Sri Lanka was full of surprise & delight. We kept asking ourselves … why has it taken us so long to visit this beautiful island? It has so much going for it … National Parks teeming with wildlife & bird life, accessible herds of elephants, pristine beaches, amazing highlands full of tea plantations, friendly happy helpful people, fresh cheap seafood, tasty curries, low levels of tourism & it’s so affordable!
Here’s 18 highlights to tempt & tease you …
Pristine White Sandy Beaches with Warm Clear Water – If you want to know what Thailand, Vietnam & Bali looked like before tourism took hold … Mirissa beach is the place to be.
Hanging with a Herd of Wild Asian Elephants – Heart opening material in Udawalawe National Park Sri Lanka. To be able to witness the gentleness & tenderness of such giant beasts whilst rubbing shoulders with them. Oh my … it doesn’t get much more special than this!
3rd Class Train Travel – Want to experience local life? All your senses are aroused? From the smell of freshly fried onion bhajis, the taste of warm sweet cardamom tea, the rush of the wind as you hang out the train door, the vibrancy of the tea plantations swooshing by, the rhythmic beats of the Sri Lankans jamming in the aisles … It’s a delightful smorgasbord for your senses … Yay!
Grab Your Safari Gear … We’re Hitting the Jeeps – There is something very primal & exciting when you’re on safari. The wind in your hair, 360o views of nature, bumpy dirt roads & wildlife galore. Love it!
Baby Elephants @ the Elephant Transit Home Udawalawe – An orphanage for the rehabilitation of young elephants. A must when you’re exploring Sri Lanka. For your most memorable ‘hit of cuteness’ … visit during feeding times and delight in all their childish antics (9am, 12noon, 3pm & 6pm).
Stilt Fishermen of Koggala Sri Lanka – Precariously positioned on a slender stilt. These guys would outlast & outwit any contender on Survivor! What an amazing display of strength, stillness and stamina.
Sri Lanka is Awash with the Bold Colours of Local Life – It’s no secret colour affects your mood. With all the bright & brilliant hues everywhere you look … you can’t help but be upbeat! Get a little sunshine yellow & vibrant green to boost your happiness factor!
Lush Green Tea Plantations – In the village of Nuwara Eliya in the Central highlands of Sri Lanka. This is where you find eye catching slopes draped proudly with the vibrancy of ‘ready to pick’ lime green tea leaves.
Tuk Tuk Travel – The vehicle of choice in Sri Lanka! Whether it’s exploring the Southern Coast beaches, braving the winding roads of the Central Highlands, cruising the sites of Colombo, taking in the history of Kandy or meandering through one of the many lazy villages beach side.
Tranquillity of Tissa Lake – Tissamaharama the ideal spot to access Yala National Park. Plus enjoy lakeside living – relaxing sunset drinks, beautiful bird life, reflections of your day & spot the odd sneaky croc or two!
Ponder the Plight of Plantation Life – A continuous problem for Sri Lanka! These ladies pick between 18 – 20 kgs of tea a day for a net take home pay of round $3.30 per day … and they still show you their best smile!
Proud as Peacock – Mating season (summer to spring) is a special time in the Sri Lankan National Parks. All the male peacocks fanning their feathers, twirling & dancing their hearts out to attract a mate. The trails & trees were like a crowded catwalk full of song & dance.
18 fabulous reasons to make Sri Lanka your next travel destination. Which was your favourite? Let us know in the comments below.