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Friday, August 18, 2017

Sri Lanka

The unassuming island at the foot of the large Indian subcontinent, Sri Lanka is a delightful surprise for travellers. It has a robust culture, a binding religious diversity and a cuisine to match. These are reasons enough to charm the traveller.

Add to this, a vast repository of nature’s wealth and the traveller can spend months discovering this small island country. Despite its size, Sri Lanka packs in tea estate experiences, idyllic coastal unplugging and a historic trail that one can traverse for days.  Its Dutch, British and Buddhist lineage offers a variety of experiences for the history lovers. For those who want to just unwind, an entire coastline is available to kick your shoes off and simply watch the ocean. Ample sea adventures like scuba diving are available to shake the holiday–coma off.

Sri Lanka rarely deviates from the quintessential tropical weather report card. Muggy coastal summers and slightly cooler winter months are ideal for those who like ocean side holidays, that demand a beer in hand at all times. The hills in the middle of the country are the only places that require a handy jacket. May to September announce the monsoon months when the Western and Southern regions of Sri Lanka are soaked.

Major Cities / Tourist Places

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Most of Sri Lanka falls in the interest pool for travellers, since the sightseeing spots are spread across. Of these, the capital, Colombo, the southern tip Galle, the cool hills of Kandy and Nuwara Eliya and the Buddist circuit of  Anuradhapura and around, are the most treaded. Almost all of the eastern coast offers beach side relaxation with Trincomalee and Hikkadua, eminent pit stops for travellers.

Iconic Places

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With a rich repository of nature and heritage hot-spots, it is difficult to pick the most iconic places of Sri Lanka. But there are some, that make it to the picture perfect post card image of the country. Sigiriya rock fortress, the ancient city of Polonnaruwa,  Yala National Park, Dambulla Cave Temple, Dutch fortress of Galle and the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage are a handful that should feature as essential stops for travellers.

Experiences

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Mild hikes, heritage trails and beach side activities hold sway in the country that is crammed with experiences.  Take a cycle to discover the Galle fortress or hike up the Sigiriya rock – a number of mildly intensive activities make the Sri Lankan experience fun. It is the ocean activities like scuba and snorkelling that amp up the holiday for beach lovers.

Festivals

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With the Buddhists and Hindus making the largest social composition of the country, the festivals have largely perpetuated from these two religious pools. A small number of Christian festivals are also celebrated, thanks to the colonial lineage of the country. The ‘poya’ days of Buddhists, Hindu festivals like Tamil New Year and Maha Shivratri, Christmas, Vesak Poya (festival of lights) and the Sinhalese New Year are the major days of celebrations.

Festivals Calendar 2016

Jan
15th
Tamil Thai Pongal Day
Feb
04th
National Day
Mar
07th
Mahasivarathri Day
Mar
25th
Good Friday
Oct
29th
Deepavali
Dec
21st
December Solstice

Top Stays

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Colombo’s modern vibe, combined with the inland tea estates and beach side locations offer a wide scape of backdrops to a number of options to stay. Boutique accommodations are the most atmospheric, as are the luxury resorts along the strips of sand. Old colonial bungalows make you travel back in time at the tea estates in Kandy.  There is no dearth of luxury stays, some even specifically focussed on holistic healing.