Picturesque Beaches, Exotic Wildlife
Picturesque beaches, exotic wildlife, exquisite landscapes and to top it all, an unbelievable treasure of world heritage sites. Yes! We are talking about Sri Lanka, the country that has always fascinated travellers from different parts of the world with its quaint charm. It would not be incorrect to say that Sri Lanka is a beach lover’s paradise. The enticing beaches of the country dotted with swaying palms, cobalt blue waters and glittering golden sand; offer you one of the best beach holidays in Asia. Rich in a colourful marine life and beautiful corals, these beaches also allure many ardent snorkelers and divers from far flung regions of the world.
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Best Time To Visit
Sri Lanka is situated close the equator, which translates that temperature in the country remains fairly constant throughout the year. The coastal and lowland areas enjoy average daytime temperatures of around 26–30°C . Temperature decreases with altitude, reducing to a temperate 18–22°C in places like Kandy, and 14–17°C in Nuwara Eliya. Humidity is high in every part of the country and at times rises to ninety percent in the southwest, and averaging sixty to eighty percent across the rest of the island.
April and September offer the best odds for good weather countrywide. New Year’s celebrations in mid-April cause transport to fill beyond capacity. A good time to wander without a set schedule of bookings.
The Hill Country plus west- and south-coast beaches are busiest – and driest. With beds in demand, prices peak. The Maha monsoon season (October to January) keeps the East, North and Ancient Cities wet.
The Yala monsoon season (May to August) brings rain to the south and west coasts plus the Hill Country. The weather in the North and East is best. Prices nationwide are at their nadir.
At a Glance
Language:Sinhalese and Tamil
Currency:Sri Lankan Rupee (LKR)
Time zone:SLST (UTC+5:30)
Sri Lanka Travel Tips
- Base your holiday planning around travel centres.
- Be careful in the sun, carry a sunscreen
- Beware of approaches from people purporting to be from your hotel who offer local travel advice. Unscrupulous locals pick up westerners with promises of "elephant festivals" and the like, which prove to be non-existent and located far away from their hotel.
- The best rate for any currency was at the counter in Negombo market near airport.
- Have plenty of very small notes at all times, tipping is normal and everyone expects to be tipped.