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This small island at the foot of India is a mouth-watering concentration of history, food, culture and nature. Its beach resorts and great diving are a big pull for leisure travellers. Culture vultures flock to the ancient forts, temples and food spots. And nature lovers explore the inland lakes and reserves – home to cheetah and elephant. Others simply sit at a luxury hotel pool or spa, sipping tea from the plantations that carpet the mountainous interior. 

Explore striking landscapes, stunning seascapes and culture that’s been left untouched.


Capital city: Colombo.

Currency: Rupee (in 25, 50, 100, 200, 500, 1000 and 2000 notes).

Cuisine: Sri Lanka’s signature dish is curry with coconut milk, chillies, curry leaves, cinnamon, garlic and fish.

Tipping etiquette: A 10% tip is usually added to your bill.

Saying hello: Tamil and Sinhala are spoken in Sri Lanka. The Tamil greeting is “van akkã” but there isn’t a word for “hello” in Sinhala, so people often greet each other with a smile. 


Sri Lanka is a perfect year-round escape. It’s hottest from June to September when, with temperatures averaging around 35°C, a chilled pool and an icy cocktail feel like heaven. There are two rainy seasons in May/June and November/December – but the typically short showers provide nothing more than delightful refreshment.   

Seafood lovers get ready: the spicy barbecued tamarind fish and coconut shrimp curry are a must.

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