Heading off to Sri Lanka? This is a truly stunning part of the world and the perfect place for adventure. Located just south of India, Sri Lanka is known for its remarkable diverse landscapes which include gorgeous sandy beaches, arid plains, highlands and thick rainforest. It is also known for its incredible ancient Buddhist ruins with many of these found in the charming capital city of Anuradhapura.
As such a unique holiday destination, it is important that you are well prepared before jetting off for what is sure to be an experience of a lifetime. Here is all you need to know about visiting this fantastic island.
Best Places To Visit
As such a diverse place, there are many places to visit in Sri Lanka despite the fact that it is a relatively small island. Where you should go will depend on your own preferences and taste, but here are a few of the best spots to check out:
Adam’s Peak: A tall pointed mountain located within a verdant biological site, Adam’s Peak features a 2,243-meter ascent which provides astonishing views from the top over the island.
Galle: This charming and very well-preserved colonial town is a great spot for a relaxing break with lovely views out to sea and pretty Dutch-era villas. It is also home to Galle Fort – A World Heritage Site and the biggest remaining sea fort in Asia.
Mirissa: This idyllic beachside village is the perfect place for relaxing and enjoying a few drinks thanks to the gorgeous hidden beaches and electric nightlife. It is also famous for whale and dolphin watching.
Yala National Park: Brilliantly showcasing Sri Lanka’s outstanding natural beauty and wildlife, this is a must visit for animal lovers as here you will find leopards, elephants, monkeys, crocodiles and more.
Anuradhapura: The capital city is another must visit purely for the remarkable ruins found throughout. It also has a friendly, relaxed atmosphere which makes simply strolling the streets a great way to spend a day or so.
How To Get Around
If you plan on travelling throughout the island, the best way to do this will be the train. The buses are famously very crowded and this can be an uncomfortable experience, plus the congestion and narrow roads make it very slow too. No matter how you get around, expect that it will take some time as transportation is famously slow here.
Sri Lanka has two official languages – Sinhala and Tamil. Around 15% of the population speak English and you should be able to get by, but it is always good practice to learn a few important words and phrases which the locals will also highly appreciate.
When To Visit
As a tropical island, you can expect good sunshine throughout the year and you can visit at any time. There are two monsoon seasons to be aware of running from December to March and June to October.
You will need to obtain a visa before visiting unless you are from Singapore, Maldives or Seychelles. It should only take a couple of days to arrange, but it is a good idea to apply a few weeks before your trip.
Sri Lanka is a beautiful island and somewhere with a lot to offer every type of traveller. As a unique destination, it is important that you are well prepared before setting off and this information should help you plan your visit so that you can get the most out of it. You will find that it is a very beautiful, relaxed and friendly part of the world and will no doubt have an unforgettable adventure.