“Sri Lanka, a land where beauty lies in every corner, waiting to be discovered.”

Mark Twain

Splendid Sri Lanka

Someone once said that ‘Sri Lanka is an island that everyone loves at some level inside themselves’. We couldn’t agree more. This small island nation at the southernmost tip of India is a place so full of cultural, historic and natural wonders that its one major problem is fitting them all into a traveller’s itinerary. Here, you’ll find forests and safaris that sit alongside towns and cities teeming with life, surf that breaks onto untouched sand and people as welcoming as they are kind.

We could fill a dozen of these pages with everything there is to do in this amazing country – hopefully you forgive us for condensing it down to just the one.

Perfect for: families, adventurers, beach-lovers, surfers, history-buffs, nature-enthusiasts

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When to visit Sri Lanka


The central, western and southern regions of Sri Lanka experience generally warm and dry weather. Temperatures at this time will be around 30oC and there is relatively low rainfall. This is a particularly good time to visit the beaches on the south coast, as the sea is calmer and it is a good time to spot dolphins and various whale species. At this time, it is the monsoon season for the north eastern regions, and while the worst of the rains will be coming to an end, there is still higher rainfall.

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Similar to January, this is a lovely time to visit the central, western and southern regions of Sri Lanka. Temperatures are slightly warmer overall, averaging in the early 30’s, and rainfall is at its lowest in these regions. The rains in the east coast regions will be more sporadic.

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March is a fantastic time to visit Sri Lanka, with warm temperatures throughout the west and south coasts. Temperatures climb to the mid 30’s, and the Hill Country will also be warmer during March, with average temperatures in the mid 20’s.

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It is warm and sunny throughout Sri Lanka, although with the monsoon approaching for the south and western regions, the humidity in these areas will be higher. It is a great time to visit the Hill Country and eastern coast, where temperatures are lovely and warm, and there is below average rainfall.

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May heralds the arrival of the south-west monsoon, which affects the south, west and central regions. There will be high humidity and short sharp rains alongside warm, sunny weather. It should also be noted that swimming in the sea on the south and west coast is discouraged at this time due to stronger waves. The east coast remains dry and sunny.

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The south-west monsoon continues, with higher rainfall along the southern and western coasts, and lower temperatures in the Hill Country. The east coast remains dry and sunny as does the Cultural Triangle, making it a great time to visit these areas.

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The weather remains dry and sunny on the east coast, and the monsoon season continues for the south and western coast. This is still a lovely time to visit the Cultural Triangle and the wildlife parks in the northern areas.

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The monsoon weather in the south and western begins to reduce, with the rainfall reducing, although still evident. The warm dry weather continues in the north and eastern regions. Temperatures remain in the early 30’s for coastal regions, and are a cooler 18oC in Hill Country.

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Overall, September tends to be a fairly wet month for Sri Lanka. The monsoon in the south west increases again, with rains also reaching the Hill Country. The north west monsoon starts, with humidity and rain levels rising as well. The weather in the Cultural Triangle remains dry and warm.

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Similar to September, October can be a fairly wet month. The rains in the north and east increase with unpredictable showers possible. The monsoon season in the south west is tapering off, although there is still a high chance of rainfall for most of the month. We would not recommend travelling at this time unless you are prepared for unpredictable showers.

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While there is still a chance of showers, the sunshine and dry weather is returning in the south and west regions. Meanwhile, the Hill Country and Cultural Triangle are experiencing increased rainfall. The west coast also has high rainfall as the north west monsoon takes affect.

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The weather in the south and west regions has low levels of rainfall with beautiful warm and sun-filled days. Whale watching season begins from the south coast, and the sea is calmer. The central regions, including the Cultural Triangle and Hill Country have reducing chances of rainfall although there may still be some showers. The north east monsoon is at its strongest with high rainfall on the east coast.

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Sri Lanka Highlights


The country’s culture is inextricably linked with the heritage of the Theravada Buddhism passed on from India throughout its history. The religion is the island’s major one, so entrenched in life that the government is bound by law to protect and foster it.

