The pearl of the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka is the epitome of sandy beaches, exotic wildlife, historical sights, picturesque river terraces and much more! Being a small island with a total area of ​​65,610 square kilometers, navigation from one corner of the country to another is the least difficult. Be it beauty, warm hospitality, authentic cuisine or luxurious accommodations, it has a lot to offer its travelers, here are some tips and tricks to plan an ideal getaway on this tropical island.

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Nine_arch_Sri_Lanka | by img Janith Pramuditha through wikipedia Commons (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Crossing the island

With Sri Lanka’s small size and wide range of transportation options, getting around the island is probably the least of your worries. If you want to travel to the country side, be it Kandy, Ella or Horton Plains, a train ride would be ideal with plenty of scenery to capture along the way. The island has a well-spread bus network that can take you from the city to even the most rural areas without any difficulty. However, if you’re trying to cross the bustling Colombo city limits, taking a tuk-tuk or taxi is your best bet for a faster ride.

Where to stay

If you are traveling alone, there are plenty of budget hostels and guest houses to choose from. With a comfortable bed, air conditioning and good food, you have everything you need for island backpacking. However, if you are looking for a luxurious retreat with friends, family and loved ones, there are plenty of 5-star hotels, boutique villas and high-end resorts to choose from. Maybe you can plan your stay in less traveled areas like Kalutara and Tangalle hotel brands such as the world-class Avani and Anantara Small hotels will promise you rich and luxurious stays.

What to eat

Sri Lankan food is a chef’s kiss! You’ll find many dishes made with the country’s staple rice and curry, fresh coconut milk and spices. Expect your mouth to explode with flavors and aromatic spices as you eat these mouth-watering delicacies. With a wide range of dishes to choose from; be it rice and curry, paratha and butter chicken, pol roti and lunu miris or isso wade, Sri Lankan food is a foodie’s favorite. Try these delicious dishes once and I am sure you will instantly fall in love with western menus that will soon be forgotten.

What to Explore and Experience

This paradise-like island has beauty, fun, adventure and excitement. Visit the blue beaches in the southern regions of the country, go on a hiking expedition on the misty mountain roads of the hill, go on a wild safari or explore the historical ruins of the ancient kingdoms of the island; Island hopping in this beautiful nation is nothing short of a dream come true!