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.