The pearl shaped island-country surrounded by the Indian Ocean is a jewel waiting to be discovered. Sri Lanka came out of decades of conflict stronger, braver and more beautiful than ever. The country is tiny, easily drivable or explored from the comfort of a seaplane and has so much variety to offer that it has no equal. There are leopards and elephants in national parks you can trek on a safari, highlands with fringing tea plantations, endless beaches with tropical palm trees, yellow king coconuts and wild waves that would challenge any surfer.
There are also UNESCO world heritages sites galore providing heritage and culture to those in search of ancient civilisations that once existed. Buddhism and Hinduism are present across and the wealth of architectural wonders is striking. Then there are the people, friendly, welcoming and peaceful, and the lack of honking that makes a trip to India so stressful.
As you drive through the countryside, watch out for crossing elephants, roadside stalls selling yum egg hoppers (a crepe of sorts made with coconut milk and rice flour and topped with an egg) and fishermen catching their bounty from the sitting viewpoint of their tall slim sticks clawing the sea bottom. Sri Lanka is mesmerising, enriching and will always keep you coming back for more. Three times in my case, and many more I hope to enjoy and share.
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Colombo is not top of the list when visiting Sri Lanka, but most tourists will spend a day in the capital. Here is your list of the best things to do in Colombo, Sri Lanka
My personal guide to spotting leopards in Sri Lanka’s Yala National Park.
Experience a once in a lifetime safari between the sea and the leopards at Uga Chena Huts
Wildlife encounters are not the monopoly of Africa. Here you are 3 safari experiences in Asia where you can get up and close with tigers, leopards and rhino
A heritage stay at one of Asia’s oldest hotels once considered to be the best hotel East of Suez
A visit to the Tooth Relic and Royal Palace in Kandy
Climbing up the rock to visit Dambulla Cave Temple and the more than 150 Budha statues and frescoes in Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle
Sri Lanka’s most visited site is the UNESCO listed Lion’s Rock or Sigiriya, a Palace built on top of a 200m high rock and surrounded by painted frescoes and the world’s oldest landscaped gardens. What an experience
Roaming the UNESCO ruins of Polonaruwa, one of Sri Lanka’s ancient Medieval cities in the Cultural Triangle
A trip 2,500 years before this day to the blossoming city of Anuradhapura today in ruins and considered one of Sri Lanka’s UNESCO World Heritage sites
Details of my 4 day itinerary of Sri Lanka Cultural Triangle and all the six UNESCO sites in the central and northern part of the contry
A luxury stay at Anuradhapura’s most luxurious property, Ulagalla Resort, in the North of Sri Lanka, at the heart of the Cultural Triangle
A wonderful stay at Madulkelle Tea and Eco Lodge, one of Sri Lanka’s most romantic lodges, close to Kandy
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A fabulous stay at Amangalla, Aman resorts fabulous hotel in Galle Fort, a UNESCO listed heritage town