Why visit Sri-Lanka?

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13 July 2020

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Welcome to The exotically beautiful Sri Lanka is a tropical and incredibly diverse island off the southern tip of India that can offer holiday makers everything from pristine sandy beaches to ancient Buddhist monasteries and lush green hills spotted with tea plantations to wildlife safaris. Formerly known as Ceylon, the island is adorned with a multi-lingual, multi-religious and multi-cultural community and also which was colonised by the Dutch, Portuguese and British for nearly 443 years. Its tourism industry suffered major holdups from its 20 years civil war, which ended in 2009, as well as devastation from the 2004 tsunami. But it’s getting back on its feet and a series of luxury new hotel openings are putting it back on the map.

Sri Lanka has 8 world heritage sites that you should make time to visit. These include: the Sacred City of Kandy, a famous pilgrimage site for Buddhists in the center of the country, surrounded by mountains; the old fortified town of Galle, which was built in the 16th century by the Portuguese on the southwestern tip of the island; and the Golden Temple of Dambulla, a cave monastery with Buddhist mural paintings with vivid colors and 157 statues that has been a sacred pilgrimage site for 22 centuries.

Sri Lanka is one of the best places in Asia for seeing wildlife with wealth of leopards, elephants and birdlife., head to Yala West National Park, If you want to spot leopards which is six hours from Colombo and easily combined with a surfing trip to nearby Arugam Bay. Try Uda Walawe National Park, If wild elephants on your bag which is four hours from the captial and near the tea trails.

Sri Lanka has a blissful tropical climate that offers different feel, so you can experience sunbathing in the dry heat of the southern beaches to the cool breezes of the Hill Country in the same holiday. The beaches in the south and west are the most buzzing right now on this fabulous island. Known unofficially as the ‘Sri Lankan Riviera’, the beaches are a majestic golden-tan color, fringed with swaying palm trees and backed by orchards, rice paddies and lowland tea plantations. Beaches around the colonial town of Galle are the most paradisiacal, but if you want to stay isolated head East Coast.

Sri Lankans are generally incredibly kind, smiley and welcoming folks – travellers often return home saying they are hands down the nicest people in the world. In the capital Colombo – which is well worth staying a night in – you can shop label Western clothes at a discount as well as bringing flavors of home teas, spices and brightly coloured clothes. It’s also a fantastic place to pick up precious Gem Stones.

You’ll go wild with Srilankan foods, which has been made by its historical and culural past. Must-eats include: curd and treacle, a dessert made using buffalo milk curd and dusted with coconut; and also hoppers and string hoppers which are like a battered pancake and noodles, cradling everything from eggs and veggies to sweet treats; and of course, Sri Lankan curries, seafood and King coconuts.

It’s not just tea and traditions; Sri Lanka is slowly making its name as a hot surfing destination and is touted as being like ‘Bali 20 years ago’. Head to Arugam Bay the east coast during the summer months for the best surf. For a more high-end stay, check out the new Soul and Surf experience on the south coast, where you stay in lush villas and enjoy a soul-nourishing mix of surf, yoga and massage. Thrill seekers will also find lots of white water rafting opportunities in Kitugula, where Bridge Over the River Kwai was filmed.

Sri Lanka however a tiny island in size, is a land of wonderful natural beauty offering a plethora of unique landscapes and a stunning view. Visit Sri Lanka, to relish these experiences first hand.

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