A country of beaches and mountains, rice fields and tea plantations, Sri Lanka is also a land rich in history where colonisers from India, Portugal, the Netherlands and England have left important remains as in the capital, Colombo, which is very marked by colonial architecture. But Sri Lanka also has a large number of Hindu temples and cultural triangle palaces in the centre of the island, particularly in Kandy, which attract thousands of tourists every year eager to discover this diverse historical heritage. An extraordinary fauna also awaits you in Sri Lanka (elephants, leopards, monkeys, monitors...) in different reserves such as Yala National Park or Minneriya National Park. Following the instructions of a Sri Lankan tourist guide, you will be able to enjoy a stay that includes both the country's must-see attractions and off the beaten track sites.

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When to go to Sri Lanka?

It is between mid-December and mid-March that the island reaches its peak of the "western" tourist season. Many Europeans then travelled to Sri Lanka, particularly on the west and south coasts, to escape winter and spend the Christmas and New Year holidays in the sun. The price of rooms is increased accordingly, or even multiplied by two or three, especially when combined with religious, cultural or sporting events (including: cricket). From June to September, the east coast enjoys a drier climate and it is the best time to go on a Sri Lanka seaside holiday. Two festivals also attract a large population of Sri Lankan islanders and expatriates: the Sinhala and Tamil New Year in April and the Esala Perahera festival in July and August. The latter concerns more particularly Kandy (central mountains) and Kataragama (south-eastern coast). It therefore becomes more expensive to travel to Sri Lanka due to soaring prices.

How to go to Sri Lanka? Our advice & tips

  • Organised trips
  • Going alone
  • Moving around

In addition to a motorized solution for your travel, tour operators often provide the services of a guide. He or she is responsible for ensuring that your trip goes as smoothly as possible, will allow you to communicate with the local population, and will of course give you explanations during site visits. It is customary to provide a tip for the driver as well as for the driver guide. The more you are numerous and the longer the stay, the more you will reduce the amount.

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Bandaranaike International Airport, north of Colombo, is currently the only international airport that handles flights to and from Europe. In Sri Lanka, as a solo traveller, beware of petty crime in tourist sites and avoid walking alone at nightfall. Also be aware of potentially dangerous sea currents, so it is not advisable to swim alone and unattended.

It is easy to travel throughout the island thanks to a dense rail network inherited from the colonial period. The trains are rather old and slow but still quite practical. Buses are more chaotic but some have air conditioning and are faster than the train. The best solution is to rent a car with a driver, especially since the prices offered are very reasonable. Finally, Sri Lanka's main cities and tourist sites are well served by domestic flights.

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  • Find a hotel
  • Airbnb rental
  • Holiday rental
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  • Tailor-made trip
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When to travel?

It is between mid-December and mid-March that the island reaches its peak of the "western" tourist season. Many Europ...
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Weather forecast

Sri Lanka's climate is tropical with successive wet and dry seasons but with two monsoon regimes. From June to Octobe...
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Budget

Sri Lanka remains an affordable destination, although prices have risen considerably in recent years. The hotel categ...
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Formalities

An electronic visa (ETA) is required to travel to Sri Lanka. The request can be made directly by the applicant on the...
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Health

Dengue fever and malaria, transmitted by mosquitoes in some areas, are two diseases that are prevalent in Sri Lanka....
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How to travel by yourself?

Bandaranaike International Airport, north of Colombo, is currently the only international airport that handles flight...
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How to get organized?

In addition to a motorized solution for your travel, tour operators often provide the services of a guide. He or she...
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Getting around

It is easy to travel throughout the island thanks to a dense rail network inherited from the colonial period. The tra...
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