Poised amid the balmy waters of the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka’s renowned prestige for natural beauty has captivated holidaymakers for centuries. Sri Lanka bottles up an extraordinary variety of whereabouts to frequent within its small-scale proportions dominating a natural environment of such beauty and diversity. Adventurers flock to idyllic, untouched beaches and wildlife-rich jungles teeming with elephants and leopards. Here, there really are no shortage of things to explore.
Cast your eyeballs over the spectacular sights with this interactive map for a little holiday inspiration. Just click the toggle on the top left to see all of the destinations at once, or view the map full screen by clicking here.
“Sri Lanka bottles up an extraordinary variety of whereabouts to frequent within its small-scale proportions dominating a natural environment of such beauty and diversity.”
1. Yala National Park
An experience of epic proportions that brings you up, close and personal with the untamed world of wildlife. Forming a total area of 1268sqkm of scrub, light forest, grassy plains, brackish lagoons, Yala National Park is teeming with wildlife and you’re certain to encounter elephants, crocodiles, buffaloes, monkeys, leopards, and more.
2. Ancient Capital of Galle
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this historic city is an unmissable sight. Explore the charm of the back streets, old trading port blessed with imposing Dutch-colonial inspired buildings, ancient mosques and churches, grand mansions and museums a plenty.
3. Sigiriya Rock
Referred to by the locals as the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’, this ancient palace is perhaps Sri Lanka’s most dramatic sight. A series of galleries and staircases emerging from the mouth of a gigantic lion constructed of bricks provide access to the site. You’ll have to climb all the way to the top to unveil the secrets of Sigiriya.
4. Visit the Virgin White Tea Factory
Sri Lankan tea is now famous across the world, visiting a tea estate, and merely sipping a cuppa is one of the great pleasures of travelling in Sri Lanka. Virgin White Tea Factory produces a white tea completely untouched by human hands, rich in anti-oxidants and said to be the healthiest tea in the world. Be met by a resident tea planet, tour the private paradise of a working tea plantation, learn how the famous white tea is plucked, and made. Finish with a tasting session overlooking stunning vistas, and savour a piece of chocolate cake. How very British, indeed!
5. Mirissa Beach
Slip back into that hammock with your refreshing beverage of choice in hand, and soak up the healing touch of the gentle breeze. Welcome to Mirissa, a stunning crescent beach with a relaxed and laidback atmosphere.
Go forth and chase your instinct for adventure, Holidaymaker.
Count Yourself In
What are your favourite things to explore while your holidaymaking? We’re truly curious. If you could get up to absolutely anything, what would it be? Let us know in the comments below.