Sri Lanka: tourist information, weather, seasons, time, helpful information

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General information about Sri Lanka

Пляж Хиккадувы, Шри-Ланка The beach just North of Hikkaduwa

Sri Lanka (Sri Lanka) is an island country in South Asia in the Indian ocean. Official name – Democratic socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, and previously the state had called Ceylon. Its new name it received in 1972, but is still occasionally referred to as the island of Ceylon. The island is located one hundred kilometers from the Indian subcontinent, separated from it by the Palk Strait and the Gulf of Mannar (Sri Lanka on the map).

It should indicate the typical misconception of tourists who believe that Sri Lanka is part of India. This is absolutely not true. Currently Sri Lanka has no relation to India. It is an independent state, and no state of India, despite the fact that the people and culture in these countries is very similar. And another thing: the name of the country be pronounced equally correctly as "Sri Lanka" and "Sri Lanka".

Virtually the entire territory of the state are located on the same island – Sri Lanka. Also, the state includes many very small Islands. The island and small States (119th in the world). The size of the island 445 225 kilometers, and covers an area of 65 610 sq km, which is approximately one and a half times larger than the area of Moscow region.

Центр медитаций Seema Malakaya, Коломбо, Шри-Ланка The meditation center Seema Malakaya, Colombo

First of all, tourists come to Sri Lanka for the exotic. This is one of the oldest States, and there remained a very rare monuments of culture and history, most of which are somehow connected with Buddhism. The many attractions of the island is included in the world heritage list of UNESCO. Usually tourists arriving here have no idea how many interesting things is fraught with the island, believing that in addition to Ceylon tea and the beaches of the there's nothing. However, having become acquainted with the country closer, you realize how interesting the world is on the former island of Ceylon.

You should be prepared for the fact that Sri Lanka cannot be called a modern and advanced country for an active lifestyle. Here is a little nightlife, modern cities and shopping centers for shopping. Stay here quiet, thoughtful and, like the whole country is of the hue Buddhist humility.

Here is a list of resorts and tourist places where you can go to Sri Lanka:

Пляжные курорты Beach Colombo, Negombo, Hikkaduwa, Bentota, Beruwela, Unawatuna, Weligama, Mirissa, Dikwella, Tangalle, Koggala, Trincomalee, Badulla
Экскурсионные курортыTour Colombo, Galle, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Ella, Adam's Peak, Anuradhapura, Habarana, Badulla, Pinnawala, Dalhousie, Haputale, Bandarawela, Anuradhapura, Dambulla, Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa, Jaffna

If you need to quickly decide where to go on vacation or a trip to Sri Lanka, not to learn detailed guide about each resort, you could start see the list and brief description of resorts of Sri Lanka here...

Черный пруд, Михинтале Black pond in mikindani

In addition to historical and cultural attractions Sri Lanka offers a good beach vacation. The beaches around the perimeter of the island - hundreds of kilometres. On the beaches built many modern resorts with great hotels. There are also hotel complexes located away from the tourist places in the vicinity of the villages of local people. In these hotels, no one and nothing will disturb your secluded getaway. On the island there is the mountain resort of Nuwara Eliya, situated at an altitude of about 2 thousand meters above sea level.

The beautiful nature of the island. Among the excursions offered on the island many of these that will acquaint you with its flora and fauna. Highlights of the tour-rafting on mountain rivers. There are simple day trips and multi-day tours. Moreover, familiarity with natural beauty will certainly be United with familiarity with historical sites, because it is in such wonderful places ancient inhabitants built their religious buildings.

Another form of entertainment on the island is diving. Moreover, the diving here is interesting not only rich and beautiful underwater world, but also specially organized for tourists underwater sites: wrecks, underwater cliffs, grottoes and caves. Among the sunken ships, including meet old court. However, diving is not always possible here. The main season for diving is from October to April.

Сигирия, Шри-Ланка Sigiriya Rock

However, travelers and tourists should understand that Sri Lanka is not Thailand. Conditions for travel and tourism are not developed such as in Tae. In General, we can say that Sri Lanka in terms of tourism still is quite a complicated country, and there are downsides and complexities abound, especially for those who travel independently.

One of the main problems here is that while for most local residents, the tourist is a walking wallet. To obtain money from tourists here trying everything, and not even necessarily for any services, and just for a nice conversation with you. Of course, the number of divorces is on the money in terms of tourists here just countless, and inflated prices for guests – just the norm.

Not to say that it is very cheap resort. When compared with Thailand, hotel prices are higher by almost half, and sometimes two, at equal quality. In some places in General can be difficult to find a normal conditions for accommodation at a reasonable price. The cost of visiting attractions, especially those included in the UNESCO list, actually defies rational explanation: the price of the tickets is clearly too high at times. Read more about prices in Sri Lanka here.

