Places to visit in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka, a tiny South Asian nation of 20 million people, is not exactly the first destination that comes to mind when you think of a holiday overseas. The fact that it is not particularly popular makes it a difficult choice, too; as it were, many travellers would rather fly to a place that they have some sense of familiarity with, no matter how vague, than go to a place that they are totally clueless about.
Officially known as the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, this country is home to a number of interesting places to visit. The fact that it is usually bypassed in favour of its more popular neighbours, such as India is really a shame.
In hindsight, though, it is the same obscurity of this culturally and ecologically-rich nation that makes it such an attractive destination. The absence of busloads of tourists ensures that you get to experience this country’s culture at its most genuine, and that you get to see the places to visit without having to wade through thick crowds.
First things first, a few basic information: previously known as Ceylon, Sri Lanka has its capital in Colombo, which happens to be the country’s largest city, too. The official languages are Sinhala and Tamil, although getting around doesn’t present as much problem because English is also widely used. The country’s official currency is the Sri Lankan rupee. One GB pound note is equivalent to 183 rupees*.
No matter what your interests are, Sri Lanka has it all for you. So whether you are a sports junkie or simply a beach bum, and whether you are a nature lover or someone with a profound attachment for cultural practices, you are never going to run out of places to visit.
Sri Lanka’s warm, tropical climate ensures that you get to hit its best beaches anytime of the year. Some of the most renowned beaches in the country are those found in Unawatuna, Galle, Trincomalee, and Pasikuda. Check out some of the hotels in Unawatuna, Galle, Trincomalee, and Pasikuda using our hotel search facility.
At Mirissa or Kalpitiya, you can sit back and enjoy the thrilling view of whales and dolphins that make the sea their playground. Bentota is another popular seaside area made famous by its sea turtles farm and hatchery.
If going on nature trips is your thing, then one of the best spots or places to visit in Sri Lanka would be the Yala National Park. Also known as the Ruhunu National Park, this place teems with rich and diverse flora and fauna, notably elephants, leopards, and aquatic birds. Entrance fee for a day pass is worth 3,500 Sri Lankan rupees*. Find hotels and luxury accommodations near Yala National Park with http://www.knftravels.co.uk/affordable-hotel/.
For those seeking a taste of history and heritage, some of the places to visit in Sri Lanka are Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa. Both of these places feature ancient temples and ruins. You can take a cab en route to either of these places. The going rate for a whole day’s worth of cab, which covers around eight hours and involves more than 80 kilometers worth of journeys, costs around USD80*.
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