Galway’s Land National Park

Well known as the Little England, Nuwara Eliya is a paradise of mist shrouded mountains and lush greenery. Some of the most ideally located Sri Lanka hotels include a range of Nuwara Eliya hotels such as the Heritance Tea Factory. Among the numerous attractions for you to visit here is Galway’s Land National Park. Home to valuable native and foreign floral species, the park was a wildlife sanctuary where you can expect to catch a glimpse of rare native and migrant species of bird. You can easily find the park within the city limits of Nuwara Eliya. Conserving the montane ecosystem, it is an ideal place to enjoy a leisurely stroll immersing in the unparalleled natural splendour.

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Enjoying Sea Turtles Adventures at Koggala Beach

The south coast of Sri Lanka offers plenty of excitement, but if you are looking for a truly unique adventure then visit Koggala Beach where turtles offer an unforgettable holiday experience! Those looking to visit Koggala can do so via an air taxi Sri Lanka service offered by such companies as Cinnamon Air. They provide a number of Sri Lanka domestic flights to a variety of locations across the island. When in Koggala make sure to visit Koggala Beach and its turtle hatchery in particular which plays an important role in conservation too. Visitors to this site can see newborn turtles swimming around in tanks and learn more about them. Of course if you are lucky enough, you will visit at a time when baby turtles are being released back into the ocean. Get involved in releasing these endangered creatures back into the sea as you silently cheer them on as they head to oncoming waves and to their new life in the deep blue!

Udawattakele Sanctuary

Travellers to the hill country of Sri Lanka can base themselves at Kandy hotelspreferably one of the Aitken Spence Hotels, some of the finest hotels Sri Lanka has to offer. An ancient forest reserve on a hill-ridge in Kandy, Udawattakele Sanctuary is popularly known for its avifauna. Visitors can also explore small trees, shrubs and plant species such as lianas. Be sure to keep an eye out for small and medium size mammals inhabiting this oasis of calm. Created back in 1856 as a forest reserve, the sanctuary is a popular attraction among tourists. Home to a variety of fauna and flora, the forest has a great recreational and educational value.

Sinharaja Forest

Offering hours of exploration and adventure amidst lush landscapes seemingly lost in time, the enchanting island of Sri Lanka is a nature lover’s paradise. There is much to see and discover on the island, especially at its nature reserves which vary according to their geographical location, be they near the coast or up in the hills. One site which is definitely worth heading to is the Sinharaja Forest which provides visitors with an unforgettable experience at a tropical rainforest.

Named as a World Heritage Site, this forest reserve can be found in the south-west of the island and is home to a primary tropical rainforest that contains a large number of endemic flora and fauna including insects, mammals and birds. Sinharaja which was also named as a World Biosphere Reserve provides intrepid adventurers with a chance to “lose” themselves amidst breathtaking scenery.

The reserve has a wide range of tree species such as palms, cardamom and weniwal which are also used by the local community. The reserve itself is also home to such wildlife as leopards and elephants though spotting them, particularly leopards are rare. As you explore the paths that lead you deeper into the forest, you will realise just how wondrous nature can be. Bird watching enthusiasts have a chance to view a wide variety of species including the Sri Lanka white-headed starling, ashy-headed babbler, Sri Lanka blue magpie and the green-billed coucal.

There is also a rich collection of amphibians and reptiles within the reserve. The green garden lizard, hump-nosed viper and the python have all found a home here. Part of Sinharaja’s charm is the streams that flow through the forests that offer an ideal place to rest and unwind amidst the shade of the trees and cool of the water. It is easy to forget about the cares of the world as you are surrounded by calm and serenaded by the calls of birds, far removed from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Those planning to make excursions or day trips to Sinharaja Forest can base themselves at Galle resorts along the island’s south coast. Nature lovers will be particularly pleased with Jetwing Kurulubedda which features elegant villas in Galle set amidst tranquil natural scenery.

Thanuja Silva is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Auburn Silver. She has a passion for fashion and a deep interest in admiring new and exotic attractions around the world.


Passekudah bay

Maalu Maalu Resort & Spa is the first luxury Sri Lanka Resort that came up in the east coast of Sri Lanka. This Hotel in Pasikuda offers all its guests modern services and relaxing accommodation making their stay more memorable and worthwhile. This amazing hotel is located in the Passekudah Bay one of the most developing locations in the country.

The sight of local fishermen fishing, the sandy beaches and the shallow waters that run far in to the sea are definitely magical moments that can be experienced in the bay. The Passekudah Bay is a more popular destination among family travelers.

