If you’re trying to figure out where your next worldly adventure should take you, consider Sri Lanka, the small island nation off the south of India. Some of the best places to visit in Sri Lanka rival those of any other country in the world.
Sri Lanka is increasingly becoming a popular spot for a beachy getaway. With Buddhist ruins, temples, scuba diving, and nightlife, Sri Lanka has become South Asia’s greatest beach escape. Any of the endless beaches would be a great getaway with family or friends and is also the perfect spot for a honeymoon and some of the best scuba diving around.
The Sacred City of Anuradhapura
Anuradhapura is a major city in Sri Lanka and is a UNESCO heritage site. After being abandoned in 993, Anuradhapura now overflows with history in picturesque ruins.
In addition to visiting the ruins and delving into the unique and fascinating history of the sacred town, you can also visit the new town, which is complete with shops, a market, and many places to eat and drink. This needs to be on any complete Sri Lanka itinerary.
If the beaches and history of Sri Lanka aren’t enough to have you packing your bags, the food alone is worth the journey. No matter what the hour is, most meals in Sri Lanka will consist of rice and curry. Don’t let that fool you into thinking that Sri Lankan cuisine is akin to Indian cuisine. In Sri Lanka, the food has a much wider and wider array of flavor combinations and there are many non-native ingredients thanks to international trade moving through the island.
So, if you’re a food lover and are not shy to try new things and big tastes, Sri Lanka is the perfect destination for you (unless you’re allergic to coconut).
Temperatures in areas close to the equator are pretty consistent throughout the year so the good news is, when you’re ready for Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka is ready for you. The only way to get to Sri Lanka is to fly into the island’s international airport at Katunayake, which is about an hour and a half drive to city center. Once there, you have so many options of places to stay and things to do.
If you’re stuck in the planning process and can’t quite decide on what to, you can skip a few steps by booking a complete holiday. These holiday packages range from resorts for families, to all inclusive adult vacations, and even wedding packages.
Whether you’re hoping to relax in the sand, explore the land and submerge yourself in culture, or eat your way through your vacation, Sri Lanka has something to satisfy every traveler.