When I told people that I was going to Sri Lanka a lot of people didn’t even know where this small country was – never mind what it was like to travel there. It turns out that it is an island just below India. A lot of people love Sri Lanka – especially women – because it is similar to India but more toned down. How is it different and what makes it so great? Read these six reasons for why you need to Visit Sri Lanka for yourself:
1. Cheap & Easy Transportation
I was shocked the first time that I was told the price of my bus ticket- and every time after that. Buses and trains in Sri Lanka are dirt cheap! I swear it didn’t matter if I was going 15 minutes away or across the country I never had to pay more than $1.50. On top of that there was always a bus or train going where I needed to go making getting around a breeze.
2. Green on Green on Green
I have seen many beautiful countries but I have to say that the award for the greenest country goes to Sri Lanka. From the rolling hills, to the tea plantations to the jungles green is EVERYWHERE. No need for Photoshop with the beautiful scenery.
3. No Language Barrier
Sri Lanka has three official languages with English being one of them. This is great because practically everyone speaks English. Yippee! Also, pretty much everything is written in English from street signs to cereal boxes.
4. Friendly People
The people in Sri Lanka where so friendly and kind. Whenever I asked for directions they were more than happy to help. When I was in more rural areas I would even have locals invite me to join them in whatever activity they were doing.
Some invitations including joining them for a bath, and getting in a boat on lake swarming with crocodiles (both of which I agreed to). I always find that getting to know the locals is the best way to experience the country and Sri Lankans make it easy to do this.
5. You will Never be Bored
Usually when you think vacation you think of drinking mai tai’s on the beach. Not in Sri Lanka. My first few days there included climbing the 5,2000 stairs of Adam’s Peak at 2 a.m., hiking Ella’s rock, taking a cooking class and going on a jungle safari. Even when I was at the beach I was hardly lying around. The beaches have surfing, snorkeling, yoga and whale watching. You will probably leave this trip in better shape than when you came.
6. Delicious Fruit
There are fruit stands everywhere in Sri Lanka and I hardly went a day without stopping at one. The fruit is so fresh and delicious- not to mention cheap. My favourite was to buy a whole pineapple. They would chop it up for me and I would eat it for breakfast or as a fresh snack on the bus.
As well as fresh fruit, most restaurants offer fruit juice. My favourite is watermelon juice. It is so delicious and has natural electrolytes to keep you hydrated during a day at the beach. Just make sure to ask for it without sugar if you want to reap its health benefits.