There’s no doubt about it – Sri Lanka has something to offer everyone. Whether you are a backpacker on a budget, mid-range traveler, or enjoy a more luxurious holiday, Sri Lanka caters to all.
Regardless of your preferred travel style, we’ve complied a list of 5 reasons Sri Lanka should be next on your ‘to-travel’ list.
1. Variety - There is Something for Everyone
Maybe you enjoy hiking and nature – you can spend some time in Ella. Perhaps you prefer a beach vacation – check out Tangalle for a quiet, peaceful escape from reality, or Unawatuna for a more upbeat vibe. If wildlife is your jam – go on safari in either Uda Walawe National Park or Yala National Park, or whale watching in Mirissa. If you are a culture and history buff, there are temples and 8 Unesco World Heritage Sites scattered across the island. If you’d rather stay at a 5 star hotel with a pool and spa services, you can find that too. However you like to spend a vacation, Sri Lanka will not disappoint.
2. Beauty - The Natural Landscape is Unbelievably Beautiful
The rolling hills and lush green tea gardens of Ella, grasslands of Uda Walawe National Park, and stretches of seemingly untouched beach in Tangalle are absolutely stunning. Not only is the scenery beautiful, it often feels uncrowded, untouched, and like you have discovered a secret that isn’t out yet.
3. Friendly People - Locals are Hospitable and Kind
Every experience we had with locals was pleasant. There are home stays popping up all over the country, in which Sri Lankan families open a room in their home or guest house for a very reasonable price. The hosts often prepare breakfast and dinner if requested, help arrange tours and transportation, and are happy to share their knowledge about Sri Lanka. Hospitality in Sri Lanka is top-notch!
4. Tasty Food - Fruit, Curries, Seafood
There is nothing better than fresh fruit, grown locally. A heaping fruit plate is the best way to start each day! A traditional breakfast in Sri Lanka usually includes a fruit plate, coconut sambol, dhal curry, roti, and rice. You can also order hoppers, string hoppers, and pancakes filled with honey and caramelized coconut. Sri Lankan curry dishes for dinner are delicious, featuring local spices and vegetables. Along the coast, the ‘catch of the day’ seafood is the best I’ve ever had. If you get tired of Sri Lankan food, there is always a good pizza place!
5. Affordability - It's So Cheap!
When traveling, Matt and I definitely fall into the mid-range category. We enjoy a holiday that doesn’t break the bank, but are happy paying for conveniences and some luxuries (within reason). To give you an idea, we treated ourselves by spending 100 CAD per night at Mangrove Beach Cabanas for a beachfront cabana with a porch, day bed, outdoor shower, hot water, ceiling fan, and mini-fridge. Considering we could have booked a home stay 10 minutes from the beach for 25USD, this was a splurge! Overall, our 8 night trip cost less than 3,000 CAD including flights, accommodations, drivers, all activities, meals, drinks, and souvenirs.