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.
Places on our must-see list for any visit to Sri Lanka from national parks to ancient ruins
Time your visit with the best weather using our guide to the seasons and local climate
Our choice of top beaches in Sri Lanka, when best to visit and recommended hotels
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 UK Travellers
We keep informed of the latest travel guidance to Sri Lanka and follow advice as set out by the British Foreign Office. Safety of our travellers is paramount and we recommend that you check the latest travel updates prior to travel.
Flying to Sri Lanka from the UK:
The Tear Drop Isle is a comfortable 11 hour direct flight from London with Sri Lankan Airlines to Colombo, the capital city and starting point for our tours. There are numerous indirect options with a stop made en route and some of the faster options are with the Middle Eastern airlines such as Emirates via Dubai and Qatar via Doha. These airlines are also a great option from Manchester with just the one transit stop. We have a full ATOL licence (ATOL 6109) and would be happy to help with your flight booking to Sri Lanka.