Sri Lanka is an island in the Indian Ocean located in the southeast of India. It is home to 1600 km of beaches studded with
palm trees and one of the oldest civilizations with a written history exceeding 2550 years.
The country is among few countries that can claim to be a year-long destination for tourists. There are two monsoon wind systems bringing rain to the two corners of the country. The north-eastern winds make the southwestern coast sunny and perfect for a vacation between November and March. While the southwest winds make the East Coast waters sunny and calm.
Its capital Colombo lies on the West. It is the commercial center and largest city in the country. Its port was part of the ancient east-west trade routes. To its North lies Negombo lagoon that is famous with local and international tourists alike. The country is also a haven for adventure sports seekers. Through lush green forests, parks, villages, and paddy fields, there are many trekking and hiking tracks; a visual treat for enthusiasts.
Surrounded by the expanse of the Indian Ocean with untouched coral gardens, ancient wreckages, and exotic marine life; Sri Lanka offers one of the best underwater experiences in the world.
From the southern coast with coral gardens to shipwrecks in the Galle harbor, other top dive sites in the East and West coasts, namely Kalpitiya, Trincomalee, and Ampara, are top diving sites in the country. Deep sea fishing, rock climbing, hot air ballooning, and whale watching are among many other activities that the country offers.
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Sri Lanka’s culture goes back to the ancient times with pre-historic planning cities, man-made reservoirs, monasteries, temples, and splendid palaces that are thousands of years old. The country has a rich heritage where monarchy was once celebrated, and boasts an opulent cultural diversity. Their customs and rituals are being practiced since ancient times. Their culture is strongly reflected in their food, architecture, and sculptures. Read More
Traditions hold a significant place for Sri Lankans and their practices influence their day to day life in the country. Almost 70% of the population is Buddhist and the Buddhist way of life reflects in the way they conduct their everyday affairs. There are many rituals on the full moon day that have been in practice since ages. Read More
The Sri Lankan cuisines show strong influences from India, especially from Kerala. Other than that, traces from Europe can also be found as the country was under colonial occupation and traded with them. Steamed or boiled rice is often consumed with spicy curry. Milk rice or Kiribath is also widely consumed. An alcoholic drink by the name of arrack or toddy, made from the palm tree sap, is very popular. Meat and fish make up most of the curries in Sri Lanka, however, vegetables and fruits are also used. Read More
Best time to visit: The Island has a typical tropical climate with a northeast monsoon (December to March) and southwest monsoon (June to October). Thus, the best time to visit the west and south coasts and hillside is from December to March, while the best weather on the east coast is from April/May to September. Sri Lanka's position close to the Equator means that temperatures remain fairly constant year-round. Read More