Bursting with beaches and temples, blessed with wonderful wildlife packed with UNESCO-listed sites and filled with friendly faces and fascinating culture, Sri Lanka is a vibrant place to visit. Exploring the ancient cities of the Cultural Triangle in the centre of the island, you’ll be wowed by history as you discover traces of bygone kingdoms.
With its 1,340km coastline, traces of ancient civilization, colorful culture and delicious food, there are many things to keep you occupied in Sri Lanka.
- A safari in Yala National Park brings the chance to see leopards, as well as elephants, crocodiles and sloth bears
- Take to the waters around Trincomalee, Mirissa or Kalpitiya to spot whales and dolphins
- Marvel at Anuradhapura, the first sacred capital of Sri Lanka, where the extensive ruins are UNESCO-protected
- Cool off in the “hill country”, where you can still see colonial-era trains making their way through tea plantations and rice paddy fields
When to visit
The island is affected by two separate monsoon seasons, which can mean different conditions across the island throughout the year. The main southwest monsoon brings rain to the west, southwest and hill country from April to September, while the less severe northeast monsoon makes the east coast wettest from November to December. In the central highlands, summers are hot and winters mild. The most popular travel season is December to March; the best value is May to August.