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How To Spend 2 Weeks in Sri Lanka

A short but complete guide for a first timer

By Sewmini James Published about a year ago 3 min read
How To Spend 2 Weeks in Sri Lanka
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Sri Lanka is the perfect destination for travellers seeking a balance of relaxation and excitement. An island nation located south of India, Sri Lanka is renowned for its picturesque beaches, ancient temples, and vibrant culture and history. The country boasts a diverse landscape featuring rainforests, mountains, wildlife reserves, tea plantations and sandy shores. The country is also known for its delicious cuisine.

Best time to go

Sri Lanka is a tropical country, so it is generally warm and humid throughout the year. However, the country has two distinct monsoon seasons that can affect different parts of the island at different times.

The southwest monsoon lasts from May to September, and the northeast monsoon lasts from December to March.

The best time to visit Sri Lanka should be determined by where you want to go and what you want to do. The dry season, December to March, is generally considered the best time to visit the country. The period from April to September is also a good time to visit, as the weather is warm and there is less rain, although it can be quite humid.

If you want to avoid the crowds, the shoulder seasons of October and November, and April and May, can be a good time to visit, as there are fewer tourists, and the weather is still pleasant.

Where to stay

No matter what your budget or preferences are, there will be an accommodation choice that fits your needs.

Sri Lanka has a variety of options for accommodations for tourists. These include places provided by popular chains such as Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts, small and unique boutique hotels, affordable guesthouses, and the opportunity to stay with a local family in a homestay.

The best Sri Lanka hotels can be found in popular tourist destinations and offer amenities like swimming pools, spas, and high-end restaurants.

Boutique hotels offer a more personal and intimate experience. Guesthouses and homestays are good options for travellers on a budget.

How to get around

There are a few different options for getting around in Sri Lanka.

One option is to take public transportation, such as buses or trains. Both options are relatively inexpensive and can be a good way to see the country. Buses are generally more frequent, but trains may be more comfortable.

Another option is to hire a car and driver. This can be a convenient way to get around, as you won't have to worry about navigating unfamiliar roads.

If you prefer to have more control over your itinerary and want to explore more remote areas, you could also consider renting a car or motorbike - Just know that traffic can be chaotic in Sri Lanka.

You can also get around by taking domestic flights between major cities. This can be a quick and convenient way to travel, but it is more expensive than other options.

Things to do

There are many things you can do during your two-week holiday in Sri Lanka:

  • Visit the ancient city of Anuradhapura, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to many Buddhist temples and palaces.
  • Explore beautiful beaches like Unawatuna and Mirissa.
  • Visit the hill country and take in the stunning views at Ella and Nuwara Eliya.
  • Go on a wildlife safari in one of the national parks, including Yala or Udawalawe, to see elephants, leopards, and other native animals.
  • Visit the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy, a sacred Buddhist site that houses a relic of the Buddha's tooth.
  • Take a train ride through the tea plantations in the hill country.
  • Go scuba diving or snorkelling at one of the many coral reefs around the island.
  • Try some of the delicious local dishes.
  • Visit the botanical gardens in Peradeniya.
  • Learn about the country's history and culture at one of the many museums and cultural centres.

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