Sri Lanka vakantie

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Best Places to Visit

Much of Sri Lanka's attraction - apart from its coastal waters – comes from its wildlife. This stunning island boasts various sanctuaries that are world-famous. The Elephant Sanctuary is one such venue and a great - and ethical - chance to see elephants that have the best possible quality of life. This is all part of the Elephant Freedom Project, which releases captive elephants into the sanctuary to live happily. Please note, unlike elsewhere in Sri Lanka, that means that won"t have the opportunity to ride an elephant, but it's a fantastic place to observe them in their natural habitat.

If you do want to ride an elephant, there are plenty of opportunities to do so. Pinnawala is one location where this is an option, giving tourists the chance to get up close with these beautiful and gentle creatures at the Elephant Orphanage. In a country where elephants are often kept as pets, this is a popular photo opportunity for many visitors from overseas, and you will be helping to support the upkeep of the elephants in the process.

The Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project is another popular wildlife sanctuary, this time for sea turtles, and has been a pioneering initiative since its inception several decades ago. The principle is quite straightforward - the village of Kosgoda is the sea turtles' prime nesting site, and residents have decided to do all they can to protect their aquatic friends. An international effort has developed over recent years, and if you ask in advance, or have the relevant skills and knowledge of turtles, you might find you can play a part in the conservation efforts too.

Finally, an ever-increasing draw for tourists from outside of Sri Lanka is the opportunity for whale watching. Due to its location in the Indian Ocean, the waters surrounding Sri Lanka are a haven for whales. You can set out from various points on the west, south and east coasts to see if you can spot these gentle giants of the ocean. If you are lucky, you may spot dolphins on Sri Lanka holidays, too.

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Need to know

Language

Sri Lanka has two official languages - Sinhala and Tamil. However, English is defined as a link language, and as such it is very widely spoken, if not universally. English is used in education and in business, and this naturally means that the UK tourist market is extremely well catered for, too. The UK, USA and Canada all rank among the top ten tourist markets for Sri Lanka, with the UK second only to India. Together, the English-speaking countries send very nearly as many tourists each year as India does overall.

Currency

If you’ve been thinking about booking holidays to Sri Lanka, it’s worth bearing in mind that obtaining currency here can be more difficult than most other places. Don't take Northern Irish or Scottish banknotes - they will not be accepted. Travellers' cheques generally can't be used either. The major towns and cities generally have ATMs, but not all of them accept a range of cards, especially from international visitors. If all else fails, head to a bank. Most of them will authorise a cash withdrawal from one of the major global credit and debit card providers.

Visas

Entry into Sri Lanka requires a visa, and although you can get one at the airport when you land, it's generally faster to obtain your visa before you leave the UK. You can do so online via Electronic Travel Authority, and bear in mind that your visa will typically last for a maximum of 30 days. Your passport should also be valid for at least six months after your arrival date into the country.

Climate

Sri Lanka has a tropical climate boosted by warming oceanic currents, making it the perfect package holiday retreat. Even in the highlands away from the coast, you're likely to see temperatures remain in the high teens. Closer to the coast and sea level, it can reach into the low 30s, and overall the annual average temperature is typically close to 30°C. Be prepared for quite a large swing in temperature between day and night, so if you are planning to enjoy entertainment after dark, wrap up warm to resist the night chill.

Main Airports

If travelling from Europe, including the UK, there is good availability of flights into Colombo-Bandaranayake International Airport, from where you can transfer onwards to destinations throughout Sri Lanka.

Flight Options

Local Sri Lankan carriers operate world-wide, including serving European routes. As always, check the frequency of flights particularly outside of the normal peak periods, as there may be fewer flights per week, and the time of day may be less desirable, too. This could leave you with a very early start or a very late arrival into Colombo.

Travel Advice

When you land, consider your options very carefully before setting off to destinations other than Colombo. Sri Lanka's road network is not of the highest standard, and this can make the going a little rough. Besides the obvious potential for discomfort that arises from this, it can also add substantially to your total journey time. A possible alternative is simply to spend your first night in Colombo, and then set out to make your onward journey in the morning. You will have the chance to refresh yourself after a long flight while the drive itself will be much more pleasant in the daylight when you can clearly see the road ahead.

Other Transport Options

Flying is by far the easiest way to reach Sri Lanka, but if you’re travelling from nearby India, you may also be able to reach the island by boat.

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Feiten

  1. Sri Lanka werd zwaar getroffen door een tsunami in 2004, die werd veroorzaakt door een aardbeving in de Indische Oceaan op 26 december van dat jaar. Daardoor werden veel gebouwen langs de kust van het eiland volledig vernietigd of zwaar beschadigd. Maar er is veel opnieuw opgebouwd en het grootste deel van het eiland is nu volledig hersteld.
  2. Na de ramp hebben verschillende cricketteams over de hele wereld hun steun betuigd aan Sri Lanka, waar cricket een van de favoriete vrijetijdsbestedingen is. Speciale wedstrijden van één dag werden georganiseerd als middel om fondsen te werven voor hulp aan Sri Lanka.
  3. Meer dan tien jaar later hebben de opbouwwerkzaamheden geholpen om het eiland weer op de been te krijgen. Het toerisme blijft een cruciale inkomstenbron om te verzekeren dat Sri Lanka in de toekomst weer op kan bloeien.

Feiten

  1. Sri Lanka werd zwaar getroffen door een tsunami in 2004, die werd veroorzaakt door een aardbeving in de Indische Oceaan op 26 december van dat jaar. Daardoor werden veel gebouwen langs de kust van het eiland volledig vernietigd of zwaar beschadigd. Maar er is veel opnieuw opgebouwd en het grootste deel van het eiland is nu volledig hersteld.
  2. Na de ramp hebben verschillende cricketteams over de hele wereld hun steun betuigd aan Sri Lanka, waar cricket een van de favoriete vrijetijdsbestedingen is. Speciale wedstrijden van één dag werden georganiseerd als middel om fondsen te werven voor hulp aan Sri Lanka.
  3. Meer dan tien jaar later hebben de opbouwwerkzaamheden geholpen om het eiland weer op de been te krijgen. Het toerisme blijft een cruciale inkomstenbron om te verzekeren dat Sri Lanka in de toekomst weer op kan bloeien.

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