A great teardrop in the Indian Ocean. Mountain-top plantations that supplied enough tea for all of England. Antique trains with steam engines carrying passengers past incomparable scenery. Endless white beaches. Spices enjoyed around the world. Buddhist pilgrims, temples and relics. British Victoriana. Herds of elephants. Fishermen on stilts. Ancient fortresses with cannons on their ramparts. A shopping and dining paradise. All of these and more are what makes Sri Lanka so incredibly exciting.
Only hours from Delhi, Bangkok and Singapore, this once-British island nation has dazzling things for just about everyone. There is more to Sri Lanka than Colombo and Negombo. Other destinations get more attention from us for their unspoiled beauty and their history. How about a big game safari in Yala National Park, or a ride on the world's most scenic railroad. Fancy trying your hand at picking tea on a hillside plantation? Or how about some spa time at a luxury beach-side resort. While Purple Dragon are Asia's gay travel pioneers, anyone can join our trips. Every tour is as different as the customers who enjoy them.
After years of civil unrest, Sri Lanka is finally at peace. Their tourism infrastructure lagged but is catching up to international first-world standards. Sri Lanka is open for business and is ready to welcome you and other LGBTQ visitors with warm hospitality, adventure and stunning natural beauty, including some of the world's premier national parks, where you can see herds of wild elephants other big game. There are also religious festivals, whale watching, outdoor adventure activities like bike tours, and endless food.
All of our Sri Lanka programs are custom made for our guests, depending on their interests and how much time they have to spend there. Average stays are eight to twelve days. However, we have suggested itineraries lasting from five to fifteen nights, and longer. Prices depend on the kinds of hotels you choose. Sorry, but we do not offer sightseeing unless we are also providing your hotels.
We 25 different places in Sri Lanka from the capital city to magnificent beach resorts, high elevation tea plantations, and historic sites that date back hundreds of years. If you are not already familiar with all that Sri Lanka has to offer, begin by getting the lay of the land. Just Click Here .
While you need a minimum of at least four or five days to see the minimum that SriLanka has to offer, we can keep you busy for u to a month. All of our Sri Lanka tours can be customized. However, the easiest place to begin is with one of our suggested itineraries. Be the first to use one of these Purple Dragon itineraries and we will name the tour after you! To see what on offer just Click Here .
When to Go
Sri Lanka is an all-year destination, so there really is no bad time to visit. However, the island has several distinct climactic regions: the north, the south and the central highlands.
There are two different monsoons
Peak tourist season is December through April. If you plan to visit Sri Lanka for the holidays, plan as far as possible in advance and be prepared for the highest prices of the year. In terms of weather, this is the best time to visit the western and southern coasts as well as the hill country. The best weather on the east coast is from April through September.
Gay Life in Sri Lanka
The percentage of Cambodians who self-identify as gay or lesbian is probably just about the same as it is in the rest of the world. Unlike in other countries, "gay" is not a lifestyle in Cambodia, although that is changing. Many gay men still marry and have children because of cultural tradition and because they want someone to take care of them when they are old. LGBTQ visitors feel comfortable in Cambodia because most people are non-judgmental Buddhists, to whom someone else's private life is of little interest.
Cambodia's best gay nightlife is in Phnom Penh, where there are six gay bars the last time we counted. There are also several large discos that attract a very large gay clientele. Siem Reap is far quieter. Nightspots there are very mixed. Local gays in Siem Reap enjoy two after-hours places that are off the tourist radar, and appear to account for as much as a third of the clientele.
Passports & Visas
A visa is required for citizens of most countries. Visas are issued on arrival, although you can also get one in advance. for more information read our Visas page .
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Once known as Ceylon, Sri Lanka has come of age. After decades of civil war this mostly-Buddhist island nation is ready for visitors who enjoy history, natural beauty, sparking beaches, herds of elephants, spice markets and the kaleidoscope of colors that make Sri Lanka one of the world's most fascinating places to visit.