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Elephants walking through a river in Sri Lanka | Classical Sri Lanka Tour

Sri Lanka

Known as “Serendip” to Arab geographers, the island fell under Portuguese and Dutch influence and finally came under British rule when it was called Ceylon. Today, after a tumultuous few decades which have seen the culmination of a bitter civil war and devastating natural disasters, Sri Lanka’s star shines bright once more on the travellers’ horizon. Hopping along the sun-drenched southern coast you’ll pass radiant green rice paddies, multi-coloured fishing boats and sleepy villages bathed in bougainvillea. The beaches are palm-fringed and idyllic, with sand so pure it squeaks under foot.

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Factfile

Know before you go
  • Spring

    Mar-May

    Rain

    Av temp: 29˚C84˚F

  • Summer

    Jan-Mar

    Sun

    Av temp: 28˚C82˚F

  • Autumn

    Sept-Oct

    Rain

    Av temp: 28˚C82˚F

  • Winter

    Oct-Dec

    Rain

    Av temp: 28˚C82˚F

  • Time difference

    GMT + 5 1/2hrs

  • Currency

    Sri Lankan Rupees

When to go: Temperatures are high all year; January-February for the lowest rainfall.