If you can't decide between an adventure and a laid back vacation but want to experience everything in one trip, Sri Lanka is the ideal destination to visit. This beautiful island has a plethora of experiences to choose from and most importantly, these spots are easily accessible and are safe to visit. For a more relaxed trip, build a 3 week itinerary to cover the most famous & must visit destinations around the island.
Nature & Wildlife
Sri Lanka is home to a diverse range of flora and fauna. From majestic elephants, leopards and sloth bears to the most exotic butterflies and birds, the jungle is filled with critters. That's not it - if you explore further, you will come across jungle monasteries and archaeological sites that date back to the era of the kings. All in all, Safaris in Sri Lanka should be at the top of your bucket list. For the complete experience, opt to stay at an accommodation in or around a national park like Wild Coast Tented Lodge by Resplendent Ceylon. Situated adjacent to Yala National Park along a rugged & empty beach that overlooks the Indian Ocean, this luxury tented camp provides the ultimate glamping experience. Participate on a guided bush walk or game drive with a well experienced team of rangers that will make sure you are educated on the fascinating little details of animal behaviour.
There is nothing more rewarding than stuffing yourself with a good Sri Lankan meal that is sure to fill you up. Throughout the trip you will come across many little food huts or saivar kade as Sri Lankans call it. Don't miss out to stop by one of those little huts that you would find on your way up to the hill country. These little food huts serve freshly prepared coconut rotti along with a spicy lunu miris that is considered as one of the many local favourites that you should definitely try out. As you may know, Sri Lankans love their tea! It has become a need for most locals to indulge in a cup of Ceylon tea to wash down after every meal. If you are visiting the hill country side, a hot pot of tea that is freshly sourced is a must try as you are sure to fall in love with the aroma, flavour and the calming effect it will have on you. Just in case you don’t want to miss it too much, you could order a box for yourself through Dilmah tea online shop (a local tea brand loved by many) that will deliver right to your doorstep.
It is not a surprise that a beach vacation is the most famous on a tropical island like Sri Lanka. Surrounded by the Indian Ocean, it provides the perfect sandy beaches for a relaxing holiday. Even if it's a day trip or a 3 day long trip, the beach never fails to disappoint. Opt to stay in a luxury hotel like Jetwing Lighthouse with a beachfront view so you can sunbathe all day and head in to indulge in a fine dining experience. Their themed suite inspired by three ancient travellers delivers the ultimate luxury experience for a relaxing stay. You could also drop in to their spa to revitalize your mind, body and soul with their therapeutic Ayurveda treatments.
If you are a curious traveller who is interested in subjects like culture & history, the Cultural Triangle in Sri Lanka is just for you! Between Kandy, Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa you will find archaeological sites of ancient kingdoms, sculptures, caves and even mesmerizing temples with rich history which will not fail to amuse you. Sigiriya (Lion Rock) expressed as the 8th wonder of the world is considered to be the most famous spot to visit when in the area. Don’t forget to take a bottle of water and a hat when climbing this majestic rock on any day. The view is clearly worth it!