Sri Lanka’s natural beauty and resources have been recognized from the
ancient times. Today, Sri Lanka is a dynamic island nation with a population of around 20
million. Sri Lanka is popular as one of the top travel destinations in the world and it is
no wonder. The country can lay claim to almost endless sun drenched beaches filled with soft
inviting sand, to perfect surfing waves, to dense green rainforests, to beautiful natural
plains, to wildlife to sites of cultural value to food and drinks. Basically it is an all in
one holiday destination that is easy on the pocket.
Warm weather, warm people
As you enter Sri Lanka you are immediately embraced by the warm tropical
weather and the warm inviting smiles of the people. The Sri Lankans are a friendly and
helpful people that truly embody hospitality. While it is almost always sunny in Sri Lanka
there is a wet season, so check on the season you plan on traveling to decide your holiday
Language and culture
While the two major languages that are spoken in the country are
Sinhalese and Tamil you will find that nearly all Sri Lankans speak English fluently while
many speak a range of other foreign languages as well and that it is very easy to make
yourself understood. The public transport consisting of busses and trains is relatively good
and cheap though it can get quite crowded during the peak hours. ‘Tuk tuks’ are three
wheeled scooter taxis that are a great way to travel around. Be sure to bargain though and
work at getting the best price. Hiring a vehicle is a convenient travel option as well.
While Sri Lanka is a predominantly Buddhist country the influences of Hindu, Christian and
Muslim religions and cultures can be seen throughout the country.
It is of course a well-known fact that Sri Lanka is a beach lover’s
paradise. From the southern coast to the now popular east coast Sri Lanka more than delivers
on its beach promises. If you are looking for lively entertainment then head on towards the
beach resort areas of Bentota and Hikka or if you prefer a chilled out approach to your
beach vacation filled with lazy days sunbathing while sipping beer then the east coast is
for you. Whale and dolphin watching is thrilling in Mirissa. No matter where you holiday
amazing seafood is definitely part of the deal!
If you are looking to travel back in time then visit the amazing
cultural sites Sri Lanka has on offer. The ancient capital cities of Anuradhapura,
Polonnaruwa are just some of the places that will give you an in depth idea of just how
developed ancient Sri Lanka was. Marvel at the advanced irrigation systems and architecture
that will keep you spellbound. The country is also home to UNESCO World Heritage sites such
as the Galle Fort and the Sigiriya Rock Fortress, also known as the Palace in the Sky. Start
exploring and travel back in time!
Nature enthusiasts will be left amazed by the sheer density of Sri
Lanka’s wildlife. Visit the many national wildlife parks to get your fill of elephants,
deer, sloth bears, and if lucky a glimpse of a leopard just to mention a few. You could see
the largest gathering of wild elephants in Asia at the Minneriya National Park.
Ever heard of Sri Lanka’s famous tea? Well go straight to the source by
visiting the visually stunning up country region with its chilly climate, lush tea estates
and mist tipped mountains. Visit a tea factory and trek through natural beauty and feel the
cool spray of a gushing waterfall on your face. Trek along the Horton Plains and be
astounded by the World’s End sheer drop at the end.
Retail therapy and food adventures
Sri Lanka is also a haven for shoppers both from high end shops to
bargain stalls. Especially in Colombo and its suburbs you will find an array shopping malls,
boutiques and markets to completely indulge in. Once tired out by shopping embark on a food
adventure. Colombo has indeed become a foodie’s paradise with its fine dining, restaurants,
pubs and cafes and eateries. These offer food from local delicacies to dishes from around
the world. If you want to go local you can always step into wayside eateries or sample
street food that is both spicy and very authentic.