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 LankaThank you for the wonderful arrangment of the entire journey. We got more than we expected.. Both mash brothers were so prompt with even my silliest of queries, and even suggested what we could do in our free time. Shab and ahamed took care of us more like friends and brothers... We are so touched and humbled by their warmth. Too bad mash I couldn't meet sangha, but the ministry of crab and seeing his school in kandy was worth it too!
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Trip to Sri LankaThe trip was arranged very well. The stay,food and cab were all good. The agent also kept communicating with us throughout the trip to ensure everything is okay. she also took out time to come and meet us. we will surely recommend leisure tours for a trip.
Trip to Sri Lankathe trip was very well organized. thanks to travel triangle for amazing coordination. the best memories for me was in ella, which was something that'll stay with me forever. loved the overall trip and experience. kudos to leisure tours.
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Trip to Sri LankaNo use of local knowledge. Last hotel was more than 15 km away from city. Other hotel were also just average. Driver was too busy in his own life (made video calls during drive). Siteseeing was also very limited and average. Every city need atleast 2 days. Ask to include visit points in itenarary.
Trip to Sri LankaThe trip was very well organised overall and we had a great time. Thanks Travel Triangle and Vista Vacations.
Trip to Sri LankaCar and driver provided were ok,airconditioner was not effective.Driver need to have more experience , otherwise the trip was ok.
Trip to Sri LankaAhmed is the agent assigned to me, he charged the candle light dinner for 100$ but I have bill which says 83$, when asked for the refund he says altogether different story.Hoped agents are trustworthy
Trip to Sri LankaOverall the trip was good. Well planned but poorly executed. Most of the time went on traveling, due to time constraint, we were not able to cover few places and could not enjoy the hospitality of the hotel i choose. The hotel choice provided by the TC was poor and one of the hotel i decided to go with the TC choice turned out be disaster. Many things promised were not provided as this was our first marriage anniversary/honeymoon trip i had specific instruction of the room decor and room choice with good view was never delivered. TC needs to improve on their planning and delivering part.
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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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