If you only do five things in Sri Lanka;
It’s all very well travelling the world to Scratch off as many countries as possible, but we all know that the most satisfying part of visiting far flung destinations is discovering the best places to go, savoring your own unique experiences and soaking up the sights, sounds and atmosphere of places far from home. With that in mind we want to bring you tips, ideas and inspiration for some of our favourite travel destinations – starting with Sri Lanka.
- The Galle Face Hotel, established in 1864 is one of the oldest and most iconic colonial buildings in the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo. It also happens to have a beautiful terrace bar, perfectly positioned to catch the sunset dipping into the sea. We recommend trying a few of their legendary cocktails while the heat of the day fades, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better spot to watch the sun go down in all of Sri Lanka. The drinks are pretty delicious too!
- Rent a bicycle and ride around the sacred city of Anuradhapura, taking in the sights and sounds of what was once the capital of Sri Lanka and the one of the most advanced civilizations in the world. The old area of the city contains far too many sacred ruins to see in one day, so we advise you don’t try – just pick an area and enjoy cycling through, taking in the former temples, monastaries, buildings and stupas as they blend into the jungle. If you only have a few hours head for the Abhigiriya zone to get the best selection of everything.
- Take a train ride – we’d recommend Kandy to Nuwara Eliya to see tea plantations in the mountains and to taste Ceylon tea as fresh as it comes. Make sure you book your tickets in advance as seats can run out on the day.
- Udawalawe National Park safari, where you can see elephant, water buffalo, sambar deer, muntjak, monkeys, the occassional leopard as well as many exquisite birds. Hire a guide with safari vehicle and driver at the park entrance.
- And finally, relax in Talpe. Much quieter than the nearby more popular Unawatuna, Talpe is a quite village on Sri Lanka’s South coast. Coconut palm fringed beaches with soft white sand and clear blue seas, it’s the ideal place to surf, snorkel, sun bathe and swim. It’s also one of the few remaining places where the ancient tradition of stilt fishing still continues.