If you wish to find the some of the best things to do in Sri Lanka, you are on the right track, keep reading on our 2 days southern and west coast Sri Lanka tour and expose to a new world.
You can count on this tropical island to lock away fond memories of a memorable holiday. Most travellers love the charm of Sri Lanka, the slow pace and the other reason why Sri Lanka so attractive is, the island is not overdeveloped.
Whether you have a short vacation or a long holiday, there are plenty of chances to explore the island’s rich historical past, devotion to Buddhism, panoramic mountains, wildlife reserves, fascinating plant life, pristine beaches and bustling city life.
Here are a few ideas I can put forward as a local traveller to maximize the relaxation and the romance of your Sri Lanka holiday package.
Beach Resort- Our featured beach resort is a small beach property with just 32 rooms, just south of Colombo, located in the so-called golden mile or better known as Bentota beach. I believe this is one of the best places to start your holiday. The resort may not lavish or upscale; but it provides clean, affordable, comfortable and crowded free lodging.
This beach resort is just a few meters away from clean sandy beaches of Bentota and provides easy access to most important tourist attractions in the west and southern Sri Lanka. The resort is ideal for a relaxing beach stay for a couple, single person or for a family holiday.
The featured beach resort of this tour package offers 16 cottages, each cottage consist of 2 bedrooms. All rooms are fully air-conditioned and also provides VC, fan, hot/cold water and balcony. All rooms are built with sea view and only a few yards away from the white sandy beaches and its plethora of shells. The hotel provides all meals for the in-house guests in the restaurant on request, but there are many other beach restaurants within easy reach of the hotel allowing the guests to have more options with regards to meals.
Rejuvenate you with Ayurveda- Ayurveda is one of the most ancient healing systems in the country and it is being practised in the country for more than 2000 years. Our featured resort has a well equipped Ayurveda treatment centre and provides wide range of Ayurveda healing packages that can be differentiated to rejuvenation package, body purification packages, slimming package, Body Immunization Package, Stress Management Package and Beauty Care Package. If the guests do not wish to have a comprehensive Ayurveda package they can choose a small Ayurveda treatment such as 30 minutes head massage or full body massage or else they are also free to refrain from using Ayurveda at all.
Boat tour-A highlight for most tourists who spend beach holidays in Bentota is a boat tour in a tributary of Bentota River. Having the boat tour is the best way to experience the rich aqua Fauna and Flora of Sri Lanka. Usually, the boat tour lasts about 1 hour and tourists make visits to an island, Buddhist temples and mangrove forests during the tour.
Having a boat tour, the visitors are able to see the rich mangrove forests and Fauna and flora species in the marshland. A large number of bird species, water monitors, land monitors, monkeys, crocodiles and a large number of freshwater fish species occurring in this environment. Mangroves are a type of forest that diminishing rapidly from the island. Several decades ago mangroves named as a protected ecosystem in order to preserve them for the future generations.
The tourists can borrow a motorboat with an experienced person to controls the boat. Therefore the passengers are able to admire the beautiful scenery during the boat tour and learn about the fauna and flora of Sri Lanka. There is a high possibility of encountering many other people intermittently on boats, who are also roaming on the water body, because boating on rivers and canals is a very popular activity in the beach areas of Sri Lanka, especially in the western province.
It is highly recommended to make a stop at the cinnamon island during the boat trip, this island is a cinnamon plantation, and here you are able to witness the process of making cinnamon as a condiment or as a spice. The visitors are able to see many other plants and trees such as coconut, mango, pineapple, papaya, banana, manioc etc. Most travellers who come to this isolated island admire the overwhelming calmness and quietness of the island. Because the island is few km away from the mainland, and it can be reached only by boat.
Sea turtle conservation centre-visiting a sea turtle conservation centre is another popular pastime activity for holidaymakers, who show up in the west coast of Sri Lanka. There are many sea turtle conservation centres along the west coast of Sri Lanka and all of them are under the purview of the wildlife conservation department while they are managed by private institutions.
It might be difficult to spot sea turtle in their natural environment, but here you can see 5 sea turtle species, that occurring in Sri Lankan waters without any hardships. Sea turtle is a protected animal and it another animal listed under the red list of IUCN. It is believed that sea turtle conservation centres are helping the growth of the number of sea turtles in the Sri Lankan water.
Visiting Galle fort-technically Galle fort is located towards the southern tip of Sri Lanka and it is about 30 minutes drive from Bentota. Galle Fort is a well developed living quarter for travellers. Basically, it offers all the essential ingredients to make your holiday a memorable one. There is a large number of hotels, guest houses, dormitories, galleries, museums, bars, pubs, shopping areas, restaurants, recreation centres within the borders of this old-world town. The laid-back settings of Galle fort give you the perfect environment to have a peaceful relaxation.
If you enjoy the cultural buff of the foreign soil don’t forget to visit the Maritime Museum of Galle, which has a large collection of artefacts derived from the pre-Christian era to modern days. It also provides a large number of sources that help to learn the maritime activities around Sri Lanka in the past. There is a large number of Artifacts ranging from shipwrecks, fossils to sea creatures as well as fishing gears of common people to be seen in the museum.
Studying the underwater world of Hikkaduwa- a Large number of visitors in Hikkaduwa chooses to go on a glass bottom boat tour in order to have a different perspective of the island. Hikkaduwa marine sanctuary, one of the few underwater conservation centres of Sri Lanka is reflecting the rich underwater world of Sri Lanka.
A few minutes ride in a 20 feet motorboat from the shore takes you to the Hikkaduwa marine sanctuary. These boats are specially designed to examine the sea bed through its galls bottom. This is the most convenient way to see the sea bed because you do not need to jump into the water to see the corals, exotic fish species and sea turtle that reside in the water. The glass bottom boat tour lasts around 1 hour; it is fun and convenient and demands no extra preparation to do.
There are many other activities in Hikkaduwa for tourists along with glass bottom boat rides, such as scuba diving, snorkelling, fishing, boating, and surfing.
Hikkaduwa is one of the best places to feast on seafood. Hikkaduwa has one of the biggest fishing harbours on the island, therefore fresh seafood is freely available here. Seafood is a big scene here and hundreds of seafood restaurants lineup along the beach. In all seafood restaurants, there are a plethora of fish species on offer but for me, the best seafood dish is the mix seafood plate, which comprised of dozens of fish varieties such as tuna fish, calamari, shrimps, barracuda, cuttlefish etc. For non-seafood lovers, there are items like meat items, salads, potatoes, pasta, pizza, spaghetti etc
Hotels, restaurants, pubs, shops, boutiques, money changers, tour operators, guest houses, rest houses, diving centres are lined up along the main road due to the large concentration of foreign travellers in Hikkaduwa. Usually, all accommodation facilities are fully packed during the peak holiday season (November to April). Therefore do not expect to find a place for an overnight stay in Hikkaduwa at the last moment during this period. During the off-season (from April to November) you will not find crowded streets, beaches, restaurants and hotels due to the lowered number of foreign travellers.
However, November to April is the best season to encounter Hikkaduwa beach due to the nice and clear waters of the Indian Ocean with no alarm of underwater current. November to April marks the dry season in the west coast of Sri Lanka resulting very low rainfall dominated by warm sunny weather.
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