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Beaches

Sri Lanka has over 1500 kilometers of beautiful beaches. The most popular beach resorts in Sri Lanka are located between Galle and Colombo in the west. Also Negombo, just north of the capital city, is a well-known holiday destination for a lovely and sunny break. Beautiful beach resorts in the south of Sri Lanka are Mirissa and Unawatana. Mirissa is a truly tropical beach. Relax and drink a beer in the reggae bar or lounge in the shade of the nearby palm forest. In Unawatana, also on the south coast, you can find a typical sandy beach with palm trees. Jump into the ocean to snorkel and discover the coral reefs.

Mountains

The coast is very flat, but when you move inland, it becomes more mountainous. The highest peak of Sri Lanka is the 2526-meter-high Nuwara Eliya. True hikers have to make a great hike through the mountainous area. Absolutely stunning is the holy mountain Adam’s Peak. This mountain, which is almost 2250-meter-high, owes its name to Adam who would have set his first footsteps here. Hence, the top serves as pilgrimage for disciples of different faiths. You can reach the top in different ways, for example by the 6224 steps. A huge climb!

National parks

Most of the national parks in Sri Lanka are in the north and east of the country. The second greatest park is Yala National Park. It is also the most visited. The park is mainly known for its diversity of wild animals. You can find Asian elephants, leopards, water buffaloes and water birds in here. Uda Walawe National Park is the habitat of elephants as well. Go on a jeep safari and spot a herd of elephants. Are you looking for birds? Bundala National Park is the place to be! More than 200 different bird species live here. One of them is the flamingo. The Bundala National Park is a popular hibernation spot.

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Sri Lanka is an island in the Indian Ocean, just below India. Its relatively small surface, the eight world heritage sites and the intense green landscape makes Sri Lanka a very popular destination for a fantastic tour. Visit the 17th century Dutch fort in Galles or relax on one of the pristine beaches. Sri Lanka is the pearl of the Indian Ocean!

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Time zone
In summer +4, in winter +5
Visa
Yes
Vaccinations
Recommended
High season
December – April
Currency
Sri Lankan Rupee (LKR)

Where to stay?

Where to stay?

Sri Lanka is well-known for:

  • Beautiful UNESCO heritage 
  • Fine combination of nature, culture and beach
  • The people of Sri Lanka are friendly

Keep in mind:

  • You better not ride a car yourself
  • When there is monsoon in the northeast, it is dry in the southwest and the other way around

Alternatives nearby

James Bond Island
Thailand →
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Cambodia →

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Beach of Mirissa with colourful boats
Beaches

Sri Lanka has over 1500 kilometers of beautiful beaches. The most popular beach resorts in Sri Lanka are located between Galle and Colombo in the west. Also Negombo, just north of the capital city, is a well-known holiday destination for a lovely and sunny break. Beautiful beach resorts in the south of Sri Lanka are Mirissa and Unawatana. Mirissa is a truly tropical beach. Relax and drink a beer in the reggae bar or lounge in the shade of the nearby palm forest. In Unawatana, also on the south coast, you can find a typical sandy beach with palm trees. Jump into the ocean to snorkel and discover the coral reefs.

View from Adam's Peak
Mountains

The coast is very flat, but when you move inland, it becomes more mountainous. The highest peak of Sri Lanka is the 2526-meter-high Nuwara Eliya. True hikers have to make a great hike through the mountainous area. Absolutely stunning is the holy mountain Adam’s Peak. This mountain, which is almost 2250-meter-high, owes its name to Adam who would have set his first footsteps here. Hence, the top serves as pilgrimage for disciples of different faiths. You can reach the top in different ways, for example by the 6224 steps. A huge climb!

Elephants in Uda Walawe National Park
National parks

Most of the national parks in Sri Lanka are in the north and east of the country. The second greatest park is Yala National Park. It is also the most visited. The park is mainly known for its diversity of wild animals. You can find Asian elephants, leopards, water buffaloes and water birds in here. Uda Walawe National Park is the habitat of elephants as well. Go on a jeep safari and spot a herd of elephants. Are you looking for birds? Bundala National Park is the place to be! More than 200 different bird species live here. One of them is the flamingo. The Bundala National Park is a popular hibernation spot.

Bright green tea plantations
Nature

From stretched beaches along the coast to hills in the inland. The more you go inland, the more mountains, forests and tea plantations you’ll find. Also water falls will surprise you everywhere. Visit one of the national parks and go on a safari to watch a group of elephants.

Golden Temple of Dambulla
Religious buildings

In the sacred city Anuradhapura a lot of pilgrims visit the holy tree every day. Beneath this tree, Buddha would have received his enlightenment. Stunning are the four round, Buddhist stupas. In former royal city Kandy, you can find the famous Temple of the Tooth. According to many, the upper left tooth of Buddha lays here. Unfortunately, it cannot be visited by tourists. Another famous temple is the Golden Temple of Dambulla. Very special is the fact that the temple consists of five caves which were inhabited thousands of years ago. Within the Golden Temple, images and statues tell the life of Buddha.

A leopard in the interior
Wildlife

All kind of animals live in the most visited park of Sri Lanka, Yala National Park. You can spot Sri Lankan elephants, leopards, water buffalos and waterfowl. In Uda Walawe National Park live many elephants as well. Come along with a jeep safari and spot a herd easily. Do you want to see a lot of birds? Go to the Bundala National Park. Almost 200 bird species live here from which the flamingo is the most beautiful. Also very impressive are dolphins and whales. On the east, south and west coast of Sri Lanka boat excursions are organized. You want to spot whales? You have to go to Dondra Point or Trincomalee. For dolphins, the ocean near Kalpitiya is the place to be.

Water falls Baker's Falls
Hiking

Mainly the inland of Sri Lanka is very suitable for hikers. From a hike through the mountains, to a walk past rice fields, tea plantations and small villages. For true hikers there are plenty of trails. South of Kandy, where you can find green, sloping landscapes and tea plantations, you go for a fantastic walk. Make sure to visit Horton Plains National Park and do the famous trek to World’s End. Look into a hundred-meter-deep ravine and walk to the stunning water falls of Baker’s Falls. The real diehards climb to the highest peak of Sri Lanka, the 2526 meter high Nuwara Eliya.

Dutch influences in Galle
UNESCO

Sri Lanka has six cultural UNESCO heritage sites. The cities Anuradhapura, Kandy, Polonnaruwa and Sigiriya are the first four world heritage sites. In Polonnaruwa you can visit beautiful old ruins and Sri Lankan sculptures. The small village Sigiriya is famous because of the Lion Rock. The rock has a striking shape and was once a volcano. Climb the stairs and enjoy the panoramic view! The fifth heritage site is the Golden Temple of Dambulla and totally different is Galle. This city is known for its Dutch influences. Make sure you visit the 17th century Dutch fort that has been used during the time of the Dutch East India Company.

Surfer on the waves at Mirissa
Water sports

Sri Lanka is not a water sport paradise, however snorkelers, divers and surfers are in the right place. Snorkelers and divers should go to the tiny Pigeon Island. This island, that is a national park as well, has stunning white beaches because of the small pieces of coral. Dive in and maybe you can spot a turtle or reef shark! For surfers Mirissa and Arugam bay are the places to be. In this surfer’s paradise you settle in one of the beach bars or invite yourself for a campfire on the beach.

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Sources used on this page: Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau | Toeristiek | Shutterstock
Header image: A herd of elephants by Shutterstock