For a small island of its size in Asia, Sri Lanka has a treasure of unique features which no other land can boast of. The history of the country runs back to 3000 years and beyond, and it’s the subject of one of the best known epics in the world – Ramayana. And when you enter the island you will know that the country deserves more than its legacy in today’s world. They speak several languages within the island, and they have several religions that showcase mutual respect and understanding. Let us look at a few unique features of Sri Lanka.
History – marked by ancient engineering and artwork at their best
If you thought that the pyramids are the ultimate work of ancient engineering, then you should also take a look at the stupas such as Ruvanweliseya. Without sophisticated computer software, the ancient Sri Lankan engineers built this masterpiece of a work with absolute balance and symmetry in every aspect of the building. Now, this is just one example of the glory of ancient engineering.
Then there is the Sigiriya the Lion Rock. A citadel built on a huge rock, there is no other work to compare anywhere in the world. Athough the palace is not there anymore, the foundations and the pond says a story you would otherwise think is a fairy tale. The ticket price to Sigiriya could be a little steep at 30 USD but it is fully worth visiting it.
Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Kandy, and many other ancient cities boast of the rich past of the island nation.
Nature – Calm and serene natural beauty
The island is surrounded by the Indian Ocean and therefore you only have to travel just 3 hours in any direction to find a beach. But within the island you will find some of the most beautiful national parks, rivers, and wildlife in the world. Yala National Park in Sri Lanka has the highest density of leopards in the world, and you can see them in their natural habitat.
If you love Asian elephants then the Minneriya and Udawalawe National Parks would give you the opportunity to watch them to the content of your heart.
Tea Estates – Memories of the colonial past
Nuwara Eliya is known as the Little England for its climate and architecture, and the sprawling tea estates are a beauty to behold. British planters planted tea in many areas of the hill country which are still in operation although some of them have been dwindling in size due to labour out-migration. But today you can find many colonial bungalows converted to tourist hotels, and you can enjoy the views of the rolling green plantations from the bungalows which once were the residences of planters.
Climate – enjoy life all year round
Sri Lanka is located close to the equator which means there is no snow, or it doesn’t have extremely cold seasons. But if you don’t like the sun then you still have the hill country to retreat to. For those who love surfing there are 2 main surfing seasons in the East and the South West coasts, and there are beautiful beaches all around Sri Lanka for anyone to enjoy basking in the sun, for a quiet walk, or to just watch the waves and the sea gulls.
Life can be daunting as it is, but in Sri Lanka, there is something for everyone to enjoy and relax.