|Most popular in||December||High demand for flights, 4% potential price rise|
|Cheapest in||October||Best time to find cheap flights, 5% potential price drop|
|Average price||C$ 1623||Price for this month|
|Cheapest price||C$ 760||From Toronto to Colombo|
The tear drop-shaped island of Sri Lanka, situated just 31km off the southern coast of India, is often called the “pearl of the Indian Ocean”. Its beaches are palm-fringed and soft-sanded, its climate is hot and humid and its interior lush and verdant. Overall, it’s not hard to understand why tourists book flights to Sri Lanka every year to enjoy this island paradise.
Beautiful and idyllic it may be, but Sri Lanka is also rich in history. Galle port was used by Persians, Arabs, Greeks, Romans, Malays and Indians before the Portuguese, Dutch and, later, English arrived. As a result, the country has an intricate tapestry of cultural influence. Flights to Sri Lanka will deliver you to graceful people, a beautiful island and a rich holiday experience.
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When you are travelling from Montreal to Colombo, Sri Lanka, you will find that the shortest flight will take 18h and 45m. The longest flight from Montreal to Sri Lanka is 33h and 10m. Travellers who have their city of origin as Vancouver will find that the shortest flight will be 21h and 5m. The longest flights out of Vancouver that will be landing at Colombo’s Bandaranaike International Airport will be 42h and 10m. There are many reasons for the discrepancies in flight times, namely the number of stopovers and the length of those stopovers.
Travellers will find that because of the distance between Canada and Sri Lanka, there are no Sri Lanka flight deals that do not have stopovers. However, they can find a number of options that will only have a single stopover. Cathay Pacific Airways will have a 1h layover in Hong Kong before heading to Colombo. Sri Lankan Airlines will have a 9h 20m layover in London. Travellers flying from Montreal will find that Air Canada has an 11h 20m stopover in London, and Qatar Airways has a stopover in Doha for 1h 50m.
There are many ways to get around Sri Lanka, including a number of trains that travel along three major routes going all the way from Columbo through Ella. Several train classes are available. It is possible to rent vehicles in Sri Lanka, and it is possible to hire drivers if you do not want to be behind the wheel. Cycling and buses can be a good way to see much of the country, as well.
Sri Lanka is a country filled with things to see and do, and if you love the outdoors, you will find plenty to keep you busy. You might want to hike Little Adams Peak. You might want to take a scenic train trip from Kandy to Ella. It is not only a good way to get around, but it can provide plenty of beautiful scenery. You could take a trip through a tea plantation, visit Kaudulla National Park to see elephants and other animals. Many will also want to spend some time just relaxing on the beaches, such as Dalawella Beach.
Canadians who are going to be heading to Sri Lanka will find that they do need to have a passport. You need to make sure that your passport has at least one blank page and that it is valid for at least six months from the date of arrival. In addition to a passport, you will also need to have a visa to visit. A visa will need to be obtained before coming to the country or at a port of entry. Those who want to stay in the country can apply for up to two 90-day extensions.
Sri Lanka is a tropical country with ocean winds cooling humid heat. Temperatures rarely fall below 16 C in the winter and summer temperatures average a hot 32 C. The monsoon season lasts from mid-October through January and leaves the island drenched.
Thanks to the tropical weather that graces the island, there is no bad time to book flights to Sri Lanka…
If you’re looking for cheap flights to Sri Lanka, try and visit in between the two rainy seasons. On the south-west coast and in the hills, it is driest between November and April. On the east coast, the best conditions are between May and September.
Monsoon season is between May and July, and December and January.
There is only one domestic plane service in Sri Lanka, ExpoAir, which flies between Colombo and Jaffna. For every other destination, take the train or bus. Three-wheel vehicles, known variously as tuk-tuks, bajajs or auto-rickshaws are a fun way of taking short trips. Independent travellers can rent motor-bikes and cars. Hiring a car and driver is another popular option; drivers will have local knowledge.