If there is one thing you should have on your bucket list for a once in a lifetime experience it is a Sri Lanka holiday.
Sri Lanka offers such a variety of options to its holiday makers and with eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites, 1,330 kilometres of golden beach coastline, an abundance of wildlife within its 15 national parks, 350 waterfalls and over 500,000 acres of lush, green tea fields you will never be lacking when it comes to things to do on your Sri Lanka trip.
Ideal for families, couples or adventurous back packing groups, due to its diversity a Sri Lanka holiday can literally offer you anything from a pure chill out and relaxation experience to a full-on adrenaline adventure.
When to Go and Where to Stay
One of the first things to consider when planning your Sri Lanka holiday is where you will be staying. Most people don’t realise that Sri Lanka is very much a year-round destination as long as you consider the weather at the different sides of the island at different times of the year. The Sri Lanka West and South-West coasts experience rain from May to September whereas the East and North coastline have more rain during October and February. December to mid-April are generally the most popular months for a Sri Lanka holiday but there really is something to do on the island at all times of the year. There is a vast choice of accommodation on the island but if you have limited funds or would rather spend your hard earned cash on the experiences and excursions of the island there is no need to worry as there are many budget hotels in Sri Lanka offering clean and welcoming accommodation, professional helpful staff and a delicious selection of international cuisine to suit every palate.
Sri Lanka Beaches
Sri Lanka enjoys so much contrast with a stunning coastline of golden sandy beaches set against the lush green back drop of a historic and mountainous terrain. Temperatures average between 25 – 30 degrees centigrade during the year and Sri Lanka beaches are kept beautifully clean. The majority of Sri Lanka beaches have excellent facilities with many also offering great opportunities for snorkeling and scuba diving.
Sri Lanka Tourism Places
It really is hard to know where to start when talking about the best tourism places in Sri Lanka to visit and really depends on what your main areas of interest are. The great thing about this is that if you are taking your Sri Lanka holiday with a group of people there is the option to split up and go off and do different experiences dependent on the interests, ages and abilities of the other group members.
Starting with Sri Lanka history will give a great insight to visitors about the religious and spiritual side of the island. Buddhism has always been very prominent in Sri Lanka and evidence of this can be seen everywhere in the crumbling temples and the many Buddha statues.
Key places to visit which are overflowing with the remains of age old civilisations include but are not limited to:
Anuradhapura – A UNESCO World Heritage site featuring an invaluable treasure trove of architectural and archaeological delights.
Polonnaruwa City – Kings ruled here eight hundred years ago as this area was a religious and commercial centre with its abundance of ancient temples and tombs, statues and monuments.
Kandy – Home to the Temple of the Sacred Tooth a shrine very sacred and important to Buddhism, as well as a stunning lake and the golden rock cave of Dambulla.
Sigiriya –Sigiriya dates back to the fifth century AD. The walls that surround this ancient city are hugely dramatic and a site to behold.
Sri Lanka Wildlife Parks
With fifteen parks to choose from no matter where you stay on the island or what time of year there will be one close by for you to discover some of the most amazing animal, bird and fish species in their own environment. With the chance to see elephants, monkeys, deer, water buffalo, crocodiles, leopards, peacocks, lizards, eagles, storks, kingfishers, wild boar and much more this is yet another reason why Sri Lanka holidays are so popular and keep visitors returning time and time again.
Sri Lanka Adventure
For those who want a more adrenaline-fueled Sri Lanka holiday there is no shortage of activities to keep you active and experiencing something new every day. The island offers everything from mountain climbing to water sports or from horse and elephant riding to snorkeling, scuba diving, white water rafting and canoeing.
A Cup of Tea in The Mountains!
Another popular experience is to have tea in the highlands of Nuwara Eliya. This is the location of the famous Ceylon tea which is very popular in Sri Lanka. The views are stunning with or without a cup of tea as the plantations go for miles and are lush and every shade of green you can imagine. You can also go on a choice of factory tours on the way up to see how the tea is made, another great experience to complete the perfect Sri Lanka holiday.
Travel Companies in Sri Lanka
As you can see just from this article there is so much to see and do on your Sri Lanka holiday that there is going to be a lot of planning involved. Luckily for those planning to enjoy a Sri Lanka holiday there are travel companies on the island that can assist with this and take the headache away leaving you to just enjoy your Sri Lanka holiday… whatever that means to you.
A reputable and reliable Sri Lanka travel company will be able to organise everything from flights, accommodation and transport to Sri Lanka tourism packages that can be tailor made to suit your Sri Lanka holiday requirements. SRILANKATRIPS.COM are highly recommended for this.