Care for a cup of tea? The real place for it, actually.
Sri Lanka has always attracted travellers for its natural beauty and rather economical budget tourist attractions, even some considered as high-end and pocket friendly. Sri Lanka offers beautiful beaches and marvellous natural landscapes inland, from dense forests teeming with wildlife like elephants and leopards, to towering mountain ranges skirted by picturesque tea plantations.
the country’s capital and largest city is where all starts: cuisine, culture, and travel into the heart of alluring resorts like Bandarawela and Negombo. You can also effect a visit to Wilpattu National Park to see elephants, leopards and one of the island’s most endemic animals—the sloth bear. East takes you to the town of Kataragama with its magnificent temples. South is where nature is most abundant—Sinharaja, a unique tropical forest where travellers lose themselves in pure air at the sound of exotic birds.
- Nowhere else other than Kandy can you find a city whose center is composed of a beautiful lake surrounded by a canvas of mountains and rainforests on its peripheries. The city is also famous for scared Buddhist sites, including the Temple of the Tooth, that is celebrated with the annual grand procession of Esala Perahera.
is the place to be if you’re looking for some cheap beer and late nights. Its beaches are rather shabby compared to other beaches to the south, but they are however one of the liveliest places around the coast. The town of Negombo is a wonderful depiction of Sri Lankan life, with a lively fish market, a touch of quaint colonial charm and hundreds of colorful wooden boats. The city has come to be of interest due to its proximity to the airport making it an ultimate first or last destination.
is the perfect opportunity for some quiet time on the beach. Its beach is divided into to two main parts, the northern end, known as paradise island, which is strip of land beautifully laying between the breakers of the Indian ocean and the waters of Bentota lagoon. On the back of Paradise Island, you find the serene Bentota Ganga, which houses Sri Lanka’s biggest range of watersports and interesting boat trips up the river. The southern end of the beach is considered one of the most attractive beaches on the island which consists of a wide stretch of sand juxtaposed with corkscrew palms, dense thickets and a cluster of top-end hotels and villas. The Beaches of Bentota offer you a break from the impromptu cafés, handicraft shops and hawkers creating a somnolent atmosphere which can either charm or repel, depending on which way your boat’s pointing.