Sri Lanka is an island country located in the Indian Ocean a short distance from the south of India. With breathtaking coastline surrounding the island, it is a popular travel destination for surfers and beach lovers alike. Sri Lanka also has beautiful mountains, hill country and famous native Sri Lankan elephants making it an excellent destination for nature lovers. Sri Lanka has seen an increase in tourists visiting the island in recent years with no signs of slowing down. Now is definitely the time to visit!
Sri Lanka’s weather varies significantly depending on which part of the island you are visiting, making certain months more ideal for certain areas. Overall, the best time to visit Sri Lanka, particularly the popular south coast and hill country is between December and March. This is when the weather is generally warm and rainfall is low.
“Coconut Tree Hill, Mirissa”
“Little Adam’s Peak, Ella”
Accommodation – Accommodation is very affordable in Sri Lanka, in particular BnB’s and boutique hotels. I stayed in many boutique hotels that were very reasonably priced at around $70 – $120 AUD per night including breakfast (usually a traditional Sri Lanka breakfast which was delicious!). There are a lot of hostel and lodge type accommodations that are even cheaper if your budget is a little lower.
Food – Let me just say that dahl IS life! The food in Sri Lanka is absolutely phenomenal and very affordable, especially if you eat the local food dishes. As a vegan, I didn’t struggle with food choices at all. Dahl was a staple, along with string hoppers (a Sri Lankan type noodle) and fresh tropical fruit.
Transportation – The traffic in Sri Lanka can be chaotic so the best way to get around is by using public buses and trains. These are very cheap (usually only a few dollars per journey) and run to most major towns and destinations throughout Sri Lanka. The buses and trains don’t always run exactly as per their schedules so it’s important to exercise patience and have a fairly loose schedule when travelling around.
Suggested daily budget – $70-$90 AUD (Note: This is a suggested budget assuming you’re staying in a boutique hotel, eating out for all meals, and using local transportation. Using the budget tips below, you can always lower this number. However, if you stay in fancier accommodation or use private transport, expect this to be higher!)