COLOMBO (News 1st): Rated as the number one tourist destination in 2018 by the Lonely Planet and cited as the 2nd best place to visit in the World by National Geographic Channel, the beautiful island paradise Sri Lanka is an all in One Island. The pristine beaches in and around Tangalle, the slippery steep mountains across the Hill-country, the ancient Anuradhapura, the ever so beautiful Galle and the most developing City of the World- Colombo are quite a reason why Travel in Sri Lanka is a definite must!
Whether you are an adrenaline junkie, a relaxation seeker, a romantic couple looking for some private time, a water sports lover or a foodie- we have everything covered for you. Locations- accommodations and travel sites, historic sites and the latest activities, food and adventure, relaxation and romance-you can have it all. You just have to choose a destination and our country will surprise you!
Read through to find out the 10 things you do not want to miss on your journey to amazing Sri Lanka!
Surfing and Water Sports- Down South Sri Lanka-
Sri Lanka is a Surfer’s dream paradise. Take a trip around the South if you want to experience Surfing and other Water Sports activities the country has to offer. The crystal blue waters and the pristine beaches in Arugambay, Tangalle, Passikkudah are the most inviting and draws you towards the water and the thrilling activities like Snorkeling, Banana boats, Jet Skis and many more.
Do not miss out the White Water Rafting in Kithulgala- for the best rafting experience.
Hiking/ Trekking at Ella and beyond-
A plethora of opportunities are available in the hill-country side around the Haputale and Diyatalawa areas as well as Ella and beyond. Take a hiking tour through the jungle and across tea estates and up the steep mountains. En-route stop for a dip in the refreshing rivers or the breathtaking waterfalls and a long hiking haul- walk into those little huts like restaurants where you will be offered home-cooked food and a very reviving cuppa!
Apart from hill-country- Kandy and the Sinharaja Forest offer you the best hiking experience.
Historic sites in Anuradhapura/ Galle Fort-
Most of the history is inspired by the leftover ruins and historic sites- these places are open for visits. Visit the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy, Dambulla Rock Cave Temple or the Sigiriya Rock Fortress and get inspired by the Sri Lankan history. The Rock paintings, the mountain carvings and the statues bring about the amazing history and the artistic side of the Locals of the country.
A visit to Galle Fort will give you feeling of ancient Sri Lanka- the atmosphere remains the same to date.
Wildlife and Nature Parks- From the North all the way to South and in-between-
The rainforests, the Wildlife Safaris, the Nature Parks, the Elephants, Peacocks, Tigers, Bird Watching experience and what-not- Sri Lanka has a wide range of National Parks, Nature Reserves, Safari lodges and camps established throughout, covering vast areas of bio-diverse terrain. Wilpattu from the North to Yala in the South- the country is filled with National Parks and wildlife areas. When here, you miss out the Wildlife, then you have missed a huge part of Sri Lanka.
Train Rides to the Hill-Country
Take a train ride from Colombo to Badulla (10 hours) and experience the most scenic journeys of a train ride in the world. The train trip will take you through 56 man-built tunnels, stone cliffs, rivers, enormous waterfalls and much more fun sites could be witnessed. The best train ride experience could be found in Sri Lanka. Rather than going for a luxury, book a normal train tour so you could experience the local life in local style!
Street Food in Colombo and all around the country-
The street food in Sri Lanka is so luscious and mouthwatering that once you have it you would crave for more and more. Passed on from generations, the recipes are tried and tested for years, no matter how much you try you cannot beat the flavor made by the local vendor. Amongst the favorites and the unbeatable ones are; Kottu, Isso wade, Aappa (hoppers), Indhiappa (string hoppers), Acharu and the Manioc chips- they are absolutely finger licking good. You could find these delicious delicacies all around Sri Lanka.
Tea Estates/Tea Plantations Up-country-
Experience the Tea making in Sri Lanka step by step. The up-country Tea Estates give a tour for their visitors on how the Tea leaves are planted, plucked and made into tea. The tour is mesmerizing and gives a great feeling of refreshment. You could even enjoy a cup of perfect tea and served with a home-made cake that melts in your mouth- the pleasure is unreal!
Take a cycle tour or a walk through the tea plantations- watch the ladies with a basket on their back plucking the leaves in a consistent method- the view is stunning!
Mentioned here are just a few of the many exciting things Sri Lanka has on offer for its visitors. When in Sri Lanka there are countless things to do- Visit this amazing country full of goodness and take home with you a dozen memories!