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Updated by Hiru Piumwardena on Jul 12, 2019
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Top Reasons Why Sri Lanka Should Be in Your 2019 Bucket List

Sri Lanka has long been known as a tourist hotspot: beautiful hotels, ancient architectural marvels, multicultural cuisine, so many natural wonders… it has something special for every kind of traveller. Will it have something for you too? Read on and find out.

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Spiritual Awakening

Spiritual Awakening

Sri Lanka is a very spiritual country and religion is only a small part of it. There’s a growing sense of going back-to-roots, getting in touch with its Ayurvedic heritage and using meditation as a primary tool to clear the mind. Find a resort or an ashram; experience peace and tranquility in your life.

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Step Back in Time

Step Back in Time

Move away from the bustling capital and you’ll notice how quickly Sri Lanka as stepped back in time. There are still areas without telephone poles; still queuing up to the village well; men and women whose lives still revolve around tea, gossip and a round of cards at the village store. It’s a great way to time-travel – without the side effects.

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Friendliness Index

Friendliness Index

Sri Lankans are famous for their smile – it’s their way of disarming strangers and offering hospitality. You will always find a family who is wiling to put you in an emergency or give you a cup of tea on your weary travels. It’s a great country to be lost in; just put your palms together and say, “Ayubowan!”

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Easy on the Pocket

Easy on the Pocket

Sri Lanka is still quite affordable compared to other Asian countries that have recently seen a boom in its tourist industry. There are plenty of economical ways to travel, eat and enjoy all the thing this country has to offer.

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Thrill Seeker

Thrill Seeker

White water rafting? Whale watching? Zip line, paintball and other adrenaline junkie activities in a steamy tropical forest? Hikes on uncharted routes through actual mountain terrain? Scuba diving to explore coral reefs? Sky diving? Yes, Sri Lanka has all this and more.

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Hotel Extravaganza

Hotel Extravaganza

Monotonous chain hotels not doing it for you anymore? No worries; Sri Lanka has you covered with luxury Ayurveda resorts hidden in working villages and cloud valleys. You can wake up to the smell of a good curry breakfast at a B&B or have the concierge wake you up discreetly at a high-end boutique hotel. Your call.

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All-in-One-Buffet

All-in-One-Buffet

For such a small country, Sri Lanka has everything from beautiful beaches and misty hill hikes to luxury hotel getaways. Try exploring ancient ruins or a homestay with a local family – it will leave you inking Sri Lanka on your 2020 list as well.