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Sri Lanka Overview

Whether you're looking for complete rest and relaxation, natural beauty and wildlife to explore or a healthy dose of entertainment and nightlife, the island of Sri Lanka really does have it all. This culturally diverse nation offers some incredible beaches - with some incredible surf too - deliciously humble Sri Lankan cuisine and a plethora of attractions and scenery to explore.

Sri Lanka's coastal capital, Colombo is arguably the most popular city for flights onto the island, which oozes colour and plenty of signs of its colonial past. With a great contrast between street markets and high-end dining, there's something for everyone in Colombo.

If water sports are more your bag, you can't go wrong with a trip to Kalutara, with crystal-clear beaches and excellent waves to ride, as well as breathtaking Buddhist temples and ancient fortifications to discover.

Some of the most popular all-inclusive holiday resorts in Sri Lanka are located in the city of Negombo. It's not hard to see why the resorts have settled here, with more incredible beaches, spectacular architecture and the Muthurajawela marshland that's teeming with wildlife. If great walks in the mountains are something you enjoy, a trip to the sacred city of Kandy should also be on your to-do list, set deep within the island's Hill Country. It's the perfect place to completely switch off and unwind amid the ancient temples and refreshing natural waterfalls.

Flight Tickets to Sri Lanka

It is quite easy to purchase flights to Sri Lanka all year round, with a number of airline operators working out of the UK into Sri Lanka every month. Both SriLankan Airlines and Qatar Airways tend to offer the best value rates for cheap flights to Sri Lanka, while British Airways and Emirates also fly to the island.

Most flights will come into the Bandaranaike Colombo International Airport, situated around 20 miles north of Sri Lanka's capital city. However, the Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport to the south of the island is beginning to grow in popularity with the major airlines.

Flights to Sri Lanka from UK Airports

Flights to Sri Lanka are available from five different airports across the UK, with four airports in England and one in Scotland. London Gatwick operates regular direct flights to the island via Air Lanka, with a typical flight time of 10 hours and 40 minutes. London Heathrow also operates flights to Sri Lanka from the capital but only via indirect routes. Qatar Airways operates out of both Birmingham International Airport and Manchester Airport, with average flight times of 12 hours and 55 minutes and 13 hours and 45 minutes respectively. North of the border in Scotland, Glasgow Airport operates indirect flights to Sri Lanka via a number of airlines, with typical flight times upwards of 14 hours.

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Sri Lanka - Quick Facts for Travellers

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.

Language: Sinhala, Tamil, English

Time Zone: +5hrs 30 minutes

Currency: Sri Lankan rupee

Key holiday destinations: Colombo, Kandy, Negombo, Kalutara

Popular airports: Bandaranaike Colombo International Airport

Popular airlines: Air Lanka, Emirates, Qatar Airways, British Airways

Basic visa requirements for UK passport holders: Visas are required to enter Sri Lanka. Short-stay visas can be purchased online via the http://www.eta.gov.lk/slvisa/. These tourist visas are issued for a maximum of 30 days. Though it is possible to arrange one on arrival, it's highly recommended that you sort one before you travel.

UK High Commission in the capital of Sri Lanka: Controller (Visa)
Department of Immigration & Emigration
No: 41, Ananda Rajakaruna Mawatha
Colombo 10
Sri Lanka.

Best Time to Visit Sri Lanka

The best time to fly to Sri Lanka depends on which coastline you visit. The south-west coast has its peak season between November and April, while the east coast has its best climate between May and September.

The best-value Sri Lanka flights from the UK will be available during the island's monsoon season, which begins in October and can last all the way through to the New Year.

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