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Tourism in Sri Lanka

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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.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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...

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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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    Nagrajan

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    Nagrajan's 5 days trip to Sri Lanka

    Hi First of Thanks to Travel Triangle - Relax Lanka for this Srilanka Trip - their are some CONS AND PROS- First of all thanks to Driver /Guide Mr. Sanjay he was amazing person - and was very help full throughout the Tour pros :- All the hotels was very Good and luxurious - and in all the hotels dinner was their so didn't faced any problem of food Cons : we have paid 35K for two person thats ok - but for the all the activities we had to pay the Extra charges - 1. like elephant safari - we paid : 3KINR which was not at all worth you can just see some 4 elephants 2.. Madhu River we have paid 60$ for two person for just a ride of 1hours - Again it was not worth - when we checked in the NET it was just 400RS person - We feel like we have been cheated 3. tortoise watching _ we paid 2K INR - again its just a small house hold person running the tortoise park -- not worth One more suggestion they ask for charges for everything- even before travelling we asked them about Corona Crisis they said its nothing over here we reached on 11th March and from 12th March Srilanka has started their to close many things - if they have informed about this we would postphoned our Trip - Even we have enquired about VISA - they have informed us that for indian citizen it is on Arrival - its was not at all True - before travelling we need to take online visa which compulsory and it is free for indian Citizen - But Relax lanka was asking for 20$ fee for visa if i want to take it from them -- it was good i done it from my side Would suggest instead of going to Srilanka - i would suggest plan for NORTH EAST - which is worth value for money

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    Krishnakumar Sriram

    Bengaluru

    Krishnakumar's 9 days trip to Sri Lanka

    Since our trip could not be completed due to corona restrictions, we were forced to return 2 days in advance . We had requested for proportionate refund but not received any response regarding the refund. Kindly consider and refund proportionately in all fairness. We are sure you will respond positively Bhaskar T Whatever covered during the trip was nice. We would like to continue you as our travel partner for all future travel

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    Priya Mittal

    Mumbai

    Priya's 7 days trip to Sri Lanka

    Sri Lanka Trip- Great service by Pearly Gates- Highly recommended- The Company's representative, Nimni, was in constant touch throughout the trip- Customised the trip based on our requirements- Timely responses and excellent private car, Al thought, Driver(Roshan) was was polite and humble but not very informed about places. Balanced Hotel selection , overall a great stay and experience.

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    Deepak Ramu

    Mumbai

    Deepak's 7 days trip to Sri Lanka

    Good hotels! Resourceful driver cum guide! My only issue is with the booking process. Travel triangle took 25 days to finalise my booking even though i was instantly getting back to them with updates/changes to my tour itinerary. I am otherwise completely satisfied with the trip.

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    Abhishek Blade

    Delhi

    Abhishek's 6 days trip to Sri Lanka

    I missed my flight from chennai to colombo due to, your improper connecting flight scheduling, Indigo flight from Delhi to Chennai being delayed and due to reschedule of Indigo flight from 5:55am to 5:40am and by the time I reached the checkin gates were already closed.Due to which I have to book another flight from Chennai to Colombo on Sri lankan Airlines that costed me around Rs. 13794.There is no update from your side that what all are you doing to get my money reimbursed from Indigo because of missed flights as there was no fault of mine for the same and your travel agent told me that they are helpless and you your self need to talk to the Indigo Airlines. Secondly I need a complete distribution of my bills explaining me clearly my flights cost, travel cost, hotels and others which ideally should be done before payment even but I have not received it even after payments and even after my trip

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    Shashank Bhatt

    Delhi

    Shashank's 6 days trip to Sri Lanka

    I booked my trip through Udani and had great experience, Ravishi is spot on right from answering my queries to following up on the trip and post my trip. she is very polite and guided me well. on my Arrival i meet my drive and guide Ravi he is a amazing guy he has taken me to the nicest places to eat and explore. i will surely recommend Udani to the traveler and will soon be back to explore Srilanka further more. cheers. shashank

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    Anil Kumar Srivastava

    New delhi

    Anil's 11 days trip to Sri Lanka

    We undertook 11 days tour of Sri Lanka from 29th Feb to 10th March 2020 and visited Anuradhapura, Sigiriya, Kandy, Nuwara-Eliya, Mirissa, Bentota and Colombo. The entire tour was well planned by the travel agency and it was quite comfortable tour. Taxi driver with luxurious sedan was with us for the entire tour from day one and provided Sim card for connectivity and also worked as guide. We stayed for 2 days at certain places but no local sightseeing on the first day was arranged by the Agency. At some places food was not to our taste. In all tour was very satisfying and comfortable.

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    Aatish Arun Dhuri

    Mumbai

    Aatish's 7 days trip to Sri Lanka

    I tried my hands on Travel Triangle for the First time and i must say i was in good hands.

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    Sree Karthik Hebbale Somashekar

    Bangalore

    Sree's 6 days trip to Sri Lanka

    I had one of the best experience with SEEMAX Travels. I was on a vacation to Srilanka for 6 days with family and my friends family. Seemax travel arranged each and everything in an organized manner and every thing was up to the mark.Driver Rajakaruna was a very professional and amazing person. He picked up on time from the Airport and also helped us in exploring places in Srilanka. All the Hotels were awesome with all amenities, Food was really great and more than our expectation. They were able to cover all the places as per the itinerary which was requested by us. I would like to thank Dilshan and team for making this holiday an amazing experience. I would also want to recommend SEEMAX TRAVEL FOR YOUR TRAVEL EXPERIENCE. It is one-stop for all your travel info at affordable prices. Seemax Travel is trustworthy.

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    Samhitha Lanka

    Bangalore

    Samhitha's 5 days trip to Sri Lanka

    We enjoyed our trip to Sri Lanka. We were showered with immense care an attention throughout the trip, which made us feel safe at all times. Special shoutout to Ishraq from DirectLink and Vishal for co-ordinating such a wonderful trip.

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    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.

    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.

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

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