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Why Now Is The Perfect Time To Visit This Lesser-Known Tropical Island Country In Asia

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It’s been a rough couple of years for Sri Lanka, but right now is a great time to visit this rugged, tropical, and beautifully diverse country.

The Sri Lankan people are warm and welcoming, and tourism can have a hugely positive impact on the local economy.

Plus, there aren’t many countries where you can have breakfast in a lush mountaintop tea plantation and then lunch on a tropical white sand beach.

Sri Lanka is a complicated country with a rich history that only makes it a more interesting place to visit.

So why should you be visiting now? Here’s why now is the perfect time to visit Sri Lanka:

Why Now Is The Perfect Time To Visit This Lesser-Known Tropical Island Country In Asia

Low Tourism Numbers

Right now few Americans choose to visit Sri Lanka for tourism reasons. Global tourism numbers to the island aren’t particularly high either.

Just 140,000 foreign national arrivals were recorded arriving in the country in July. But all that is expected to change.

The Sri Lankan government has just revealed new plans to target 5 million tourist arrivals every year from next year.

the Golden Temple of Dambulla Sri Lanka

They plan to introduce several tourism promotion initiatives and are expecting to see arrivals skyrocket as a result.

If you want to visit Sri Lanka before it becomes the next tourist-crammed Bali, then now is the time to book your flights and make the trip.

Good Value On The Ground

Flying to Sri Lanka will never be as cheap as flying to other closer tropical destinations like Mexico or the Caribbean.

But once you’re in Sri Lanka, the value on the ground is exceptional.

The fall in the value of the Sri Lankan rupee means that now is an incredibly good value time to visit the country. The costs of tours, transportation, and accommodation are refreshingly affordable.

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Tuktuk taxi on road of Sri Lanka Ceylon

What’s more, many hotels have kept their prices at pre-pandemic levels which is pretty much unheard of in any of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, though taxes have risen in the country because of the economic crisis.

The average price for all hotels in Sri Lanka is $52 per night while the average price for a budget hotel is $21 per night.

A Return To Safety

Sri Lanka has experienced a host of widely reported economic and political difficulties in the last couple of years.

Buddha statues in Seema Malaka temple in Colombo, Sri Lanka

First there were the 2019 Easter bombings. Then Covid hit. Then just as there was light at the end of the tunnel, in 2022 the Sri Lankan economy collapsed.  

These issues meant that there were shortages of fuel and cooking gas, as well as some medicines and essential food items. This led to widespread political unrest in the country.

When these problems were at their peak the U.S. State Department issued a level 3 travel advisory recommending that American citizens reconsider travel to Sri Lanka.

Lighthouse in Galle Fort in Sri Lanka

But this level has dropped to Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution. This means that Sri Lanka is considered to be a safe country to visit right now.

There are still shortages of imported goods and fuel in the country, but fuel rationing has helped to ease the situation and this has very little impact on tourists.

Even when there are frequent power outages most tourist facilities have backup generators so that you won’t really notice the impact.

If you need specific medicines, then you are advised to travel with these as there are still some medical shortages in Sri Lanka.

colorful fishing boats on the beach in sri lanka

But in general, tourists in Sri Lanka can still feel safe and secure.

Climate Considerations

Sri Lanka is a year-round destination for wildlife watchers and nature tourism.

The country is uniquely placed so that it experiences two monsoon seasons, meaning when one half of the country is getting a soaking, the other is dry, and vice versa.

But the best time for exploring the whole country is considered to be the shoulder season of September and October. This period offers the best weather right across the country, plus prices are lower and crowd levels are lower too.

elephants in the sunset in sri lanka

For nature lovers, September sees 200-plus elephants gather in one spot in Minneriya National Park. Known as ‘the gathering,’ this event can last for several weeks and is an incredible thing to see.

It is referred to as one of Asia’s greatest wildlife spectacles.

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Ashok Weerakkody

Monday 21st of August 2023

Biue only oceans under blue only skies, at this time of an El-Nino hit year. Golden beaches but scorching solar heat. Escape to the City of Kandy, the hill capital. It's quite cool and festive this time every year with the 'greatest spectacle', the annual Perahera of the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha takes to the city streets in the night with long processions of majestic tusker elephants carrying the sacred relics in golden caskets escorted by drummers and traditional oriental dancing troupes attracting devotees and sightseeing Tourists to this Epitome of World Buddhism from all over the world.

John H.

Sunday 20th of August 2023

The nation could use the business. However don't go wondering off with friendly strangers to see whatever. Don't buy gemstones ever. Beware riptides, sharks and crocodiles. Respect the sun, sleeping dogs, scorpions and cobras at night. Tread lightly around monks,priests and mosques. Keep mosquitoes off especially your children. Cover your tooth brush at night. It is the Golden Isle but don't go in like a blind sheep. But go.. you won't be sorry. Fortunate to live there for three years.

Roshan De Silva

Monday 21st of August 2023

@John H., Of course Sri Lanka is a tropical island with magical combinations of nature, weather, history and culture. You visit and see.


Monday 21st of August 2023

@John H., thanks for the realistic warnings and encouragement. Ceylon is certainly a place I'd like to visit before it gets trashed.


Monday 21st of August 2023

@John H., thanks for the realistic Warners and encouragement. Certainly a place l want to visit before it gets trashed.

Claire G Fryer

Sunday 20th of August 2023

Very interested in the trips to and from Europe. Thank you.

Roseanne Eichenbaum

Saturday 19th of August 2023

Yes, Sri Lanka is a magical island filled with beautiful clean beaches,fascinating culture,stunning flowers & vegetation,delicious food, beautiful gems & clothing, as well as gorgeous resorts & local accomodations one really should give a try. Varini de Silva of "Ceylon Express" travel is an expert re:her home as well as all of Asia & Africa. My mother & I traveled thru Varini on several trips - Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos(after Sri Lanka). I would go back to Sri Lanka in a heartbeat!


Saturday 19th of August 2023