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 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

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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

A Kite Surfers Paradise – Kalpitiya

by Maria Wulff Hauglann | Last updated May 5, 2020
Kalpitiya is a small town in the middle of nowhere, on the north west side of Sri Lanka. It sits on the finger of land that separates Dutch Bay from the Indian Ocean. After we had taken a beginner kite…
Unawatuna Beach

Sri Lankas Most Popular Beach – Unawatuna

by Maria Wulff Hauglann | Last updated May 5, 2020
We visited Sri Lankas number one tourist attraction, Unawatuna Beach, for two days filled with swimming, sun and sand. It is a lovely banana-shaped beach of golden sand and turquoise water, surrounded with green palm trees. But does it deserve…

Breathtaking Hikes Above 2000m in Ella

by Maria Wulff Hauglann | Last updated May 5, 2020
When you picture Sri Lanka, golden soft beaches probably pops up before your eyes. But this beautiful island can also offer a totally different side, one of misty green lush landscape. It’s a side with a blanket of green tea…

Would You Like To Meet The Real Flipper?

by Maria Wulff Hauglann | Last updated May 5, 2020
“They call him Flipper, Flipper, faster than lightning. No one you see is smarter than he. And we know Flipper lives in a world full of wonder. Flying there under, under the sea….”. Of course we wanted to meet the…

Would You Like A Cup of Sri Lankan Tea?

by Maria Wulff Hauglann | Last updated May 5, 2020
Have you ever wondered where your cup of tea comes from, and how it is produced? Welcome to Sri Lanka`s Hill Country, home of the famous Lipton tea! Or maybe you know Sri Lankan tea as “Ceylon Tea”, as it…

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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