ri Lankan food is a mélange of fragrant spices, coconut and fresh local ingredients. While fiery at times, it’s definitely not short on taste. Don’t miss the sour fish curry (fish ambul thiyal), the streetside ‘burger’, kotthu roti, chicken curry, parippu (dal curry) and string hoppers or idiyappam.
Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle – the area in the northern plains – features amazing sights which include the ruined city of Anuradhapura, once one of the world’s greatest metropolises. For more than 1000 years from 3rd century BC to 933 AD, the city flourished with monasteries, royal halls and administrative buildings. The sights of Polonnaruwa, another great city and the Dambulla Caves have UNESCO world heritage listing. There are ancient temples, stupas and historic artifacts, including the…
If you’ve always dreamed of surfing but didn’t know where to start, then the beach at Hikkaduwa is the place for you. The sandy break is gentle enough to cushion your fall and the waves are not as overwhelming as those seen in the more seasoned surfing locations.
As big as jumbo jets and as elegant as ballerinas, the seas around Sri Lanka allow you the opportunity to spot an unbelievable number of whales. Watch majestic blue whales, sperm whales and playful dolphins as they gracefully glide past your boat. The ideal place to spot them is Dondra Point, which is accessible from Galle, Hikkaduwa and Mirissa. At certain times of the year, you can watch a variety of turtles hatch from conservation centres on the beach.
Legend has it that the first man, Adam was cast out of Paradise, he set foot in Sri Lanka, leaving a footprint on a mountain. Today, Adam’s Peak in the southwestern edge of the hilly country is Sri Lanka’s most sacred site and thousands of pilgrims come each year to pay homage. At 2243m, Adam’s Peak is not a technical hike, but you can expect to break into a sweat as you ascend the 5500 steps to the top. The view from the top is nothing short of scintillating.
The rock-fortress of Sigriya or ‘Lion’s Rock’, a sheer 200-m rock citadel that was once the site of the country’s royal capital and palace, is one of the most recognizable symbols of Sri Lanka. Set in between the towns of Dambulla and Habarane and surrounded by jungle and farmland, being in Sigriya is like stepping back in time. Monkeys swing from the trees and crocodiles creep silently through the moats. For those with an interest in history, Sigriya offers a thrilling experience.
Explore Sri Lankan countryside seated at the window of a timeless locomotive. Originally constructed to aid in the transport of tea and spices from the mountains to the port, this historic railway line rolls through tea estates, spice gardens and quaint villages. The journey from Kandy to Ella is one of the most scenic and beautiful train journeys in the world and not to be missed.
Pristine sands, palm-fringed coves, warm sunshine – there’s a reason why the beaches in Sri Lanka draw travellers from around the world. Some of the popular beaches are Hikkaduwa, Unawatuna and Kosgoda, but you can also explore some of the more secluded beaches all along the coast.
Sri Lanka has an abundance of national parks, and the sheer diversity of animals you find in them is as impressive as the parks in Africa. At Yala National Park, you can expect to see majestic leopards roaming wild, alongside elephants, peacock, monkeys, jackals and crocodiles. At Udawale National Park, you can go trekking through the wilderness and find pachderms of all shapes and sizes. Udawale Park is home to an Elephant Transfer Home, a rehabilitation centre for injured and orphaned…
Tucked away in the hills is the former colonial retreat of Nuwara Eliya, also known as ‘Little England’. Here you can find mile after mile of lush green vegetation, rolling hills, the country’s oldest tea estates, and of course, tea – hundreds of varieties of tea. You could bicycle from one plantation to the next on a tea tasting or just stay in old plantation homes and drink a cup or several.
Sigiriya, Sri Lanka. On a small plateau about halfway up the side of this rock he built a gateway in the form of an enormous lion. The name of this place is derived from this structure —Sīhāgiri, the Lion Rock. The capital and the royal palace were abandoned after the king's death. It was used as a Buddhist monastery until 14th century