Why to go to Sri Lanka rather than India!

1st Oct 2016

Why to go to Sri Lanka rather than India

India and Sri Lanka are both amazing places to visit with their rich cultures, culinary delights, historic sites and relics, and incredible wildlife.

But while India may be perceived as the more popular destination of the two to Westerners, the trend is shifting and Sri Lanka – “The Pearl of the Indian Ocean” - is fast becoming the preferred choice.

Unlike years of the past, Sri Lanka is now truly open for business and offers Western tourists a less intimidating, quieter option compared to India, yet with equal delights.

You will now find the popular Western retail and food outlets in the main Sri Lankan cities, yet not nearly as many as you typically find in other Asian tourist destinations. Familiar, yet sparse Western brands, along with the extremely friendly Sri Lankan people, make Sri Lanka feel both welcoming yet entirely authentic.

The Sri Lankan experience

The first thing to note about Sri Lanka is that the people are both very welcoming and highly educated. This makes getting around Sri Lanka simple. You’ll find lots of people, even in the small towns, who speak perfect English and the infrastructure in terms of roads and the train networks are of a good standard. Getting around the country to visit the likes of Kandy, Colombo and the main sites is both safe and easy.

Sri Lankan World Heritage sites

No trip to Sri Lanka would be complete without exploring the eight UNESCO World Heritage sites the country has to offer. Six are cultural gems and include the Sacred City of Kandy with its Temple of the Tooth Relic – one of the most sacred places of worship in the Buddhist world. The architecture of the temple is stunning but the most memorable aspect of the trip for most visitors is watching the locals who travel from far and wide to come to pray at the temple.

There so much more to Sri Lanka than its cultural treasures, though. The tea plantations of Sri Lanka are a popular favourite among visitors and an outing to the world famous tea estates is highly recommended.  Another must is a relaxing stay on one of the many golden sandy beaches Sri Lanka has to offer. The sun-kissed white sands of Beruwala beach makes a perfect spot to rest your feet after a few days of exploring!

And of course, a day trip to one or more of the world famous National Parks is a must. The Yala Nation Park recently re-opened after a drought in the area and it is world renowned for its wild Leopard population which thrive in the park. The park is a wildlife paradise with a wide array of species to see, including the Sloth Bear.

Sri Lanka is truly an experience you will not forget.

Experience Sri Lanka with a tailor-made tour

Here at The Unique Travel Company we specialise in tailor-made tours exclusively to Sri Lanka.

We have a wide range of pre-arranged tours suitable for almost everybody, including

But, if you’d prefer a more customised itinerary we offer tailor made Sri Lanka tours which we arrange to suit your exact needs and budget for a truly unique experience.

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