Hello! My dear Travel mates. Today we are talking about Another wonderful Destination to Travel in 2020. Before Travel to Sri Lanka, here are some most important things you have to consider.
History of the country
- 1 History of the country
- 2 Traditions of the country
- 3 The weather
- 4 Five must-visit Places in Sri Lanka
- 4.0.1 Kandy and Tea Country: Kandy, Ella, Nuwara Eliya, Haputale, Hatton, Adam’s Peak.
- 4.0.2 Colombo and West Coast: Bentota, Colombo, Negombo, Kalpitiya.
- 4.0.3 The South: Yala National Park, Tangalle, Mirissa, Weligama, Galle.
- 4.0.4 East Coast: Kuchchaveli, Nilaveli, Batticalo, Arugam Bay, Trincomalee, Passekudah.
- 4.0.5 The Cultural Triangle: Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Kandy, Sigiriya, Dambulla, Minneriya National Park.
Sri Lanka, Ceylon, or Taprobane or Serendib? Ancient Greek geographers named it Taprobane, the Arabs named it Serendib. European mapmakers named it Ceylon but in 1972 it changed its name to Sri Lanka. And also there is another ancient name for Sri Lanka was “Lankadeepa”. This is the name by using which Sri Lanka was recognized at the time of Gautama Buddha, the founder of the Buddhist religion 2,500 years in the past. How many names a country can have, please?
The history of Sri Lanka is intertwined with the records of the wider Indian subcontinent and the surrounding regions, comprising the regions of Southeast Asia, South Asia, and the Indian Ocean. The roots go back to Theravada Buddhism.
In the early a long time of the Anuradhapura Kingdom, the economy became based totally on farming and early settlements were in mainly made close to the rivers. The Colonial History of Ceylon starts from the Portuguese period in 1505 and continued with the founding a fort at the port city of Colombo in 1517 as well as gradually extending their control over the coastal areas.
The King Rajasinghe II, who ruled Kandy, made a treaty with the Dutch in 1638 to get rid of the Portuguese who ruled majority of the coastal areas of the island. In 1948, after 150 years of British rule, Ceylon gained its independence and then changed its name to Sri Lanka in 1972.
Traditions of the country
Tradition of Sri Lanka hang on around 02 dominant religions, Buddhism and Hinduism. Sri Lankan Culture mixes modern elements with traditional aspects and is understood for its regional diversity. Sri Lankan culture has long been inspired through the background of Theravada Buddhism passed on from India, and the religion’s legacy is specially strong in Sri Lanka’s central and southern regions.
Traditional Music of Sri Lanka includes the hypnotic Kandyan drums – drumming was and is very much a part of music in each Buddhist and Hindu temples in Sri Lanka. Please Google the Kandyan Drum Orchestra and do not put your speakers on too loud or they may explode.
Another tradition is to visit temples with bare feet as well as to buy flowers at the entrance of the temples to make offerings. The image of Buddha is sacred for Sri Lankans. Therefore it is prohibited to take a picture of a Buddha representation. And the same is true of Buddhist monks. Oh sorry, but all pictures on Google are made from whom? An event, the Galle Literary Festival brings together Asian and European writers for five days during the second half of January. It’s very famous, this event attracts exceptional names in literature. Maybe next year I can join them because my name is great, at least my name.
Important for any tourist is the weather forecast. Because tourists can decide when is the best time to visit Sri Lanka. You can be lucky, Sri Lanka is a year-round holiday destination. But still, the tourism destination’s peak season is between December to Mid-April.
What about the temperatures? They are pretty steady year-round, with coastal regions taking part in average temperatures of 25-30°C and the highlands 15-18°C on average. You just have to know which side of the island to focus on and to take into account the monsoon season in any given month, and this is never more important than when planning your beach destination. Whilst planning any holiday, it’s important to remember that the world’s weather has a funny habit of not sticking to script, and this is never truer than in Sri Lanka.
