Sri Lanka Holidays
Sri Lanka Holidays - A stunning island destination
The fascinating island of Sri Lanka is located in the Indian Ocean just off the southern coast of India. Sri Lanka is just 270 miles long by 140 miles across at the widest point and was formerly the British colony of Ceylon. Sri Lanka presents the visitor with an unhurried lifestyle as well as many captivating sights and sounds - a veritable treat for the senses. This is a splendidly picturesque country full of exotic colour, sounds and sensations. Whilst the majority of holidays here will inevitably centre on the fabulous tropical beaches, Sri Lanka offers so much more to experience - lush green hills, sparkling rice paddies, scenic tea plantations, jungles and mountains, and echoes of its colonial past in its hill stations, estates and beautiful gardens.
The main tourist destinations feature miles of superb palm-lined golden sand, the wide Sri Lankan beaches enjoying the clear warm water of the exotic Indian Ocean - idyllic for watching fisherman at work and fabulous for viewing sunsets. These beaches are also magnets for water sports fans and diving enthusiasts, with holidays here being at their best during the British winter. The most popular holiday destinations are the beach resorts running south from the colourful capital Colombo to the fascinating historic colonial port of Galle; a string of exceptional beaches including Bentota and Beruwela. Animated coastal towns like Kalutara and easygoing beach resorts like Negombo present relatively lively alternatives. Sri Lankan resorts can offer a selection of sophisticated hotels, stylish villas and guesthouses with modern amenities and fine gardens. The picturesque setting combined with the quality of hotels and friendly service make Sri Lanka a popular choice for weddings and honeymoons. Many hotels offer holidays on an all-inclusive basis.
You will also find a range of superb excursions on offer. Your holiday could include unforgettable trips to Buddhist and Hindu temples, turtle farms, bird and elephant sanctuaries, atmospheric crocodile-spotting river trips, wonderful botanical gardens at Kandy and the Yala West National Park with its bears, crocodiles, buffalo and leopards. Birdwatchers should head for the Bundala National Park. It’s not all about the natural surroundings though – Sri Lanka also offers superb opportunities for shopping in its intriguing colourful bazaars.
Weather in Sri Lanka
Weather in Sri Lanka is typically of a tropical nature with consistent high temperatures and relatively high humidity inland. Coastal resorts enjoy hot, dry days with pleasant afternoon sea breezes. The central highlands are delightfully cool with perfect mild to warm temperatures and little variation. The south west coast experiences more rainfall than elsewhere which can be heavy from October to January and the rainfall pattern can involve brief afternoon showers followed by thunder. During summer the weather sees very little rain with constant blue skies and cooling breezes ensure comfortable and uninterrupted enjoyment of sunbathing and water sports. The south can receive intermittent rain during the summer but is rarely prolonged. Daytime temperatures reach an average of 32C which can feel hotter in midmorning but relents as the afternoon breezes arrive. Up to 9 hours of daily sunshine can be enjoyed at this time. In June and July the east coast receives stronger winds especially on exposed stretches of beach, offering ideal surfing conditions, however swimming can be difficult.
The long virtually unbroken spell of summer sunshine ends in October and the weather becomes gradually wetter and cloudy which peaks in December with an average of 350mm of rainfall. Cloud cover can remain for several days although the sun will invariably shine for around 7 hours a day. The north east coast however continues to enjoy relatively fine weather with fewer showers and generally clear skies. Temperatures reach 28C even on overcast days but relative humidity remains high. Monsoon rains in Sri Lanka are rarely severe enough to disrupt a beach holiday for any length of time.