Sri Lanka is known for its sunny climate, beautiful landscapes and coastline. It’s an enchanting combination of history, culture, and scenery. Sri Lanka was recently selected as one of the top 10 must-see islands by TripAdvisor. Sri Lanka tourism is picking up with interest in Sri Lanka holidays growing from all over the world.
When in Sri Lanka you will be amazed by the old forts, museums, temples, churches, Sri Lanka beaches and its beautiful nature.
There are two popular beaches in Sri Lanka:
The island is known for its soft sandy beaches and full of beautiful beaches with picturesque natural surroundings. The most popular beaches in Sri Lanka are Bentota and Hikkaduwa, which offer a variety of activities like snorkeling, scuba diving, surfing and floating on glass bottom boats.
For the food lovers:
Sri Lanka offers exotic seafood at very reasonable prices. Its traditional meal is rice and curry. For spice lovers, visit a spice farm and learn other uses for these natural products.
Sri Lankans usually eat out in small cafes, confusingly called "Hotels", which usually sell rice and curry. Try them out! You will also find touristy hotels selling burnt chicken and chips, also worth a try.
Thambili, is the juice from the King Coconut, sold at the side of streets throughout the island, the coconut is cut open in front of you.
And don't forget to try the wide variety of delicious fruits!
Places to Visit in Sri Lanka
Colombo is the commercial capital of Sri Lanka. Over 2 million people live in this city. The Fort area is the business center of the country and is home to the World Trade Center, as well as other modern buildings.
Galle Face Green has a fantastic view of the Indian Ocean, and if timed right, a spectacular sunset.
Cinnamon Gardens is home to many of the city's most luxurious homes.
The Pettah area is a bazaar where one can watch people bargain for just about anything.
Kurunegala is surrounded by coconut plantations and rubber estates.
It is also famous for its 8 large rocks, which all have characteristic names, 6 of which come from the animals that they are imagined to represent:
- Etha-gala/ Elephant Rock
- Ibba-gala/ Tortoise Rock
- Ada-gala/ Eel Rock
- Elu-gala/Goat Rock
- Kuruminiya-gala/Beetle Rock
- Wandura-gala/Monkey Rock
- Yakdessa-gala/Witch Rock
- Goni-gala/Sack Rock
Nuwara Eliya means "City of Light", it is a mountain station at 1,868 meters of altitude. Nuwara Eliya was built during the 19th century and its architecture mimics that of an English country town, with red-brick walls, country houses like hill club and mock-Tudor half-timbering.
Sigiriya, also known as the Lion Mountain, is the best-preserved city center in Asia from the first millennium, with its combination of buildings and gardens with their trees, pathways and water gardens. Sigiriya should have been one of the Wonders of the Ancient World.
Sigiriya's main attraction is the Sigiri Rock, rising 200 meters above the ground, and has the Lion staircase leading to the palace garden on the summit.
Once there you need to discover the Sigiri Water Gardens, which displays one of the world's most sophisticated hydraulic technologies, dating from the Early Historic Period.
Wadduwa is located conveniently between Colombo and the beach resorts of Beruwela and Bentota. Located between coconut plantations and facing an un-crowded beach, Wadduwa is the ideal destination for those looking for a luxurious, tropical hideaway.
Kandy is a large city in central Sri Lanka. It's set on a plateau surrounded by mountains, which are home to tea plantations and biodiverse rainforest. The city's heart is scenic Kandy Lake (Bogambara Lake), which is popular for strolling. Kandy is famed for sacred Buddhist sites, including the Temple of the Tooth (Sri Dalada Maligawa) shrine, celebrated with the grand Esala Perahera annual procession.
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage:
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage has become one of the largest tourist attractions in the country due to its distinctive population of elephants. The Orphanage started off with the introduction of 5 abandoned baby elephants - it is now home to 93 elephants.
Hotels to Consider in Sri Lanka
The Elephant Corridor Hotel, in Sigiriya
The Elephant Corridor Hotel captures the essence of nature, history, and wildlife. Built with minimal disruption to the ecosystem, wild elephants find it natural to walk up to the hotel lobby or through the pathways of the hotel while monitors and wild peacocks roam our immaculately groomed lawns at sunset.
The Serene Pavilion Hotel, in Wadduwa
Serene Pavilions is a newly-opened luxury boutique Hotel on the west coast of Sri Lanka and is Sri Lanka country winner of the World Luxury Awards for a beach resort in Sri Lanka. This child-free Chic Retreat is conveniently located just 45 minutes from Colombo and boasts spectacular views of the Indian Ocean from its majestic position in a large coconut grove.
The Regency, Galle Face Hotel
Situated in the heart of the city, Galle Face Hotel is a great choice when staying in Colombo.
Mount Lavinia Hotel
20 minutes from central Colombo, rooms at the Mount Lavinia hotel have private balconies where you can sit and relax to the sounds of the Indian Ocean.
Located in the deep south of Sri Lanka is Kirinda Yala, it has the highest concentration of Leopard in Asia.
Known for its wildlife, expect to see elephants, crocodiles, peacocks, jungle fowls to sloth bears, wild boars, and reptiles.
Neighboring craft villages, Buddhist temples, walking trails, a spa, and resort pool.
Tea Factory Hotel
Surrounded by green tea estates, it offers many activities, such as bird watching and gulf playing.
Heritance Kandalama was completed in 1995 and is now one of Sri Lanka’s most famous hotels and buildings. Designed by Geoffrey Bawa, the development includes a number of groundbreaking features. A still forest of dense green, floating whispers of bird song the lake shimmers in the distance, walls of rock cool to touch.
- Do not believe anyone who claims to be a professional or in charge of a location without proof.
- Do not buy gemstones or precious items if you're not 100% sure it's real.
- Don't trust everyone who wants to help you with directions or travel advice.
- Vaccination are recommended for Hepatitis A+B and Tetanus. Also, the Typhus vaccination.
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