Sri Lanka: When to go
The climate in Sri Lanka is generally tropical, but the heat of the lowlands is modified by coastal breezes. The highlands are temperate and humid. The southwest and northeast monsoons bring short, heavy showers to Sri Lanka several times a day between May and July and December and January.
Sri Lanka's capital, Colombo, has direct flights from most major European cities, as well as from Delhi, Cochin, Chennai and many other Indian cities. If you are considering a holiday to Sri Lanka then it works very well as a two-centre holiday with the Maldives or with destinations in India.
All passengers travelling to Sri Lanka on or after the 01st of October 2011 will require an Electronic Travel Authorization, which can be obtained online with a fee applicable. All passengers are required to obtain this authorization by visiting http://www.eta.gov.lk/visainfo/center.jsp?locale=en_US, filling the required information and paying the visa fee applicable. It is advised that all passengers carry the authorization approval form when arriving to the country at which point the visa would be stamped. Please visit the above link for more information about the new visa system. Passports must be valid for at least 6 months after your return from Sri Lanka and have at least 2 blank pages.
For information on vaccinations and health requirements, we suggest you contact your GP or a travel clinic such as Fit For Travel at least 2 months prior to departure for advice and to arrange immunisations. Recommended vaccinations for travel to Sri Lanka are polio, tetanus, typhoid, meningitis and hepatitis A. We would also recommend you take anti-malarial tablets, but please consult your doctor for his/her advice.
Flying times from UK
Colombo: 10 hours 45 minutes