What are the best places to visit in Sri Lanka by a solo traveller? – Get immersed in a treasure trove!

Pick from exploring nature and wildlife, culture, amazing beaches, historical places, ancient architecture and many more!

Ayubowan

The traditional greeting in Sri Lanka meaning, may you live long, said with both palms clasped in respect welcoming you at hotels in Tangalle and other parts of the island.

Be pampered

Be it the east, west or the southern coast you note the moods and hues of the waves being different, however, the feel of the sun and sand and the warmth of the people would envelop you as you bask in the comfort of your luxurious room at a hotel such as Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle.

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Tooth Temple

Visit this sacred temple within the palace complex during the Kandyan Kingdom, the sacred resting place of Lord Buddha’s Tooth Relic now and revered by Buddhists. An ideal site for solo travellers to admire the architecture, murals and intricate carvings. Modesty in dress and demeanour is appreciated.

Natures beauty

From the mighty elephants to others of varying sizes, different species of birds, a splendour of flora entice visitors both solo and non-solo. National parks Yala, Bundala, Minneriya, Udawalawa, Kaudulla are some of the notable ones.

Rock Fortress

Be adventurous and climb well-worn steps at Sigiriya to get a panoramic view from the peak of the rock, which was home to the palace built in the 5th century.

Victoria Nature Treks

Seek the bounty of treasures within these vistas of different shades of green by following the nature trails to delight your nature lover instincts.

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Crown jewel of Mahaweli

Offering an amazing view, the Victoria Dam and reservoir are indeed precious to the island providing the largest hydropower generation to the nation, the environs of this beautiful water body is a nature lovers delight and a favourite site to visit from your hotel in Kandy Sri Lanka.

Inviting fauna and flora

The trekking spaces are home to a variety of wildlife inviting you to catch a glimpse of them. Three distinct species of deer, a plethora of mongooses, over a hundred different species of avifauna, the porcupines and the master anglers, the fishing cats to name a few.

Araliya Trail

Soak in the beauty of the environs of the Victoria Golf Course, not too far from Hunas Falls Hotel Kandy. Try this short trek of roughly two hours. Trek on the outer ring of the golf course into a smaller forest area, emerge to a clearing featuring a viewpoint named “Araliya Deck”. Gaze at the panoramic view.

Mahaweli Trail

A longer trail up to three hours along a river branch of the reservoir. Listen to the gurgling of water, the rustle of the leaves, birds chirping and to crown this tranquil atmosphere, a view of wildlife to feast your eyes.

 

Ao Nang Beach Travel Guide with Kids – Fun-filled sun and sand adventures!

Characterised by its stunning limestone karst cliffs, Ao Nang in Krabi, Thailand, is a must-visit destination. Its inviting sandy stretches and clear waters, shadowed by the limestone peaks, make it a perfect getaway for families with kids.

How to get there

Ao Nang does not have an airport or a train station. You either fly into Krabi and travel 30 minutes to Ao Nang via private hire or airport bus or ride the ferry from Phuket to Ao Nang’s ferry terminal.

Accommodation

Be sure to find family-friendly accommodation options near Ao Nang Beach. Hotels, resorts and villas, including Avani Ao Nang Cliff Krabi Resort, offering family suites, in-room pools, a kid’s club and swimming pools, are ideal for families travelling with children.

Railay Beach

Consider exploring other beaches in the vicinity with your kids, including the famous Railay Beach. Accessed by a long tail boat, the beach is quiet and picturesque, perfect for kayaking and boasts crystal-clear waters.

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Noppharat Thara Beach

Situated north of Ao Nang Beach is the less-frequented yet beautiful Noppharat Thara Beach. This beach serves as a perfect day out, featuring tranquillity, shallow waters that extend to some of the limestone cliffs, and golden sands dotted with crabs and seashells.

Khao Khanap Nam Cave

Consider visiting the Khao Khanap Nam Cave in Krabi. Gaze in awe at the myriad of rock formations, skeletal remains, and displays of primitive human life.

