Wanderlist Discover: Sri Lanka
Many globe trotters who’ve stumbled upon the country often consider it the lost paradise. Sri Lanka has so many diverse landscapes bottled up to form this small wonderful island that any traveler could be waking up to misty mountains in the dawn, riding the waves in the afternoon and playing with elephants by dusk. The unique combination of landscapes, from golden beaches to mountains and lush forests with gushing waterfalls, means there’s an endless amount of exploring and activities you could participate in.
This tropical island has only recently been on travellers’ radars, following the end of the country’s 26-year-long civil war in 2009.
When you visit, you can expect warm smiles, amazing tea (it’s one of the largest tea products in the world) and festivities throughout the year as many cultures live next to each other in Sri Lanka.
Best time to go:
The temperature is fairly constant year-round as it’s close to the equator and you can expect high humidity everywhere.
Plan your trip around the two monsoon seasons. The best time to visit:
- The west and south coasts and hill country is from December to March
- Main southwest (“yala”) monsoon brings rain to the west and southwest costs from April to September)
- East coast is from April/May to September
- The less severe northeast (“maha”) monsoon hits the east coast from Nov to March
- Inter-monsoonal period from Oct to Nov which heavy rain and thunderstorms can occur anywhere
Where in the world…
A couple of activities you don’t want to miss
Pinnawala: the elephant sanctuary
Palm Tree Swing @ Dalawella Beach
Hatching Sanctuary: Pay donation to release baby sea turtles into the ocean
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