The Wonder of Asia That Is Sri Lanka

 

Before our two-month trip to India, we decided to travel around Sri Lanka for ten days. Previously known as Ceylon, Sri Lanka achieved independence from British colonial rule in 1972. After a nearly thirty-year civil war sparked by ethnic tensions between the Hindu Tamils and Buddhist Sinhalese and ending in 2009, Sri Lanka only recently opened its doors to mass tourism but it’s still considered somewhat of a hidden gem.

Despite its proximity to India, the differences in culture, architecture and people are flagrant. This is mostly due to the fact that the majority of Sinhalese are Buddhist (the minority of Hindus mostly live in Jaffa and surrounding northern parts). As expected, tea plantations abound in Central Sri Lanka making its tea some of the best in the world rivaling the likes of India.

 

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We both absolutely loved Sri Lanka and it became, almost immediately upon arrival, one of our favorite travel destinations. We went at the end of November – the rainy season was likely to be over but many of our days were dampened by heavy rainfalls and cloudy skies especially in Northern and Central Sri Lanka. Nonetheless, we would’ve gladly spent more time exploring this tiny island country but we had to make our way to bigger and more challenging India.

Despite its small imprint on the world map (especially in comparison to the massive neighboring country of India), Sri Lanka offers a wide variety of things to see and do making one’s visit quite unforgettable. From ancient heritage sites to undisturbed wildlife to pristine beaches, lush forests and picturesque landscapes, Sri Lanka is what travel dreams are made of. We didn’t have time to see everything but following are some highlights of our truncated stay in exploring, discovering and falling in love with the Wonder of Asia.

 

 

Sri Lanka Travel Tales

 

Dambulla Cave Temples – Buddhas, Monkeys & Other Surprises

Also known as The Golden Temple of Dambulla, this is yet another UNESCO World Heritage Site found in Sri Lanka. Prior to going…

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Galle Fort – Sri Lanka’s Crown Jewel

This is without a doubt the most charming town in Sri Lanka. Galle Fort is a small fortified town located about 130 km…..

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Colombo – A Quick Stop in the Capital City of Sri Lanka

We landed in Colombo in the early morning hours at a time when the light of day was still struggling to pierce…..

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Kandy – A Bittersweet Revelation

Will the rain ever stop? The city of Kandy located in central Sri Lanka is flanked by mountains beautifully draped in luxuriant tea plantations……

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Pidurangala Rock and Why We Didn’t Climb Sigiriya

Most travelers will include on their to-do list the climb up Lion Rock to see the ancient city of Sigiriya but we thought differently….

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Adam’s Peak – One Step at a Time

Adam’s Peak is located in the small foothill town of Nallathanniya. We had taken the train from Hatton to get to Dalhousie; from there the only options are…..

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Anuradhapura – The Ancient Civilization of Sri Lanka

The ancient civilization of Anuradhapura thrived as the political and religious capital of Sri Lanka over the course of 1300 years until…

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The Prettiest Train Rides in Sri Lanka

I absolutely adore taking the train when traveling abroad! I enjoy sitting side by side with locals often striking up a conversation…..

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Have you been to Sri Lanka? What are your thoughts on this less-visited destination?

 

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  • Hi Lydia
    Have you been to Sigiriya on the way to your journey ?
    There are several nice beaches , jungles and ancient cities to visit. Try next time 🙂

    • Lydia

      Hi Janaka! We went to Pidurangala Rock instead of Sigiriya (you can read my post on why). We also went to Jungle Beach and did visit ancient cities (I wrote many articles and posts on our trip to Sri Lanka). We didn’t have time to go to any jungles to witness local wildlife, though. 🙁

      • Janaka Dalugama

        Yes Lydia, Later I saw your post about Sigiriya. I also disagree charging “Temple of the Tooth” visit from foreigners ! , I went through most of the articles you published about Sri Lanka 🙂

        • Lydia@Lifeuntraveled.com

          Hi Janaka! Wow – thanks for reading some of my posts on Sri Lanka – hope you enjoyed them! 🙂