Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon) is an island nation south of India in the Indian Ocean. Its diverse landscapes range from rainforest and arid plains to highlands and sandy beaches. It’s famed for its ancient Buddhist ruins, including the 5th-century citadel Sigiriya, with its palace and frescoes. The city of Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka's ancient capital, has many ruins dating back more than 2,000 years.
April is the hottest month with an average temperature of 29°C (84°F) and the coldest is January at 27°C (81°F) with the most daily sunshine hours in March. The best month to swim in the sea is in April when the average sea temperature is 30°C.
Best Time To Go
The best time to visit the west and south coasts and hill country is from December to March, while the best weather on the east coast is from April/May to September. Sri Lanka's position close to the Equator means that temperatures remain fairly constant year-round.
Facts and Tips
- Language: Sinhala, Tamil
- Flight from UK:10 hours 30 minutes
- Visa: Required
- Currency: Sri Lankan rupee
- Time difference: (GMT +5 hours 30 minutes)