Travel Sri Lanka – Small Haven on Earth

sigiriya
Sigiriya rock fortress

Explore the grandeur and glory of ancient Sri Lanka . Enjoy the breathtaking views of lush green valleys, panoramic view of tea plantation and find rare typical wild life.

See the glimpse of ancient Sri Lanka in numerous ways . Magnificently crafted, a millennium old Buddhist shrines and monasteries, cave temples, royal palaces and gardens paintings and stone inscriptions. Travel Sri Lanka to witness these amazing miracles.

dambulla golden temple
Dambulla golden temple

Enjoy historical sightseeing and take a pleasure in the miles of spectacular unspoiled beaches .Travel newly developed east with a privacy in a tourist free intimate tropical environment.

The island is proud of its 2500 years of history; several old documents talk about Lanka, Ramayana being just one such example. Most people misspell Sri Lanka as “shri lanka” or ‘siri Lanka”.

Sri lankan Beaches

Sun drenched beaches, exotic wildlife, enchanting tropical delights, salubrious tea hills, Victorian tea factories, quaint little towns, busy bazaars, daily fish markets, ancient temples and monuments, ruins of grandiose palaces & monasteries .Last but not the least, the warm people with their endearing smiles and hospitality all of which will anchor your hearts to this tropical paradise and leave you with ever lasting memories.

sri lankan beach
Stilt Fishing

The weather in Sri Lanka is tropical, so it rains a lot in the majority of the island areas. Rains are heavy mainly during October to January and May to July. The terrain is mostly low, but the island has some mountains in the center, with the highest peak located at the altitude of 8,281 feet / 2,524 meters.

Tourists come to Sri Lanka to enjoy several days spent in a wonderful place, an island often referred to as the paradise island, due to the beautiful beaches . Sri lankan island is surrounded by beautiful blue sea and have various types of rare corals & beautiful and very rare fish species.

Sri Lankan Tourist Beaches

tourists on unawatuna beach
Unawatuna beach

The beaches cover 808 / miles 1300 km and offer tourists remote and pristine shores to walk and enjoy silence, along with exquisite landscapes.

Love Water Sports ??

Tourists that love water sports can surf the ocean, dive or ski jet. Mirissa beach and Arugam Bay beach are suitable for whale watching and surfing and also best for diving.

But not only the beaches are an important tourist attraction! The rich history is drawing people’s attention as well. Sigiriya (The Lion Rock) is one such example.

Tourists can admire the ruins of water gardens, ramparts and moats. As well the ruins of the two huge stone lions that were once guarding the entrance to the place where the royal palace was located.

diving in sri lanka
Diving

Adam’s Peak

Adam’s peak is considered sacred by the majority of religions in Sri Lanka. It is a mountain peak of 7,330 feet / 2,234 meters, and it is the single mountain top in the world which is venerated by more than one religion. The peak has a distinctive aspect and can be easily noticed from the sea.

There are three ways to the top of it, but the majority of tourists prefer to join the pilgrims on their way to the top, a path which is shorter, but more difficult. The pilgrims prefer to climb the mountain at night, hoping to reach the top at dawn so that they can enjoy the rise of the sun.

Horton Plains and Knuckles Conservation Forest

horton plains
horton plains

The central area of the island is known as Central Highlands, representing Peak Wilderness Area, the Horton Plains National Park and Knuckles Conservation Forest. These have been recently added to the UNESCO world heritage lot. These are forests located at about 8,200 feet / 2,500 meters altitude, the place where numerous species of plants and trees can be found. Tourists that travel sri lanka don’t miss hiking chance to Ella rock , Riverston and Knuckles mountain range.

Ancient Temples

Dambulla Royal Cave Temple
Dambulla Royal Cave Temple

Wildlife in Sri Lanka

This is also the home of all sorts of animals and birds, some of them being considered endangered species, like the leopard, the langur or the slender loris. It is also the home of the Bear Monkeys, as well as for some elephants. The forests in this area are still close to the idea and correct representation of virgin forests.

Sri lankan Elephants
Elephant

Tourists that are in search of the thrill of adventures may include the island on their itinerary, as a destination for a wonderful vacation. One of the possibilities is to go whale and dolphin watching; the dolphins can be seen in the Southern, Eastern and Western coasts of the island.

leopard watching in yala national park
Sri lankan leopard

Whale Watching and Surfing

whale watching location sri lanka
whale

Dondra Point is the perfect place for such an adventure. The waters around the island are filled with all sorts of fish, and tourism on the island also means fishing in the deep sea. Mirissa beach also very famous for whale watching.

There are fish species that one can find close to the shores. Some that swim in the deep further waters.

In Sri Lanka adventure may mean drifting in a multicolored air balloon as well. From that altitude the view is unforgettable, and many tourists prefer to sight see the island on board them. The rainforest in the Knuckles Range may offer a unique experience of walking close to spice trees, orchids and colorful birds. The hiking and walking trails lead the tourists across them, on almost virgin areas of the island.

Knuckles Mountain Range

knuckles range mountains
knuckles range mountains

Finest Hotels for Tourists

Sri Lanka offers a multitude of accommodation options, depending on the actual desires of the tourists. For those that are used to stay in elegant hotels, the island has several of them.Ceylon Continental Hotel, Cinnamon Grand hotel, Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo, Cinnamon Lodge, to name just few of them.

But there are also less than three stars hotels, boutique hotels, bungalows or rented apartments, and this abundance means that it is almost impossible that one will not find what he likes.

best tourist hotels sri lanka
tourist hotel

The tourist industry or rather the hospitality segment here over the years has matured to a great height .No matter what challenges the country faced politically or economically. It proves that history, culture, education, religions etc. are a blended solid ground. This makes even a first – time short duration visitor marvel and inspired for re-visits.

If the tourists are more interested in getting to know the life of inhabitants, there is always the possibility of home staying. This means finding a local family and enjoying life as they do during the stay on the island.

sigiriya rock
Pidurangala

Delicious Local Foods

The food on Sri Lanka will mean also an excellent experience. As it is considered to be one of the most complex in the South of Asia. The cuisine has been influenced by the closeness to India, but also by the colonial ages. Rice is consumed daily with different spices and it represents one of the choices for dinner and lunch.

sri lankan tasty foods
foods sri lanka

It is well known the fact that the island has gained a good name in the spice commerce over the centuries. And spices are still present in the common dishes they prepare on the island. Curry is added to the rice which is served with fish, turkey, chicken, pork or mutton. Vegetables, lentils and fruit are also part of a typical meal.

When the cooks prepare sweets, they also used rice flour and treacle. As for beverages, Faluda is a very popular drink made with syrup, ice cream, jelly pieces and basil seeds. Fruit juices are also drunk a lot. Of course tourists can find international restaurants on the island, where they can eat dishes that they are familiar with.