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What is Sri Lanka like?

While some people visit Sri Lanka for the cricket, others go for the stunning beaches, ancient architecture and welcoming culture. Add to that some of the most delicious curries in the world and some incredibly low prices, and it's easy to see why the island nation is so popular.

Which airlines fly to Sri Lanka?

There are no direct flights from New Zealand to Sri Lanka, but it is possible to get there with just 1 stop from Auckland.

Some of the most common airlines on this route include:

How long is the flight to Sri Lanka?

Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport

Auckland to Colombo

16 hours 10 hours (1 stop)

Christchurch to Colombo

18 hours 15 minutes (2 stops)

Queenstown to Colombo

19 hours 15 minutes (2 stops)

Wellington to Colombo

19 hours (2 stops)

What is the best time to visit Sri Lanka?

Sri Lanka is hot throughout the year, with average monthly temperatures of 26°C to 30°C.

Sri Lanka has 2 monsoon seasons, which can make planning tricky if you want to see the whole island.

The main season, known as 'yala', affects the south-west area from April to September. The north-east and east is then hit by the 'maha' monsoon from November to March.

Do I need a visa for Sri Lanka?

New Zealand passport holders can get a visa on arrival that allows them to travel for up to 30 days in Sri Lanka.

How expensive is Sri Lanka?

Sri Lanka is far cheaper than New Zealand, with meals, transport and hotels being a lot less expensive. Meals, local beers and takeaway coffees are all in the NZ$2-$4 price range.

The local currency is the Sri Lankan rupee.

Useful tips about Sri Lanka

Since the civil unrest came to an end almost a decade ago, Sri Lanka has been deemed a safe place to travel. For updates on travel warnings, check the government's Safe Travel website.

Find out why Sri Lanka's beaches make it ideal for a wedding destination.

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Please note: all information is correct as of November, 2017.

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