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Whale Watching in Trincomalee

Located in the east coast of the beautiful island Sri Lanka, the Maalu Maalu Resort & Spa is one of the most luxurious Sri Lanka Spa Resort available for visitors. This Sri Lanka Resort offers a heavenly relaxation environment for its guests; a blend of natural beauty and modern accommodation with all facilities. While relaxing in this beautiful hotel why not take a tour to see the blue whales that linger closer to the shore of the amazing Trincomalee beaches.

The best time to go whale watching in Trico is during the months of February and March. This area has been known for Blue Whales for some years. There are many boats and ships dedicated for the purpose of whale watching in the area. A close encounter with the largest mammal on earth would definitely be a lifetime memorable experience.

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Golfing in Nuwara Eliya

Set amidst misty mountains and tea plantations, the Nuwara Eliya Golf Club offers a truly unforgettable golfing experience. Those in search of Sri Lanka hotels in the region that are within easy reach of this site can stay at Heritance Tea Factory. One of the most distinctive Nuwara Eliya hotels, it is housed in a converted tea factory and is only around a 30 minute drive from the Nuwara Eliya Golf Club. One of the oldest of such establishments in the country, this club features an 18-hole (par 71) course set amidst breathtaking mountain landscapes. Spanning a length of around 5,520 metres, the course features a fascinating array of water hazards in the form of streams and provides plenty of fun challenges for golfing enthusiasts.

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Whale Watching in Galle

Located along Sri Lanka’s famed South coast, the city of Galle is also becoming a popular destination from which to embark on whale watching tours. Those planning family tours to Sri Lanka and looking to stay in and explore Galle can make use of the variety of Sri Lanka tour packages offered by Sri Lankan Dreams. Whale Watching in Galle which is carried out by a number of tour operators including the Sri Lankan Navy, lets you enjoy adventure on the high seas as you go in search of one of the world’s most majestic creatures. Depending on the time of year and luck to some degree, you may get a chance to see such species as Blue, Bryde’s, Sperm or False Killer whales. It is also common to see bottle nose and spinner dolphins while on your journeys.

Hot Air ballooning, view the world from above in peace

Heritance Kandalama is a Sri Lanka Hotel with a combination luxuriousness and the eco friendliness woven together also protecting the rich Sri Lankan culture. Because of this uniqueness this hotel is rated as one of the best Sri Lanka Hotels. While relaxing in this exquisite hotel in Dambulla, visitors would get the rare opportunity sail over this beautiful land in a hot air balloon.

This can be one of the best ways to explore the beauty in the country which would avoid all the hassle that comes with the road traffic. An early morning ride would give you the opportunity to view the waking countryside. While the sun is rising and the sky is filling with warm sunlight the experience that the visitors would get can be described as magical. The forests, lakes and temples below are surely a sight to see. The peacefulness that can be felt up there would be hard to find anywhere else in the tour.

Indulge in a Day at the Horse Races in Little England Nuwara Eliya

Established more than 150 years ago during the country’s colonial era, horse racing is a sporting event that is intrinsically linked with the heritage of the island’s hill station. Dating back to the wonder years of the 1860’s when European holidaymakers visited the isle they called Ceylon for racing season, the Sri Lankan Turf Club has today become the epicenter for the sport in the island nation. It manages an engaging calendar of racing events with the patronage of local and foreign visitors. Tucked away within a landscape that is often compared to the Scottish highlands, the Turf Club’s home situated in breathtaking Nuwara Eliya is the setting of the island’s most coveted horse racing events. Where the cities cool climate and the mist filled track creates an enchanted setting for one of the world’s oldest sporting activities. Joining forces with the Ministry of Sports as of 2011, racing season in Sri Lanka’s Little England kicks off during the holidays in April when racing enthusiasts from across the country and the world flock to the race course 5km from Spring Acres to witness history in the making.

2012’s exciting line-up in April included four red letter events namely the Governor’s Cup, the Sunquick Cup, the First Meet and the Final Meet while previous highlights included the Labookelle Cup, Sporting Times Trophy, the Upali Wijewardene Kandos Cup, the Sumathi Cup and the Nescafe Cup. February’s line-up includes the Independence Race Meet while events are also hosted during the months of June, August, September and December. Organized with all the pomp and pageantry of an English style racing melee, the horse races at Nuwara Eliya also include elaborate luncheons, teas and pageants where the Best Dressed Gent, Best Dressed Lady and Most Photogenic Personality are selected from among the chic crowd of attendees. Fashion shows by local designers are also a popular feature at the races which are covered extensively by local media as a high society event with who’s who in Colombo high society in attendance.

Travellers on the lookout for Sri Lanka tour packages must consult Shanti Travel Sri Lanka before making their reservations. Offering its clients some of the best holiday packages Sri Lanka has to offer this reputed name in the travel industry pulls out all the stops when it comes to unforgettable vacations in the island.