Sri Lanka Trips
why travel solo to sri lanka?
Pristine wildlife, ancient temples, stirring mountainscapes; there’s a lot about Sri Lanka which remains untouched and authentic.
Surrounded by vast swathes of the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka’s coastlines are the stuff of adventure dreams. Further inland, you’ll find deep sierras spanning the likes of Horton Plains and the Knuckles Mountains, and picturesque tea hills shrouded by the mists of cloud forest. Yet beyond its stirring natural landscapes, Sri Lanka’s compelling beauty lies in its abundance of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
From the mysterious hilltop gardens of Sigiriya to the ancient temples of Polonnaruwa, there are cultural treasures in generous measure to be explored here. If you’re seeking history and culture, Sri Lanka is one of your best options.
In short, this is a destination offering epic landscapes, rich culture and beautiful beaches in equal measure.
Sri Lanka facts
What's the weather like?
Sri Lanka has a tropical climate with distinct wet and dry seasons. The average temperature in high season is 31C (89F), while in winter temperature averages 22C (72F).
Average temp in high season
What are the national languages?
Sinhala and Tamil
What’s the currency?
Sri Lanka’s timezone is GMT+5.5
Top three activities
1. White water rafting down the Kelani River
2. Explore Polonnaruwa by bike
3. Safari through Yala National Park
Top five dishes to try
1. Kottu: a dish consisting of meat, vegetables and flatbread
2. Kukul: creamy curry consisting of coconut and spices
3. Parippu: dhal curry
4. Lamprais: rice, meat and curry folded into a single banana leaf
5. Polos: a curry made from young jackfruit
Top places to visit in Sri Lanka
The small coastal town of Kosgoda is a slice of paradise. It boasts beautiful sandy beaches, the opportunity to spot an array of birds at Kosgoda Lagoon and it’s also the home to turtle conservation projects, where you can learn more about the efforts to protect these beautiful creatures.
Rich in biodiversity and the perfect spot to take in sweeping views of the tea hills. Learn more about the history of tea in Sri Lanka, while exploring the lush green hills via hiking trails around this small town.
Kitulgala may be one of the wettest places in Sri Lanka with two monsoons a year, but during its dry months, it becomes incredibly popular with adventure-sports lovers. Nestled amongst thickly forested hills, it’s the perfect spot to partake in white water rafting, cave exploration and jungle hikes.
A large city set amidst tea plantations and rainforest, Kandy was the last capital of the ancient kings’ era of Sri Lanka. Stroll along Kandy lake and take in Kandy’s history via sacred Buddhist sites, including the Temple of the Tooth.
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