Sri Lanka an island previously known as Ceylon until 1972 is an independent country. It is located at the tip of the Indian Subcontinent which is 65, 610 km2 in size. Which is pretty small I would say? But that’s what makes Sri Lanka so attractive besides the fact that is it an utterly poor country.
Let me state why Sri Lanka can be inspiring:
Sri Lanka has 2 separate monsoon seasons in different areas of the country at different times of the year. “Yala” which blows mid-May to late-September from the southwest, and the northeast monsoon, or the ‘Maha’, which blows in the opposite direction between October and November.
Sri Lanka really is one of those destinations that can be visited at any time of year, just as long as you know which month to travel where. Located in the equator, there’s sun to be found at any time of the year.
Sri Lanka is well known for its magnificent beaches with picturesque coastlines. Some of these beaches are most famous for its wave on the East coast. This tide could be perfect for a surfer to take a holiday to visit Sri Lanka to witness and go against the tides. This will be the most diverse bunch of surfers you will ever be in the water with.
To name a few of them: Arugambay, Nilaveli, Pasikudah, Unawatuna and many more. You can also share the seas with the world’s largest mammal, The blue whale from February to March which is a very rare experience.
Skyscraping Mountains & Waterfalls
Unlike many countries, Sri Lankan mountains mostly embrace a little history or religion to them. For instance, a hike at Adams Peaks will give you an insight to where the footprint of Lord Buddha is preserved. This footprint has also been claimed by the Hindus, Muslims and Christian faith to be of Adams or St Thomas.
It depends on who you ask. But the view is enough of a reason to visit and be inspired. Some mountains that’s also worth a visit are Riverston Peak, Piduruthalagala, Kirigalpoththa that will take you through green tea plantations, waterfalls, and many sceneries.
Sri Lanka has one of the best safari destinations outside Africa with an abundance of wildlife squeezed into 26 National Parks. You have the Yala national park which has leopards and birds, then Wilpattu National Park which is protected wilderness area with lakes, then the Udawalawe National Park which has a massive reserve with native wildlife and more.
Sri Lanka is said to be the only country in the world where you can see the world’s largest land mammal, the elephant and the largest marine animal, the blue whale in a single day according to telegraph.
Sri Lankan and Tamil New Year
This is the most anticipated festival of the year most Sri Lankan awaits. Unlike most of us who celebrate the new year on the 1st of January, Sri Lankan has their new year on the 14th of April.
This celebration has dramatic auspicious times to bring good luck to the year to each family that they need to follow. Besides all that, tables will be decorated with many different snacks that will mostly be eaten during the festive time. Why a tourist should pay a visit is to enjoy these foods and you get to enjoy many events that consist of play and drama.
Another reason why Sri Lanka is inspiring is the Perahara season. It is more like a parade but religiously different. Perehara is defined by Oxford as a religious procession, a ten-day series of a torchlight procession.
It is where majestic elephants amble through the streets, then the frenetic drumming, the exotic chants, sparkly light and shining gold of opulent costumes dancing out. It is most definitely a spectacular festival a tourist must witness.
Sri Lanka is very famous for it proud history. It is one of the countries which has a written history. There’re many historical sites which you can visit. For instance, the ancient cities of Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Temple of the tooth. etc. Technology is too complex even science cannot comprehend the mysteries behind them.
These are a few reasons why Sri Lanka is so inspiring. It is a country where any traveler can visit for all kinds of wonderful things within the country. To add a few more the rich soil, diverse plants and to not forget the rare gems that the country give birth to, it has a very long colorful history, which was affectionately known as Ratna Deepa meaning Gem Island.
If these reasons didn’t inspire you to visit Sri Lanka then what will.
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