Sri Lanka is world famous for its tea and its beaches. Thus, no visitor who makes a trip to this paradise island misses the chance to sip a cup of pure Ceylon tea and enjoy the beach life that is truly one of a kind. The most famous beach areas in the country are located along the southern belt of the island though since the end of the war the eastern coast has also been open to visitors.
If one goes down south, as locals refer to the south coast of the island one of the must-see sights is the magnificent Hambantota Harbour. The port of Hambantota is also known as the Magampura Mahinda Rajapaska Port, named after the president of Sri Lanka. It is a massive infrastructure project funded by the Chinese government; the first phase of the project was completed and opened in November 2010 commemorating the birthday as well as the anniversary of the president’s first term. A ceremonially decorated traditional vessel was the first to enter the port.
The port is built by the Sri Lanka Ports Authority and some theorists on ports suggest that this is one of the harbours being constructed by the Chinese in the Indian Ocean region surrounding India; they refer to it as one of the pearls in the Chinese string of pearls in the Indian Ocean.
There can also be seen massive development and infrastructure projects in place in the region and the windmills on the seashore are another unique sight here. The region is also home to a number of lagoons, rivers, and is in close proximity to a number of national parks, historic sites and interesting attractions ranging from lighthouses, beaches, old houses and monuments to museums.
Tourists looking for a safari hotel Sri Lanka have an array of establishments to choose from. For those who want to base themselves in the well known Yala area and stay at a Yala hotel, the Chaaya Wild Yala is one of the most attractive and appealing hotels to choose from to have a wonderful safari holiday in this pristine part of the island.