Endless sun kissed beaches, timeless ruins, rolling surf, undulating hills, gushing waterfalls, oodles of wildlife, flavorful food and welcoming people- ...
Endless sun kissed beaches, timeless ruins, rolling surf, undulating hills, gushing waterfalls, oodles of wildlife, flavorful food and welcoming people- this is Sri Lanka, one of Asia’s richest tropical paradises. Located just below India, this little exotic island abounds with wonderful discoveries for any tourist. Be it a journey of exploring the wilderness, an Ayurvedic wellness holiday, a relaxing getaway in the sun soaked beaches, or even that quick business trip, there is something for everyone. Considered a lost paradise by many a globe trotter, scores of travelers have passed overhead on their way to someplace else, but years of war and challenges such as tsunamis have kept Sri Lanka off many itineraries. But now Sri Lanka has cemented its place as a firm favourite among holiday goers. From legendary temples and ancient sites that echo the 2000-plus years of rich culture and rainforested peaks, to myriads of national parks and nature reserves that are home to endangered and endemic species, few locations have as many UNESCO World Heritage Sites packed into such a small compact area as Sri Lanka. Because of its small size, distances are short and make exploring and experiencing easier. Witness the crumbling ruins of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa, be awestruck by the sight of hundreds of majestic elephants gathering in Minneriya, revel in one of the pristine beaches that ring the island, meditate in one of the magical cave temples in Dambulla, soak in the colonial charm of Galle, climb the majestic 5th century Sigiriya Rock Fortress, surf the waves of Arugam Bay, snorkel in Kalpitiya, relax in the cool climes of the hill country and go shopping in the vibrant streets of Colombo; when it comes to Sri Lanka, it is a veritable treasure trove where the choices never end. Get in touch with the brilliant Travel Experts at Affordable Luxury Travel and start planning your dream journey today!
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Things to do
Visit Tea Plantations
Delve deep into the heritage of Sri Lanka upon your visit to a Tea Plantation. Tea is one of Sri...
Yala National Park situated on the island’s southern coast is simply paradise for nature lovers. Crowned as Sri Lanka’s most...
There’s no denying that Sri Lanka has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, with this stretch of...
Regarded as the capital of culture, the ancient ‘Kingdom of Kandy’ is tucked beside a pretty lake in the highlands,...
Catch The Train
Despite its miniature size, Sri Lanka sure packs in its fair share of pretty epic rail journeys. Arguably our favourite...
Sri Lankan Rupee
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Visit Tea Plantations
Delve deep into the heritage of Sri Lanka upon your visit to a Tea Plantation. Tea is one of Sri Lanka’s most famous trades, and in 2020 over 265 million kilograms of tea were exported from Sri Lanka. The type of tea that is produced varies depending on where it is grown. The higher the elevation pf the plantation, the lighter the taste of the tea, whereas the lower elevated tea plantations produce stronger tea. Once you have arrived at one of many tea plantations, expect to learn more about the history and production process of tea. Enjoy picking tea leaves before discovering how they are transformed from a leaf to loose tea and even taste test the tea at the end of the tour.
Yala National Park situated on the island’s southern coast is simply paradise for nature lovers. Crowned as Sri Lanka’s most famous park, these grassy plains (which span a whopping 1268sq km) are rich in wildlife, where majestic encounters with wonderful creatures - including elephants, crocodiles and buffaloes - are almost guaranteed. This is also Sri Lanka’s number one leopard sanctuary, so visitors will be sure to witness these big, beautiful cats close-up. Uda Walawe Natoinal Park is another must-visit if you want to catch a glimpse of your favourite animals, especially elephants – since this reservoir is home to just as many of these gentle giants as you’d find in the famous East African National Parks – now that’s a lot!
There’s no denying that Sri Lanka has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, with this stretch of the Indian Ocean fringed by a variety of sun-soaked, golden sands. Bentota is one of the finest stretches on the west coast, with a string of first-class hotels and boutiques lining the sand and a host of exciting watersports – including a tranquil lagoon perfect for kayaking. Arugam Bay is another popular spot thanks to its surf-tastic waves, laid-back vibes and bounty-white sands. Mirissa’s crescent bay serves up a taste of island life with a cluster of pretty guesthouses and beach cafes close to the shore, plenty of wildlife to admire (including turtles on the sand and whales often visible in the waters), plus a fair few massage centres available nearby, for ultimate R&R. Or if you’re looking for somewhere lively, Galle Face Green is a coastal marvel with attractions fit for the whole family.
Regarded as the capital of culture, the ancient ‘Kingdom of Kandy’ is tucked beside a pretty lake in the highlands, and can be as slow or fast paced as you wish. While its got spiritual charm, historic sites, religious shrines and lush emerald hills in abundance, this crowd-pleasing city has a chaotic side too, with bustling streets, colonial architecture and a labyrinth of market stalls in the pleasing Old Town. If you want to get away from it all, a visit to the Royal Botanical Gardens is sure to soothe, or perhaps you want to head to the hilltops and admire the 88-foot Buddha Statue instead (you can’t really miss it). Want to venture even further? Kandy is the starting point of one of the world’s most beautiful train routes towards Ella, so keep your eyes peeled for the famous blue open train.
Catch The Train
Despite its miniature size, Sri Lanka sure packs in its fair share of pretty epic rail journeys. Arguably our favourite way to travel, there’s a host of traditional steam trains to hop on and off that will rattle oh-so-slowly past verdant rolling hills, tea plantations, tropical forests and tiny villages as you venture from A to B. At the top of everybody’s itinerary is the train journey from the commercial city of Colombo to Kandy – the country’s spiritual capital surrounded by mountains, rainforests and a handful of famous Buddhist sites, including the iconic Temple Of The Tooth.