Sri Lanka lies just seven degrees north of the equator, so temperatures for Sri Lanka holidays are consistently high all year round, although rainfall does vary at different times of the year and in different parts of the island. Its a little smaller than Ireland but packs so much into its small physical boundary, that Marco Polo remarked upon just how such a small island can enjoy such diversity culturally and physically.
All visitors to Sri Lanka will pass through Colombo’s international airport which is perfectly situated for travellers visiting the Indian Ocean beaches which have made the West and South-Western coast of Sri Lanka such a popular holiday destination.
The beaches in Sri Lanka have something for everyone, with Bentota, Negombo, Beruwala and Kaulatara very popular destinations for those looking for Sri Lanka holidays. Hikkaduwa and Mirissa are just a couple of beaches which have become popular with the backpacker crowd. However, most beaches in Sri Lanka have a similar formula – golden sands which are backed by densely packed palm trees and thatched villages and of course the ubiquitous colourful wooden fishing boats.
But Sri Lanka holidays offer so much more than just beaches. The capital, Colombo, is a busy and interesting city and its diversity of ethnic mixes really is representative of Sri Lanka. The old colonial Dutch city of Galle is Sri Lanka’s best preserved colonial town, and its former Dutch heart, the Fort, is protected by huge bastions helping the town to repel traders in its colonial days, and modernisation today.
Leaving the coastal area will usually lead visitors to Sri Lanka’s hill country and the city of Kandy, Sri Lanka’s second city. The area is famous for the vast swathes of tea plantations which were introduced by the British. Close by is the summit of Adam’s Peak which is one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Sri Lanka.
Elephants have become symbolic with Sri Lanka and visitors will have an opportunity to see these magnificent animals either in the wild or in captivity, and a visit to the famous Elephant Orphanage at Pinnawala is a very popular trip for many tourists to Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka Visa
Since January 2012 UK visitors planning Sri Lanka holidays should obtain a Sri Lanka Visa in order to visit the country. Known as an Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA), a Sri Lanka Visa can be obtained by visiting the Sri Lanka ETA system website.
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