Guidebooks for Sri Lanka from all the major travel publishers are listed below, including country, specialist and multi-country guides, as well as books for regions and cities within Sri Lanka (where available). Links to Amazon (UK, US and Canadian stores), Waterstones (UK) and selected publisher websites allow you to purchase the guidebooks online at best value with one simple click (individual chapter downloads are also available for selected Lonely Planet titles). Before choosing your title, check our buying guide to see the types of guidebooks available or click on the publisher logos below.

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Country Guidebooks for Sri Lanka

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Lonely_Planet Sri Lanka

Country Guides

Packed with pre-planning information like transport and accommodation, detailed maps, lush images and fascinating background info, these guides are great if you want to get to explore every corner of a country, no matter what your time frame.

Sri Lanka

Jan 2015 (13th ed.)
336 pages

Author(s): Ryan Ver Berkmoes, Stuart Butler, Iain Stewart

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DK_Eyewitness_Travel Sri Lanka

DK Travel Guides

Covering over 100 destinations including Italy, Paris, New York and China, each Eyewitness Travel Guide is packed with stunning photographs, detailed illustrations, 3D maps, specially designed cutaways and floorplans of all the major sights. Written by expert authors and contributors, there is a huge selection of hotels and restaurant listings in each Eyewitness Travel Guide; making them the perfect companion for travellers who want to visualise their destination before they get there. Your holiday starts the moment you open the guidebook.

Sri Lanka

Sep 2014 (current ed.)
288 pages


Insight Explore Sri Lanka

Explore Sri Lanka

Feb 2014 (1st ed.)
128 pages


Bradt Sri Lanka

Country & Regional

Bradt's flagship series focuses on the great adventure travel destinations, many of which are well off the beaten track and ignored by other publishers. Titles of note include Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, Congo, Kyrgyzstan, Borneo, Iran and Colombia.

Sri Lanka

Jan 2014 (5th ed.)

Author(s): Royston Ellis

Footprint Sri Lanka Dream Trip

Dream Trips

Our brand new Footprint Dream Trip series is the ultimate tool for those who want to get to the heart of a country on their holidays, but don't necessarily have a huge amount of time to travel. The Dream Trip series breaks down a country into inspirational itineraries which can be combined for longer trips, ensuring that you see the best of the destination during your visit. These itineraries, researched by expert authors, are carefully tailored ensure that you don't waste any time during your trip. Hand-picked recommendations, off-the-beaten-track suggestions and tips for all budgets mean that you will see the best the country has to offer on your dream trip. The compact and lightweight design is ideal to take on your travels.

Sri Lanka Dream Trip

Sep 2013 (1st ed.)
224 pages

Author(s): Sara Chare

Insight Sri Lanka

Insight Guides

Our classic series, for more than 35 years, Insight Guides have provided a full account of the world's leading travel destinations through expert and informative text and stunning photography. With a rich mix of features on history and culture, detailed area-by-area chapters and a comprehensive listings section, each title combines three books in one: an ideal travel planner, a practical on-the-spot companion, and a a superb visual souvenir of a visit.

Sri Lanka

Nov 2012 (7th ed.)
328 pages


Footprint Sri Lanka


Footprint Handbooks really get under the skin of the destination they are covering and are designed for independent, adventurous travellers looking for an authentic experience. Written for those looking to get off the beaten track, inquisitive about different cultures and sensitive towards the communities they encounter, Footprint guides are jam-packed with up-to-date information and facts. The compact, lightweight and durable format is ideal for long-haul breaks, while colour maps and planning sections make them the perfect travelling companion.

Sri Lanka

Oct 2011 (5th ed.)
448 pages

Author(s): Sara Chare

Berlitz Sri Lanka Pocket Guide

Pocket Guides

Our new-style Berlitz Pocket Guides are packed with all the information you need to get the most from your visit. Small in size, but big on content, they cover all the sights and attractions, as well as giving helpful tips on hotels, eating out, shopping, outdoor activities, nightlife and much more. They also feature a wealth of beautiful photographs that capture the essence of the destination. Berlitz Pocket Guides are available for well over 150 destinations worldwide.

Sri Lanka Pocket Guide

Jun 2011 (current ed.)
144 pages


Insight Sri Lanka - Step by Step Guide

Step by Step Guides

Take a fresh approach to your holiday with Step by Step guides. Written by local experts, these guides take you step-by-step through the City; highlighting the best walks and tours each destination has to offer. Whether you are new to the city or a repeat visitor, and however long your stay, this book is the perfect companion, showing you the smartest way to link the sights and taking you beyond the beaten tourist track. Tailor-made itineraries include options for all tastes, from art enthusiasts and architecture buffs, to night owls and shopaholics!

Sri Lanka - Step by Step Guide

Sep 2010 (current ed.)
112 pages