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Stunning landSri Lanka

By Caroline Hiller

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Discover unspoiled beaches, lush forests and timeless ruins. Northern Sri Lanka is on the brink of a tourism boom, with locals eager to finally show off the island’s magnificent beauty. Surrounded by the idyllic Indian Ocean, the island of Sri Lanka is a secret piece of Paradise offering endless opportunities and diverse experiences. After years […]"

Stunning landSri Lanka

Discover unspoiled beaches, lush forests and timeless ruins.


Northern Sri Lanka is on the brink of a tourism boom, with locals eager to finally show off the island’s magnificent beauty.

Surrounded by the idyllic Indian Ocean, the island of Sri Lanka is a secret piece of Paradise offering endless opportunities and diverse experiences.dsc05502

After years of conflict and natural disaster, Northern Sri Lanka has started to reveal its vibrant colours, unspoiled beaches and intense hospitality. Realizing the potential, luxury hotels and resorts have started popping up in the northern part of the country.

Sun Aqua Pasikudah

In order to truly experience the history and culture Sri Lanka has to offer, it’s best to hunker down in a hotel that sits the heart of everything. Sun Aqua Pasikudah, a luxury boutique property offering five-star suites, is the perfect place to stay while visiting the island. Perched on the mysterious, calm shallow waters of Pasikudah beach, the serene atmosphere allows for total relaxation.markus-mit-k-96243

Along with the golden sands, the resort features an outdoor pool, fitness center with a tennis court and a spa. Guests experience gourmet dining at the in house restaurant, which offers authentic Sri Lankan food and international dishes.sunaquapasikudah_1024

After landing in Colombo airport, visitors can either drive or fly to Sun Aqua Pasikudah. The scenic drive takes you through multiple charming villages, bursting with color and local life. Wildlife runs free, so during the drive you’re bound to see peacocks, and elephants wandering around.dsc05417

Those who opt for the one-hour sea-plane flight will witness beautiful aerial views of luscious forest and abundant nature.

Go off the Beaten Path

While guests at Sun Aqua Pasikudah will find plenty to do on the resort grounds, they’re encouraged to take forest treks, and make visits to local monuments, markets and villages. Guests can also enjoy the marine life rich with colorful corals and shipwrecks. The welcoming and helpful staff are ready to help plan unique private excursions through jungles, mountains and underwater terrains.oceanlife42615

Sri Lanka’s lush jungles are full of wildlife, including elephants, peacocks, monkeys, leopards, sloth bears and more. While the island is a true haven for nature and wildlife lovers, jungle safaris are easily the highlight of anyone’s visit.golden-temple-dambulla-most-popular-tourist-attractions-in-sri-lanka

Cultural travelers will also find lots to explore in Sri Lanka. There are diverse spiritual attractions and bustling markets selling fish, produce and clothing.

The most visited attraction in the country is the Sigiriya rock fortress. The ruined royal palace sits on top of a giant rock in the middle of hill country. After climbing to the top, visitors are rewarded with spectacular views of the countryside, and a look at an impress fortress.

Sigiriya rock fortress.
Sigiriya rock fortress.

No true Sri Lankan experience is complete without sampling the authentic cuisine which boasts fiery curry and rice dishes, coconut, fresh seafood and native fruits and vegetables.

SRI LANKA

flagCapital: Colombo, Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte Currency: Sri Lankan rupee O cial Languages: Sinhala, Tamil, English

GET THERE

• All major airlines y from Jeddah, Riyadh and Dammam to Colombo, Sri Lanka. Prices start from approximately
SR 1,500.

MUST HAVE

• Visas are required to travel from Saudi Arabia to Sri Lanka, for any non-Sri Lankan traveller.
• Good pair of
walking shoes.
• Electricity is 230. 240 volts, 50 cycles AC. Bring a stabilizer if you’re travelling with a laptop.

KEEP IN MIND

• Don’t drink tap water.
• Explore the wilderness.
• Locals are really friendly so don’t hesitate to start a conversation.
• If you’re planning to rent a car, you’ll need an International Driving Permit in addition to your home country driving license.


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