8 Reasons You’ll Fall In Love With Sri Lanka

 

Brimming with rolling tea plantations, unbeatable wildlife sightings, and paradisiacal beaches, it’s no wonder that I fell head-over-heels in love with Sri Lanka.

I think what I loved about Sri Lanka is how diverse it is despite its relatively small size and how it acts as a fantastic introduction to the best South Asia has to offer. From its diverse cuisine, its lush rainforests, and tropical beaches, there’s something for every type of traveler here! More than that, I loved how simple it is to get around and how safe I felt there.

Whether you’re thinking of visiting Sri Lanka as a family destination (yes, it’s also very kid-friendly! I was surprised at how many families were traveling there with babies as young as a few months!) or planning a solo backpacking stint, here are all the ways Sri Lanka will steal your heart forever (just as it did mine!).

 

The food

Two weeks in Sri Lanka were enough for me to wonder why the hell there aren’t more Sri Lankan-inspired restaurants all over the world.

From deviled potatoes to delicious vegetable kotthu and everything in-between, my tastebuds couldn’t get enough of all the delicious dishes I stumbled across while traveling the country. If you’re a vegetarian, you’ll find yourself in paradise!

Sri Lanka food is a real treat and one of the reasons I fell in love with the country. It's also incredibly vegetarian-friendly!

The beaches

Sri Lanka’s beaches are where tropical vibes and South Asian culture meet.

With such an extensive coastline and countless beach towns to choose from, there’s something for every type of traveler here! Head to Hiriketiya for hidden beaches that are perfect to learn to surf in, to Mirissa if you love partying all night long, or Tangalle if you’re traveling with kids!

Hiriketiya is a tropical paradise in Sri Lanka's south coast for those who love tropical vibes, quiet beaches, and a local feeling rather than massive resorts. It was my favorite beach destination in Sri Laka!

The wildlife

Sri Lanka is a paradise for wildlife enthusiasts and I was thrilled at the number of animals I got to see during my time here! Head to Yala for the chance to see leopards, Udawalawe for herds of elephants, or the south coast to spot blue whales.

Getting to spot a leopard is no easy task, but at Yala National Park, there's a good chance of seeing a few! I was thrilled to see this one within minutes of entering the park!
If you love wildlife sighting and safari adventures, you'll fall in love with Sri Lanka! Here's a playful elephant we saw while on safari at Yala National Park.

The people

Sri Lankans are some of the kindest people I ever met. From the lovely family who let me sit at their shop while I waited for the bus, to the girl sitting next to me at the bus to Matara who shared her candy with me and the endless greetings from children and adults alike.

Meeting locals while strolling through Ella's tea plantations in Sri Lanka
Sri Lankan people are some of the kindest souls I ever met!

The colors

My first impression of Sri Lanka was how colorful everything is. Even grimmer cities like Colombo boast some seriously flashy temples!

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The incredibly varied landscapes

For being a somewhat small island nation, Sri Lanka boasts incredibly varied landscapes. If you’re into beaches, travel the south coast slowly for all the tropical goodness, if you love culture and history, hit Kandy up, and if hiking mountains and chasing waterfalls is your jam, either Ella or Nuwara Eliya will do the trick!

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It’s easy on the wallet

Traveling Sri Lanka on a backpackers budget is ridiculously easy. A meal at a local restaurant usually costs around $1, long-distance buses never cost more than a few cents, and accommodation options start as low as $2!

Whenever I felt like treating myself at higher-end restaurants, I never paid more than $7 for a meal!

Traveling Sri Lanka on a backpacker's budget is an incredibly easy thing to do - if you're broke but still want to travel, Sri Lanka is the perfect destination to visit!
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Nine Arch Bridge in Ella. Check out my guide to the best things to do in Ella!

And so simple to get around!

I love getting around countries using public transportation, and Sri Lanka is probably one of the easiest places to travel in. A pretty extensive railway covers a huge portion of the island and buses are an incredibly flexible and cheap option to get you to the next stop in your Sri Lanka itinerary.

Getting around Sri Lanka is so easy! The country boasts an extensive railway system and buses are also an option. Here are all the reasons you need to visit Sri Lanka!

 

Have you been to Sri Lanka before? Did you love it as much as I did?

 

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Daniela Ramos
Daniela Ramos

Since I was little, I knew that I did not want to work in an office and instead, I wanted to travel all around the world.

Throughout my travels, I have lived in a Maasai village in Tanzania, spent over a year working in a tiny river-side village in Thailand, taught geography to novice monks at a monastery school in Myanmar, climbed to see the world largest lava lake in the world in the Congo, traveled Africa by public transport, hitchhiked around Europe, and more!

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  1. Evey
    February 23, 2019 / 8:30 am

    Beautiful places! Would love to visit one day!

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