The Island of Serendipity Sri Lanka
This article introduces Sri Lanka as “The Island of Serendipity”. To make it simple the meaning of Serendipity is, “something unplanned but was a fortunate discovery”. Thus, we have the perfect title for this beautiful touristic destination. For the traveller who does not plan too much, takes an instant decision on the choice of a destination and is happy with the discovery – SRI LANKA!! Tour Operators have taken an effort to put together elaborate itineraries that will include the best in a tour of Sri Lanka
Places of Interest to visit in Sri Lanka
The ancient cities of Sri Lanka
A visit to the cities with the ancient ruins of Sri Lanka will depict the rich cultural history of the island. The main cities will include Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya and Dambulla. Some of these cities have been declared as World Heritage sites. Visitors will adore the well-preserved ruins featuring an ancient Sri Lankan civilization. The monuments, temples, stupas, water tanks, abodes of kings and more are a ‘must see’ in the country. A Sri Lanka tour is not complete without a visit to the ancient cities.
Although this city is mentioned above, it is a trip by itself, as the itinerary will include the climb to the famous Rock Fortress, which needs a full day. This place of interest is of great historical and archaeological significance to the country and was tipped to be the 8th wonder of the world. The climb of the rock is simply mesmerizing!
The Dalada Maligawa – Temple of the Tooth and Kandy City Tour
This temple is located in the city of Kandy, renowned all over the world as in it is enshrined the tooth relic of Lord Buddha. The Dalada Maligawa is the former palace of the last reigning Kandyan King, beautifully situated beside the lake in Kandy. The Sri Lanka tour will include a visit to the temple during the time of special poojas (offering), and should not be missed on an itinerary. Kandy is the last capital of the Kandyan Kingdom and has many interesting places to visit. The Royal Botanical Gardens is one of them, as well as a few ancient temples. Travel and Tour agencies include a comprehensive tour of this city.
Sri Lanka is home to this magnificent animal. However, due to various situations in their natural habitats, the Department of Wildlife was compelled to have an orphanage. Today this is a great attraction to both local and foreign tourists. Tour operators include this in the itinerary carefully targeting the feed time, to give an experience of watching how the baby elephants are fed. If you are lucky, you will have a chance to feed one too!
Tea plantations and factory en route to Nuwara Eliya
Tea is one of the oldest exports of Sri Lanka. In the good old days “Ceylon Tea” was a name renowned all over the world. The country is still known to produce the best teas. Tour operators include this activity in their itineraries as visitors are fascinated to watch the process of tea making. Driving through the tea plantations is an unforgettable experience with a visit to the city of Nuwara Eliya.
Ancient temples and kovils
Being a country well known for its culture there are a number of Buddhist temples and Hindu kovils that have a long history behind them. Some Travel & Tour companies generously fit in a couple of visits to these religious places.
Located in the south of Sri Lanka the Galle Fort was initially built in 1588 by the Portuguese who invaded the country. UNESCO has declared the Fort as a world heritage site and is a monument of great historical, architectural and archaeological value. Itineraries of the Sri Lanka tour will include this place of interest on the way to the beaches.
Things to do in Sri Lanka
Wild Life Safari
The island is home to a number of wildlife parks. Tour Operators include a safari into the itinerary to any one of these wildlife sanctuaries so that visitors can enjoy the fauna and flora as well. One of the most famous is the Yala National Park located in the south of Sri Lanka
The island is proud to have beautiful beaches on most of its coastal area. Whether the itinerary will include a southern or western beach or a north-eastern beach will depend on the time of travel, depending on the monsoon rains. However, either of them is exceptional. Luxury resorts, hotels and various accommodations are available. Tour Operators always include the few days on the beautiful beaches of Sri Lanka, before departure.
The Esala Perehera of Kandy
This magnificent pageant is held only once a year either in the month of July or August. It is one of the most popular and internationally known Buddhist traditions that is held in the city of Kandy. Today this pageant is a popular touristic phenomenon which brings in great numbers of visitors from all over the globe. This is a special event in Sri Lanka and Tour Operators organize special tours and itineraries to include the pageant.
Train Ride to Elle
Tour itineraries include the spectacular train ride which will take visitors into the mountains of Sri Lanka winding through amazing scenic tea plantations. The destination on the itinerary is the city of Elle although the train travels further. Elle is a little town which serves as a transit from the hill country to the other parts of the Island.
Celebrate a Traditional Wedding in the Islands of Sri Lanka
This is an activity chosen by the culture-driven tourist. The traditional weddings of Sri Lanka feature a royal dress from the groom and beautiful traditional saree with intricate jewellery of many chains and other ornaments for the bride. The rituals are very detailed with the couple having a special type of decorative stage where the marriage rites take place. Interestingly many foreign visitors decide to have this experience with their wedding. Hotels and resorts in the country offer this package and tour operators are more than willing to compile a special itinerary.