Why haven’t you been to Sri Lanka? Sri Lanka has mountains, picture-perfect beaches, delicious food, and a vibrant culture. The country is super diverse and it is one of the best wildlife hotspots in Asia.
Sri Lanka is a tropical island nation off the southeast coast of the Indian subcontinent. The capital of the country is Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte while the largest city is Colombo.
Sri Lanka has three main ethnic groups and the largest of the three groups is the population of Sinhalese people, most of whom are Buddhist, and who have their own language, Sinhala. They make up about 75% of the population.
Sri Lanka was famously described by Marco Polo as one of the finest islands in the world, and it has a history that dates back thousands of years. Although it’s small, there is so much history, nature, and beauty to see in this country.
Since the end of the civil war in 2009, Sri Lanka’s tourist arrivals have tripled from 2010 to 2019, and this trend is bound to continue to soar over the next few years. While Sri Lanka has been up-and-coming for a few years, this beautiful island has been thrust into the spotlight and recently made it into tons of ‘Top Travel Destinations’ lists including the Lonely Planet. This trend hasn’t gone unnoticed by the hotel industry, with a plethora of luxury properties opening throughout the Island.
Sri Lanka has something to offer for every type of traveler: Love the great outdoors? Sri Lanka has beautiful hiking trails with mesmerizing views of tea plantations and waterfalls.
More of a ‘chill by the pool’ kind of traveler? Sri Lanka has world-class luxury and boutique hotels across the country with beautiful spas and pools.
Are you an avid surfer? Perfect – there are beautiful, uncrowded surf breaks up and down the coast.
Here are some reasons that make Sri Lanka one of the best travel destinations in the world:
Surf and Yoga Paradise
The Sri Lankan coast is home to dreamy surf breaks for beginners and pumping waves and reef breaks for advanced surfers.
The lineup is relatively uncrowded and the water is delightfully warm for the majority of the year. Sri Lanka is also a wonderful destination to deepen your yoga practices with many yoga retreats and studios available for any budget.
Sri Lanka cuisine is typically wholesome, relatively healthy and features a wealth of spices and flavors. Like its neighbor country India, Sri Lankan meals consist of colorful curries, rice, and roti, but also string hoppers, kottu, tons of fresh seafood from the Indian Ocean and an abundance of wonderful tropical fruit.
Sri Lanka possesses a very high degree of biodiversity and is considered one of the top biodiversity hotspots in the world. You can’t visit Sri Lanka without visiting one of the many national parks and spot many beautiful species in their natural habitat.
Incredible sights and cultural heritage
Sri Lanka boasts a vibrant and unique cultural heritage with 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites scattered around the country and many colorful religious festivals hosted throughout the year. Sri Lanka has a diverse and rich cultural history, and we can expect European influence to be reflected in architecture, food and passion for cricket.
Sri Lanka is a tropical country so lots of blissful sunshine and blue skies are expected year-round, except for monsoon season, when it can get a little more humid and rainy.
That being said, the weather is fairly consistent and the country offers some of the most beautiful sunsets you’ll ever see.