Sri Lanka Travel Guide
Visit the Tear Drop Isle well-prepared with our useful travel guide resources. Here you'll find lots of information on when to go and what to see with detailed guides to the popular Cultural Triangle and Sri Lanka's best beaches. Discover more about the wildlife and safari opportunities on the island, see what visa you'll need, and hear what our travellers have to say about our tours.
Best Places to Visit
Places on our must-see list for any visit to Sri Lanka from national parks to ancient ruins
Best Time to Visit
Time your visit with the best weather using our guide to the seasons and local climate
Sri Lanka's Best Beaches
Our choice of top beaches in Sri Lanka, when best to visit and recommended hotels
Where to go when
Plan your perfect holiday to Sri Lanka with our guide to best places to visit by month
- Running in the Family
by Michael Ondaatje
- A Village in the Jungle
by Leonard Woolf
- The Road From Elephant Pass
by Nihal de Silva
Facts about Sri Lanka
- Sri Lanka was the first country in the world to have a democratically elected head of state who was a woman.
- The spice cinnamon originated in Sri Lanka but was actually discovered by the Egyptians.
- Although cricket is the most popular sport in Sri Lanka, the national sport of the country is, in fact, volleyball.
Sri Lanka Travel Advice for Canadian Travellers
The safety of our travellers is paramount and we keep abreast of current travel guidance for Sri Lanka. We recommend that you check the latest travel updates from the Canadian Government Advisory when planning your trip.
Flying to Sri Lanka from Canada:
The tropical Tear Drop Isle is between a 20-25 hour flight from Canada depending on whether you depart from the east or west coast of the country. If departing from Toronto, Etihad Airways via Abu Dhabi is a great option with a short transit stop. Sri Lankan Airlines also operate the route on a codeshare with Air Canada via Frankfurt. From Vancouver one of the fastest flight times is offered by Cathay Pacific via Hong Kong. Other 1-stop flight options include Korean Air via Seoul and Lufthansa via Frankfurt on a codeshare with Air Canada.
Useful Online Resources:
The official Sri Lanka Tourist Organisation site and the latest Sri Lanka Weather Updates from the BBC.