Discussion in 'Sri Lanka' started by mithroo3cs, Mar 8, 2012.
going to sri lanka in summer?
when r u planning to go? The south/west of sri lanka has its monsoon season during the summer months so it's best you head somewhere on the east coast of the island for nicer weather. The only thin about this is that the southwest of sri lanka has the better accomodation options.
i've been to Aragum Bay and really loved it there! if you're into surfing this place has the best breaks in the region...saying this, if surf isn't what you're looking for, you won't find much else to do there. Of course, you could go to Trincomalee but like the last poster said you will find a lack of accomodation options.
a vacation in Sri Lanka would mean that you'll get to see beaches, sanctuaries, colourful festivals and wonderful wildlife. Sri Lanka beaches are the most picturesque in the world. Best destinations around Sri Lanka are: Southern coastal areas, Sinharaja,Yala and Udawalawe.
Can any body suggest the best resorts to spend some days and laze around?
Hey! im planning to go in Sri Lanka is it true that they banned tattoo?
Changing seasons don't affect the spectacular wonder of erstwhile Ceylon's serene temples, scenic beaches, and cool tea plantations in mountains set against wild forests. Teeming with UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Sri Lanka is a Pandora's box of alluring destinations waiting to be explored. Largely uncharted thanks to internal strife over the past couple of decades,Sri Lanka is now coming into its own. This island country has, for over 2000 years now, been a stronghold for Buddhism with ancient relics to prove including the world's (apparently) oldest tree planted by man. The Fourth Buddhist Council got together in this very land and decided to write down their Buddhist teachings on palm leaves for safekeeping instead of just oral teachings. Walk through dirt roads in quaint villages, hike through lush tea plantations with their colonial aftertaste, and sun bathe on gorgeous beaches for an experience like none other. Short distances mean you are never too far away from any kind of geography that this island offers, from its beaches to the highlands and jungles. Elephants roam free in the parks here, but so does the leopard before it drags its kill up a tree. Well-organized safari tours offer a brilliant opportunity to map jungles here as well. Travel to this fascinating teardrop island of Sri Lanka, and fall in love all over again.
Located atop a rock plateau overlooking verdant jungle and a vast plain is Sigiriya, the mysterious remains of the 5th-century fortress of King Kasyapa. These ruins of Sigiriya are the most unique of the ancient sites in Sri Lanka. Be sure to brave the rickety-looking spiral staircase to see the awesome 1500-year old painted frescoes located beneath an overhang about 90m up the rock. This archaeological site, unparalleled in South Asia, is a place of pilgrimage for Sri Lankans and has been declared a World Heritage Site
The glory of medieval Sri Lanka is best appreciated at Polonnaruwa, an ancient and compact city featuring 12th-century stone sculptures and the Gal Vihara, comprising three enormous Buddha figures. One of the statues is reclining and is 13 metres in length, another in a standing position and the other seated. The statues, located in a cluster along a dirt road, are revered as being among the most sacred monuments in all of Sri Lanka. There are also palace ruins, great bas-reliefs and friezes to see.
The hill city of Kandy was the last bastion of the Sinhala Kings and is a charming place offering a living record of a magnificent past and is set around an attractive man-made lake in scenic hill country. It is also the site of Sri Lanka’s greatest annual spectacle, the Esala Perahera Festival in August, also known as the Kandy Festival when thousands of people from all parts of the country and Elephants are paraded in the courtyards of the temple during Esala Perahera. Kandy’s star attraction is the ornate Dalada Maligawa (Temple of the Tooth) which houses a sacred relic in well-guarded casket.
Sri Lanka’s cool hill country offers a welcome antidote to the heat of the coast and low-lying plains. Situated among verdant tea plantations and at an elevation of 1990 metres, Nuwara Eliya is one of the highest and most attractive towns in Sri Lanka’s hill region. Built by English tea growers, it remained their favourite hill station during colonial times. Nuwara Eliya boasts the best golf course in Sri Lanka and is home to the impressive Hakgala Botanical Gardens.
