Sri Lanka is a country that has endured tough times recently, after recent troubles however British travellers are no longer being warned against travelling to Sri Lanka following a change in the UK Foreign Office’s advice. With so many beaches, timeless ruins, welcoming people, oodles of elephants, rolling surf, cheap prices, fun trains, famous tea and flavourful food all contribute to still make Sri Lanka a destination you need to see. Sri Lanka is truly a place where is definition something for everyone. Whether you want to absorb ancient culture and fascinating history, you’ll find it. Enjoy luxurious resorts where you cann kick back and relax in. The longer you stay the more you will find undiscovered secrets, not to mention the exotic wildlife.There are few places in the world that cater to such a diverse tourist spectrum as Sri Lanka, and even fewer that do it without breaking the bank.
Animal lover? You are in luck, elephants are a huge part of Sri Lanka’s identity. The best way to see them is by volunteering at a sanctuary where they are well looked after and produce positive impact on the elephant population. Other highlights include many national parks where you can see wild animals in their natural habitats. Yala, Udawalawe, and Kaudulla are extremely busy but there are 26 national parks to choose from that are each different and unique in their own way.
Another famous part of Sri Lanka that you need to do and see is getting on a train. With some of the most scenic routes in the world make this the best way to see the country. A newly reopened train route from Colombo to Jaffna promises an eye-opening journey through Sri Lanka. The railway journey between Kandy and Ella is one not to miss.
If you’ve got a hankering for seeing unusual tourist sites then take a look at Sigiriya – essentially, a big rock. This is an abandoned palace (its ruins are almost entirely eradicated) at the top of a soaring, gargantuan bolder. Those with vertigo should avoid as the ascent is up an extremely steep, extremely narrow staircase. Traces of ancient frescoes are still visible on some walls, and two lion’s paws, hewn from the rock and dating from the 5th century, are a unique design feature placed at the base of the final stairwell.
What really makes Sri Lanka though is the people. The reason the country is so resilient is because of the people that make it. The people of Sri Lanka are genuine, friendly, kind and polite. They are very interested in foreigners, smiling and waving, and as a traveler, it is easy to get in touch with the locals. Even the children, not speaking English very well, want to talk to foreigners asking where you are from, what`s your name and so on. You feel welcomed by the Sri Lankan people, and it is easy to make friends.