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Reasons to Tour Sri Lanka - Top Reasons to Vacation in Sunny Sri Lanka

As one of Asia's premier honeymoon destinations, Sri Lanka's stunning beaches are not the only reason visitors should holiday in the island. Here are some of the top reasons to explore Sri Lanka.


The Wildlife

Tipped to be among Asia's best wildlife hotspots, the sheer number of national parks contained within this tiny island nation makes it worth the visit. As one of the few locations in Asia where Asian elephants and leopards can be witnessed roaming free, the wildlife hubs in Sri Lanka also organize safari excursions as well as night time tours of national parks. The 4x4 tours offer visitors an intimate look at a wide variety of majestic beasts including Asian bears, deer, bird species as well as numerous reptiles and amphibians. Some of the country's top safari havens include the Yala National Park and the Udawalawe National Park.



Perhaps the country's most famous UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Sigiriya Rock Fortress is a one of a kind palace among the clouds. Occupying pride of place in the Cultural Triangle, visitors based in Sigiriya Jungles or any other similar resort base can take a daytime tour of this iconic feat of engineering. Surrounded by water gardens and a moat the summit of Sigiriya or the Lion Rock as it is known by locals is visible to all the best hotels in Sigiriya, who boast a commanding view of the landmark as one of their chief attributes.


The Beaches

With so many white, sandy beaches lining its coasts, it is little wonder the country is ranked among the best beach holiday hubs in Asia. The south coast beaches alone are worth the flight down to Sri Lanka as the coral reef heritage of Hikkaduwa and the scuba diving possibilities off the coast of Unawatuna are difficult to encompass in mere words. The North-east coast beaches such as Passikudah and Arugam Bay are no less spectacular and far more private and tranquil than the other beach hotspots in Sri Lanka.


The Natural Wonders

From Horton Plains to The World's End and the countless cascades in between, Sri Lanka is a land blessed with unmatched natural beauty and splendour. Explore the many captivating waterfalls scattered around the island and enjoy a white water rafting adventure in the rapids of Kithulgala to catch a glimpse of nature's bounty in this island nation.


The Whale Watching Opportunities

Marine life enthusiasts should visit Sri Lanka purely for the whale watching opportunities available in Mirissa or Trincomalee. As prime whale watching destinations, visitors who are vacationing in the country during the whale season can get an up close and personal look at blue whales and sperm whales as well as schools of spinner dolphins. Tours are organized by both private tour operators as well as the Sri Lanka Navy and visitors can take their pick of tour organizers to enjoy this once in a lifetime excursion.


The Cuisine

Although Sri Lanka's culinary prowess is not as well documented as neighbouring India or even Pakistan, the country's traditional cuisine is one of the world's most underrated according to many travel journals including Lonely Planet. Rich in taste and diverse in texture, Sri Lanka is a vegetarian's dream holiday destination as most of the country's best-loved dishes are made using plant-based ingredients and coconut milk.

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