The Indian connection is plain to see across the island but that’s not to say there aren’t others. Indonesian, Southeast Asian and European influences can be found all across Sri Lanka, from its sports to its spices. On the subject of sport, we think it’s fair to say that the second religion here is cricket. The game is a massive part of island life and you’ll no doubt see games played when visiting; anything is a wicket here, from dusty roads to lush forest clearings.

For a small country, Sri Lanka has had an enormous influence on global cuisine. This is a foodie’s heaven, with everything from the most gorgeous light fish curries to the iconic hoppers forming part of a diet to die for. Our founder, Ludo, nearly did – but that was perhaps from overindulgence. If you’re in need of something to help wash everything down, pour yourself an arrack, a spirit made from palm tree sap. Steady, though, as it packs a punch.

The other part of Sri Lankan culture that packs a global punch is, of course, its tea. The plantations that swathe large parts of the south and centre of the island are a destination in their own right, and you’ll find yourself sipping cuppas – of all flavours – at every hour of the day.


There’s a documented history in Sri Lanka of over three millennia, so it’s unsurprising that the sites worth seeing here come thick and fast. In fact, there are 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites on an island smaller than Ireland. The Sacred City of Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka’s first capital, is a Buddhist spiritual centre and is perhaps the best place on Earth to see the ruins and learn about the ancient Sinhalese civilisation.

The second capital – and also a World Heritage Site – is Polonnaruwa, another stunning archaeological relic to some of Sri Lanka’s first kingdoms. For those who prefer their history slightly younger, this is the backdrop to Duran Duran’s 1982 music video for Save a Prayer.

The third leg of this triumvirate of jaw-dropping ancient monuments is Sigiriya, a rock fortress which, according to Sri Lankan lore, used to be decorated in brightly coloured frescoes. When we say rock fortress, Sigiriya is dominated by a column of granite 180 metres high, on top of which there used to be a great palace.

On the subject of palaces, the Old Town of Galle is another of our favourites, the fortified area iconic to cricket-lovers across the globe. We could go on with an endless list of exceptional sites to visit here – instead, we prefer to let you discover some of the others in person.


Sri Lanka has one of the highest rates of endemism anywhere on Earth – that is, species that can only be found in a single place. To provide some context, that’s 123 species of mammals, 185 species of reptiles, 122 species of amphibians, and 227 species of birds. It’s a lot, and it’s not even counting what’s out to sea.

For travellers who want to tick off the country’s very own Big Five, there’s the opportunity to spy a leopard, elephant, sloth bear, blue whale and sperm whale. Best of luck to you in your attempt – we’re sitting at 3 currently, with the notoriously tricky to find blue whale and leopard yet to be spotted.

If you turn your eyes skywards, Sri Lanka is one of the best places on Earth for bird life. There are dozens of bird sanctuaries and National Parks (Kumana and Bundala are our favourites) that offer hotspots from which to spy a phenomenal array of different flyers.

Wherever you turn in this amazing country, there’s another sort of natural wonder. For travellers who want to see one of the healthiest and most vibrant ecosystems on the planet, Sri Lanka is a must. There are safari and tour operators across the country who can help you out and we’re more than happy to get you going with that – just mention it when you call and leave the rest to us.


It wouldn’t be a trip to Sri Lanka without a ride on one of the country’s iconic trains. A hangover from the colonial era, the lines that crisscross the island have become a tourist must-do – and an Instagram sensation. Our favourite is the Colombo to Badulla route, a 291 kilometre stretch of track that snakes down gorges, up cliffs and around lakes rivers, and waterfalls. It’s laughably beautiful and, at 10 hours, it almost feels too short.

Another of the country’s most unique trips is one to Adam’s Peak. This 2000-metre plus peak is easily accessible from the tea regions and is a sacral place for islanders. A rock formation at the summit is said to be Buddha’s footprint and people travel from around the continent to see it. There are walking trails both around and up the mountain, of varying degrees of difficulty and the view cross country from the top is about as good as it gets.

The cities in Sri Lanka are laidback odes to life in the country. The capital, Colombo, combines the island’s ancient roots with the modern face of south Asia, whereas the slower moving cities of Kandy and Galle offer a glimpse into another world. This is a country for the traveller who doesn’t want to compromise – Sri Lanka really does have it all.

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