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  • Main Botanical Gardens in Sri Lanka

    Sri Lanka has several gardens that attract millions of visitors and locals each year. The beauty of Sri Lankan gardens is that each is located in a different region, under a different climate and as such, there’s always something unique in each.

    1. Peradeniya Botanical Garden; The Peradeniya Botanical Graden is the largest of all 5 and is located 5.5km to the west of Kandy. An estimated 3 million visitors visit the garden that is famous for its diverse orchids and plants. From beautiful flowers to spices, to coconut trees, medicinal plants; it’s estimated that there are over 4,000 species of plants in this garden alone!
    2. Hakgala Botanical Garden; established in 1861 by George Henry Kendrick Thwaites, the Hakgala Botanical Garden started off as plantation for a commercial crops like Cinchona and tea. It’s not until 1884 that it was converted into a full flower garden with over 10,000 species of plants. According to Sri Lankan folklores, the infamous demon King Ravana hid Sita’s Children in this garden after abducting her. Over half a million visitors visit the garden each year to see the beautiful orchids and Roses.
    3. Mirijjawila Botanical Garden; Mirijjawila Botanical Garden welcomes you with lush green grass and towering trees, not to mention the blossoming flowers that are all over. Unlike the other gardens that were established more for their aesthetic values, Mirijjawila is one of the few gardens established to help protect and preserve endangered trees that thrive in dry lands. There are also trees and plants with herbal medicine efficacy that are exclusive to this garden. It’s located in Hambantora District and covers an area or 300 acres. In order to keep the garden ever green and watered, the garden has three water tanks known as Kohombagas wewa, Demantaththa wewa and Mallitthangas wewa.
    4. Henarathgoda Botanical Garden; this is a breathtaking garden located 29 km from Colombo, Sri Lanka’s capital. Visitors here will be impressed by the diversity of the flora that includes trees from different zones. Wet zone trees, dry zone trees, palm trees, roses, orchids; Henarathgoda Botanical Garden is a man made wonder that gives you an idea of how paradise should look like. The garden sits sandwiched between two famous Wildlife Parks; Ruhunu National Park to the east, and Wilpattu national Park on the other side. It’s in this garden that early British explorers first introduced rubber seedlings in Sri Lanka. During Monsoon, the garden blossoms and booms with life as the flowers reveal their real beauty.

     

    Conclusion;

    The beautiful Sri Lanka botanical gardens are a must visit destination during your trip here. The gardens radiate with tranquility and thrill will enhance your vacation experience. Sri Lanka is a unique destination away from the hustle and bustle of your hectic life, a destination that will give you the chance to be one with nature and/or strengthen the bond between you and your partner.

     

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  • Holidaying In Sri Lanka for the First Time?

    Here’s Everything You Need to Know

    It has been called the lost paradise, the jewel in the ocean, and many more enticing names. But why is Sri Lanka such a favored tourist destination, what is it that makes this island nation so popular? Well, there are a thousand and one reasons why Sri Lanka is unlike any other destination. It’s a cool, peaceful country with wonderful people, beautiful and scenic beaches, breathtaking mountains and wildlife, to mention but a few. If you are visiting the country for the first time or are planning to, there are a few things you need to familiarize yourself with;

    Capital City

    The capital city of Sri Lanka is Colombo. The city is as modern as can be, with many international hotel chains and businesses operating. Here, visitors have hundreds of eateries dotting the city, shopping malls and movie halls, and many other recreational facilities. It is not uncommon to come across foreigners walking the streets of Colombo freely. The security is 100% top notch and tourists are always embraced warmly by one and all.

    Currency

    The main currency used in Sri Lanka is known as the Sri Lankan Rupee. Although a few businesses do accept Dollars and Pounds, visitors are always advised to convert their currencies when they arrive for ease of transacting. There are many Forex bureaus where foreign currencies are exchanged some hotels you’ll be living in will also help you convert your cash into local currencies.

    Local language

    The most widely spoken language in Sri Lanka is known as Sinhala, followed by Tamil.  English is the third mostly spoken language especially in Hotels, and the larger hospitality industry. Even in the streets, most Sri Lankans will easily switch to English once they realize that you are a foreigner. Here’s no harm in learning a word or two of the local languages spoken here!

    Best time to visit Sri Lanka

    Really, the best time to visit Sri Lanka is anytime! There’s always something fun and thrilling to do all year round. But if you’re looking for maximum fun, then the best times to come over would be around July to August, and November to March. The weather is friendlier during this time and one would never get inconvenienced by the heavy rains that pound this fertile, scenic country.

    Local culture 

    The local culture of most Sri Lankans is one that is welcoming to visitors from all walks of life. Forget about some Muslim nations that dictate on how women should wear in the streets or in the beach. In Sri Lanka, you can soak in the sun in the beach in a Bikini without the slightest worry. Even on the streets, young ladies dressed in western style outfits are a common feature. As a visitor, you just need to display a modicum of respect to the locals and their way of life; they’ll respect yours too!

    Conclusion;

    It’s beautiful, it’s scenic, it offers plenty of activities to indulge in; Sri Lanka is one of those places you visit and can’t resist coming back again and again!

