Holiday in Sri Lanka – 2019: where is the best? Overview resorts and beaches

Are your associations to the word “Ceylon”? Tea and elephants. Associations to “Sri Lanka”? Ocean, palm trees, tropical fruits. For those who do not He knew this is the same thing – the island, a former English colony, and now popular travel destination. Finding out where is better in Sri Lanka: lists resorts and beaches, plus useful info on the weather.

Content

  1. Season
  2. Where to look for a tour?
  3. Where to go?
  4. Hikkaduwa | Bentota | Unawatuna
  5. Other resorts
  6. sights
  7. Reviews of Sri Lanka

When is it better to go on holiday to Sri Lanka?

What time of year to not come, there will always be on the island Great “dry” beach. But the rainy season in Sri Lanka is no one canceled, and not to travel about the country in search of good weather conditions, here is information about the peculiarities of Ceylon’s climate:

➢ First: the temperature in Sri Lanka is constant. About + 30 ° С “on land”, + 28 ° С “in the sea”, that in January, that in May.

➢ Secondly: how comfortable will be the rest on the island Sri Lanka tackle the monsoons. They bring rain and dry season gives way to wet. Weather deteriorates, becomes stuffy, in the ocean big waves. This is a good period for exploring the island, because prices below. But not the fact that it will be possible to catch clear days among rainy vacation days.

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What is the “duty schedule” for dry and wet seasons? Everything depends on location. The main resorts of Sri Lanka are located on southwest and northeast coasts:

✓ In the south, well in December, January February, March

✓ Northeast makes sense move in May-August

In November, October and September you can catch sunny weather, but without warranty. If you are planning a trip to Sri Lanka in 2019, Check with our table for the months when it is better.

Where to go to Sri Lanka?

Resort / Month Jan Feb March Apr May June July Aug Sen Oct But I Dec
Юго-запад(от Тангалла до Negombo ) + + + +/- +/- +
Северо-восток(Trincomalee ) +/- + + + + + + +/-

Where to look for cheap tours?

Regardless of the chosen place and travel time, the tour is easier total find here:

  • Travelata
  • Level.Travel
  • Onlinetours

Logical search, last minute deals, lowest on market price. Sites work in the sense of popular aviasales.ru: Only instead of plane tickets offer vouchers. Tours on Sri Lanka this winter, with a flight from Moscow, for a week for two – from 75,000 rubles.

But, in the experience of our friends, Sri Lanka is more for self tourism. In this case, for tickets to Aviasales, and for guesthouses – at RoomGuru (or Booking, if more familiar).

Where better to go to Sri Lanka? Resorts

If you fell in love with Sri Lanka, and where better to go relax on the island is not decided, do not stay at one resort, explore all Ceylon! He is beautiful. But seriously, the choice of location depends on two factors:

➢ the ratio of “travel time-season” (so as not to soak under rain)

➢ queries on a scale of “entertainment” (in order not to go out from boredom)

We tell in more detail about the best resorts of Sri Lanka and their features Attention, spoiler: go to the south-west to hang out, in the north and in the east – peace and solitude.

Mountains in Sri Lanka Mountains in Sri Lanka

Hikkaduwa

Be prepared that by the end of the vacation you will suddenly find yourself on blackboard catching a wave. Even if you are 80 years old and the most extreme, what you have done in life – ran across the road to a flashing green. The energy of the place is as follows – everyone surfs.

Hikkaduwa as a resort began to develop 50 years ago, that for There are many islands. Now there is a developed tourist infrastructure: hotels, cafe-restaurants, motorbike rentals, surf schools, parties and many other things. For example, Russian tourists :) Entertainment from the “mandatory” program:

✓ There are good beaches in Hikkaduwa, but the priority is surfing – waves contribute to. The cost of renting the board is about $ 15 per day, one Lesson with an instructor + $ 15- $ 20 (about 2 hours)

✓ Laguna Beach is suitable for swimming, the ocean in the area quieter. Divers and snorkel lovers will appreciate the coral reef and the remains of sunken ships – the cost of one dive with scuba around $ 50

✓ Those who prefer non-extreme pastime, You can take a boat tour with a transparent bottom – the price in the area $ 12 (in a fixed point – a beach booth – cheaper than private tourists, traveling among tourists), the maximum number passengers: 6 people

Personal experience: 10 days in Sri Lanka – Hikkaduwa >>

Pros: Minuses:
+ Surfing and diving + Large selection of hotels + Yes Parties / Disco / Nightclubs – Not suitable for families with children (waves, reverse currents) – Noisy and crowded – the beach is close to the highway
pros
+ Surfing and diving + Large selection of hotels + Yes Parties / Disco / Nightclubs
Minuses
– Not suitable for families with children (waves, reverse currents) – Noisy and crowded – the beach is close to the highway

