16 Reasons why Sri Lanka is a once-in-a-lifetime destination

Sri Lanka: an understated jewel in the Indian Ocean, full of natural wonders and adventures for all visitors. If you take a closer look, you’ll find yourself in complete amazement…

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1) Affordable

Affordable and convenient, Sri Lanka is an inexpensive Asian country to travel in! Even on a tight budget, you will be able to enjoy a comfortable and cozy stay in modern or boutique accommodation. To save even more, we recommend you to stick to local cuisine, which is varied and delicious.

2) All-year-round Summer

The tropical island of Sri Lanka is an all-year-round holiday destination, with typical temperatures hovering around 27 C to 29 C. That means you can spend less time packing and more time travelling and making memories.

The best time to visit the west and southern coastline is from October to March, while the best weather on the east coast is from April/May to September.

3) Getting visa is easy

Visiting for the purpose of tourism requires a visa, and the good news is that you can obtain it online (which is really quick and easy), or at the port of entry. A tourist visa is valid for 30 days.

4) Friendly Locals

Sri Lanka is all about welcoming people, friendly gestures and smiling faces!

5) A Journey of Discovery

Ranked top country for travel by Lonely Planet in 2019, Sri Lanka is a beautiful, exotic destination that had it all: nature, history and culture. Thanks to its compact size, you will be able see and experience more of its treasures in less time.

6) World Heritage Sites

Do you know that Sri Lanka is home to eight UNESCO World Heritage sites – six cultural and two natural! Our top picks include…

Sacred City of Kandy: the country’s former capital is surrounded by rich forests and lush hills. It is also the site of Sri Dalada Maligawa Temple, the famous Buddhist temple that houses the Sacred Tooth Relic believed to have come from Lord Buddha.

Ancient City of Sigiriya: an ancient palace and fortress built atop a giant rock standing some 200m high. Visitors enjoy spellbinding vistas when they reach the top.

Galle Dutch Fort: the largest remaining European fortress in Asia built by the Portuguese in 1588.

7) Delightful Food

To truly become an experienced traveller, one must try the local cuisine of each and every place they visit. Sri Lanka is an especially spectacular spot for a new take on traditional cuisine!

8) Instagram-worthy destination

Truly an Instagram-worthy destination: postcard-perfect beaches, timeless architecture, classic trains, and oodles of elephants, every path you travel unfolds marvellous sights to behold and capture! Make sure you have all the equipment you need with you to be able to capture Sri Lanka’s beauty. Advernture cameras for those action shots of you learning how to surf and a Dr Drone for you to get sweeping aerial shots of the magnificent architecture.

9) Tea Plantation Tour

Visiting tea plantations is one of the highlights of travelling here. Book yourself a tea plantation tour and visit a tea estate where the world-renowned Ceylon tea is grown; observe how tea leaves are harvested and enjoy your freshly-brewed cuppa!

10) Wildlife Safaris

This island country is also famous for thrilling wildlife safaris, where encounters with some of the rare wildlife species, such as Leopards, elephants, and a diverse species of tropical birds, can be a dream come true!

11) Year-round Festivals

A home to four main religions – Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam and Christianity, that means visitors will get to enjoy a diverse and rich array of cultural festivals throughout the year.

Esala Perahera festival in Kandy is one of the grandest Buddhist festivals, and is not to be missed! It is held annually to pay homage to the Lord Buddha’s Sacred Tooth Relic. The celebration features traditional dances, jugglers, musicians, fire-breathers and lavishly decorated elephants.

12) English Speaking

Communicating with locals in English won’t be a problem, as English is widely understood and spoken in the major tourist destinations.

13) Getting Around

Getting around is an absolute breeze and inexpensive! Typical modes of transportation include buses, trains, taxis and rickshaws (tuk-tuks), and rentals are available. The train provides access to almost everywhere, and on the top of that, train routes in Sri Lanka are some of the most scenic in the world (routes from Kandy to Ella and Colombo to Jaffna are our recommendations!).

14) Surfing Paradise

Sri Lanka is a famous surfing destination that caters to all experience levels. Unawatuna beach is one of the famous spots for surfing, and just a short drive away from Amari Galle. The sunny weather, golden sands, and rolling waves make for a perfect surf day. If you’re planning on heading out there, don’t forget to grab Surfing Wet Suits, or something similar for when you’re catching the waves.

15) A Destination for Everyone

Sri Lanka offers a wide variety of sights and attractions for all travel preferences. Whether you’re travelling solo, with a loved one, friends or kids in tow, Sri Lanka promises an exciting adventure for everyone.

16) Laid-back Vibes

If you long for a relaxed pace of life and a laid-back holiday, this beautiful island is your answer!

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