Though many people know about India, they often do not know about Sri Lanka, the island to the east of its coast. However, there is so much to see on this island, both in terms of natural phenomena and tourist attractions.
If you take a drive or a walk through the mountainous regions of Sri Lanka, you will notice the rows of bushes that cover large portions of these hilly areas. These are actually tea plants, as tea is one of the major exports of this island. Many of the native people of Sri Lanka work on these plantations and live here as well. This is a great place to take a walk or go backpacking, although it is not representative of all of Sri Lanka. Areas such as Nuwara Eliya are full of these tea plantations, in addition to other types of gardens and waterfalls that make the view all the more beautiful.
Closer to the coasts of this island, the altitude is lower and the land is flat. In these areas, you will be in close proximity to many beautiful beaches. Galle, Bentota, and Negombo are all home to some of the most pristine beaches you will find. Colombo, the capital city of Sri Lanka, is also located on the coast. However, it is different in that it is a bustling city with a lot of activity going on at any given time. In addition, it is home to sites of historical and cultural significance, such as the Gangaramaya Temple.
There are other big cities on this small island as well. One is Kandy, home to the Temple of the Tooth and the well-known Kandy Botanical Gardens. Jaffna is another one, home to many shopping centers for those who want to buy quality products at prices lower than you would find in any first world country, as well as temples and beaches for all to enjoy.
Those who enjoy nature and like the views of the tea plantations may also appreciate the national parks, such as the Minneriya National Park and Yala National Park. Yala National Park is the most popular national park in Sri Lanka, and here people can go on safaris and enjoy observing the native wildlife, including elephants and leopards.
As you can see, there is no shortage of things to do and places to see in Sri Lanka. It is definitely a worthy possibility for anyone’s next big vacation.
Images: Shutterstock. Yala National Park/krivinis; Snake charmer/Jonathon Trewavas. Nuwara Eliya/CitizenFresh