As the capital of Sri Lanka, Colombo is a modern city filled with good hotels, restaurants, al fresco cafes, shopping and every form of transport imaginable. Just off the north end of Galle Road is the Fort, once a colonial stronghold but now home of many government residences and offices. To the south is Galle Face Green, a seaside promenade where informal cricket games are played out among city folk. Just east of the Fort is the Pettah, a traditional bazaar where you can enjoy a colourful retail experience
Brimming with ancient ruins and mystery, Anuradhapura is one of Sri Lanka’s most fascinating destinations. Founded in the 3rd century BC and at one point the heart of Sri Lankan civilisation, the city is tucked away within dense jungle and was inaccessible for hundreds of years before regaining its rightful place on the map. While you are here, be sure to marvel at the sight of the three main dagobas, which were among the largest structures ever built in the ancient world. Another highlight that cannot be missed is the scared Sri Maha Bodhi, one of the world’s most revered trees. It is said that this tree grew from a cutting that was taken from the original bodhi tree, under which Buddha attained enlightenment in India. Yet the city isn’t all sombre worshipping - frequent ceremonies and celebrations inject the streets with life and vibrancy.
Yala National Park
Sitting on the southeast side of the island, the Yala National Park is one of Sri Lanka’s most popular wildlife destinations. As the inspiration for Kipling’s Jungle Book, it should come as little surprise that this vast region of wilderness is teeming with exotic animals, many of which are now so habituated to seeing humans that they have no problem with getting up close and personal with safari-goers. Elephants, monkeys, sloth bears, wild boars and more all roam through the park freely, delighting photographers and animal-lovers as they do so. However, the real piece de resistance of the Yala National Park is the leopard. This particular leopard is endemic to Sri Lanka and is an epic and majestic sight to behold. The best time to head to the park is between February and July when water levels are lowest, meaning that animals will be more concentrated around water holes.
Shooting up dramatically from the lush jungle of Sri Lanka’s southwest region, Adam’s Peak, or Sri Pada as it is known locally, is one of the most sacred places in the country. For many centuries it has been a pilgrimage site for people from a range of different faiths, including Christianity, Buddhism and Islam. Walkers usually start their journey in the middle of the night when the path to the top is lit up by strings of lights. The magical effect of this lighting technique is certainly not lost on hikers or observers as they climb the path that looks destined for heaven. The purpose of this incredibly early start is to ensure that your arrival at the summit coincides with sunrise. There are few sights more beautiful than watching the sun emerge across the horizon, lighting up the country as it begins to bathe the landscape in a warm golden glow.
Udawalawe National Park
Stretching across the southern lowlands of Sri Lanka, the Udawalawe National Park has gained fame among travellers for its large herds of elephants that can easily be spotted meandering through the reserve. There is a distinct lack of forest cover at the Udawalawe Park, meaning that the landscape is rather barren during the dry season - perfect for spotting wildlife and not just large animals like elephants. Once the rain comes, the park undergoes a metamorphosis into an oasis of vivid green, peppered with sparkling lagoons and waterholes. While the main draw of this park is its elephants, a number of other animals can be found here, including buffalo, monkeys, leopards, sambar deer and crocodiles. This park is also home to the Elephant Transit Home, an orphanage for elephants who need to be supervised as they grow and develop before being released back into the wild. After release, they continue to be monitored until they have fully adapted to their new habitat
With the Indian Ocean lapping at its walled borders, Galle is a charming historical city located on Sri Lanka’s west coast. Teeming with stunning colonial buildings and infused with the scent of exotic spices, Galle is a blend of cultures and strikes a balance between modernity and antiquity, giving itself a unique cultural identity that doesn’t fail to captivate and enthral. The most famous part of the city is the Fort, which is surrounded by the sea on three sides and encompasses an entire thriving community, complete with boutiques, cafes and offices. Originally built by the Dutch in the 1600s, the main attraction of the fort is simply wandering around, soaking up the atmosphere and relishing in the tranquillity that comes with a lack of traffic. Once a hideaway for bohos and eccentric expats, the sleepy streets of Galle are slowly waking up thanks to foreign cash and interest.
