Sri Lanka Holidays
The island nation of Sri Lanka is the perfect Asian holiday destination. Despite its somewhat diminutive size, Sri Lanka has a diverse collection of attractions. From relaxing on the sandy coastline and exploring the national parks to visiting historical monuments and museums, there is so much to see and do in Sri Lanka.
While in the past Sri Lanka did not have much in the way of luxury accommodation, this is certainly not the case today! Indeed, there a number of five-star hotels throughout the country including international chains like Hilton and high-end boutique hotels.
If you are looking for somewhere cheaper to stay, there is an abundance of cheap hotels and bed and breakfasts. However, do note that bed and breakfasts here lack a lot of the amenities that European travellers expect. Indeed, some bed and breakfasts will charge extra for towels, hot water and toilet paper.
Fun Things to Do In Sri Lanka
Whether you stay in one location or visit several locations during your stay in Sri Lanka, you will be spoiled for choice when it comes to things to do. The rest of this guide highlights some of the most-popular attractions and places to visit.
Sri Lanka’s capital city Colombo is a popular destination for many travellers and quite rightly so. Here you will find a number of fantastic museums such as the National Museum and the Dutch Period Museum and Pettah market. No trip is complete without visiting Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, a beautiful temple which looks particularly striking during the spring.
One of Sri Lanka’s major draws is its beautiful coastline which spans more than 1,000 miles. Some of the best beaches on the island are in Negombo, Unawatuna and Bentota. Bentota is a great beach for those who love diving and snorkelling as there is a thriving coral reef system beneath the sea and plenty of underwater caves and shipwrecks to explore.
When in Sri Lanka be sure to visit the Cave Temples in Dambulla. The stunning temple complex is situated 160km above the roads and consists of five temples adorned with around 150 Buddha statues and paintings, some of which date back more than 2,000 years.
As mentioned in the introduction, Sri Lanka is home to a fantastic and varied biodiversity, so be sure to visit one of the country’s National Parks. Yala National Park on the South East coast in the most popular of Sri Lanka’s National Park and has the highest concentration of leopards in the world. Udawalawe National Park is another great spot for wildlife watching as here you can see monkeys, bears, porcupines and elephants. Horton Plains has a number of trails to explore and is a great spot for bird watching.