We travelled Sri Lanka one year ago in May 2016 for two weeks. It was one of the most interesting and diverse countries we have visited so far. Make sure to read on to find out more about the little island in the Indian ocean.
While Sri Lanka as a travel destination might not come to be top of your mind, it’s a trip you definitely shouldn’t skip. After the civil war and the tsunami Sri Lanka is just starting to rebuild parts of their infrastructure. Hence tourism is still developing. Therefore you have the possibility to explore a partly unspoilt country with a more realistic experience. This is especially true in the less touristy parts of Eastern Sri Lanka. That doesn’t mean by any means that it is unsafe to go there or anything. We had an almost flawless experience (except getting ripped of in one hotel 😉 ).
Cultural Deep Dive
Sri Lanka, also a Green Jungle
Sri Lanka is also a very green country full of trees, flowers and other vegetation. Therefore you will find the most diverse wildlife as well. We spotted snakes, monkeys, crocodiles, warans, leopards and elephants (and probably even more 😉 ). There are quiete a few different parks and natural reserves you can visit. So I can only advise you to experience the animals in the wild and not in some prison. You will find „elephant shelters“ as well but we can not recommend them as the animals are not free and often mistreated and held captive as tourist attractions. We visited the Kumana National Park and Yala East, starting from Arugam Bay.
„This little island is pretty special“
In the more central parts around Ella and Nuwara Elia you can experience another side of Sri Lanka. Your road will take you higher and higher into the hills up to 2500 meters. Here the weather is much more bearable and you can go for some hiking and discover one of the main industries in Sri Lanka – tea! During your trips around the hills you will find tea plantations as far as you can see.
Surfing and relaxing at the beach
So was it worth it? Definitely YES! And we would go again any moment without thinking twice.
What about you? Are you planning a trip to Sri Lanka? Have you been there already? Let us know in the comments below.