Good value for money hotels:

  • 3 * Asian Jewel Boutique Hotel – distance from the beach hotel in every way he tries to compensate for the situation and service. per night: from $ 80
  • 3* L&D Lodge – рядом с пляжем, внимательный персонал. Of cons: it is close to the railway station, the noise of trains can be heardPrice for night: from $ 40
  • 3 * Blue Fox Holidays – clean, conveniently located. In a hotel in Mostly Russian tourists – will be with someone to spread a word on native languagePrice per night: from $ 40
  • 3 * The Oasis Villa – according to some tourists, the best hotel in its price segment Price per night: from $ 40
  • 4 * Hikka Tranz by Cinnamon – for those who love more chic. Rooms, service, food – on the levelPrice per night: from $ 100

Bentota

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A pilgrimage site for honeymooners and honeymooners those who are just planning to become a family: marriage ceremonies in hotels pass almost every day.

Beach vacation in Sri Lanka among the flexible long palm trees – here. Gentle entrance to the water + relatively calm ocean + lack noisy parties = suitable resort for children. Bentota is famous elite hotels, there are many “package” tourists.

Sometimes travel agencies try to sell a ticket to Bentota for the season. rains at a high price. Remember, this is the southwest coast, It’s good here in Russian in winter, check with the tablet for the months above ?

From entertainment:

✓ Water safari among mangroves (around $ 11 per boat, tour for 1.5 hours)

✓ Buddhist temple (free)

✓ Turtle farms (about $ 3.5 per entrance per person)

Pros: Minuses:
+ Safe to swim, and many hotels have swimming pools + Lonely and beautiful: nature has been preserved in its original form + Ideal 3 km of beach – There is turbid water because of the river – More expensive than others resorts, little budget accommodation – No nightlife
pros
+ Safe to swim, and many hotels have swimming pools + Lonely and beautiful: nature has been preserved in its original form + Ideal 3 km of beach
Minuses
– There is turbid water because of the river – More expensive than others resorts, little budget accommodation – No nightlife

Bentota is known for high-star hotels with huge green by territories. They come here to chill and not to deny themselves anything (easier to save in other places). Where is better to live in the resort? A small selection of hotels:

  • 5 * Taj Bentota Resort & Spa – a good “five” Price per night: from $ 170
  • 4 * EKHO Surf – cheaper, but according to reviews up to 5 stars not falls down Price per night: from $ 95
  • 3 * Wunderbar Beach Hotel is a good option for your money. Please note that the hotel is separated from the beach by the railway price per night: from $ 80
  • Mihin Villa – if you need to settle in Bentota, but cheap – excellent location Price per night: from $ 20
  • 3 * Oasey Beach Hotel – quite a lonely place, a little away from bentota. There is a swimming pool, the first line Price per night: from $ 70

Unawatuna

They say that in Unawatuna there is the best beach on the whole island. Maybe, Therefore, the town is so popular with tour operators.

The resort of Sri Lanka Unawatuna has a measured beach rest: shallow backwaters provided this place with an influx of guests from Children, the waves almost never happens thanks to reefs. Dilute the beach rest can be:

✓ A visit to Galle, just 6 km from Unawatuna, is located there old fort. Comfortably on a tuk-tuk, the issue price is about $ 2 per one side

✓ A trip to the tea plantation Handunugoda Tea Estate – itself local guides conduct excursions for free (in English), and in late, after tasting, they offer to buy tea (about $ 5 for 50 c)

Pros: Minuses:
+ Beautiful scenery, turquoise ocean, gently sloping entrance to the water + The most developed direction for tours + A large selection of cafes, there is oceanfront dinners – A lot of people regarding the territory of Unawatuna – Eastern part is very blurred due to erosion
pros
+ Beautiful scenery, turquoise ocean, gently sloping entrance to the water + The most developed direction for tours + A large selection of cafes, there is oceanfront dinners
Minuses
– A lot of people regarding the territory of Unawatuna – Eastern part is very blurred due to erosion

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There are no large hotel chains at the resort, all accommodation options compact:

  • 3 * Hotel Flower Garden – clean, with swimming pool, green gardenPrice per night: from $ 60
  • Sun’n’Sea Hotel – first line, ocean view roomsPrice night: from $ 45
  • 4 * Unawatuna Beach Bungalow – 50 m to the beach, rooms with all necessary amenities, balconies, green areaPrice for night: from $ 65
  • 3 * Primrose Guest House – cheaper option. Guest House, very helpful hosts (for reviews) Price per night: from $ 25
  • 3 * White VIlla Resort – a cozy secluded hotel in a small Bay, on the beach there are practically no waves. On the territory there poolPrice per night: from $ 90

Other resorts

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Some more not so well-known, but no less worthwhile. options, where it is better to rest in Sri Lanka:

  • Colombo

    Colombo is not exactly a resort destination. Along the coast is laid railway, no beaches. But here – the capital, which means civilization and a good spot for exploring the country.

