The Rough Guide to Sri Lanka

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Practical travel guide to Sri Lanka featuring points-of-interest structured lists of all sights and off-the-beaten-track treasures, with detailed colour-coded maps, practical details about what to see and to do in Sri Lanka. The Rough Guide to Sri Lanka also includes details on how to get there and around, pre-departure information, as well as top time-saving tips, like a visual list of things not to miss in Sri Lanka, expert author picks and itineraries to help you plan your trip.

The Rough Guide to Sri Lanka covers: Colombo, Kandy, Ella, Galle, Sigiriya, Mirissa, Arugam Bay, Kataragama, Weligama, Horton Plains, Jaffna, Dambulla.

Inside this travel guide you'll find:


Experiences for every kind of trip to Sri Lanka, from off-the-beaten-track adventures in Dambulla to family activities in child-friendly places, like Yala National Park or chilled-out breaks in popular tourist areas, like World's End.


Essential pre-departure information including Sri Lanka entry requirements, getting around, health information, travelling with children, sports and outdoor activities, food and drink, festivals, culture and etiquette, shopping, tips for travellers with disabilities and more.


Carefully planned routes covering the best of Sri Lanka give a taste of the richness and diversity of the destination, and have been created for different time frames or types of trip.


Clear structure within each sightseeing chapter includes regional highlights, brief history, detailed sights and places ordered geographically, recommended restaurants, hotels, bars, clubs and major shops or entertainment options.


Tips on how to beat the crowds, save time and money and find the best local spots for hiking, cricket, wildlife spotting and birdwatching or visiting tea plantations.


Rough Guides' rundown of Colombo, Kandy, Ella and Galle's best sights and top experiences helps to make the most of each trip to Sri Lanka, even in a short time.


Written by Rough Guides' expert authors with a trademark blend of humour, honesty and expertise, to help to find the best places in Sri Lanka, matching different needs.


Comprehensive 'Contexts' chapter features fascinating insights into Sri Lanka, with coverage of history, religion, ethnic groups, environment, wildlife and books, plus a handy language section and glossary.


Features inspirational colour photography, including the stunning Nuwara Eliya and the spectacular Weligama Beach.


Practical full-colour maps, with clearly numbered, colour-coded keys for quick orientation in Bentota, Galle and many more locations in Sri Lanka, reduce need to go online.


With helpful icons, and organised by neighbourhood to help you pick the best spots to spend your time.

Book Details

ISBN: 9780241311745
Series: Rough Guides Main Series
Publication Date: 11/30/2018
Pages: 472
Dimensions: 129 x 198mm


This title is a part of Rough Guides Main Series

Practical travel guides series covering countries, cities and regions, with detailed factual travel tips, perfect for independent, long-stay, backpacking and budget-conscious travellers seeking comprehensive travel information and off-the-beaten track experiences

  • Extensive practical travel information including getting there, getting around, climate information, safety tips, accommodation explanations, food & drink advice and shopping essentials 

  • Curated author picks with destination highlights at the beginning of each guide

  • Ready-made itineraries covering every corner of the destination

  • Colour-coded places chapters with detailed coverage of places and sights, presented in a points-of-interest structure 

  • Extensive recommendations for accommodation, restaurants, shops and leisure activities for all budgets

  • Colour-coded detailed maps with marked-up key sights 

  • Insights on history and nature highlights  

  • Easy to use, newspaper-style layout

  • All guides published from January 2021 are printed on paper from responsible sources verified to meet FSC’s strict environmental and social standards

  • Free eBook with each printed guide published from May 2019 

Format: 129 x 198mm

Price: £14.99-£26.99 | $13.99-$34.99

Extent: 616–1208 page


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4.8 out of 5, 9 global ratings

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Reviewed on March 15, 2023
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Fast delivery. Book is in excellent condition. Many thanks

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Reviewed on October 17, 2021
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Rough Guides are our favourite travel guides, an essential purchase when planning any trip. Some travellers will say that they prefer to discover a country for themselves. We have found that you can miss so much and waste valuable time without a comprehensive guide. Rough Guides highlight items which are likely to appeal to us and we can highly recommend them.

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A good overview of Sri Lanka

Reviewed on January 21, 2020
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I could not make up my mind whether too but this, Lonely Planet or DK's guide. DK guides are always lavishly illustrated but feel light on information. Lonely Planet, and I have a few of their guides, I decided in the end was not as detailed as this guide. I wanted more info. on the history of the island and more detailed maps. I felt this has the edge hence the purchase I made. As always, no matter how good a guide you always want more and I guess a few more photographs and three dimensional drawings of some of the historical sites would not have gone amiss. I did consider the Brant guide and would have plumped for that, but thought that might be a bit bulky. Pity I could not give this 4.5 stars as deserves more than 4, but is not 5.

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