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10 Reasons to Book a Holiday to Sri Lanka

by Travelbag on 25 October 2018, 15:10PM


Lonely Planet has announced their coveted list of ‘Best in Travel’ for 2019 – and Sri Lanka has nabbed the top spot. Smaller than Scotland, this island has seen a surge in popularity, attracting independent adventurers and tour groups alike. And it’s easy to see why. It goes without saying that holidays here tick off blonde beaches, lush landscapes and delicious food – but there’s so much more to it than that. Intrigued? Find out why a trip to Sri Lanka should be on your bucket list.


1. It’s known as ‘India Lite'

Sri Lanka has all the exotic allure of its neighbour, but it’s much easier to navigate. English is widely spoken, the transport is great, and everything is reasonably close together – so you can see a lot in one holiday.


2. You’re guaranteed to see elephants

Over 5,000 wild elephants call Sri Lanka home, and seeing them is a piece of cake. To see these beautiful animals at their happiest and healthiest, we’d recommend visiting Yala National Park, Minneriya National Park or Udawalawe National Park. If you’re a massive fan of elephants – who isn’t? – it’s best to go in September, when hundreds of these gentle giants come together at Minneriya Lake, in an event known as ‘The Gathering’.


3. There’s always time for tea

Few things in life are as good as a freshly-made cuppa, but Sri Lanka takes this tasty brew to another level. Ceylon tea is among the best in the world and there are plenty of plantations you can visit. Learn how the leaves get from these green fields to your teabags back home, then soak up your surroundings with a cup of expertly-made tea.


4. You’ll have the best train journey of your life

The journey from Ella to Kandy is simply beautiful. Often hailed as one of the most scenic railways in the world, these tracks meander through Sri Lanka’s hill country. You’ll be treated to views of misty mountains, tiered plantations and rushing waterfalls. And, of course, no holiday to Sri Lanka would be complete without snapping that hanging-out-of-the-train-door photo.


5. The people are wonderful

Sri Lankans are some of the most welcoming, friendly people you could ever hope to meet. From colourful Colombo to remote villages, you can expect to be greeted by smiling faces everywhere you go.


6. You’ll be surrounded by UNESCO sites

Sri Lanka may be small, but it has eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Sigiriya Rock is a must-see. Nestled in the very heart of the island, this 600-foot-high landmark is Sri Lanka’s top attraction. The age-old palace and ancient frescoes are pretty impressive, but it’s the panoramic views which make this site so special. You can also get your UNESCO fix at the Golden Temple of Dambulla, the sacred city of Kandy, and Galle Old Town.


7. The beaches are beautiful

If you need some beach time after all your exploring, you’ll have plenty of choice. From surfers’ paradise Arugam Bay in the east, to the sandy swathes of Bentota in the east, Sri Lanka has some truly gorgeous beaches. Just be sure to check the weather. The best time to visit the west and south is between December and March, while the east coast has better weather from April to September.


8. You’ll love the wildlife

Elephants aren’t the only four-legged attraction here. Sri Lanka has the largest concentration of leopards in the world, and is also home to buffalo, sloth bears and langur monkeys. And a whale-watching trip is a must. Humpback, minke and sperm whales cruise these waters between November and April, and you’ll certainly see dolphins playing in the waves. But the star of the show is the gigantic blue whale. For the best chance of seeing one, book your Sri Lanka trip for February or March.


9. It’s closer than you think

There’s a common misconception that all Asian countries are really far away from the UK. The truth is, you can fly direct to Colombo from London, and the flight takes less than 11 hours. By the time you’ve had some food and watched a film, you’ll practically be there.


10. The resorts are incredible

Infinity pools, plush rooms and gourmet restaurants all come as standard here. The hospitality is second to none, and the food is fantastic. Whether you want to stay in a rainforest lodge, a beachfront resort, or combine both on a tour, you’ll be wowed by the hotels in Sri Lanka.


Are you ready to book your holiday to Sri Lanka? Take a look at our Sri Lanka deals, or find out more about the 10 best places to visit in Sri Lanka.

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