Exotic Wildlife In Maldives That Is Sure To Thrill Nature Lovers

Whales and dolphins, crocodiles and snakes, varieties of turtles, the bounty of fish of vibrant hues and the attractive feathered species make the Maldives rich in marine wildlife.

Colourful avifauna

Despite the small land area and isolation restricting the bird population of Maldives, between 160 to 180 species of sea or shorebirds do exist. Herons, seagulls, cranes and the national bird of the Maldives, water hens are seen in different varieties and colours.

Dolphins and whales

Varieties of dolphins and whales provide hours of great excursions for nature lovers as they patiently observe their antics. A bit further into the Indian Ocean, you can also see sperm whales, blue whales, etc.

Marine fish and the reef

Fish & Reef
Fish & Reef | Image via Pxhere

Try diving or snorkelling to witness the underwater fantasy by a best Maldives resort. Thousands of fish teeming the coral reefs making a burst of colour giving one a surreal feeling, thus making you want to extend your stay at Ellaidhoo Maldives by Cinnamon or any such property in the Maldives.

The unique turtles

Many varieties of turtles are seen thriving in the rich seawater off the archipelago. Measures are taken to see to the wellbeing of this endangered species. Securing from irresponsible human action, eggs protected in secure areas are notable 02 such actions. Watch the emotional scene of newly hatched baby turtles making their way slowly to water.

Interesting Facts You Might Not Know About Adelaide, South Australia – Know Before You Go!

Adelaide is quite famous for its rich heritage, multi-ethnic community, and endless opportunities for entertainment. Keep reading to discover some unheard facts about this city.

It’s called the 20 Minute City

Adelaide is a small city. But did you know it takes only or less than 20 minutes to go from point A to point B in the city? Try getting to the South Australia museum from accommodation Adelaide CBD has to offer such as Oaks Adelaide Horizons Suites – it only takes a five-minute drive!

City of Churches

Adelaide is known by many names, one of which is the “City of Churches”. You just have to look around the city to understand this nickname – and you’ll see a church just about on every corner of the city!

Adelaide Has the Third Most Expensive Building

It has cost a whopping AUD 2.7 billion to construct the Royal Adelaide Hospital. And this makes it the third most expensive building in the whole world!

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Adelaide Is a City of Firsts

Throughout history, Adelaide has been a city of forward-thinking. It was the first-ever city to grant women access to vote, criminalise racial and sexual discrimination, and also recognise indigenous land rights.

Explore Port Stephens’ Breathtaking Coastline Along with a Whale-watching Trip – Enjoy Amazing Experiences

Port Stephens is where one can discover a mélange of amazing beaches. It’s also where one can enjoy whale and dolphin-watching cruises and even go parasailing over its glistening blue waters.

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Overview

Apart from its whale-watching adventures, Port Stephens is also popular for its 26 beaches, with some sheltered in bays to offer splendid swimming, snorkelling, and kayaking opportunities for families. The Stockton sand dunes, easily reachable from Nelson Bay hotels the likes of Oaks Nelson Bay Lure Suites are incredible for horse riding and quad-biking.

Whale Watching

There’s a number of ways to enjoy whale watching in the gorgeous Port Stephens; these range from coastal lookouts to whale-watching cruises. In addition to marvelling at the amazing acrobatics of these majestic mammals, one can also have fun watching the playful antics of over 100 bottlenose dolphins that call this region their own.

Best Time to Go Whale-watching

A great number of humpback and southern right whales migrate annually to and from warm waters. And tourists will be able to spot these gigantic, yet graceful marine creatures should they visit Port Stephens between May and November.

How to Spot Whales

Moonshadow – TQC Cruises and Imagine Cruises offer great whale and dolphin watching facilities. Visiting Tomaree National Park will also provide an easy lookout to spot pods of whales.

Shark Season in the Maldives – Dive on the Wild Side

Scuba diving in the Maldives is like entering into a whole new world, living under the ocean’s waves! With incredible corals, and a plethora of marine wildlife read on to find out more about how you can dive with sharks and live to tell the tale!

