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.
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.
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. ... Read More
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 ... Read More
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 ... Read More
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 ... Read More
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, ... Read More
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 ... Read More
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 ... Read More
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 ... Read More
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!
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 ... Read More
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 ... Read More
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 ... Read More
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 ... Read More
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 ... Read More
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 ... Read More
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 ... Read More
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). ... Read More
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 ... Read More
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 ... Read More
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 ... Read More
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 ... Read More
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 ... Read More
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 ... Read More
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 ... Read More
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, ... Read More
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 ... Read More
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 ... Read More
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 ... Read More
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 ... Read More
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