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5 Reasons You Should Travel to Sri Lanka

If wellness-focused travel trends continue as they have for 2023, Sri Lanka will definitely be on many people’s itineraries. This tropical paradise is full of breathtaking landscapes, captivating culture and spectacular wildlife.

It also offers incredible cuisine – from fragrant wholesome curries to the famous egg hoppers and other street foods.

1. It’s a tropical paradise

It’s a tropical paradise

Sri Lanka is a paradise of beautiful beaches, spectacular safaris and amazing culture. But it’s also a haven for wildlife, with a range of endangered species found here including leopards and elephants.

Climb the iconic ruins of Sigiriya, a UNESCO world heritage site that’s known for its intact 1,600-year-old frescoes and lion paws. Then, head to Hikkaduwa for a day of beach hopping and surfing away from the tourist crowds.

See the country’s endemic wildlife in Wilpattu, where a diverse population of leopards and sloth bears roam pristine forests and natural lakes. Or, visit Udawalawe to witness hundreds of elephants gather in a spectacular display of nature’s grandur. It’s best to travel to Sri Lanka in the dry season of November to April, when you can see more of the country’s stunning flora and fauna without the rains.

2. It’s a haven for wildlife

Despite its small size, Sri Lanka is packed with diverse native wildlife and marine creatures. With countless national parks, you can spot a wide array of species year-round.

The pristine waters off the southern coast are a haven for a diverse population of sea turtles, including hawksbill and leatherback varieties. Join a one-hour tour to visit their hatchery and support the conservation work that helps this critically endangered species thrive, sneak a peek at this website.

The ruins of Polonnaruwa are home to a large monkey population, including purple-faced leaf monkeys and toque macaques that live among the impressive 8th century architecture. You can also see them in Wasgamuwa National Park. Or, head to the Sinharaja Rainforest for a birding adventure where you can discover more than 200 endemic species.

3. It’s a cultural paradise

Sri Lanka’s incredible cultural heritage is a huge part of its appeal. Whether you’re exploring the ancient fortress city of Anuradhapura, or marvelling at the soaring heights of the Ruwanwelisseya dagoba that houses the collar bone relic of Buddha, Sri Lanka is full of spiritual awe.

In addition, visitors can experience the culture of the island through its vibrant festivals that give new life to age-old traditions and spiritual practices. From dancing, to music and decorated elephants, there is plenty of culture to soak in.

Remember to dress modestly, respect religious and social customs and artefacts, and avoid photographing or filming in designated high-security zones (including military sites). Also, be sure to take precautions against mosquitoes and ticks. Carry insect repellent and a bug spray with you wherever you go!

4. It’s a food paradise

It’s a food paradise

The country’s varied landscape and biodiversity is matched by the quality of the food. From a luxury safari resort like Chena Huts with private pools to the streetside cafes that make up Sri Lanka’s culinary scene, you will find plenty to try.

The menu at Paradise draws on traditional Sri Lankan recipes, but the chefs use British ingredients wherever possible – seafood from day boats, pork from Longridge, lamb from Linton etc. The result is a very authentic meal with a lot of flavour.

The recent peace agreement means that Sri Lanka is back to normal and tourist numbers are increasing again. However, the terrorism threat remains and it is best to exercise normal safety precautions.

5. It’s a beach paradise

With secluded white sand beaches and sparkling blue seas, Sri Lanka’s coastline is as gorgeous as it gets. For those who love to relax and soak up the sun, this country offers world-class luxury resorts with pools and spas as well as uncrowded, stunning surf breaks for the adventurer at heart.


For those seeking spirituality, there are many places of worship and pilgrimage to discover in Sri Lanka. Visit the UNESCO-listed temple complex of Anuradhapura to explore ancient temple ruins and learn about Buddhism from local Singhalese monks or head to Adam’s Peak, a holy mountain to Buddhists, Hindus, Christians and Muslims.