Sri Lanka is the country on everyone’s lips at the moment. Why? Amazing surfing, wildlife you can’t see anywhere else and mouth-watering dishes are just some of the reasons…
If you love a dose of adventure with your sun, sea and sand – Sri Lanka is the place to be. You can tick off so many bucket-list adventures, from snapping elephant selfies to seeing blue whales in the wild. It’s even one of the world’s best under-the-radar surfing spots. Here’s why, if you haven’t booked your trip already, you should do right now…
If the one thing you miss when you go on holiday is a good old cuppa – you’ll love Sri Lanka. Yep, Sri Lankans love tea just as much as us Brits, and it’s no wonder as they’re the fourth largest tea producers in the world. When it comes to tea-based experiences, you can visit a working plantation and do a spot of tea tasting, or have a sophisticated high tea.
Elephant pool party
Yes, you read that right. Every year from June till October, around 300 elephants flock to a man-made reservoir in Minneriya National Park – in an event known as ‘The Gathering’ – to splash around in the water and chill out with their buddies. You can spot them on a Minneriya National Park tour, and the best time is just before sunset, when they emerge from the shaded trees. Just don’t try and get into the water with them.
And it’s not just elephants on the wildlife agenda, Sri Lanka has its own ‘big five’ too. If you take a tour of one of the national parks, you’re likely to spot leopards and sloth bears as well as elephants. Plus, the surrounding ocean attracts super rare blue whales and sperm whales, too.
Bet you didn’t know that Sri Lanka is a top surfing spot? Hikkaduwa is the most popular place to catch some waves, and it boasts relaxed backpacker vibes and waves that range from three to ten foot. There are designated areas for you to surf in, so you don’t get caught out, and the best time to visit is from January to March.
Top of the rock
You can’t visit a holiday destination without going up high and getting your bearings. Sigiriya Rock is not only Sri Lanka’s most famous landmark, the amazing 600-foot-high rock is the perfect place to get birds-eye-view of the national parks and miles of surrounding greenery. It also houses an ancient palace that you can go in and explore, so you’ll get your culture fix, too.
And, back on the ground, there’s no better way to experience Sri Lanka’s scenery that a Harry Potter-esque train journey through the countryside. A trip from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya costs around £3 (bargain) and ticks off all kinds of waterfalls and mountains along the way.
Hotter than hot curry
If you like your cuisine to be super-scorching, you’ll love Sri Lanka’s mouth-watering curries. Sri Lankan food combines an array of flavours, including coconut, melon and sweet onion relishes, plus a hefty dose of spices to make it super-hot.