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
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.
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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.