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Sri Lanka remains one of the most popular island destinations in the Indian Ocean. The country is blessed with spectacular natural beauty and boasts a marvellous cultural heritage unrivalled all over the world. Not surprisingly, the stunning island destination sees tourist arrivals in several millions, each year.

But before arriving in the country, travellers must make themselves aware of all facets of travel that could impact their holiday in the country.

Sri Lanka lies in the Indian Ocean in the south of Asia, just below India. The climate in the country is generally temperate and warm, making Sri Lanka a year round destination. Nevertheless, the months from December to March are recommended to travellers who wish to explore the country at its climatic best. For the ones who are concerned about their travel budgets, the period between July and September is recommended.

Sri Lanka is a famous tourist destination and accordingly well connected with all major cities of the globe. Bandaranaike International Airport, located in the capital city Colombo, is the gateway to the country and handles nearly 9 million passengers. Along with SriLankan Airlines, airlines such as Air China, Etihad Airways, Jet Airways, KLM, and Turkish Airlines operate flights to and from the airport.

Certainly, Colombo is more than just a gateway to the country; it has a lot more to offer to the tourists. There are some terrific museums, temples and churches in the capital city.

Kandy, Dambulla, Galle, and Polonnaruwa are some of the other cities and towns that have been traditional favourites with holidaymakers. If we talk about specific tourist sites, the likes of Yala National Park, Sigiriya, Royal Botanical Gardens, Little Adam's Peak,and Horton Plains National Park,are the biggest crowd pullers. A large crowd of visitors is also found at Temple of the Tooth Relic , Uda Walawe National Park, Bentota Beach, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage and Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa

Sri Lanka boasts several cultural sites where travellers can learn about the country’s impressive culture and history. But holidaymakers can do more to soak in the region’s cultural richness. They can be a part of the many religious or cultural festivals that are celebrated across the island with great fervour. Thai Pongal (January), Mahashivratri (March), Tamil New Year (April), and Kandy Perahera (July or August) are some of such celebrations.

No one wants to fall sick on their holiday abroad. That’s why tourists are recommended to follow certain tips and suggestions that might help in keeping them healthy and safe in Sri Lanka. First of all, tourists should avoid eating at cheap street side eateries. Stick to big, clean and busy restaurants. Also, tourists are advised to avoid drinking tap water. Further, swim only in designated swimming areas and make sure you obey lifeguards.

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