River flowing through the lush rice fields in Sri Lanka

So much to see in such a small country; from pristine tropical beaches, 2,000-year-old temples, friendly smiling locals to herds of wild elephants, delicious food, and the world’s best surfing spots, and all at competitive prices. The country has long been skipped by the international travel world, preferring to visit other Asian countries.

 

That time is gone; Sri Lanka is a hot place to be! Sri Lanka literally means “beautiful island” and we feel this statement is very accurate. It is an emerging country. Due to the short distances, you will gain dozens of new experiences in one day! Everything is, almost literally, within reach.

 

Why go to Sri Lanka?

Due to wars, conflicts in the country and natural disasters, the country has been off the radar for many travelers. Fortunately, this has changed in recent years and many people know how to find this beautiful country.

 

It is a very small country (slightly smaller than Ireland) but has more UNESCO sites than many larger countries; there is a huge amount to see in Sri Lanka. The country is all culture and the ancient temples with their beautiful details go back more than 2000 years.

 

Travel Information

Want to know what the best time is to visit Sri Lanka? How to prepare for your visa or manage your budget? Read our articles below to find out everything you need to know about Sri Lanka.

 

Visa in Passport on a Map of Asia

Sri Lanka – Visa Requirements & How-To Apply Online

What do you need for your vacation or trip to Sri Lanka? You have arranged your vaccinations, the tickets have been booked and your bag has almost been packed. Then it's time to arrange your visa for Sri Lanka. Fortunately, a visa for Sri Lanka is easy to arrange.   ...
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Different amounts of Sri Lanka Rupees

Sri Lanka – Prepare Your Budget Using Our Experience & Tips

Due to the development that Sri Lanka is going through, it is no longer the "bargain" destination it once was. The prices here are still comparable with other countries in Southeast Asia, but they are higher than in the past. What your budget for Sri Lanka should be depends entirely ...
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Elephants bathing in the water on Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka – Everything You Need to Know Before You Leave

It is almost unbelievable that you can see so much in such a small country. Yet you really can; from 2000 year old temples to tropical beaches. The friendly smiling locals, herds of wild elephants, the delicious food and the world's best surfing spots make Sri Lanka a HOT place ...
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Holiday villa with palm trees and blue sky

Sri Lanka – Different Ways of Spending the Night Here

When it comes to spending the night in Sri Lanka, you have several options. Accommodations here are available in all shapes and sizes. Whether you spend the night in Colombo or in a cabin on the beach; there is always room in a hostel, hotel or guesthouse. Nowadays most accommodations ...
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Small waves crashing on a gold sandy beach

Sri Lanka – Best Time to Visit & Average Weather Per Month

Whether you visit the 2000 year old temples, the world famous tea plantations or go surfing on the coast; it’s important to have good weather during your trip through Sri Lanka! Always read carefully about the best time to visit Sri Lanka; this prevents unpleasant surprises during your trip. Fortunately, ...
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Woman backpacking in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka – Backpacking Guide For This Versatile Country

We are getting more and more questions about backpacking in Sri Lanka lately. What can we expect? Do we have to take anything into account? One thing is certain. There is plenty to see in this small but very versatile country. That's why backpackers have been finding their way to ...
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Nine Arches Bridge Demodara in Ella, Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka – All Means of Transportation Explained

Sri Lanka is one of the smallest countries in Asia, making it particularly easy to travel through. Public transportation is the best way to travel in Sri Lanka. Here you get to know the locals and although the distances are often short, the bus and train journeys sometimes take a ...
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Cup of coconut sambal

Sri Lanka – A Fascinating Cuisine With Delicious Dishes

The food in Sri Lanka is adjusted to the country itself. On an island where rice fields are scattered through the hills, it will come as no surprise that most dishes in Sri Lanka consists mainly of rice and fish. Keep in mind that the food can be spicy here ...
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What are the highlights of Sri Lanka?

Nature here is so unspoiled that you can just bump into elephants on the road. National Parks are full of special animals such as leopards, water buffalos, crocodiles, birds, and monkeys. If you want to recover from the National Parks you can relax on one of the dazzling beaches; often still unspoiled and given the area of the country, quite easy to find.

 

Surfing and diving in Sri Lanka is world class but without mass tourism. If you are tired of diving and surfing, you can always go inland to the world-famous (bizarrely green) tea plantations, rice fields, and rainforests. Check out all the highlights below!

 

Highrise buildings and houses in Colombo

Colombo – The Commercial Center of Sri Lanka

Colombo is the largest city in Sri Lanka and has been gaining popularity in recent years. It is the commercial center; the official capital of the country is Sri Jayawardenapura Kotte (Kotte), which is right next door. Where it used to be a city where travelers had to go "on ...
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Kandy – One of the Most Fun Cities in Sri Lanka

Kandy is, next to Colombo, one of the best known cities in Sri Lanka. It is also called the capital of Hill Country and given its location this is not unjustified. Kandy is located 115 kilometers (71.4 miles) inland from Colombo at a height of 500 meters (1640 feet). The ...
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View of the temple of the tooth relic during dusk

Temple of the Tooth – One of the Holiest Places in the World

If you have always wanted to visit one of the most sacred Buddhist places of pilgrimage in the world, the Temple of the Tooth, also called the Dalada Maligawa, should be on your list. The temple is in the city of Kandy. Thousands of Buddhists come to this temple every ...
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Clear blue waves hitting the gold sandy shore

Mirissa – A Surfer’s & Backpacker’s Paradise in Sri Lanka

Grab a beer, climb into your hammock, and forget about everything. If you want to relax on one of the most beautiful beaches in southern Sri Lanka, you will soon find yourself in Mirissa. Only 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) from Weligama you will find this wonderful beach which is known ...
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Lighthouse at Point Utrecht in Galle

