Sri Lanka: travel blog with tips and reports
Sri Lanka is an island country in the Indian Ocean that has been an absolute backpacker dream for decades. Even if it does not belong to Southeast Asia, we report about it here because it is regularly visited by many travelers to Southeast Asia.
The former Ceylon offers you great beaches, surfing and diving spots, beautiful national parks with a unique flora and fauna as well as its own and interesting culture.
Sri Lanka is known for its spicy and varied cuisine, which with its rotis and curries is strongly reminiscent of Indian cuisine, and also for excellent tea.
Sri Lanka translates as "radiant island", and it really is: colorful, cheerful and captivating. It doesn't matter whether you are interested in beaches, mountains, animals, cities or temples, you will be very happy in Sri Lanka.
Destinations Sri Lanka
Colombo is the capital of Sri Lanka, just about every trip starts at Bandaranaike International Airport, which is around 35 kilometers away. The city is characterized above all by a great cultural diversity, but also by a lot of chaos and constant changes. The range of accommodation, restaurants, markets and sights is large.
Colombo and the international airport are located in the west of the country, but you leave the bustle of the capital, relaxed coastal towns with beautiful beaches are waiting to be discovered. Here you will find the best tourist infrastructure and many sights.
The south coast of Sri Lanka is a real paradise for water sports enthusiasts, the good infrastructure and the beautiful beaches offer ideal conditions for this. Further inland, nature lovers will also get their money's worth, because here are some of the most interesting national parks in the country.
The east coast is not yet part of the usual tourist routes in Sri Lanka. But especially the city of Trincomalee and the neighboring coastal towns are becoming increasingly popular with travelers. The white sandy beaches and the intact nature are really worth a visit, especially the Pigeon Island National Park is a real highlight due to its biodiversity.
In the highlands there are the places and attractions that bring most travelers to Sri Lanka, such as Ella, Kandy and Badulla. Train rides through the region and the climb to the famous Adam's Peak are particularly popular. The huge Udawalawe National Park, where you can meet many wild elephants, is a highlight. Further north, the old royal city of Anuradhapura is worth a visit.
The best travel tips
Based on years of experience, we have created a packing list for Sri Lanka that takes all eventualities into account. You can adjust these individually according to your wishes and according to your travel route. An interactive PDF is available for your travel planning. You can print out the list and delete or tick off individual points.All information here
With the right credit card, you can save a lot of money on your travels. Here you can find out which cards you can use to withdraw cash free of charge worldwide or to pay in local currency at no additional cost. And who is currently the only provider who will reimburse you for foreign fees at ATMs, for example in Thailand or Myanmar.All information here
You can save several hundred euros on a plane ticket for your trip to Southeast Asia if you use the right platforms and do a few basic things. Here we have summarized the most important tips about flight dates, choice of airport, fork flights and cheap airlines on site. You can do a lot more with the money saved on site.All information here
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