The tropical island of Sri Lanka, formerly known as Ceylon, is rich in history and tradition. It is the place where the original soul of Buddhism still flourishes and where nature’s beauty remains abundant and unspoilt. Old colonial powers have long since decamped, but the Portuguese, Dutch and British influences still impact on the culture, religion, architecture and cuisine of this fascinating country. Picturesque beaches dot the coast, while majestic mountains, tea estates and rainforests cover the interior.
Sri Lanka is a typically tropical country with distinct wet and dry seasons but has two monsoons. The southwest monsoon, called Yala blows from May to August with the dry season in this area from December to March. The northeast monsoon called Maha blows from October to January and the dry season in this area is May to September.