You will often be blessed with clear blue skies in what should be the rainy season, or with torrential downpours in the middle of the dry season. And then it can rain all day. In Sri Lanka, relative humidity typically ranges from 60% – 90%. If it is not dropping from heaven it is dropping from your body.
Tourist Attraction Places to Explore there as a Traveler
Sri Lankan culture is internationally associated with cricket, a distinct cuisine (more below), an indigenous holistic medicine practice (more below), religious iconography (not below) such as the Buddhist flag, and exports such as tea, cinnamon, and gemstones (famous for sapphires), as well Sri Lanka is known as a robust tourism industry.
But, some easy guidelines must to be respected, such as always remaining well clothed or giving or receiving with the right hand. Take your tea with the right hand, and your rice and curry also. The national dish is accompanied by several small plates, which are seasoned with “sambal” (coconut grated and spiced), “papadoms” (galettes), and chutneys (jams of spiced fruits). Yummy.
And for me as a woman, what I really like is the detail in the beautiful girl’s clothes because they show how much craftsmanship is an important design feature in Sri Lankan life. And how amazing is a motorbike ride in the cities and outside, where you can discover the greenery of the country? Just amazing how colorful this country is, the flowers and the sea too.
Five must-visit Places in Sri Lanka
Kandy and Tea Country: Kandy, Ella, Nuwara Eliya, Haputale, Hatton, Adam’s Peak.
The last capital of the ancient kings’ era of Sri Lanka was known as Kandy. The city located in the midst of hills within the Kandy plateau, which crosses an area of tropical plantations, especially tea. From Kandy you can take a train to Nuwara Eliya, it is a Scenic Train Ride and for sure you have seen pictures with couples hanging outside the train and kissing each other. Do not hang out too much, or you might lose your girl to another guy in the next compartment. Ella is fantastic, you can see people walking on tracks, when there is no train, of course. Beautiful and a must-see area.
Colombo and West Coast: Bentota, Colombo, Negombo, Kalpitiya.
Colombo is the well established economic capital and the largest city of Sri Lanka via the population. Colombo city area has a population of 5.6 million, and 752,993 inside the city. On Bentota Beach, you can find sea turtles and also find some nice beach resorts with swimming pools. Negombo is one of the Sri Lanka’s most popular resorts located places. Beyond its sands lies an interesting mix: a colonial-built canal and crumbled fort; a lively fresh fish market, conventional fishing communities, and a wildlife-rich lagoon. In Kalpitiya there is the Dutch Church to see.
The South: Yala National Park, Tangalle, Mirissa, Weligama, Galle.
Galle is 119 km from Colombo. The south coast is known for surf camps and good waves for beginners, advanced and professional surfers. For example, in Tangalle or Mirissa, the beaches are also very welcoming for a swim and dive. The National Park is an outdoor activity you have to enjoy, you can do a private safari tour.
East Coast: Kuchchaveli, Nilaveli, Batticalo, Arugam Bay, Trincomalee, Passekudah.
This coast of long white beaches, great surf, and mangrove lagoons have been largely off the tourist routes during civil unrest, but now welcome tourists with open arms. Trinco (Trincomalee) is now an amalgam of the naval and military post, a thriving market, the economic center, and wonderful beaches and diving. At weekends Nilaveli is noisy and full of locals partying. Maybe here you can find someone for your next trip by train to enjoy the scenic ride.
The Cultural Triangle: Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Kandy, Sigiriya, Dambulla, Minneriya National Park.
Here the most sacred and religious sites are found. You can walk a lot of steps to see the Golden Temple of Dambulla. There you can discover a lot of Buddha statues and wall paintings. The City Anuradhapura is famous for its well-preserved ruins of an historical Sinhala civilization. The Minneriya National Park is originally declared as a wildlife sanctuary in 1938. The reason for declaring the region as protected is to save the catchment of the Minneriya tank and the wildlife of the encircling area.
Sri Lanka has many places to visit and it is easy to travel by train or you can share taxis or buses with other tourists. Sometimes buses are really full but you can enjoy the ride like a sardine fish and you won’t fall because of bumpy roads. Go and enjoy yourself.