The peaks of island nation Sri Lanka roll gently to its shoreline where celebrated sandy beaches bear the gentle lapping of the Indian Ocean.
On the way from misty mountains to sunny coast 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.
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) near the bustling 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.
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.
Prices for flights to Sri Lanka tend to fluctuate according to the weather. Check out what might be happening when and where you want to go and then book your flights.
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