10 Reasons Why Sri Lanka Should Be Your Next Travel Destination

10 Reasons Why Sri Lanka Should Be Your Next Travel Destination

Sri Lanka is a beautiful paradise island in the Indian Ocean which is also called the Pearl of the Indian Ocean. It has a wide range of attractions, making it a perfect travel destination. Here are ten reasons why you should pack your bags and explore this enchanting country.

1. Stunning Beaches

Sri Lanka has some of the world’s most beautiful beaches. If you love surfing, you should visit Arugam Bay. The waves there are amazing, and it’s a popular spot for surfers from all over the world. If you want to relax, head to Unawatuna. This beach has golden sand and calm, turquoise waters that are perfect for swimming and sunbathing.For a more peaceful experience, check out Mirissa. The pristine sands and clear waters make it a great place to explore. You might even see some dolphins or whales if you’re lucky! Mirissa is also perfect for lounging on the beach and enjoying the beautiful scenery.

No matter which beach you choose, you’ll find plenty of things to do. You can try water sports like snorkeling, diving, or even jet skiing. Or, you can simply relax on the sand and soak up the sun. The beaches in Sri Lanka offer something for everyone, whether you’re looking for adventure or relaxation.

2. Rich Cultural Heritage

Sri Lanka is a country that’s packed with history, going all the way back over 2,500 years. It’s a place where the past lives in the present. Imagine walking through eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites, each telling its own story of ancient times. These aren’t just old places; they’re where history happened.

You’ve got the ancient city of Anuradhapura, where you can see giant stupas and ruins that whisper secrets of a time long gone. Then there’s Polonnaruwa, another old city, filled with breathtaking statues and structures that show off the craftsmanship of ancient Sri Lankans.

Don’t forget about Sigiriya, the rock fortress that literally stands out! It’s a massive column of rock with a palace on top. Climbing up there, you can feel like a king looking over his kingdom. Lastly, there’s the sacred city of Kandy, a beautiful place that’s still a center of Buddhist faith and culture today.

3. Wildlife Safari Adventures

If you love wildlife, Sri Lanka is like a huge treasure box waiting to be opened. This island has some amazing national parks, like Yala and Udawalawe, which are the perfect spots for seeing all sorts of wild animals. 

When you go on a safari adventure in these parks, you’re not just visiting; you’re stepping into the homes of these incredible creatures. It’s a chance to watch them live their daily lives—eating, playing, and maybe, a leopard might just cross your path! Imagine sitting in a jeep, binoculars in hand, and spotting an elephant family by the waterhole. It’s not just about seeing the animals, it’s about getting a glimpse into their world.

4. Scenic Hill Country

The central highlands of Sri Lanka are a dream come true for anyone who loves nature. Picture endless rolling hills covered in bright green tea plants, mountains shrouded in mist, and waterfalls tumbling down in beautiful cascades. This area is full of amazing sights that will keep your camera busy!

In the heart of these highlands, you’ll find Ella, a small town with some of the most stunning views you can imagine. It’s the perfect spot for hiking or just soaking in the scenery. Then there’s Nuwara Eliya, which people call “Little England” because of its old British-style buildings and the cool climate that feels like a mild English summer. It’s like stepping back in time or into another part of the world. Also, you definitely shouldn’t miss the train ride from Kandy to Ella. It’s one of the most scenic journeys you can take. It’s a great way to see the beauty of Sri Lanka’s highlands up close. This trip is a must-do for anyone visiting Sri Lanka.

5. Delicious Cuisine

Sri Lankan cuisine is like a thrilling adventure for your taste buds, thanks to its mix of diverse cultures. Imagine diving into spicy curries that wake up all your senses or savoring some fresh seafood caught right from the Indian Ocean. The flavors are rich, varied, and totally unique.

One of the coolest dishes you have to try is called “hoppers.” They’re like thin, crispy pancakes with a soft, fluffy center, often served with spicy sambal or curry. Then there’s kottu roti, which is a street food favorite. You definitely shouldn’t miss out on a traditional Sri Lankan rice and curry meal. It usually includes rice surrounded by various curries packed with incredible flavors, from fiery hot to mild and sweet. Every bite is a little different from the last.

