Sri Lanka

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The perfect mix of adventure and relaxation

Sri Lanka has exploded into the spotlight in recent years, and it’s really no surprise. This is a destination with everything you could possibly want: gorgeous beaches, charming colonial towns, beautiful landscapes waiting to be explored, incredible wildlife and delicious food. Often referred to as “the teardrop of India” because of its shape, we think it’s far more than just considered an afterthought for travellers to India. This country deserves to be explored all on its own. It’s easy to get around, the food is divine and the people are among the friendliest you'll encounter anywhere in the world. 

Whether you're after adventure or relaxation, you'll find it in Sri Lanka - or you can simply combine the two! Outdoor enthusiasts will definitely want to hit up the hiking trails around Kandy and Nuwara Eliya, and perhaps take on the challenge of climbing the 5,000 steps to the top of the iconic Adam’s Peak. The Sigiriya rock formation is one of the country’s most well-known sights and worth a day trip. Sri Lanka’s coast has some beautiful beaches for those wanting to soak up some sunshine. The west coast is probably the most touristy, so we recommend heading south of Colombo, where you’ll find the glorious golden sands of Bentota. Palm-fringed Mirissa Beach has great whale-watching opportunities. Make sure you stop off at the gorgeous colonial town of Galle while you’re in the southern part of the country. Another highlight of any trip to Sri Lanka is taking the train from Ella to Kandy, a 6-7 hour scenic journey that takes you through tea country and is touted as one of the most beautiful train rides in the world.

Sri Lanka offers an array of accommodation options to suit different budgets, from luxury beachside villas to homestays that immerse you in the local way of life. Talk to our expert travel consultants about your options and they can help you craft an itinerary that takes in the parts of Sri Lanka you most want to see.

Things you should know about Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is famed for its tea production, which accounts for more than 2% of the country’s GDP.

Hydropower is one of the main ways electricity is generated in Sri Lanka. The country’s many waterfalls make it well suited to this kind of energy source. 

It’s said the oldest tree in the world grows in Sri Lanka. The Sri Maha Bodhi in Anuradhapura is believed to be over 2,000 years old. 

Tips and advice from our travel advisors

Be aware of cultural sensitivities as you move around the country. For example it is seen as disrespectful to take a selfie with a statue of Buddha.
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To be comfortable in the tropical heat pack loose-fitting garments, preferably cotton or linen.
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Avoid drinking tap water. And avoid ice unless you know it's been made from boiled or purified water.
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