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Thursday, April 18, 2024

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.

Sri Lanka, Pearl of Indian Ocean, is said to have a treasury 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.

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Major Cities / Tourist Places


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


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.



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.



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 of Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka, the tiny teardrop-shaped island, offers infinite experiences ranging from world-class historical sites and cultural marvels to verdant tea plantations, palm-fringed beaches, and thrilling national parks overwhelmed with wildlife.


Buddhist Heritage Sites in Sri Lanka

The first thing you will notice when you arrive in Sri Lanka is the sheer riot of colours tossed on to you. The tender, bright orange coconuts, heaped on the roadside every few yards, dusky women in their decorative sarongs sheltering under colourful..


National Parks in Sri Lanka

Defying the general trend that small islands do not have much wildlife, Sri Lanka is a powerful punch for its diverse wildlife. Sri Lanka boasts one of the highest biological endemism rates and is one of the top five hotspots for biodiversity globally.


Festival Calendar 2024-25

Duruthu Perahera, Colombo (13 January 2025)
Nawam Perahera, Colombo (12 February 2025)
Tamil Thai Pongal, North part of Sri Lanka (14 Jan 2025)
Sinhala & Hindu Avurudu, All Sri Lanka (13 April 2024)
Vesak Poya Festival, All Sri Lanka (23 May 2024)
Poson Poya, Anuradhapura (21 June 2024)
Kataragama Esela Perahera, Kataragama (19 Jun – 04 July 2024)
Kandy Esala Perahera, Kandy (10 – 20 Aug 2024)

Top Stays


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.