“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” –Marcel Proust
Traveling is a necessity for some and a passion for others. In either case, it gives immense opportunity to discover new places, experience amazing adventure and create memories for life. It not only builds different perspectives about everything but also gives new ways to see various things creatively.
So, if you are heading out for a trip to travel to Sri Lanka, guide yourself with these 5 exotic places to visit without a miss –
The little England of Sri Lanka – Nuwara Eliya
Nuwara Eliya will stun you with its mesmerizing beauty of landscapes, mountains, and valleys. It has a colonial charm which is why the name – little England in Sri Lanka. Nuwara is the tea capital of the world. Also known as the City of Lights, it will take your breath away with thundering waterfalls and surreal landscapes. The best time to visit is from February to April.
For the fun and interesting fact, ‘Lovers Leap’ is a waterfall named after an incidence when a young couple jumped off the cliff to stay together forever.
The ancient city of Polonnaruwa
Sri Lanka has a history of shifting its capital to avoid Indian and European invading. Polonnaruwa was amongst them, almost around 1000 years ago. King Vijabahu I declared Polonnaruwa as the capital of his kingdom in 1070 AD. Though now, there are only remains and decay of the site, it is still fascinating and a beautiful place that makes it to the list of UNESCO world heritage sites. You can find relics of temples, buildings, and statues all around the site. It was also a shooting place for the song Save A Prayer by Duran Duran in 1982. Statues of Buddha and other kings make their presence as well. It is protected and covered with iron roofs which adds to the indifferent appearance. If you’re a historic geek, then this place is a must-visit.
Colombo – the heart of Sri Lanka
‘Colombo’ – introduced by Portuguese in 1505 inspired by the classical Sinhalese name which means, “port on the river Kelani”. Colombo is worthy of all the compliments it receives for its amazing tourist destinations, diversity, history and of course its beauty. It always leaves a smile on face after an enchanting experience in Colombo. From colonial remnants to astonishing architectures and stupefied shopping malls, Colombo has a lot in store for the travelers. It is the largest city if Sri Lanka which is enough for a reason to visit it. And just to mention, you can explore this city during any time of the year. So, no need to worry about the weather and stuff.
Yala National Park
Sri Lanka is a country full of national parks, Yala is one of them. Yala National Park is the hotspot of biodiversity and one of the most important conservation for wildlife. It is the best place to turn to when you want to get away with the hustles of cities. The serene, calm and surroundings of natural beauty make it the most visited parks of all times. It also caters to the wildlife and safari lovers who can ensure an adventurous experience. February to June or July is the best time to plan your trip to this place for comfy weather. It also has a mythological fact – King Ravana established his kingdom here with Ravana Kotte (its boundary) which is now submerged in the sea.
The eighth wonder of the world – Sigiriya
Sigiriya is known as the oldest landscaped gardens in the world and the most important urban planning sites of the first millennium. And not literally, but locally referred to as the eighth wonder of the world, Sigiriya is certainly a treat to watch. It has the best combination of man-made and natural beauty and art. Also called Lion’s Rock, it was once the center for the Kassapa kingdom. It has various points of attractions including the Mirror Wall, landscaped gardens, ancient frescoes, etc. which makes Sigiriya be in UNESCO’s world heritage site’s list. If you are planning your vacation between February to April, then it will be the best time with a moderate climate.
“Live with no excuses and travel with no regrets.” – Oscar Wilde
So, follow what Mr. Wilde says and travel without excuses, so that there are no regrets later.
Have an exciting visit to Sri Lanka!