About Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka is known for its diverse landscape from sandy beaches along its Indian Ocean coast to lush rainforest.
The administrative capital of Sri Lanka is Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte, which is a suburb of the city, Colombo. Colombo has a rich history and is home to various historical buildings such as The National Museum of Colombo, where you can learn about the country’s history.
Sinhala and Tamil are the official languages of Sri Lanka. Buddhism is the major religion, and Sri Lanka is home to buildings and ruins of Buddhist heritage.
Sri Lanka has a hot and humid climate, with dry and rainy seasons. Sri Lanka’s weather is based on geography as the north and south experience the seasons at different times.
The Maha Monsoon or Northeast monsoon is between October and January. The Yala Monsoon or the Southwest monsoon is from May to July. The dry season is cooler and is the best time to visit, as there is risk of flooding during the monsoon season.
Casual lightweight clothing is recommended, however, clothing showing too much skin is frown upon outside tourist areas.
Sri Lanka has an extensive bus and rail system, which are not expensive. You can also flag down a taxi or a three-wheeler (a type of taxi) by the roadside, or rent a car from one of the rental agencies.
The culture of Sri Lanka is similar to that of southern India, and a popular dish is Curry and rice. Sri Lanka has various festivals to showcase its rich culture, history and heritage. Some of them are:
- Galle Literary Festival
- Nawam Maha Perahera: held in February in Colombo. The festival features elephants as pageants.
- Sri Lankan New Year Festival (Aluth Avurudda)
- Vesak: held in honour of the life and work of Buddha
- Esla Festival: in honour of the god Kataragama
- World Spice Festival: celebrates Sri Lankan cuisine
Sri Lanka has a vast coastline and this makes it perfect for water sports. You can surf the waves or go on a diving or snorkelling trip. The country also has lush forests and mountains where you can go on short or long treks. You can also go on an excursion to a tea plantation where you can see how the famous Sri Lankan teas is made. After which, you can treat yourself to an ayurvedic spa day.
There are many fascinating places worth visiting in Sri Lanka. Some of them are:
- Sigiriya Rock Fortress: a UNESCO World Heritage site showcasing ancient architecture and culture. You can take a tour of the fortress and enjoy its breath-taking scenery.
- Ancient Anuradhapura: featuring the ruins of an ancient city, it also has a museum where you can learn about the history of the city.
- Yala National Park: where you can view various Sri Lankan flora and fauna.
- Statue of the Reclining Buddha: a UNESCO World Heritage site, it is of religious importance to Buddhists.
- Polonnaruwa Archeological museum: home to artefacts from Sri Lanka’s past. Here you can learn about the history and heritage of Sri Lanka. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Common Questions Travellers Ask About Sri Lanka
Is it safe for tourists in Sri Lanka?
Sri Lanka has a long civil war which ended in 2009, the country has however opened its door to tourism and so the country no longer has any political threats.
Take normal precautions such as not being in isolated places, especially at night.
What is the best time of year to visit Sri Lanka?
The best time to visit depends on the area of Sri Lanka you’re visiting. The Maha Monsoon or Northeast monsoon is between October and January. The Yala Monsoon or the Southwest monsoon is from May to July. The dry season is cooler and is the best time to visit, as there is risk of flooding during the monsoon season.
Can you drink the tap water in Sri Lanka?
It is advised to only drink bottled or filtered water.
What is the rainy season in Sri Lanka?
The southwest monsoon brings rain to the southwest from May to September, the Northeast monsoon brings rain to the North from October to January.
What money is used in Sri Lanka?
Sri Lankan Rupee is the official currency of Sri Lanka. Foreign currencies such as US dollars and euro may be accepted in large hotels, but not by local vendors.
Do they speak English in Sri Lanka?
English is commonly spoken in the urban area. It is not common in rural areas.
What are the mobile network operators and internet service providers in Sri Lanka
There are 6 mobile network operators and also quite a number of internet service providers in Sri Lanka. You can checkout the
list of networks operators in Sri Lanka
and also details about each of them.