Planning your Sri Lanka Journey
Sri Lanka is best explained by the often clichéd expression of Serendipity, tagged on it by its first Arab discoverers. Mostly untouched, this charming island nation still retains its beauty and tranquility. No matter whether you are here for its spectacular beaches like Hikkaduwa and Unawatuna, the countless heritage trails that would take you to its rich culture and history, its amazing wildlife, monopolized by elephants, which roam free in the wild and revered in temples and monasteries, or as a wanderlust with no fixed schedules and travel plans, it is impossible for you not to fall in love with Sri lanka , which is above all the superlatives. Come and experience the irresistible charm of this tiny nation to rub off its richness and vivacity.
The spotless clean sandy coasts of Sri Lanka are safe for swimming, surfing and snorkeling and the clear waters that offer the best views of the underwater treasures make it a popular hub of adventure sports. Set out on an enlightening heritage trails through the ancient capital of Anuradhaura , the Maha Bodhi temple and the many Buddhist temples and vestiges or enjoy the charm of an off the beaten trail that would take you closer to the glimpses of its sleepy villages and markets where life goes on in an enviably slow pace even today!
Nature parks and the wilderness of the tropical forests would indeed beckon the nature enthusiasts while the fun seekers can turn their gaze to the flea markets and the road side eateries that would pamper their taste buds with its delectable hoppers and rice and curry. Not to forget a range of rolls and patties called ‘short eats’ that can be washed down by a range of drinks including the specialty drink of ginger beer, which is a great option to round off your meals.
The rich festive calender dotted with some of the greatest festivals in the world including the Esala Perahera (the festival of the tooth), the largest Buddhist festival in the world that is held in July- August in Kandy is another irresistible reason for you to plan a trip to Sri Lanka. The best season to visit is from December to March for the west coast, the south coast and the Hill Country, and from April to September for the ancient cities region and the east coast. The Kandy Esala Perahera, the 10-day festival honouring the sacred tooth relic of the Buddha falls in July- August where the hotels will be fully booked months in advance. However , out of-season travel packages and deals are too good to resist. The beaches will be empty and the air fares and hotel rates at their lowest. So the budget travelers might find the off season packages a great banker.
Monsoon tourist packages that run in May – August are great options to soak up the thrills and spills of the tropical monsoon, which also happens to be the beat season to indulge in the rejuvenation therapy of Ayurveda. No matter what your preferences are , Sri Lanka would offer some of the beat deals and packages at unmatched prices!
Where to go in Sri Lanka
A short introduction to the different places in Sri Lanka and where to visit. A useful resource for your Sri Lanka holiday planning.