A Sri Lanka trip is exciting, adventurous, and inspiring. But what makes a Sri Lanka holiday unique? Here are 10 reasons why Sri Lanka tours are unlike any other.
Stunning Coasts and Beaches
Sri Lanka has a beach for everyone, regardless of their preference. Choose from secluded getaways, sociable beach party spots, tranquil villas besides blue waters, or surfing towns to ride waves, based on your aspirations for an ideal tropical vacation. With each coastal town offering a unique experience that differs not just in ambience but also in terms of the activities on offer, you’re sure to be spoilt for choice.
Adrenaline Rush inducing Adventure Sports
The captivating coast of Arugam Bay is a well-known surfer’s paradise. Other surfing hotspots in Sri Lanka include Koggala, Ahangama, Balapitiya, Hikkaduwa, Unawatuna, and Weligama.
Head to Bentota, Pigeon Island in Trincomalee, Kalpitiya, or Negombo to try your hand at water sports such as jet skiing, diving, snorkelling, kayaking, and fishing, among others. Experience other adventure sports such as waterfall and rock climbing, abseiling, sky diving, whitewater rafting, and more around the central regions of the island.
Home to some of the rare species in the world, the little island of Sri Lanka is known for its biodiversity. Leopards, sloth bears, Sri Lankan elephants, sperm whales, blue whales, and five species of endangered turtle can be spotted here in relatively high densities.
Safari and camp in over 22 national parks, each with its distinct flora, fauna, and endemic species. Sri Lankan wildlife safaris can also culminate in luxury glamping experiences for those who want to enjoy the best of both worlds.
Sri Lanka is home to a fusion of multiple ethnicities. Owing to its colonial history, Dutch, Portuguese, and British influences can be observed in its architecture. No matter when you plan your trip to Sri Lanka, there’s bound to be a cultural holiday. The Sinhala and Tamil New Year, Kandy Perahara, Vesak, Nallur Kovil Festival, and Kataragama festival are celebrated locally.
Experience new ways of life and culinary specialties in each city or town you travel to.
The cultural triangle of Sri Lanka, including Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, and Kandy, showcases a rich history of over 2,500 years. Numerous cultural sites dating back to the days of kings are now listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites. These structures are adorned with ancient art and murals, vivid woodwork, stonework, and insightful scriptures. A trip to Sri Lanka isn’t just about experiencing its beautiful sights but also appreciating its fascinating cultural, classical, and historic background.
From the mountains in Haputale to the safaris in Yala and the beaches along the coast, Sri Lanka is one of the most diverse countries in terms of its landscape. Especially because the sites and scenes seem to change within just a few hours of a drive. Conquer the Ella Rock or the Knuckles mountain range, relish the misty panoramic views and feel a tingle down your spine at the ‘Great World’s End Drop.’ Meander through the narrow trails of tea plantations or gaze at the spectacularly picturesque waterfalls of the region. You could also enjoy a hike through the Sinharaja Rainforest – a Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Sri Lankan Curries
Sri Lankan food is on a league of its own; spicy, coconutty, and irresistibly fragrant, a plate of Sri Lankan rice and curry is a quintessential part of the Sri Lankan identity. Enjoy local flavours and dishes such as hoppers, wade, kottu roti, ‘del’ or breadfruit curry, ‘polos’ or jackfruit curry, and ‘ambulthiyal’ or sour fish curry, chased by copious cups of world-renowned Ceylon tea.
All cultures of Sri Lanka are based upon the foundations of hospitality. ‘Ayubowan’ in Sinhala and ‘Vanakkam’ in Tamil are classic Sri Lankan greetings. This greeting, accompanied by the gesture of pressing the palms together, holding them under the chin and in front of the chest with a slight nod of the head, loosely translates to “may you be blessed with long life”. No matter where you go during your Sri Lanka tour, you’re sure to encounter friendly smiles and helpful people.
Yoga and Ayurveda
Whether you are in a bustling city or secluded town, relaxation is essential. What’s a Sri Lanka trip without a soothing spa session?
While ‘Ulpotha,’ located in a jungle heartland beside a lotus ringed lake, is known to offer one of the best yoga retreats in the world, the island is interspersed with Ayurveda resorts, spas, and wellness centres that specialize in treating the mind, body, and spirit.
Spoil yourselves with the extravagant services and plush accommodation offered by affordable luxury resorts in Sri Lanka, strategically located in close vicinity to tourist hotspots. Experience luxuries complete with infinity pools, Jacuzzis, candle-lit dinners, hot air balloon rides, and much more. The modern hotels in the city of Colombo are close to eventful nightlife hubs and contain their own entertainment and dining options. Most Sri Lankan resorts and villas are sustainably developed and seamlessly fuse luxurious spaces with the locality’s natural environment.
Say ‘YES!’ to a Sri Lanka Trip
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