West Coast Beaches of Sri Lanka – Island Treasures

Bejewelled waters surround the isle of Sri Lanka. However, the waters and sands in the coasts of Sri Lanka differ vastly from each other. You would find calm waters and soft sands in certain parts of the island while also encountering treacherous waves and rough, grainy sands. Nevertheless it is when you experience the rough and the calm that you realize your impressions of the land are well-rounded. The West Coast extends from Colombo and its main hub is Negombo, near the international airport. When journeying up the West Coast you will find some magnificent beaches, each displaying unique characteristics. You will undoubtedly also come across many Sri Lanka beach hotels, one of which is Amagi Beach Marawila. The hotel is strategically located, so that travellers can navigate the West Coast with ease while enjoying its beaches too. Here are some of the popular beaches along this idyllic stretch of shore

Negombo Beach is loved by all. The sands are relatively soft and the waves provide the right amount of force to make sure you have some safe fun. The sunsets are also equally remarkable, perfect for candle-lit dinners and long walks on the sands. Water sports such as snorkelling and the more adrenaline pumping kite-surfing can be enjoyed here too. The beach area in Negombo is home to many dining venues as well, serving up fresh seafood specialties.

For a quieter getaway you can head to the Marawila Beach. This sun kissed shoreline is not as crowded as Negombo and is an ideal place to soak up the sun as you work on that perfect holiday tan. On Your West Coast beach hopping adventures also make sure to visit other relatively secluded coastal stretches that can be found in Kalpitiya and Chilaw. Kalpitiya also offers the added advantage of giving you the option of embarking on fun dolphin and whale watching excursions.

Your search for beaches in the West Coast of Sri Lanka cannot end here. This is merely the beginning of your adventures!

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Adam’s Peak Sri Lanka – Sanctuary of all faiths

Sri Lanka is one of the countries that has a very strong cultural as well as religious background. There are many religious landmarks spread across the island. Home to a multi-religious and ethnic population there is equal importance given to all these celebrated landmarks and sites. Why not Rent a Car in Sri Lanka during your stay and have flexible logistics as and when you please? Online Rent Car is a pioneer in this regard and offers convenient services to its clients by offering their services online.

Considered as one of the most celebrated religious sites in the country, Adam’s peak located in the Central region of the country is a place of worship for all four religions practised in the country. Located in the Ratnapura district the mountain is 7360 feet high, even though the second highest mountain in the island the conical shape of it gives unobstructed views of the picturesque sites extending miles away, you could even catch a glimpse of the sea!

Regarded an important religious site by all faiths in Sri Lanka all of them have an interesting story behind their belief. According to Buddhist, chronicles lord Buddha left his footprint on this mountain on his last visit to the island. Hinduism goes on to say that lord Siva performed a dance ritual here at this sacred mountain. According to Islam, the footprint at the mountain is believed to be that of Prophet Mohammad and Christianity goes on to state that the footprint belongs to Adam who was exiled from the Garden of Eden, Adam is believed to be the first ancestor of the human race.

The views from the mountain are spectacular and breath taking! There are various towns providing access to Adams peak but the famous ones are Hatton Nallathanni and the route from Ratnapura which offers postcard-worthy scenery.

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Exploring Little Rome of Sri Lanka – Negombo the Catholic Enclave

Situated just 20 minutes from Sri Lanka’s international airport is the coastal town of Negombo. It is predominantly a catholic area, dotted with many ancient Roman Catholic churches, thus garnering it the title Little Rome of Sri Lanka. The town is well worth exploring for its ancient religious remnants from the Portuguese era as well as religious monuments of modern times. Negombo is also well known for its stretch of easily accessible beach and quite easily has one of the highest concentrations of beach hotels in Sri Lanka. A place to check out if you’re hoping to spend some time in Negombo is Amagi hotels. One of their hotels is situated close to the Negombo lagoon and provides a good base to explore this culturally rich town.

