A Guide to Sri Lanka

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A Guide to Sri Lanka
The tropical island of Sri Lanka is a great destination to visit for those who want to experience something totally different to a few weeks in the sun with a drink in hand. Whilst Sri Lanka can offer this, there is so much more to see and do that it would be a shame to miss out. Such is the wealth of things to see and do that Sri Lanka really does cater for all, whether you are looking to stay in a luxurious hotel and explore nature or experience a budget friendly 3 star hotel right on the beach.
Sri Lanka has some of the world’s best beaches, national parks where you can witness some extraordinary wildlife and ancient cities to visit so it ticks all boxes - not just those for sun lovers as can be the case on some tropical islands. 
Take a look at our handy travel guide below to ensure you know the basics about entry and life on the island before you visit. 

Entry to Sri Lanka 

British citizens must have a valid passport for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry in Sri Lanka, and are also required to have a visa. You can apply for a tourist visa online at www.eta.gov.lk.

The Essentials 

Sinhala and Tamil are the main local languages but English is widely spoken in most tourist areas.
Time difference & Flight Time:
Sri Lanka is six hours ahead of the UK and the flight time is roughly 11 hours from the UK depending on which airport you depart from. 
Sri Lankan rupee, shown as LKR on menus. 

Places to Visit 

You will never get bored on Sri Lanka holidays. Here is a short list of places to visit on your visit. 
Udawalawe National Park 
This is where you will see elephants working on a tea plantation or roaming in the wild. A day trip to Yala National Park is also a must, where you may see illusive leopards in their natural habitat. 
Arugam Bay
For beach lovers there is one beach you must visit and that is Arugam Bay. Located on Sri Lanka's dry south east coast, this beach is made of sugar-soft sands, coconut palms and ocean views to die for. 
Sigiriya which is one of Sri Lanka's seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites and really is a must-see. This rock-top fortress dates back to the fifth century AD. Sigiriya is also regarded as one of the most important urban planning projects of the first millennium, and is home to some of the oldest landscaped gardens in the world.

When to Visit 

Considering the island is relatively small, the weather is a bit complicated! As there are two monsoon seasons, the best time to visit Sri Lanka actually depends on where you are staying. If you’re heading to the west or to the south coast, then you’re best off going between December and March. But if you head to the east coast or the north you’ll find the best time of year to visit Sri Lanka is from April or May to September.
See below for a breakdown of the weather by months to get a better understanding of what temperatures to expect. 
Temperatures between 29 and 33 degrees.
Temperatures between 32 and 34 degrees. April is usually at its hottest and driest time, especially in the central and Cultural Triangle regions with temperatures at least in the mid 30°Cs.
Temperatures between 29 and 32 degrees. A south-west monsoon blows through May and June but it only really affects Colombo and Galle.
Temperatures between 29 and 32 degrees. You will witness monsoon season during these months so expect the odd shower.
October to November
Temperatures between 28 and 31 degrees. The north-east monsoon blows in October and November, and it is the heavier of the two monsoons that Sri Lanka experiences. Whilst the name may lend itself to the north-east only, this monsoon does in fact affect the whole country. This monsoon can be unpredictable – it can be stronger, lighter or more sporadic than past years, and sometimes it never comes at all.
Temperatures between 28 and 32 degrees. December is typically hot and dry across the island.
Have you ever experienced a Sri Lanka holiday? If you have let us know what you thought of this magical island by leaving us a comment below!
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