There is a lot to cover in Sri Lanka so it pays to be practical when it comes to seeing the sights. Many travellers start by trekking to the centre of the country to tick off the ‘Cultural Triangle’, that includes the cities of Kandy and Anurhadapura and the cave temples in Polonnaruwa.
Most flights land in the capital of Colombo, from there you can take a three-hour train journey to Kandy, home of the Sri Dalada Maligawa (more commonly known as the Temple of The Tooth). This is a city that wears its history on its sleeve with countless ancient temples and monuments clustered together in a relatively small area.
Sun-seekers will drool over the azure blue waters and white sands at Unawatuna Beach in the south of the island near Galle. This is where most of the luxury resorts make camp but it’s for good reason. Here the waters are calm and are relatively safe from dangerous reefs or urchins and there is a direct road to the city centre which makes it easily accessible.
Best Time To Visit
Like many countries close to the equator Sri Lanka’s weather is fairly constant, sitting around 25-30 degrees Celsius year-round (and about 15-18 degrees Celsius in the highlands).
There are, however, two main monsoon seasons to be aware of: in the south-western areas of Sri Lanka (near the cities of Colombo and Galle) monsoon season hits between May and September, shifting to the dry season from December to March.
The north-eastern parts of the country (closer to Trincomalee) runs from October to January and then eases around May to September.
Tours & Deals
Experience Travel Group are one of the leaders in the market when it comes to curating tours that delve deeper into the culture of Sri Lanka, no matter how intrepid you may be. Their Sigiriya and Village Farm Experience is designed to place you in the heart of traditional community life. You’ll spend a day with local farmers and their families, help out on the land and learn their unique agricultural practices.
If you prefer to see as much of the country as possible then Intrepid offers Cycle Sri Lanka tours which take travellers past untouched coastline, hypnotic rolling tea fields and through bustling ancient towns.