Catholic influence of Negombo dates back to Portuguese colonial era and religious relics of this era are still here to be explored. Among Portuguese era Roman Catholic churches, St. Mary’s Church built in 1874 is situated in the heart of Negombo, is the biggest cathedral in Negombo adorned with ceiling paintings of frescoes, as well as alabaster statues of various saints. It is one of the few larger cathedrals in Sri Lanka. The other famous church in Negombo town is the Grand Street Church, also adorned with ceiling paintings and statues.
Among other places to explore around Negombo is Thalahena ChurchEast of Negombo.This Barbara Church, dedicated to St.Barbara was built in 1889andenshrined here is a statue of Saint Fatima brought by Portuguese to Talahena. This church is believed to have miraculous healing powers. Bolawalana St. Mary’s Church constructed in 1557, featuring Gothic style architecture during Portuguese rule is the oldest church in Negombo area. St. Philip Neri Church, St.Stephen’sChurch and KatuwapitiyaChurchare some of other holy sites and small Christ and Maria images found at street corners, worth visiting while exploring “Little Rome of Sri Lanka”- Negambo.

 

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Thrilling wildlife safaris in Sri Lanka – A plethora of options to please your inner Tarzan

One of the top five biodiversity hotspots in the world, Sri Lanka, with its many wildlife parks and forest reserves, sets the stage for a wildlife adventure like no other. It gets better – Sri Lanka also boasts one of the highest rates of biological endemism in the world!

With so many wildlife safari/exploration options available, planning your adventure can indeed be an ardent task. The most popular national park in Sri Lanka is Yala, located on the southeast of Sri Lanka and bordered by the Indian Ocean. It is also the largest, spanning over 320,000 acres. In Yala, hotels and camping sites are a plenty. However, for a true adventurous stay, opt for camp-centric accommodation such as the ones provided by Wild Trails Yala.

Yala was designated as a wildlife sanctuary back in 1900 and a national park in 1938. It is made up of forests, grasslands, tanks and lagoons and is divided into 5 blocks. Two of these blocks are open to the public. A thrilling safari through Yala showcases leopards, elephants, sloth bears, sambars, jackals, spotted deer, crocodiles and over 35 other mammals. The park is also home to over 200 species of birds.

The oldest national park in the country is Wilpattu. It spans over a large region in the northwest up to Anuradhapura. The park encompasses quite a few cultural heritage sites as well. The area is crisscrossed with lakes, grasslands and shrubbery and is home to elephants, sloth bear, water buffaloes and spotted deer. A few leopards are found in Wilpattu as well.

Udawalawe is Sri Lanka’s premier national park for elephants. It is located surrounding the massive Udawalawe reservoir, bordering Ratnapura and Moneragala districts. The park has an elephant population in excess of 500, along with other mammals such as sloth bear, deer and jackals. Minneriya, Wasgamuwa and Gal Oya are some of the other popular national parks in the country with the former being world famous for its ‘elephant gathering’, a phenomenon unique to Sri Lanka.

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A Surf Trip to Arugambay- Ride the Wave

The island of Sri Lanka is blessed with numerous beaches around it, whether you want to lie on the beach or take on a bit of adventure there is always a place to do so. One such place that’s great for surfing is Arugambay on the Eastern coast Sri Lanka. If you’re wondering how to get to this surf heaven there are many options such as going by bus, train or an air taxi Sri Lanka. The latter is undoubtedly the easiest and fastest way among the three and one of the leading providers of this service is Cinnamon Air

. Operating from various points in Sri Lanka this air taxi service offers affordable and convenient domestic flights. They take off and land in natural waters in the island.

Arugambay is on one of the top ten surf points in the world. The best period to plan a trip to this part of the country is between May and November. Due to it’s location the area is predominant of right-hand point breaks. The three main points are, “The Point”, “Pottuvil Point” and the “Crocodile Rock” which can be accessed from the main line of hotels in half an hour by tuk. There are also other points around one and half hours away and can be accessed by boat. Another advantage for Arugambay with regard to location is that unlike many other tourist hot hubs, Arugambay stays shielded away from the North Western and South Eastern monsoon. The monsoon affects most other areas at least for half the year.

Apart from the great reputation as a surf destination, there are a variety of things on offer in this coastal village. There are a rich diversity of birds and wildlife, beautiful landscape and there have also been ruins of ancient Buddhist temples found from areas around here. One such excavation is the “Muhudu Maha Viharaya”. If you are out looking for some adrenaline rush out in the waters there’s no place other than Arugambay!

