Exploring the Pearl of the Indian Ocean – A Sri Lanka Travel Guide

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From beach holidays and cultural experiences to stunning natural beauty and exotic wildlife, Sri Lanka is a world of its own with something new to discover on every visit.


Travellers have many options when it comes to the best places to stay in Sri Lanka. Depending on your budget and itinerary, you will be able to choose from properties belonging to well-known chains the likes of Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts which offer a great range of services too. Hostels, homestays and Airbnb options can be found as well.

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Image Credit: Cinnamon Hotels & Resort

Getting Around

Public transport is mainly by bus or train; the latter is particularly popular especially when travelling to the mountains where the views are spectacular, to say the least! You can also hire vehicles be it with a driver guide or look to drive yourself. Within city limits, you can make use of tuk-tuks, while Uber is available too.

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McKay Savage from London, UK, Sri Lanka – 077 – Tuk-tuks waiting for fares in Kandy (1685043688), CC BY 2.0

Diverse Destinations

Each destination in Sri Lanka offers unique adventures. The south coast with its beaches such as Unawatuna and Hikkaduwa provides idyllic coastal getaways, while Kandy, Nuwara Eliya and Ella are set amidst misty mountains. Also of note is Galle with its Dutch Fort and Sigiriya with its iconic rock fortress, both of which offer insights into the island’s rich heritage.

Vibeke Mailund, UnawatunaJuly2010, marked as public domain, more details on Wikimedia Commons

The Call of the Wild

Sri Lanka is also blessed with inspiring natural beauty and varied wildlife. Spotting leopards at Yala, witnessing “The Gathering” of hundreds of elephants at Minneriya and birdwatching in the enchanting Sinharaja Forest Reserve are “must visits” for nature lovers.

Fritzjames Stephen is a travel writer, who writes content based on the myriad of experiences and indulgences that the world has to offer travellers across all walks of life. Google+

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