An all too often underrated attraction in any tourist destination is the people themselves. According to the NomadicMatt travel blog, although “99 per cent of the people I meet on the road are totally awesome” he said. “Sri Lankans stood out in a way I’ve never experienced before.”
The people struck him as “friendly, courteous, and hospitable.”
He praised the country for the (rare) honesty and courtesy of its tuk-tuk drivers. They offered fair prices and almost never tried to hassle him into taking a ride.
Sri Lankan food represents a far journey from what Westerners generally eat. It emphasises on seafood and eschews most dairy. Their use of the island’s bounty of herbs, spices, vegetables, and fruits should, however, please any palate.
One of the most popular staple dishes is called Dhal, or lentil curry. It consists of lentils, tomato paste, cumin, and coconut milk as a substitute for dairy. It makes an excellent side dish or a quick lunch.
Hoppers are also popular and are served as a unique and versatile treat. Comprised of coconut milk and rice flour, Hoppers resemble a cross between pancakes and crepes. Sri Lankans eat them at every meal, but often place a fried egg in one when served for breakfast.
The World’s Most Amazing Train Ride
Some have called the nearly 150-kilometre rail connection between Kandy and Ella the most beautiful train ride on Earth. It features tea plantations gracing endless rolling hills, timeless bridges over ancient rivers, steep mountains, and incredible wildlife.
Visitors are often charmed by the sight of happy children chasing the train as it rolls through their villages.
A Land of Ancient Faith, Culture, and Heritage
Sri Lanka has a centuries-old heritage that has left it with a vibrant culture, sincere national pride, and amazing historical architecture. The brilliant white exterior of the Temple of the Tooth Relic, combined with the exquisitely designed interior, serves as a symbol of the country’s history, culture, and faith.
It was built as part of the royal compound of the Kingdom of Kandy to house one of the last known relics from the Buddha.
Today it is one of the country’s most popular and beautiful tourist destinations.
When a Westerner looks up “Yala National Park,” he or she will see something unusual - instructions on what to do when elephants block the road.
At Yala National Park, visitors can see elephants, leopards, tigers, and even bald eagles.
You can also see another kind of elephant in the park, Elephant Rock. One of several isolated rock formations rising from the rolling prairie, this imposing natural feature earned its name due to its resemblance to a charging bull elephant.
Beautiful Botanical Gardens
Although Sri Lanka offers visitors a choice of beautiful places to enjoy plant life, you can find the most impressive botanical gardens in Asia near Kandy.
The Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens, rising 500 metres above sea level, provide the opportunity to appreciate the native flora of Sri Lanka in a comfortable climate. Visitors enjoy the stunning array of orchids alongside thousands of other plants that will engage your love of beauty and pique your curiosity.
Each of these examples of the wonder and beauty of Sri Lanka alone serves as a reason to come, but the list is only a taste of what the country has to offer. Make plans today to enjoy the wild and wonderful country of Sri Lanka.