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
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 surfing course in Mui Ne, Vietnam, we wanted to take our kite surfing a bit further. We had heard that Kalpitiya was THE place to go kite surfing in Sri Lanka! So we headed up north to Kalpitiya for some more lessons. And we did not regret it, the place turned out to be perfect for beginners!
- 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)
Recent Comments On Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka is, among it`s many attractions, also home to some of the best preserved ancient ruins and temples in Asia. Perhaps the finest can be found at the ancient capital city of Polonnaruwa, situated almost in the middle of...
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...
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...
Taking the train is the most comfortable way to travel in my opinion. You can walk around whenever you want, go to the toilet, have some food, meet other travelers and locals, read, listen to music, relax and watch the...
"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...
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...
Picture yourself slipping into a hammock with a coconut in your hand, gently rocking in the breeze, just laying there watching the days and weeks go peacefully by. Yep, that`s Mirissa beach in a nutshell!
Although Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka, may lack famous must-see sights, the city has plenty of charm, lovely and welcoming people, delicious food, a fascinating history with plenty of old beautiful colonial buildings, interesting religious buildings, nice parks and...
I have always wanted to go on a safari and see exotic wild animals. In my dreams I pictured going to Safari in Africa, but after reading about the safari opportunities in Sri Lanka I was sold - Safari in...