Q: When is the best time to visit Sri Lanka?
A: Sri Lanka experiences dual monsoons; as one side of the island is experiencing rain, the other will experience perfect beach weather. So, whenever you go, there is a chance of both rain and sunshine.
December to April is high season, as this is when the best beach weather arrives in the south and the west of the island. This is also when the Cultural Triangle, east and north of the island is wetter. January is the peak month for visiting, as the excellent weather draws large crowds.
September to October and April are considered the shoulder season, and the best time to explore the whole country. April coincides with Sinhala and Tamil New Year, so you may experience a little more traffic. If you travel in September or August, you may see more than 200 elephants gathered in Minneriya National Park.
Low season is May to August and the best time to avoid the crowds; this is when it is most rainy in the west, south and Hill Country.
Q: What should I pack for a Sri Lanka holiday?
A: When drawing up your Sri Lanka packing list, we strongly advise including:
• light clothing in general
• comfortable sandals
• mosquito repellent
• sun cream
• light waterproof jacket and/or an umbrella
Q: What are some useful Sri Lankan phrases and essential words to know?
A: Sri Lankans speak Sinhala, which shares the same Sanskrit origin as Hindi – India’s most widely spoken language. English is very widely spoken, but some basic Sinhalese phrases that may prove useful include:
• Hello / Goodbye – Ayubowan
• My name is… – Mageh namma…
• Thank you – Istuti
• Please – Karunakara
• Sorry / Excuse me – Sama venna
• Yes – Ow
• No – Naa
• Do you speak English? – Oyate ingreesi kathaa karanna puluwanda?
• I don’t speak Sinhala – Singhala danna naa
Q: How long does it take to fly to Sri Lanka from the UK?
A: If you fly with Sri Lankan Airlines, the flight takes approximately 10 hours and 45 minutes non-stop.