Things to love about Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka lovely people, I don’t think I’ve been anywhere in the world, where the people have been so genuinely warm, welcoming from the depth of their hearts. They always have smile on their faces and happy to talk and share ideas with you.
The Sri Lankan food is just amazing. Everywhere you go, you’ll find delicious food, seafood pulled straight from the Indian Ocean and curries made with the freshest natural ingredients, all accompanied by rice of course. If you’re a vegetarian or vegan, you’ll have no shortage of choices like my favourites – potato curry, garlic curry and dhal. I’m not a veggie, but I often opted for the veggie option. Spices play an important part in Sri Lankan cooking and in Ayurveda medicine, the traditional form of medicine on the island. The spices all have unique properties, for instance, Sri Lankans use different types of curry powder, dependent on what ingredients are in the dish. For a refreshing drink try King Coconut or fresh lime juice and if you’re looking for something stronger, I am partial to an Arrack (coconut whiskey) and ginger ale! Also known as a Sri Lankan Special.
The natural beauty if Sri Lanka is to die for. Full of palm trees and beaches and its so lush and green and hilly as far as the eye could see! It was monsoon season, so we didn’t even see it in all of it’s sunny, azure blue water and peachy sunset glory, yet it was still stunning!
One of the Best Train Journeys in the world. Trains are frequent, comfortable and a cheap way to get around. The Kandy to Ella train journey is named as one of the world’s most beautiful train journeys and I can concur. Sit back and watch Sri Lanka go by, you’ll love it. There are many train routes to take all over Sri Lanka, so what better way to enjoy all that gorgeous scenery than from the open window (or door) of a train – health and safety nightmare really, but one of my best travel experiences.
You’ve probably heard of Ceylon tea but not really known what it means. Well, Ceylon is the former name of Sri Lanka, which happens to be the 4th biggest producer of tea in the world! You’ll definitely fall in love with Sri Lankan tea.
Sri Lanka had some of the best safaris in the world. Sri Lanka has an abundance of national parks teeming with animals and it’s one of the best places in the world to see elephants and leopards in the wild. Each of the national parks is famous for certain types of animals, for instance, Yala is great for leopard spotting, but if you want to see lots of elephants, then you might consider going to one of the other parks like Minneriya or Uda Walawe – there are loads to choose from so do your research!
If ancient ruins and temples are something you love to explore, then you will adore Sri Lanka. The Cultural Triangle describes the area between Kandy and the ancient cities of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa. So, we’ve given you lots of reasons to come and visit Sri Lanka!