What not to miss when visiting Sri Lanka, there’s just too many things to choose from so here’s my highlights!

Food – Always the first thing i research when i book a holiday or trip, i found Sri Lankan curries high on the list of favourites and boy they were not wrong. In a way you would think that curry after curry couldn’t be that interesting but i felt each time i ate it was a bowl of different flavours, my particular favourites were a beetroot curry and green bean curry, both packed full of flavour!

Yala national park – Take a game drive in this stunning park, only recently being reopened to the public the park has a beautiful calm atmosphere and you can spot Leopards, Elephants and lots more!!

Sigiriya – Not for the faint hearted the climb up to the lion rock is fairly hard going especially during the hotter parts of the day so its best to set off early. Along the trail theres plenty of time to stop and ponder the rock carvings and markings. Views from the top are incredible, the Lion Rock upon which the palace is built rise up at over 200m above the forest below and you better prepare yourself for feeling like your in the Lion King! It’s easy to see how the now erie palace site would once have been an exceptional place to live complete with swimming pools.

Southern Beaches – You can’t miss the Southern Beaches, with the southern region famed for having some of the best beaches in the world, its great to visit the well known ones such as Unwatuna, but its also nice to travel to beaches less known, there are so many beaches it shouldn’t be too hard to find one a little less crowded and a little less commercial looking.

Unawatuna-Beach-Resort-

Galle – While you are in the southern beaches region, this charming dutch colonial fort its beautiful and full of interesting boutique shops and restaurants. There are also lots of great bars such as the Hammock Bar (yes all the chairs are hammocks!!) and a bar on the corner (i forget the name) that serves home brewed vodka and has incredible acoustic acts playing almost every night.

Kandy – As a English person i am duly required to drink Tea, its in my blood apparently. So visiting the tea plantains at Nuwara Eliya was a hugely interesting experience for me, you can simply relax in a cafe sipping Tea and watching out over the tea plantations, of you can get more involved and learn about how the tea is harvested and produced.

view-of-tea-plantation

Adventure and Extreme Sports – Sri Lanka’s coastline stretches over 1,600km and there are no shortage of actives with: Wind surfing, water skiing, kite surfing, surfing, sailing, scuba diving and snorkeling all on offer! Its a water sports junkie’s paradise!