Sri Lanka has it all – a balmy tropical climate, dramatic sandy beaches backed by lush deep green forests that sway to the sound of bird song, high-altitude hill-top hideaways, a diverse array of wildlife and traditional working tea plantations. With cities and towns bursting with colour, noise and life, Sri Lanka’s proud heritage is well-preserved and enjoyed by locals and visitors alike.
Pretty villages and small towns sit sprawling along the coast or hidden deep into the countryside, its varied landscape dotted with important holy sites, temples and ancient ruins waiting to be explored.
Are you looking for a holiday destination that will help you forget the daily rigours? Are you looking for a place that will take you to cloud nine, away from the hustle and bustle of your hectic life?
Look no further: Sri Lanka, this tiny island nation shaped like a droplet of water just below the Indian peninsula, has much to offer any passionate traveller. Don’t let its size deceive you; Sri Lanka punches above its weight when it comes to tourism.
Have you ever really thought about, and wondered, what it is about Sri Lanka that makes it a hot spot for innumerable tourists from all over the world, annually?
From pristine beaches, the rocky hills and meandering lush green meadows, a rich wildlife, extensive flora and fauna and ancient culture collectively make Sri Lanka one of the MUST-VISIT places on anybody’s list!
For these reasons alone, Sri Lanka should be a destination you consider for your next trip. After many years of Civil war, Sri Lanka had fallen off the travel radar. But all that is past now, and looking at Sri Lanka as a travel destination now, well, having been closed off to the world for so long has had its plus side.
Northern Sri Lanka has opened up to foreign travellers for the first time in decades, so now you can experience the real Sri Lanka. Untouched and uncrowded.
Here are some of our favourite places in Sri Lanka
Tea is worth US$1 billion annually.
It accounts for 15% of the GDP and employs over 1 million people.
It is also regarded as much better than Indian tea.
You can visit by train, stay on a plantation and walk through the tea country over several days.
Colombo is the capital of Sri Lanka.
This sprawling metropolis is a vibrant city and is an interesting collage of cultural and historical influences.
Colombo is not generally considered a destination in its own right, and we usually save it for a day at the end of our journeys.
Built by an exiled king to hide from his brother, Sigirya is a palace built on top of a very big rock.
It was abandoned after the king died and was used as a Buddhist monastery until the 14th century.
Today, Sigiriya is the most visited historic site in Sri Lanka.
Galle was occupied by the Portuguese in the 16th century.
The Galle fort is a world heritage site and is the largest remaining fortress in Asia built by European occupiers.
This area is home to three key ancient cities: Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and Dambulla.
Anuradhapura is famous for its well-preserved ruins of an ancient Lankan civilisation dating back to the 10th century BC.
Anuradhapura was the capital of Sri Lanka until the 11th century, and is considered sacred by Buddhists.
The city is surrounded by monasteries that cover an area of over 40 square kms. Polonnaruwa has amazing archaeological relics and the remains of an ancient capital.
Coast and Sunny Beaches
Paradise for the sun lovers, Sri Lanka has more than 240kms of coastline with beautiful, luxurious beaches. It offers swimming, wind-surfing, sailing, canoeing, speedboat racing, diving and viewing the coral of Kandakuliya and Karaitivu. One of the “musts” in this area is to contemplate the age-old catamaran boats still used these days and the noisy markets after the catch of fish every morning.
What makes your Sri Lankan experience with us different?
Forward Travel isn’t just another travel agency, selling you products from brochures.
Forward Travel is a consultancy, taking the time to talk to our clients, and getting to know exactly what it is you want.
Together with our clients, we tailor make the itinerary, maximising the experience and personalising things for each client.
We take you to Colombo, the capital city of the country, to the rolling tea gardens that Sri Lanka is famous for, to Sigiriya, the grand palace at the top of a huge rock. Or if this isn’t your cup of tea, we can bypass that and take you on a cultural tour that touches the three ancient cities of Anuradhapura, Dambulla and Polonnaruwa.
The possibilities are endless; you just need to discuss them with the right people.
Let’s talk about Colombo, and what to do once you are in Colombo
The Sri Lankan Capital has so many things to offer!
Yes, it is a city, but there is a lot on offer, and it is definitely worth spending at least one full day here.
Some of the places of interest include Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple, Sri Kailawasanathar Swami DevasthanamKovil, the new and old KathiresanKovil, the Independence Memorial Hall, Wolvendaal Church, Jami-Ul-Alfar Mosque, Viharamadevi Park, the Pettah Market, National Museum of Colombo, Dutch Period Museum and the Zoological Gardens of Colombo, which is also the Dehiwala Zoo. Then you have the Colombo Fort, the Cinnamon Gardens and Moratuwa to explore.
Colombo is the perfect setting to explore in a tuk-tuk, (a local three-wheeled taxi).
If you’re a lover of different foods, wander thru the streets, sampling local foods. Everybody knows that India has some good curries. But try a Sri Lankan curry, and you might find yourself asking whose really is better.
You can taste a wide range of street foods in Galle, and taste the famous Sri Lankan short eats and tea, wood apple juice, the lion ginger beer along with stout and of course, tantalising curries.
A TOUR TO SRI LANKA TO REJUVENATE YOUR BODY AND SOUL
Are you needing to rest your body and mind? Is your hectic life taking its toll on you? Are you desperately looking for a window that will give you some breathing space? Fret not! We have something that will encourage you.
We at Forward Travel have an offer that will take you somewhere that can fix that! Sri Lanka, the tiny island nation, shaped like a drop of water at the foot of the Indian Peninsula.
Get in touch with us, and let’s discuss how you could be experiencing Sri Lanka and let your mind and body detox from the life’s never-ending pace.
What to do in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka, with all its sparkling greenery, majestic hills and valleys, rich culture and heritage, sumptuous cuisines, mesmerising rolling terrains and unimaginably hospitable inhabitants, is heaven for any tourist or traveller alike.
So, if you are still thinking, “Why Sri Lanka“?
We will arrange a tour plan for you so that you can experience the most of this majestic country, surrounded by the waters of the Indian Ocean, Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea.
Where to start the trip
If you are thinking about where to start your trip, start from Colombo, the nation’s capital. There is so much to see in and around the city! Spend a few days getting over your flight before delving deeper into the wonders that Sri Lanka holds.
You have the National Museum, the majestic colonial buildings of the Fort Area to visit. Then you have the Gangaramaya Temple, the picturesque Beira Lake, the Independence Memorial Hall to explore.
There are the Streets of Pettah to wander along, get the look and feel of the city, and taste the sumptuous Sri Lankan cuisines to relish in the restaurants that dot the streets of the capital city.
You can take a famous tuk-tuk ride along the lanes and by-lanes of the capital. It will allow you the chance of getting the feel of the Sri Lankan life and the opportunity to mingle with the locals.
Get to Galle, the 16th Century Portuguese stronghold and enjoy the sunset at the majestic beach out there. Then there is the famous Crow Island Beach of Colombo to relax on.
Make sure that you include Sigiriya in your Sri Lanka Holiday.
Sigiriya, or Sinhagiri as is it is locally called, is a primitive rock fortress, located in the north of the district of Matale, near Dambulla.
It is full of archaeological sites like Pidurangala Rock and Cobra Hood Cave.
From here you can experience the Sri Lankan wildlife in the Minneriya National Park and the Kaudulla National Park; and of course, visit the ancient Dambulla Temple.
There is so much more to experience in Sri Lanka. This is just the tip of the iceberg!
Come see us at Forward Travel and learn more about how fascinating Sri Lanka is and what will make your trip a truly memorable one. Your Sri Lanka experience starts from the moment you connect with us.