It’s seldom that people think of travelling to big, bustling cities to recharge the batteries on holiday. Most times, the idea of tranquility is rooted in the classic vision of being surrounded by lush greenery, walking on sandy beaches or waking up to the sounds of chirping birds and aroma of freshly brewed tea. Bahrain This Month’s Farah Baig had the pleasure of discovering Sri Lanka on s fairly recent holiday (pre-pandemic, of course) and decided to share some of her top destinations for you to consider when travel is an option.
This lush green location in the mountainous region of Sri Lanka has grown to be a favourite among travellers from the Middle East and it’s for a very good reason. Aside from the stunning natural landscape, Kandy is home to one of the most significant Buddhist relics which is found at the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. Other significant locations include the Botanics Gardens of Peradiniya, the Kandy Lake and the market streets of Kandy Old Town. If you’re looking for an interesting experience, you can also enjoy a train ride to our next destination, Ella.
One of the most exciting things to do when visiting Ella is take a train ride via the Nine Arches Bridge for spectacular views. You’ll find that several people take the time to find the perfect spot to take that Instagram-worthy picture with the bridge in the background too! The little village is perfect for hiking and exploring to really connect with your surroundings. Other things to do include a visit to Little Adam’s Peak, check out the Diyaluma and Ravana Falls, and get a tour of a tea factory.
I know I said that cities aren’t a spot where people recharge their batteries, but I’d have to be crazy to not mention the very capital of Sri Lanka! This beautiful city is brimming with history and culture, not to mention a very healthy culinary and nightlife scene. You can also enjoy numerous hotels and resorts that line the stunning coastal line of Sri Lanka here.
The first thing you have to do when visiting the old town of Galle is visit the charming Galle Fort which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The district has an old school European vibe in the midst of a burst of colour and tradition – in true Sri Lankan fashion. Be sure to visit the Galle Lighthouse, watch the sunset from the Galle wall and shop for aromatic spices, sparkling gems and more on Pedlar Street. While you’re at it, be sure to eat your fair share of traditional Sri Lankan food at one of the cities many traditional eateries.
PINNEWALLA ELEPHANT ORPHANAGE
A little bonus trip for your adventure through Sri Lanka is a visit through Pinewalla Elephant Orphanage which is home to over ninety elephants. It’s fame is widespread making it one of the most visited locations in Sri Lanka where you can watch baby elephants being bottle fed or the larger elephants being taken down to the river to bathe.
This beautiful mountainous district is a dream for anyone that’s grown up in hot weather. You’ll experience the perfect clean and cool mountain breeze. Nuwara Eliya provides you with spectacular views of the mountains and is a short drive from one of Sri Lanka’s most enjoyable hikes through Horton Plains which provides you with spectacular views from World’s End.