Found just below the tip of India, this tiny exotic island has an abundance of discoveries for tourists to make . Be it a journey of exploring the
wilderness, an Ayurvedic wellness holiday, a relaxing get-away in the
sun, or even that quick business trip, there is something for everyone.
A wonderful mix of modern towns and rural villages, there are star class hotels and boutique villas spotted around the country as the Sri Lankan tourist sector is booming following the end of the civil war in 2009.
Currency - Sri Lankan Rupee
Season - November - AprilClimate - With a beaming sun all year round, golden sandy beaches, historical and intricate architecture, colourful culture, exotic wildlife and some of the friendliest people in the world, it is no secret that Sri Lanka is popular among travellers from every walk of life.
Sri Lanka's cultural triangle is a vast area stretching from the town of Kandy to the historical city of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa. The spread consists of dry zones, green hills, ancient civilisation and the most extraordinary ancient moments.
The eastern coast of Sri Lanka is beautifully pristine with amazing sceneries and sandy beaches. Faded colonialism, colourful Hindu temples and unspoilt beaches uplift the beauty of the place and increase the massive tourist potential.
The northern part of Sri Lanka offers an extraordinary opportunity to explore the mixture of colonial charm and the vibrant culture of the place. Jaffna is surrounded by beautiful islands and is a home to remote temples, beaches and many other tourist attractions.
The western region of Sri Lanka is its most developed area that is home to principal coastal resorts whereas Colombo offers an insight to the contemporary Sri Lanka with neighbouring idyllic peninsula offering deserted beaches and superb dolphin watching and a short drive inland. Colombo is a popular tourist destination and vibrant city with beautiful beaches, urban life and ancient remains and structures.
Kandy is a UNESCO world heritage site with cool altitudes that offer a mixture of nature and nurture. The landscape of the large city is dramatically green surrounded by hills and the place is home to plantations and rainforests. It is famous for popular Buddhist places, Temple of the Tooth and the Esala Perahera.
If you want to explore the traditional Sri Lanka, the southern regions are perfect for you. The areas in this region are rural till date with many villages, coconut farming, rice cultivation, huge statues and colourful festivals being celebrated throughout the place.
Prepare yourself for the heat: Sri Lanka can be very hotand stickyeven in winter. Be carefuland carry sunscreens, caps and other necessities to beat the heat.
Tipping: Tipping is normal in the country and everyone expects it. Guide prices include INR 20 to loo attendants, INR 50 to porters and INR 500 a day for drivers.
Hotels and sight seeing: Places of tourist interest are far off from each other so it is advisable to book hotels near to the places of interest so that you can spend time enjoying the place.