Overview of Sri Lanka

 

Our Travel Managers for Sri Lanka can arrange all the details for your trip to the verdant paradise island off the southern tip of India.

Here you can discover hundreds of miles of the world's most beautiful palm-fringed beaches and no fewer than seven World Heritage Sites which include sacred cities, palaces, cliff-top citadels and colonial strongholds.

Sri Lanka sits in the Indian Ocean just three degrees north of the Equator, so as the perfect backdrop to your relaxation and exploration there will usually be sunny skies and hot, tropical weather.

Adventurous visitors who enjoy a sense of mystery and awe cannot help but fall in love with the ancient sites of Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya, Dambulla and Panduwasnuwara. For those looking for more modern pleasures there are the colonial cities of Colombo and Kandy, where exotic aromas waft into the streets from colourful bazaars and world-class restaurants alike. In these cities, modern facilities sit happily alongside Dutch-inspired buildings, Victorian British mansions and ancient Portuguese fortifications.

Outside of the cities there are unmissable treks into leopard and elephant country in Yala National Park, or to the awe-inspiring ancient rock fortress of Sigiriya. The otherworldly conical mountain known as Adam's Peak is a holy site not only to Buddhists but also to Hindus, Muslims and Christians.  As the cradle of the Buddhist faith, Sri Lanka offers many other inspirational tours to sites of religious significance.

Climate

Sri Lanka has a tropical climate with high humidity, tempered by sea breezes from the coast. The average temperature is around 27 degrees Celsius (81 degrees Fahrenheit), with January being the coolest month and May the hottest. Monsoon season is between May and July, and December and January.

Language

Sinhala is the official language, but Tamil is widely spoken and English is common at most tourist establishments.

Passport Visa

Travellers making a short visit to Sri Lanka (less than 30 days) are required to obtain an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) visa. Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry to Sri Lanka. You must have proof of sufficient funds for your stay and return or onward tickets.

Please check rules around visa requirements before you travel, as they may change regularly.

Safety

There is ongoing risk of indigenous terrorist activity in the country, and although foreigners have not been the targets, there is a risk of being caught up in incidents.

The usual precautions should be taken against organised and opportunist theft, especially in the cities.

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For all your high-end, bespoke leisure and corporate travel needs to Sri Lanka, contact our Travel Managers on 0203 535 9290 or info@simplexitytravel.com today.

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