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Tourism in Sri Lanka: what you need to know

All info to organize his trip have been gathered in this article. We have targeted a list of the best activities to do in Sri Lanka, retained hotels with good prices and amenities, and gathered information to get there. Maps and maps are there so you can locate yourself.

Where to stay in Sri Lanka

More than half of thein Sri Lankaaccommodations are hotels (several categories are represented) and we can sum it up by saying that their quality is generally good. in Sri Lanka from one hotel to another there are important differences . If you book in one of the hotels we recommend in this article, you are sure to make the best choice for your stay at in Sri Lanka.

The 5-star hotels in Sri Lanka

In Sri Lanka hotels are renowned for their good infrastructure and the comfort of their rooms. To help you in your choice, here is some useful information.

In Sri Lanka and in the immediate vicinity there are more than a hundred 5-star hotels. Not always easy to book at the best ones. Fortunately we are here to guide you in your choice.

4-star hotels in Sri Lanka

If it is for you an imperative to have a very correct hotel during your stay in Sri Lanka, we can already tell you that the establishments 4 stars in Sri Lanka are enough good, but not all. So take some time to read our recommandations before booking. To help you in your choice, here is some useful information.

You make good choice if you book at Cinnamon Red Colombo (one of the best option in Colombo), at OZO Kandy (a pleasant establishment ) or at Fairway Colombo.

3-star hotels in Sri Lanka

Good options are: Drift BnB Colombo (one of the best choices in Colombo), at CityRest Fort (a more than correct establishment) or Moss Colombo.

Guesthouses in Sri Lanka

In Sri Lanka and in the immediate surroundings there are more than a hundred guesthouses. Not always easy to find a good one. Fortunately we are here to guide you in your choice. The best choice will probably be the Kadolana Guest House, an basic but correct establishment. Also consider the Wadiya Guesthouse, which is basic and correct...

Hotels with golf in Sri Lanka

In Sri Lanka and in the immediate surroundings there are more than a hundred hotels with golf. Not always easy to identify which ones are really good to play golf and relax. Fortunately we are here to guide you in your choice.

Questions and Answers

What is the best hotel in Sri Lanka? The best place to stay in Sri Lanka is at Heritance Kandalama in Sigiriya.

What is the best 5 stars hotel in Sri Lanka? The best 5 stars hotel in Sri Lanka is the Pawana in Unawatuna.

What is the best 4 stars hotel in Sri Lanka? The best 4 stars hotel in Sri Lanka is the Cinnamon Red Colombo in Colombo.

What is the best 3 stars hotel in Sri Lanka? The best 3 stars hotel in Sri Lanka is the Drift BnB Colombo in Colombo.

What is the best 2 stars hotel in Sri Lanka? The best 2 stars hotel in Sri Lanka is the Lake View Cottage in Tissamaharama.

What is the best hotel with spa in Sri Lanka? The best hotel with spa in Sri Lanka is the Taj Bentota Resort & Spa in Bentota.

What is the best resort hotel in Sri Lanka? The best resort hotel in Sri Lanka is the Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort in Tangalle.

What is the best hotel to practice golf in Sri Lanka? The best hotel to practice golf in Sri Lanka is the Shangri-La''s Hambantota Golf Resort & Spa in Hambantota.

What is the best guesthouse in Sri Lanka? The best guesthouse in Sri Lanka is the Kadolana Guest House in Mirissa.

How to get to Sri Lanka

Going to Sri Lanka by plane

Bandaranaike International Airport : the airport has 931 flights per week. It is served by 25 airlines that offer 29 destinations.

Well-served international destinations include:

  • Dubai : flights operated by Emirates and Flydubai
  • Qatar : flights operated by Qatar Airways
  • Jeddah : flights operated by Saudia
  • Abu Dhabi : flights operated by Etihad Airways
  • Riyadh : flights operated by Saudia
  • Zurich : flights operated by Edelweiss Air
  • Istanbul : flights operated by Turkish Airlines
  • London : flights operated by
  • Melbourne : flights operated by
  • Vienna : flights operated by Austrian Airlines
  • Other cities with medium and long haul direct flights to Bandaranaike International Airport : Amsterdam

Regional destinations with the most frequencies of flights from Bandaranaike International Airport :

  • Chennai Metropolitan Area : flights operated by Indigo, Spicejet and Air India
  • Mumbai : flights operated by
  • Bangalore : flights operated by Indigo
  • Kuala Lumpur : flights operated by Tor Air, Airasia and Malaysia Airlines
  • Singapore : flights operated by Silkair, Emirates and Singapore Airlines
  • Bangkok : flights operated by Thai Airways International
  • Delhi : flights operated by Air India
  • Hong Kong : flights operated by Cathay Pacific
  • Guangzhou : flights operated by China Southern Airlines
  • Kunming : flights operated by China Eastern Airlines
  • Other regional destinations accessible by direct flight from Bandaranaike International Airport : .

Low cost airlines to Bandaranaike International Airport :

  • Chennai Metropolitan Area : flights operated by Indigo, Spicejet and Air India
  • Bangalore : flights operated by Indigo
  • Kuala Lumpur : flights operated by Tor Air, Airasia and Malaysia Airlines
  • Dubai : flights operated by Emirates and Flydubai

Charter and seasonal flights exists from :

  • Zurich : flights operated by Edelweiss Air

What to do in Sri Lanka

Depending on the time you have to visit Sri Lanka, consider the visit of Yala National Park, Udawalawe National Park, Bundala National Park, Gal Oya National Park, Pigeon Island National Park, Jaffna Public Library and Wilpattu National Park.

Museums in Sri Lanka

Among the in Sri Lanka museums and around, we recommend you to visit Jaffna Archaeological Museum, Colombo Dutch Museum and National Museum Of Galle.

Other museums such as National Museum Of Natural History, Batticaloa Museum, International Buddhist Museum, Independence Memorial Museum, Maritime And Naval History Museum, Temple Of The Tooth Museum and Postal Museum, Colombo might be of interest to you. There are other museums in Sri Lanka, among others Anuradhapura Museum, Folk Museum, Currency Museum and Colombo Port Maritime Museum.

Archeological sites in Sri Lanka

During your stay in Sri Lanka, do not forget to visit some archeological sites: Anuradhapura, Hilton Colombo Residences and Horton Plains National Park.

Natural parks in Sri Lanka

In Sri Lanka the main natural parks to visit are Horton Plains National Park, Yala National Park and Udawalawe National Park.

Those planning to stay in Sri Lanka for a long time will be able to visit other natural parks such as Bundala National Park, Pigeon Island National Park, Gal Oya National Park, Wilpattu National Park, Maduru Oya National Park, Wasgamuwa National Park and Minneriya National Park. If you want to visit other natural parks, less known but no less interesting, here are some suggestions: Kaudulla National Park, Kumana National Park, Flood Plains National Park, Hikkaduwa National Park, Angammedilla National Park, Horagolla National Park, Lahugala Kitulana National Park, Lunugamvehera National Park, Somawathiya National Park and Ussangoda National Park.

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