Tropical holiday in Sri Lanka – Dream destination in the Indian Ocean
Sri Lanka is a unique destination brimming with natural wonders, idyllic beaches, a vibrant culture, and some of the most biodiverse nature reserves in the world. A land of rare experiences, the compact island will appeal to adventure seekers and tourists chasing the sun.
Best time to travel to Sri Lanka
between December and April
mixed tropical climate
temperatures from 27 to 29°C (81 - 84°F)
What to see and do in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka is a feast for the senses, boasting an abundance of extraordinary things to see and do. Packed into the compact island are seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites, 26 biodiverse national parks as well as countless beach resorts, untamed coastal strips, ancient temples and cities bursting with energy. Topping many traveller itineraries are Sri Lanka's vibrant cities: chaotic and spirited Colombo, historic Kandy and the colonial delights of Galle. Each city makes a good base for reaching some of Sri Lanka’s other highlights. Excursions and day trips can take you down off-beaten paths to tea plantations, rainforests, mountains and tropical islets.
Islands of Sri Lanka
Safari in Sri Lanka
Sigiriya rock fortress
Key facts about Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka is a tropical island country located in South Asia, just off the southeastern coast of India. It is known for its beautiful beaches, historic temples and palaces as well as its biodiverse wildlife. Around 123 mammal species live there, including 21 endemic species.
Formerly known as Ceylon, Sri Lanka has a history stretching back at least 33,000 years. On February 4th 1948, Ceylon gained independence from colonialism and became the first democratic republic in Asia. In 1972, the country became a republic and was renamed Sri Lanka, meaning 'Resplendent Island.'
The current population of 22 million incorporates diverse cultures and languages that reflect the layered history. The metropolitan area of Colombo, the largest city, is home to around 25 percent of the island’s population.
With unspoiled beaches, incredible wildlife, and millennia of history, it is easy to see why Sri Lanka welcomed a record 2.5 million tourist arrivals in 2018.
population of 22 million
2.5 million tourist arrivals in 2018
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Transportation – Getting to and around Sri Lanka
Tuk-tuks and taxis are ideal for moving around urban areas. Inexpensive taxis or shuttle buses are the preferred method for airport transfers. Furthermore, public buses crisscross the island. But the highlight for many travellers is the vintage rail network, which cuts through Hill Country and links resorts across the southern and western coastlines. They are a surprisingly laidback mode of transport (less chaotic than buses) and the views are often sublime. Hiring a motorbike or car is also a popular option among tourists.