About Sri Lanka
With eight UNESCO listed world heritage sites packed into this small island nation, Sri Lanka offers the traveler a combination of landscapes very few other places can. From pristine beaches to the famous tea plantations, to the forests and rugged mountains, the natural beauty of Sri Lanka is outstanding. As with Vietnam, our tours take roads less traveled and are specially designed to show you the very best Sri Lanka has to offer.
The Pearl of the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka lies just south of the Indian sub-continent. For years Sri Lanka was ravaged by a bloody civil war and this beautiful country has only recently returned to peace and started to fully open its arms to tourists again. We have discovered it and it’s an extraordinary place to visit.
About Sri Lanka
Known to travelers from ancient times, Sri Lanka continues to entice visitors with its breathtaking scenery, palm-skirted beaches, cool hill country and historic monuments. Sri Lanka is one of the smallest land masses on earth to be full of such an amazing variety of experiences for the traveler.
Tropical forests harbor pristine wildlife sanctuaries, significant Buddhist relics and religious monuments are found in the undulating highlands while deserted golden sand beaches make up the southern coast.
Irrespective of their cultural background, Sinhalese, Tamil and Muslim locals will welcome you with pride. Pride in their criminally underrated cuisine, pride in their national parks and wildlife, and – especially – pride in their national cricket team.
Faced with funding a war and weathering a global financial crisis, Sri Lanka’s proud population has been doing it tough for a few years. But equipped with a stellar combination of scenery, culture and history, a growing focus on sustainable tourism and (hopefully) a more settled society, Sri Lanka is firmly back on the radar for curious travellers seeking unique experiences. Tour Sri Lanka with HAMA and immerse yourself in this wonderful country.
When to Ride
Sri Lanka is tropical, with distinct dry and wet seasons. The seasons are slightly complicated by having two monsoons. From May to August the Yala monsoon brings rain to the island’s southwestern half, while the dry season here lasts from December to March. The southwest has the highest rainfall – up to 4,000mm a year. The Maha monsoon blows from October to January, bringing rain to the North and East, while the dry season is from May to September. The North and East are comparatively dry, with around 1,000mm of rain annually. There is also an inter-monsoonal period in October and November when rain can occur in many parts of the island.
Colombo and the low-lying coastal regions have an average temperature of 27°C. At Kandy (altitude 500m), the average temperature is 20°C, while Nuwara Eliya (at 1889m) has a temperate 16°C average. The sea stays at around 27°C all year.
So when visiting in Sri Lanka, it’s highly likely you will get wet at some stage. We recommend touring from February to September, though any time is a great time to go!