Sri Lanka is no longer seen as just a Beach Holiday Destination. Its verity of
Adventure activities have been identified by the Adventurers Travellers and
within the past few Years SriLanka has emerged as a Holiday Destination for
Hiking and Trekking-
Horton Plains, Kirigalpottha and Thotupola Kanda are some great places to
walk and Hike up in the Hills in the cooler Climate, through the Cloud Forests.
You get to see some Wildlife unique to these Hills such as Purple- Faced
Monkey, Horned Lizard, Samba Deer and a lot of Birds including SriLankan
White-Eye and the Black Eagle.
The Knuckles Mountain range has so many different Climatic Zones and this
isolated range of Majestic Mountains, is a Paradise for Hikers.
The Hantana Mountain range, close to Kandy is one of the most isolated, but
one of the best hikes in the Country. The range has seven peaks. On a good
clear Day, the beautiful city of Kandy can be seen from the first Peak.
The Sinharaja Rain Forest is Unique to SriLanka with so many endemic species
of Flora and Fauna. This one of the few virgin Rainforests in the Words and has
been declared as a Unesco Word Heritage Site.
This is an amazing climb close to the well-known Nine-Arch Bridge in Ella.
You walk along the Train Track before starting the Hike. Once you get to the top
through the Forests and little Villages, you get to see the 180 Degree view of
The isolated back roads of SriLanka with stunning Scenery have attracted the
Bikers who sometimes, ride from one end to the other end of the Country.
They Cycle through the little Villages and Rice Paddy fields, stop at little local
Shops for a Coconut or some local specialities.
White Water Rafting, Waterfall sliding, Hot Air Ballooning, Zip lining, Camping,
Surfing, Diving, Snorkelling and Canoeing are some of the popular Activities.
People travel to Sri Lanka to enjoy the wide, sandy beaches, Amazing Wildlife, Ancient cities and Temples, Mystical Mountains and Tea and fun activities such as Rafting and Biking.
When travelling to Sri lanka it is recommended to check out the Weather, as bad timing could affect your Holiday experience in Sri Lanka.The island’s weather is dictated by two key Monsoons and they occur at two different times and effective in different parts of the Country.
Hence, Sri Lanka is seen as a Year round holiday destination and you need to pick the best time to travel, as per your Wish list. July and August are the best Months to swim in the Sea in the North and the East. January to March is the best time to swim in the Sea on the South and the East coast.
Between November and April you can go Whale Watching in Sri Lanka. The best Surf Season in the South and South West is between November and March. The East [Arugambay] is best from May till September. The World famous Procession in Kandy is been held in August.May to September is the best Time for Wildlife. Best Time for Hiking is from January till March. The coolest Month is December and the hottest is May.The wettest Months are May, June, September and October.
Despite Sri Lanka being a small Island its Weather patterns are quite complicated due many Environmental factors. Within a space of four Hours you could easily move from one Climatic Zone to another.
Sri Lanka is a perfect Destination to get away from The European Winter. The best Beaches are Unawatuna, Mirissa, Tangalle & Bentota on the South and in the North and East the best Beaches are Trincomalee, Pasikudah and Arugambay.
The best National Parks are Yala, Minneriya and Wilpatthu. The cultural Heritage highlights are Anurathepura, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya, Dambulla and Kandy.
For Hiking Knuckles, Sinharaja, Ella Rock and Horton Plains are the best places. If you would like some Peace and Quiet The Hantana Mountain , Kirigal Pottha, Thotupola Kanda and the Knuckles Range are ideal hideaways.
They include routine vaccines such as Japanese encephalitis, Polio, Measles, Mumps and Rubella(MMR), chickenpox, flu shot, Shingles and TDAP.
These routine vaccines are not applicable for People who travel on Holiday to SriLanka. The Vaccines that the Holiday makers are requested to get are Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Typhoid, Yellow fever and Rabies.
Though all these vaccines are recommended by the WHO and CDC,some Vaccines are more important than the others. Hepatitis A and Typhoid are caused from consuming, contaminated food and water. Therefore these two Vaccines should not be missed. Though Polio too, spreads from Food and Water, Sri Lanka has managed to eradicate this Disease. Hence, the Vaccine for Polio holds low Significance. Rabies can be caused by stray Dogs, Monkeys, Squirrels, Cats, Bats and other mammals in Sri Lanka. Anti-Rabies Vaccine is an absolute necessity as you never know where the Stray Dogs & the Monkeys would be, as there are so many of them.
Hepatitis B is mainly infected by sexual contact, contaminated needles, and blood. You can get Vaccines against some diseases that are transmitted by mosquitoes such as Yellow fever and Japanese encephalitis. Unfortunately there is no Vaccine for Dengue Fever and Vaccine for Malaria is not necessary as it does not exist in SriLanka. We recommend you to have these Vaccines, as there are Mosquitoes everywhere Measles, Mumps and Rubella are caused by viruses that spread from coughing and sneezing. . Unfortunately the Measles virus could live up to two hours in the Air. Vaccinations against these Diseases are highly recommended.
Chickenpox is an airborne disease which spreads by coughing, sneezing and Physical contact with body fluids of infected people. This Vaccine too is recommended. The flu vaccine prevents infections such as Influenza. TDAP Vaccine is against Tetanus and Diphtheria. Tetanus vaccine is highly Recommended ,as a cut or a Scratch on the skin could infect you.