For accommodation in the capital city of Sri Lanka:
Colombo Beach Hostel
Address: 30, De Saram Road, Mount Lavinia, Colombo, Sri Lanka Вour Security
Tel: +94 77 787 1393
Rooms From USD10
Airport transfers, bicycle parking, board games, ceiling fans, common room, free parking, free WiFi, hairdryers for hire, kitchen, laundry facilities, linen included, lockers and luggage storage are offered at this hostel. there's also outdoor terrace, tea/coffee making facilities, tours/travel desk, towels for hire. This place is wheelchair accessible. Towels are included.
BED Hostel Colombo
Address: 17 & 17A Park Avenue, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Tel: +94 77 881 3778
Dorms from: USD10.00
This hostel provides 24 hour security, adaptors, airport transfers, BBQ, bicycle hire and parking, board games, book exchange, ceiling fan, common room, DVD's, free city maps, free internet access, free parking, Free WiFi, games room, hairdryers. In addition, hot showers, internet access, kitchen, laundry facilities, lockers, luggage storage, outdoor terrace, parking, reading light, tea/coffee making facilities, tours/travel desk, towels included, washing machine are available. Breakfast and linen are included.
CityRest - Fort
Address: 46 Hospital Street, Colombo 01, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Tel: +94 11 2 339340
Dorms from: USD18.00
Rooms from: USD30.00
There is 24 hour reception and security, adaptors, air conditioning, airport transfers, ATM, bar, bicycle parking, board games, book exchange, cable TV offered at this place. This hotel offers a cafe, card phones, ceiling fan, common room, currency exchange, dvd's, fax service, free city maps, free internet access, free parking, free wifi, games room, hairdryers, hot showers, housekeeping, key card access, kitchen, laundry facilities, lockers and luggage storage. Also this hotel has a nightclub, outdoor terrace, parking, postal service, reading light, restaurant, safe deposit box, tea/coffee making facilities, tours/travel desk, vending machines, washing machine and towels for hire, towels, breakfast and linen are included. There's a mini-supermarket there.
Drift BnB Colombo
Address: 646 Galle Road Kollopity, Colombo 3, Colombo, Sri Lanka,
Tel: +94 11 2 505536
Dorms from: USD 16.18
Rooms from: USD 25.73
There is 24 hour reception, 24 hour security, air conditioning, airport transfers, cable TV, common room, elevator, free internet access, free WiFi, hot showers, housekeeping, internet access, linen included, lockers, luggage storage, parking, reading light, tours/travel desk, towels included in this hotel.
Colombo Lavinia Beach Hostel
Address: 6A Samudra Mawatha, Mount Lavinia, Colombo, Sri Lanka,
Tel: +94 77 787 1393
Dorms from: USD9.44
Rooms from: USD10.62
This hostel offers 24 hour security, adaptors, air conditioning, airport transfers, bicycle hire, bicycle parking, board games, breakfast not included, cable TV, ceiling fan, common room, currency exchange, free internet access, free parking, Free WiFi, hairdryers for hire, hot showers, housekeeping, kitchen, laundry facilities, linen included, lockers, luggage storage, outdoor terrace, tea/coffee making facilities, washing machine. Meals are available. Towels are included.
Address: 30 College Avenue, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Tel: +94 11 2 738653
Dorms from: USD 9.04
Rooms from: USD 11.40
There is 24 hour reception, airport transfers, cable TV, currency exchange, free internet access, free parking, internet access, linen included, luggage storage, parking, restaurant, tours/travel desk, wheelchair accessible at this guest house.
Clock Inn Colombo
Address: 457, Galle Road, Colombo 03, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Tel: +94 11 2 500588
Dorms from: USD 13.00
Rooms from: USD 22.50
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