    We recommend to book a hotel with a swimming pool (there is nowhere to swim), one of the tested – 5 * Marino Beach Colombo (price per night from $ 100): cool view and infinity pool on the roof attached.

    Негомбо

    Just 15 km from Colombo airport, and here it is, the beach. Infrastructure as such, no, but there are colorful fishermen, a large selection of housing, reefs for research.

    Negombo – resort, when you need a couple of days rest before traveling around the country or, on the contrary, before returning home. Highly so favorable location!

    Mirissa

    Located in the south of the country. Beach for four, often large waves, there are several surf spots for beginners. More hipsters (from local), parties and higher prices in the cafes. From Mirissa worth go to Cape Dondra – the southernmost point of Sri Lanka, and there climb the lighthouse.

    But the main activity in the vicinity of the resort is whales! ? Season with May to October. The cost of the tour is about $ 50 (you can bargain up to $ 30).

    Тринкомали

    The town is in the northeast. The beaches in its vicinity are not crowded, the resort is just starting to develop. On the streets you can meet deer and lemurs. There is a beautiful coral island for snorkeling.

    It is good here, when the popular resorts are “not very” – from April to October.

    Weligama

    All you need to know about Weligam is the hotbed of surf schools. Accordingly, its own special atmosphere. Plus, a bunch of cafes, bars and Cheap guesthouses. For the usual bathing Weligama is not suitable, will have to move to the next Midigam.

    Wadduwa

    Most all-inclusive package deals, good infrastructure and beaches. Quite quiet nightlife No, and the day a bit. Here you can relax from the hustle and bustle, incredible landscapes contribute.

    Arugam Bay

    The east coast of Sri Lanka also got its best resort for surfing. Cult place for those on the board. Accommodation in mainly in budget guesthouses and bungalows. Many young people.

    Passicuda

    Pretty new resort with a gentle entry into the water. The best time to recreation – from May to November. There is a big diving center.

Sri Lanka Attractions

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Attractions in Ceylon are found at every turn! The island can not quickly explore and after with a clear conscience lying on the beaches, it was not there. Places that need see, very much. Main points of interest:

  • Adam’s Peak: The Sacred Mountain is a little higher in height. 2000 meters. A holy place for all Sri Lankans and must visit on dawn for tourists. Upstairs is the imprint of the Buddha / Vishnu / Adam (underline, based on beliefs) Climbing is usually start around 3am to see the rising sun.

How to get there? From the airport – to the city of Kandy; from Kandy by train to Hutton; further bus to the village of Dalhauz. Important: from December to April – the season of pilgrimage, on the way to the mountain traffic jams; peak in January and February.

  • Excursions “Cultural Triangle”: the ancients the city of Anuradhapura, Kandy with its Temple of the Tooth Relic, Polonnaruwa. Temporary costs – from 2 days (quite a run-run) to a week (in quiet pace). Entrance to each point of interest is paid separately: Anuradhapura – $ 25, Polonnaruwa – $ 25, Temple of the Tooth Buddha – $ 8.
  • Sigiriya: remains of a fortress from the 5th century on the rock Entry is $ 30. Not to say that the sum of that is worth, it is better to climb on Pidurangalu for $ 3 and look at Sigiriya from the side.
  • Nine-arch bridge: over tea plantations. Signed place of Sri Lanka, near Ella.
  • Nuwara Eliya: tea plantations among the mountain freshness. Do not forget about shopping, tea is above all praise?

The best beaches of Sri Lanka

Beaches in Sri Lanka are a great many, for that here and go. AT In general, they are divided into complete entertainment southwestern and few people northeastern. Top:

✓ Bentota Beach – perfect for a honeymoon, and quite near three beach of Beruwella with different waves

✓ Unawatuna – with a calm non-stop ocean

✓ Tangalle – retreat among hanging palms

✓ Arugam Bay – Romance in a Beach Bungalow

✓ Uppuveli – chic underwater world, calm and secluded a place

Reviews of tourists about Sri Lanka

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Reviews from tourists about Sri Lanka – such reviews of tourists! Like about most points on the planet: from enthusiastic to “all g.no”. Yes, You should not expect from the island the untwisted hotels (here the chip in the cozy small buildings) and combed neat beaches. But awesome vacation in Sri Lanka, with children, in a family, or among youth party, alone or by tour, more than possible. Catch the latest feedback from our friends straight from Sri!

