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Feb - Apr

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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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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 in Colombo is well maintained with organized ...

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  • 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...

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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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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, ...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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How to Reach Sri Lanka

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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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      Travel triangle shortlisted 4 agents for my tour. I have selected the least quotation. The agent was very friendly and customized my tour as per our flight schedule and changed couple of hotels (of course with additional cost). However, after reaching there, I could feel that the agent booked hotels far from the main cities/centers to save money. This restricted our movements (particularly during evenings). The hotels were good but they are faaaar. One more thing, had the operator been some more attentive and planned our tour in reverse sequence i.e. Day 1 Bentota, day 2 Nuwara Eliya, day 3 Kandy.... We could have saved lot of time and enjoyed the trip more.
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      Rajendra Kumar

      Hyderabad, a day ago

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      Travel triangle shortlisted 4 agents for my tour. I have selected the least quotation. The agent was very friendly and customized my tour as per our flight schedule and changed couple of hotels (of course with additional cost). However, after reaching there, I could feel that the agent booked hotels far from the main cities/centers to save money. This restricted our movements (particularly during evenings). The hotels were good but they are faaaar. One more thing, had the operator been some more attentive and planned our tour in reverse sequence i.e. Day 1 Bentota, day 2 Nuwara Eliya, day 3 Kandy.... We could have saved lot of time and enjoyed the trip more.
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      Rajendra Kumar

      Hyderabad, a day ago

    • Trip to Sri Lanka

      Travel triangle shortlisted 4 agents for my tour. I have selected the least quotation. The agent was very friendly and customized my tour as per our flight schedule and changed couple of hotels (of course with additional cost). However, after reaching there, I could feel that the agent booked hotels far from the main cities/centers to save money. This restricted our movements (particularly during evenings). The hotels were good but they are faaaar. One more thing, had the operator been some more attentive and planned our tour in reverse sequence i.e. Day 1 Bentota, day 2 Nuwara Eliya, day 3 Kandy.... We could have saved lot of time and enjoyed the trip more.
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      Rajendra Kumar

      Hyderabad, a day ago

    • Trip to Sri Lanka

      Travel triangle shortlisted 4 agents for my tour. I have selected the least quotation. The agent was very friendly and customized my tour as per our flight schedule and changed couple of hotels (of course with additional cost). However, after reaching there, I could feel that the agent booked hotels far from the main cities/centers to save money. This restricted our movements (particularly during evenings). The hotels were good but they are faaaar. One more thing, had the operator been some more attentive and planned our tour in reverse sequence i.e. Day 1 Bentota, day 2 Nuwara Eliya, day 3 Kandy.... We could have saved lot of time and enjoyed the trip more.
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      Rajendra Kumar

      Hyderabad, a day ago

    • Trip to Sri Lanka

      We traveled to Srilanka in the first week of October 2019. The arrangements from Lanka Reisen were excellent and as per our discussions before the trip. The vehicle provided to us was very comfortable. And our friendly chauffer/guide, Mr.Saman, made the trip enjoyable. We had multiple hotel bookings, which were all quite nice (though we would have liked a bigger room in Colombo..). Couple of small issues: Getting the vouchers before the trip needed some follow-up. Everything was arranged for sure, just that there was delay in sending the vouchers causing unnecessary anxiety. And there was a hitch during checking out from one of the hotels, due to some issue with payment. It got sorted out soon, but could have been easily avoided. But all in all, I had a pleasant experience and would recommend Lanka Reisen to others.
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      Ravi

      Bengaluru, 2 days ago

    • Trip to Sri Lanka

      ONLY THE FOOD QUALITY IS VERY POOR. DESTINATION TO KANDY NOT REQUIRED BUT ADAM'S PEAK WOULD BE BETTER FOR THIS TOUR.
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      Kausik Dewan

      Kolkata, 2 days ago

    • Trip to Sri Lanka

      Some of the Hotels were not that upto expectations. Namely - in Nuwara Eliya In the trip plan, distances between places need to be provided, so customers like us can take a better decision on the route plan.
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      Vasantha Kumar Ayyavu Palanichamy

      Bangalore, 2 days ago

    • Trip to Sri Lanka

      Overall a very good plan and service provided. The Driver was very good and the hotels provided were fabulous. Just a couple of things we did not like much and will say as an improvement point:- 1. Our travel representative Rangika resigned the company and I wasn’t even informed. I came to know about this after I made repeated follow ups and there was no response from his side. 2. On Day 1 after paying all the amount in cash to the Driver. There were constant pressure on the Driver to deposit money in the bank and we were made to waste 2 hrs searching for bank to deposit the amount. This is my first experience like this. 3. I was denied check in at Riu hotel on Day 3 as they didn’t receive payment from the agent. After repeated follow ups and calls I was given the room. 4. On day 4- was my anniversary and I was promised candle light dinner. However on reaching the hotel I was told that there is no such intimation from agent and that agent did not pay anything for this. There were situation where the hotel and agent were blaming each other. Finally what they arranged was just a candle on our table in the regular restaurant. All these needs to be coordinated more professionally so that the customer do not face such situations. Otherwise everything was great and we enjoyed our trip. All Hotels
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      Sushmit Roy Choudhury

      Hyderabad, 2 days ago

    • Trip to Sri Lanka

      Kashish from Travel Triangle helped us plan our trip well. I am extremely happy with the support that Travel Triangle extended for our trip. I would also like to thank Dilani of IamLanka travel agency for her patience, useful suggestions, and excellent choice of hotels, and of course, for assigning a very polite and well-mannered driver, Dinesh, for our memorable 6-day trip to Sri Lanka. I highly recommend both IamLanka as well as driver Dinesh.
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      Raj Kumar

      Bengaluru, 3 days ago

    • Trip to Sri Lanka

      Colombo hotel could have been better as it is not a three star hotel Kandy was good
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      Arun Kumar Sankaralingam

      Chennai, 3 days ago

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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.

    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.

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