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Best places of interest in Sri Lanka

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Situated in the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka offers its visitors an astonishing range of environments to experience and enjoy. Cities such as Kandy and Colombo help trace the enthralling history of the island from early times to the colonial era to the present day. The country is a paradise for any beach lover since the place is swamped by some of the best beaches in the world.

Following are some of the best places of interest to visit in Sri Lanka

 

Colombo

The capital city blends urban amenities with colourful native and colonial history. Sri Lanka has had strategic significance for trading powers in Europe as a major stop on the spice trade routes in the world. One can observe the influence of the British, Portugal, and the Netherlands culture in arts, architecture, and food. The city has the best museums on the island and several other things and places that help you connect with the local culture.

Arugam Bay

You are sure to have the best experiences in the country at this place. It is custom-made for people who like adrenaline-pumping activities. Take your swim-wear and head to the waters to indulge in speed-boating, surfing and several other activities. The blue waters and coconut tree rows make the location one of the appealing destinations on the island.

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Beira Lake

Once you are done with your shopping or sightseeing, you can hop in for a peaceful boat ride here. Located in the heart of the capital city, this lake provides green and calm waters that offer a stimulating experience. You can rent a paddle-boat and go out on the lake while observing cute ducks and swans around.

Beira Lake on Vesak Day

Yala National Park

This national park is a well-known wildlife sanctuary situated nearly 200 km from Bentota. You can go on an adventurous trip into the forest. It is one of the perfect places to go to on the entire island and so you need to make sure you list it out in your itinerary. You will get to see some Sri Lankan leopards and elephants on your trip.

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Galle Fort

One amongst the most famous tourist spots in the entire country, the Galle Fort was constructed during the 16th century by the Portuguese and reinforced in the 17 century by the Dutch. You can take pleasure in the stunning sea view from this fort or stroll around the cobblestoned trail around the fort area. The area surrounding the fort has several food joints, shops and cafes. You can look at the most splendid sunset view at this fort.

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Dambulla Cave Temple

You can go to this temple to get a touch of old culture and history. This cultural hotspot is one amongst the largest temple complex in the country and hosts a wide assortment of paintings and statues that date back to the 12th century. This temple has 5 rooms each containing a striking statue of Buddha of various sizes. You can climb to the temple’s top to get a good view of the surroundings.

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Jaffna

The capital city of Sri Lanka’s northern province has some of the finest temples. The Nallur Kovil temple is the most crowded in the area. You can visit the Jaffna Fort to know more about the rich history of Sri Lanka. The Nagadeepa Purana Vihara temple is yet another best place to go in Sri Lanka and is accessible only by boat. The calmness that you get to experience here is beyond compare.

Naga Vihara in Stanley Road in Jaffna, Sri Lanka by Kanatonian

Trincomalee

Trincomalee’s beach getaway is little known, however, a great place for spending a good time when you are in the country. It is a famous tourist spot that provides exceptional watersport activities. The perfect part of the place is the opportunity it offers for deep-sea diving. You can get in touch with the SLDT [Sri Lanka Diving Tours] to assist you to take a quick look into the marine life in the Trincomalee waters. You can indulge in beach hopping and temple sighting as well.

Sunset Trincomalee Sri Lanka Image by Mohamed Nuzrath from Pixabay

Pollonnaruwa

This significant city ruin site is one of the World Heritage Sites of the country. It was the 2nd capital city prospering approximately over a thousand years ago. The city is preserved, though the majority of its structures are remnants. There are palaces, gardens, temples and while the place is compact mostly, it can be explored easily by bicycle. There is a modern, small-town located a few miles from this place with bike rentals, guesthouses and cafes.

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Ella

At times it is as much as important to consider the journey and not worry much about the destination. Ella is a good example. It is a hill-country town located amongst the tea plantations in Sri Lanka. The place is filled with amazing food, small guesthouses and friendly people. It is a place for anyone who wants to get away from the buzz of the city and enjoy hiking for a few days. The slow train goes up and down the hills, via small towns and arrives in the mountain town after nearly 6 hours.

Ella Kandy Sri-Lanka Asia Image by Adam Hill from Pixabay

 

The compact island possesses 8 of the World Heritage Sites and some of the best outdoor landscapes you will ever get to see in your life. You can opt for the Sri Lanka tour package from India offered by Packyoutrail. Their team of experts will help you make full use of your time in the country at an affordable cost.

What is your favourite street food? Part 13

Appam, Sri Lanka street food

Continuing my series on What is your favourite street food?

Sri Lanka

There are a number of popular street food items that are popular among locals and tourists.

Shrimp Fritter / Isso Vadai

Prawn vadai isso- Sri Lanka street food
KANDY: Prawn Vadai ( Isso)
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Made with channa dhal oil cakes and shrimps.

Serve this with a dab of lime juice or chopped onions.

Kotthu

Made with Godambha roti (a type of flatbread/roti made with flour, oil, water & egg). Shredded roti is combined with vegetables, egg, meat, spices and gravy.

Achcharu

Mostly made with fruits such as mango, olives, ambarella, pineapple, guava.

This is a pickled snack that contains chillies, vinegar, salt.

Short-eats

This coined word is referred to as snacks in Sri Lanka. Mostly crumbled and deep fried items as shown in the photos.

The fillings usually consist of canned tuna/mackerel, egg, meat/chicken combined with tempered potato, onions and chillies.

The names of the short eats: cutlets(round shaped ones), patties (half-moon shaped ones), rolls (cylinder shaped ones), samosa –originated from India (triangular-shaped ones)

Hoppers also know as Appa / Appam

This is a very crispy bowl-shaped thin pancake made with a fermented rice flour batter. In Sri Lanka, this is served mostly as a savoury dish and consumed mainly for breakfast and dinner.

Appam, Sri Lanka street food
Hoppers
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It’s common to add an egg and consume it as an egg hopper with condiments such as “lunu miris” – chillies and onion paste or with a hot curry.

Recently the big hotels and restaurants have taken these hoppers to the next level by adding various ingredients such as cheese, chopped onions, bell pepper to the batter and serving with tempered prawns etc.

Even though hoppers are common in all parts of Sri Lanka, variations of hoppers are found in India, mainly in Kerala and also in some parts of Malaysia.

So, what is your favourite SriLankan #streetfood?

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