If Sri Lanka is to be defined in one word, it is “diversity” in it’s truest form. Although smaller in geographic magnitude, it definitely is vast when it comes to the highlights of a traveller’s destination.
This island is filled with authentic locality that spread beyond the commercial regions in the Western parts of Sri Lanka. Whilst it is the buzzing Colombo and high-rise buildings that make most townsfolk lively, the rural areas are quite laid back where time slows down, providing us with the opportunity to be ‘present in that very moment’.
The villagers have their own routine consisting of harvesting, plucking vegetables, bathing in the river, preparing a local sweetmeat for their evening tea break, and simply spending time with family on the varendah of their little mud-house. This setting is one that could never be purchased because their livelihoods are spent on the foundation of that much needed human-interaction.
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Emphasizing on the Culture, Heritage and Religion, Sri Lanka’s story date back thousands of years. As locals, we are fortunate to have access to evidence in the form of inscriptions, historical monuments and ruins, hidden-away temples and caves, tales from our ancestors and many more. Even as of today, the archaeologists come up with new findings or excavations of these trails/ sites, adding a sturdier foundation to our roots. Our much talked about Culture and Religion too have stemmed from this history with traces of Vijaya-Kuveni invasions all the way to age-old Ramayana events, and plenty others. As such, Sri Lanka has become a country rich in cultural diversity, multitude of races, and religions.
Being an island surrounded by Oceans and Waterbodies, make it an ideal beach or coastal getaway for travellers or to couple it with wildlife and nature. Animal enthusiasts have access to ‘The Big Five’ of Sri Lanka, that is, Blue Whale, Sperm Whale, Leopard, Sloth Bear and Asian Elephant, which is not second to any other wildlife spectacle in the world. Mountains, valleys and waterfalls are a treat to the eye when travelling to the Central Highlands and the avid adventure traveller has a plethora of options for trekking and hiking or to select a relaxed yet immersive experience to witness the hill/ tea country ambience.
Sri Lanka has two main monsoon seasons. The south-western monsoon brings rain to the south-west of Sri Lanka between May and September, while the North Eastern monsoon which runs from December to March brings rain to the North Eastern portion of the island. Nevertheless, the climate is an unpredictable aspect and being a country with fairly Sunny days throughout, it has become a holiday destination for travellers year-round.
Colombo – Sri Lanka’s commercial capital and major port “Colombo” offers a fine amalgamation of historic value and contemporary settings. Explore these grounds in different angles to experience the diverse array of food – organic and made to perfection with a touch of Ceylon spice, communities signifying family unions, colourful culture and of course some authentic shopping in trading boutiques with the principle of giving back to the rural society. Colombo is on ‘fast forward’ with sky risers and new cities being built, however, the Colonial structures entwined with the timeless rich history of Ceylon would undoubtedly take you back in time.
Kandy – This is a renowned UNESCO World Heritage city which carries a rich culture, history, traditions, arts and crafts. Located in the hill country, it also offers simple scenic beauty coupled with a touch of urbanity. The city’s colonial architecture has been preserved well even in the backdrop of rapid urbanisation. Close to the city’s center is the prime landmark, the ‘Sri Dalada Maligawa’ that houses the sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha. Apart from the ancient monuments of the Kandyan era, the delightful jumble of antique shops and the bustling market in the city also make up for interesting places to visit.
Cultural Triangle – This is the heart of Sri Lanka’s history and is home to a larger concentration of proud archaeological remnants of Sri Lanka’s medieval kingdoms. This bears the UNESCO World Heritage cities of Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya and Dambulla which date back to the 4th century BC. A few key locations include the unparalleled beauty of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa ruins, the spectacular panoramas of the ancient citadel in Sigiriya and the Cave temples in Dambulla.
Central Highlands – Considered a great bio-diversity hotspot, the Central Highlands of Sri Lanka made it to the list of yet another UNESCO World Heritage Site. The location being approximately 2500 metres above sea level creates a cooler clime and thus allows for a plethora of flora & fauna and cascading waterfalls, making it a nature enthusiast’s paradise. There are endangered and other wildlife species such as the Western-Purple-faced Langur, the Slender Loris, Sambar Deer, and even sightings of the majestic Leopard, in these montane forests.
East Coast – This heavenly coastal getaway of unspoilt, white, sandy beaches and crystal blue waters is located in the Northeast portion of the island.Apart from the turquoise beaches and watersport activities, there are historically and culturally prominent sites in Trincomalee, and other leisure activities in Passikudah one could bask on. Passikudah is considered one of the most perfect and safest spots for sea baths due to its shallow coastlines and comparatively low currents.
Our Insider Experience Observe leopards on safari in Yala National Park. Referred by locals as the Eighth Wonder of the World – Sigirya is the most visited highlight in Sri Lanka ...
Our Insider Experience Visit one of Anuradhapura‘s most revered Buddhist temple sites, Ruvanvelisaya Dagoba, where a fantastic atmosphere is created by the many visiting pilgrims. Enjoy a ...