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Sri Lanka is one of those countries I had wanted to visit for ages, and when I finally did get the opportunity to travel there, it didn’t disappoint. I absolutely loved Sri Lanka, so much so that I’m hoping to spend a winter in Mirissa.

What I loved most about Sri Lanka was the huge variety of things to do. Being such a small country, it has offers loads of different things, which can suit every type of traveller.

In just two weeks in Sri Lanka we saw temples, did epic hikes, went canyoneering in waterfalls, saw wild elephants, learnt to surf and explored beautiful beaches. It’s the perfect destination for both outdoors and culture lovers.

Here you will find all my top Sri Lanka travel tips!

Quick travel facts about Sri Lanka

Where is Sri Lanka? Sri Lanka is an island country in the Indian Ocean, located just south east of India.

How to get there: You can find the cheapest flights to Sri Lanka via SkyScanner.

Currency: Sri Lankan Rupee (LKR) – see the latest exchange rate here.

Electrical plugs in Sri Lanka: Types D&G – I recommend an international adapter so you can use it on multiple trips.

Capital city: Colombo

Best time to visit: Sri Lanka has a monsoon season that affects different parts of the island at different times. Generally speaking, the best time to visit Sri Lanka is from December to March, during the (comparatively) drier season.

However on the east coast you will find the best weather from April to September. The east coast has some great surfing spots so if you plan to surf, make sure to take that into account.

You can get a better idea of weather averages in different parts of Sri Lanka during different months here.

How to travel around Sri Lanka: Getting around Sri Lanka is fairly easy. Sri Lanka has a very efficient rail system (and is home to one of the most scenic train rides in the world!) as well as a well-connected bus system.

Sri Lanka is also a very affordable destination so you can easily rent a car with driver to take you around.

Visa requirements: Most passport holders will have to apply for a ETA (electronic visa) before travelling to Sri Lanka, which will be valid for 30 days. You can apply here.

My Sri Lanka travel guides

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