Sri Lanka is an island off the coast of India where ancient Buddhist relics lie enshrined by the forest, rainforests are dotted with exotic flowers and incredible wildlife and bustling fish markets line the spectacular coastlines.
Whether you are looking to discover Sri Lanka on an all-inclusive package or tour or enjoy a relaxing honeymoon, come and explore this lush, lively and multi-layered island in the Indian Ocean on a holiday to Sri Lanka with Big Time Holiday.
Beach Holidays in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka ticks all the boxes when it comes to what we want from a beach. Here’s a handful of its most notable.
If you like your coast clean, quiet and Instagram-ready, head down to Bentota Beach in the southwest of the island. Drink in the serene curved bays and when you’ve had enough relaxing you can hone your surfing or paddle boarding skills.
The bustling city of Negombo is found on the west coast of the island, and is home to a family-friendly beach.
Koggala, Sri Lanka’s longest beach, is uncrowded and retains an undiscovered vibe. When you’ve had your fill of sunbathing, explore the palm-lined lagoons nearby. Koggala beach is also just 15km away from the lively city of Galle. Head here for Dutch colonial buildings, quaint boutiques and the historic Fort area, a UNESCO world heritage site.
Culture and Wildlife in Sri Lanka
You’re bound to come across a number of cultural and historical attractions during your holiday to Sri Lanka – they’re woven closely into the bustling towns and tropical backdrop. Here are some of our favourites.
The atmospheric Sigiriya Rock in the Matale District provides one of the most dramatic (and photogenic) sites in all of Sri Lanka. Its sheer rock walls soar out of the forest and into the sky, forming a flat summit that was once home to an ancient civilisation.
Head to the cultural capital of Kandy to discover the golden-roofed Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. While you won’t see the tooth the temple is named after, you can enter the sacred room it’s kept in during puja (prayers).
Sri Lanka is a paradise for both flora and fauna. One of the best ways to see some of its more rare species is a visit to Yala National Park. With over 200 species of birds, over 40 types of mammals and one of the best places in the world to see leopards, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Eating and drinking in Sri Lanka
Package holidays to Sri Lanka are made for enjoying the best food. Broaden your horizons – and your palette – with any of these suggestions.
If you’re a tea lover, head to the famous Norwood Estate Tea Factory and discover working tea plantations. Of course, you can’t leave without tasting some Ceylon tea for yourself.
Sometimes the most authentic food can’t be ordered off any menu. Head to the markets in Pettah, Colombo, to discover vibrant, genuinely Sri Lankan dishes. Keep an eye out for the huge array of chillies on offer. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, sample the notoriously hot cobra chilli.
Tuck into a gastronomical feast of the highest quality seafood at beachfront restaurant Seafood Cove. The ever-changing menu is based around each day’s catch, and you can choose exactly how you want your seafood cooked.
Events and festivals in Sri Lanka
For a holiday to Sri Lanka with a unique twist, check out these events.
Scale the 2,243 meter high Adam’s Peak to Sri Pada (sacred footprint). The views from the top are particularly spectacular at sunrise, so we recommend a night-time start.
Cricket is one of the most celebrated sports in Sri Lanka, and matches take place year-round in Colombo and Kandy. You might even catch The Lions, Sri Lanka’s national team.
Sri Lanka has monthly religious public holidays, when shops and businesses are closed and the sale of alcohol is forbidden so you may find restrictions in hotels.
Best time to go
The country enjoys near-perfect weather all the year round, with average temperatures hovering around 30° (86° F) in the coastal areas, but much cooler at around 19° (67° F) up in the hills that are central to the island. The mountains create rainy seasons at differing times to other parts of the island.
Do I need a visa?
Yes. You will need a visa to enter Sri Lanka. You can get a short stay visa. Tourist visas are normally issued for a maximum period of 30 days
: English widely spoken
: Sri Lankan Rupee
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