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5 August 2019 | 5 min read

#TravelBucketlist – 10 Reasons Why You Should Holiday in Sri Lanka

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Choosing your next holiday destination can be an intimidating task, especially considering the number of options available these days. But what if we told you that you could travel to an island destination, with pristine white beaches, luxury hotels, and staggering historical sites – something for every type of traveler. These are just a few of the several attractions that the often overlooked island nation of Sri Lanka has to offer.

Still not convinced? Here are ten reasons why a holiday in Sri Lanka should be at the top of your bucket list. Also, did we mention that they now have visa on arrival?

Delicious Cuisine

Since it neighbours India, Sri Lanka shares the same spice palette. However, considering its rich cultural history, the recipes here are unlike anything you’ll eat anywhere else. An assortment of sea-food, wholesome spicy and sour curries, and crisp fresh fruit await you on this island nation. Make sure to try the Kottu, a local delicacy, made with roti, chicken, vegetables, and egg, and follow it up with one of the local desserts. We bet you’ll find yourself coming back for more.

Plethora Of Resorts

In the last few years, there’s been a significant boom in the hotel industry on the island nation. Some resorts, such as Tri, situated by the serene Lake Koggala, are wholly self-sustaining and make for a laid back vacation. Others, such as, Ceylon Tea Trails, a colonial resort in the Hill Country, boast of activities that will keep you occupied for days. Considering the number of options, finding something within your price range should be a very easy task. 

Pristine Beaches

No holiday is complete without at least a few days that are spent lazing by the sea. Sri Lanka’s north and west coasts are a hotbed of untouched beaches, each punctuated by swaying palm trees, and idyllic orchards. Beaches like Uppuveli and Nilaveli, in the north-east of the country, are perfect for long peaceful walks, and short dips in the fresh blue water.

Outdoor Activities

If you’re one of those travelers who hates staying indoors, Sri Lanka has you covered. Whether you want to try your hand at wind-surfing, scuba diving, snorkelling or kayaking, you’re guaranteed to find a professional with state-of-the-art equipment ready to help you out. Hikkaduwa, Kalpitiya, and Trincomalee are some of the most popular sites for adventure junkies. Plus, since the country is blessed with moderate climate literally throughout the year, you can sign up for these at any time.

Rich History

Sri Lanka, like India, has been colonized by the Dutch, Portuguese, and the British, which means that it boasts of a very ancient history. This clash of cultures is best represented by the numerous ancient temples, splendid palaces and historical sites in the country. On a short trip to the “cultural triangle,” you’ll be shocked by the number of UNESCO heritage structures, situated here. make sure you end your trip with a visit to Kandy, which, with its distinctive architecture, art, and music, is a traditional cultural hotspot.

Shopping

From designer couture to hidden roadside gems, there is much to buy during your holiday in Sri Lanka. If you are looking for designer brands, head to bigger cities like Colombo. However smaller towns have local handicraft stores, where you can find the most diverse rare gem collections in the world. The famed blue sapphires, in particular, catch the eye.

Diverse Wildlife

Sri Lanka’s diverse landscape means you could either go diving with the whales or go leopard spotting, depending on the time of the year. At the Willpattu or Yala national parks, which are best visited between February and October, you’ll be overwhelmed by the thousands of elephants roaming the wild, exotic birds, as well as rare mammals such as the magnificent Sloth Bear. The island nation has been classified as a world biodiversity hotspot because of its 14 massive national parks.

Sprawling Tea Estates

For over a century, Sri Lanka has been known for its sprawling tea plantations that cover most of its hilly terrain. The warmer climate, picturesque towns, and quaint train journeys make for a completely different experience than the seaside cities.

During your stay, travel to cities like Hatton, Bogawantalawa, Dickoya, or Nuwara Eliya, in the central hills {ideal for a walk to remember} or hike up to spots like Adam’s peak for a breathtaking sunrise. Don’t forget to take your cup of chai with you.

Delightful Festivals

There’s always a celebration going on in some part of Sri Lanka, at all times. On any given full moon night, when the country celebrates its festivals, expect grand parades with fire spinners, giant elephants, and local dancers. Travel to Kandy to witness this procession first-hand at the Esala festival that takes place between July and August.

During Vesak, a festival that commemorates the birth of Buddha, the streets are full of bright colours, delectable cuisines, and traditional customs.

A Vibrant Nightlife

As soon as dusk hits this island nation, the party begins. With 24-hour beach parties, clubs in Colombo that stay open till dawn, and restaurants serving up some of the most exquisite cocktails and food on offer, there is som much happening here. If you consider yourself a lucky person, head down to one of the local casinos and try out the slot machines.

Don’t want to wait to get to Sri Lanka? We have some exciting news for you – digibank offers Personal Loans of up to INR 15 lakhs – just what you need to make your travel dreams become a reality. Best part? It’s instant, seamless, and paperless – all you need to do is download the app and open an account. Trust us – it does not get easier than this. Have you planned your get away yet?

by Sagar Shah
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