If like me, you are a beach bum, then you are probably tired of hitting up the same old beach destinations. The thing about being by the sea is that beaches tend to always be overcrowded. And that is no fun, especially when you just want to catch some sun. If you are looking to unwind in peace and quiet then you don’t need to look further than down south. An underrated travel destination, Sri Lanka is a must-visit. Here’s why you need to add Sri Lanka to your travel bucket list.
1. It’s Great For Surfing
Sri Lanka is a surfer’s paradise. I am serious, it truly is one. Sri Lanka is on the receiving end of various seasonal patterns which means that the sea behaves in different manners along the coastline. This makes it one of the best places to go surfing, even if you are a beginner. Right from learning to master the waves to actually conquering them, people with any kind of experience can surf along Sri Lanka’s coastline. The best part is that you can surf here at any given point of time in the year. Some of the best surfing spots are Hikkaduwa, Weligama, and Unawatuna.
2. The Food In Sri Lanka Is Delicious
Indian and Sri Lankan food share a lot of commonalities in terms of the produce used. But Sri Lanka’s cuisine has also been influenced a lot by Dutch and Indonesian culture which makes the food on the island where unique. Their Hoppers, in particular, are very well-known. Quite similar to our dosas, hoppers are made out of fermented rice paste and coconut milk and are a popular breakfast snack. Because of the Indonesian influence, you will also find really good Nasi Goreng here. And of course, there is always good seafood to feast on.
3. The Wildlife In Sri Lanka is Spell-Binding
The beautiful thing about Sri Lanka is that it has a vast diversity when it comes to wildlife. They have unique species of animals on land and in water as well. Where else can you see elephants and blue whales at the same time? Even though Sri Lanka is a tiny island, it still manages to house 7 national parks which contain a plethora of animals. From leopards to birds, you will find every animal known to you here.
4. The Spa Culture of Sri Lanka Will Rejuvenate You
I am of the firm belief that a good massage can turn you into a new human being altogether. And Sri Lanka is very well-known for its spa culture. People fly down from around the world just to indulge in the Ayurvedic spa rituals. For the last 2,000 years, Sri Lanka has been known for being the place to go to for spiritual healing. From herbal treatments to age-old traditional massages, you will find time to connect with yourself.
5. The Beaches Of Sri Lanka Are Serene
Considering that it is an island, it’s pretty obvious that the beaches here are bound to be spectacular. And they don’t disappoint, not even one bit. The palm-fringed beaches boast of white sand and blue waters as far as the eye can see. Lie by the beach and soak in the sun or if you want to get the adrenaline surging, then indulge in the likes of surfing or para-sailing.
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6. The Hotels In Sri Lanka Are Luxury Redefined
Nothing beats waking up to a view of the sea and breakfast in bed. In Sri Lanka, you can enjoy both and more. From trendy boutique hotels to lavish 5-stars, there’s no dearth of hotels in the country. And each one is better than the other. From a hotel that is located on tea estate to heritage properties, you’ll understand exactly why Ravan made Sri Lanka his kingdom.
7. Learn The Art Of Yoga In Sri Lanka
Want to book a yoga retreat and want a change in scenery at the same time? Then Sri Lanka is your best bet. Just like the south of India, tourists flock to Sri Lanka to learn and practice the age-old art. There are multiple yoga studios as well as resorts that cater to just that in Sri Lanka. Nail your asanas against the most scenic backdrops and you will realise what the fuss is all about.
8. Sri Lanka Makes For An Affordable Vacation Spot
One of the best things about Sri Lanka is that it caters to every tourist’s budget. Right from a shoestring budget to a lavish one, you can take in the best of the island country at practically any cost. Even the currency exchange is fairly budget-friendly for the Indian traveller.
9. The Climate In Sri Lanka Is Blissful
Since it is a tropical country, there isn’t a single time in the year when the sun isn’t shining down on it. Regardless of the time of the year, Sri Lanka remains sultry and perfect for vacationers who are looking to get some sun. The weather almost always remains consistent and only take a hit during the monsoon season. But even then it manages to be absolutely beautiful.
1o. Sri Lanka Is Relatively Less Crowded
Sri Lanka is slowly beginning to become one of the more popular summer destinations. So, it is best to beat the crowds right before it becomes too commercialised and mainstream. A lot of the beaches here still remain untouched and how often can you brag about being the only souls on an otherwise empty beach?