Is Sri Lanka Worth Visiting?

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Is Sri Lanka Worth Visiting? Yes

Is Sri Lanka a good place to travel? Is Sri Lanka worth visiting? What is the best place to visit in Sri Lanka? are some of the popular search phrases on Google and Quora. We receive a large number of emails every month asking the same kind of questions. That’s why we started to provide free consultation for travellers who need help to plan their Sri Lanka tour packages. Same times this blog post is written on several reasons to prove why Sri Lanka worth visiting.

Here are 19 reasons why Sri Lanka worth visiting

1. Best value for money

2. Delicious and spicy seafood

3. Some of the oldest monuments in the world

4. And the madness of Colombo

5. You can witness the Kandyan cultural show

6. The wildlife is incredible

7. Wonderful rail journeys

8. You can cruise along the rivers

9. There is a cultural triangle

10. A wide range of activities

11. Accessibility

12. Endless Choices

13. Opportunities to explore tropical forests

14. Adrenaline pumping thrilling experiences

15. It is safe in Sri Lanka

16. Rejuvenate and relax your mind and body with Ayurveda

17. Experience a bit of Dutch colonial heritage

18. There is a piece of Paradise

19. See the Giant blue whales at their doorstep

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In this blog, we try to address your question is Sri Lank worth visiting?

2018 will comes to the end in another 2 months and we welcome 2019 with great hopes for a new adventure while planning on our tours to interesting holiday destinations around the world! This blog post is under the heading of is Sri Lanka worth visiting? In the article, we highlight 19 reasons why Sri Lanka should be your next holiday destination, giving you valuable information as to why you choose Sri Lanka for your next holiday.

Sri Lanka (about Sri Lanka) is a tiny island located in the Indian Ocean; Sri Lanka is only 65610 km²in extent. The island best described as an island of paradise. Sri Lanka is the navigational hub of the Orient in the ancient world. It is a resplendent island encompassing within its small area a large number of tourist attractions. With such a large number of popular places to visit in Sri Lanka, it sure lives up to its reputation of being an “island of tourist paradise”. This Resplendent island is a tourist paradise with an abundance of tourist attractions like the sun-drenched beaches, glorious ancient cities, salubrious hill country, beautiful fauna & flora, engraving temples of Buddha, exquisite handicrafts, world-renowned gems, traditional dance & drama, colorful festivals, warm and friendly people and not forgetting the heavenly Sri Lankan cuisine.

Home to twenty seven national parks in various sizes, occupying more than 5734 Sq Km and harbours seven UNESCO world heritage sites including one of the oldest rainforests in the world known as Sinharaja, and posses dozens of cultural and historical sites, more than 1600 km of pristine coastline around the country, this beautiful tropical island already boast itself is one of the best countries to travel. Sri Lanka is one of the most beloved and enchant.

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1. Best value for money

Sri Lanka worth visiting, because the island is one of the cheapest holiday destinations in Asia. With the escalating prices in other countries prices are down by a third in Sri Lanka, therefore Sri Lanka has become one of the best long-haul destinations among for the budget-conscious travellers seeking holiday in a beautiful tropical island. Sri Lanka is 38 per cent cheaper than Thailand, the nearest rival on the list of affordable long-haul holiday spots.  When it comes to prices of 10 items, including a bottle of water, a beer, sun cream, insect repellant, postcards and a three-course meal for two with wine, Sri Lanka came out as the best-value destination for the second year in a row Thailand followed and Vietnam close behind.

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2. Delicious and spicy seafood

Sri Lanka is surrounded by the Indian Ocean and fishing industry is a thriving industry in the island. Sri Lanka exports a large amount of seafood to many countries around the world. A large number of fish varieties can be found here such as barracuda, shrimps, lobster, crabs etc. Perhaps there is no other country in the regions can offer the range of seafood that Sri Lanka does. Rice is the staple diet in Sri Lanka and served with spicy curry varieties such as fish curry, and vegetable curry. Some of the most popular varieties curries are fish curry, mutton curry, vegetable curry, dhal curry, chutney and papadam, these varieties can usually be harder to find in most countries around the world.

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3. Some of the oldest monuments in the world

Sri Lank is home to a large number of historical monuments. Some of these monuments are many thousands of years old. Most historical places of Sri Lanka are to be found in the cultural triangle of Sri Lanka, in the central province. So don’t forget to add a cultural triangle tour to your Sri Lanka tour.

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4. And the madness of Colombo

Colombo is a cultural melting pot with a large number of ethnic groups and religious groups. Colombo is a pulsating megalopolis that restrains and invigorates in equal measure (like most Sri Lanka cities). However a tour to Colombo is well worth your time, it will reveal a side you may not have known about this city; discover parks that lies under thick green covers that visited by yoga enthusiasts, wander around lavish Buddhist temples, shop at Bustling street markets, drop into the colonial edifies and rejuvenate your mind and body in Ayurveda spa.

