Sri Lanka, the teardrop of India, is one of the world’s most beautiful destinations to travel to and explore. Nestled near to the equator, the island is famed for its elephants, spices, and remnants of its history of British colonization. Once known as Ceylon, it offers a diverse range of landscapes from tropical rainforests to desert-like plains.
Let’s not forget to mention the warm and friendly people who just love talking about the merits of their amazing homeland to those who choose to pay a visit!
Although a renowned destination for weddings and honeymoons, Sri Lanka is a wonderful holiday destination in its own right. Let’s take a look at some of the sights, reasons, and activities that make this pearl of the Indian ocean an ideal place to enjoy a dream holiday.
The Lion Rock of Sigiriya is the most popular historical tourist destination on the island. Considered as a wonder of the world, this ancient fortress of rock protrudes skyward from the vast jungle-like floor of the surrounding area. Standing at approximately 200m high, the site was once modeled on a giant lion. Today, a single huge paw remains intact, and is definitely worth seeing. Higher up, visitors can experience what remains of a once-exquisite palace that was built into the rock. For those planning a visit to Sri Lanka, Sigiriya has to be considered as must-see destination.
A major Sri Lankan city that is synonymous with high-quality spices and markets. A popular attraction here is The Temple of the Tooth, one of the most revered places of the Buddhist world, and resting place of the tooth of the Buddha. Surrounded by tropical tea plantations, Kandy is a striking city of eye-catching beauty, and a destination that simply has to be experienced.
As an island that’s surrounded by the sparkling waters of the Indian ocean, the opportunities to participate in various water sports are abundant, no matter where you may find yourself. Surfing, jet-skiing, and boogie boarding are all activities you can experience all over the island. Just remember to take out insurance before you plan your holiday so that if you have an accident whilst participating in these sports you are covered for medical costs. There are many cheap travel insurance options from online providers.
Rice, fish, and world-famous spices are all part of the exotic flavors and aromas of Sri Lanka. Curries such as dhal and sour fish are popular with Sri Lankan people and two dishes that visitors just have to experience as authentic tastes of the island. The native Jackfruit is often used as a flavoring that is completely unique to the cuisine, resulting in amazing green curries.
These are just a few reasons to make this beautiful gem of the Indian ocean a major consideration for anyone wishing to take a holiday in faraway lands. Travelers to this exotic island often return, wishing to experience its charms over and over again. With its warm and welcoming people, Sri Lanka is an ideal place to explore and create those lasting memories that only a holiday of a lifetime can truly provide.