Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka

Table of Contents

Price point levels scaled for a 7-day visit for a couple and anchored on research and personal experiences.

$ - up to $1500
$$ - $1500 - $3000
$$$ - $3000 -$5000
$$$$ - $5000+
Price Point
$$-$$$
Language(s)

Sinhala and Tamil

Currency

Sri Lankan Rupee

Reported for the US traveler with foreign countries rankings based on the US State Department's travel advisories.
Safety
Reconsider Travel

Reported for three representative cities within the destination via Weather Spark.

Climate (°F)
Summer Avg. (°F) Winter Avg (°F)
Colombo 90 74
Nuwara Eliya 72 47
Trincomalee 94 76
Outlets
Type-D
Type-G

Best Time to Visit

Generally, the best time to visit the west and south coasts as well as the Cultural Triangle is between December and April, while on the east coast the climate is at its finest from May through to October.

  • Wet Season: December – April
  • Dry Season: May – November

Fun Facts

  • Sri Lanka is nicknamed Pearl of the Indian Ocean and Teardrop of India
  • Sri Lanka is a leading tea produces and exporter, with over 1 million of its 22 million people working for the tea industry
  • Sri Lanka the home of cinnamon
  • Adam’s Peak is the most sacred mountain in the country
  • The Sri Lankan national flag is one of the oldest in the world
  • Sri Lanka was the first country with a female prime minister

Bucket-List Activities

Natural Wonders

  • Sigiriya Rock (Sigiriya)
  • Yoda Ela Water Flow Technique (North Central Province)
  • Parakrama Samudraya (Polonnaruwa)
  • The Trincomalee Harbour (Trincomalee)
  • Horton Plains (Central Province)
  • Ruwanveliseya (Anuradhapura)
  • Sri Dalada Maligawa (Kandy)

Major Attractions

  • Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple (Colombo)
  • Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic (Kandy)
  • Main Fish Market (Sembawang)
  • Galle Fort (Galle)
  • Horton Plains National Park (Central Province)

Native Foods

  • Fish ambul thiyal (sour fish curry)
  • Roti (a round flatbread native to the Indian subcontinent made from stoneground whole wheat flour)
  • Kottu (diced roti stir-fried with scrambled egg, onions, & chilis)
  • Parippu (curry)
  • Lamprais (three meat curry dish)
  • Hoppers (bowl-shaped pancakes)
  • Polos (green jackfruit curry)
  • Wambatu Moju (spicy pickle prepared with eggplant)

General Travel Tips

Common Phrases

  • Ayubowan – Hello
  • Bohoma Istuti – Thank you very much
  • Karunakara – Please
  • Mata Terinneh Neh – I don’t understand
  • Oyate Ingrisi Katha Karanna Puluwanda – Do you speak English?
  • Meeka Kiyadha – How much is it?
  • Hotela – Hotel
  • Kaama – Food
  • Apana Sala – Restaurant

Enplanements scaled by the number of commercial passenger boardings that occurred at the airport in calendar year per Wikipedia

🛩 - Limited commercial air service

✈ - 25,000  - 100,000

✈✈ - 100,000 - 500,000

✈✈✈ - 500,000 - 1,000,000

✈✈✈✈ - 1,000,000+

Major Cities / Airports

  • Colombo / Bandaranaike International Colombo Airport (CMB  ✈✈ ✈✈) – All international flights arrive in Colombo
Best of Sri Lanka Guide- Destinations and Top Travel Tips According to Professional Travelers

Best of Sri Lanka Guide- Destinations and Top Travel Tips According to Professional Travelers

Sri Lanka, known as the Pearl of the Orient, is one of the most diverse and unique travel destinations in the world. We took the top destinations recommended by twenty-four…
What Made Sri Lanka Our Best Trip Yet: Adventure, Luxury, and Baby Elephants

What Made Sri Lanka Our Best Trip Yet: Adventure, Luxury, and Baby Elephants

There is one question we always get asked. What is the best vacation you have ever been on? Going on safari in Sri Lanka stands out above the others because…
Pidurangala Rock Sri Lanka - Why You Have to Hike It

Pidurangala Rock Sri Lanka - Why You Have to Hike It

Pidurangala Rock mirrors the more famous and popular Sigiriya Rock in so many ways. They are both volcanic hills rising out of the Sri Lankan jungle richly steeped in history.…
Hikkaduwa Sri Lanka: the Good, the Meh, and the Ugly

