The island of Sri Lanka lies off the southern tip of India in the Indian Ocean, a verdant paradise that is the cradle of the Buddhist faith. Apart from hundreds of miles of the world’s most beautiful palm-fringed beaches, Sri Lanka boasts seven World Heritage Sites listed by UNESCO, ranging from sacred cities, palaces and cliff-top citadels to colonial strongholds, spanning nearly 3,000 years of history. To complete the picture of perfection, Sri Lanka is situated just three degrees north of the Equator, meaning the weather is constantly hot, humid and tropical. Sunny skies are the order of the day; even in the brief monsoon season there is always a daily spell of sunshine.
Adventurous visitors who enjoy some mystery and wonderment will marvel at the ancient sites of Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya, Dambulla and Panduwasnuwara, where the remains of a great civilisation are to be seen.
Sri Lanka offers leisure and pleasure opportunities at a gentle pace; this is no average package holiday destination but rather one to be savoured by discerning travellers who enjoy the excitement of discovering what a country has to offer independently.
When to go
Sri Lanka is a year-round destination with consistently warm temperatures and lots of sunshine. There isn’t one perfect month and showers can occur at any time. The southwest coast and central hills are best between December and April, which is also an ideal time for whale and dolphin watching. The southwest waters become rougher in April, followed by increased humidity in May, so these months through to September are best spent further north and on the east coast. The central hills remain cooler all year and the only months we’d recommend avoiding are October and November, when rainfall is less predictable.