Sri Lanka Travel Guide and Tourism

The tiny country of Sri Lanka, hanging like a jewel in the Indian Ocean, rarely disappoints those who travel through its landscapes. But for centuries, this gorgeous nation was hiding in plain sight. It was only in 2009, when Sri Lanka ended its 26-year long civil war, that this small gem of a country found its way on to travellers' itineraries. But even tsunamis and years of war were not been able to ravage the tropical isle of its spectacular landscapes, abundant wildlife and endless beaches. Everyone who has seen it once now aches to go back. Travellers rave about its timeless ruins, the country’s 2000-year old culture, scenic train rides, trekker-friendly rainforests,perfectly-manicured tea plantations, delicious tea, flavourful food and the contagiously-friendly locals who go far and beyond to show you hospitality that you'll remember for years after.
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Top Attractions In Sri Lanka

Best Luxury Hotels in Sri Lanka

Enjoy relaxing spas, azul pools, massages, beach views, delicious dishes and the best of Lankan hospitality at these handpicked luxury hotels in Sri Lanka

Best Mid-Range Hotels in Sri Lanka

Comfortable stays, good food and ocean vistas, Tripoto's list of the best mid-range hotels will let you witness the charms of Sri Lanka without having to spend a fortune.

Best Budget Hotels in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka has a plethora of budget options with incredible facilities that will make you say, "How can this be so cheap?" Find one from Tripoto's list of the best budget hotels in Sri Lanka

Best Hostels & Homestays In Sri Lanka

Homestays are the perfect way to gain insight into the unique Lankan culture and lifestyle. Or, you can stay at these happening hostels with happening crowds.

Best Time to Visit Sri Lanka

Peak season to visit Sri Lanka is December to March when the country sees little to no rain and the temperatures are warm and pleasant throughout.       


Shoulder Season: May to September is when the temperature ranges from hot and dry to wet and agreeable. From May onwards, some parts of the country see intermittent showers, bringing temperatures down.   


Off-season: April and October to November. In April, early mornings and evenings are a good time to sightsee, though you should stay inside in between. October to November is when the country welcomes the heavier of its two monsoon, which affects the whole country.

Budget for Sri Lanka

For Budget Travellers: INR 500-700 a day

  • Accommodation in hostels and guesthouses: INR 277-330
  • Food in local cafes and street eateries: INR 241-300
  • Public Transport in trams and buses: INR 74-124
  • Sightseeing (Entry-tickets & shows): INR 259-300

For Mid-range Travellers: INR 1500-2000 a day

  • Accommodation in mid-range hotels and homestays: INR 848-1100
  • Food in mid-range cafes and restaurants: INR 584-670
  • Local transport: INR 200-250
  • Sightseeing & Tours: INR 714-830

For Luxury Travellers: INR 6,000 and upwards

  • Accommodation in 4* or 5* hotels: INR 2,982 and upwards
  • Food in upscale restaurants and bars: INR 1,329 and upwards
  • Local transport in cabs: INR 576 and upwards
  • Sightseeing, Guided Tours: INR 2,131 and upwards

Visa Information for Sri Lanka

Before setting off for Sri Lanka, apply for a 30-day visa online. Log on to the Electronic Travel Authority website for this. Follow the process online, pay the fees and once your visa is approved, take a printout. It is possible to get a visa on arrival at the Bandaranaike International Airport as well. But this could take time, so it’s best to get your visa before entering the country.