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Tourism in Sri Lanka

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Best time to visit

Feb - Apr

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7 - 8 Days

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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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  • Sri Lanka ( 4D & 3N )

    Starting from:

    ₹ 12,825/-₹ 13,940/-

    • Kandy
    • Bentota
    • Colombo
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  • Sri Lanka ( 6D & 5N )

    Starting from:

    ₹ 20,999/-₹ 23,863/-

    • Sigiriya
    • Kandy
    • Nuwara Eliya
    • Bentota
    • Colombo
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  • Sri Lanka ( 5D & 4N )

    Starting from:

    ₹ 23,025/-₹ 25,302/-

    • Kandy
    • Nuwara Eliya
    • Bentota
    • Colombo
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  • Sri Lanka ( 7D & 6N )

    Starting from:

    ₹ 29,924/-₹ 32,884/-

    • Kandy
    • Nuwara Eliya
    • Yala National Park
    • Bentota
    • Colombo
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  • Sri Lanka ( 4D & 3N )

    Starting from:

    ₹ 5,999/-₹ 21,650/-

    • Kandy
    • Negombo
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  • Sri Lanka ( 5D & 4N )

    Starting from:

    ₹ 20,500/-₹ 22,527/-

    • Kandy
    • Nuwara Eliya
    • Bentota
    • Colombo
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  • Sri Lanka ( 3D & 2N )

    Starting from:

    ₹ 21,299/-₹ 23,406/-

    • Colombo
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  • Sri Lanka ( 3D & 2N )

    Starting from:

    ₹ 21,299/-₹ 23,406/-

    • Colombo
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  • Sri Lanka ( 7D & 6N )

    Starting from:

    ₹ 21,300/-₹ 21,515/-

    • Kandy
    • Colombo
    • NuwaraEliya
    • Bentota
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  • Sri Lanka ( 4D & 3N )

    Starting from:

    ₹ 21,734/-₹ 23,884/-

    • Kandy
    • Bentota
    • Colombo
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  • Sri Lanka ( 5D & 4N )

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    ₹ 21,999/-₹ 24,175/-

    • Kandy
    • Nuwara Eliya
    • Bentota
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  • Sri Lanka ( 5D & 4N )

    Starting from:

    ₹ 25,499/-₹ 28,021/-

    • Kandy
    • Nuwara Eliya
    • Bentota
    • Colombo
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  • Sri Lanka ( 5D & 4N )

    Starting from:

    ₹ 26,000/-₹ 28,571/-

    • Kandy
    • Nuwara Eliya
    • Bentota
    • Colombo
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  • Sri Lanka ( 4D & 3N )

    Starting from:

    ₹ 27,000/-₹ 29,670/-

    • Kandy
    • Colombo
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  • Sri Lanka ( 5D & 4N )

    Starting from:

    ₹ 27,802/-₹ 30,552/-

    • Kandy
    • Nuwara Eliya
    • Bentota
    • Colombo
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  • Sri Lanka ( 4D & 3N )

    Starting from:

    ₹ 28,499/-₹ 31,318/-

    • Kandy
    • Colombo
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  • Sri Lanka ( 6D & 5N )

    Starting from:

    ₹ 29,000/-₹ 31,868/-

    • Kandy
    • Nuwara Eliya
    • Bentota
    • Colombo
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  • Sri Lanka ( 6D & 5N )

    Starting from:

    ₹ 29,025/-₹ 32,612/-

    • Kandy
    • Nuwara Eliya
    • Bentota
    • Colombo
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  • Sri Lanka ( 3D & 2N )

    Starting from:

    ₹ 30,499/-₹ 32,795/-

    • Kandy
    • Colombo
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  • Sri Lanka ( 3D & 2N )

    Starting from:

    ₹ 30,500/-₹ 33,516/-

    • Colombo
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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
    • Nature
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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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    • Museum
    • Historical Sites
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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...

    • Sightseeing
    • Historical Sites
    • City Tour
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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 ...

    • Sightseeing
    • Ideal for families
    • Mini Zoo
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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...

    • Sightseeing
    • Nature
    • Ideal for families
    • Bird Watching
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Things To Do In Sri Lanka

Your list of the best things to do, compiled on the basis of actual traveler experiences

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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...

    • Sightseeing
    • Historical Sites
    • City Tour
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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...

    • Adventure
    • Water Rides
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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, ...

    • Shopping
    • Local market
    • Handicrafts shopping
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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...

    • Relaxing experience
    • Spa
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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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      It was an excellent trip with Amara Tours. Mr. Ashok's helping nature and support throughout was cherry on the top. They provided us the cheapest package with best facilities like hotel, excursions etc. Mr. Ashok was happy to help whenever asked for, he even made last moment changes on our request. The guide Mr. Pradeep was however not good but none the less 5 stars to Amara Tours.
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      Very nice experience... Had a good deal with Mr. Anto... Very very cooperative and friendly...Hotels were good...Our driver Mr.Naveen was just awesome...Very very nice person and too patient as we had kids along... Nuwara eliya , undoubtedly. Awesome place in srilanka....
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      Hotel in bentota was worst.. very bad staff, AC was not working in the room bathroom was not cleaned basin was full of dirty water and bad odour was coming out Driver provided was out of the mark helped us in all the ways Mr. Dilshan and Mr. Malik both were helpful and made our trip enjoyable
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      Happy customer Our driver jagneth was amazing , warm heart person. He was very helpful with us . I would recommend any one to book from them. The agency employees kept in touch with me till the last day of our departure. Always trying to help and looking for our comfort. I really enjoyed our trip to Sri Lanka. Thank you traveltriangle
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      Well planned trip. Hassle free no issues. Everyone was responsive. Good hotels well located. Great driver cum guide.
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      Our recent family trip to Sri Lanka was very well-organized and efficiently executed. The locations of hotels was great and the service was good too. Our tour guide, Rilwan, was very friendly and knowledgeable. His patience and efficiency made the entire experience even better. It's a beautiful country with many scenic spots and lovely people. It was a memorable trip! Thank you to leisure tours and travel triangle! There were many beautiful memories but one of the best was the hike to Little Adam's Peak and the view from there was just mesmerizing.
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      Harshini and Ravishi made sure the trip is memorable for us and it indeed is. Loved each bit of it. We chose most of the stays and they got them for us at much cheaper prices if we booked directly. They helped us plan quick since I started planning just a week before. And they made sure our travels were smooth such that they made all arrangements in time. Would strongly recommend everyone to book your trip through Udani Holidays. Our driver was very adjusting and was flexible with our schedule and requests. Our stay in Nuwara Eliya was so pretty and mesmerizing that I will suggest everyone to stay there once they visit.
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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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