Sri Lanka: multifaceted and steeped in history

If you want to combine culture, nature and bathing holidays, Sri Lanka is the right place for you: The island offers everything your heart desires. Beautiful beaches, especially in the south of Sri Lanka, invite you to swim and relax. Arugam Bay is considered one of the best surfing hotspots in the world and Hikkaduwa is a paradise for divers and snorkellers thanks to the coral reef off the coast. The varied landscape of the interior and the many national parks will delight every nature lover and activity seeker. Golfers are happy about the possibility of a golf round trip. And there are many highlights worth seeing of the most different cultures and times to discover.

Colombo is an excellent starting point for a round trip through Sri Lanka. The capital is located on the west coast of the island. Its most popular sights include the twin towers of the World Trade Center - the second highest building in South Asia - and Beira Lake with the Seema Malaka Temple.

Facts & figures

  • Flight time 10:00 h
  • Distance 8150 km
  • Current time 13:20
  • Airport CMB
  • Language Sinhala, Tamil
  • Currency LKR

Edelweiss tips for Colombo (Sri Lanka)

Sightseeing in your Sri Lanka holidays

  • Colombo enchants with its colours – and with the Indian Ocean at the edge of the city. View in maps
  • Kandy, located in the central mountains at 500 metres above sea level, is best known for its "tooth temple" Sri Dalada Maligawa. A Buddha's canine tooth is said to be kept here. Scenically, the town is situated in the middle of tea plantations and rainforest. View in maps
  • Not far from Kandy are the Buddhist cave temples of Dambulla, one of the largest temples in Sri Lanka. The place is also considered the starting point for a trip to Sigiriya - the "Lion Rock". View in maps
  • The train ride from Kandy to Ella (or vice versa) is one of the absolute highlights of a Sri Lanka tour. You travel through breathtaking landscapes, tea plantations and small contemplative villages. View in maps
  • The sunrise from Sri Pada, or Adam's Peak, is magical and is the reward after an incredible 5'500 steps. View in maps
  • Yala National Park is an absolute must for nature lovers! Covering an area of nearly 1000 square kilometres, the park boasts the highest density of leopards in the world and the wonderful elephants. View in maps
  • Lovers of bathing and yoga holidays will get their money's worth on the countless beaches. Many of the popular beaches are in the south of Sri Lanka, such as the seaside resorts of Mirissa. View in maps
  • Galle is located 100 kilometres south of Colombo and has a beautiful colonial old town to stroll around. Galle is also known for its fort, the lighthouse and the beautiful sunset. View in Maps

Flights to Colombo (Sri Lanka)