What would your ultimate bucket list destination offer? Would it include stretches of tropical, sugar-sand beaches with azure seas? How about an abundance of stunning natural landscapes and incredible wildlife? Or maybe for you, travelling is all about immersing yourself in a new culture, learning about history and indulging in delicious cuisine? Good news: Sri Lanka offers all of this and more. Here are the reasons this country is the ultimate destination.
To Explore Tea Trails
Whether you love a good cuppa or simply enjoy being in nature, you’ll struggle to beat the tea plantations. Found across the country, Sri Lanka is most famous for producing Ceylon tea. However, these areas are better for more than just a good brew. For an amazing sunrise or sunset, trek up to Ella Rock or ascend Adam’s Peak where you will be treated to breath-taking views.
To Discover Ancient Cities
Sri Lanka is home to some of the oldest cities in the world, with a documented history spanning over 2,500 years. As such, you can expect to find a huge range of ruins and monuments, with many sites holding UNESCO status. This includes the famous Polonnaruwa City complete with a spectacular royal temple, as well as the ancient Buddhist cave monastery at Dambulla – you can see both of these on an Exodus tour.
To Taste Incredible Food
With cuisine that has been influenced by many cultures, the food in Sri Lanka is rich and diverse. Try a huge range of traditional recipes from fish dishes and spicy curries, to sweet treats like buffalo curd with sticky treacle. You’ll find that the food here makes use of fresh, locally grown ingredients like coconut, spices and seafood.
To See an Array of Wildlife
Thanks to its greenery and tropical temperatures, this country is home to an astonishing collection of wildlife. Here you can expect to see everything from elephants and leopards, to whales and birds. To view animals in their natural environments, head to one of Sri Lanka’s national parks including Yala (ideal for leopard spotting), Wilpattu (for the sloth bear) or Udawalawe (to see hundreds of elephants).
To Experience Something New
If all of that wasn’t enough, Sri Lanka is also the ideal holiday spot if you’re looking for an active getaway. With waves that make this country popular with surfers the world over, yoga retreats and rapids ideal for white water rafting, there will be loads to keep you busy!
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