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Sri Lanka Travel Guide

A real pocket rocket. From stunning tropical beaches and bright green tea fields, to mesmerising ruins and lively towns, Sri Lanka means plunging into a vibrant culture and mixing it up between adventure and chill out time. Explore incredible national parks, wander through pretty colonial streets, discover beautiful temples and perhaps best of all, dine on amazing local cuisine. After something different for your next trip? Let Sri Lanka win you over.
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Most Sri Lankans speak Sinhalese, with another large proportion speaking Tamil. Many locals can effectively communicate in English.
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Sri Lankan rupee (LKR)
100 LKR is approximately 50p.
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Sri Lanka Standard Time (GMT+05:30). Same time zone as India.

Top tours in Sri Lanka

Just an eight-hour drive north to south, Sri Lanka manages to fit in eight UNESCO sites, 26 national parks and dozens of beaches and tea plantations. It also has sterling neighbours. The Maldives are just a short flight away. View all Sri Lanka tours.
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Sailing Sri Lanka

Mirissa > Weligama Bay > Kudawella > Kalametiya > Talalla Beach > Galle > Weligama Bay > Mirissa

Discover the culture and wild, natural beauty of Sri Lanka on a seven-day sailing with the perfect mix of chill-out time and exploration. Sail along the southern coast of Sri Lanka, stopping along the way at the old trading fort of Galle, remote beach towns, and the fishing village of Kudawella.
7 days
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Sri Lanka sunset at sea

Pure Sri Lanka

Colombo > Negombo > Sigiriya > Kandy > Digana > Nuwara Eliya > Ella > Yala National Park > Mirissa > Galle > Mirissa

Say Ayubowan to Contiki's newest hot spot, Sri Lanka. This adventure is going to take you all over, from national parks to beaches to the world-famous tea country, we've squeezed in all the highlights to create the perfect 10-day trip. Imagine hand-picked inclusions and free time add-ons that deliver the best Sri Lanka has to offer.
14 days
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Sri Lanka beach breaks

Pining for an island in the sun? We think Sri Lanka is a good place to start. With nearly 1000 miles of coastline, offering everything from turtle conservation, to whale spotting, to prime surfing to simply kicking back with a coconut full of arak, there's bound to be a spot of sand that suits you. View all beach breaks.
Ozo hotel, colombo

Ozo Hotel, Colombo

A central spot in Sri Lanka's capital, just a 10 minute walk from the beach and 1.km from Bambalapitiya train station. Get the best of the city and sea. Rooms are flooded with natural light with some sporting ocean views.
Negombo

Spice Gardens and Seasides adventure

Add a touch of adventure to your beach break. Sri Lanka's got some beautiful beaches but why not load up on culture with an adventure tour? Start in Negombo, see Sigiriya Rock, Kandy, Ella and end in Hikkaduwa.

Hotels in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka has some absolute bargains when it comes to hotels. You'll be able to find a spacious, clean en-suite room in a 3* hotel for an average of £20 per night. Larger beach resorts can cost upwards of £100. View all hotels in Sri Lanka.
Temple in Colombo

Hotels in Colombo

The main port of entry and exit for any traveller who visits Sri Lanka, the island's capital city is bursting with culture, awesome food and a burgeoning bar scene. Sip tea and watch the city fly past, explore incredible Hindu temples, and watch the sun set over the Laccadive Sea at Galle Face Green with a plate of delicous street food. 
Tea lady in Sri Lanka

Hotels in Kandy and the Hill Country

Tea lovers, rejoice! Catch a train east from Colombo to the cultural hub of Kandy, high in the forested hills of central Sri Lanka and you'll find your zen. From here, you can hike the 7000+ steps to the top of Adam's Peak and journey through sky-high tea plantations and colourful villages to find your happy place in Ella. 

What we love about Sri Lanka

Steam train Kandy to Ella by train
One of the world’s most scenic journeys, this six-hour climb into the hill country is more magical than the Hogwarts Express
Elephant Yala National Park
Home to elephants, crocs, monkeys and the highest concentration of leopards in the world. Closed for mating Sep-Oct
3 trees World’s End viewpoint
Get earth-shattering views over to the Indian Ocean on a clear day. A 10km hike through Horton Plains National Park

Frequently asked questions about travelling in Sri Lanka

When is the best time of year to visit Sri Lanka?

Like in other countries in the region, the Monsoon makes an appearance in Sri Lanka every year. Despite the small size of the island, the weather patterns vary depending on your location. The south and west coast and hills (so we're talking Marissa, Arugam Bay, Udawalawe, Adam's Peak, Kandy and Ella) experience rains from May to August. The north and east however (Sigiriya, the Cultural Triangle and Trincomalee), are dry and hot during this time. There can be exceptions to these rules, and nowhere is off limits at any time of year. Average temperatures in Sri Lanka are in the high twenties on the coast and high teens in the hills. It's worth nothing that Sri Lankan new year falls in April, and so accommodation and transport get very booked up this time.

Is it easy to travel around Sri Lanka?

Compared to neighbouring India, Sri Lanka is a much more traveller-friendly size, meaning you can see and do it all in a relatively short space of time. Local transport comes in the form of rickshaws (much like tuktuks) for shorter journeys, and a dependable network of colourful busses for the longer ones. Not to be missed, is the jaw dropping train journey through the hills and tea plantations between Colombo, Kandy and Ella. Be sure to book yourself a window seat!

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