentota. It was not even a 2 star hotel, The location was great, but I have attached images and videos of the hotel we were given. Why we had to chose the hotel because Direct Link failed to book our hotel - Earl's reef and we were given options that were not up to the mark. We stayed at Rockside beach resort, and looking at the pictures we did not think it would be that bad when we reached there. It was humid, and hot, and the fan was not even working in their reception area. Well, Bentota is quite HOT and in a 4-star resorts, you expect AirCodition in the public area, but No, there were not AC in the reception area or the restaurant. We went to our rooms and it looked like a room in DHARAMSHALA, Lighting was BAD, room was in bad shape, mosquito net had mosquito hanging and we had to ask them to take it down because the Fan did not help. AC's position is in a direction that did not serve it purpose. Moreover, there was fungus on the roof, and water was dripping off the AC. We had two rooms, and both were same, so they had basically added a third bed in a room of two bed. When we asked for water, they simply denied and handed over RO water, not sure why. When we asked to give us more tea bags, they denied saying, its only one tea bag per person per day. Can you imagine how that felt? We were happy leaving the place for the day and coming back at night because the smell in the hotel and all the rooms were simply BAD. It was not a livable place. After seeking help from directlink, they said, refiund cannot happen as payment is done. nothing can be done. We moved from bentota to Colombo to Radisson hotel and we thought now nothing can go wrong and then on the reception I was told, that my dinner is not included in the hotel. I spoke to Direct Link and they said, its not there, but we were promised that it would be HALF BOARD for all the stays. Please see images I am sharing.
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    Srilakshmi Madhyastha

    Bengaluru

    Srilakshmi's 7 days trip to Sri Lanka

    Very well organized trip and a great service. The driver was very friendly.
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    Lavina Trevor

    Australia

    Lavina's 7 days trip to Sri Lanka

    Things could have been better even if booked a package of 3 stars the properties were so dirty. And had to listen that covid has hit them bad. We are here for holidays we are running away from stress but that doesn't give them to keep dragging that everyone is gone. We are spending money to have a
    quality time. Tip this one or that gone. We are on holidays not to be monitored what has to be done. Nit given a chance to explore. We have been travelling but this is the 1st time felt too much pressure. Wishes were not taken in account but only had to follow the itinerary of the tour. Will never travel with your company which has so bad management. Atheist clean curtains good hot water for shower and some one who could listen what we wanted instead of forcing us to do what we don't wish too.
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    Pankaj Sharma

    Chennai

    Pankaj's 6 days trip to Sri Lanka

    *** MUST READ before booking *** Starting with great things with the booking I made for February 2024. The cab provided and the driver were great the driver was more like companion taking care of smallest of things you may need, nice and patient driver. Clean and spacious car. So all good there. No
    w, starting with other unpleasant things. The moment you get down the Travco representative Mr . Shanil (other than the driver )meets me and persistently tells me to make the balance payment in cash before starting your trip in Sri Lanka. And when I make the payment they don’t reflect that on travel triangle portal until I have finished the trip and back home. No reason why!!! As I reached Nuwara Eliya from Kandy I had motion sickness due to the terrain and hence requested and different route with less mountainous roads but slightly longer (50-60km) , which I was fine with. Now, Mr. Shanil from Travco tells me the I can’t travel more km as number of km covered in the package are limited
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    Bhambure Nilesh

    Mumbai

    Bhambure's 5 days trip to Sri Lanka

    It was a great experience while my family trip to Sri Lanka. Good service

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    FAQ's of Sri Lanka

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    Where is Sri Lanka located?

    Sri lanka is located in the Indian Ocean, covered by the Arabian Sea towards the southeast and by the Bay of Bengal towards the southwest.

    How safe is it to travel to 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.

    Is Passport required for Sri Lanka?

    Yes. Indian nationals must get a visa and passport for Sri Lanka. 

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