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Bird Watching in Sri Lanka – Bird Lover’s Paradise

The beautiful tropical island of Sri Lanka is not only home to just 20 million people but to a lot of other beautiful living beings that add to the beauty of this paradise. Among them are the birds that decorate the clear blue skies of the island. It is regarded as the paradise for all the bird watching enthusiasts. Sri Lanka Bird watching tours are a popular activity for those bird-loving tourists who come to the island. One of the pioneers in organising such tours is Nkar Travel House. They offer specialised bird watching tours in various parts of the island to suit the various needs of tourists.

The tropical climate and the exotic landscape of the Indian ocean island make it a heaven for bird lovers. There are around 427 different species of birds in Sri Lanka. Out of which 23 are endemic and around 200 are migratory. They make their flight from India, Siberia, Scandinavia and Western Europe to escape the weather and for various other factors. The best time to engage in bird watching is to arrive in the island during the later part of the year. The month of December has been declared as the National Bird watching month.

The best places to engage in bird watching are spread across various parts of the island. There are some dedicated bird sanctuaries in various parts of the island. Some of them include, Kumana National Park, The Kalametiya Bird Sanctuary, Sinharaja Forest, Kitulgala Forest Reserve, the Bodhinagala Sanctuary, Kandalama Bird Sanctuary and Udawatte Kele among many others. One of the highlights about the avifauna in the country is the presence of a mixed species flock, which adds more excitement to the whole experience.

Apart from bird watching for those wildlife enthusiasts, there are many national parks across the island worth checking.

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Exploring Sri Lanka’s West Coast – The Heart of Sri Lankan Tourism

The tropical island paradise of Sri Lanka has been enthralling her visitors and inhabitants with some of the most diverse and beautiful unprecedented natural sights in an island-sized landmass. The somewhat small island of Sri Lanka encompasses sights ranging from picturesque sun-swept beaches, glorious historical monuments, and sprawling rainforests. Whether it is jungle-adventure or beach-bound relaxation, the island of Sri Lanka has it covered. If it is the latter you seek, then the ever-popular west-coast, which acts as the primary beacon of the island’s tourism industry, is sure to provide what you seek, in plenty.

The main trinity of attractions the western coast is known for are the splendorous beaches, extravagant resorts containing some of the finest beach hotels in Sri Lanka, and last but not least, some amazing examples of colonial architecture that are remnants of Dutch colonization. The western coast is the most popular and tourism-oriented section of the island mainly due to it being the most westernized and most developed. These aspects attract countless numbers of sun-crazed Europeans to the shores of the island, and dotted along her fine beaches are accommodation ranging from affordable guest-houses to more extravagant options such as the iconic range offered by Amagi Hotels.

There is a variety of places to visit along the west coast of Sri Lanka, but the primary destination should be the city of Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka, where underneath the cosmopolitan chaos lies a very rewarding experience laden with treasures. Further south, one can easily visit one of the party-capitals of Sri Lanka, the coastal town of Hikkaduwa. A gem that one should definitely check out is Lunuganga, magical country estate that contains the life’s work of renowned architect Jeffrey Bawa.

So if its sun-swept beaches, majestic resorts and hotels and unforgettable scenery that you seek look no further than the west-coast of Sri Lanka.

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Boat Rides at Bolgoda Lake – Explore Sri Lanka’s Largest Natural Lake

Sri Lanka is a tiny island that has much to surprise and delight visitors, in the way of natural beauty. Despite being famous for endless tropical beaches and turquoise seas, there are vast lakes, high peaks and thick forests if one is to venture inland.

Bolgoda Lake is believed to be the largest natural, fresh water lake in Sri Lanka. The body of water spans three hundred and forty seven square kilometres but only reaches a maximum depth of fifty feet. It is located on the outskirts of Colombo, the country’s capital. The Lake consists of North Lake, which is the larger portion, most of which is located in the Colombo District; South Lake is situated in the Kalutara District. The Bolgoda Ganga is the river which connects the two bodies of water. Bolgoda Lake connects up to the Weras Ganga Basin, the neighbouring coastal suburb of which is home to the ever popular Mount Lavinia Beach overlooked by the old colonial Mount Lavinia Hotel.

