Five Inspiring Things You’ll Discover Only in Sri Lanka 0 236

Five Inspiring Things You’ll Discover Only in Sri Lanka 0 237

For such a small country, Sri Lanka is a kaleidoscope of beauty with its colourful heritage, welcoming people, magnificent temples, untouched nature and unique food. If you have visited Sri Lanka, it’s impossible to not be enchanted by the magical spell this petite island puts you under. Here, we will take you on a journey to explore five inspiring and heartwarming experiences that would definitely be challenging – if not impossible – to find anywhere else.

  1. The beautiful spectacle of the Kandy Esala Perehera

When the night falls, the streets of Kandy become a dazzling parade of one of the most spectacular processions in the world. Also known as the Festival of the Tooth, the Esala Perehera takes place annually on July or August depending on the Full Moon Poya Days. Featuring acrobatic dancers, whip crackers, flag bearers, fire-eaters, Kandyan drummers and bejewelled elephants in alluring capes, the Esala Perehera is a spectacle that cannot be simply illustrated in words. It’s an experience that should be witnessed in all its grand glory.

  1. Climb to the top of the Sigiriya Rock Fortress

Sigiriya, the most dramatic and breathtaking natural sight in Sri Lanka, is also one of the most valuable historic monuments in the country. Regardless of whether you’re a history buff, adrenaline junkie, art aficionado, nature lover or plain old spectator, this 200 metre high won’t disappoint you. In fact, the locals are so proud of this giant rock that rises mysteriously from the jungles that they have dubbed it the ‘8th Wonder of the World’ and being the patriots that we are, we totally agree!

#ProTip: If you’re visiting Sigiriya (which should be on your not-to-be-missed list), then you can book your stay at Yoho Sigiriya Road.

  1. Visit the World’s End

Is there anywhere else where you can actually visit the World’s End and come back alive? Well literally, maybe not, but in Sri Lanka, even this remarkable feat is possible. Located in the Horton Plains National Park, the World’s End is a sheer cliff with a dramatic drop of about 4,000 feet. With natural beauty to leave you absolutely speechless, you can even see the Indian Ocean far away on a clear day.

  1. Eating rice and curry with your fingers

So this is not something only we Sri Lankans do but it’s inspiring all the same. Even if this doesn’t count for an unforgettable experience, in Sri Lanka, the whole eating-with-the-hands affair is just the way it’s done here. Locals eat with their hands and to be honest, digging into a wholesome Sri Lankan rice and curry with your hands makes it taste much better. (Is it just me or does anyone else agree? Leave a comment below to us know!)

  1. Hospitality that will make you feel at home

If there is one thing we Sri Lankan truly and genuinely pride ourselves on, it’s our heartwarming hospitality. Any visitor to Sri Lanka will be welcomed with open arms, literally, and locals would be more than willing to cook up a feast for their guests. What’s more, they will be obliging to even arrange home stays for tourists and this is how seriously we folk take our hospitality.

So welcome to Sri Lanka. You’ll be in for a treat!

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Freelance writer by profession, travel and shopping aficionado, vintage stuff hoarder, absolute cricket fanatic and hopeless day dreamer, Afra is a 20-something obsessed with a multitude of things. When she's not writing, scrolling endlessly on Tumblr or obsessing with what to eat next, you'll find her nose buried in a novel or hands stained with water paints.

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