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Taxi: 12 £GBP (30 min)
Bus: 0.7 £GBP (30 min)
Train: 0.7 £GBP (60 min)
Lunch ≈ 1.55 £GBP
Dinner (for two) ≈ 9 £GBP
Espresso ≈ 2.20 £GBP
Bottled water ≈ 0.30 £GBP
In Ancient times Sri Lanka was known as “Serendib” meaning serendipity or a pleasant surprise. And you too can be pleasantly surprised on Sri Lanka holidays. With its Buddhist Shrines, tea plantations and the Indian Ocean lapping at her shores, Sri Lanka offers both a taste of relaxed island life and some action-packed thrills. The latter comes in the form of elephants in their natural habitat while hiking through the jungle.
The restorative power of a good brew of tea is well known and the lush plantations and colonial era factories make Sri Lanka a place of pilgrimage for tea lovers. The plantations are situated on the central hills and at Nuwara Eliya you can watch the women working to pluck select shoots in order to make the finest Ceylon tea.
Planning holidays to Sri Lanka notice that Sri Lanka’s climate is tropical and warm, and is tempered by ocean winds. The average temperature in the central highlands ranges from 17 degrees Celsius (62.6 Fahrenheit) to a maximum of 33 degrees Celsius (91.4 Fahrenheit) in other low lying areas. For the remainder of the island the average yearly temperature ranges from 28 degrees Celsius (82.4 Fahrenheit) to nearly 31 degrees Celsius (87.8 Fahrenheit). The variation in day and night temperatures may be by 14 degrees Celsius (25.2 Fahrenheit) to 18 degrees Celsius (32.4 Fahrenheit).
Sri Lanka’s capital – Colombo – literally buzzes with activity. Nowhere is this more so than in Pettah, which is packed with open-air markets and bazaars and the rich colonial heritage of Sri Lanka is reflected in Colombo’s wealth of historic buildings. You can lose yourself in the atmosphere of this eclectic city, where up-market shopping malls are situated beside sacred churches and temples. Take a stroll along Cinnamon Gardens lined by trees or visit the ultra-modern Galle Road on your Sri Lanka holidays, which is in stark contrast to the rural scenes you will witness in other parts of Sri Lanka.
The Cultural Centre
No visit to Sri Lanka would be complete without seeing the “Cultural Triangle”. Here you can take in some of Sri Lanka’s most beautiful temples and most important sacred sites. The heart of the island is home to cities that date back 2000 years, are devout places of worship for Buddhists, and many are listed as UNESCO world heritage sites. See rock frescoes in Sigiriya and the intriguing rock caves of Dambulla and Ritigale – Buddhism’s birthplace.
To the north of the capital and a mere 20 minutes from the airport is Negombo, perfect destination for holidays to Sri Lanka. This beachside town has a resort-like feel and contrasts wildly with the busyness of Colombo. Colourful fishing boats float on the harbor and stalls selling all manner of items line the narrow streets.
Kandy is the second largest city in Sri Lanka. Set beside a lake, high in the hills in the island’s centre. The city is home to the Buddhist Temple of the Tooth – the most holy place of worship in the whole country. The surrounding area includes shrines, spice gardens, and elephant sanctuaries. To the north of Kandy, you’ll find the above mentioned cultural triangle.
Set in the middle of Sri Lanka’s famed tea growing region, where the large tea estates cling to steep mountain slopes. The British influence on Nuwara Eliya is evident everywhere you look – English-looking architecture and even red telephone boxes! The cooler climate and beautiful landscapes makes this a popular escape from the pace of life in Colombo and a respite from the heat of the tropical beaches of the southwest. On your holidays in Sri Lanka go hiking in Horton Plains National Park, which is home to the scenic Baker Falls and numerous exotic animals.
For many people a safari is top of their “to do” list during their Sri Lanka holidays. Probably the best place to go is Yala National Park, where you can see crocodiles, deer, elephants, leopards, monkeys and many exotic birds and insects. An alternative is Minneriya National Park.
Mystical Sri Lanka is home to many historic and religious sites. From the “Cultural Triangle” with its lost cities temples and sacred sites, here you can the Buddha’s sacred feet in the Dambulia Cave Temple or visit the “Fortress in the Sky” – Sigiriya – a world heritage site to the Royal Rock Temple, which is believed to have been a Buddhist place of worship since the first century BC.
Sri Lanka is also renowned for its beaches and water sports from surfing and diving to sailing and canoeing. On your holidays in Sri Lanka enjoy all these activities.
Away from the ocean there’s the opportunity to go white water rafting on the Kelani River or experience the exhilaration of waterfall trekking and abseiling.