Asia has long been a hot destination for world explorers – both literally and figuratively. The renowned destinations of Japan, Thailand and India have long been on the bucket list of visitors to the continent, but a new and exciting destination has surfaced, and that’s Sri Lanka.
Rated as the number-one travel destination in the world for 2013 by Lonely Planet, Sri Lanka is also third amongst south Asian countries for international travel arrivals in the same year after India and the Maldives. After many years of being unexplored, it’s now surging as a prime destination.Due to its recent history, much of the north and east remain underdeveloped and its beaches pristine, and you will often find yourself being one of only a handful of visitors in many traditional villages. Sri Lanka is particularly attractive for its rustic, down-home appeal and spectacular natural landscapes, and is truly off the beaten track for many travelers. The thrill of discovery is very much alive here.
With examples of nature-sensitive ancient city planning in Polonnaruwa and the Lion Rock in Sigiriya, and extraordinarily well-preserved examples of early temples in the Dambulla cave complex, the archeological history buff will find plenty here.
Nature lovers will revel in one of the continent’s best wildlife parks in Yala National Park, home to one of the world’s densest leopard populations. Traditional tea enthusiasts will enjoy seeing the tea plantations in Nuwara Eliya, otherwise known as “Little England” and the birthplace of some of the world’s best teas. Looking to soak up the rays on a pristine beachfront? Sri Lanka has plenty of that too in Passikudah, Uga Bay and many other beachfront locales.
Nezasa has assembled a number of itineraries for you to consider while visiting this remarkable and resilient country. If you plan to travel to Sri Lanka in the summertime, we recommend our Ancient Secrets of Sri Lanka itinerary which covers the eastern part of the country, as the southwestern areas are particularly rainy during this season.
This is a prime opportunity to explore a very much undiscovered country. Book your itinerary now!