There are problems with the food: unfortunately, the street food here is not as developed as in many other Southeast Asian countries, and one has only to deviate from the tourist routes how you can experience some difficulties to find to eat. Alcohol though, and sold freely, it can be bought only in special shops, which is very small. In addition, these stores are closed at night and on holidays.

All this does not mean that Sri Lanka is a poor country. But every tourist needs to know not only the positive aspects of the resort, but be ready to difficulties.

Personal opinion about Sri Lanka:

As primarily a tourist-excursionist, his main goal in Sri Lanka I have set to overtake the most interesting sights and beaches to leave for a snack. And so it happened: swim I managed only two times. But it's not that there wasn't time. The second part of the route I made for a beach holiday, and visited Negombo, the Hikkaduwa, Unawatuna and other beach resorts. In Negombo in the water to climb, I even did not, it was really frustrating to do this after I saw peeing in the water local, and then the mud, throwing in the sea. Just played the disgust, and the water was really dirty. In Hikkaduwa beach and the sea is like, but there were big waves at the time of my stay. In Unawatuna beach is also not liked, and the resort itself. Not sure why people go there. Cool beaches were in Mirissa and Tangalle, there, I actually bathed. But in mountaini in Colombo in the water I would not dare at all to go, although I saw many bathing tourists. Well, I guess that's a radical opinion on local beaches, but what is...
Attractions Sri Lanka, I looked at almost everything. At least everything that is included in the UNESCO list 100%, and much more. Ticket prices I was very unpleasantly surprised, even before the trip, we knew they were high. But all hoped for a miracle. Reluctantly gave $ 30!!! for visiting Sigiriya, where was an hour and a half terribly disappointed. Yes, the place is interesting, unusual, but they are more expensive than interesting. When compared with the Angkor, which is about the same, I believe that I paid just for nothing.
In General, during the trip I accumulated a lot of negativity. I really don't like, for example, when you go to some less popular village temple, with confidence, that's really something here for visit no need to pay. But there it was. And here is the output when all inspected, runs up to me a man in monastic robes, and begins to solicit donations. No question, I think, took a hundred of their money and thrown into the donation box. Here begins the scandal. Monk demands money in his hand, but not 100, but 200 rupees. Put this "leeminho" in the hands of a hundred and run away, but he rows for back and send to my address the curse. As something to a monk, it all turns out, not Buddhist.
And such deceptions do not count, and the arrogance is simply amazing, even Vietnam is resting. Here's another. Sitting on the beach. A guy comes up, turns the traditional conversation about the weather, my country etc. And then, "Give me 70 rupees." Just like that, no way, or maybe he thinks, for such a pleasant conversation. Again, such situations are repeated more than once.
And more than once I had to feel here that if a tourist for Lancia does not represent a financial interest, for him empty space. I do not require a special relationship, although they should have, because I am a guest and a woman in a foreign country and could take a closer look. Where there.
In General, it seems that the tourists have to pay for all and all, equated to national politics. It becomes very sad when educated tourists while sightseeing prowl in search of the urn to throw the wrapper from the candy, and the local throw him right under the feet of the empty bottles without a twinge of conscience. Yes, and then all clean, but you pay for all the tourists. They shamelessly littering right at the monuments, where people are free, but foreigners have to pay $ 20 for entrance. "Money for the maintenance of the monument, on its cleaning!!! You pay, and we are going to litter". Terrible shame, and constantly have the feeling that you were unfairly screwed.
I, of course, in some cases even understand. Most recently ended war (2010), an influx of tourists, and everyone is trying to skim for a quick. Well, let them shoot, and I train again next time in tai, and come back here only if finally, the Sri Lankans will come to their senses and begin to respect and love tourists, not to have them and to smile widely. Well, I do not like.
Церковь Святого Себастьяна в Негомбо, Шри-Ланка St. Sebastian's Church in Negombo

Religion Of Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is a multireligious country. Almost all of the inhabitants of the country, what religion they profess, very religious. Sri Lanka has traditionally been considered a Buddhist country, Buddhism is professed 76% of the population. There are also Hindus (8%), Muslims (6%). In some regions of the country, such as in Negombo, a very popular Catholicism.

The state system

The country is officially Democratic socialist Republic. The Sri Lankan President is elected by universal suffrage every six years.

In 2010, the elected President Mahinda Rajapaksa (elected in 2004) dissolved the Parliament, taking the course on departure from a democratic regime. The political situation in the country now is not entirely stable, and that in some way affects the tourists. Almost everywhere outside of the tourist areas exhibited the checkpoints. Everyone, including foreign tourists passports are checked. Testing and inspection are even tour buses. So, going on trips or walks outside recreational areas should carry a passport.

