Sri Lanka: The Wonder of Asia
Before our two-month trip to India, we decided to travel around Sri Lanka for ten days. Previously known as Ceylon, it achieved independence from British colonial rule in 1972. After a nearly thirty-year civil war 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. Tea plantations abound in Central Sri Lanka making its tea some of the best in the world rivaling the likes of India.
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 India.
Despite its compact geographical area, Sri Lanka offers a wide variety of things to see and do – heritage sites, wildlife, pristine beaches, lush forests and impressive landscapes. We didn’t have time to see everything but following are some highlights of our way-too-short stay in the Wonder of Asia.
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, I had seen pictures but…..Read more
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…..Read more
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 is still struggling to pierce…..Read More
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……Read More
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