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Cheap flights to Sri Lanka

Cheap Flights To Sri Lanka

With its lush island landscape, palm-fringed shores, and rich culture, Sri Lanka has earned its legendary reputation as a land of plenty. Located just above the equator, Sri Lanka is blessed with eight different UNESCO World Heritage sites, as well as many ruins, temples, mountains, viewpoints, and virtually untouched beaches that are sure to impress. Its low cost of living and incredible pristine beaches make Sri Lanka a top destination for budget-conscious travelers. To find and compare the cheapest flights to Sri Lanka from Canada, try Skyscanner's search tool above.

Getting to Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is home to three major international airports: Bandarinaika International Airport (CMB) and Ratmalana Airport (RML) in Columbo, and Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (HRI) in Hambantota. These airports are served by a wide variety of international airlines, including Air Canada, Korea Air, Qatar Airways, Emirates, and more. Skyscanner's search tool will scan hundreds of airlines for you to ensure you are getting the best deal possible. To enter Sri Lanka, Canadians require a passport that is valid for at least 6 months after your date of entry, as well as a visitor visa that can be applied for online for visits of up to 30 days. Canadians also require a vaccination against Yellow Fever before entering Sri Lanka.

The Best Time to Visit Sri Lanka

Due to its close proximity to the equator, Sri Lanka's temperatures stay relatively constant throughout the year. The best time to fly to Sri Lanka can vary greatly depending on which part of the country you are visiting. To avoid the monsoon season on the western and southern coasts, as well as the hill country, travelers should plan a trip between the months of December and March. The east coast, however, is best seen between the months of May and September. October and November are typically the cheapest months to visit, but come with unsettled weather throughout most of the country due to shifting monsoon patterns.

What to Do in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka offers extraordinary jungle landscapes that must be seen to be believed. Adventure lovers can take a leopard safari through the jungle to get up close and personal with some of Sri Lanka's most elusive predators, or hike to Pidurangala Rock near Sigiriya for one of the best views in Sri Lanka. The Golden Temple in Dambulla is a must-see for lovers of culture and history. Located in the central part of the country, it features a unique network of caves and is the most well-preserved temple of its kind in Sri Lanka. To enjoy palm-lined beaches with pristine white sand and the balmy Indian Ocean, head to the southern coast near Mirissa and Wiyama.

Travel Advisories for Canadians

As of April 21, 2017, the Government of Canada recommends exercising a high degree of caution during your stay in Sri Lanka. Despite the fact that the conflict between the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam and the Sri Lankan army ended in May 2009, there is still a high degree of military presence in the North and Eastern parts of the country, including the Jaffna Peninsula. Canadians should have their passport available at all times to pass through potential screening and security operations.

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