6. Warm and Friendly People

Sri Lankans are famous for being super welcoming and friendly. When tourists visit, they often go home with awesome memories because the locals really go out of their way to make everyone feel at home. When you’re traveling there, you’ll meet people who are genuinely interested in talking to you, showing you around, and helping you out. Sri Lanka is also about meeting new people who could end up being great friends.

When you chat with the locals, you learn stuff about Sri Lanka that you can’t find in guidebooks. You get to hear personal stories and learn about traditions and ways of life that are usually hidden from typical tourists. This makes your trip a lot richer and more interesting. Connecting with locals adds a whole new layer to traveling, making your adventure way more meaningful.

7. Adventure and Outdoor Activities

Sri Lanka is a playground for anyone who loves a good adrenaline rush. Think about all the cool activities you can try there! For starters, you can go hiking in the Knuckles Mountain Range. This area is famous for its challenging trails and breathtaking views, perfect if you love a good climb and want to test your limits.

If you’re into water sports, you can’t miss out on white-water rafting in Kitulgala. It’s known for its rushing rapids that are both thrilling and fun. 

And if you’re into exploring underwater, scuba diving off the coast of Trincomalee is something you should definitely try. The ocean here is clear and full of colorful marine life. It’s like diving into a different world where you can swim with fish of all shapes and sizes. Sri Lanka really has it all when it comes to adventure. Whether you’re on land or in the water, there’s always something exciting to do. The diverse landscape offers endless opportunities for outdoor fun, making it a perfect spot for thrill-seekers.

8. Ayurveda and Wellness

Sri Lanka is like the ultimate chill spot if you’re into Ayurveda, an ancient way of healing that’s all about keeping things balanced and feeling good. Across Sri Lanka, you’ll find tons of resorts and spas that are dedicated to Ayurvedic practices. They offer everything from soothing massages that can work out all the kinks in your muscles to yoga sessions that help you stretch and relax your body and mind.

Visiting one of these wellness retreats can seriously recharge you. You get to wake up, maybe do some yoga, eat food that’s good for you, and get massages that make you feel like a million bucks. It’s not just about physical health either, it’s a whole mind and body tune-up. So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just want to hit the reset button, a trip to an Ayurvedic spa in Sri Lanka might be exactly what you need.

9. Vibrant Festivals

Sri Lanka is a place where every festival is like a burst of color and excitement. Each celebration shows off the island’s rich mix of cultures. Take, for example, the Kandy Esala Perahera. It’s a massive parade through the streets of Kandy in honor of the Sacred Tooth Relic, a very important Buddhist symbol. People from all over come to see dancers, drummers, and beautifully decorated elephants in this grand procession.

Also, there’s Thai Pongal, a festival celebrated by the Tamil community. It happens every January. It’s all about giving thanks for a bountiful harvest. They prepare it in pots that symbolize abundance and prosperity, often letting it boil over, which is believed to bring good luck.

10. Affordable Travel

Sri Lanka is a budget-friendly destination! You can enjoy fancy stuff without spending loads. Hotels, food, and getting around won’t empty your pockets. Even if you’re on a tight budget, you can still have a blast exploring Sri Lanka. There are heaps of affordable options for accommodation, yummy eats, and getting from place to place. So, whether you’re into chilling on the beach, hiking in the mountains, or exploring ancient ruins, Sri Lanka has something for everyone, no matter your budget! And the best part? You won’t have to worry about breaking the bank!

Sri Lanka is a destination that offers something for everyone. Its stunning natural beauty, rich cultural heritage, friendly people, and variety of activities make it a perfect place for your next adventure. Whether you’re seeking relaxation, adventure, or cultural experiences, Sri Lanka promises an unforgettable travel experience. So why wait? Make Sri Lanka your next travel destination and create memories that will last a lifetime.

