Impressions Of Sri Lanka – After spending three weeks in Sri Lanka, we left the country with many new impressions and experiences.
Sri Lanka had given us so many contrasting experiences, and the charismatic people we had met along the way had given us different insights into the country and its people.
It was interesting to see how this country has quickly risen from a long time of struggling and hardship, and is today really starting to take shape and create its own identity.
Impressions Of Sri Lanka – The People
I really enjoyed the people in Sri Lanka, and can honestly say that they were among the friendliest people I’ve met.
We often felt that the people we met were genuinely interested in us, and were happy to share a lot about themselves as well.
Children or adults, they were all easy to talk to and everyone always said hello, waiving from the car or street.
Being invited to a Sri Lankan family’s home was a great example of their openness and hospitality, but that wasn’t the only time we experienced this; on the buses and trains, on the streets and in hotels, the people were incredibly friendly and often greeted us with big smiles as soon as you made eye contact.
Many Sri Lankans were very positive about the future, something which you could tell not only in conversations but everywhere around you.
For example, hotels seemed to be built in a way where they could easily add new floors once business was prospering.
Impressions Of Sri Lanka Food
The portions in Sri Lanka are massive – sometimes when we ordered two meals, the waiter would tell us that one would be enough for both of us (some pretty honest people!), which turned out to be very true.
We were expecting the food to be similar to that of India, but found that the Sri Lankan cuisine had a very distinct style of its own.
If you ever travel to Sri Lanka, you have to try their street food!
There are Roti (a type of pancake) in an endless variety, lots of pastries, and the very popular buffalo curd, which you will love or hate.
Sri Lankans also seem incredibly fond of their foul smelling “Wood Apple”, which surprisingly tastes delicious as a milkshake.
From postcard-perfect beaches with palm trees hanging over the waterfront of a milky turquoise ocean and colorful wooden fishing boats, to lush rain forest, countless of waterfalls and tea plantations.
Sri Lanka has some of the most beautiful and diverse nature I’ve ever seen.
There is a little bit of everything for everyone when it comes to the nature in Sri Lanka, surfers and beach bums will love the beaches, hikers will love the mountains and views, and adventurous people will love the wild life and how easy it is to find “unexplored” and “off the beaten path” areas.
You can see a lot of it from the train window, but getting up close with the nature there is a very unique experience!
We were actually very surprised, and confused, about the cost of things in Sri Lanka.
Compared to other countries in South and South East Asia, Sri Lanka is not cheap – you simply get less for what you pay for.
Public transport was insanely cheap, but also incredibly difficult to use.
Trains often only went twice a day, and at the time we were there they were so overcrowded that even the ticket salesmen often advised us to take a taxi.
To see many of the places and attractions in an area you often need a driver, so hiring one for a week or the entire duration of your stay is actually a really good idea – but naturally, this will also cost you more.
The fees to temples and cultural sites, were often surprisingly high, which put us off a little since we weren’t prepared for that.
So, as a conclusion, Sri Lanka offers a lot to see and do, but to really be able to do it all and get the very most of the country when it comes to attractions, bring a bigger budget than to India and SEA.
Explore Sri Lanka In 4 Mins VIDEO
Earlier this year we spent 3 weeks traveling around Sri Lanka, a country with incredible diverse nature and the most charming people.
Sri Lanka is so full of surprises and experiences, there are so many things to see and do there that we didn’t feel that 3 weeks was enough.
Here is a video we made of our our 3 week trip: in under 4 minutes on video – enjoy!
4 Reasons To Visit Sri Lanka
We knew that D-Day (Day of Decision Making) would come sooner or later, but like always we kept avoiding it by having “more important things to think about”.
Which led to us being just as late in our planning as always.
Somehow we always manage to leave these things to the very last minute.
In 3 weeks we’ll have to pack our bags and leave Germany…but to where?
When doing some brainstorming the other day, the idea of going to Sri Lanka came up.
The reasons to travel to Sri Lanka are many, and these four reasons were just a few that made us excited about wanting to go there…
World Class Beaches and Surfing
The thing I didn’t like about the beaches in Thailand was that the water was absolutely still, something which got very boring after some time.
Sri Lanka has the best of both worlds; paradise beaches and good surfing.
Unawatuna has been voted as one of the top 10 most beautiful beaches in the world by Discovery Channel, and people take Sri Lanka holidays to surf at Arugam Bay, one of the top 10 surf destinations in the world.
Indulgence In Food And Tea
Often one of the main reasons I travel to a country is because of the food.
Being a vegetarian it might seem odd that I’m such a food fanatic, but for some reason it has had the opposite effect on me and has made me even more fascinated about food.
Sri Lanka is heaven when it comes to vegetarian food, which makes it another great reason to visit.
It is also one of the largest exporters of tea in the world.
In other words, perfect for tea lovers like me, besides, few things are more beautiful than the sight of rolling hills with tea plantations that look like velvet.
Visit Sri Lanka Culture and Festivals
One of the best ways to get an insight into a country’s tradition and culture is to attend the festivals and celebrations, and there are so many festivals in Sri Lanka that it seems like the people there love to find reasons to celebrate..!
One of the biggest celebrations is the annual Perahera festival in Kandy, a Buddhist celebration with elephant parades and dances – something I would love to see!
