And so, another year draws to its close and if you’re like us and you’re still not ready to put your suitcases into its dusty cupboards just yet (we totally understand!), then it’s time you think of spending New Year’s Eve in Sri Lanka.
As resolutions are made and the past is forgiven, head over to some of Sri Lanka’s iconic destinations as you spend a completely unique New Year’s Eve. If you want to wake up with the glorious sun caressing your face on the first day of a brand New Year, Sri Lanka is the place to be in.
If lounging in beachside hotels, treating yourself to celebratory dinners and strolling by the golden beaches is your idea of spending New Year’s Eve, it doesn’t get better than Bentota. Dubbed as the quintessential beach destination in Sri Lanka, Bentota is easily accessible from Colombo so it’s a great place if you’re dropping in at Sri Lanka for an exciting New Year’s Eve bash. Plus, the end of the year is marked with lots of music and dancing before it’s all finished off with a spectacular display of fireworks and sky lanterns to welcome the New Year is grand style.
While you’re at it, check out some amazing things to do in Bentota here.
If you’re looking for parties and music to welcome the new Year, Colombo’s nightlife scene is a very promising one. Plenty of hotels and clubs dotted around Colombo offer New Year’s Eve parties complete with great food, electrifying atmosphere and wonderful people.
If you consider yourself to be an introvert and you practically can’t stand crowds, then take a trip off-the-beaten-path to a serene destination like Kalpitiya. The beaches are relatively crowd-free since people who frequent this destination often go on dolphin watching tours, leaving the beach practically empty (all for yourself).
Want to be the first one to welcome the first ray of sunshine of the New Year at the peak of the Hill Country? A trek up the stunning Adam’s Peak is a wonderful activity and although the climb itself could be pretty daunting, the panoramic views that await (and not the mention, the glorious spectacle of the sunrise), makes it all the more worth it.
Go on a Tuk Tuk safari
Tuk Tuks are a truly Sri Lankan way of exploring the country in style so why not turn away from the raucous crowds on New Year’s Eve and snuggle up for a tuk tuk ride through the lush tea plantations of the Hill Country, past the beach side of Negombo or along the narrow winding lanes of Galle? Since tuk tuks have no doors, you get an up close and personal look at things before heading back to your hotel to enjoy your celebratory dinner.
Go on a Wildlife safari
A wildlife safari, you ask? Well, why not?
We all love spending our holidays doing something truly exciting so why not bid farewell to the year by doing something equally wonderful? Retreat to the amazing wildlife national parks such as the Yala or Wilpattu National Park as you spot wild elephants, elusive leopards and sloth bears. After all, nothing beats a nature dosage on a special day such as New Year’s Eve.
Go temple trekking
If you’re staying over at Kandy, then here’s your chance to spend an unconventional but uplifting New Year’s holiday. Discover three wonderful temples located close to Kandy – namely the Gadaladeniya, Embekke and Lankathilake temple, all of which feature elegant woodwork and magnificent architecture. After your temple trek, you can explore more of Kandy’s verdant countryside before retiring to your hotel later at night.
So, where would you want to spend New Year’s Eve? Let us know in the comments below!