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  • 5 Of the Best Tourist Destinations in Sri Lanka

    Sri Lanka is a place of wonder and natural beauty. The coast of this Island is characterized breathtaking, landscapes and,stunning panoramas of coconut palms. Sri Lanka’s architecture on its part is rooted in deep history dating back to colonial times. The local festivities are also a thing to die for, the pomp color and the ecstasy in the air is infectious. If you are looking to vacation in a tropical paradise, this Indian destination should be your top pick.

    These 5 places are must have in your Sri Lanka tour bucket list.

    1. Bentota:Bentota is a buzz of activities on the south coast of Sri Lanka.This is the best spot to indulge in the pristine sandy beaches, and a ton of water spots.Bentota has a relaxing atmosphere characterized by clear blue skies and swaying coconut trees. Here you can sip fresh coconut water, sunbathe or dive in for a dose of Vitamin Sea. This coastal town is dotted with state if the art resorts, hotels and sports facilities.
    2. Sigiriya: It is also known as the mount of resemblance. It is a gigantic rock formation that rises out of a flat topography to tower over everything else in vicinity. Brace yourself for a steep climb, but once you get up there you will find out that it was worth it.From the top of this world heritage site you will get a unique view of the greenery landscape below, far and wide.
    3. Yala National Park: Situated just a few kilometers from the capital Colombo, Yala has everything to constitute a magical safari. Elephants, buffalo and leopards rule the jungle while close to 500 bird species watch over the skies. The rock temple of Sithulpawwa is situated within this park. The temple is a splendid time ship to the ancient reign of “King Kawanthissa”.1200 used to live in here and during your visit you might spot archeological statues and fragments of cave paintings.
    4. Kandy: It suffices to mention that Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan Kings. A drive from Colombo to Kandy will take you through scenic plantations of tea and rubber .Then there is the ancient Temple of the Tooth Relic once you get to this city. This temple houses a tooth of the Buddha. This tooth is believed to be the most sacred Buddhist item of worship. Surrounding the temple are a horde of shrines and museums that will top up your wanderlust experience.
    5. Nuwara Eliya: Misty clouds hover above lush green tea plantations on sloping mountains. This is a picture perfect city decorated with the Hakgala Botanical Gardens, Hindu shrines and the Galways Land National Park.If your Sri Lanka trip brings you here treat yourself to the town’s old heritage, seep some green tea or spend the night in a colonial era hotel.

    Sri Lanka never disappoints, it has no shortage of breathtaking spots of cultural, historical, artistic and natural significance. These spots will stir up the wander lust in you. Remember to pack your camera and a pair of binoculars.

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  • Why Sri Lanka Is the Ideal Holiday Destination

    What makes a holiday destination popular? Good beaches? Wild animals? Affordability? Good security? Well, the simple answer is that for a destination to be termed as a top holiday destination, it must meet all of the above criteria.

    Sri Lanka is one of the few countries in the world that have managed to attract a steady stream of tourists and holiday makers over the years.  Most holiday makers who visit this island nation for the first time always fall in love with it and end up becoming regular visitors. The white sandy beaches are as addictive as the local cuisines, or the friendliness of the people.

    1. There are endless activities and things to do while holidaying in Sri Lanka. So much so that you’re unlikely to explore all in a week or even a month. The beaches are one of a kind, white and sandy with clear, blue waters. There are also high mountains that are carpeted with green vegetation and forests. Crown it all with the evening Sun setting in the horizon. Not to forget the numerous species of animals that roam the forests and wetlands.
    2. Another thing worth noting about Sri Lanka is that everything is really pocket friendly. Most visitors are pleased to note that they can indulge in various activities like surfing, diving with whales, riding on elephants, without costing you an arm and a leg. Eating out in any of the local or international restaurants in Colombo is also much affordable compared to other places. Hiring a driver to take you around the city will also leave little if any dents on your pocket. Generally, Sri Lanka offers unique and memorable experiences for holiday makers at budget rates.
    3. Sri Lanka tour packages are comprehensive and irresistible. Most contain of an itinerary that ensures that you get a taste of almost everything the country has to offer. Often, the itineraries comprise of stop overs in major wildlife parks, tour attractions, cruise ship trips, surfing and diving, to mention but a few. Such may take 2 weeks or 3 weeks depending on what your budget allows. By the time your holiday is over, you’ll have sampled so much that it’s hard not to want to come again in the near future to experience the same.
    4. Sri Lanka values tourism as a vital source of income and as such, the hospitality industry is well developed. There’s little interference from the authorities as is common in some Gulf destinations. Security is thus tight both within and without; statistically speaking, you’re safer holidaying in Sri Lanka than you would in Bali, Barcelona, Alexandria, for instance. No religious fanatism, no harassment from the authorities, and rare incidents of mugging on tourists.

    Sri Lanka is a popular holiday destination for many celebrities, sports people and ordinary families looking for a quiet and serene place to bond. There’s always something for everyone regardless of their age. Some hotels have specially designed cottages to accommodate families; others have exclusive ones for couples on honeymoon.  Try beautiful Sri Lanka today.

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