Sri Lanka Travel Guides & Tips

Sri Lanka’s tourism industry is on the up and up! Tourist arrival numbers have nearly multiplied over the past few years, with travelers flocking to Sri Lanka to visit Kandy, Galle, Colombo, Ella and beyond. Read on for tons of Sri Lanka travel tips – the best places to visit in Sri Lanka, how to get around, amazing hotels and the perfect 2 week itinerary!

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12 Things You Should Know Before Visiting Sri Lanka

To quote Condé Nast Traveler, "Sri Lanka Is Ready for Its Close-Up"! Since my first trip to Sri Lanka in 2015, I have been back every 2-3 months and it is my second home now. It feels like Sri Lanka's reputation as the up-and-coming destination in Asia has truly blossomed over the past 18 months and if for some reason you need convincing, here are 10 excellent reasons why now is the time to see Ceylon. There are some common misconceptions about Sri Lanka as the...

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15 Things You Shouldn’t Do If You’re Traveling to Sri Lanka

I've written plenty of guides on why you need to visit Sri Lanka now, how to plan your trip, what to see, where to go, and what you should know before you visit. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll know that Sri Lanka has become one of the top places to visit in Asia. Since I've written extensively about what you should do in Sri Lanka, I thought it would be fitting to cover some things you shouldn't do in Sri Lanka! Are you visiting...

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10 Reasons Why You Need to Visit Sri Lanka Now

Since the end of the civil war in 2009, Sri Lanka's tourist arrival numbers have tripled from 2010 to 2018, and this trend is bound to continue to soar over the next few years, and for good reason too. While Sri Lanka has been "up-and-coming" for a few years, this beautiful island has been thrust into the spotlight and recently made it onto tons of "Top Travel Destinations" lists including this one by the Lonely Planet. This trend hasn't gone unnoticed by the hotel industry, with...

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6 Instagram Feeds You Should Follow If You’re Dreaming of Sri Lanka

Hi, my name is Flo and I'm an Insta-holic. According to my iPhone, Instagram uses up about a quarter of my battery life, and I'm definitely guilty of occasionally zoning out during conversations as I'm double tapping away. I am a visual creature, and love being able to mentally travel to far away places by drooling over travel photos, so sue me! Sri Lanka is one of the top travel destinations in Asia, and if it's not on your list yet, it should be! Read...

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The Ultimate Guide to Sri Lanka’s South Coast

I've spent months and months in Sri Lanka over the past four years, and have made down south Sri Lanka my second home. It's one of the most beautiful places to visit in Sri Lanka, and though it can get crazy crowded during the peak season it's not hard to get off the beaten track if you know where to go. I hope to be able to share my experience...

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The Best Things to Do in Galle Fort in Sri Lanka (And Why You Won’t Want to Miss This UNESCO World Heritage Site)

Founded in the 16th century by the Portuguese, Galle is currently the district capital of the broader Galle District. The city was later fortified by the Dutch during the 17th century and served as an important port and military stronghold before the arrival of the British. Galle Fort is the best example of a fortified city that exhibits distinct European architectural styles while effortlessly blending in with South Asian traditions,...

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7 Places You Have to Visit in Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle

Sri Lanka’s "Cultural Triangle" is an area spanning across several cities in the centre of the teardrop-shaped island and includes 6 out of 8 of Sri Lanka's UNESCO World Heritage Sites including the ancient capital of Anuradhapura, the ruins of Polonnaruwa, the rock citadel of Sigiriya and the sacred city of Kandy. This region shouldn't be skipped, especially if it's your first time to Sri Lanka. The culture and heritage has...

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Sri Lanka Travel Guide: How to Climb Sigiriya Rock Fortress

It may not look like much more than a large rock from the photo, but believe me when I say it is so, so much more. Sigiriya, AKA "Lion Rock", is a rock fortress located in central Sri Lanka, approximately 3 hours from Colombo, and consists of the ancient Sky Palace that sits atop of a massive 200-metre-tall rock, a mid-level terrace that features the Lion Gate (sadly, the head is no...

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Explore the Ancient City of Polonnaruwa: A Cultural Treasure in Central Sri Lanka

Polonnaruwa is an ancient city in Sri Lanka and forms part of the "Cultural Triangle" along with Sigiriya, Anuradhapura, Kandy and Dambulla. It served as the capital city for nearly 2 centuries between the 11th and 13th centuries AD and is an incredible day trip destination in Sri Lanka. During its time as a capital, Polonnaruwa was ruled by the Kings Vijayabahu I, Parakramabahu the Great and Nissanka Malla - all 3...

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Visit the Ruins of Anuradhapura: One of Sri Lanka’s Ancient Capitals

The sacred city of Anuradhapura is an ancient capital in Sri Lanka and one of the country's precious UNESCO Heritage Sites. This city is a living site in the sense that the ruins of Anuradhapura remain a pilgrimage destination for devout Buddhists in Sri Lanka and around the world: it was established around what people believe to be a branch of the Bodhi tree where Buddha attained enlightenment. Anuradhapura in Sri...

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8 Things to Do If You Only Have 2 Days in Ella, Sri Lanka

Ella in Sri Lanka is every bit as bewitching as the name suggests. I've been to Ella half a dozen times, and each and every time it leaves me speechless with the seemingly endless sprawl of lush tea plantations and mountain ranges. It's not hard to understand why it is on every single Sri Lanka itinerary out there. Whether it's your first trip to Sri Lanka or your tenth, you'll love...

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The Best Places to See Wild Elephants in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is one of the few remaining places where you can see hundreds of wild elephants roam free. It's not certain how many elephants there are in Sri Lanka, but according to the World Animal Protection Organization’s research report on the conditions for elephants used in tourism in Asia, there is an estimated five to six thousand elephants in the wild in Sri Lanka (though this number varies between 3,000...

