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SRI LANKA

Sri-Lanka is our most recommended cricket destination. Although it is a relatively long flight with connections, it offers a high level of competition as well as a culturally rich experience. Sri Lanka’s position close to the Equator means that temperatures remain fairly constant all year-round.  Sri Lanka is a multi-ethnic, multi-religious and multi-cultural society, a reflection of the island’s encounter with successive foreign immigrants. Sri Lanka also has an assortment of accommodation options. Colombo features not only a host of modern five-star hotels but also iconic colonial-era hotels with the charm and romance of a bygone era. The cultivation of many types of rice, spices, vegetables and fruit, coupled with past foreign influences, ensures that Sri-Lanka enjoys a varied and select cuisine. As a staple, rice is consumed with an assortment of colourful curries (eggplant, potato, green banana, chicken and fish) that range in potency from delicately-spiced to near-dynamite.

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VISA REQUIREMENTS

South African nationals require passports valid for at least six months on arrival. A visa is required and can be purchased on arrival for a stay of 30 days. A Yellow Fever vaccination is needed if coming from an endemic country or having travelled through an endemic country. To apply for a visa online, you have to pay two kinds of Visa Fees, which are called Service Fee and Government Fee.

Visa Cost: Electronic online fee: USD20

Compulsory Vaccinations Required: No.

Please note: Visa and vaccination information is correct at time of publish and are subject to change

BEST TIME TO TRAVEL

We recommend visiting the West, South coasts and Hill Country are December – March. The best weather on the East coast is in April – September. School holidays in Sri Lanka are April, August and December. The Monsoon period is between May and September in the South West; and October and January in the North East.

Sri lanka has two annual monsoons that affect different parts of the country during different times. The southwest monsoon will bring in rains to the southwest and central hills from late May to late September. However, there will not be continuous rainfall.

The North-East monsoon blesses the North-East of the country with rain from November to February, but sporadic rainfalls can also be experienced in March and April. The hottest month in the country is April with an average temperature of 32 Celsius except in the hills where scattered showers and winds will be experienced generally in the period of September to November. The tea gardens and hill stations are over 2000 meters high from sea level.

Best time will be November to March.

AREAS TO VISIT AND THEIR MAIN ATTRACTIONS

KANDY

Kandy, the second-largest city of Sri Lanka, is surrounded by mountain ranges and tea plantations.

The streets in Kandy centre are filled with old colonial buildings and street vendors. Start from the Temple of the Tooth and wander around the old streets, enjoying a fresh coconut from one of the many colourful fruit stands.

Sigiriya is a stunning area of about three hours drive from Kandy. It is home to Lion Rock, one of the Sri Lankan UNESCO world heritage sites and a must-do in Sri Lanka. Lion Rock is an enormous 200-meter square-shaped rock towering over the entire region.

The Temple of the Tooth, also known as Sri Dalada Maligawa, is a beautiful golden-roofed Buddhist Temple in the heart of Kandy.

The Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue is the biggest Buddha statue in Sri Lanka. This 88-foot high statue is nestled within the hilltops above Kandy, in the shadow of the Knuckles mountain range.

COLOMBO

Colombo is Sri Lanka’s prime city. The official capital, Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte, is also within the urban area of Colombo, so Colombo is often called the capital of Sri Lanka as well. The city has a rich colonial heritage, and also some very scenic and popular attractions.

Visit, Seema Malaka, a floating temple in the middle of Beira Lake. Once you cross over the small bridge, you reach the main platform which is surrounded by Buddha statues.

The Gangaramaya Temple is one of the oldest Buddhist temples in Colombo. It features several chambers, statues, a vihara temple, Bodhi tree and assembly hall for monks.

The Red Mosque is one of the most unique looking mosques in Asia and lies in the heart of Pettah Market. Its facade is reminiscent of a candy cane, and is an important religious monument within Colombo. Once you’ve visited the Red Mosque take some time wandering Pettah Market, a bustling open-air bazaar spanning several blocks

HIKKADUWA

A seaside resort town in southwestern Sri Lanka. Known for its strong surf and beaches, lined with restaurants. The shallow waters opposite Hikkaduwa Beach shelter the Hikkaduwa National Park, which is a coral sanctuary and home to marine turtles and exotic fish.

GALLE

A city on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka. It’s known for Galle Fort, the fortified old city founded by Portuguese colonists in the 16th century. Stone sea walls, expanded by the Dutch, encircle car-free streets with architecture reflecting Portuguese, Dutch and British rule. Notable buildings include the 18th-century Dutch Reformed Church. Galle Lighthouse stands on the fort’s southeast tip.

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