Explore the splendor of Galle
Being a city rich in old world charm, Galle is one of the must visit destinations in Sri Lanka. Having served as a trading post back in the day, it was under the rule of the Portuguese, English and Dutch. Dotted with boutiques, churches, warehouses and exquisite homes, the city is renowned for its coastal charm. Its main attraction is the Fort which is ideal for a leisurely walk or a bike ride.
A tour in the hill country
Fondly known as ‘Little England’, Nuwara Eliya is the most enchanting region of Sri Lanka’s hill country. With breathtaking waterfalls and mist-shrouded mountains, this part of the island has been blessed with pleasantly cold weather conditions. To fully experience the splendor of Nuwara Eliya, one would need a couple of days at least. The best way to enhance the experience is by basing yourself at a colonial bungalow.
Visiting local beaches
Offering excellent water sports opportunities, beaches in the island exude a rare sense of tropical charm. Beaches in Bentota, Unawatuna, Hikkaduwa and Tangalle are ideal for surfing. Snorkellers will be treated to the experience of a lifetime at beaches in Unawatuna, Beruwala, Nilaveli and Hikkaduwa. Some of these beaches also offer the opportunity for turtle watching and whale watching as well as various other exceptionally exciting activities.
A visit to the Golden Temple of Dambulla
Admired for its ancient artifacts and painted murals, Golden Temple of Dambulla is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With a height of over 160 meters, this temple complex is a must visit for history buffs. There are many Buddha statues housed here depicting various positions. This temple offers an ideal glimpse into the island’s religious heritage.
A train ride to Jaffna
Located in the North part of the island, Jaffna can be visited by taking a scenic train ride. Being one of the cheapest and easiest ways to get around Sri Lanka, train rides take scenic routes not only to Jaffna but also the central and Southern parts of the country, along lush paddy fields and enchanting coastlines.
Exploring heritage sites
The heritage sites of Sri Lanka reflect the country’s rich history and culture. From the marvelous Sigiriya rock to the magnificent Temple of the Tooth in Kandy, these sites are distinctive places of interest. No holiday in the island would be complete without a visit to these fascinating sites.
Sample Sri Lankan Cuisine
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This is a must for anyone interested in getting a comprehensive experience of Sri Lanka. One of the most exotic cuisines in the world, local fare is mostly known for its extra spicy flavor. Influenced by Southern Indian cuisine, Sri Lankan fare include hoppers, rice and curry, kottu and more.