The cheapest time to visit Sri Lanka is from May to July. Sri Lanka experiences the first spell of monsoons during this time and most tourists have already left. This reduces ticket prices and accommodation costs due to the low demand. This rainy patch of the year can be used advantageously. Those who can admire the tea fields in the rain with a cup of coffee can do so, but those who cannot, they should come a bit later in July. Though it would technically be the monsoon period, the skies clear for just a few weeks in early September before the second monsoon spell starts.
Sri Lankan Airlines operates fastest flights to Sri Lanka from the UK. Departing from London Heathrow, the airline takes a minimum of 11 hours and 45 minutes to reach Sri Lanka Airport (CMB). This is the only direct flight option to Sri Lanka from the United Kingdom.
Prices keep on changing with respect to seat availability of any airline. The British passengers consider direct flights to Sri Lanka to be the best value flights from the UK. The cheapest airfare with Sri Lankan Airline is 544 GBP. However, booking early has many benefits to the ones looking for most inexpensive flight options to Sri Lanka.
Flying to Sri Lanka with Emirates is the preferred option from the United Kingdom. You can avail Emirates flights to Sri Lanka from Heathrow, London Stansted, Gatwick and Manchester Airport. Moreover, the airline uses Colombo Airport for all international arrivals to Sri Lanka. The airline schedules its flights to Sri Lanka via Dubai daily. The flight ticket to Sri Lanka will be ranging somewhere between 498-563 GBP which comes with a luxury flying experience and generous luggage.
The Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB) is the busiest international airport of Sri Lanka which serves all international flights from the UK. It is located on the outskirts of the capital city, Colombo. The airport is only 32 kilometres away from the city’s commercial district.
A British Citizen is required to apply for a visa to visit the island country of Sri Lanka. The Sri Lankan government advises that all tourists from the UK should apply for a ‘Short visit to Sri Lanka’ visa from the ETA, Electronic Travel Authority through their website. Although you can apply for the tourist visa once you land in Sri Lanka, applying beforehand prevents delays and standing in long queues. The short-visit visa is valid for 30 days.
The Sri Lankan climate is a bit of a puzzle, but to put it simply the best time to enjoy the tropical country is from January to April.
Sri Lanka has two monsoon seasons. The first comes between May and July and the second monsoon season arrives in October and stays until the end of December. The monsoon weather is excellent for sprouting tea leaves but if you want to get some tan, it is better to come to Sri Lanka in the above mentioned period. Moreover, during this time the indigenous wildlife of the country including the birds, whales and dolphins are more active and visible.
Duruthu Poya or The Buddha’s first visit to Sri Lanka is celebrated in January with religious adoration throughout the country. The Sri Lankan Thanksgiving or Thai Pongal is also celebrated in January. Gifts are shared on this day and blessings are collected by worshippers from the nearest temples. Sinhala and the Tamil New Year are celebrated by giving alms, visiting family and friends and giving out sweets. Vesak Poya is the festival of lights. The festival celebrates Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and the Parinirvana – Buddha reaching Nirvana.
In Sri Lanka, all roads lead to Colombo. Expressways traverse the island nation and 95% of all transport in the country is through roads. Busses managed by Sri Lankan Transport Board and private transport groups connect cities with the nearest towns. These buses run on urban and rural routes and move the people.