A beautiful island nation located in the Indian Ocean; Sri Lanka is a popular holiday destination for travellers from all around the world. The natural beauty of this tropical island, the climate and the many adventures that await you are some of the main reasons as to why the country is so popular. If you are planning to visit the country, it would help you if you had an idea of the places that you would like to visit right? So here is a handy list of must-see places in the country that you should not miss out on.
Spend A Day in Colombo
If you want to appreciate the rural beauty and timeless charm of the country, you should also probably spend at least one day in the bustling capital city Colombo. With all the modern amenities around, you can undoubtedly enjoy a relaxing day after your long flight but also you will see that there are many cultural hotspots right in the heart of the city, not to mention the many varieties of delicious street food that you can enjoy. After a day in the heart of the city, you are going to be able to appreciate the stark contrast of the countryside as well.
The Down South Beaches
If you are going to be touring Sri Lanka the stunning pristine beaches are one aspect that you cannot miss. With surfing areas that are renowned the world over the entire stretch of beach from Galle, Unawatuna, Hikkaduwa, Wadduwa all the way to Mirissa and Weligama are just spectacular. The towns and cities that feature these beaches have now developed a very relaxed and casual ambiance with pretty much everything that you could need while travelling here.
The Mountains and Trekking Trails
Once you have had you fair share of the sun, sand and sea it is time to take a refreshing break from the heat and head to the comfortable chills of the mountain ranges. From the infamous Ella Gap to the Mini Adam’s Peak that is Instagram worthy and of course the World’s End, the Hanthana Ranges and the man, many beautiful silvery waterfalls that begin in the hills, you are in for a treat as your train ride will take you right into the hearts of verdant tea plantations. You are also going to be surprised at how soon the geography and the climate of the country changes from one area to another.
The Cultural Trip
Take a trip down the island’s long and proud history where kings and queens-built monuments that stand testament even today to the versatility and skill of the people of this tiny island. Some of the notable cities that you should take a walk through are Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and Dambulla.
Enjoy the rich flora and fauna of the island with a safari in Yala. Pay a visit to the World heritage site of Sinharaja Rainforest, one of its kind, and enjoy how the thick canopy blots out the sun. Make sure to keep an eye out for the ancient trees and creepers growing that will be marked as you trek your way through the forest.