Introduction to Holidays in Sri Lanka
A holiday to Sri Lanka is an exciting and captivating experience. This teardrop island in the Indian Ocean has fascinated travellers for centuries with its scenic contrasts, colourful history, rich heritage and natural beauty and Marco Polo praised it as ‘the finest island’. Today’s visitors are more likely to include its pristine beaches in a ‘must see’ holiday agenda but there is certainly plenty to absorb and enjoy in a tour taking in Sri Lanka’s splendid attractions beyond the beach. Sri Lanka has something for everyone and is quite unique in its diversity.
Highlights of a Holiday in Sri Lanka
Sri Lankan hospitality is warm and smiling and visitors return for the high levels of service. Over recent years a range of accommodation has been developed all over the island by enterprising hosts and international hotel chains to offer everything from rustic safari camps and colonial planters’ bungalows to chic boutique hideaways and five-star beach resorts. Holiday Designers can tailor-make your holiday to feature our specially recommended properties to suit you, whether small or large, inland or beachfront.
Adventurous types will relish the opportunity to surf on the south coast, ascend Adam’s Peak in the highlands, go diving (and wreck-diving) or indulge in many water sports in the clear seas off the west and southern coasts. Culture seekers have a plethora of sites and festivals to visit as Sri Lanka boasts no less than eight UNESCO World Heritage sites. Nature lovers can enjoy the lush rainforests, 26 National Parks, wildlife safaris, birdwatching, whale-watching and dolphin-watching trips in season. Lastly, but not least, beach lovers can enjoy 1,330 km of coastline with its many stretches of sand on the western, southern and eastern sides.
Holiday Designers can help you indulge in any or even all of these with tailor-made itineraries bringing together a tantalising selection of the island’s highlights to show you the best that Sri Lanka has to offer.
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The tropical island nation of Sri Lanka is a teardrop shaped country set in the Indian Ocean, around 800km north of the Equator, just off the southeast coast of India in South Asia. It covers an area of around 25,000 square miles with low, gentle coastal plains rising to central hills and a mountainous central area in the south; its highest peak being 2,500m. Lying to the southwest of Sri Lanka in the Laccadive Sea, approximately one hour’s flight away, are the Maldives.
Climate in Sri Lanka
Visitors can enjoy year-round warm weather along Sri Lanka’s coastline and lower altitudes, whereas the Hill Country experiences a refreshing cooler climate, often with misty mornings.
Due to the alternate ‘monsoon’ winds affecting the climate pattern; the west and south-west coasts tend to be at their best December to May. Most rain and sea swells are prevalent between May - July or September - October times. However, the east coast experiences the opposite pattern, with the best settled and drier weather usually occurring between May and October and the heavy rain and sea swells present November – March. The coastal areas tend to be fairly constant in temperature year-round at about 27ºC. Inland, as the altitude increases in the central areas, temperatures inland can be noticeably cooler, by up to 10ºC, often with misty mornings and many hotels have heating and cosy fireplaces for chilly nights.
Average daily temperatures in degrees celsius.
Take a look at our Hotels, Tours and Regions in Sri Lanka offered by Holiday Designers.
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