Placed between India and Southeast Asia, Sri Lanka does not resemble any of them. It’s a destination that has slowly become popular in the years following 2009, when the civil war ended. Now, though, it’s the place to go. Find below just a few of reasons.
For the tea plantations
I’ll start with them, although probably it’s one of the things that everyone knows about Sri Lanka: it’s famous for its Ceylon tea. However, you must see the tea plantations, take a tour and have a taste of the rich various assortments. It’s a real experience that you can’t get anywhere else.
For the elephant babies
You can see them at the Pinnawala elephant orphanage. And not only that you can see them, but you might get the chance to nurture and bottle-feed them, to help preparing lunch or to have fun with them while they bathe. Even if they are babies, you must, however, be careful – they are still elephants.
And for all the other wildlife
A visit to the Yala National Park is memorable: here you’ll be able to admire the 44 species of mammals and 215 species of birds. You’ll see leopards, elephants, bears, crocodiles, and peacocks. It’s important to plan your Yala safari ahead the in – you can do it online, on the official site of the Park.
For those 1300 de kilometers of beach
Sounds fascinating, isn’t it? The beaches here are surrounded by coconut trees, the sand is fine and the water, just like in the Caribbean’s – just that at a much more affordable price. There are lots of beaches, for everyone’s taste: you’ll find more action at Bentota, while at Nilaveli and Uppuveli you’ll enjoy the blissful tranquility.
And for the adrenaline
The adventure, adrenaline junkies will be happy, because the varied options here available here exceed all expectations. Rafting on the Kelani river, mountain climbing, surfing in Mirissa or kite surfing at Negombo beach. In short, the action enthusiasts have no chance to get bored.
For a visit in the Capital
If you land in Colombo, stay in town for at least a couple of days. It is marvel of contrasts – from the accommodation in the colonial mansions versus the modern hotels, fancy restaurants versus street food. It is worth to visit Galle Makes Green, a five-acre urban park on the outskirts of the city. And if you want to go directly to the beach, well, yes, you can: go to the Mount Lavinia, one of the suburbs of the capital, a mostly residential area.
And for the delicious meals
You’ll find all over rice and curry, the seafood is often prepared with coconut and lots of spices. You’ll find a rare mix of Arabic, Indian, and South Asian-influenced flavors – mouthwatering exotic dishes that are almost impossible to replicate at home. Otherwise, it’ll be a good enough reason to return to Sri Lanka – if you really still needed one :).