The People

Sri Lanka is an island located in the heart of the Indian Ocean. With a recorded history of over 2500 years. In spite of its relatively small land area of just 65,610 sq. km Sri Lanka is full of diversity. Its population of 20 million consists of multiple ethnicities, religions and cultures living in harmony. In addition to its indigenous people Sri Lanka has been influenced by its closest neighbor, India both in terms of religion and culture. In recent times Arab traders and European colonists have also added to the island’s rich heritage and architecture.

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Landscape & Wildlife

The terrain is mostly flat along the coast with mountains in the central region. This makes for a diverse natural habitat ranging from coastal mangroves and wetlands to its dry zones to rolling misty hills and mountains.

While most of the original forests have been cleared for plantations such as tea, rubber and coconut there are still many designated natural forests and wildlife sanctuaries that are home to a range of flora and fauna. Sri Lanka boasts a range of large mammals such as the massive herds of Asian Elephants, a healthy Leopard and Sloth Bear population, Deer, Buffaloes and Marine mammals such as Blue Whales, Sperm Whales and Dolphins.

Naturally this kind of rich diversity and hospitality packed in to such a small Island is bound to attract the interest of many travelers. The island is still relatively unspoilt and there is much to explore.

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Best Time to Visit

Being a tropical paradise, it is possible to visit Sri Lanka all year round. However, it is good to know that the tropical monsoon; northeast monsoon (December to February); southwest monsoon (May to September) have a significant impact on the island’s weather.

For beach lovers this means that the islands south west coast is ideal between December to March (this is also the most expensive time to travel due to the high winter demand) and the east coast beaches are best during May to September. April and September offer the best chances for good weather island wide.

Never Bored!

There is never a dull moment especially if you know what you want and plan ahead. The island offers something for everyone. If its adventure that’s needed there is plenty to be had. Hiking, Cycling, Rafting, Surfing, Kayaking are just the tip of the iceberg. However, if doing nothing is your goal, that is perfectly possible. You could relax and try out some yoga and meditation or simply enjoy reading a book.