Language in Sri Lanka how to communicate

In Sri Lanka there are two official languages – Sinhalese (Sinhala) and Tamil (Tamil). In Sinhalese speaking 74% of the population, Tamil 18%, but almost all understand both languages. Another 8% of the population speak other languages.

English at a conversational level speak about 10% of the population of Sri Lanka. It is usually, urban residents, employees of public institutions working in the field of tourism. Outside the cities the locals usually own no more than a couple words of welcome in English. Russian language almost no one knows.

However, even in the remote villages have at least one resident who speaks basic English, and if you need to talk, it will find and then employ an interpreter.

Weather Sri Lanka, the tourist seasons

Шри-Ланка Rice fields at sunset

The climate of Sri Lanka is tropical, warm all year round. To the equator here literally on the doorstep, so the temperature throughout the year nearly constant and always equal to 28-30 degrees. Most comfortable high temperature is transported to the coastal areas, where there is always the sea breeze, and in the highlands of the island, where the temperature is about 10 degrees lower.

Seasons in Sri Lanka are not determined depending on changes in temperature and rainfall. In this connection, on the island stands the dry season (high tourist season) and rainy season (low tourist season). Moreover, despite the small size of the island, on opposite coasts of the island, the period of the rainy season varies:

  • in the North-Eastern coast the rainy season is from October to January;
  • in the South-West coast, the rainy season is from may to July.

The rainy season has plenty of rain, but fortunately, most of them are usually held at night. If the rain starts in the afternoon, he usually goes a powerful downpour, flooding all around, and ends quickly. So, even the rainy season is not a complete contraindication for relaxation.

Dry season (high season). At this time almost no precipitation, and the temperature a little bit, but weakened.

Given this, we can say that the tourist season in Sri Lanka lasts all year round, you just need to choose the right place to stay.

Read more about the weather and tourist seasons in Sri Lanka by month here...

Current weather in Sri Lanka (in Colombo) and the forecast for the near future:

  • 24 Mar
    RH. 94%
  • 24 Mar
    RH. 51%
  • 24 Mar
    RH. 90%
  • 25 Mar
    RH. 75%
  • 25 Mar
    RH. 67%
  • 25 Mar
    RH. 93%
  • 26 Mar
    RH. 46%
  • 26 Mar
    RH. 78%
  • 27 Mar
    RH. 92%
  • 27 Mar
    RH. 52%
  • 27 Mar
    RH. 84%
  • 28 Mar
    RH. 63%

* forecast is based on the local time. Data received If you see outdated of date, refresh the page with F5+Ctrl.

The time in Sri Lanka

The time difference in Sri Lanka and Moscow +2,5 (two and half) hours in winter and summer.

The current time in Sri Lanka*
The time difference with the cities:
Moscow: +2.5 Samara: +1.5
Kazan: +2.5 Nizhny Novgorod: +2.5
Ekaterinburg: +0.5 Novosibirsk: -1.5
Irkutsk: -2.5 Vladivostok: -4.5
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Useful tips

Аэропорт Коломбо, Шри-Ланка Duty-free on arrival

Duty free on arrival. At Colombo airport immediately after passport control there are several duty-free shops. The prices are quite reasonable, you can pay off the currency and plastic cards. So it is not necessary to bring across the world a bottle of alcohol purchased in the "Dytiki" at home.

Voltage, electricity. The voltage in Sri Lanka, and we have 220 volts, but three-prong outlet. To connect to "our" two-pin plugs, you need a adapter that you can buy on the spot or ask at the hotel reception. If the adapter is not in the top hole on the outlet need to stick some pins, such as a pencil, and then you can safely insert the plug.

Where lower prices? In non-tourist areas the prices of everything (Souvenirs, food, etc.) about one and a half to two times lower than in the tourist.

Documents. Due to the instability of the political situation in the country outside of the tourist areas of foreign tourists had often checked documents. Therefore, going on trips, it is recommended to have a passport.

Holiday Singing. Every full moon of the Buddhist rules is considered a holiday and a national holiday (Poya - singing). At this time, banks are closed, many shops and public institutions. Be sure to take this into account when planning travel. These days in the country prohibited the sale and drinking of alcoholic beverages in public places, including restaurants and bars. Drinking alcohol is only possible in the hotel room.

Ceylon tea. Famous brand Ceylon tea best buy during the tour of the tea plantations, in specialized shops or in the shops. The cost of tea in the duty-free is much higher. If you are not a fan of beautiful branded travel packages, you can buy tea in the supermarket: it is cheaper and almost the same quality.


Flashlight. Even in the popular resorts of Sri Lanka and in Colombo there are problems with street lighting, rather, it is virtually nonexistent. Take a trip and camping flashlight, preferably a headlamp, it is very useful.

