Sri Lanka had been a holiday destination for many centuries and visited by Marco polo, FaHien, Lorenzo de Almeida and many other popular explorers many centuries before; still, Sri Lanka is a popular destination for travellers, and attracts a large number of tourists every year, numbering more than two million. Sri Lanka tour holidays have been a hot topic among the travellers around the world for many years, especially after the end of civil war in 2009.
Some tourist kept away from this tropical holiday destination due to disturbances in the political arena. Three decades from 1983-2009 had been the most disastrous for the tourism industry, which was a direct result of the political unrest in north and east parts of Sri Lanka. Now, after a decade since the end of the conflict, this is the perfect time for Sri Lanka trip and holidays for any traveller.
Sri Lanka remains as a leading holiday destination in the region for many decades; the island has been able to get many accolades from the institution in the travel industry such as Lonely Planet, which chose Sri Lanka as the best country to travel in 2019.
The island has been able to bag the number 1 spot in the T+L readers’ picks for the world’s best islands. The award is one of the most prestigious awards in the world influenced by travellers.
Every year Travel + Leisure make a survey and rank different travel destination around the world, based on traveller’s experience, the survey is called World’s Best Awards survey. Every year Travel + Leisure choose Best Island, spas, cruise ships, airline and many more. Based on the survey carried out by Travel + Leisure here is the line-up of the best island to travel in 2019.
The 15 Best Islands in the World
1. Sri Lanka
2. Palawan, Philippines
3. Bali, Indonesia
4. Milos, Greece
7. Crete, Greece
8. Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada
9. Koh Lanta, Thailand
10. Azores, Portugal
11. Páros, Greece
12. Fiji Islands
13. Galápagos Islands, Ecuador
14. Santorini, Greece
15. Maui, Hawaii
The guardian and travel trends, two of the most reputed magazines in the world have identified Sri Lanka as one of the top holiday destinations in the recent past. The list includes many interesting long and short-haul holiday destinations that are sure to excite your wanderlust and make you consider them for your next holiday destination.
Following are the 10-holiday destinations listed by travel trends
3. Seoul, South Korea
4. Taipei, Taiwan
5. Mykonos, Greece
6. Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
8. Siem Reap, Cambodia
9. Colombo, Sri Lanka
10. Gold Coast, Australia
Places listed above show an increasing trend for leisure, adventure and mice tourism. Sri Lanka is a holiday destination that offers plenty of opportunities in all these sectors.
According to the statistics, over 35% of the travellers around the world are searching for new holiday destinations with luxury. The trend is so that travellers are looking for unique experiences during the holidays.
Being a tropical island, Sri Lanka is emerging as a nature holiday and adventure holiday destination in recent time, and most travellers include few activities such as water rafting, jungle trekking, bird watching to their Sri Lanka tour and holidays. Sri Lanka offers plenty of opportunities for adventure and nature lovers with its large number of forests, mountains, rivers, waterfalls and national parks.
Sri Lanka’s main draw is still the unspoiled, pristine beaches around the island and Sri Lanka is still most popular as a beach holiday destination in the region. Most numbers of travellers, who visit Sri Lanka are not forgetting to visit Sri Lanka beaches during their stay in Sri Lanka.
New luxury hotels are emerging along with the coastal belt especially northern and eastern parts of Sri Lanka as well as the southern coast. The beautiful countryside of the island harbours wetlands, patches of forests, saltpans teaming with a large and diverse number of creatures. Sri Lanka is one of the important ecological hotspots in the world and home to a large number of endemic fauna and flora species.
Sri Lanka is a holiday destination for any type of budget, which is one of the key reasons for its success as a holiday destination. Sri Lanka is also comparatively cheaper than most Asian holiday destinations such as Korea, Thailand, China, Singapore, and Malaysia.
Sri Lanka is not only rich in natural resources but also in historically important places. Sri Lanka is the home for 7 world heritage sites with historical importance.
Ancient cities such as Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa testify the grandeur of the bygone era of this tiny island. Sigiriya Fort and its water garden is another noteworthy attraction built in the 5th century AD by a Sinhalese king. It testifies to the remarkable knowledge of hydraulic principles possessed by the ancient engineers.
Sri Lankan cuisine has been chosen No.1 trending cuisine by the BBC Good Food team in their list of 15 cuisines to experience in 2019. They make a very attractive description of Sri Lankan cuisine in this manner; “Restaurants such as London’s Hoppers, mini chain The Coconut Tree and the success of the M&S Taste Asia range have put Sri Lankan food on the brink of a breakthrough. Think hoppers (bowl-shaped rice flour pancakes), kottu roti (fried veg, eggs, shredded roti and curry, as sold by street stall Kottu Lanka) and pol Sambol coconut relish.
‘Before Sri Lankan was lumped in with Indian cuisine but now, we’re not having an “Indian” anymore. It’s recognised in its own right,’ says Emma Weinbren, food trends editor at the retail magazine The Grocer.”
Sampling some delicious Sri Lankan food should be on the bucket list of Sri Lanka tour holidays because Sri Lankan food is very delicious, and it is recently endorsed by the BBC Good Food team and chose Sri Lankan cuisine as “No1 trending cuisine in the world”.
Sri Lanka is a country with a hot kitchen. Sri Lankan cuisines are as prepared with a lot of spices and chilli, and Sri Lankan’s eat spicier than the people in Europe and America. Sri Lankans consume more chilli, pepper and many other spices such as cardamom, cumin seeds, cinnamon etc.
Not only the dishes of Sri Lanka are spicy but also full of aroma arousing your taste buds. Sri Lanka offers you a wide range of choices for seafood. Apart from the vividness, they are fresh and tasty and it definitely gives you a new experience with seafood. Sri Lanka is a home for thousands of varieties of tropical fruits.
Some of them are seasonal while others are available around the years. Sri Lanka offers you many varieties of unpopular tropical fruits such as durian, passion fruits, jackfruit, red banana, mangosteen etc.
Fruits are always good for health and they are freely available around the country. One of the most popular tea brands, perhaps the most popular tea brand in the world “CEYLON TEA” is produced here. Mountains in the higher elevated areas in the country are covered by tea bushes and look like the ground is covered by a green blanket.
If you feel weary and wish to taste a cup of un-blended freshly brewed Ceylon tea, head on to a tea factory and you will get it free of charge. So don’t forget to drop into a restaurant and have a wholesome spicy meal when you visit the island next time.
Lack of crowd is another reason for Sri Lanka’s popularity as a holiday destination with many places to visit and experience quietness and peace. The warm hospitality of the people of Sri Lanka makes you feel more like a family member than a tourist.
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