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Introducing Sri Lanka

 Srilanka is the island of serendipity and it is all about full of romantic landscapes, stirring mountains, endless beeches, timeless ruins, welcoming people, fun trains, famous tea and flavorful food which makes it incredible in its own ways. The country has no shortage of beautiful inspiring spots, natural, historic and cultural so get ready to get perfect pictures than the next. It is also well known for elephant safari as elephants are important part of Sri Lankan culture. And it has so many natural wonders to offer, just enjoy your trip and make your visit worthwhile with this amazing destination with our Srilanka holiday packages. 

 

Must Know Facts

Best Time to Visit

The weather of Sri Lanka is dictated by two monsoon seasons which brings rain to the west and south west coast from May to September, and the east coast and northern region between October and February.  The rest of the year is dry and sunny; temperatures are fairly constant year round, with coastal regions enjoying average temperatures of 25-30 degree Celsius. 

The climate of Sri Lanka is surprisingly complex, its equatorial position means that temperatures fairly constant throughout the year. It is generally hot and humid by the coast getting cooler as altitude increases. So, regardless of when you choose to travel, you are likely to enjoy some good weather depending on where you go. Explore the beauty of this country with our Sri Lanka holiday packages from Mumbai. 

In general, the best time to visit is December to April, as this dry season in the popular west and south coastal areas and hill country. And yes, April and September are best to see the whole country, if you are prepared for sudden bursts of rain; it’s still a good time of year to travel to travel and enjoy the beaches. 

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History & Culture

The Sinhalese individuals settled on Sri Lanka in the sixth century and led over the region for 10 centuries. The Sinhalese government was disestablished with the entry of European settlers, as the Portuguese in the sixteenth century and the Dutch in the seventeenth century. 

After 1815, however, the whole island was under the control of the British, which prompted much difficult. The Uva Rebellion of 1818 and the Matale Rebellion of 1848 were both an after effect of rising nearby pressures under British principle. The nation picked up freedom from the British Empire in 1948 however remained a Dominion of the Commonwealth.

Sir Lanka's culture is to a great degree rich, generally in light of the fact that it has had room schedule-wise to develop and create over the hundreds of years. The nation's way of life has been impacted by its local neighbors, most quite Southern India. Such impacts are clear for the most part in the Sri Lankan food and music. Proof of the nation's frontier history can likewise be seen, particularly in such recreational exercises as tea drinking and the famous game of cricket. 

The primary impact for Sri Lankan food is most clearly the Southern Indian district. Some neighborhood eateries even name their dishes as both Sri Lankan and Southern Indian. Fixings like coconut drain, lime juice, chilies, pickles, and natural product chutneys are relatives of Southern Indian admission. The long-standing custom of tea-drinking is, be that as it may, an unmistakably British impact. Have fun with your near and dear ones and experience with our International tour packages. 

It was just in 1972 that Sri Lanka broke all ties with Britain and turned into a republic, presenting its own constitution and head of state. Soon after full independence, however, the country was pushed into a violent and prolonged civil war between the Sri Lankan government and nationalist Tamil movement fighting for an independent Tamil state.

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Geography

Srilanka lies practically in the centre of Indian Ocean and thus has climate and cultural links with three continents. Monsoon winds driving against Srilanka’s peaks, support lush vegetation on the southern half of the island, but the northern half is dry zone. These winds affect the human culture as well; the South Asian landmass to the north has strongly influenced Sri Lankan culture in the past and continues to do so. 

Overall, Sri Lanka has varied terrain but it mainly consists of flat lands but the south central portion of countries inferior features mountains and step sided river canyons. Sri Lanka's atmosphere is tropical and the southwestern piece of the island is the wettest. The northeastern piece of Sri Lanka is drier and a large portion of its rain tumbles from December to February. Sri Lanka's typical yearly temperature is around 86°F to 91°F (28°C to 31°C).

An important geographic note about Sri Lanka is its situation in the Indian Ocean, which made it helpless against one of the world's biggest tragic events. On December26, 2004, it was struck by an extensive tsunami that hit 12 Asian nations. Around 38,000 individuals in Sri Lanka were murdered during this occasion and a lot of Sri Lanka's drift was plagued. 

