5 Things that Make Sri Linka a Must-Visit Place

5 Things that Make Sri Linka a Must-Visit Place

Ever since I got my hands on Paul Theroux’s The Great Railway Bazaar, Sri Lanka became a personal favorite of mine. But it wasn’t till I had the chance to explore this spectacular island for my self. Be it the warm welcoming people, the endless beaches or a trip down the timeless ruins of the sacred Anuradhapura, there is plenty more that Sri Lanka offers to tourists. So, in case you have always kept this state in your travel log or wanted to know just exactly what goes around in Sri Lanka, be assured that you will have the time of your life. Why is that so? Let’s just say that here are a few reasons that would make Sri Lanka your favorite destination spot for life.

1. Behold the Tropical Paradise

Being home to over 1300 kilometers of sandy beaches, Sri lanka will make you forget the Caribbean island itself.  The Coconut palm trees, with the white sand and turquoise water bodies will leave you absolutely mesmerized. The Sri Lankan water favors divers and snorkelers, therefore you will find yourself involved in several water sports and beach related activities. Not only this, small coastal villages are also another attraction which give a glimpse of the Sri Lankan culture.

2. Breath taking Temples and Caves

One of the biggest attractions of Sri Lanka includes its Dambulla Buddha caves and the very sadistic Wewurukannala Vihara temple. While the Dambulla Buddha cave will astonish you with its absolutely beautiful paintings and Buddha statues, the Wewurukannala Vihara temple will scare you for life. The temple features depiction of gruesome punishments, which are a educational trip in itself.

3. The Many flavors of Sri Lanka

Since Sri Lanka bears a unique location on the world map, it bears a lot of influence from both the western and eastern world. On top of that it is one of the most popular South Asian states as well. This mixture can be vividly identified when it comes to the Cuisines. With much influence from Dutch, Portuguese, English, Arab, Malay and Indian flavors, the Sri Lankan food is a foodies dream. So while you are at it, be sure to try their specialty, which features the dwarf gourami in a never-eaten-before avatar.

4. The Rain Forest Walks

If you haven’t seen the Sinharaja rainforest, then for sure you are missing out on a big piece in life. This beautiful heritage site is one of the trademark locations of Sri Lanka, which is visited by thousands of trekkers. Expect to see the tropical trees covering the waterfalls in its folds. You won’t find much of wildlife here. However, for the wildlife enthusiasts, Yala national Park is the place where you will get the opportunity to witness over 44 different kind of wildlife species.

5. The Ella Rock View

The last and the most unforgettable place in Sri Lanka is the Ella Rock. Known for its scenery, the Ella hill features trekking from the small town of Ella and upon reaching the hill, you will get the view of tea plantations and small forests, which is totally worth the effort. Not only this, you don’t have to worry about anything, for this route has become one of the most established tourist spots as well.

How Steve Jobs Changed the Way We Travel and Live

How Steve Jobs Changed the Way We Travel and Live

Sitting in a hostel, two beers on each arm (gotta stock up during happy hour, of course), you strike up a conversation with the couple having dinner to your right. Soon, some sun-burnt guys across the table join in. The shy girl in the corner has something to say, and soon there’s a rollicking hostel party.

The music in the bar isn’t quite up to par, so you offer the bartender some of your own music. No cumbersome CD case, of course – you simply hand him your little white device, and your own personal playlists are flooding the hostel bar.

Hours later, as the party wraps up, you embrace your new friends, leaving to catch a flight in just a few hours. “Let’s stay in touch,” you promise. Some will hand out business cards, others will draw out notebooks and ask for addresses. But in the summer of 2011, my money’s on the fact that more people than not would have whipped out a little black or white device, opened up a Facebook application, and handed it over to their friends. “Just add yourself,” they say.

Looking around the hostel lounge, home of free wifi, it’s a sea of metallic-colored fruit emblems, as Macbook after Macbook appears perched on every lap. White chargers dot the walls in hostels, backpacker bars, airports and cafes, and shiny tablet-sized iPads emerge from backpacks on trains and busses throughout the world.
In an Apple world, travel has been enhanced enormously in the years since Steve Jobs has revolutionized personal computing. Music, books and movies are at your fingertips – no matter where in the world you may be. We can do our jobs from anywhere, with a personal office that fits inside our backpacks, available for any job from film editing to investment banking.

There’s an app for that” becomes the catchphrase, as restaurants, bars, tourist attractions, events, maps, and of course, hostels, are easily located with a few taps and slides.

As we travel, we learn, we explore, and we grow. We connect with others, we share our interests, we entertain our friends, and we maintain the connections.

Technology is not a hindrance when travelling – on the contrary, it enhances our ability to make friends and to connect with the cultures we visit. And for this, we thank Steve Jobs. Founder, inventor, pioneer, and most importantly, a passionate, inspiring role model we will all sorely miss. The world was a better place with him in it.

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