Deep Sea Fishing – Sri Lanka
Surrounded from all sides by the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka's seas are rich in marine life and exotic sea…
Located in the South Asian peninsula, just 32km away from the great nation of India is an Island. Often referred by travellers as the “Pearl of the Indian Ocean”, this little Island paradise is known as Sri Lanka. Some of the great pioneers in travel have documented much about the rich culture and heritage that is still preserved to this day. Ibn Battuta, Marco Polo were some of the great historians who patronized this land, among many others. Serendib, Seylan, Ceylon and now Sri Lanka, this land has gone through many name changes and been under many regimes; the last being the rule of the British.
But what does Sri Lanka really have to offer in terms of being a tourist attraction? The diversity in the landscape itself can tell you much about it. Ranging from the beautiful golden, sandy beaches around the coast, to the great mountain ranges towards the central island, Sri Lanka tends to cater to a majority of tourists. Whether you are escaping the harsh winters or blazing summers, the tropical weather and its distribution would really make you feel right at home.
Being a Sinhales Buddhist nature, Sri Lanka has a large history and culture that has entangled itself with the life of the Buddha. In fact, there are many records and ancient text depicting the journeys of the Buddha to this country. The ancient cities of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa are beautifully preserved WHO world heritage sites for the architectural and artistic marvels they hold among themselves. These great cities were once the capitals of some of the greatest kings this nation has ever known. The great rock citadel of Sigiriya is another fascinating example of technological excellence, splendour, and ingenuity of the kings of old. One must simply not fail to visit this great lion’s rock.
While history is imbued in these places, Sri Lanka is no way just an ancient civilization. The trade capital which is Colombo is nothing but ancient. The many sky scrapers and shopping destinations add to the already busy streets of the metropolis. Many Sri Lankans are naturally friendly and inclined to help you out at any given moment. The “Sri Lankan companionship” is something they pride themselves with. The five-star hotels, as well as smaller boutique hotels and even motels, will only add to your already amazing experience, that is Sri Lanka.
The Sri Lankan local cuisine is another area that you must not miss when you are here. Whether they are from street vendors on the busy streets of Pettah or five-star cuisines from some of the greatest hotel chains, the food is fantastic.
Whether you are just in the mood to chill and relax, or you want to get out there and trek through the hill country or the vast jungles, Sri Lanka will certainly not disappoint anyone who lands on her beautiful shores.
November to March
A significant rise in the number of tourists, especially from the Western hemisphere can be seen in Sri Lanka through the months of November through March. The harsh winters of the European and American continents, send the westerners packing in seek of warmer and friendlier climates and the obvious change in scenery. The surge of tourists, especially in December tends to cause drastic increments of hotel rates throughout the island. One can very easily negate these unplanned inconveniences by doing one simple thing. That is, booking ahead of time. It is a very simple yet practical solution that ensures that you pay for the services you get, and not a penny more.
April to September
The months from April through September are considered the secondary tourist season. Many of the visitors tend to favor touring the historical cities of the North Central Province like Sigiriya, Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa. Tourists also love to celebrate the Sinhalese and Tamil new year, which falls in mid-April. The traditional sweet meats, games and customs all add to the authentic “Sri Lankan” experience that many look forward to.
July to August
Most tourists are drawn to the majestic city of Kandy during the month of July for the Esala Perahera, a 10 day procession of colorfully dressed individuals performing and paying their respect to the sacred Tooth Relic of the Buddha. The event consists of Traditional Kandyan dancers, fire dancers and breathers, whip-dancers and even elephants. The elephants are dressed in glamorous shimmering clothes adorned with jewels and sequins alike. The Kataragama Perahara is another significant event that many tourists flock to. The important thing to remember in the case of both these events is that the cost of accommodation significantly increases closer to the actual event dates. The rates may even double on certain instances. Everyone is advised to always make an advance booking online rather than paying a lump sum of cash by checking in at the last minute.