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Get to know Sri Lanka
Just south of the Bay of Bengal in India, Sri Lanka is an island with a population of around 21.5 million people. From lush jungle areas where Asian elephants, leopards, crocodiles and hundreds of other kinds of animals live to wide golden bays, Sri Lanka is a stunning place to explore. Its ancient cities offer a fascinating look into the country’s history as an affluent kingdom while its modern cities are packed with things to do. With so much to see, Sri Lanka is a backpacker’s paradise and it’s worth planning a trip that covers more than one city or area to really soak up all that Sri Lanka has to offer. Its position on the equator means that temperatures remain warm throughout the year, although monsoons do affect the island significantly during its rainy seasons. Sri Lanka has 23 international airports dotted all across the island, making it an easy place to reach wherever you are in the world.
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Sri Lanka Key Facts
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The most commonly spoken languages are Sinhalese and Tamil.
The country only became known as Sri Lanka in 1972 after gaining independence.
Sri Lankan Rupee
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Frequently Asked Questions
When to go to Sri Lanka?
Despite Sri Lanka’s relatively small size, its climate varies hugely. Generally, January–early April are the best months to visit, as rainfall is at its lowest and temperatures are from 20–30+ degrees.If you’re visiting northern or eastern Sri Lanka, plan your visit between May and September, as you’ll avoid the Maha Monsoon. However, this monsoon is less severe, particularly after the months of November and December, so trips with waterproofs can be made at the start of the year.Those heading to southern or western Sri Lanka should go between October and early April to avoid the main Yala monsoon, the most severe on the island.
Where to stay in Sri Lanka?
Hotels in Colombo will give you a great base to explore the island from. The diverse city has plenty of lakes to explore, as well as the imposing National Museum building where you can get a glimpse into Sri Lanka’s history. Visit the Gangaramaya temple, where you’ll find an enormous collection of Buddha statues and the relics of Buddha’s hair (according to legend).Central Sri Lanka is where you’ll find its ‘Cultural Triangle’, which encompasses the ancient cities of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa and the cave temples of Dambulla. Explore the three incredible locations, which all contain countless religious and historical sites to visit, including Sigiriya rock formations.Hotels in Kandy will put you within 15 minutes’ walk the world-famous Buddhist Temple of The Tooth and 15 minutes’ drive of the Royal Botanical Gardens. Alternatively, stroll around Kandy Lake or hike the Hanthana Mountain Range to see Sri Lanka’s famous landscape from on high. The road trip from Kandy to Ella might take seven hours, but it’s one of the most highly recommended trips for travellers looking to take in Sri Lanka’s amazing scenery. Once you reach Ella, visit the Nine Arch Bridge or explore the caves and falls at Ravana Cave.Nature lovers should make sure to visit Bundala National Park, just south of Weligatta and the vast Yala National Park in the south east, where they’ll find a huge array of wildlife including elephants, leopards, crocodiles and bird life. Also in the South is Galle, home to Galle Fort and the reminders of the city’s colonial days from its various different occupants.
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