Sri Lanka being one of the best travel destinations in Asia, will offer you a unique island experience that is extraordinary. While the whole country has a variety of places with amazing experiences to offer, the Southern side of the country has the best beaches and wildlife reserves to explore.
The Southern province is also teeming with luxurious hotels, lovely villas, fine dining restaurants, creating the perfect base to start your adventure. So if you are planning to visit down south, the ideal time would be December to March. Below are some of the best experiences that will turn your holiday into an unforgettable one.
Explore the Wilderness
Yala, nested in the southern province of Sri Lanka is well known for the best wildlife experience in the country. The world famous Yala National Park is home to 44 varieties of animals and 215 bird species. If you are a nature lover, Yala is a must visit spot to add to your itinerary. Wild Coast Tented Lodge that borders Yala National Park is a luxury tented camp located on a rocky beach, overlooking the Indian Ocean. It has 28 tented structures in the shape and color of the rocks and are designed to blend into its surroundings.. The luxury glamp site also comprises a sanctuary spa, dining pavilion, a bar and a library. Wild Coast Tented Lodge takes the “Yala safari” to a whole new level. While immersing yourself in the backdrop of the lodge, you can look forward to a day's safari to spot the rare Sri Lankan leopard, local endemic birds and other wildlife for a holistic wildlife adventure.
After an adventurous wildlife safari, the crew will take you to a pleasing spot near the river, with a gratifying view for a next level high tea experience in the jungle. Here you can relax and treat yourself with a warm cup of Dilmah Tea which is Sri Lanka’s finest quality tea. Dilmah tea is known for its garden freshness and supreme quality. The tea leaves are picked from estates which are sustainably grown and produced with respect to the environment.
Splendid stay at the edge of southern capital
While you take your journey further down you'll come to the world heritage city of Galle. It is a lovely city enriched with Dutch-colonial architecture that reminisces to early European times. One of the noteworthy places to visit in Galle is the Dutch Fort. It is a fortification built by Portugese in the 16th century which gives you splendid views of the ocean, after a very long day. When it comes to”‘where to stay?” Galle has a variety of hotels and guest houses to suit a range of budgets and preferences.
Jetwing Lighthouse is located within the city limits and rests atop a glorious hillock overlooking the Indian Ocean. It is an ideal place for you to rest after a long day of exploring the beauty of Galle. This majestic hotel was designed by the famous Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa. With open spaces that are designed to provide you with privacy, enjoy a stay at Jetwing Lighthouse for a relaxing experience.
True Italian experience in the Galle Fort
The streets of the Galle Fort are lined with boutique hotels, stylish cafes and souvenir stores which you can explore by foot. AQUA Forte is an Italian restaurant which will give you the ultimate fine dining experience and true Italian ambience when you walk through their arched doorway. There is a wide range of delightful italian dishes available, including pasta, homemade breads and ravioli made by skilled and experienced chefs. In AQUA Forte you get to meet the head chef and learn the secret recipes used to create your dish, as well as innovative culinary techniques and his special recommendations on wine pairings and desserts. It is the perfect place to spend a romantic evening with your loved ones.