Sri Lanka is a large island tucked beside India’s southeast. The tropical climate brings two annual monsoons, but the country enjoys consistently mild to warm temperatures and a mix of rain and sunshine. Palm-lined beaches spread around the entirety of the island, offering endless possibilities for both adventure and relaxation. Eight world heritage sites document the history of one of the oldest civilisations in the world, and the living culture is vibrant and accessible. The country is also a biodiversity hotspot, with many species found nowhere else. Don’t miss this unique destination!
Fast facts about Sri Lanka
Where is it? Sri Lanka is an island southeast of India.
How do I get there? Fly to Sri Lanka from cities including Perth, Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Darwin. Airlines include AirAsia, Qantas, Virgin, Emirates, Qatar and Singapore Airlines. No direct flights are available and the journey time varies from 10–19 hours.
When should I go? Sri Lanka’s weather is unpredictable as it is affected by two different monsoons. The best time to visit the west and south of Sri Lanka is December to March; for the east coast, the best period is from April to September.
What should I do? Surf, kayak, water ski, scuba dive, whale watch or sunbathe on the gorgeous coastline, party at the New Year festivals, discover one of the world’s oldest civilisations through ruined cities, temples and monasteries, hike up Adam’s Peak, spot a leopard in Yala National Park, taste the legendary local cuisine, and witness the exuberant spectacle of Sinhalese dancing and drumming.