If we look for Reasons to visit Sri Lanka, we start from the fortunate fact that Sri Lanka constitutes an exotic and economic destination not yet crowded by tourism. The ancient Ceylon is still today a green and extremely fertile island of untamed nature, wild for the most part, and with an overwhelming biodiversity. It offers in a small space a tremendous geographical, climatic and natural variety more typical of a continent than of an island.
Serendib, in ancient times, was called the intrepid Arab sailors, a term that eventually derived in the English “Serendipity,” with which reference is made to the accidental and happy discovery of something beautiful and good. And the sagacious traveler will do well to discover it without losing time.
MacroTraveller will give you ten reasons to visit Sri Lanka.
- An Emerging Destiny & Still Not Crowded By Tourism!
Sri Lanka took off as a tourist destination in 2010, after the end of the war with the Tamil insurgency in the north of the island, and probably 2013 is the year of its consolidation. Therefore, it is a country not yet assimilated by mass tourism. A place where it is still possible to go on a safari tour without jeep jams, where you can explore immense, virtually empty natural spaces and endless beaches that have not yet been exploited. There is no need to waste time if we want to travel to a country still in a pure state.
- An Exotic & Economic Destiny!
Discovering this jewel of the Indian Ocean is not burdensome, and has extensive air operations at convenient rates. There are flights to Colombo from India and Bengaluru with companies like IndiGo & SpiceJet starting at 13K.
- A Wild Fauna Sanctuary!
It hosts one of the greatest biodiversities on the planet. Mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds and protected fish in nine national parks, a marine sanctuary and seven bird sanctuaries scattered throughout the country are more than enough reason to visit Sri Lanka. Hundreds of species, many of them endemic! On the south coast, it is possible to see the two largest mammals on Earth on the same day, wild elephants in the Udawalawe Park and blue whales on the coast of Mirissa, and the leopard in the Yala National Park.
- Eight Places Represents Heritage of Humanity!
Seven archaeological sites and one natural site of Sri Lanka are World Heritage Sites. The so-called Historic-Cultural Triangle, in the center and north of the island (Sigiriya, Anuradhapura, and Polonnaruwa) is one of the most important reasons to visit Sri Lanka, since it preserves archaeological remains from the 3rd century BC to the 12th century and sum in it only four places thus declared.
- The Variety of Ecosystems!
The island offers in a small space (about 65,000 square kilometers, slightly less than Ireland) a great geographical, climatic and natural variety; a diversity more typical of a continent than of an island.
- The Island of TEA!
When the good of Thomas Lipton decided to buy some abandoned coffee plantations and dedicate them to growing tea on the central plateau of the island, he discovered that Ceylon had the perfect conditions for this star product of the British colonial era. The central plateau rises to 2,500 meters and retains an enormous natural wealth, sometimes almost intact, and green hills planted with one of the most appreciated varieties of tea in the world. Discovering the history and present of this crop in a privileged natural environment is already one of the claims of this destination: Tea Tourism has already taken off in Sri Lanka and has become an important reason to visit Sri Lanka.
- The Beaches of Sri Lanka!
There are many reasons to visit Sri Lanka related to its spectacular coastline. It is a tropical island with a little abrupt coastline, beaches of fine golden sand bathed by the Indian Ocean. With a coastline of 1,300 km and an average water temperature of about 27° C, it is obviously an ideal destination, little exploited and not at all overcrowded, for travelers looking for either relaxation, water activities. Such as Surfing, Wind Surfing, Kite Surfing, Diving, Snorkeling and even dolphin and whale watching.
- The Most Beautiful Train Journeys in the World!
They say (and you prove) that the train ride through the Highlands of Sri Lanka is one of the most beautiful in the world. Crossing endless tea fields and breathtaking landscapes, each of these journeys becomes an experience for the senses. I liked more the one that takes you from Ella to Nuwara Eliya. Since I think it is much more scenic, although the one from Nuwara Eliya to Kandy is also spectacular.
Ayurveda therapies are practiced 4000 years ago in Sri Lanka, whose nature provides plants with applications in tonics and essential oils. Currently, a number of spas and eco-resorts offer programs that combine meditation with Ayurvedic therapies and yoga practice.
- For Safaris!
Although it seems to be a lie, in Sri Lanka, you can do safaris! Two areas stand out to live this experience: the Minneriya, where you can enjoy watching wild elephants in freedom, and Yala, where with a bit of luck, in addition to many other species, you can find the elusive leopard, one of its inhabitants and maximum protagonists of this safari.
#MacroTravellerTips – It’s nearness to the Maldives!
There is no better combination for a trip than finishing it in a paradise outside and inside the water. This is the case of the Maldives with Sri Lanka since the majority of flights arriving in Malé (Maldives) make a stopover in Colombo (Sri Lanka), something that makes this destination a perfect weekend before returning to home.