I’m quite cautious when it comes to elephant centers, as I know that many of them mistreat their animals, and it’s sometimes difficult to know as a visitor.
In Sri Lanka, the Asian Elephants were hunted close to extinction during the British colonial period, and are now endangered.
But the country has made many efforts to increase the elephant population, promoting eco tourism and has as many as nine national parks, seven bird sanctuaries and several conservation centers like Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage.
It seems like a good place to meet these huge gentle animals without feeling guilty.
To read more about our time in Sri Lanka, check out the articles.
5 Reasons to Visit the Maldives
With so many beautiful holiday destinations to choose from, planning a romantic holiday isn’t easy – however, here are just a few reasons to visit the Maldives:
One of the main attractions of island life is the tropical climes.
Unlike many holiday destinations, there is no bad time to visit which is great for those looking for a winter break.
With an average temperature of 32 degrees all year round, the Maldives guarantees great weather for holidaymakers.
The Ultimate Luxury
If you are looking for a luxurious holiday destination, the Maldives should be at the very top of your list – turquoise blue waters and white sandy beaches provide a stunning setting for long walks on the beach, beautiful sunsets and romantic diners by the sea.
Your Own Slice of Paradise
If you long to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life, Maldives is where you will find your own slice of island life.
If you wish you can create your own romantic cocoon and secure your place on an all inclusive resort.
If it’s a romantic holiday you are looking for, the Maldives ticks all of the boxes and if it’s romance you are looking for you will find it in abundance.
Marvellous Marine Life
The Maldives has more to offer than beautiful blue beaches and stunning scenery.
If you want to get active during your stay, the coral reef is one of the main attractions.
You can go scuba diving and experience what the clear waters have to offer.
You can visit all of the top scuba diving spots on the island or take to the seas for a spot of whale watching.
Everyone needs a little me time and there is no better place for a spot of pampering than the Maldives.
As soon as you step off the plane, you can feel the stresses of everyday life disappear as you get to grips with island life.
If you want to relax and unwind, the Maldives has a lot to offer those who want to de-stress.
Almost all of the exclusive resorts on the island boast beautiful spa facilities and an impressive menu of spa treatments.
So, there you have it, five reasons to visit the Maldives this summer
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With bungalows perched on stilts above a sea as clear as bathwater, and with countless, uncrowded beaches, the Maldives are the ultimate destination for island luxury.
The Maldives are made up of over 1,000 islands, 200 of them inhabited, and many of those are home to resorts.”
It’s difficult to visit the Maldives on a budget, but very few places can compete with the comfort and extravagance provided by a Maldives resort.
Any trip to the Maldives should include these activities:
Get Pampered While on Holiday in the Maldives
Almost every Maldives resort has a spa, and these spas incorporate traditional remedies from the Ayurvedic tradition as well as sand massages and coconut oil treatments.
Given the incredible beauty and remoteness of the natural surroundings, receiving a treatment here after a day of snorkeling and swimming may be quite possibly the most relaxing thing on earth.
Stressed out travelers planning their next holiday probably can’t do better to heal what ails them.
For those who really want to get away from it all, it’s possible to visit an uninhabited island and claim it for a day.
As only 200 of the islands are inhabited, that leaves more than 800 unoccupied islands to explore.
Travel there by boat and learn about traditional fishing, or take an air taxi.
Safari boats allow visitors to tour multiple islands whereas it’s possible to arrange an overnight stay with a dhoni boat.
Hang up a hammock and crack open a coconut as you enjoy unparalleled solitude — excepting visits from sea turtles and other wildlife.”
With all the resorts and tourists, it’s easy to overlook local life and customs. Remedy that with a trip to the capital city of Malé.
Shop in the markets, admire the brightly-painted buildings and mosques, and take advantage of one of the only inexpensive pleasures of the Maldives: the street food!
Enjoy rich, spicy curries, the freshest of fish, and any number of deep-fried snacks.
Visitors should note that while drinking laws are relaxed for the resorts, drinking alcohol is not permitted in the capital.
The National Museum is small but gives visitors a sense of the islands’ history, and is housed in the only remaining building of what was once a Sultan’s opulent palace.
If you are willing to travel a little further afield and spend a bit more cash, the Maldives is the summer holiday retreat for you.
Just 200 of the 1000 plus islands are inhabited but that doesn’t stop the visitors pouring in every year to benefit from the gorgeous weather and great range of activities on offer.
The Maldives are perfect from diving and snorkeling as the clear water coupled with amazing coral islands to dive around give you plenty to explore, whilst the beautiful white, sandy beaches are the ideal place to rest up for the day and top up your tan if water sport isn’t your thing.
This amazingly beautiful island nation must be paradise on earth, and looking at the pictures I can see why so many people go there for their honeymoon.
The white beaches, the great diving and snorkeling, the relaxed atmosphere.. it just seems like a place where you can really sit back and relax for a while.
But not for too long, Maldives is sinking, and scientists fear the sea level is rising up to 0.9cm a year.
Since 80% of its 1,200 islands are no more than 1m above sea level, within 100 years the Maldives could become completely uninhabitable.
Visiting the place is probably the last thing you should worry about, but I have to say that I would like to see it before it’s all under water.