Things To Do When In Sri Lanka

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So the holiday season is just around the corner and you are wondering where to go for a vacation to unwind and take a most-wanted break from the usual routine. Have you thought of going to Sri Lanka? There are abundant things to do and there is never a dull moment when touring the locale.

Sri Lanka is an island-based country that is located in the Southern part of Asia. Situated in South India and on the shores of the Indian Ocean, the country is fast gaining popularity as a tourist destination. It houses an array of reefs, monasteries, ancient ruins, sanctified relics, rainforests, and beaches – giving you enough reasons for enjoying your stay.

Buddha in Polonnaruwa temple, Sri Lanka
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Sri Lanka was enmeshed in a civil war that lasted for 26 years that came to an end in the year 2009 and has been grappling ever since to overcome the disaster.

Nevertheless, there never is a moment of boredom when in Sri Lanka. You can indulge in varied activities like white water rafting, elephant rides, kite-surfing, hot air balloon expeditions, and scuba diving.

When roaming the national parks of Udawalawe and Yala, be sure to witness animal species such as leopards, monkeys, and elephants. The shoreline is also filled with dolphins, blue-colored whales, and sea-based turtles.

The national parks of Udawalawe
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The Hill Country, which was a British territory during their reign, is a site that must be toured for its tea plantations and paddy-based farms.

A wide variety of alluring artifacts are available in materials such as reed, cane, wood, metal, clay, leather, paper, and cotton. Be sure to pick some fascinating toys and household items for your folks back home.

There are many modes of transport but the most popular ones are the trishaws or tuk-tuks. It may also interest you to learn that there are meditation centers at the monasteries for increasing your knowledge about Buddhism. You can also opt to learn conventional dance forms like Udarata, Pahatharata, and Sabaragamu during your stay.

Some Sri Lankan tourist spots where you must make a stopover are Jaffna, the ancient cities, Yala National Park, Bentota, Habarana, Ratnapura, Nuwura Eliya, Hikkaduwa, Udawalawe sanctuary, and Dambulla cave temple.

Dambulla cave temple in sri lanka
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The Dambulla cave temple contains numerous Buddhist scriptures along with statues of ancient leaders as well as deities and has also been hailed as a World Heritage Site. The Udawalawe sanctuary is home to varied animal-based as well as plant-based species and you can also indulge in bird-watching sessions during your stopover. Ratnapura in Sri Lanka contains Buddhist relics, mining centers, and tea plantations. Also, make a trip to the Hikkaduwa city of Sri Lanka for touring its beaches and coral sanctuaries.

You can also tour the tea-based gardens at Nuwura Eliya during your sight-seeing missions. If you are keen on safari trips, you must add a visit to Habarana jungle in Habarana, Anuradhapura district on your must-do list of activities. Jaffna is another tourist attraction with its line-up of public libraries, forts, temples, buildings, well-known buildings and clock tower. Visiting Yala national park is also a must for its rich wildlife diversity wherein you can spot many endangered species wandering freely within its enclosures.

Habarana jungle in Habarana
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We hope that you now have many reasons to vacation in Sri Lanka. We wish you the best in your sojourn to the island country!

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