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Sri Lanka, the island country just off the south coast of India, is now firmly on the radars of UK honeymooners, families, sun seekers and wildlife enthusiasts. So you’ll find plenty of direct flights to Sri Lanka all year round, with plenty of scope to shop around for cheap deals.

You're likely to fly into Colombo on the southwest coast, which is one of the best areas for beaches and sunny weather (outside the rainy season, which is May to September on the west coast). But Sri Lanka is eminently tourable, and lets you pack coast and countryside, ancient inland cities, leopard safaris, tea plantations and historic train journeys into one remarkable trip.

For the cheapest Sri Lanka flights, avoid December, late July and August, and fly in October or November. The bad news – and the reason for the low prices – is that those months are the inter-monsoon period, when Sri Lanka's two regional monsoons overlap and storms are widespread.

The best weather on the west coast occurs between December and March, so late January, February and March are all good times to fly, with sensible prices and plenty of sun. If you're headed to the north or east coasts, the dry weather comes later in the year – May and June are the sweet spots for value.

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Flight time

10 hrs 46 mins

(from London)


Sri Lankan rupee


Sinhala, Tamil