Insider Tips for Sri Lanka
Here we have gathered together tips and suggestions from our Sri Lanka team on ways to help you make the most of your time in this friendly island nation. There’s more to it than elephants and beaches! And for those that aren’t visiting Sri Lanka, we have a selection of our favourite books, and films that we think will give you a real flavour of the country’s life, culture and traditions.
You must try Arrack, it is Sri Lanka’s local spirit, similar to rum but made from coconut flowers
Running in the Family by Michael Ondaatje
In Running in the Family, Michael Ondaatje tells the story of a man returning to his roots in Sri Lanka in the late 1970s.
Cinnamon Gardens by Shyam Selvadurai
Cinnamon Gardens takes place in the neighbourhood of the same name during the 1920s. It is a story of family and history deep in the heart of Colombo.
The legend of The Ramayana is an epic tale of Rama, who travelled to the teardrop island off the coast of southern India to save his princess bride, Sita. It is a purely magical story that is part of the culture, the history and souls of the Sri Lankan people.
A Common Man
Ben Kingsley and Ben Cross act as a terrorist and police chief, respectively, in this police drama/thriller. It won the Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor awards at the Madrid International Film Festival.
Take the Train
The trains in Sri Lanka are not fast, but the landscapes are astonishingly beautiful and the train is the ideal way to appreciate them. The journey Ella is particularly scenic and crosses the dramatic Nine Arch Bridge.
Take a pair of flip flops to Temples
You will have to take your shoes and socks off before entering a temple, even if it is outdoors, so it’s a good idea to take a pair of flip-flops to keep your feet clean!
Visit one of the city’s rooftop bars or atmospheric jazz clubs for a cosmopolitan evening out.
Some of Our Favourite Places in Sri Lanka
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka's capital filled with Portuguese, Dutch and British colonial architect...Learn more
Sigiriya, Sri Lanka
Sigiriya is known for its Cave Temples and amazing rock fortressLearn more
Kandy, Sri Lanka
Kandy is a friendly city in the centre of the country.Learn more
Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka
This area is renowned as the predominant tea growing area in Sri LankaLearn more
Yala National Park, Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka’s most renowned National Park is brimming with birds, elephants, bea...Learn more
Beruwala, Sri Lanka
A popular beach resort on the south-western coast of Sri LankaLearn more
Dambulla, Sri Lanka
Home to one of the country’s cultural highlights, the Dambulla Cave Temples, a...Learn more
Kalutara, Sri Lanka
A relaxing beach resort on the south west coast of Sri LankaLearn more
Galle, Sri Lanka
A delightful city with a mixture of Portuguese, Dutch and British colonial archi...Learn more
Ella, Sri Lanka
A small town in stunning surroundings famed for it's excellent teaLearn more