5 Reasons Why Sri Lanka Should be Your Next Destination
Not sure where to set off on your next adventure? With a record-breaking 2.1 million tourists reported to have visited last year, Sri Lanka is now listed at the top of bucket lists around the world. But why? Here are 5 reasons you need to pack your bags and head there now.
Breath Taking Landscapes
Sri Lanka is a unique tropical island with diverse and stunning landscapes. Its islands were formed from the peaks of mountains that now lay underwater. Over time, they have grown into spectacular landscapes from untouched beaches and forests to waterfalls and lagoons, explaining Sri Lanka’s nickname, the “Pearl of the Indian Ocean.”
When it comes to animals, Sri Lanka is home to one of the largest variety of species on the planet. It has more leopards than most other countries meaning that nature lovers are in for a better chance of spying one of these rare and incredible animals. Most of Sri Lanka’s leopards reside in Yala National Park which is recorded to have the highest density of the animal in one place, so get exploring.
Sri Lanka boasts 6 archaeological World Heritage sites, from the remains of the ancient buildings of ruined cities to extraordinary temples and statues. It was a Dutch, Portuguese and British colony in the 1800s-1900s and this is reflected in the country’s interesting architecture and history.
Food, Glorious Food
One word – delicious. Sri Lankan’s love their food, which ranges from flavours of spicy curries to powerfully flavoured rice and vegetable dishes. The Sri Lankan cuisine is a unique combination of local produce and recipes from around the world which have been brought to the island by Indians, Arabs, the Portuguese and more. For adventurous foodies, be sure to try the Sri Lankan wood apple, a Southeast Asian fruit which can be eaten from the shell or drunk as a smoothie – famously known as wood apple juice. It’s uniquely strong sweet and sour flavour (and seriously funky smell) will not let you forget it!
Money Goes Far
With a full bottle of local beer only costing around £1, much like the rest of South East Asia, Sri Lanka is a definite cost-effective getaway! What are you waiting for?