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Finding the real Sri Lanka – It’s always not about the most popular places

Sri Lanka is not just about Colombo, Galle and Kandy. Yes, those are the most popular places among the tourists, but Sri Lanka is a country that has so much more. Due to the civil war that prevailed for 3 decades, some of these places were not allowing visitors, but now they are all there to be explored!


Yala, Sri Lanka

Yala can be called tenter link description herehe wildlife hotspot in Sri Lanka without any hesitation. Home to leopards, elephants and many other species of mammals, the Yala National Park, today, has become one of the most popular safari destinations in the country. Not to forget about the rich flora and fauna in this area that attracts the eyes of anyone who gets to enjoy these views. Tourists really don't need to worry about their accommodation as there are many great options such as Chena Huts by Uga Escapes.


Gal Oya National Park

This is another National Park in Sri Lanka which has not received its due recognition. If you get the chance to visit Yala, just do not forget to visit this amazing wildlife spot as well as it's about 50 km from Yala. At the time of the civil war, this national park was not allowed for visitors, and this may also be the reason why many of the guests are a little reluctant to explore it. If you are bored of a jeep safari, you can try a boat safari here as this is the only park in Sri Lanka which facilitates the boat safari experience.



Batticaloa is a town that will provide you with a different vibe. The small coastal towns and villages you find in Batticaloa mostly have Muslim and Hindu populations and among the key attractions you can explore are ever-noisy fish markets, mosques and Hindu temples. One can easily explore this unique town on two wheels if you just can hire a bicycle for you from somewhere. The atmosphere can be a little too hot, but you will get used to it during your first few hours there.



Trincomalee basically has everything! Be it paddy fields, prawn farms, beaches, lagoons or religious attractions, this beautiful town has them all. The world-famous Koneswaram Kovil (a Hindu shrine) is here in Trincomalee and in addition to this, the colonial gift- Fort Frederick is also there to be explored. Today, luxury boutique resorts in Sri Lanka are based in Trincomalee and this has made it more famous among the travellers.



Jaffna represents the northern part of Sri Lanka, and as this was a major area of the country affected by the civil war, many tourists were quite reluctant to visit it during their tours. The Jaffna Fort and the world-famous Nallur Kandaswamy Kovil is there in this beautiful town while there are also some other ruins from the colonial eras (Portuguese and Dutch) to be witnessed and explored.

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