Hikkaduwa Sri Lanka: the Good, the Meh, and the Ugly

Hikkaduwa Sri Lanka is a beach city about two hours south of Colombo. Every year, more tourists come to Hikkaduwa and the industry is thriving. There is plenty to do…
Sri Lanka Safari: How Ecotourism is Saving Wild Elephants

Sri Lanka Safari: How Ecotourism is Saving Wild Elephants

Going on a Sri Lanka safari is more than an opportunity to see wild animals, it’s a means to preserve them. During the early 19th century growth and industrialization forced…
Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs

Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs

In 2017, Sri Lanka opened the recently discovered Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs archaeological site for tourism. Located near Dambulla, what makes Ibbankatuwa special is that it is still an active archeological…
Dambulla Cave Temples - Ten Things You Need to Know Before Visiting

Dambulla Cave Temples - Ten Things You Need to Know Before Visiting

As you might guess, a 2000 year old operating temple that is being built up as a tourist attraction in a far off land, like Sri Lanka, might have special…
The Rise and Fall of Polonnaruwa: A Curious Case for Climate Change

The Rise and Fall of Polonnaruwa: A Curious Case for Climate Change

Polonnaruwa was the royal capital of Sri Lanka from 1070 CE to 1310 CE. These fantastic ruins became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1982, and is a popular cultural…
Ethical Tourism in Sri Lanka - Can It Really Be Used For Social Good?

Ethical Tourism in Sri Lanka - Can It Really Be Used For Social Good?

Can the ethical tourism really be used as a force for good in Sri Lanka? Can leisure travel fight issues like poverty and inequality? Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you…
How to Find The Best Ayurveda in Sri Lanka

How to Find The Best Ayurveda in Sri Lanka

Ayurveda in Sri Lanka dates back thousands of years. It is an ancient practice of health and wellness that has gained significant attention as tourism explodes in Sri Lanka. With…
Secrets of Sigiriya Rock: Holy Temple or Pleasure Palace?

Secrets of Sigiriya Rock: Holy Temple or Pleasure Palace?

Could it be that Sigiriya is actually Alakamandava, the legendary city of the gods from Sri Lankan folklore? I’ll present the clues as I saw them, and let imagination and…
Homeless in Sri Lanka

Homeless in Sri Lanka

Not quite two years ago, we started blogging and now we have quit our jobs, vacated our house, disposed all our possessions, and now we are heading to Asia.

WE ARE EXCITED TO SHARE OUR JOURNEY WITH YOU!

JOIN THE CONCIERGE CLUB FOR BEHIND THE SCENES CONTENT, OUR LATEST POSTS, AND MORE… STRAIGHT TO YOUR INBOX!

Newsletter Signup

Table of Contents

Travel Responsibly

Here at Coleman Concierge, we encourage everyone to travel responsibly and believe there is potential for tremendous good for the world following that ethos. There is also the potential for horrific consequences from irresponsible travel.

Before you go, please check out the latest CDC recommendations for travelers.

Even if you can’t physically explore the world, we hope that you enjoy the escape our site provides. Keep your spirits up and your hands clean. There will be a time to travel soon enough.

Meet Ed & Jenn

Hi! We are Jenn and Ed Coleman, and together we are Coleman Concierge. It is our goal to inspire you to get out, expand your world, and to seek adventure, even in your own backyard.

We deeply believe in the transformational power of travel. Our tagline is amazing adventures for ordinary people because we believe that you don’t have to be super rich, super fit or super anything to have an amazing adventure. Expanding your comfort zone and trying new things will pay huge dividends in both health and happiness.

We advocate for sustainable and ethical travel and truly believe in the power of travel to transform both ourselves as well as the world around us.

NEVER MISS ANOTHER ADVENTURE! JOIN THE CONCIERGE CLUB!

Get our latest travel tips and posts straight to your inbox and start planning your next adventure.

Newsletter Signup

Proud Media Members of:

North American Travel Journalists Association

Adventure Travel Trade Association

International Food Wine and Travel Writers Association

Society of American Travel Writers

Impact Travel Alliance

Your Journey Begins Today

Get our latest travel tips and posts straight to your inbox and start planning your next adventure.

Newsletter Signup