General “We need to look for cheap tickets and fly here for at least two weeks! Also do not try to do everything for a couple of days at a gallop and not be afraid that two weeks will be expensive. Good accommodation for two with breakfast here costs 30-40 dollars per night. Water – 17.5 rubles per liter more often. Rental boards 90-100 rubles per hour. Public beaches, there is no paid entrance, loungers can even be found free of charge. In short, for now Sri Lanka van lav. ”

Kristina.

Sri Lanka or Thailand? “Differ as heaven and earth. From the rest style to the people who live here and who rest. Visitors are younger and very rare you meet the so-called “Turkey” (which in Thailand has already become enough). Like more Sri Lanka. Freedom and ways of moving, there are still trains, buses, and tuk-tuk is not worth as a plane. And of course surfing, everywhere. An added bonus is that it’s cool in the center, and if you are tired of the heat, you can go to the mountains and stay there. And it will be 1.5 times cheaper for both food and accommodation. ”

Donat

Advantages and disadvantages

Ceylon is still “wild”, and this is its beauty.

Pros: Minuses:
+ Sri Lanka – a paradise for independent travel + Here juicy nature, better than in Tae + You can even the whole vacation enjoy the gorgeous beaches, and you can go inland searching for local flavor – diversity + In Sri Lanka, everything helps to start surfing and pumping diving + Ceylon is available for any budget + E-visa + Sri Lanka, unlike Taya or Vietnam, is not so much “Russified”. Local will not communicate with you in Russian (Exception – Hikkaduwa), and “Fishing” and “Massage” will not be frozen eyes – Underdeveloped infrastructure in most resorts, chaos in cities – Not everywhere “kupelnye” beaches – Inflated prices on compared with the same positions / conditions in neighboring India – Difficulties with currency exchange, can easily be diluted. Therefore – exchange at the airport
pros
+ Sri Lanka – a paradise for independent travel + Here juicy nature, better than in Tae + You can even the whole vacation enjoy the gorgeous beaches, and you can go inland searching for local flavor – diversity + In Sri Lanka, everything helps to start surfing and pumping diving + Ceylon is available for any budget + E-visa + Sri Lanka, unlike Taya or Vietnam, is not so much “Russified”. Local will not communicate with you in Russian (Exception – Hikkaduwa), and “Fishing” and “Massage” will not be frozen eyes
Minuses
– Underdeveloped infrastructure in most resorts, chaos in cities – Not everywhere “kupelnye” beaches – Inflated prices on compared with the same positions / conditions in neighboring India – Difficulties with currency exchange, can easily be diluted. Therefore – exchange at the airport

Transport on the island: rent a car

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You can navigate Sri Lanka by car, train, bus and knock-tuk. In the last two it is convenient to make forays between resorts. for short distances. The train is justified only on some directions (a trip from Kandy to Ella, for example, is considered one of most picturesque railway routes in the world).

Locals often ride bikes, but tourists are not advised. use this transport. Roads in the country are steep, manner driving Lankans confused, left-hand driving – everything is difficult! ?

For comfortable journeys better to rent a car. Cheap Suzuki Alto will cost $ 40 per day. More rolling offices set a limit on the mileage per day: usually about 100 km. Behind excess km take money. Drivers are popular in Sri Lanka with your car, the price is around $ 50 per day. If it seems that A bit too much, look for companions and share the trip at all.

We prefer to book a car on the RentalCars aggregator. In general, there are few online rental offers for Sri Lanka, RentalCars is almost the only one.

Where else can you go instead of Sri Lanka?

When we calculated how much a vacation in Sri Lanka costs, in parallel, we figured out other available directions for similar price If you enjoyed this island and want to landscapes with a slightly different infrastructure, take a look at Goa, Dominicans and Chinese Hainan.

Goa, Dominicana, Hainan

Sri Lanka or Goa? Here we are biased: Sri! On one of the most India’s famous party places are dirtier and more crowded than the in Ceylon. Yes, cheaper, but not so beautiful. Rest in India on Sri Lankan-like beaches can only be found in Kerala.

Dominicana is a different story. More expensive, but also the level of service above. We would say that it is classic, ideally beautiful. beach holiday. But there is no such amount of natural attractions and original atmosphere.

The Chinese island health resort of Hainan is not inferior to Ceylon beauty beaches. A completely different culture restarts perfectly.

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