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5. You can witness the Kandyan cultural show

Kandyan cultural show takes place in the city of Kandy and which is one of the most popular events in the city. Kandyan cultural show is a place to witness the various dance performances of Sri Lanka dancers. It is also a place to see the performances of Sri Lankan musicians using typical Sri Lankan musical instrument.

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6. The wildlife is incredible

Experience the 2 days tour to Yala, Galle and southern Sri Lanka with a safari to Yala national park to spot leopards, bear, elephants and many other wild animals. Or choose one of the leading national parks and make a day tour to witness the wildlife galore of Sri Lanka. Notable national parks to include in your Sri Lanka wildlife tour are Yala national park, Udawalawe national park, Minneriya national park and Wilpattu national park.

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7. Wonderful rail journeys

The travelling by train in Sri Lanka will be a memorable experience for any traveller. Sri Lanka has a well-developed railway network connecting all corners of the island. Upcountry railway trip as well as the rail journey along the coastal belt considered to be some of the best, some of the most scenic rail journeys in the world. Especially the rail journey in the mountain between Kandy and Ella considered being one of the most scenic rail journeys in the world. This rail trip rewards you with breathtaking scenery across the tea gardens, patches of forests, mountains, and valleys.

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8. You can cruise along the rivers

Sri Lanka has a maze of winding rivers, canals and lakes, most of these winding paths were widely used during the Dutch colonial era, in order to transport goods. Today these water resources are irrigating rice fields and it is a valuable source of fish. Apart from the aforementioned utilities inland water resources are used for various types of water sports such as kayaking, whitewater rafting, boating etc.

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9. There is a cultural triangle

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The cities of Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and Kandy mark three corners of cultural triangle of Sri Lanka. There are many historical monuments with historical and religious importance within the cultural triangle. The cultural triangle is included in most Sri Lanka road trips because of its cultural splendour. The cultural triangle includes iconic Sigiriya rock fortress, the Tooth relic temple, Sri Maha Bodhi and many dozens of other important monuments.

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10. A wide range of activities

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From some of the oldest archaeological sites such as Anuradhapura to unbelievable scuba diving and snorkelling opportunities to see wildlife in Yala national park, this tropical island offers the opportunity to engage in a variety of activities and experiences for every traveller to enjoy. Pristine beaches with crystal clear waters of Indian ocean provides you best spots to enjoy sun, sea and sand. This tropical island harbours many best-ranked beaches in the world such as Unawatuna, Pasikudah and creates heaven for beach holiday lovers.

11. Accessibility

Although international travellers are deprived of land accessibility to the island of Sri Lanka, travellers can access the island from any part of the world using sea and air transport. Sri Lanka is well connected with all countries around the globe and provides several hundred flights every day to all corners of the world. Other than being a country with well-connected air transport from the outside world, Sri Lanka boasts to be a popular destination with several ports that are visited by regular international cruise ships. Sri Lanka has earned a reputation being a hub in the international sea route between east and west. In the olden times, there had been a port in southern Sri Lanka, and which was called Godawaya. It is well-known fact that Godawaya port was a popular port of call for a large number of sailing ships, that were travelling between east and west. Due to the proximity to the international sea line between east and west, Sri Lanka is still attracting a large number of ships every year and there are several passenger ships among them carrying a large number of tourists to the country.

The internal infrastructure is also well developed within the country and provides a well-developed road, air and rail transport. The addition of highways in the recent past can be identified as the most effective development towards the effective transport system in the country. Now you can curtail the travelling time between the airport and deep south of Sri Lanka almost by 3 hours by using the highway. Another drawcard is the curtailed travelling time between tourist attractions in Sri Lanka. It does not take many hours to travel between attractions on the island like in most other holiday destinations, mainly due to its proximity from one place to other. Cultural sites, historical cities, rainforest, national parks, rivers, waterfall all are packed into this small island and distance between the attractions does not demand travellers to spend days of travelling between them.

12. Endless Choices

If you travel on a tight budget or like to have a luxurious tour, Sri Lanka has just the thing for you. Since tourism has become an important factor for Sri Lanka’s economy and draw a large number of hard currencies to the country, there are a large number of tour operators, accommodation providers and experiences to choose from.

Due to well-developed tourism infrastructure, you can make sure that you have a hassle free enjoyable holiday on the island. But special attention should be drawn if you plan to have your Sri Lanka tour from November to April especially during the months of December and January. Pre-planning is very important at this time of the year to make sure that you have a hassle-free holiday. Most numbers of foreign tourists arrive on the island from November to April and therefore last moment hotel booking, booking transportation and procuring other services might be difficult during this period. It is advisable to make all your tour arrangements through tour operators such as seerendipity tour, they make sure that all your requirements for a peaceful holiday are fulfilled while they will arrange the tour at an affordable rate. November to April is the peak tourist season in Sri Lanka, parallel to the winter season in Europe. Usually, hotel rates and cost for other services are considerably increased during this period every year.

