Idealic tropical island in Sri Lanka

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From misty mountains to sunny coastlines, you'll find tea plantations, verdant swathes of land, national parks housing elephants, Hindu and Buddhist temples, waterfalls, and tourists with smiles that say they have found a unique island experience.

Why go?

Sensational sunny Sri Lanka... The mountain peaks roll gently to its shoreline where sandy beaches greet the Indian Ocean...

Sri Lanka flights take visitors to a land of unruly weather. Sunshine and heat are the prevailing weather conditions on this tropical island, but monsoon season hits at different times in different parts of the island. Further research is essential to ensure you end up in the right part of Sri Lanka at the right time.

Whatever the weather is up to, the attractions of the island never fail to shine. There's Kandy, in which an octagonal temple houses the sacred tooth of Buddha. The chances of seeing elephants and leopards at Udawalawe National Park or Yala National Park are high, and Galle Fort is so special UNESCO has named it a World Heritage Site.

The forces of nature are evident at Ravana Falls, and at World's End and Baker Falls in Horton Plains National Park in the central Highlands.

Sigiriya (Lion's Rock) is an ancient rock fortress at the geographical heart of the nation and is a stunning attraction.

Take a cup of tea, take on some incredible Sri Lankan cuisine, and take in a game of cricket (you will instantly bond with the locals if you do). Take a flight to Sri Lanka and discover a rich and diverse nation where beautiful beaches are your bounty.

In the capital city of Colombo, the attractive architecture of the city hints at Portuguese, Dutch and British rule.

The island nation continues to grow in popularity as a tourist destination and popular palm-fringed beach resorts include Kalutara, Wadduwa. Negombo, Ahungalla, Bentota, Beruwala, Mount Lavinia and Waikkal, while inland Kandalama also attracts holidaymakers. Backpackers may also head to Unawatuna, Tangalle and Hikkaduwa on the south coast.

How to get there

Flights to Sri Lanka are available year round and good deals are to be had when you compare prices...

Flights to Sri Lanka, the spicy teardrop-shaped island off the southern tip of India, take around 11 hours.

Visitors arrive at Bandaranaike Colombo International Airport (CMB). This is the main international airport in Sri Lanka, located 30 kilometres north of the capital of Colombo.

You can now also fly into Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport which is the second international airport. This is placed in the deep south of the country close to the fast developing coastal town of Hambantot.

There are numerous festivals year round too, so check out what might be happening when and where you want to go and then book your flights. But be aware prices for flights to Sri Lanka tend to fluctuate according to the weather.

Getting to and from the airport

Sri Lanka's international airport is modern, but busy, so be sure to plan your transfer well in advance...

Holidaymakers arriving into Sri Lanka's international airport may find that they are besieged with offers from eager private car firms and drivers. While negotiating a deal is not impossible, first-time travellers are advised to stick with official transfers.

Some hotels have shuttle services running to and from the airport, but generally the advice is to take one of the official taxis or the handy bus service which regularly runs from just outside the airport gate into the centre of Colombo.

If you are travelling relatively light, jump on a tuk-tuk - it is cheap and usually good fun!

Where to stay?

Sri Lanka has so much to offer - choosing where to stay leaves many travellers spoilt for choice, but all budgets are covered...

Sri Lanka has more than 1,000 miles of beautiful palm-shaded beaches and warm waters, with most of the main resorts concentrated on the west and south coast, so head there if stunning beaches are your thing.

The main places of note are Beruwela, Bentota and Hikkaduwa. These all offer paradise, white sandy beaches - ideal for snorkelling and learning to surf in the calm turquoise waters. Accommodation for tourists is generally of a very high standard and Sri Lanka's coastal resorts are a popular honeymoon destination thanks to the luxury hotel complexes that cater well for couples.

More seasoned travellers may wish to base themselves in the dry, flat area north-east of the Hill Country, surrounded by Kandy, Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa. This is known as the Cultural Triangle and the region covers Sri Lanka's most famous cultural and archaeological sites. Accommodation here is much better value and good deals can be had if you enjoy staying in guesthouses where you are guaranteed some delicious local cuisine.

Outdoorsy types may wish to stay close to the Wilpattu National Park which finally re-opened to the public in 2010. It is possible to stay in a tented camp within the park and this can be superb value for a short stay.

Wherever you lay your head, you can be sure of a magical experience - book your flights now and use our price comparison tool to get a great deal.