Sri Lanka is a green jewel of an island which fuses together Western and Asian influences from throughout the ages. Steeped in rich cultural and archaeological heritage, Sri Lankan’s are proud of their history and traditions. It bears the hallmarks of a country which has seen colonization and integrates some of the modern learnings and trades with their deep-rooted historical beliefs and practices.
Sri Lanka’s ancient artefacts and temples have been very well preserved throughout time by the peaceful inhabitants of this island. The amazing tea plantations which were founded during the British Empire are still a flourishing part of their economy and play a vital part to their bustling tourist trade. Sri Lanka is home to a varied mix of religions with Christians, Buddhists and Muslims able to coexist side-by-side within the same communities and praying in their respective places of worship.
The food has heavy Indian influences with ‘curry and rice’ on almost every menu across this land. The mountainous landscape provides a large variety of options for tourists who are keen to experience different things within a limited time frame. You can go trekking in the lush mountains and kite surfing one day, then elephant riding and sun-bathing the next. The locals are pleasant and the booming tourist based economy means that its safe to wander off the beaten track. As it’s only a short hop from the relentless summer sun in UAE, this low-cost tropical haven is the perfect destination for a long for anyone living in the UAE.
The best way to go around the country is to hire a private vehicle, you will be charged based on days and number of kilometers used ( for more info on which traveling agencies offers the best rates and hotel to use in each city, visit my facebook page and send me a private message)
Here’s the list of places tourist normally visits:
Sigiriya -is one of the most valuable historical monuments of Sri Lanka. Referred by locals as the Eighth Wonder of the World this ancient palace and fortress …
Mirissa Beach – Mirissa’s beach and night life make it a popular tourist destination. It is also a fishing port and one of the island’s main whale and dolphin watching locations.
Temple of the Tooth in Kandy – Buddhist temple in the city of Kandy, Sri Lanka. Since ancient times, the relic has played an important role in local politics because it is believed that whoever holds the relic holds the governance of the country. When visiting the temple, make sure that your shoulders and legs are covered.
Pinnawala – is notable for having the largest herd of captive elephants in the world.
Nuwara Eliya – The city is overlooked by Pidurutalagala, the tallest mountain in Sri Lanka. Nuwara Eliya is also known for the temperate, cool climate, the city is known for being the coolest area in Sri Lanka. It is known to tourist for it’s tea plantation.
I would suggest that you visit Yala National Park then check Mirissa beach, the rest should be last on your itenerary.