Majority of travellers pass by Sri Lanka mainly because it is relatively small and that sights are just the common ones. Pass by again and you might see Sri Lanka is more than just its size. It is a bustling island country that has so much to offer way pass its eight declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites and its more than 2,000 years of culture. Before heading off to any other destinations in the world, take a moment or two to discover Sri Lanka on your own.
Where to go
Colombo is considered the largest city and financial and commercial capital of Sri Lanka. While in Colombo, go visit the Turtle Conservation Villa, and be enlightened of the initiatives of the locals in protecting sea dwellers in the most entertaining way possible. You can also while away time by visiting Galle Face Green Promenade at sundown for a remarkable view. Enjoy doing nothing, and just observe local people going about their business. On Saturday and Sunday evenings, the place is brimming with food vendors. Do not miss visiting the largest museum in Colombo called the National Museum of Colombo or sometimes known as the Sri Lanka National Museum. Among its exhibits are the regalia of the 17th century Kandyan Kings.
If you are up for some picturesque views, destinations such as Nuwara Eliya might be of interest. These can be reached by small Seaplane service which Sri Lankan Airlines also operates. Nuwara Eliya is a city in Sri Lanka’s Hill Country and is deemed as the “Little England” with its temperate climate. Small enough to walk around, you can also take a bus or hire a three wheeler if you want to explore furthermore. Check out the Haggala Botanical Gardens in Nuwara Eliya, which is truly a relaxing place to while away time, or make a photo walk session in the surrounding forests of Horton Plains National Park. The Horton Plains National Park is of outstanding scenic beauty and with its abundance of flora and fauna. Take time to explore the town, which houses interesting sights such as the Post Office, which is a remnant of the colonial era. Victoria Park is also a nice place to while away time.
From Colombo-Bandaranayake International Airport, you may want to explore China, or Bangalore in India, Doha in Qatar, Dubai in United Arab Emirates, or Singapore. As the capital of Qatar, Doha is set to become one of the premier cities in the Gulf in the years to come. Visit the city and see its transformation, all the while smoking some fruit-flavoured tobacco known as sheesha in Ras-Naswa.
From Colombo-Bandaranayake International Airport, reach other countries in Asia such as Japan. Go further and you will find yourself in Munich and Frankfurt in Germany, Amman in Jordan, Kiev in Ukraine, and Istanbul in Turkey. Go explore Japan, one of the most advanced nations in terms of technology. Called as “The Land of the Rising Sun,” Japan is a country wherein modernisation and technological advancement is no hindrance in keeping up with its rich culture. You might also bump into eager Japanese people who want to strike up a conversation and converse with you in English.
How to get out
Colombo-Bandaranayake International Airport in Sri Lanka serves as a hub for a number of carriers throughout Europe, Southeast Asia, China, Japan, Middle East, India, and Pakistan. The carriers include Emirates Airlines, Mhin Lanka, Qatar Airways, Jet Airways, SpiceJet, Tiger Airways, AirAsia, Oman air, Royal Jordanian, Ukrainian International Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Thai International Airways, Cathay Pacific, Saudi Arabian, Condor, SpiceJet, Meridiana, and JetAirFly.
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