Sri Lanka Holiday – Learn all about Sri Lanka and take a holiday!
Your introduction to Sri Lanka!
Hello and welcome to our beautiful country! (and blog 😉 ) This will be a post to outline some basic information about Sri Lanka so you can get a better idea of the place you’re looking to visit. Your next Sri Lanka Holiday is within reach!
First a few facts:
Our Population is 22 million and our beautiful amazing Capital is Colombo. We have a pretty small Land Area of just 65 600 km² but its all beaches and tranquil forrests. Sinhalese and Tamil are the two official languages of Sri Lanka with English is widely used for education, scientific and commercial purposes. Our currency is the Sri Lanka rupee which is not the strongest currency against the US and UK but it does us just fine 🙂
About Sri Lanka’s Climate:
Sri Lanka (formerly known as Ceylon) is an island country in South Asia near south-east India. The island of Sri Lanka consists mostly of coastal plains, with mountains onlt in the south-central areas. The highest point is Pidurutalagala which reaches 2,524 metres (8,281 ft) above sea level.
The climate is tropical and warm thanks to the moderating effects of ocean winds. It experiences distinct wet and dry seasons. Generally speaking, upland areas of Sri Lanka are cooler and more temperate, with a yearly average around 16-20ºC (60-68ºF), and coastal areas are warmer with average temperatures around 27ºC (80ºF). The March-June season experiences slightly higher temperatures (up to 33ºC / 92ºF), while the temperatures in November-January are a few degrees lower (around 24ºC / 75ºF at the coast). Sri Lanka weather along the shores is made more comfortable by cooling sea breezes. The surrounding sea remains rather constant at roughly 27ºC (80ºF) year-round. Humidity is typically rather high in Sri Lanka, averaging out at around 80% year-round.
About Sri Lanka’s in general:
The western and southern areas experience their monsoon season during May to September while the northern and eastern areas are affected by the monsoon between October to January. The island is certainly a year-round destination as while one area is might be off-limits due to poor weather, the other region is likely to be experiencing good conditions.
The recommended time for a Sri Lankan getaway is during either coast’s dry season – April to November for the eastern coast and December to March for the west coast and central highlands. Christmas and the New Year are particularly popular times to go to Sri Lanka, while July and August represent festival season on the island – if travelling during either time it is recommended to book well in advance to guarantee accommodation.
Although the country is relatively small in size, it has the highest biodiversity density in Asia. Sri Lanka has declared 24 wildlife reserves, which are home to a wide range of native species such as Asian elephants, leopards, sloth bears, the unique small loris, a variety of deer, the purple-faced langur, the endangered wild boar, porcupines and Indian pangolins. Sri Lanka is home to over 250 types of resident birds. It has declared several bird sanctuaries including Kumana.
The next blog we will go into will be about the culture. Hope you stick around to read it!
P.s. Here is a great news link for all news in Sri Lanka: http://www.infolanka.com/news/