Situated towards the Southern tip of India and bordered by the Indian Ocean is the island nation of Sri Lanka. The nation’s rain forests, primeval Buddhist relics, highlands, and sun-kissed beaches make the place a favorite among the tourists. While Sri Lanka’s ancient capital is Anuradhapura; the country’s current capital is Colombo.
In the following details, we give you 5 reasons to plan a visit to Sri Lanka during your next holidays.
1. Sheltered Wildlife
A large part of Sri Lankan lands has been reserved for sanctuaries, national parks, and jungles. In fact, the Conservation International authorities have recognized the nation for having bountiful biodiversity. Also, Sri Lanka’s Sinharaja Forest Reserve has been proclaimed as a UNESCO Heritage Site; and is one of the most popular tropical rainforests, housing varied endemic species.
2. Cultural Background
Sri Lanka houses six other UNESCO”s World Heritage Sites: Galle, Kandy, Anuradhapura, Dombella’s Golden Temple, Sigiriya, and Polonnaruwa. You can roam around these sites to discover ancient frescoes, edifices, rock carvings, palaces, and stairways. In fact, they are contained in a compact area that is known as the ‘Cultural Triangle’.
Another reason to visit Sri Lanka is for reveling in the festivities of the varied festivals. The Sri Lankan people celebrate Buddhist, Christian, Muslim and Hindu festivals with equal fervor; these include Esala Poya, Kandy, Kataragama, Vesal-Poya (Buddhist), Poya (full-moon night), Vel (Hindu-based); and Esala Perahera fiesta that is hosted during the months July to August.
4) Rich Diversity
One of the main reasons why tourists flock to Sri Lanka is owed to the nation’s rich diversity. You can explore misty mountains, tea plantations, coves, beaches, rivers, waterfalls, wetlands, tea plantations, jungles, forests, plains – amongst other attractions.
Opting for treks to soak in the breath-taking sights of the nation is an ideal way to get your mind off the mundane duties and rejuvenate the senses.
If you are a food-lover and looking to relish different cuisines, then a visit to Sri Lanka is an absolute must. Due to the influx of foreigners, the nation grows a variety of vegetables, fruits, and spices. You can relish rice dishes with curries – the staple diet of the Sri Lankans.
However, keep in mind that the Sri Lankans serve spicy foods; and if you are not a fan of spicy-natured foods, then only inform your hosts and they will do the needful.