Sri Lanka is an island in the Indian Ocean off the southeast tip of India, with tropical and warm climate. It`s a country packed with beautiful beaches, high mountains (over 2000 m), tropical forest and lots of wild animals like elephants, leopards, sea turtles (see the video from our sea turtle rescue mission!), dolphins and whales.
The island is encircled by beaches, and from space, it actually looks outlined in white! Pretty cool! You can rarely travel anywhere along the coast without bumping upon a stunning stretch of sand, and many of them deserted! Sri Lanka is great for water sport like diving, snorkeling, kiting and surfing. Inland you can stretch your legs taking hikes among tea plantations high up in the mountains above 2000 m.
Sri Lanka`s culture is influenced by India, Portuguese, the Netherlands and of course United Kingdom (it was a British colony until 1948). Unesco has recognized eight World Heritage Sites in Sri Lanka, pretty impressive for a relatively small island!
When To Visit Sri Lanka
High season for visiting Sri Lanka is December – March (dry season in at the west coast). Shoulder season is April and September – November, while low season is May – August.
Our Journey Through Sri Lanka
We have been to Sri Lanka several times over the years, and have visited these places:
1. Colombo – 2. Bentota – 3. Galle – 4. Unawatuna – 5. Mirissa – 6. Tangalla – 7. Yala National Park – 8. Ella: Ella Town – Hiking In Ella – Hiking Little Adam`s Peak – 9. Nuwara Eliya – 10. Kandy: Train Trip Ella To Kandy – Kandy – 11. Sigiriya – 12. Polonnaruwa – 13. Kalpitiya – 14. Negombo
We used the Lonely Planet`s Sri Lanka travel guide on our trip, which we love. You can get that and other great books by clicking on the pictures below:
Our Ultimate Guide To Sri Lanka
If you are interested in going to Sri Lanka, please read our Ultimate Travel Guide to Sri Lanka:
Blog posts from Sri Lanka
Bentota is the perfect picture of what almost everyone come to Sri Lanka for, the three S`s - Sun, Sea & Sand. It has one of the most beautiful beaches in the whole of Sri Lanka, and it` s surprisingly uncrowded.
- Population: 20 million (2012)
- Capital: Colombo (commercial)
- Land Area: 65 610 km²
- Language: Sinhalese Tamil / English
- Religion: Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity and Islam
- Currency: Sri Lankan rupee (LKR)
- Time zone: UTC+5:30
- Drives on: Left (sometimes it’s hard to tell)
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