So you’ve picked Sri Lanka to be your country for a family vacation or a quick getaway. Congratulations well then good choice! The Pearl of the Indian Ocean is in real estate terms a ‘prime location’ for a good time.
Does your room criteria includes any of the following? A clean shower and sheets, free breakfast and WiFi for some Instagram stories? Then we might have just the answer you are looking for! If you’re looking at a stay for four days or just the weekend, there’s Colombo with its colourful nightlife and various restaurants catering to all taste buds! Travelling within the city isn’t too complicated either. If you’re feeling adventurous hail a tuk-tuk off the road or download an app that would help you get around.
If you’re looking to catch a few waves and get a tan? Less than 15km away from the Banadaranaike International Airport lies Negombo, home to some nice seafood, great pubs and good hotels. But if you’re into surfing and are really keen on catching that wave, head over on the Southern Expressway Down South to Weligama, Mirissa or Hikkaduwa or if you have some time to spare, to Arugam Bay in the Eastern Province. If you heading down south be sure stop at the Galle Fort and have some ice cream from Peddlers Cafe.
It’s generally almost always hot, so don’t sweat it (pun intended). Be sure to bring along a few shorts and some sunscreen.
However, if you are looking to escape the heat then hire a van or jump on a train and head on up to the hills for the weekend to Nuwara Eliya or Kandy. Go for a hike and grab a cup of tea on top of a mountain and be sure to take a long a jacket along as it does get rather cold up there!
If it’s some ancient history you are after, Sri Lanka is blessed with a rather long and fascinating one that can be encountered in grand scale while in the North Central province of the country. The mighty line of Kingdoms that began in Anuradhapura found its way in history down Polonnaruwa and even Sigiriya, home to a pretty cool rock fortress you should definitely should check out.
Sri Lanka plays home to not only some beautiful holiday spots to check out but also hospitable and friendly people. What are your favourite recommendations for first time travellers to Sri Lanka?