Famous as the Pearl of the Indian Ocean, the island nation of Sri Lanka has been drawing thousands of visitors each year for its unspoiled natural beauty as well as enticing landscapes stretching around the country. If you are planning your trip to this marvelous island, there are top 7 things you don't want to miss once visiting Sri Lanka in 2020. So what are they?

1. VISIT TEMPLE OF THE SACRED TOOTH RELIC

The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is on our top list for a reason. It plays a crucial role in making the city of Kandy one of the eight UNESCO World Heritage sites in Sri Lanka. This golden-roofed temple is also known as Sri Dalada Maligawa, where they preserve and worship the relic of the tooth of the Buddha.

Locals once believed that whoever possessing this holy relic would rule the country. The tooth is stored in a gold canister which looks like a dagoba (stupa). Apart from the main Temple of Tooth Relic, you can visit its complex comprising other smaller temples, shrines, and museums.

 

2. DISCOVER SIGIRIYA ROCK FORTRESS IN SIGIRIYA

We continue with Sigiriya, another wonder of the world in Sri Lanka. Situated in the north Matale District in the Central area, Sigiriya is a renowned citadel rock with a huge rocky plateau at a height of more than 300 meters above the sea level which was created from magma of a defunct volcano.

The Sigiriya Rock Fortress was also where King Kasyapa placed his royal palace. Therefore, this amazing citadel preserves many ancient features dating back from the 5th-century such as Sigiriya Mirror Wall with the most ancient inscriptions on it or more than 10 frescoes depicting nude females inside the cave.

 

3. TAKE A BEAUTIFUL TRAIN JOURNEY TO ELLA

It is not a coincidence that the train route from Ella to Kandy (or reverse from Kandy to Ella) is one of the most incredible train rides in the world. You will have a chance to admire the spectacular sceneries of majestic mountains, stunning waterfalls, humble villages and so much more along the way.

It takes you about seven hours for a ride but it will definitely never be a boring 7-hour journey. Moreover, if the train trip is too long for you, a stopover in Nuwara Eliya is an alternative option. You need only about 3 hours to get to the town and there are a lot of things to do that are worth your stop in Sri Lanka's land of tea. The ticket is also cheap for what a train ride can offer you so don't miss it.

 

4. SAVOR GREEN TEA IN NUWARA ELIYA

Nuwara Eliya is a highland in the Sri Lanka central region. Blessed by nature with a rainy and cool climate year-round, this land possesses a height of nearly 2000 meters above the sea level and has been a perfect place to grow and produce tea for decades.

Come to Nuwara Eliya, you will not only enjoy the highest quality tea such as Ceylon Black Tea, Fruit Black Tea, White Tea, Silver Needle... but also can join a tour to the popular Park factory, visit Mackwoods Tea Museum and discover the tea-producing process or admire the lush tea plantations around this area.

 

5. EXPLORE THE YALA NATIONAL PARK BY JEEP CAR

Located on the south coast of Sri Lanka, Yala National Park is an immense area, a combination of 5 zones and some parts still remain untouched. Since it's really large, taking a jeep tour around the park is regarded as one of the best adventure activities in Sri Lanka. 

Yala National Park is where they protect many wild animals such as leopards, elephants, and crocodiles and other rare bird species as well so it can be a great opportunity for you to enjoy the real wildlife on the island of Sri Lanka.

 

6. ENJOY SURFING ON THE BEACHES OF ARUGAM BAY

Another fascinating thing to do in Sri Lanka is surfing at Arugam Bay. Located in Sri Lanka's east coast, this bay is well-known as one of the best surfing-destinations in the world for its excellent waves that suit all levels of surfers and stunning beaches.

To enjoy the biggest waves, you can visit Arugam Bay in the period from June to August. It's also very convenient to surf in this area as there are many local shops or stalls for you to rent the necessary equipment. If the main spot in Arugam Bay is too crowded during this time, you can move to surf in Whiskey Point or Peanut Farm, which is about a 20-minute drive from the bay.

 

7. HAVE A FULL-DAY TOUR IN THE CITY OF COLOMBO

Needless to say that a full-day city tour is the best way for you to discover Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka Island. The city is not only an important commercial hub but also a charming destination with long-term history and a vast array of attractive landmarks.

You can visit highlights including Galle Face Green, Viharamahadevi Park, National Museum, Twin World Trade Center Towers, Old Parliament Building, Fort district, Independence Hall... Apart from that, if you are a shopping lover, Colombo is also the shopping heaven for you with grand malls such as Odel, House of Fashion, Beverly Street, Majestic City, and Noritake.

 

CONCLUSION

These are only among what Sri Lanka can provide you. There are still a lot of other interesting things awaiting you to explore on this marvelous island in South Asia. But whichever you choose to complete your trip, Srilankatravels.in hopes that you will gain the most unforgettable experiences while ẹnjoying the best journey in Sri Lanka.

 

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