At the risk of sounding like another tourism campaign which promises that you can experience numerous diverse attractions within one destination, Sri Lanka is indeed a place which has just about everything within a relatively small confine.
The country is by no means large, with a total land area of less than 66,000 square kilometres or the 122nd largest country in the world. After further discounting the percentage of the country reachable by tourists, it really is a very small country. What this means is that you could be having breakfast up in the tea-growing highlands, soaking up the sun on a glorious beach in the afternoon and going on a safari game drive as the sun begins its descent on the very same day.
While impossible to fully list all the possible attractions in this newsletter, here’s a list of some of the country’s best highlights.
Safari – Sri Lanka is a fantastic safari destination in its own right. It boasts its own big 5, which consists of the Asian elephant, the Sri Lanka leopard, sloth bear, wild Asiatic water buffalo and blue whale. The country’s relatively small land area means that you can visit several different wildlife parks in a short span of time.
Heritage Sites – The country boasts no less than 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, ranging from ancient cities to well-preserved cave temples to remote wildlife sanctuaries.
Beaches – Some of the best beaches in the world can be found in Sri Lanka. These include Bentota in the southwest, Unawatuna and Tangalle in the south and Trincomalee in the east. There are excellent sites for snorkelling, surfing, diving and just lazing on the beach. Accommodation options are decent, ranging from developed beach resorts to exclusive private villas to remote huts located in secluded bays.
Check out photos of Sri Lanka from our recent trip in October here.