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Top 10 reasons to visit Sri Lanka on your next vacation

Bestowed with pristine beaches, lush green tea estates, and a cultural heritage too, the beautiful country of Sri Lanka is where time stands still. Irresistibly alluring with its natural beauty, the tropical country is easily one of the favourite tourist destinations and if you are one those very few people who don’t know what’s so special in Sri Lanka, then here are the top 10 reasons to visit Sri Lanka.

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1. Interesting Culture & Friendly People

The first thing that attracts most of the international travellers when they step into the country is its wonderful culture and the warm-friendly people. They are incredibly friendly to the strangers and will come out of their way to help you out. Coming to the culture, it is highly influenced by Buddhism & Hinduism. As a result, the culture in Sri Lanka is so rich and inviting that you will forget your own! And be flexible with your friend’s list. You will be getting a lot of them in Sri Lanka.

2. Stunning Landscape

Surrounded by tropical forests, endless beaches, lush tea estates, soaring mountains, and picturesque villages, the natural beauty in Sri Lanka is overwhelming. Especially, if you are a lover of nature or a photographer, you are going to love Sri Lanka. But the bad thing about this is, you might be extending your stay in Sri Lanka and well lying to your boss for an extended leave. It’s true. Sri Lankan landscape can definitely get to you!

3. Endless Beaches

Yes, Sri Lanka is all about beaches. Dazzling with white sand and clear, azure coloured water, beaches in Sri Lanka will make you feel like you are already in paradise. The calm waters and the soothing chill breeze make up for a perfect lullaby and you can just doze off on the silky sand as you listen to the faint sound of the waves crashing against the shore. Want to experience more of the beach? Break open a coconut, gently sway on your hammock with your favourite book in hand, and just plunge into the water. Absolute bliss!

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4. Picturesque Galle International Stadium

Your Sri Lankan visit will be incomplete without visiting the popular international cricket stadium of Galle. Fringed by the Indian Ocean on both the sides, Galle International Stadium set near the Galle Fort is one of the most eye-catchy stadiums in the world. Check in advance for the cricket match schedules during your time of visit and if you are lucky enough, catch a live cricket match in the stunning stadium. When the scenery is as gorgeous as this, scoreboard doesn’t matter.

5. Abundant Wildlife

Although compact in size, the island of Sri Lanka packs a punch with its extensive range of flora and fauna. Naturally aided with its location and climatic conditions, the biodiversity in Sri Lanka is so vast that you can easily call it a wildlife lover’s paradise. Get on the top of an elephant and go on a jungle safari in one of the many national parks in Sri Lanka saying ‘hi’ to leopards, sambar deer, and water buffaloes. It is great fun. Plus the Asian elephants are way too friendly. So, who knows what you will be taking back!

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6. Amazing Rich Heritage

While one side of Sri Lanka is fully covered with virgin tropical forest, the other side of it is home to rich, cultural heritage sites that will offer you an insight into the 2,000-year-old Sri Lankan culture. And as you go on an exploration of these sites, it may even come as a pleasant surprise that the island is home to so many UNESCO World Heritage sites. Be it the ancient rock fortress of Sigiriya or the incredibly famous Temple of the Tooth or the Dambulla cave temple, there is plenty to discover on your trip.

7. Refreshing Tea Trails

Carpeted with tea plantations all over, Sri Lanka produces one of the finest of teas in the world. The verdant tea plantations which occupy almost a part of Sri Lanka is so refreshingly pleasant to the eyes that you don’t even need any other scenery to look at. Sip on a steaming cup of tea, be seduced by its seductive aroma and gaze at the mesmerizing views from the top. Also, it is an unwritten rule that you stock your bags with Ceylon tea.

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8. Intriguing Local Cuisine

You know what’s the best thing to do after all the beach hopping and the tour of the cultural heritage sites in Sri Lanka? Have a taste of the sumptuous local food. The staple food of Sri Lankans is rice & curry and it comes with a colourful array of delicacies served on a banana leaf. Haa, makes me hungry already! Also, the food in Sri Lanka is very cheap. So, you can binge on how much ever you want. Some of the must eat foods in Sri Lanka include coconut sambal, kottu roti, string hoppers, pittu & kiribath. The locals in Sri Lanka eat with their right hand.

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9. Awesome stay options

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If you have already travelled to Sri Lanka then you might know this. From villas to resorts to backpackers stay to designer hotels, there are a whole lot of exciting options on offer in Sri Lanka and at great prices too.

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10. Budget-friendly Shopping

Any destination is incomplete without shopping and it is no different with Sri Lanka. Given the fact that Sri Lanka is one of the major exporters of garments, you can easily get western clothes for a cheaper price without compromising much on the quality. Further, handicrafts in Sri Lanka are highly famous. Pack some hand-made treasures as souvenirs and take them home to gift your loved ones.

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Bowled over by the reasons? Why not plan a trip to Sri Lanka right away?