Sometimes referred to as the “Teardrop of India,” Sri Lanka is a destination on the rise. For years the small island was slept on by travelers lured away to bigger destinations like Thailand by flashy temples and resorts, but all that has changed.
These days people are looking for deeper experiences and Sri Lanka’s unique culture and adventures are filling that need. From the moment you arrive the sights and sounds of the country embrace you like the arms of an old friend, and around every corner awaits a new discovery.
If you ask France native Hélène (@girlborntotravel) she’ll probably tell you that her trip to the hidden paradise spoke to her adventurer and explorer spirit. Her photos captured a moment in time that shows just how easy it is to fall in love with the country. Take a look at our guide to discover what adventures await you in Sri Lanka.
Welcome to Sri Lanka
Located in the Indian Ocean, the South Asian island nation of Sri Lanka used to be a slept on destination, but the unique combination of stunning landscapes, pristine beaches, cultural heritage, and bucket list experiences have recently put it at the top of many travelers’ wish list. Sri Lanka is also extremely affordable, with 1 U.S. Dollar equaling 176 Sri Lankan Rupee. The best time to visit this tropical paradise depends on which coast you want to see. If you’re headed to the west and south coasts and hill country, December to March is your best bet. Head to the east coast from April/May to September for picture perfect weather.
Photo Credit: @girlborntotravel
The accommodations throughout Sri Lanka will intrigue you. From uber luxe properties like Amanwella on the south coast to romantic boutique properties like Theva Residency in the central hills of Kandy, there’s something for everyone and every budget. If you’re looking for something a bit more unique, be sure to head into the Chena Huts in Yala where guests can also indulge in a Sri Lankan safari.
Photo Credit: Chena Huts
Heavily influenced by neighboring India, Sri Lanka’s cuisine will seem familiar, yet new to many foodies. Dishes like Parippu (dhal curry) and Kukul mas curry (chicken curry), are staples throughout the island. However, visitors can also discover other foods like Lamprais (a combination of meat, rice, and sambol chili sauce, wrapped into a banana leaf), a dish influenced by the Dutch.
From riding trains through the picturesque landscapes between Ella and Nuwara Eliya and hiking Sigiriya Rock to chasing waterfalls at Ellewala or taking the 5,500 step pilgrimage to the top of Adam’s Peak, there is no shortage of adventure to be found in Sri Lanka. All you have to do is visit to find yours!