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Sri Lanka Travel Guide

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is a delightful amalgamation of Buddhism and Hinduism

Sri Lanka is the tiny island nation, which is located at the southern tip of India and serves as a significant naval link between West Asia and South East Asia. Though presently, Sri Lanka is a multi-religious and multi-ethnic nation, but it attained huge popularity as the hub of Buddhist religion and culture since the ancient days. Sri Lanka has attained widespread popularity as a premier tourist destination among the tourists belonging to all parts of the world.

Colombo and Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte are the capital cities of Sri Lanka. They are the center of all sorts of attractions for the travelers. This beautiful country of the world offers some of the most exciting beaches in the whole world.

The best time to visit Sri Lanka is during the months of December through March and the most popular choice for arriving in Sri Lanka is to fly down directly at the Colombo International Airport. It has direct flights from Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Middle East. For the further convenience of the tourists, cheap flights are also available between Colombo and Madras, Trichy, Trivandrum, and Bombay.

The most interesting places to visit in Sri Lanka and Colombo, Unawatuna, Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Kandy, Trincomalee, Nugegoda, Ella, Negombo, and Galle are the premier sightseeing destinations in Sri Lanka, which are most frequently visited by thousands of travelers every year.
Sri-Lanka Travel Map
Getting In

Sri Lanka is a beautiful and glorious island in the Indian ocean. It is pampered with dense jungles, wildlife, tranquil and sky-touching mountains, and delectable beaches. Many tourists get attracted to this pied beauty and they venture the country during the holidays. Reaching Sri Lanka is possible only by flights because of its location. From the UK and other European countries, there are direct flights to Sri Lanka.

From Southeast Asian countries like Singapore, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Bombay, and New Delhi, there are frequent flights to Sri Lanka. Flights from Middle Eastern countries regularly arrive at to Sri Lanka. Flights are also available from Los Angeles and New York via Bangkok or Singapore. SriLankan Airlines operate flights to more than 50 destinations across the world. Srilankan Airlines operate small seaplanes to Nuwara Eliya, Kandy, Galle, and to many other destinations. SriLankan Airlines provides services to and from Colombo and Bandaranayake. Flights are also available from Japan, China, and Pakistan. SriLankan Airlines codes a share with Emirates Airlines of the United Arab Emirates. As a result North America is easily accessible. Some other airlines also operate flights to Sri Lanka. These airlines are Singapore, Malaysia, Thai, Cathay Pacific, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and LTU (Germany) Airlines.

Aero Lanka operates flights between Colombo-Ratmalana, Jaffna, and Trincomalee. SriLankan Airlines has an all Airbus fleet, which is one of the modern fleets in the region. This airline has gained the pride to be called the first country in Asia to fly the Airbus A340 and first in South Asia to order the Airbus A330-200. Thus, flights are the best and only medium for getting to Sri Lanka. You can make your holidays memorable by undertaking tour to Sri Lanka.

Transport

Sri Lanka is a beautiful island with oceanic charm and grace. Standing on the unspoiled golden beaches of Sri Lanka, one can feel the presence of the spirit of the sea. Besides, there are many other things in Sri Lanka which attract people. Getting around Sri Lanka is smooth, pleasant, and easy.

Flights
Flights are helpful not only in taking people to Sri Lanka from different parts of the world, but are also helpful in taking people to various tourist destinations across the country. Sri Lankan Airlines operates many flights to help tourists to reach their destinations. Some small Seaplanes operate to reach to such destinations as Nuwara Eliya, Kandy, Galle, and many more locations. This is the best for photography trips, as you can have a full view of the island.

Tuk- Tuks
Three wheelers are generally known as Tuk -Tuks because of the noise of their motors. These three-wheeled automobiles are the best mode of transportation in Sri Lanka. Renting cars is also a comfortable and cheap option.

Buses
Buses are available everywhere in Sri Lanka. But, traveling by a bus might be a bitter experience as they are massively crowded and packed. However, they are the cheapest mode of transportation in Sri Lanka. If you give priority to your comfort air-conditioned buses are for you. Although charging a fare double of the common bus fare, they provide you with a guaranteed seat. The thing to be remembered is that bus stations are confusing places, so there is every possibility of discomfort.

Trains
In Sri Lanka, there is an extensive railway system, which connects all major towns and cities. In the North and East part, the rail system is absent. The trains are slower than the buses, but offer scenic and picturesque journey, especially, when entering the hill country. On the Badullu-Nanu Oya line, you can experience something new and wonderful, because of the winding tracks running along the mountains.

Tour Operators
Better transportation in Sri Lanka is also offered by tour operators. In Sri Lanka, there are many tour operators who provide you with a van and a driver. The drivers are local residents and are well aware of the location of different tourist destinations in the country. But, it would be wise on your part to see day-to-day planned tour map before agreeing to a tour operators offer of seeing Sri Lanka. Otherwise, there is chances of being duped by them.
Leisure

Sri Lanka is an island of vibrant and vivacious energy and youthful vigor. This island, situated on the southern tip of India, has a plethora of delectable palm-lined golden beaches. Sri Lanka has a wonderful gift of soft sand beaches, covering an area of 1,600 km. This may be a dream for a dweller of the western country, but it’s true. So lying on the beaches for hours is really the best way of spending your time in leisure. The temperature is refreshingly comfortable. There are innumerable ocean wooden huts, which you can rent for a night or two. These huts charge 5 pounds a night.

Negombo is situated north of Colombo and is one of the most loved fishing towns. On this beach, you will get sea food in plenty. You will also come across some old – world fishing craft, like the outrigger canoe and the catamaran, bring seer, skipjack, herring, mullet, Pomfret, and amberjack. In the lagoon lobster and prawn are caught. There are some other beaches of repute. They are Mount Lavinia, Kalutara, Beruwala, Bentota, Hikkaduwa, Galle, and Koggala. These beaches are easily accessible. Hikkaduwa is the first beach in Sri Lanka developed and maintained for tourism purpose. On this beach, you can enjoy fishing. The reefs run parallel to the seashore. The reefs can be easily investigated by snorkel and flippers. Sri Lanka is known for rich spices. Here, you will have spicier and delicious food. Traveling by train adds a unique experience to your tour to Sri Lanka. The network of rail lines has covered a part of the hill country. The rail lines are running along the mountains. The speed of trains is even slower than buses, so you can have a close view of nature beauty in hill area.

There are some sports like Canoeing and Kayaking, White water rafting, Hiking and Trekking, Mountain Biking, Safari and Elephant Safari. If you are spunky enough, you can be a part of rock climbing and diving. Camping is very popular among the Sri Lankans. You can get a camp set on some picturesque beach and enjoy several beach sports. Apart from these there are sports like Wind Surfing, Paragliding, Banana Boating, Ballooning, and National Cycle Trail is there to rejuvenate your senses. Sri Lanka is a country, which is popularly known as the teardrop of India. Wish you a happy and exhilarating tour to Sri Lanka.