Situated in beautiful colorful Asia, the culture and nature of Sri Lanka are as unique as they are alluring. The country is quickly becoming a popular tourist destination and for a good reason. A beautiful Sri Lanka tour can provide an ideal vacation for any kind of traveler.
Whether you are an adventurous traveler or a laid-back traveler you are bound to love Sri Lanka If you are traveling alone or accompanied by a family or a huge group of friends you are bound to love Sri Lanka.
Formerly known as Ceylon, the island country is home to multiple cultures and languages. More than 3000 years of culture and 8 Unesco World Heritage Sites make Sri Lanka such a fascinating destination and unbelievable nature makes it such a colorful tour.
So let’s take a virtual Sri Lanka tour, check with us the beauty, adventure, and impossible greenery of the charming country.
Uda Walawe National Park
Elephants, elephants, and more elephants, how cute is that!
Spreading over an extensive area of 30,821 hectares, the reserve was established in 1972 to provide sanctuary for wild animals.
The park is most famous for elephant watching, but it is also home to herds of wild buffalo, sambar, spotted deer, and giant squirrel.
Uda Walawe is a significant habitat for Sri Lankan elephants. The park comprises the Udawalawe Elephant Transit Home which was established in 1995 for the main purpose of housing abandoned elephant calves. Elephant calves are nurtured at the transit home and then released back in the park when they are capable of living on their own.
World’s End, The Horton Plains
It takes around 3 hours to hike the 9.5km round trip, however, the view is more than worth it!
Although the magnificent beauty and greenery of the plains alone is a major attraction, the trail takes you around the three main attractions in the area Mini World’s End, World’s End, and Baker’s Fall.
World’s End is a stunning escarpment that plunges 880m, the hiking trail takes you there and then back to the entrance of the park, so you will not get lost. You might get a little chilly though, both from the cold as well as the view.
Try to go as early as possible as the view gets obscured by mist later on the day, particularly in the rainy season from April to September. But do not fret; watching the thick wall of fog from the top is a magical experience on its own.
This magnificent experience may not be for the faint-hearted, but the beautiful Baker’s falls provide a beautiful spot to relax and take a breather after the hiking and the dramatic view.
The train ride to Ella
This picturesque hilltop village is surrounded by beautiful green tea fields. If you take one of the most beautiful train rides in the world from Nuwara Eliya to Ella you will most definitely fall in love with the surroundings and the small laid back town. The nights are cool in and the days around 28 degrees, so the weather is almost always perfect for vacation.
The Nine Arch Bridge on which the train passes is a stunning piece of architecture amidst the lush fields, so make sure to check it after you arrive and relax in the town as it would be hard to see from inside the train. You can even sit and sip Sri Lankan tea on one of the quiet cafes in the area and watch the trains pass.
The ancient city of Polonnaruwa
The royal capital for three centuries, Polonnaruwa was the thriving commercial and religious hub of Sri Lanka 800 years ago.
The ancient city comprises many temples and religious buildings, all in a compact area that you can navigate in a tour, and all surrounded by the renowned Sri Lanka greenery.
The ruins of the ancient city are mostly in good shape. You can still admire the architecture and see what once has been. If you cannot clearly see how everything looked in the old day, the museum there has models of how the city looked in ancient times.
Hikkaduwa Coral Sanctuary
A visit to the scenic town of Hikkaduwa is a must during a Sri Lanka tour, if only for the pristine beaches. The beaches in Hikkaduwa are one of the best spots for surfing in the world. You can relax or play watersports on the amazing beaches by day and enjoy the lively nightlife in the coastal city by night.
What makes the visit even more marvelous is checking Hikkaduwa Coral Sanctuary which houses a wide array of rich colorful corals, vibrant beautiful fish, and numbers of endemic turtles.