Diving Basics

The good news for novice divers is that a PADI license is not required! Resorts such as Anantara Veli Maldives Resort have in-house diving courses and instructors, which make your foray into the world of diving effortless! Follow the course for beginners and go giving in the private reefs to witness the splendours hidden under the waters.

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What Can you Expect?

The beautiful fish you see from your gorgeous Maldives’ over water bungalow is the tip of the iceberg! Dive under the waters to be blown away by colourful shoals of fish, friendly sea turtles, and plenty of harmless sharks. The caves and the reefs will leave you in awe of the very diversity and beauty of the natural world.

Shark Spotting

If you’ve ever dreamt of diving amidst sharks, the best time to do this is between January and March. The Southern atolls are a hotbed for schools of reef sharks during this spell. Float amongst them, as they go about their day, completely undisturbed by your presence even though you’re undoubtedly having the adventure of a lifetime!

Sea Forest Adventure Batam

The city of Batam offers travellers everything from the Sea Forest Adventure to various attractions made to entice family and business travellers all year round.

What is Batam?

This city is essentially recognized as the gate of tourism in Indonesia and is accessible by travellers from Singapore via an hour’s journey by ferry or on a plane.

Indulge in the Sea Forest Adventure

As a relatively new attraction in the city, this location was opened in 2017. If you are staying at a Batam hotel such as the HARRIS Hotel Batam Center Batam then you will only be a 30-minute drive away.

Activities on offer

This stunning attraction offers visitors the opportunity to enjoy activities that revolve around nature, adventure and survival science. One popular activity is playing bubble soccer, which takes the sport up a notch.

There’s room for romance

Sea Forest Adventure also provides people visiting to unwind and enjoy a lovely night under a starry sky during their moon-lit camping sessions.

Night Golfing in Jakarta

There is no better way to spend an evening than to gather with friends on the greens of Jakarta under the city lights and enjoy the city centre golf course.

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More than just a sport

For many people, golf transcends sports and falls into the category of meditation. Alternatively, it can also just be a raucous good time that is perfect for relaxing with friends, family and colleagues.

Beyond the nine to five

The reality is that most people tend to play golf early in the morning to avoid being under the sun during the day. However, for those with day jobs, this is a rare opportunity so night golfing is an ideal alternative.

Pick your club

If you are a backpacker and staying at a hotel in Sudirman such as the HARRIS Suites FX Sudirman Jakarta, then you will find yourself in close vicinity to The Senayan National Golf Club.

There’s always a bite to eat

Always close at hand are various eateries that can provide a hearty meal for a hungry golfer!

Exploring the Ba Vi National Park

For those who love the great outdoors and nature, the Ba Vi National Park in Vietnam offers much to discover and here’s a look at what awaits.

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Planning Your Trip

This site is around 50 km from Hanoi; serviced apartment options near the CBD like Somerset Hoa Binh Hanoi make an ideal base for excursions to this attraction, about a 75-minute drive away. The dry season, from November to April, is generally the best time to visit and at the year’s end, many photograph wildflowers here too.

What to Expect

The Ba Vi National Park was once a French hill station and is known for its rich biodiversity, idyllic scenery and cool climate; no surprises it’s a popular place for weekend visits. A rich storehouse of flora including medicinal plants used by the Dao ethnic group, the site also has varied fauna from birdlife to flying squirrels.

The Three Peaks

The park is set amidst Ba Vi Mountain with three peaks of varying heights namely the Dinh Vua, Tan Vien and Ngoc Hoa peaks. They form a crest which at its tallest point is often shrouded in clouds adding to its enchantment. Not to be missed is a hike to the summit to visit the Ho Chi Minh Temple and take in the stunning vistas.

Other Highlights

There are lots of trails for hiking and trekking through forests or up mountain slopes where you will find sacred temples, an ancient pagoda, tranquil streams and hidden waterfalls. An ancient French church, a scenic pine forest, a cactus garden, an orchid garden and the Ngoc Hoa Cave are some of the other sites of interest here.