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Discover Yala National Park in Sri Lanka: What You Need to Know

Sri Lanka possesses an extremely high degree of biodiversity and is considered one of the top biodiversity hotspots in the world. This is precisely why you shouldn't skip going on a wildlife safari at one of the many national parks to try to catch a glimpse of an elusive spotted leopard or see elephants, bears, deer, monkeys, mongoose, wild boar, water buffalo, peacocks and many other beautiful species in their natural habitat....

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An Epic Elephant Safari in Udawalawe National Park in Sri Lanka: What You Need to Know

If beautiful beaches, delicious food, rich culture and stunning landscape aren't enough to convince you to hop on a plane to Sri Lanka, then take a look at the amazing wildlife that this little island in the Indian ocean offers. Despite its size, the country possesses an extremely high degree of biodiversity and is considered one of the top biodiversity hotspots in the world. Going on a safari in Sri Lanka is...

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How to See the Elephant Gathering in the Minneriya and Kaudulla National Parks in Sri Lanka

Don't underestimate this little island in the Indian ocean - Sri Lanka offers a tremendous amount of wildlife and biodiversity for its size. It has a dozen or so national parks, the most famous of which being Yala and Udawalawe, and is home to an estimated five to six thousand elephants in the wild and 120 to 200 in captivity according to the World Animal Protection Organization. Although Yala and Udawalawe National...

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Visiting Orphaned Baby Elephants at the Elephant Transit Home in Udawalawe, Sri Lanka

If it weren't already completely and utterly obvious, I am obsessed with elephants. If you are also in love with these gentle giants, you need to visit Sri Lanka ASAP as it has one of the biggest populations of wild Asian elephants in the world. Over the years, measures to protect wildlife (and in particular, elephants) have continued to improve in Sri Lanka, and a number of facilities have been created...

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24 Hours in Colombo: How to Explore Sri Lanka’s Underrated Capital in 1 Day

Although Colombo is the transportation gateway to the rest of Sri Lanka, most people (myself included, at one point!) would tell you to skip it. Colombo often ends up being passed over in favor of places like Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa, tea country in Kandy and Ella, the UNESCO-listed Galle Fort as well as the national parks and pristine beaches along the south coast. I had previously visited Colombo a handful of times,...

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Surfing in Arugam Bay: A Practical Guide to Surf Central in East Sri Lanka

Arugam Bay is a famous surfing destination on the east coast of Sri Lanka, though more and more non-surfers and families are starting to flock to the small town for its sandy beaches, proximity to lesser-visited national parks and budget-friendly hotels and restaurants. Most visitors to Arugam Bay either love it, or hate it. It's not everyone's cup of tea, but one thing is for certain: it is a fantastic place...

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7 Reasons Why You Should Attend a Yoga Retreat in Sri Lanka

Picture yourself practicing Yoga with like-minded yoga lovers, the wind in your hair and the beach just a few steps away. Traveling and taking part in a Yoga retreat is a wonderful way to fill your cup and enhance wellness, explore new parts of the world, be a part of the international Yoga community and most importantly: immerse yourself in Yoga. Yoga retreats provide an outlet to truly integrate...

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The Best Boutique & Luxury Hotels to Let Your Hair Down at in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is an incredible country to visit with pristine beaches, fabulous food, vivid culture & history, breathtaking wildlife and wonderful people. Over the past three years, I've made it my mission to explore as much of the country as possible and have climbed Sigiriya Rock Fortress, surfed in Arugam Bay, gone on elephant safaris in various national parks, taken the scenic train through hill country, practiced Yoga in...

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Madulkelle Tea & Eco Lodge in Kandy: Glamping in Sri Lanka’s Tea Country

“If you are cold, tea will warm you; if you are too heated, it will cool you; If you are depressed, it will cheer you; If you are excited, it will calm you.” - William Ewart Gladstone Green. Everywhere you look. Green. This is what was waiting for us after waking up at 4:30 am and traveling for nearly seven hours (read more about traveling through tea country by train here!). We traveled...

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Experiencing Eco-Luxury & Ayurveda at Jetwing Ayurveda Pavilions in Negombo, Sri Lanka

Located just half an hour away from Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport is the bustling seaside town of Negombo. Though Negombo is not typically high up on the list of places to visit in Sri Lanka, it is home to Jetwing Ayurveda Pavilions, a leading Ayurvedic retreat and hotel in the country. Ayurveda has been practiced in Sri Lanka for thousands of years and to many it is not just...

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Understated Luxury and Class at Anantara Kalutara Resort in Sri Lanka

Since my first Anantara experience in Bali more than a decade ago, I've sought out other Anantara properties around the world for their signature service, incredible food and tasteful decor that doesn't sacrifice comfort for style. When planning my next trip back to Sri Lanka I knew that I had to visit the newest Anantara hotel in Kalutara!  Sometimes you discover a place that transports you away to a world that you...

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Shangri-La’s Hambantota Resort and Spa: Beachfront Luxury Hotel in Southern Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka's luxury and boutique hotel scene is on the up-and-up, with major brands like Shangri-La opening up to cater to the burgeoning tourist arrivals to this little island in the Indian Ocean. Shangri-La's Hambantota Resort & Spa opened last June and is the newest luxury venture to open its doors in southern Sri Lanka, and is also the largest resort in country at nearly 60 hectares (or 150 acres)....

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Diyabubula: An Eco-Luxury Hideaway in Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle

Every so often a property comes around that shows you how a hotel can break through conventional categories and stereotypes of what a hotel should look like. Diyabubula near Sigiriya is one such place where you can sense the love, energy and thought that went into the design and construction of the hotel. If you’re a Yoga, Wine & Travel reader then you’ll know that I'm constantly on the...

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