2019 Jul 12
Staycations are now more welcoming than ever with popular locations being slightly free from foot-traffic and hotels awaiting visitors. If you’ve been planning the perfect getaway, now might be the ideal time to pack up and head wherever your heart desires. From adventure to culture and everything in between, Sri Lanka offers a plethora of experience that is truly one-of-a-kind! Here’s a roundup of some of the most idyllic experiences in Sri Lanka!
A popular coastal destination not too far from Colombo, Unawatuna offers a host of unique experiences. Whether you’re looking for a hearty meal or relaxation by the beach, Unawatuna has it all. Rich in biodiversity, its mangroves are a huge tourist attraction. Adding to which are its historical and mythological facets.
Hiriketiya is slowly but surely becoming the new hot spot for local travellers. A venue many musicians gather for weekly and monthly gigs, it has been able to attract like-minded people from all across the island. Cosy cafes are a plus not to be missed!
Tailor-made for adrenaline junkies during the peak season, Kalpitiya is abuzz! Home to the largest coral reef in Sri Lanka, there’s a plethora of aquatic sports to enjoy as well. Experience the authentic coastal life and rich history of the island all in one destination.
An absolute delight to explore on foot, Galle is blessed with timeless beauty. Breathtaking architecture, quirky cafes, chic boutiques, and its passionate populace are few of the things that beckon an ardent following to the UNESCO heritage site each year.
Main Point, Whisky Point, and Peanut Farm are three of the most popular spots that attract surfers from all across the globe to Arugam Bay. Apart from surfing, Arugam Bay is geared with yoga centres and numerous restaurants. Its scenic beauty is one to be treasured. You are sure to spot exotic creatures and magnificent herds of elephants during an early morning or late night drive.
Nature makes for one of the greatest callings of Sri Lanka. As such, camping and safaris are activities all Sri Lankans must experience. Tented camping offered by many hotels in the area is a one-of-a-kind escapade to cherish. Forming a total area of 1268 sq km of forest and lagoon, the Yala National Park is home to diverse wildlife. Nature enthusiasts from around the world flock to Yala fundamentally for this reason, so don’t be the only one to miss out on this idyllic experience!
Discover the extraordinary wildlife of Sri Lanka at the Minneriya National Park where nature truly comes alive. A safe abode for rare and endangered Sri Lankan wildlife; it’s where the spectacular annual elephant gathering takes place. Also famous for bird-watching, it is home to certain species such as the Hanging Parrot, the Jungle Fowl and Gray Hornbill, all of whom are found exclusively in Sri Lanka.
An escapade of its own, there’s much to be discovered in Jaffna. From its untouched beaches to secluded hideaways, if you’re an explorer that loves to get lost, Jaffna is where you need to head to! Experience the opulent Hindhu culture and simplicity of farm life all in one destination. The Jaffna Market, Fort, Casuarina Beach, and the Nallur Kandaswamy Temple are some of the places you must visit when in Jaffna.
Serendipitous and exciting, Sri Lanka has many destinations within itself yet to be explored. Whether you are an adrenaline junkie, history-buff, a nature-enthusiast, or are simply looking for a relaxing holiday, there’s a range of options to choose from. As tourists flock back into the island and tourist destinations await to entertain visitors, pack your bags and revisit your all-time favourite locations to relive in all its glory.