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10 Reasons Why You Should Go To Sri Lanka…Now!

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I’ll always remember Sri Lanka as a place where I was almost forced to enjoy spicy food. Where “Just a little spice” seems to translate to “Please make me shit fireballs.”

Sri Lanka (formally know as Ceylon) is one of those incredible little places no one really knows anything about. It’s kind of like India’s version of Tasmania only with around 40 times the population and an entirely different name and climate.

Up until as recently as 2009 Sri Lanka was an absolute no-go zone due to the Sri Lankan military being in a 30-year civil war with a militant organisation named the Libertarian Tigers. This victory has now made Sri Lanka as safe as it gets, paving the way for a new era of unprecedented Sri Lankan tourism.

Not sure why anyone would ever want to go? Here are my 10 reasons why you should go to Sri Lanka…now!

1. The Climate
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Sri Lanka has an awesome tropical climate that offers much needed winter sun for anyone coming from the northern hemisphere. The island’s weather differs quite dramatically from one side to the other so it’s a good idea to plan your trip carefully if you want to avoid monsoon season. The main south-western monsoon will bring rain to the popular South West between May and September, whilst the dry season in this region runs from December through until March. In the less-popular North and Eastern parts of the island, the weather is influenced by the north-eastern monsoon, which brings some heavy wind and rain between October and January, with drier weather between May and September. December to March is the most popular/best time to visit.

2. The Tea
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Tea lovers will be in absolute heaven in Sri Lanka. Up on the Cool Hill County the hills are jam-packed full of tea plantations. The Ceylon area covers 2000 square kilometres and produces 300 million kilograms of Ceylon Tea per year! Outrageous!

3. The Hotels
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Due to Sri Lanka’s newfound tourism, there has been a large number of new hotels popping up all over the place and although the hostels are cheap, a little luxury every now and again doesn’t hurt.

4. It’s a small version of India
Mini India
From what I’ve heard it’s just way easier to get around here than in India. Transactions run smoother, everything works and best of all, trains and planes leave (pretty much) on time.

5. The People
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Sri Lankans are incredibly kind, unbelievably smiley and very welcoming. I would have to say they are definitely in my top 5 nicest groups of people I’ve met around the world. Every man wants to stop you on the street for a chat, but you won’t be hassled like of heard in nearby India.

6. The Food
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The food here is insane (in a good way) particularly the street food, which in comparison is almost as good quality as the food you’ll find inside the restaurants. I’d recommend asking for spice with CAUTION!

7. The Surf
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It’s not just tea and food, Sri Lanka is slowly making a name for itself as a surfing destination. Head to Arugam Bay on the east coast during the summer months (April to October) for the best surf. Adrenaline junkies will also find lots of white water rafting opportunities in Kitugula.

8. The Animals
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Sri Lanka is one of the best places in Asia for seeing wildlife with a huge number of leopards, elephants and birdlife. If you want to spot leopards, head to Yala West National Park, which is six hours from Colombo. If wild elephants are more your style, try Uda Walawe National Park, which is four hours from the capital and near all of those magical tea trails.

9. The Trains
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A newly reopened train route from Colombo to Jaffna is as eye opening as they come!The recent reopening of the Yal Devi (Queen of Jaffna) Express provides visitors to Sri Lanka with an opportunity they have not had since way back in 1990: A train ride from Colombo to Jaffna. The railway journey between Kandy and Ella is also something to add to your to-do list!

10. The Hike to Adam’s Peak
Adas Peak
Although I’m am not religious by any stretch of the word, the top of Adam’s Peak is thought holy by Buddhists, Christians, Muslims, Hindus and the Veddas, Sri Lanka’s early inhabitants, who all believe the imprint of a footprint in the rock here belonged to, depending on their religion, a very important person.

Hot Tip: Bring extra clothes because sweaty clothes do not keep you warm at the top!

– Jarrod

9 Comments

  1. Wow there seems to be so much to do in Sri Lanka. The tour operator I took kite boarding lessons with in Tanzania were also starting up in Sri Lanka and just raved about it. Sounds like a lovely destination

  2. I love tea and would love to check out some of the tea fields in Sri Lanka! Were you able to take any tours to see how tea is made? That’s something I’d be really interested in doing. Thank you! 🙂

  3. You had me at the Food! Ha ha, kidding. I had no idea there was so much to see and do in Sri Lanka. I honestly know close to nothing about the destination, but your post is pretty enticing so I’m going to have to check it out!

  4. Great post on Srilanka, the tropical country. I love beaches, and so Sri Lanka is our next destination. The train route is sure to take . We do have similar post on Srilanka .www.travelescape.in/International/sri-lanka-should-be-your-next-holiday-destination

  5. You had me with tea! Ha. I love the images you chose with the words over them. Great post, thanks for sharing 🙂

  6. This all sounds awesome. I kinda like it as an alternative for India and since wildlife photography is my favorite thing in the world this would be a great place for me.

  7. Sri Lanka is high on my list of places to go and this makes me want to go even more! I can’t wait to try the food and see all of the beautiful animals!

  8. Tropical climate is the best place to hang out and relax at, no? Sri Lanka is definitely a stunning vacation destination! Having friendly local while we are travel can be such a helpful thing. The local can totally help us out getting the hang of living in there, everything that can be a lot easier to have helpful locals. It is a great time to come and visit the tropical place, because spring! So next, you have to visit Bali. Tropical island with a lot of beautiful beaches! If you love Sri Lanka then you would definitely love Bali! Come and visit and let us provide you luxury villa to accommodate your stay here in Seminyak Bali. Please do check our website out, thank you!

  9. Sold, Jarrod! You totally convinced me to go to Sri Lanka! Awesome post!

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