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Sri Lanka WeatherSri Lanka’s weather changes wherever you are on the island, with inland being higher above sea level and therefore a lot cooler than the coast. Around the coast, the average temperature stays between 27°C and 29°C throughout the year, so you’ll be greeted with balmy weather no matter what time you go. Whilst hot, April to June and September to November see more rainfall than the rest of the year, so try to work around going in these months if you want a drier trip.
Things To Do on Sri Lanka HolidaysHiking With the stunning nature that Sri Lanka has to offer, it would be rude not to go for a hike when visiting. There are plenty of perfect spots to explore around the island, so you may not need to travel as far as you thought for a great day in the outdoors. In Matale, Riverston Peak is a peaceful trek with a peak that’s perfect for taking in the surrounding views of the lush countryside. If you’re looking for a challenge, the 9.5km hike up Horton Plains is a popular walk, with it ending at ‘World’s End’. The best time to climb this peak is between October and March, in the hours of 6am to 10am to try and avoid any mist or cloud coverage. Visit one of Sri Lanka’s National Parks Alongside the island being a great spot for hiking, Sri Lanka also hosts a wonderful selection of National Parks with 26 to choose from. Aside from their natural beauty, the National Parks are also a great way to spot the amazing wildlife. See the majestic elephants at Kaudulla National Park, spot a leopard at Yala National Park and watch the wild buffalo at Udawalawe National Park. Whichever you choose to visit, it’s an incredible experience that you’ll remember for a lifetime.Snorkelling and Scuba DivingThe west, south and east coasts of Sri Lanka offer amazing underwater life, reefs and wrecks, making them spectacular spots for snorkelling and scuba diving. Explore the coral reef in Hikkaduwa and see the tropical fish that live there. If you choose to go diving or snorkelling in Mirissa, you may just bump into friendly sea turtles and blue whales. For those who prefer shipwrecks over sea life, Colombo’s waters feature the wrecks of British steamer SS Perseus, Thermophylae Sierra and the Taprobane East Wreck. Ride the train from Kandy to Ella No, this isn’t just public transport. The train from Kandy to Ella is an attraction in itself, as it’s one of the most scenic journeys Sri Lanka has to offer. Reaching almost 2000m above sea level, the ride passes over luscious, green tea plantations that make for jaw-dropping views. To make sure you can take in the scenery, grab a seat on the right-hand side of the train. If you’ve not reserved seats, you can join the rush at Kandy and try to grab one, but to avoid the bustling passengers try to get to Perideniya Station (the stop before Kandy) and jump on there. It’s 100% worth it.
Known as the smiling people through out the world Sri Lankans enjoy a unique life style that is humble, artistic, entertaining and touching. The intimate connection between society and buddhism as well as traditional forms of art, dance and music are the fusion of the Sri Lankan culture.
Immerse yourself in one of Sri Lanka's many wonderfully colourful festivals. Most involve long processions of glittering elephants, dancers and drummers. The best-known is Esala Perahera in Kandy; Vel Festival in Colombo is also spectacular.
Ingrained in the culture of Sri Lanka is cricket, people live and breath cricket in Sri Lanka. Make sure you join in a game of impromptu game of cricket on the beach where the cricket mad locals are always up for employing an extra pair of hands!
The nightlife in Sri Lanka is best in the capital Colombo but is really not much to write home about. It is mainly kept to a few Irish bars and bars within hotels like the Hilton and the Mount Lavinia.
It is pleasing to say that the European, Middle Eastern and South Indian influences have had a positive effect on the cuisine in Sri Lanka. Meaning that the Sri Lankan cuisine is very different from any other country in Asia. The Gallery Cafe in Colombo can be recommended to experience these East meet West fusion of tastes.
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