Sri Lanka Flights
Famous for its spices, cricket (which brings together the different cultures on the island), and of course its tea, Sri Lanka is an island just off the southern coast of India. Sri Lanka, which used to be Ceylon, is located in the Indian Ocean and enjoys a tropical climate. Coastal areas enjoy temperatures of between 27 and 29 degrees all year, with the hottest part of the island being the north and north-east. Heavy rain can occur all year round, with the two monsoon seasons being between May and August, and between October and January.
The main airport on Sri Lanka is Bandaranaike International Airport 35 km north of Colombo. Sri Lankan Airlines fly directly to Bandaranaike from London Heathrow; the journey takes approximately 10 to 11 hours.
Other airlines fly from London Gatwick or London Heathrow to Bandaranaike International Airport with one or two stops. A stop in Male in the Maldives means a flight of approximately 12 to thirteen hours. Stops include airports such as Dubai, Mumbai, and Abu Dhabi. The other international airport is in Hambantota in the southeast of the island.
Things to do in Sri Lanka
The capital of the island is Colombo. Visit Colombo if you enjoy the bustle of shops, markets and restaurants, and want to experience the vast heritage and rich culture of the island.
Visit the ancient rock fortress and water garden of Sigiriya in the Matale District, or visit the southern central area of Sri Lanka which is mountainous. See the most famous of Sri Lanka’s ancient cities, the Kingdom of Anuradhapura, one of the Buddhists most sacred cities.
Bambarakanda waterfall is located in a forest of pine trees and is the tallest waterfall in the country. It can be found in the Badulla District in the southern central part of the island.
Sri Lanka is famous for its golden beaches in the south of the island. Not only are there beautiful beaches in the south, but with nearly 1600km of coastline, there are some wonderful beaches on the east coast and also consider the Negambo lagoon on the west coast. On Sri Lankan beaches, enjoy a whole host of water sports in and on the water, fishing and even dolphin watching.
Hotels in Sri Lanka
Amangalla is an Aman Resorts hotel in the port of Galle in the south of the island. Set in the middle of the preserved 17th Century Dutch fort, guests can enjoy views of the 200 year old gardens as well as the harbour, and use the hotel as a base to explore the port and the countryside surrounding them.
Casa Colombo is a 12 suite stylish boutique hotel in Colombo’s business district. The building itself is 200 years old but has been converted into a beautifully luxurious hotel on its own cul de sac.
Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo overlooks Beira Lake and has been ranked the best five star luxury city hotel in Sri Lanka