“The Pearl of the Indian Ocean”
Sri lanka is a popular holiday destination due to its breathtaking mountainous views, amazing beaches, tropical forests, lush tea plantation, spicy cuisines, incredible wild life and fun filled festivals. After Maldives and Thailand, this land has become one of the best and affordable spot to explore (specially for water babies).
The Democratic Socialistic Republic of Srilanka is an island located in South Asia that lies on the Indian ocean, southwest of the Bay of Bengal and the south east of Arabian sea. Earlier, the country was known with the name of “Ceylon”. Colombo is a capital of the country while Galle, Kandy, Sigiriya and Nuwara Eliya are its famous cities. Its culture is influenced by India, Portuguese, Netherland and United Kingdom as it was a part of British colony until 1948.
Buddhism is an official religion of the country while Christianity and Hinduism is also common here. Sinhala and Tamil are official languages but fortunately, majority of the public speak English frequently. (that’s why, no need to worry about communication issues).
When to Visit Sri lanka:
Sri lanka is a small country with complicated weather conditions as it can change dramatically because of its two monsoon seasons. Therefore, according to experts December to March is a best time to visit west and south coast of the country as it is considered dry season, while April to September is an ideal time to visit East Coast.
What to do and see while visiting Sri Lanka…!
Srilanka is a beautiful tropical paradise which is famous for its people with smiley faces, its yummy spicy cuisines, hiking spots & stunning coastlines. Although, it’s a small country but there are endless activities to-do and places to visit.
Visit Udawalawe National Park
Whenever, we talk about Sri lanka, an elephant always come in our mind, so Udawalawe National park is considered one of the best places in Sri Lanka to see elephants in their natural habitat. It is located approximately 200 kilometers from Colombo and a home to around 400 pachyderms. The Park is a nature reserve that covers an area of approximately 31,800 hectares and is known for its population of Asian elephants. Other wildlife that found in the park includes water buffalos, sambars, spotted deer, and several species of birds. The park was established to provide a sanctuary for elephants displaced by the construction of the Udawalawe Reservoir on the Walawe River. It offers opportunities for wildlife viewing and trekking, as well as activities like bird watching, camping, and jeep safaris.
Admire Sigiriya the Ancient Rock Fortress
Sigiriya is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most popular tourist attractions. It is the most impressive yet busiest tourist destination in Sri lanka. It was built in the 5th century AD and was once a royal palace and fortress. The site is famous for its well-preserved frescoes and for the remarkable feats of engineering and architecture that went into the construction of the fortress. The rock is surrounded by water gardens and boulder gardens, which were once used for recreation and relaxation. Visitors can explore the site and admire the ancient frescoes, rock formations, water gardens, as well as the remains of the palace and fortress. They can also climb the rock to reach the summit.
Must Visit Little Adam’s Peak
Little Adam’s Peak, also known as Mini Adam’s Peak, is a smaller version of Sri Lanka’s famous Adam’s Peak. It is located in the central region of the country, near the town of Ella. The peak stands at approximately 1,141 meters and is a popular hiking destination, offering panoramic views of the surrounding tea plantations and rolling hills. The hike to the summit of Little Adam’s Peak takes approximately 1-2 hours and is considered an easy to moderate trail. Along the trail, visitors will pass by tea plantations, small villages, and local wildlife, making it a scenic and culturally enriching experience. At the summit, visitors can enjoy the stunning views of the surrounding landscape and take in the fresh mountain air. Little Adam’s Peak is a popular destination for tourists and locals alike, especially for those who want to experience the beauty of Sri Lanka’s central hills without the crowds or challenging hikes. It is also a great spot for sunset or sunrise viewing, as well as a popular location for photographers and nature lovers.
Adore nature at Yala National Park
Yala National Park is another well-known nature site of Sri lanka. It is famous for its Big cats like leopards (as it’s a family of cat) and a huge range of bird species. It is considered to be the Srilanka Number 1 Leopard sanctuary. However, it’s a home to Asian Elephants, bears and deer’s too. But, if you want to take close safari experience then Wilpattu National Park that is situated in the Northwest of island is a great place to visit.
Refresh yourself at Srilankan Beaches
Srilanka is a heaven for water babies as it’s a hub of refreshing and stunning beaches. Where you find yourself among coconut and palm trees that leaves a serene impact on your mind and body.
This beach is the home to sea turtles and considered to be the most stunning beach of the country.
It is located on Srilanka’s East coast. If you really want to feel relax and enjoy tranquility then this is place for you.
This beach is made-up of gold sand with turquoise water and surrounded by coconut palms that gives a serene feeling at one glance.
Dambulla Cave Temple
The Dambulla Cave Temple, also known as the Dambulla Rock Temple, is a series of five cave temples located in the central region of Sri Lanka. The temples are considered among some of the most well-preserved cave temples in the world.
The temples contain over 150 statues and paintings of the Buddha, as well as other historical figures, which is the finest examples of Buddhist artwork in Sri Lanka. The temple complex also includes a shrine room, a meditation area, and a collection of ancient inscriptions. The site has a long history, and has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visitors to the Dambulla Cave Temple can explore the caves and admire the ancient artwork, as well as enjoy views of the surrounding landscape. The site is a popular tourist destination and is considered an important part of Sri Lanka’s cultural heritage. Visitors can hike up the hill to reach the caves, or take a tuk-tuk or taxi to the entrance. The site is open to visitors every day, and there is an entrance fee for non-Sri Lankan visitors.
Eat like a local
Obviously, no tour is complete without tasting and adoring local food. It is said that Srilankan food is next level spicy yet delicious at the same time. So, if you are a spice lover then don’t forget to taste Kotthu, fish curries, biryanis and last but not the least their desserts too.
Experience Snorkeling and Scuba diving
Srilanka is a country where you can enjoy every kind of water activity. There are many places for snorkeling and scuba diving. However, some are hard to miss spots.
Pigeon island: It’s a home to more than 300 fish species and a best place for both snorkeling and scuba diving. Be careful while snorkeling and diving and avoid touching the corals and fish as it may damage them.
Tips before going on a trip to Srilanka
- Always plan your trip according to the monsoon schedule
- Pack your attires according to the weather (hilly areas and beaches)
- Keep in mind a dress code while visiting temples (keep Sarong as a blanket or skirt to cover yourself on beaches or temples)
- Use right hand to eat something as its their tradition
- Avoid tap water
- Protect yourself from mosquito bite, as it may cause malaria and dengue, so cover yourself at dawn and dusk, apply repellent before going outside
- Srilanka is a safe country, however be vigilant while travelling at night
Hope you will be satisfied with the given information 🙂