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Reasons to Visit Sri Lanka – A tropical paradise with much to offer!

The delightful tropical island of Sri Lanka has much to offer the intrepid traveller. From sun-kissed beaches fringed with swaying palm trees, majestic waterfalls, a rich history, and amazing food, there is something for everyone. Here are some top reasons why Sri Lanka needs to be the next destination on your travel itinerary.


Glorious beaches

Sri Lanka is famed for being the home of some of the most pristine coastlines of Asia. Beach lovers can really enjoy a quintessential seaside holiday under the sun at a selection of unspoiled sandy beaches kissed by turquoise blue waters. If your keen to surf or wish to learn surfing, Mirissa is highly recommended, while Unawatuna is better suited for those in the mood to party. Adrenaline junkies who would like to try out water-based sports such as kitesurfing, water-skiing or jet-skiing, can consider heading to Bentota Beach.



Sri Lanka is a very popular surfing destination where surfers can enjoy easy access to the waves, ever-consistent swells, and a great number of sandy-bottomed breaks. Arugam Bay is undeniably the best spot for surfing for both amateur and pro surfers, and also regularly hosts international surfing competitions. Other coastal towns to enjoy surfing include Weligama Beach, Mirissa Beach, and Hikkaduwa Beach.


The Cultural Triangle

The island's Cultural Triangle truly is a treasure trove of religious monuments, ancient cities, and relics that really showcase Sri Lanka's rich history. The triangle is made up of three cities- Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, and Kandy. Must visit attractions during your travels between the cities include Sigiriya, an ancient rock fortress, the Dambulla Cave Temple, and Mihintale, the birthplace of Buddhism on the island There are many Sri Lanka resorts in the Cultural Triangle including options from popular chains such as Theme Resorts.


Stunning landscapes and hiking trails

From rolling vistas of waterfalls and misty mountains, Sri Lanka has a lot to offer in terms of gorgeous landscapes and hiking trails along with picturesque paddy fields and sprawling tea estates. For those keen on trekking and hiking, the Demodara Rail Hike in Ella is a great option. More experienced hikers can opt to check out the Knuckles Mountain Range and kirigalpotha.


Amazing food

If you're an avid foodie, hoping to have yourself a gastronomic culinary journey during your travels, you will not be disappointed with the amazing food in Sri Lanka. The local cuisine is an amalgamation of various influences and features exotic spices. The staple diet of the locals is rice and curry and taking the time to sample this is a must. The coastal areas of the island are also ideal to indulge in some delicious and fresh seafood. Consider exploring the street food culture of the island as well, to gain a different flavour profile of the local cuisine. Some top dishes to try out include egg hoppers and kottu, a local favourite consisting of chopped roti flatbread a mix of eggs, meat of choice, vegetables, and spicy sauces.