Sri Lanka holidays
An exciting variety of wildlife, fascinating history, lush scenery and exotic spices combine to make Sri Lanka holidays a magical journey of discovery. Situated to the east of the southern tip of India, this teardrop-shaped island is a tropical paradise of pristine beaches and verdant rainforest landscapes.
The beach resort of Kosgada is home to the endangered but protected turtles which are unique to the island. On your holiday in Sri Lanka you will undoubtedly feel compelled to visit the Kosgada Turtle Hatchery, where the team work very hard to protect these creatures, whose shells and eggs are in huge demand on the black market.
Kataragama is a key pilgrimage destination. A multi-faith city, it is widely regarded as one of the holiest places in Sri Lanka. The river, which flows through the city, is a popular bathing spot for pilgrims.
Nuwara Eliya is considered to be Sri Lanka’s premier mountain resort. Holidays in Sri Lanka are certainly enhanced by a visit to this tea-growing region. The mountain slopes and valleys are a carpet of verdant tea plantations gently interrupted by streams and waterfalls. The area has a distinctly English aura, with red and green-roofed plantation bungalows peppering the landscape and an abundance of country homes and well-stocked flower gardens.
The vast and other worldly Horton Plains are home to a wide array of native wildlife and some tremendous scenery, all within a cool and refreshing climate. Stand at the edge of what is popularly known as World’s End and you will feel as if you are standing at the edge of the world as you survey the 800-metre drop beneath the plateau.
Kandy is an exotic city, and a great way to reach it is by train – the route takes you through lush and inspiring scenery. Kandy’s Royal Botanical Gardens were created by the British in the early 1800s, and offer an enticing focal point. Visit the gardens for an insight into the wonderful foliage that thrives both in Sri Lanka and further afield. Be sure to visit the beautiful orchid house, the fernery and the spice gardens.
Housed in the 16th Century Temple of the Tooth Relic is the revered Tooth Relic of the Buddha – something many visitors are keen to see on Sri Lanka tours. While in the vicinity, take a detour to the Dambulla Rock Caves Temple. Located at the base of an inconspicuous looking rock, behind a concealed entrance, you will find a labyrinth of caves. The caves are now shrines, housing over 150 images of Buddha.
One final must-see during holidays in Sri Lanka is the Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Rising majestically from the jungle floor, the unique and ancient fortress is a truly remarkable sight and one of the greatest lesser-known sights the world has to offer.