A fun way to experience the lake is to take a boat trip and discover all the natural wonders, which includes mangrove forests. Paddle boats and row boats are available for those looking to splash about in the water. This is especially fun for kids. A few hours out on the lake is also recommended for bird watchers as the lake is rich in biodiversity and attracts many species of the feathered kind. The lake has a small island that can be booked by private groups for a picnic or party. There are other small islands that were used by ferrymen in olden times. In fact the lake provided a hunting and recreational ground for British Officers who were stationed in Colombo, during British rule.

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Wildlife Safaris in Yala National Park – Adventures in the Wild

There is an expectant thrill in the air. Hushed silence interspersed with the occasional song of birds drifting through the breeze. All is still, eyes drawn upwards, waiting with bated breath. Through the foliage there is slight movement. Yellow and black seamlessly blending with brown and green and the gentle rustle of leaves. And then the prize sight that all have been waiting for, shows himself, surveying these new subjects to his vast kingdom; the kingdom of the Sri Lankan Leopard!

Such is an experience one may have the chance of enjoying when on a wildlife safari at Yala National Park. While it is not the only national park in Sri Lanka, it is definitely one of the most famous due to the fact that it has a high population of leopards. An easy way to explore the park would be to stay at nearby Yala hotels which organise wildlife safaris. Cinnamon Wild Yala is an ideal option in this regard.

Leopard safaris are best undertaken early morning or in the evenings for this is the best time to see these majestic creatures in their natural habitat, be it lazing in the trees to sunning themselves on the rock. If you are lucky you may even see leopard cubs, playfully investigating their surroundings, heirs to this wild kingdom. But leopards are by no means the only star in this wildlife spectacle.

The iconic Sri Lankan Elephant can be seen in their herds wandering around the park from wild tuskers to mothers with their young. Keep your eyes out for sloth bears that are also amongst this ‘wild cast’ and by no means a mere supporting actor. Other cast members of the wild include wild buffalo, toque macaques, jackals, spotted deer, crocodiles and not forgetting the vast array of winged creatures that frequent the skies above such as crested hawk eagles and black-necked storks.

Chandrishan Williams is a travel writer who writes under the pen name, Caleb Falcon. He specializes in writing content based on the many exciting world adventures that await intrepid travellers.

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Things to do in Ella – Sights, Tours, Tips: essential details for a superb vacation

Seemingly unperturbed by the flourishing tourism industry in the central highlands of Sri Lanka, Ella retains its charm and delicateness. Streams, waterfalls and plantations are aplenty while this much-loved village is also dotted with human habitation. It is amidst this atmosphere of tranquility that 98 Acres Resort & Spa is located. The luxury it affords could be unproblematic ally paired with the abundance and beauty of nature that envelops the resort. It is no wonder then that it has gained popularity as one of the top-notch honeymoon hotels in Sri Lanka. You could be a honeymooning couple, an adventurer or simply a solitary wonderer, Ella beckons you to travel down paths perfumed with airs of secrecy and wonderment.

In case you feel that climbing Adam’s Peak also known as ‘Shripadé’, is a daunting task, you can hike to little Adam’s Peak which is located in Ella. The climb is certainly less arduous and more enjoyable. Satisfy your craving to hike, by also climbing the Ella Rock. As it is a steep climb, it would be best to be adequately geared and prepared with energy boosters. If you want help with figuring out the geography of the area, hiring a guide would be the best option.

Want to understand the production process of the best tea in the world? A visit to the Halpewatte Tea factory would prove useful. In addition to the guided tour of the tea factory, you will be also served a hot, delightful cup of tea. The tea would certainly refresh you to the point that you crave spice. Pay a visit to the Ella spice garden where you will be privy to all the secrets of creating a heavenly meal, Sri Lankan style. Learn, cook and eat to your heart’s content.

A little bit of legend is an essential ingredient to a perfect trip. According to the famous Indian epic Ramayana, the strategic king of Lanka, Ravana, lured Sita out of the protection of her husband Rama and their homeland, India. Once in Lanka, Ravana is supposed to have hidden Sita in the Ravana Ella Cave. It is a spot that can be visited when vacationing in Ella. Arrange for the Ramayana trail tour from Colombo and explore both Ravana Ella Cave & Falls.

Nigel Walters is a travel writer, who writes under the pen name, Fritzjames Stephen. His content is based on the myriad of experiences and indulgences that the world has to offer travellers across all walks of life.

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