Alcohol in Sri Lanka. Alcoholic beverages, even beer, are sold only in special shops, which one in the resorts and in the cities. To find alcohol in supermarkets is unrealistic (except for the very large, where there are special departments), restaurants and cafes are also everywhere. And don't confuse the drink, called "Gigner Beer" with alcohol. "Gigner Beer" is just a local lemonade ginger. Read more about alcohol in Sri Lanka and where to buy it here...

Price tags. Price tags on goods in shops Sri Lanka is not, however, the price of goods is always indicated. It is stamped in small letters on the bottles, packages, packaging. This is the maximum price at which goods are sold. The price may be lower (the stock in the store), but not above. And in most major stores and happens. However, small private shops sometimes sell a product at its arbitrary price, but it is rather rare.

Inspection of the temples. When visiting temples you need to remember that when you sign you have to take shoes and a hat, and not to go into too open clothes (shorts, t-shirts). Around the Central sanctuary in the Hindu temples where the main deity, need clockwise (left to right). With rare exceptions it is almost always possible to photograph without problem, otherwise, you can ask permission or pay (usually no more than 250 rupees per shot).

Unexpected surcharges. Sri Lankans love to include in the final cost of any service or product all sorts of unexpected fees and taxes in advance with no warnings. So it makes sense where possible (accommodation, rental) to pay in advance. If you refuse to take the money in advance, expect surprises in the form of surcharges upon check-out.

Raincoats. For some strange reason, Sri Lanka is not so easy to find raincoats. So if you prefer umbrellas to raincoats, it is better to buy them still at home.

Repellent. Repellent, bought in Russia, not very effective on local insects, find local repellent in Sri Lanka virtually impossible. Alternatively, buy the most expensive house "thermonuclear" repellents. Local as a protective means offering coconut oil. But, first, its effectiveness is questionable, and secondly you almost certainly will slip on his irrational speculative prices.

Signs Hotel. Not every sign "Hotel" in Sri Lanka really refers to the hotel. Under such signboards are also small restaurants, so don't be surprised if you ask a room, and you will be uncomprehending look.

Comments / recent posts on the topic on the forum
admin 10 November, 2019

What is the link? ...
Светлана123456 15 January, 2020
The most important thing is not specified in the description - distance from the airport. ...
admin 15 January, 2020

Hello Svetlana! Thanks for the comment, but it is not quite clear what the distance, if you update, be sure to add. ...
mextto 28 January, 2020
Good afternoon. Going in February to Kalpitiya in the hotel's LAGOON CHALETS DEV SETH. Do you have any info on this hotel. Unfortunately couldn't find anything in Russian. Want to hear the opinion of our countrymen. Thank you ...
admin 28 January, 2020

Well on booking this hotel the reviews are very well quoted, so all is good. Only place there is a real wilderness in the square. ...
Владимир123344545 February 2, 2020

need an international driver's license. if the mind, somewhere else, must assure. I rented a car, stopped, showed the right and had no problems. a moped with no problems, if chase had just called around. if not And prepare a money. If stopped by a cute smile, don't be rude, pretend you don't understand. Rights without categories And it is better not to show at all. Agree on the fine on the spot, the size of which depends on your abania and the greed of the COP. And generally be careful on the roads, Beware of the BUSES!!!! ...
admin 3 February, 2020
Polynkin 8 February, 2020

We are currently staying here and your hotel next to us! The hotel is great! Better than our 10 times) with the house on the lagoon for kiters, you can walk on the ocean-about 300 meters)) ...
Alexey Kiev 8 February, 2020
My wife was in Ceylon about the year 2012... in Kalutara.
Four stars - with Breakfast-dinner, beautiful kitchen and even a piano-pianist. From wandering through the territory of the lizards and chipmunks in the bushes. NO MONKEYS!!!
The tour was taken at the reception - minibus with air-condition, four (together with us) tourists 10 seats in the cabin. Visit tea plantations, stone Siguiri, different monasteries, overnight in Kandy, the Royal Palace, Botanical garden, elephant trekking and extreme return in the night in a hotel during a tropical storm and flooding!!! The guide was our driver.
Amazing culture, tragic history of the Royal dynasty, charming nature, unique Souvenirs from craftsmen, gold people, almost understandable for Ukrainians Sanskrit.
Of the shortcomings - a problem with alcohol... not even beer to buy hard liquor only in the supermarket and very expensive, local landmark, home purchased in Duty - Red Rum - muck rare!!! ...
admin 9 February, 2020

Alex, I disagree about the beer and alcohol. No problem everything can be found, you just need the right look, there are restrictions of course. All about alcohol I wrote in a separate article, be sure to read all tourists before the trip on SHL - ...