Administrative capital – Sri Jayawardenepura
Principal city – Colombo
BEST TIME TO GO
Southern beaches January – April
Eastern beaches May – July
Avoid the monsoon May – July in the south-west
Direct flights from London Heathrow to Colombo, 10hrs 45mins
Sri Lanka is a mesmerising combination of cultural and religious heritage, wildlife, landscapes and history. One is easily swept into the Sri Lankan way of life. With a relaxing pace and gentle people, visit the Buddhist temples, historical and colonial sites, forts and sacred places. Experience the cool tranquillity of the visually arresting tea plantations high up in the mountains. Take long guided walks, amongst the tea bushes, and watch the tea pickers busily continuing a long established tradition, stopping en-route to sample the delicate and fragrant blends.
Sri Lanka’s different weather patterns make it an all year round destination. Just avoid the monsoons in May to July (SW) and in October to January (NE).
Head east to the beautiful beaches from May to July or for the southern beaches it’s January to April. Sri Lanka offers countless activities for all ages to enjoy. A gentle bike ride through the villages around Galle providing fascination for the local children, surf the waves off the south coast, hike the hills, spot a wild leopard in one of the national parks, learn about the ancient cinnamon trade, enjoy a uber-relaxing Ayurvedic massage, visit the botanical gardens, take a tour of the sacred sites in the Cultural Triangle, learn to cook a Sri Lankan curry, or take a luxury train through the tea plantations.
After all the touring around, you’ll want to relax in some of the wonderful and characterful accommodation the island offers, both inland and on the coast, and to suit all budgets. Surround yourself with wonderful gardens and colonial architecture, relax by a beautifully landscaped pool with vibrantly coloured walls, cook your Sri Lankan lunch, or just enjoy being pampered in your own fully staffed private villa.