Sri Lanka offers lazy beach stays, action holidays or cultural tours with its endless white-sand beaches and watersports, stunning temples and ancient sites, beautiful colonial Dutch and British architecture, and sprawling tea plantations. It’s a place to take a beach holiday in unspoilt beauty with plenty of amazing sites and interesting activities thrown in.
Sri Lanka is
… seaside villas next to some of the most pristine beaches in Asia along with eight Unesco World Heritage listed sites, colonial architecture, sophisticated dining, tea plantations and wild animal safaris.
Best Time to Go to Sri Lanka
The Yala Monsoon blows from May to August in the south western half of the country (where the Villalet villas are located). The driest period from December to March is peak tourist season and prices rise and then spike in the Christmas to January period. Travelling in the shoulder period of April and September generally offers good value and fine weather. Even the monsoon season doesn’t mean it’s not sunny and with temperatures averaging 30 degrees year round in the south western region of the country, the rain often provides welcome relief from the endless summer temperatures. If you are travelling to the north or east the Maha monsoon seasons lasts from October to January. There is also an inter-monsoonal period from October to January when rainfall can occur anywhere in the country.
Getting to Sri Lanka
From Australia Flights start around $1000 return from Australia in the off-peak and shoulder season. The most popular time is Christmas and New Year when flights are over $2000 return from Australia. Flights from Darwin can be slightly cheaper. All flights have stopovers in either Bangkok, Kaula Lumpur, Singapore or Dubai. The shortest flight is generally 13-14 hours with a one to two hour stopover included.
From Singapore the flight time is around three hours 40 minutes and off peak prices start around SG$400 and from about SG$550 at peak times. From Europe flights take about 10 to 12 hours and costs from about €500 at off-peak times and from €900 at peak times.
Travel from Colombo Airport
Colombo’s Bandaranaike International Airport is situated over 100 kms to the north of the beach villas of Villa Let. Taxis from airport takes two to three hours depending on traffic conditions and will cost about US$80.
Visas to Sri Lanka
For Australians visas are available online from Sri Lanka Electronic Travel Authorization System (www.eta.gov.lk). The cost is US$10 for a three to seven day stay and US$20 for a 30-day tourist visa. It is possible to land without a visa and obtain it at the airport but you’ll have to queue and there is an extra US$5 charge applies. Visas are not required for citizens of Singapore and Malaysia.
Sri Lanka Villa Guide
Most villas offer daily housekeeping. Less expensive villas do not include chef, breakfast, or security so check with us if these are among your requirements. Almost all villas are able to organise pool fences, high chairs, cots and extra beds.
Top Things to Do in Sri Lanka
- Snorkelling and diving at Pigeon Island National Park.
- Learn to surf at Sri Lanka.
- Wild animal safaris to see elephants, leopards, deer and buffalo at Yala National Park or Udawalawe National Park.
- Colonial architecture at the National Museum and Old Town Hall, Colombo.
- World heritage-listed sites at the ruins of Anuradhapura and Dambulla cave temples.
- Tea Plantation tours in Bogawantalawa.
- Surfing, including lessons and board hire, at Weligama and Hikkaduwa beaches.
- Whale watching between December and April off Galle beach. Sea turtle sanctuary at Habaraduwa.
Day Trips around Sri Lanka
Kandy – the most picturesque city on the island; Avukana – the home of the 5th century carved Buddha; Trincomalee – magnificent coastline with Fort Frederick and the Tirukoneswaram Temple.
- Eco Travelers
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