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Top 05 Things to do in Sri Lanka – What Can't You do In Paradise!

Sri Lanka is truly paradise sitting on the Indian Ocean. The diverse eco-system in unfathomable while exotic wildlife and out of this world cuisine is just the tip of the iceberg. Read on for more.


You Must Treat the Foodie in You – Discover the Exotic

The cuisine is authentic and exotic; known to entice many a tourist the spicy curries, quick snacks and traditional sweetmeats which by the way are desserts and not meat are out of this world. Rice and curry is the staple and no tour of the island is complete without a sample of this lunchtime favourite. At night plenty of roadside kiosks come alive as all-time favourites such as kottu which is shredded savoury roti and hoppers - bowl shaped pan cakes with crispy rings are dished out. A piping hot hopper with a half cooked egg smiling at you in its centre is a treat par excellence. Now Sri Lanka is not limited to local favourites; the cosmopolitan commercial capital is rife with restaurants from across the world and a classy night out is highly conducive at one of the Sri Lanka luxury resorts. Get set for a whirlwind courtship as you sample all that Sri Lankan cuisine has to offer.


Explore the Cultural Triangle – Once Home to Kings

Sri Lanka is an ancient nation inhabited by illustrious kings who have left an amazing mark on the country. A tour of the Cultural Triangle is a must. Covering the first and ancient kingdoms of Anuradhapura, Pollonaruwa, Sigiriya, Dambulla and Kandy this area offers so much in terms of culture and tradition that you will be stuck for choice. Sigiriya is home to the UNESCO World Heritage Site the Lions Rock Fortress while Anuradhapura the birth place of Buddhism on the island harbours the sacred Bo tree brought over during the time of the Buddha. Ancient statues, ruins of majestic palaces and unfathomable water tanks built in times of yore, have been known to beguile and entrance all visitors. Head over to Kandy and visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic, marvel at the culture there and enjoy traditional dances and sojourns into the salubrious hills.


Turn into a Beach Bum – On an Island Paradise

Sri Lanka is for the sun worshiper; home to a gorgeous coastal belt the country is not short of stunning beaches. The beaches and surrounding town are well serviced by a bevy of excellent resort chains such as Anantaya Resorts & Spa Sri Lanka; depending on your location choose a beach escape from one of these. The island is well advanced in the thrills of water sports and provides the latest experiences with expert guides capable of training novices. Expect unlimited fun in the sun around the beaches of Sri Lanka and chasing the most attractive beaches in Sri Lanka therefore should definitely be on your agenda.


Discover the Wildlife – On a Nature Lovers Paradise Isle

Sri Lanka has many wildlife sanctuaries harbouring an exotic collection of animals. Yala National Park is the most famous and popular as being home to the one of Asia's largest leopard populations. Jeep Safaris promise sightings of the most stunning creatures the island is home to. Head over to Minneriya or Kaudulla national parks and you will be amazed at the elephant population while wetlands such as Muthurajawela Marsh around the town of Chilaw are a birders paradise of mangrove forests and sneaky water animals. There is of course much more waiting to be discovered by the nature lover.


Cool Down in Little England – When done with Sun Sand and Sea

Sure Sri Lanka is a tropical paradise but head into Nuwara Eliya, a town at the base of the islands highest mountain and you will be amazed below 5 degree weather conditions. Dubbed 'Little England' the place does resemble a sleepy English village and indeed was so loved by the British colonists that they have left behind charming colonial style bungalows with roaring fires including the historic Nuwara Eliya Golf Course. There you can visit the Horton Plains home to sambar and varieties of plants that are not seen anywhere else on the island, explore the tea estates, chase waterfalls and enjoy treks into the mountain.