It’s been a quite a while since I went on a traveling trip, the last being a 10 day trip to Borneo last August to meet up with some of my best mates from home. Apart from a ‘holiday’ back to the UK for Christmas and the odd long weekend in Aus, I haven’t strayed too far from my current hipster nest of Melbourne in the past year. Which brings me onto my reason for this post; I’ve spent the best part of the last 3 months trying to convince my fella that we should go to Sri Lanka for our first holiday together when he gets his 2 week break from deployment. So, for anyone else who’s thinking about visiting this dreamy island, I’ve written my top 5 reasons on why you should go.
It’s slightly off the backpacker route
Ok so I’m guilty of it myself, I did the whole “backpacking around South East Asia” thing, but hey, it was awesome and I don’t regret it! The standard route for a lot of first time backpackers is Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia and because Sri Lanka isn’t in that close proximity that makes it a little less well-travelled than most countries in Asia. Don’t worry, I’m not expecting to step off the plane onto a deserted island but I’m hoping at least not to see crowds of the standard British dickheads downing buckets of vodka shuffling to Avicii.
It’s like a more chilled out India
From what I’ve heard if you’re not keen on the hustle and bustle of India, Sri Lanka can be a great alternative. We both REALLY want to go to India too, and it was on the shortlist, but I wasn’t ready to commit 2 weeks to rushing around such a big country. After doing some reading even 3-4 weeks in India would be a push and if you’re not a seasoned traveller, India can be a bit of a culture shock.
The land of tea and curry
I’m British and I like tea. I also have a fondness for curries. Need I say more? There’s really nothing better than paying $1 for a decent curry.
Scenic train journeys
I get this doesn’t sound appealing straight away, but the train routes that take you inland from the cities look absolutely beautiful. Apparently the Brits brought the train system to SL back in the day in order to transport tea from the highlands to the cities so the scenery around the train lines is incredible. And the best thing is it’s a super cheap way to get around and a great opportunity to travel like the locals.
I looked up visiting a sanctuary at first then I realised they’re really not that legit, and what I found after more research was even better – SL is one of the best places in the world to see elephants in the wild! There are quite a few national parks where you can go on a safari-like tour and see them in their natural habitat.
I’ve provided some links to some awesome blog posts that really helped my research
I’d love to hear from you if you’ve been to Sri Lanka or planning on going yourself and have some advice.