This small island country is a treasure trove of stunning places: from the beautiful beaches and surf breaks in the south, through to the green tea fields and rolling hills in the centre, and on to the crumbling ruins and remote villages in the north, you could easily spend a month travelling around, experiencing something different and surprising every day.
It is a great place for solo travel, for couples and families, for foodies, wildlife lovers, and adventurers. Sri Lankan people are warm and welcoming, the landscape is diverse, and the culture rich and fascinating.
The southern coast: starting from historical Galle to the beach village of Unawatuna, and on towards Mirissa and further on quiet Ambalangoda, you’ll find beach after stunning beach. We loved strolling down the narrow lanes in the old part of Galle, with its old colonial architecture, artistic shops and galleries; relaxing in lovely Mirissa, savoring local delicacies by the shore, watching surfers and snorkeling; and admiring the biggest animals that have ever lived on our planet, the magnificent blue whales, on a whale safari. Off the souther coast bryde’s, sperm, fin, minke, and melon-headed whales are also regularly reported, alongside bottlenose, striped and spinner dolphins.
The Kandy to Ella train, one of the world’s most scenic train ride, with its stunning views of lush hill country, green tea fields and misty mountains. It is a long and bumpy ride, but oh so rewarding! Plus, this will take you to the tea plantation region with its old colonial villas and bungalows, green tapestry of hills and vegetable gardens.
The incredible UNESCO sites in the Cultural Triangle, with their impressive architecture and crumbling ruins. This region, once upon a time home of ancient Sinhalese royalty, is dotted with ancient Buddhist temples, monasteries, stupas, sculptures, cities and kingdoms.
Wildlife safari in Sri Lanka are amazing: the country is one of 34 biodiversity hotspots of the world, giving you the chance to spot many species, among which leopards, Asian elephants, sloth bear, macaques, water buffalos, and many more. Staying in a luxury tented camp, dining under the stars, is a wonderful exprience too.
The Knuckles Range undulate across the horizon in the island’s central highlands east of Kandy. A UNESCO World Heritage site, this area is remote and beautiful, and wonderful for trekking as it is blessed by a huge bio-diverse ecosystems, lush forest and stunning views.