Hidden Holiday Locations – Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka is a tropical island set in the Indian Ocean. Boasting 1330 kilometres of coastline and 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, this captivating island offers the visitor beautiful beaches, stunning natural landscapes and a rich culture that dates back over 2,500 years.
Sri Lanka was once known as the Pearl of the Indian Ocean and a visit here will leave you in no doubt as to why. No fewer than 15 national parks show an amazing array of wildlife and the tea estates and botanical gardens showcase the natural beauty of the compact and unique location. The ancient civilisation of the island has left a legacy of festivals that celebrate no fewer than four religions: Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam and Christianity. The diversity that arises as a result of the blending of these different cultures gives rise to a vibrancy and colour that is seldom matched in other nations.
Whether you are looking for an adventure filled holiday that is full of sensory delight or a more relaxing break, Sri Lanka can offer the ideal getaway. Spa breaks are very popular here and the island`s setting means that it`s a place of relaxation for the mind as well as the body. Meditation courses are popular with those looking for a more spiritual break, but for those who just wish to be pampered, there are a number of spas, most of which are situated along the west coast.
The food in Sri Lanka is varied, with rice being the staple dish. Curries are popular and widely eaten, with gentle spices for the more delicate palate, to red hot dishes for those who seek a little more heat in their food. Seafood is available in abundance and there are many exotic fruits that do not usually reach the western supermarket shelves.
Sri Lanka is also a great destination for those seeking a more active holiday. The Negombo region on the west coast is home to some prime sites for water sports and the island offers plenty of opportunities for surfing, scuba-diving, water-skiing, banana boating and wind-surfing. White water rafting is popular between November and April and with rapids and fast headwaters with names such as Head Chopper and Killer Fall, it`s not hard to imagine what`s in store on one of these excursions.
With such a diverse array of activities on offer, Sri Lanka really is a jewel amongst islands. From long, relaxing holidays to exciting and adrenaline pumping activity weekends, this truly is an island paradise.