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Sri Lanka Tourism Overview

Official name: Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
Capital: Colombo
Legislative capital: Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte
Population: 20.5 million
Total area: 65,610 sq km
Currency: Sri Lanka Rupee
Official language Sinhala & Tamil

Climate of Sri Lanka

Average temperature 27°C to 29°C
Average rainfall 1,500mm to 2,100mm
Average humidity 79 per cent

Best time to visit

Sri Lanka has a good climate throughout the year. The southwestern coastal area is best for visits from November to April, while the central highlands are pleasantly cool and relatively dry from January to April. The peak season is from mid-December to mid-January and from March to April, with a mini peak season in July and August when festivals and pageants are held in the country.

Distances between different places in Sri Lanka

From Colombo to:
Mount Lavinia 12km
Galle 116km
Anuradhapura 206km
Dambula 148km
Sigiriya 169km
Hikkaduwa 99km
Kandy 116km
Hambantota 238km
Kalpitiya 150km
Bentota 64km
Yala 305km
Trincomalee 257km

Sri Lanka Hotel statistics

Tourist arrivals are increasing but Sri Lanka only has 14,000 rooms, which is insufficient to meet the demand. Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) has indicated that the number of rooms would increase by 20,000.

Additional supply would come from the continual upgrading of many hotels and new business ventures between local hoteliers and investors, which could add about 800 to 1,000 rooms by end-2013.

The Winter of 2009 (October 9 to March 10) was deemed as the turning point for the hotel industry in view of the 30 per cent growth in tourist arrivals. Hotels have increased rates by 20 per cent and are expected to bump these up by another 20 per cent in the first half of 2011 as demand outstrips supply. The outlook remains buoyant for hotels as they are expected to run at near full occupancy till end-2011. According to Asia Research, all regions of the country, including the East Coast, recorded overwhelming room occupancy in 2009 compared to 2008.

Colombo recorded the highest occupancy at 65 per cent, followed by the Greater Colombo region at 60 per cent and South Coast at 55 per cent. Colombo occupancy levels rose to 85 to 90 per cent while resort occupancies surged up to about 70 per cent during the first quarter of 2010.

Average room rate of a five-star hotel in Colombo is US$120. Five-star hotel rooms in other cities cost around US$110; four-star resort rooms, about US$80.

New hotels in Sri Lanka during 2013

New developments will be carried out in Passikudah, Kuchaveli and Kalpitiya. Thirteen hotels are being constructed in Passikudah, with an anticipated room capacity of 1,000 by 2011/2012. Fourteen islands in Kalpitiya have been arrowed for development, yielding an expected capacity of 4,000 rooms.

Six Senses Hideaway at Dutch Bay, Kalpitiya 60 rooms, 20 villas Passikudah Resort Development 40 rooms

Most Booked Hotels in Sri Lanka

Hotels in Negombo (Near Airport)

  • Jetwing Ayurveda Pavilions Negombo
  • Jetwing Beach Hotel Negombo
  • Jetwing Lagoon Negombo
  • Tamarind Tree Negombo

    Hotels in Bentota

  • Induruwa Beach Resort Bentota
  • Bentota Beach hotel Bentota

    Hotels in Galle

  • Hotel - Jetwing Lighthouse Galle
  • Jetwing Kurulubeddha Hotel Galle
  • Jetwing Era Beach Hotel Galle
  • Galle Heritage Villa by Jetwing Galle

    Hotels in Kndy

  • Earl's Regency Kandy
  • Hotel Hill Top Kandy
  • Chaaya Citadel Kandy
  • Mahaweli Reach Hotels Kandy

    Hotels in Nuwara Eliya

  • Jetwing St. Andrew�s Hotel Nuwara Eliya
  • Heritance Tea Factory Hotel Nuwara Eliya

    Hotels in Wattala

  • Pegasus Reef Hotel Wattala

    Hotels in Bandarawela

  • Bandarawela Hotel Bandarawela

    Hotels in Dambulla

  • Heritance Kandalama Dambulla
  • Giritale Hotel Dambulla

    Hotels in Ambewela

  • Jetwing Warwick Gardens Hotel Ambewela