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Sri Lanka is probably the best kept secret of the Indian Ocean with its unending pristine sandy strips, lush green hills and wondrous coastal scenery. The rich cultural heritage of its numerous Buddhist temples and its many ancient ruins are also billed among its popular attractions. The urban centres of Colombo and Kandy feature bustling markets that are the best places to pickup cheap local handicrafts and arts, while the ancient sea port of Galle harks back to the time to galleys and cutters. Apart from this Sri Lanka's delicious cuisine and its warm-hearted populace are sure to win the heart of any foreign tourist.
Sri Lanka is chock-a-block with numerous historic and religious attractions with visitors flocking to such sites in large numbers. Popular historic destinations in the country include the ancient ruins of Sirigaya, Dambulla, Polonnaruwa and Anuradhapura. Among the most important religious sites in this island nation, the top draws include Aluvihare Rock Temple, Temple of the Tooth, Kothduwa Temple and Dematamal Vihara. Among the natural scenery, there are numerous pristine sandy strips scattered throughout the country's extensive coastline, while the lush green central highlands feature tea, coffee and spice plantations. All of these together contribute to the extraordinary experience of a holiday in Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka is well connected by flights with the United Kingdom. The national carriers of SriLankan Airlines and British Airways are the most popular options among Britons seeking air tickets to Sri Lanka due to the high frequency of their operations on the route. Middle Eastern carriers such as Qatar Airways, Etihad, Emirates, Oman Air and Gulf Air also have extensive operations on the UK to Sri Lanka route. British travellers departing from London Heathrow can also net cheap flights to Sri Lanka with leading international operators such as Jet Airways, Singapore Airlines, Qantas, Malaysian Airlines and Cathay Pacific. These long-haul flights often feature a stop at hub airports of the airlines.
Geography: Located amidst the azure waters of the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka is an island paradise with numerous pristine beaches as well as lush green highlands.
Key Holiday Destinations: Colombo, Kandy, Galle, Kotugoda Anuradhapura, Sirigaya, Yala National Park.
Popular Airports: International Airports at Colombo and Hambantota.
Popular Airlines: SriLankan Airlines is the national airline with hub at Bandaranaike International Airport, Colombo.
Language: Sinhala and Tamil are the most commonly spoken local languages. English is widely spoken and understood especially in cities.
Time Zone: UTC +5:30
Popular Holidays: Culture and History, Sightseeing, Spice/Tea Garden Tours, Seaside, Sports holidays, Shopping, Adventure.
British High Commission: British High Commission
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Sri Lanka features relatively similar weather conditions round the year, which is the major reason why it is classified as a round the year destination. But the winter months of December and January are considered to be the best time to visit in terms of weather conditions. The tourist traffic also increases exponentially during the period, which often makes netting cheap flights and accommodations tricky. The shoulder months of spring namely February to April also feature pleasant weather but much lower tourist traffic. These months are best for those seeking deals on air tickets and accommodations for a visit to Sri Lanka.
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