Sri Lanka’s weather and location has made it a popular location to visit for centuries, and even inspired Italian explorer Marco Polo to call it ‘the finest island of its size in the world’. In addition, low rates, remarkably delicious food, and cheap flights to Sri Lanka make it an attractive and worthwhile location to visit, especially while on a budget.
Jungle and beaches
The country’s main attraction is its natural beauty, consisting of topical jungles, high mountain peaks and sunny beaches. With over 1,600 km of palm-fringed beaches and coastline, it is the perfect place to take advantage of swimming and surfing in warm tropical waters. You could dedicate an entire holiday to boating off the sandy shores, and snorkelling or scuba diving to view the colourful marine life, coral gardens and even explore ship wrecks. On dry land, Sri Lanka’s national parks are an excellent way to view wildlife in its natural habitat, from leopards and elephants to reptiles and birds.
Within the jungle landscape there are also many ancient historic sites, from temples and palaces to castles, towns and cities. The rock fortress of Sigiriya stands at 660 feet and features impressive antique artwork, statues and gardens. The Sri Dalada Maligawa or the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic in Kandy still remains in use today for ritual worship. The ancient port city of Galle shows its Dutch and Portuguese influences with its buildings from Sri Lanka’s colonial days.
When to go
Despite being a small country, Sri Lanka has a varied tropical climate with two monsoon seasons. The average temperatures are 26 to 30 degrees Celsius, with the coasts mostly hot and humid and the mountainsides reducing in temperature to as low as 14 degrees Celsius. Humidity is high. Nonetheless, Sri Lanka’s warm climate and good weather in different parts of the country have made it a year-round destination.
Because of the two separate monsoons that affect the island at different times of the year, it is important to know which area you plan to visit in advance. The monsoon season in the south-west region of the country takes place during May to September, with dry months from December to March. The north-eastern region has monsoon from October to January and the drier season is from May to September.
The drier seasons of each region see an influx of visitors and higher prices. Likewise, popular holidays like Christmas and New Year experience increased prices. However, the months of April and September are the best times to visit as the weather is likely to be pleasant around the country. Find great prices on tickets for these months to make the most of your travels.
Airports and airlines
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Netflights lets you choose from a number of well-known carriers, including British Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, Emirates Airlines, Etihad Airways, Malaysia Airlines, Oman Air, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines and Sri Lankan Airlines. Flights departing from London’s Heathrow Airport operate both direct and indirect Sri Lanka flights. Other airports like Manchester and Glasgow Airport provide indirect flights.
Indirect flights stop over in different cities like Dubai, Doha, London, and Mumbai, and arrive in Bandaranaike International Airport, or Colombo International as it is locally called. The airport is located in the beachside city of Negombo, and is 32 km away from Colombo.