Galle – A Dutch Style Walled City in Sri Lanka

If you have any Dutch roots or just looking for a unique city to visit you should not miss Galle. It has been in the hands of the Dutch for a long time, giving the city a Dutch atmosphere. Although the suburbs have not changed much, the atmosphere changes as ...
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View of mountains in the distance, covered in green jungle

Ella – The Most Popular Hill Station in Sri Lanka

Ella is the most popular hill station in Sri Lanka. It is the ideal place to take a moment from your busy travel schedule and plan a few relaxation days. That's possible in Ella with a few of the best hotels in the country and spectacular views. The nature around ...
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Field full of green tea plantations

Nuwara Eliya – Our Tips on The City of Lights

Nuwara Eliya is an old colonial British hill station. As one of the few hill stations in Asia, Nuwara Eliya has retained its authentic atmosphere. The old center is a gathering place of beautiful rose gardens, hedges, and typical British bungalows. In Galle you will feel like you’re in the ...
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Horton Plains National Park in Sri Lanka

Horton Plains – A Beautiful Region in Sri Lanka at a High Altitude

Horton Plains is a beautiful region in southern Sri Lanka near Nuwara Eliya. Horton Plains is located in the vicinity of the third and third highest mountains of Sri Lanka (Kirigalpotta and Totapola) and is located on a wavy plateau at an altitude of around 2,000 meters (6500 feet).   ...
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White dome chapel with ruins in front in Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa – An Ancient Royal City in the East of Sri Lanka

Polonnaruwa is an ancient royal city in the east of Sri Lanka. From this city, several kings ruled the country 800 years ago. Polonnaruwa was the commercial and religious center. The ancient temples and ruins that you can still find here today give a nice picture of what this royal ...
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Hikkaduwa beach with gold sand and small waves

Hikkaduwa – One of the Nicest Beaches in Sri Lanka

Just north of Galle you will find one of the nicest beaches in Sri Lanka. It has been known since the 70s when many hippies went to visit this deserted coastal town. It is known among amateur surfers and after enduring a difficult period, Hikkaduwa finally begins to regain its ...
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Elephants in Yala National Park

Yala National Park – The Jungle Book of Sri Lanka

Yala National Park is the Jungle Book of Sri Lanka. It is one of the best-known and most beautiful nature parks in the country. Monkeys swing through the trees, elephants move through the woods and leopards secretly find their way through the park. The park has extensive forests and open ...
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Statues in a cave temple of Dambulla

Dambulla – A Holy City in Sri Lanka Filled With Temples

The Cave Temple in Dambulla is one of the best-known highlights in Sri Lanka. Although it is somewhat commercial, it is an important holy place in Sri Lanka that should not be missed during your trip. The cave temple, incidentally, lies with Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and Sigiriya in the cultural triangle ...
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Small lake on top of a rock formation in Sigiriya

Sigiriya Ruins – An Impressive Geological Formation in Sri Lanka

The ruins of Sigiriya are not only the most impressive geological formations of Sri Lanka, but also one of the largest cultural treasures of the country. Sigiriya is a 200 meter (656 feet) high rock in the middle of the jungle with the ruins of one of the most spectacularly ...
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Sunrise from the top of a mountain

Adam’s Peak – Our Tips on Climbing This Beautiful Mountain

Adam’s Peak is surrounded by beauty, located in the central part of Sri Lanka. This 2,243 meter high mountain has been an important pilgrimage destination for various people for over a 1000 years. They say that the mountain contains a footprint of Buddha. A must-do is taking the trip to ...
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Jaffna – A Vibrant City, Recovered From The Wars

Slowly but surely, Jaffna welcomes more and more tourists. It is a fascinating, unimposing and usually not so touristy place that for a long time was the undisputed cultural capital of the Sri Lankan Tamils. It is a place that is definitely worth a visit!   Jaffna, the unknown city ...
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Temple towering above the forest in Anuradhapura

Anuradhapura – The Largest Royal Capital in Sri Lanka’s History

For more than 1,000 years, Anuradhapura was the stage of Singhalese kings who controlled their kingdom from this city. It was one of the largest and most important Sri Lankan royal capitals of that time. The glory has somewhat faded but Anuradhapura is still a beautiful city with palaces, stupas, ...
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Walkway to the beach of Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay – A Surfer’s Paradise in a Moon-Shaped Bay

Arugam Bay is a moon-shaped bay in the east of the country. According to many, it is the place to surf in Sri Lanka, although there are certainly other great places. With only a few hundred inhabitants, Arugam itself is not that big, but the city is not the reason ...
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Big Asian elephants in Udawalawe National Park, Sri Lanka

Udawalawe National Park – The Best Place to Spot Elephants

If you want to spot elephants, you better skip Africa and visit the Udawalawe National Park. Stretched out over the lowlands of Sri Lanka you will find herds of elephants, wild buffaloes, deer and leopards that you can spot more easily than in an African national park. Due to the ...
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Gathering of Asian elephants next to the road in the Minneriya National Park

Minneriya National Park – A Gathering of Elephants in Sri Lanka

The Minneriya National Park is also called "The Gathering". In this park you will find the largest gathering of Asian elephants in the world. Hundreds of elephants come together here. The National Park is located in the north of Sri Lanka in one of the driest places of the island ...
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View of Unawatuna Beach through waving palm trees

Unawatuna – A Wonderful Get-Away Beach in Sri Lanka

Unawatuna, once a beautiful beach with golden sand, palm trees and a coast with turquoise water and great surfing opportunities, is quickly becoming the Kuta of Sri Lanka. The beautiful clear water is still there and if you look well enough you can find deserted bits of beach but there ...
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