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Sri Lanka offers breath taking views, palm fringed golden beaches, peaceful hill country, abundant wildlife and ancient history. This could be why Sri Lanka remains one of the favourite honeymoon destinations.
It offers so much to see and do that you may need more that just one visit
The beaches are ideal for a relaxing holiday but Sri Lanka has lots much more to offer. Inland you will find jungles, lakes, historic sights, herds of elephant, safari country and tea plantations.
From Waikkal just north of Colombo to the wild beautiful beaches near Galle, Sri Lanka’s beaches are scenic and open. Visit for a lazy beach holiday, a rejunvenating spa break, a memorable wedding or as part of a touring holiday.
Due to its proximity to equator Sri Lanka has typically tropical climate. There are no marked seasons. The weather in plains and the coastal areas is hot and humid with an average mean temperature of 27° C. Relative Humidity varies from 70% during the day to 90% at night. The cooling sea breeze moderates the temperature. The hills are cool and pleasant with an average mean temperature of around 20° C.
Sri Lanka is blessed with abundant rainfall. The south-west monsoon brings rain mainly from May to July to the western, southern and central regions of the island, while the north-east monsoon causes rains in the northern and eastern regions in December and January.
Inland, the Cultural Triangle to the north offers deserted ancient cities, serene lakelands, abundant jungle and 2000 year old historic sites.
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The hill country is cool, peaceful and reminiscent of Old Ceylon, while the National Parks to the south offer some superb opportunities to view wild elephant, leapoard, brown bears and bird life.
If you are a British citizen visiting Sri Lanka for tourism for 30 days or less, you will not need to obtain a visa for your visit prior to your arrival. A tourist visa for a one-month stay will normally be issued when you enter Sri Lanka. You must have a passport valid for at least 6 months after the end of your stay. If you wish to extend your stay in Sri Lanka you should seek a visa extension from the Department of Immigration and Emigration.
You will need a visa for all other purposes.
If you stay longer than your visa allows, you are liable to a fine and possible detention.
The Foreign Office advises against all but essential travel to the north and north east of the island due to the ongoing civil unrest in the area.
Take off your shoes before entering any holy site. You’ll receive disapproving glances if you forget, and in all probability at some point someone will politely point out your transgression. Socks are okay.