Sri Lanka

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 TownHiking In EllaHiking Little Adam`s Peak – 9. Nuwara Eliya – 10. Kandy: Train Trip Ella To KandyKandy – 11. Sigiriya – 12. Polonnaruwa – 13. Kalpitiya – 14. Negombo

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Travel Guides

We used the Lonely Planet`s Sri Lanka travel guide on our trip. You can get that and other great books by clicking on the pictures below which will take you to Amazon.com (affiliate links):


 

Articles About Sri Lanka

The Lovely Mountain Town Ella

by Maria Wulff Hauglann | Last updated May 12, 2020
After spending weeks along the coast of Sri Lanka, enjoying some of the best beaches the country has to offer, we decided to escape the heat and head inland up to the mountains of Sri Lanka, to the Hill Country….

Last Day In Paradise – Negombo Beach

by Maria Wulff Hauglann | Last updated May 5, 2020
We had a flight back to Bangkok really late in the evening (actually after midnight), so we decided to spend our last day in Sri Lanka in Negombo. Negombo is a small beach town located near Bandaranaike International Airport. It…

Getting Up Close With Elephants

by Maria Wulff Hauglann | Last updated May 5, 2020
From Kandy we went on a day trip with tuk-tuk to the Elephant Orphanage in Sri Lanka. The orphanage is government run, and was initially created to protect abandoned or orphaned elephants. Today it is one of Sri Lankas most…

Facts

  • 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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