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Things to Do in Sri Lanka

A trip to Sri Lanka definitely calls for getting away from the grind and the best way to unwind is a grand treat at the spa. When it comes to the Sri Lankan resort town of Bentota, the most alluring thing to do is trying different types of spa therapies. Countless number of hotels and resorts that dot this town offer a range of services – from aroma therapy to reflexology and from fish spa to ayurvedic massages. So, do give yourself enough time to loosen up and rejuvenate while in Bentota. In fact, you could also plan your itinerary in a way that you can stay at a spa resort and enroll in a long duration detox, wellness or yoga program.
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Going for a morning or evening country walk in rural Sri Lanka can be a truly enjoyable experience. Nature lovers must not miss out on going for a trek across the paddy fields, blissful byways and far-flung places of the region of Bentota in the south coast of Sri Lanka. It is an ideal way to enjoy the sunset, see migratory birds, visit the century-old ‘Katukoliha temple’ and wander around while connecting with the rural Sri Lankan people, their lifestyles and culture to experience the countryside in all its glory. There are many professional groups that offer guided one-day treks and longer expeditions. You may also consider hiking near the Madu River and visiting the Kosgoda turtle hatchery.
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While soaking up the sun and swimming in the clear blue waters is blissful on the beaches of Bentota, adventure enthusiasts should also explore other water sports. Snorkeling and diving is a mesmerizing experience in the Sri Lankan waters whether you are a novice or an expert. As you swim in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, you will spot tropical fish, coral reefs and seaweeds. There’s also banana boat rides and jet skiing which are a lot of fun for people of all ages. Bentota offers the perfect weather, almost all year round, for wind surfing too. Indeed, the water sporting options are endless at this quaint beach town.
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Amongst a range of outdoor activities and water sports, a typical Sri Lankan adventure that you can embark upon in Bentota is a river safari through the mangroves. Hop on to a boat to observe wildlife in their natural habitats. As you travel beneath the mangrove canopy, surrounded by forests and river tributaries, take in the beautiful sights and natural sounds, only to spot some water monitors, crocodiles, water snakes and birds. It’s true, you may go not expecting much but come back feeling thrilled after cruising through some of the greatest mangrove foliage that you will ever see.
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Sri Lanka is known to produce a majority of the world’s best quality cinnamon, of which the Cinnamon Island produces some of this finest quality spice. Picture this – a cinnamon plantation dating back to the early 1900s on a tiny, charming island – it’s quite a wonderful experience being here. In an hour-long excursion, visitors can learn the techniques of producing and harvesting cinnamon, witness the processing of cinnamon and know about all about cinnamon’s uses. Watch the outer layer of the bark being scraped off, the inner bark being cut away and a cinnamon stick being folded as a final product that we see in shops. For a true-blue local experience, visit the home of a local planter and enjoy a cup of fresh cinnamon tea.
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If there is one thing that you absolutely cannot miss out on while travelling in the Sri Lankan capital, it is visiting the casinos. A night at the casino will lighten up your mood and lift your spirits. In terms of games, you can try your luck at Baccarat, Poker, Blackjack and Roulette amongst many others. If you are not up for the games, you can spend the night partying since most casinos have great music, sometimes even live music or DJs playing, and restaurants which serve great beverages and meals. Some popular casinos in the city include Bally’s Casino, Casino Marina and The Ritz Club.
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There’s a lot to see in the largest city on the island of Sri Lanka and the best way to do it is taking an open deck bus tour. These tours provide a good balance of colonial history, modern city life, religious landmarks and natural attractions. Being a guided tour, you can rest assured to get to know all that you need to as you explore everything from the ancient Dutch and Portuguese settlements, the bazaars of Pettah, the national museum and the pristine beaches, to name a few popular destinations. You may also opt for specific heritage tours or night tours.
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Sri Lanka is the world’s fourth largest producer of tea. The tea from here, famous across the world as Ceylon tea, includes some of the finest single origin tea as well as unique fruit blends. The tea drinking culture too is very strong in the country. So, when in Colombo, it makes perfect sense to go for a tea tour. There are umpteen options to choose from – be it tour operators, tea estates, factories – there are many group as well as private tours that you can take. Visiting a smaller tea garden will be a more intimate experience while a bigger factory will show you a more modernized fashion of manufacturing tea – irrespective of what tour you go on, scintillating aromas and tea tasting is guaranteed to leave tea lovers feeling elated.
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Packages & Recommendations

Tour Name
Trip Type
Month/Validity
Included Cities
Price Per Adult

Sri Lanka Nature Tour

5 Nights / 6 Days
Trip Type
Private Van Tour
Flight Not Included
Month/Validity
  • Nov
  • Dec
  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
Included Cities
Kandy (2N), Nuwara Eliya (2N), Colombo (1N)
... Kandy (2N), Nuwara Eliya (2N), Colombo (1N)
Price Per Adult
₹ 26,820
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Soulful Sri Lanka

7 Nights / 8 Days
Trip Type
Private Van Tour
Flight Not Included
Month/Validity
  • Nov
  • Dec
  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
Included Cities
Dambulla (2N), Kandy (1N), Nuwara Eliya (2N), Bentota (2N)
... Dambulla (2N), Kandy (1N), Nuwara Eliya (2N), Bentota (2N)
Price Per Adult
₹ 28,630
Onwards

Scenic Sri Lanka

7 Nights / 8 Days
Trip Type
Private Van Tour
Flight Not Included
Month/Validity
  • Nov
  • Dec
  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
Included Cities
Kandy (2N), Nuwara Eliya (2N), Bentota (2N), Colombo (1N)
... Kandy (2N), Nuwara Eliya (2N), Bentota (2N), Colombo (1N)
Price Per Adult
₹ 31,890
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