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Memorable and enjoyable 15 days in Sri Lanka with Green Holidays The green holidays organised our whole trip to Sri Lanka according to our suggestions and requirements. We had a perfect, peaceful and enjoyable 15 days holiday. Pradeep and Rashmi booked the accommodation, vehicle for travel and the the driver/guide within a very short time. They were very prompt in responding to our messages and accommodating our last minute changes. The hotels they booked were comfortable, check in was so smooth and the service was good. We were able to do much more than we anticipated because of their coordination. Our guide/driver Romesh was very polite, trustworthy and punctual. We travelled with Romesh from Colombo to Batticaloa, Jaffna, Kandy and Galle in his car without any incidents and reached safely at the airport on time for our return flight. We thank Pradeep, Jay, Rashmi and Romesh for making our trip a pleasant and an enjoyable one.
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Emmanuel P
Travel in peace and with Personal contact of Green Holidays We used the services of Green Holiday for our stay in Sri Lanka. They arranged the complete tour picking us up at the Bandaranayaka Airport and taking us to Jaffna, Batticaloa, Bentota, Colombo and Kandy including Ella. Green Holiday provided us with a Chauffeur/ tour guide ( Upul) who knew so much about SriLanka and its History and personally took care of our safety and was with us to ensure our check in at the hotels was flawless. Upul is a honest trustworthy person to rely on and was very caring. Thanks to Green Holidays for providing a knowledgeable person to be with us throughout the trip. We had the pleasure of dealing with Pradeep who planned out our trip to our liking with several changes requested by us and was available on the phone anytime 24/7 to discuss and review options. Rashmi from Green Holidays was our local contact in case of any emergency or for information once we were in in Sri Lanka. We were glad to have the assurance of a personal contact while on vacation. Green Holidays has earned our trust to make our vacation relaxing and trouble free. We recommend Green Holidays as a reliable trustworthy company to book your vacation packages. Their team worked vigorously to ensure our vacation is pleasant, memorable and safe.
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Koushik S
We had such an amazing trip and we are back with lots of lovely memories. Thanks to Green Holiday for arranging a wonde We had been to Srilanka for 5 days and we did have such a fantastic trip. The whole place was very clean and the natural look was just fantastic
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Sam B
Great driver, great Organisation My boyfriend and i took a two week holiday on sri lanka. One week on road, one week beach holiday. Apart from a little mishap at the start when our arrival time was wrongly put at 09.30 instead of 05.30. However all it took was a quick phone to Dilan our driver who rushed to pick us up immediately. Due to delays on the way here and a little visa issue (always double check your passport numbers twice people) we arrived in the arrival hall at 07.30…once we had called the adventure began at 08.15. Dilan was an absolute godsend. Kept us entertained with facts about the areas we were visiting, made good conversation during our long journeys and got us there safe and sound every time. Dilan would also help us plan out our day and was honest enough when something was either gonna be a rushjob or whenever he felt we weren’t gonna get the best bang for our buck at a certain attraction. which we really appreciated, since we had completely missjudged the traffic and the distances on this journey. He also helped us handle check-ins and check-out and as we later found out when we made excursions of our own, he also kept pesky scammers away whenever we went to visit a place on foot. As for the rest of the trip everything went incredibly smoothly. Hotel staff were super friendly with us and safaris and other tour providers were informed well in advance so that we would literaly rock up, get into another car or jeep or were handed over to a local guide and be on our way right away. So long story short, we would like to thank Green Holiday and Dilan for making our trip the adventure of a lifetime and wholeheartedly recommend them to anyone traveling in sri lanka.
Robert P
Robert P
Skvělá zkušenost Naše zkušenost s touto společnosti byla skvělá. Náš pruvodce Upul byl velmi ochotný,trpělivý a vzdělaný. O historii Srí Lanky jsme se od nej dozvěděli snad úplně vše . Ten člověk znal odpověď úplně na vše opravdu úžasný průvodce a skvělý řidič. Mohu jen doporučit
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Hana K
Absolutely reliable company with best guides. First of all, this company we used for arranging our whole vacation in Sri Lanka worked just perfect. We had no issue whatsoever. For travelling around the island for several days we had a guide Upul. He just was the best! Not only he was driving us around safe, he also knew about history, gave us all the explanations in a very interesting way. He took us in many great, beautiful and even fun places, always stood by our side, guiding us through crowds to the most interesting points and telling us all the information - about history, religions, politics, traditions, nature, you name it. Upul was truly able to answer any question we had. On top of that, he was always smiling, in a good mood, treated us with dignity and patiency. We truly appreciated it and thanks to him and a perfect organization we had the best time in Sri Lanka. I also want to say, that the company manager got in touch with us on the second day, asking how satisfied we were with Upul, checking if everything was ok. It was a nice thing to do. Overall, I truly recommend this company if you want to spend your vacatin with no hassle and great guiding.
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