Sri Lanka’s tourism industry is on the up and up! Tourist arrival numbers have nearly doubled over the past 5 years, and this trend is bound to continue to soar over the next few years. Travelers flock to Sri Lanka to visit Kandy, Galle, Colombo, Hikkaduwa and Bentota just to name a few. Read on for more Sri Lanka travel tips – what to see and the best places to visit in Sri Lanka, how to get around, the best hotels and the perfect 2 week itinerary!
What you need to know before you visit Sri Lanka
To quote Condé Nast Traveler, “Sri Lanka Is Ready for Its Close-Up”. If you’re planning a trip, here are 12 things to know before going to Sri Lanka including visa requirements, what to do and see in Sri Lanka, how to get around and the best time to visit! Click here to read the full guide.
Since I’ve written extensively about what you should do in Sri Lanka, I thought it would be fitting to cover some things you shouldn’t do in Sri Lanka! Are you visiting Sri Lanka for the first time? Read on for everything you need to know about what to avoid doing if you’re traveling to the Pearl of the Indian Ocean. Click here to read the full guide.
Tourist arrival numbers have nearly tripled from 2010 to 2015, and this trend is bound to continue to soar over the next few years. Read on for 10 reasons why Sri Lanka needs to be on your list of travel destinations! Click here to read the full article.
Love beautiful beaches, delicious food, wildlife safaris and amazing UNESCO World Heritage Sites? Then you’re going to love Sri Lanka. Here are 6 of my favorite Instagram accounts you should follow if you’re thinking about visiting, or have already fallen in love with Sri Lanka! Click here to see the full selection of accounts.
The perfect 2 week itinerary for sri Lanka
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll know that Sri Lanka has become one of the top places to visit in Asia. Here is a flexible 2 week Sri Lanka itinerary for the beautiful island – read on for some of the best places to visit in Sri Lanka, where to stay, how to get around and other handy tips you should know before your trip! Click here for the 2 week itinerary for Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka Destination Guides
Sri Lanka is not just about pristine beaches! Traveling by train in Sri Lanka is an incredibly cost-effective and picturesque way to get around, and many people believe it’s an integral part of the overall Ceylon travel experience. Read on for how to see the best of Sri Lanka’s tea country. Click here for the full article.
The southern coast of Sri Lanka is one of the best kept secrets in Asia, though that secret is quickly being revealed as more and more people flock to Ceylon for its tropical beaches, incredible wildlife, rich culture and ancient heritage landmarks. Read on for the best things to do in south Sri Lanka!
Sigiriya, AKA “Lion Rock”, is a rock fortress located in central Sri Lanka, approximately 3 hours from Colombo. Read on for a travel guide to visiting Sigiriya – what to wear, how to get there, the rock climb and where to stay! Click here to read the full article.
Polonnaruwa is an ancient city in Sri Lanka and forms part of the “Cultural Triangle” along with Sigiriya, Anuradhapura, Kandy and Dambulla. It is an incredible day trip destination in central Sri Lanka. Read on for how to get there, what you need to know before you go and the top things to do and see in Polonnaruwa! Click here to read the full article.
Sri Lanka’s “Cultural Triangle” is an area spanning across several cities in the centre of the teardrop-shaped island and includes UNESCO World Heritage Sites including the ancient capital of Anuradhapura, the ruins of Polonnaruwa, the rock citadel of Sigiriya and the sacred city of Kandy. This region shouldn’t be skipped, especially if it’s your first time to Sri Lanka – read on for how to spend an amazing few days in Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle! Click here to read the full article.
Sri Lanka possesses an extremely high degree of biodiversity and is considered one of the top biodiversity hotspots in the world. Yala National Park is the second largest and most visited park in Sri Lanka, read on for what you need to know about going on a wildlife safari and visiting the animals in their natural habitat! Click here for the full guide.
Despite its size, Sri Lanka possesses an extremely high degree of biodiversity and is considered one of the top biodiversity hotspots in the world. If you are an elephant lover then you absolutely must go on a wildlife safari in Udawalawe National Park where hundreds of elephants roam free – read on for everything you need to know to help plan your trip to Udawalawe National Park! Click here for the full guide.
Once a year, the Asian elephants of Minneriya and Kaudulla National Parks congregate for what is known as “The Gathering”. The Gathering is believed to be the largest gathering of Asian elephants in the world and is an incredible ethical wildlife experience for animal lovers. Click here for everything you need to know to plan your trip to Sri Lanka for this annual event!
The Elephant Transit Home in Udawalawe is a safe haven for orphaned baby elephants. These elephants are cared for and rehabilitated until they are 5 years old, and then returned to the wild to re-integrate with elephant herds in their natural habitat. Read on for how to plan your visit to the Elephant Transit Home and support the conservation and protection of Asian elephants! Click here for the full guide.
Although Colombo is the transportation gateway to the rest of Sri Lanka, most people (myself included, at one point!) would tell you to skip it. Colombo often ends up being passed over in favor of places like Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa, tea country in Kandy and Ella, the UNESCO-listed Galle Fort as well as the national parks and pristine beaches in the southern province. Colombo is actually a great place to start your Sri Lanka itinerary or unwind towards the end of your trip. Read on for things to do and see in Colombo!
Yoga in Sri Lanka
Traveling and taking part in a Yoga retreat is a wonderful way to fill your cup and enhance wellness, explore new parts of the world, be a part of the international Yoga community and immerse yourself in Yoga. Read on for why you should head to Sri Lanka for your next Yoga retreat holiday! Click here for the full article.
The best places to stay in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka is an incredible country to visit with pristine beaches, fabulous food, vivid culture & history, breathtaking wildlife and wonderful people. The plethora of accommodation options can be overwhelming, so read on for a hand-picked list of the best luxury and boutique hotels to book yourself into in Sri Lanka’s Central, Western, Eastern and Southern Provinces! Click here to read the full article.
Paradise high up in the mountains of Kandy, Sri Lanka. Read on for more about staying in the heart of tea country at Madulkelle Tea & Eco Lodge. Click here for the full hotel review.
Though Negombo is not typically high up on the list of places to visit in Sri Lanka, it is home to Jetwing Ayurveda Pavilions, a leading Ayurvedic retreat and hotel in the country. Read on for my review of this beautiful hotel in Sri Lanka! Click here for the full hotel review.
Sri Lanka has no shortage of luxury and boutique hotels, but this is one place you need to check out if you want the perfect place to soothe your soul (and body) along the south coast. Read on for more about experiencing true Sri Lankan hospitality at the Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort! Click here for the full hotel review.
Sometimes you discover a place that transports you away to a world that you never want to leave: Anantara Kalutara is one of those places. Anantara Kalutara is located in southwest Sri Lanka, only 1.5 hours away from Colombo airport – read on for a full review of this luxury hotel! Click here for the full hotel review.
Sri Lanka’s luxury and boutique hotel scene is on the up-and-up, with major brands like Shangri-La opening up to cater to the burgeoning tourist arrivals to this little island in the Indian Ocean. Shangri-La’s Hambantota Resort is one of the most beautiful hotels in Sri Lanka – read on for a full hotel review of this luxury resort! Click here for the full hotel review.