With incredibly friendly locals, crumbling ruins, scenic tea trails and stunning tropical scenery, Sri Lanka is certainly a bucket list destination. Enclosed are six reasons as to why you should consider visiting Sri Lanka for your upcoming adventure.
#1 The Tea Trails
A country famous for its Ceylon tea, fellow tea aficionados will be in heaven in Sri Lanka. Countless tea plantations cover the rolling hillsides that extend across the country and a visit to one of these makes for a fascinating experience. The Ceylon tea region covers over 2000 square kilometres and exports a whopping 300 million kg of tea per year! Outdoorsy types will no doubt enjoy the challenging (yet rewarding) climb to the 2250m Adam’s Peak holy mountain (Get there in time for sunrise for the best views!
#2 The Beaches
As an island nation, beaches extend the length of Sri Lanka’s coastline, but if you’re looking for something a little extra special, head to the South or Western regions.. Known unofficially as the ‘Sri Lankan Riviera’, the beaches feature stunning golden sand beaches surrounded by lush palms, fragrant orchids, rice paddies and tea plantations. If you are looking for a secluded paradise, head to the southern beaches that surround Galle.
#3 The People
People visit Sri Lanka for the scenery but they leave talking highly about the people. Sri Lankans are incredibly friendly and welcoming and make every effort to show visitors just how beautiful their country is. In Sri Lanka, you may find locals going out of their way to speak with you and provide recommendations for your trip.
#4 The Food
Foodies will fall in love with the rich, exotic flavours of Sri Lankan cuisine. National delicacies include creamy Sri Lankan curries (of course!), seafood, and King coconuts. Those with a sweet tooth have to sample curd and treacle – a dessert made using buffalo milk curd and dusted with coconut, and hoppers – battered pakcakes.
#5 The Culture
Sri Lanka is absolutely overflowing with UNESCO world heritage sites and fascinating Buddhist temples and structures. A renowned and highly recommended place to visit is the Sacred City of Kandy, a famous pilgrimage site for Buddhists that is situated on a plateau surrounded by mountains in the country’s centre. Other places of interest that you should check out while travelling through Sri Lanka are the fortified town of Galle, and the fascinating Temple of Dambulla – a cave monastery and pilgrimage site filled with colourful Buddhist mural paintings and 157 statues.
#6 The Wildlife
Elephants, and leopards, and birds – oh my! Sri Lanka is one of the best places in the whole of the Asian continent for seeing wildlife. Yala national park, a short drive from Colombo is a great place to get up close and personal with all of the various species.
Disclaimer: This article is sponsored by Olanka Travels, a Sri Lanka based tour company. Though I have yet to travel to Sri Lanka personally (it’s on my list!) I feel assured they know what they’re talking about when it comes to the best things to see, eat and do in Sri Lanka! You can consult them for organising your tour to the country. They are particularly renowned for their Sri Lanka honeymoon package