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Few islands in the world offer the diversity that exists in Sri Lanka; from ancient cities to rich religious festivals, colonial memories to rolling tea plantations and some of the best beaches in the Indian Ocean. Sri Lanka intoxicates its visitors with a potpourri of cultures, religions, races, customs and sheer natural beauty.

 

• Mineriya National Park
• The Temple of the Tooth
• Galle Fort
• Lunuganga
• Titigalla Tea Plantation
• Canoeing on the Ginganga Rover

Sri Lanka is a year-round destination as there is usually good weather somewhere on the island. With the two monsoon seasons the best time to visit the west and south coasts and hill country is from December to March, while the best weather on the east coast is from April/May to September

I loved exploring the ancient sites in Sri Lanka. Their temples can only be described as legendary! Sigiriya or Lion Rock was a highlight for me. From the top (after climbing too many stairs to count!), you are rewarded with spectacular views over the ancient city. The ruins at Polonnaruwa are fascinating, with ancient sculptures of Buddha cut into granite stone dating back to the 12th century.  A trip to Sri Lanka is not complete without a visit to Kandy, nestled in the foothills of tea country.  An evening tour to the Temple of the Tooth to witness the Puja ceremony is a must.  A true highlight was a visit to Pedro Tea Estate to  learn how tea is produced – what a process! Driving through the winding roads to reach the estate, you are rewarded with stunning views of rolling hills, dotted with colourfully dressed tea pickers hard at work. Concluding the day with a cuppa tea was the perfect end to a wonderful tour.
– Zoe

Currency Sri Lankan rupee

Language The official languages in Sri Lanka are Sinhala and Tamil. Sinhala is spoken by the Sinhalese who make up the majority, while Tamil is spoken by the minority Muslim and Tamil groups. English is most popularly spoken in the large cities but isn’t commonly understood in rural areas.

Why we love it the beaches, the timeless ruins and of course the welcoming people!

Weather Sri Lanka is a year-round destination as there is usually good weather somewhere on the island. With the two monsoon seasons the best time to visit the west and south coasts and hill country is from December to March, while the best weather on the east coast is from April/May to September.

Social customs & quirks The country’s culture has been influenced by its regional neighbors, most notably Southern India. It can be seen largely in the Sri Lankan cuisine and music. Some local restaurants even label their dishes as both Sri Lankan and Southern Indian. Ingredients like coconut milk, lime juice, chilies, pickles, and fruit chutneys are descendants of Southern Indian fare. Evidence of the country’s colonial history can also be seen, especially in such recreational activities as tea drinking and the popular sport of cricket. Sri Lankan music is heavily influenced by the musical traditions of Portugal and Buddhism. The Portuguese arrived on the island in the 16th century bringing guitars and ukuleles, and the Portuguese ballad. The African slaves who were forced to come to the island also brought drumming and certain traditional dances.

Festivals & events  One of the best literary festivals in the world is in Sri Lanka in January. The Galle Literary Festival plays host to some of the most famous names in literature, including Richard Dawkins, Joanna Trollope, and Meera Syal. Local Sri Lankan writers are also showcased. Visitors to the festival can enjoy readings, discussions, and a host of interesting and informative workshops.

Health* Currently there are no compulsory health requirements to visit Sri Lanka

Notes *Please be aware that Health information is subject to change at any time and you should always double check these requirements at the time of booking and before travel.

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