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Friday, January 17, 2014 - 05.30 GMT

Pearl Of The Orient Sri Lanka


Plan a trip to snowy destinations, hill stations or deserts but an island holiday is something else. Popularly known as the Teardrop of India, because it appears as a giant tear drop falling from the southern tip of the subcontinent, Sri Lanka is one of the most beautiful holiday destinations that strikes the right balance between its historical and contemporary hotspots.

If sunbathing on the beach and adrenaline boosting mountain-trekking is your cup of Ceylon tea, then December to March would be an ideal time to pack your bags and head to Sri Lanka. The beaches in the East Coast and North Central parts of the island are best visited from April to September. The Central part of Sri Lanka has a cool climate with rains, during mid year; so, if you're the warm blooded holiday maker we suggest you choose this time.

Accommodation facilities are a plenty ranging from four and five-star hotels to budgeted guest houses and villas. Commuting is not a hassle either; the easiest way to travel around the country would be in chauffeur driven vehicles - we recommend you make your transportation arrangements well in advance. The commonly known 'TukTuks' are quite fitting for a quick ride if you are in a hurry; just a heads-up, always negotiate the fare before you hop in.

Historical Hotspots, Food & Markets

Sri Lanka has some beautiful beaches, greenery, heritage sites and wild life. The country's South, East and West coasts are famous for their exotic beaches. The Central regions of the island produce some of the finest tea in the world and the rolling hills covered in lush greenery provide an ideal holiday atmosphere. The climate in this region is cooler compared to the rest of the island. Kandy, Anuradhapuraya, Dambulla and Galle are some of the most famous historical hotspots which are even listed under the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

The country has a number of wild life sanctuaries, rich with Asian Elephants, Leopards, Sambers, and various types of birds and fresh water crocs.

Sri Lanka is famous for its spicy food. The popular and pungent 'curry dish' is definitely worth a try if you're sure you can brave the heat. There are other mouth-watering street foods like Hoppers (pancakes), 'Kottu' (a meal ideally suited for dinner with a mixture of roti, vegetable and meat), and Prawn 'Vadai' (prawn patties). Sweet festive delicacies include 'Kokis' (crispy crackers) and 'Kiribath' (milky rice). Most restaurants serve Halal meat though there are a few outlets that don't, hence it's best to inquire before dining.
The island also manufactures superior quality garments and jewellery studded with various gems. Lanka's ceramic industry is also very popular and produces some of the finest worth taking home. Even if you do not purchase anything, there will always be plenty of photographic memories to last a life time.






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Last modified: January 17, 2014.

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