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13. Opportunities to explore tropical forests

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Sri Lanka is very rich in natural resources such as tropical forests and beaches, waterfalls, unspoilt wildlife, and many natural forest reserves, National Parks and sanctuaries. Biodiversity of the country is one of the highest in South Asia, and Sri Lanka is the home for many endemic species of fauna and flora in the region. Two of the natural sites, Central Highlands of Sri Lanka (2010) and Singaraja Forest Reserve (1988), have been designated by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites. Sinharaja Forest Reserve is known in Sri Lanka as a living heritage (Sinharaja forest is the largest extant Gondwana forest in southern Asia, Gondwana supercontinent existed 180 million years ago). The forest has very rich biodiversity with most vegetation endemic to the country. Along with the Sinharaja forest reserve Sri Lanka boast to have 6 other world heritage sites (Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya, Dambulla, Kandy, Galle,) declared by the UNICEF.

14. Adrenaline pumping thrilling experiences

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Sri Lanka posses varying geographical features such as mountains, south-central part of the island features some mountains and steep-sided river canyons. The highest mountainous is called Pidurutalaga, and the pinnacle of the mountain is located above 2400 meters above sea level. This region attracts a large number of adventure enthusiasts and provides opportunities for trekking, mountain climbing, whitewater rafting, caving, mountain biking and many other adventure activities.

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15. It is safe in Sri Lanka

After the 30 years civil war (civil war ended in 2009), Sri Lanka has become the best country to live in South Asia and it is one of the safest places for holidaymakers around the world. While in most Asian countries civil unrest, political unrest, terrorist activities pose a threat to travellers Sri Lanka offers one of the most peaceful environments for holidaymakers. Therefore Sri Lanka is experiencing a tourist boom at present. Sri Lanka is being known to the world since the pre-Christian era, historical sources reveal about the foreigners who had to be here for various reasons such as trade, religion, and fact-finding mission in the past. Some of the noteworthy people who had been here are Ptolemy, Fa-hien (Chinese monk), Marko polo, Lorenzo de Almeida.

Sri Lanka one of the most peaceful countries in the regions with no political unrest. This beautiful country is granted an accolade from the united states being one of the most peaceful countries in the world and the federal government has issued least travel advisory for the country in 2018. Even though there had been some disturbances in the political front until 2009, now the island has political stability. Sri Lanka is a popular nation in the world for its hospitality and Sri Lankan folks are popular being very friendly- therefore you will not feel being a foreigner in this beautiful country.

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16. Rejuvenate and relax your mind and body with Ayurveda

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Sri Lanka is also popular for Ayurveda treatments and spa. Purely organic ingredients are used in Ayurveda treatments and various kind of herbal oil are made using leaves, fruits, bark, flowers and roots of plants and trees. There are many Ayurveda treatment centres and spas in the main cities. Many hotels have started their own Ayurveda spas for the in-house guests. If you have the time it is worth visit an Ayurveda spice garden, where you can get an idea about Ayurveda while taking a glimpse on various trees and plants that are been used to produce Ayurveda medicine.

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17. Experience a bit of Dutch colonial heritage

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At least it is Galle, a pocket-sized walled city (Dutch fort) located along the beaches of southern Sri Lanka which Dutch east India company ruled between 1656 to 1796. Today Galle fort is a UNESCO world heritage site and it is an architectural masterpiece with a large number of houses, palaces, churches, shops, bars, restaurants, hotels, art galleries, museums and many other important and attractive places for tourists.

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18. There is a piece of Paradise

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Colombo is good, but if you like swaying palms, snow white sandy beaches and turquoise water, and then head to the west and southern coast of Sri Lanka. These isolated beaches are heaven for sun, sand and sea lovers. The sea off the west and southern coast of Sri Lanka offers some of the best diving sites in the region and is, by the most meaning of the word, paradise.

19. See the Giant blue whales at their doorstep

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The sea off Sri Lanka’s South-West coast is ranked among the best places to spot blue whales and sperm whales in the world. The main whale watching season on the island starts in October every year, parallel to the North-East monsoon and whale watching season lasts about 8 months. During the whale watching season, the travellers can easily spot giant blue whales off the Mirissa beach due to a large concentration of them. At the start of North-East monsoon, the number of whales in the area is considerably increased due to the migration of a large number of whales to the waters of Sri Lanka from the Arabian Sea.

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Sanjeewa Padmal (Seerendipity tours)

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