Sri Lanka means beautiful island. We would say that’s a firm understatement. Be prepared to have a rollercoaster experience, because you will see one highlight after another. Among the highlights of Sri Lanka are the wildlife, sealife, tea plantations and temple sites. Backpacking or luxury travel, sportive or relaxing, single traveler or family, Sri Lanka is the place to be for all!
Culture in Sri Lanka
When traveling Sri Lanka, there are a lot of popular cities where travelers can go to, such as Colombo, Negombo, Galle, Mirissa, and Kandy. Along the coastline between Mirissa and Colombo, there is a coastal village, namely Hikkaduwa. It is located on a 15-minute drive from Galle. This village originally is a fishing village but it nowadays is a cool surf spot, a beautiful place to do yoga, to snorkel with turtles and to dance on the beach till dawn. In addition, you can have a Sri Lankan lunch at one of our home cooks!
If you travel more to the north and if you want to discover some local culture, visit Anuradhapura. This city has many Buddhist temples, ancient but still in use. Another special place to see Buddhist culture is in Dambulla. Here, you find hundreds of statues and impressive paintings hidden in large caves.
Furthermore, in the highest northern point of Sri Lanka Jaffna is located. Here, the Tamil people build Hindu temples “Kovils” and there are still many colonial features in the street view.
Of course, the country site is a must see. The tea plantations make a beautiful green scenery. Why not travel by train and enjoy the stunning views? If you like to see more of Sri Lankan nature you can go on a safari trip. Or take a dive into the ocean to discover the wonderful sea life.
Food in Sri Lanka
Close to India, it’s no surprise that curries are a common dish in Sri Lanka. Spicy, pure and with lots of possibilities for vegetarians. With all the tea plantations, you have seen how the national beverage is grown. The delicate aroma of this tea is amazing.
It’s not only the food but also how the food is consumed that might be different to what you are used to. Note the specific way Sri Lankan people eat: using the right hand making small balls of food, using the thumb to place it in the mouth.
ResiRest in Sri Lanka
Together with the Friendship Foundation and local agent Yaathav we can connect you with lovely local families. They are happy to serve you a great meal, and overcome their shy nature and talk with you. Perhaps show them some pictures of your family and country so they can get to know you better.
We make sure you can enjoy real local food and culture in an easy, safe and pleasant way. Feel welcome to join and get a taste of local life!