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See spectacular Sri Lanka

Book flights to Sri Lanka and discover an idyllic destination. Tread on crisp white sand, swim in crystal clear seas and enjoy year-round tropical climates.

Travel to Colombo, the country’s capital, and discover Sri Lanka’s enthralling past at the National Museum of Colombo or experience peaceful contemplation at the Gangaramaya Temple.

During your stay, dine on spicy local cuisine and fresh fruit on Kathiresan Street in fascinating Colombo.

Witness herds of elephants, buffalo, monkeys and soaring eagles in one of Sri Lanka’s vast national parks. Relax on the shores of the island’s pristine beaches.

One of the best ways to see Sri Lanka is by rail. Begin by taking the train from Colombo, then through Kandy and Badulla.

You’ll weave through lush jungles and mountain ranges – be sure to travel through the night for a spectacular sunrise.

If you’re interested in surfing, you’ll find amazing waves and welcoming beaches for all abilities to the south.

Discover this incredible tropical paradise and book flights to Sri Lanka with Etihad today.

What's the weather like in Sri Lanka?

Average TemperatureAverage Rainfall

Jan

31°C

12cm

Feb

31°C

10cm

Mar

32°C

9cm

Apr

32°C

18cm

May

31°C

13cm

Jun

30°C

9cm

Jul

30°C

7cm

Aug

30°C

9cm

Sep

30°C

12cm

Oct

30°C

25cm

Nov

30°C

26cm

Dec

31°C

30cm

Sri Lanka is a year-round destination with near-constant warm weather in the mid-30°Cs. Monsoon seasons affect different parts of Sri Lanka at different times of the year.

Check the local weather while planning your journey to Sri Lanka. Figures shown are for Colombo.

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seema malaka buddhist temple situated in the beira lake in colombo

Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB)

The main airport in Sri Lanka is Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport. It’s located around 20 miles (32 kilometres) from Colombo on the west coast of Sri Lanka and there are bus and taxi services available to transfer you to the city. From the airport, you’ll be able to reach the vibrant capital within an hour.

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Reasons to visit Sri Lanka

elephant orphanage in sri lanka

See amazing wildlife

Sri Lanka is home to many incredible national parks, where visitors can watch elephants, birds and big cats. There’s also whale watching off the island’s coastlines.

Yala National Park has the highest concentration of leopards in the world – catch a glimpse of these incredible animals prowling the lush greenery of the coastline.

Flanked by verdant tea plantations, Udawalawe National Park provides the opportunity to spot elephants grazing in their natural habitat. There’s also the chance to take to the sea from Mirissa or Kalpitiya and see sperm whales and dolphins among the waves.

temple of the sacred tooth in kandy sri lanka

Visit the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic

There are many ornate Buddhist temples in Sri Lanka – the most famous of which is the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, also known as Sri Dalada Maligawa.

Found in Kandy, Sri Lanka’s second largest city, this grandiose structure houses one of Buddha’s teeth and is among the most sacred sites in the country.

A 10-day festival featuring dancers, musicians and fire breathers is held in July or August each year as visitors flock to the city from across the world.

idyllic beach in sri lanka

Unrivalled surfing

Sri Lanka is a haven for surfers, boasting sandy beaches, azure oceans and incredible waves.

You’ll find surfing for all abilities along Sri Lanka’s shores. Visit Hikkaduwa on the south-west or Weligama on the south coast, for waves that suit beginners and experienced surfers alike all-year-round.

Weather patterns alternate on the island. While the ocean at one side is lively enough for surfing, the other is calmer. On the south, the best surfing period is between November and May – on the east, between April and October.

Things to know before you fly to Sri Lanka

meals Local cuisine

As an island nation, seafood plays a huge part in Sri Lankan cuisine – ambul thiyal (sour fish curry) is a must-try while visiting the country.

currency Local currency

The currency in Sri Lanka is the Sri Lankan rupee (LKR). The Sri Lankan rupee is a closed currency, meaning you can only exchange when in the country.

globe Language

There are two languages spoken in Sri Lanka, Sinhalese and Tamil. Most residents at tourist destinations should understand basic English.

socket Plugs

Sri Lanka uses two plug outlets – type D and type G on a 230 V supply. Check your appliances and bring both adapters if you plan on travelling around the country.

Flying to Sri Lanka: FAQs

How long should I stay in Sri Lanka?

Sri Lanka has so much to explore. It’s recommended to spend at least a week here, or two weeks if you plan on visiting more than one location. Give yourself time to hike and to relax at the beach, as well as a day or two to see the local wildlife.

What is the rainy season like in Sri Lanka?

The rainy season in Sri Lanka depends on which side of the island you’re staying on. The east coast is less likely to be rainy between May to September, while the west and south sides are dry between October and February.

What is Sri Lanka known for?

Coffee and tea are famous in Sri Lanka and there are lush tea plantations across the country. Sri Lanka is also well known for its incredible wildlife – especially leopards and elephants.

Why we love Sri Lanka

“Sri Lanka is a tropical paradise and an amazing destination to see animals up close. Watch leopards and elephants roam around Yala National Park, or explore the lush greenery via train.”

The best of Sri Lanka

Home to impeccable sandy beaches, rich history and amazing wildlife, Sri Lanka is an island paradise that has delighted travellers for generations.

Find out why Sri Lanka is fast becoming a surfer’s paradise and discover the best beaches to catch incredible waves. Sample refreshing tea and take a spectacular rail journey through the lush jungle. Explore quaint villages and stay in luxurious hotels in the cosmopolitan capital of Colombo.

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London (LHR) to Colombo (CMB)

Departure Tue 5 May 2020,
Return Mon 25 May 2020
from GBP515*

Manchester (MAN) to Colombo (CMB)

Departure Tue 17 Mar 2020,
Return Sat 4 Apr 2020
from GBP572*
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