On the trail of Sri Lanka’s illusive leopard
BIRD Luxury Travel PR says that “Sri Lanka, long known for its golden sands and intoxicating culture, is rapidly gaining a reputation as a global wildlife hotspot. Home to endemic Sri Lankan leopards and elephants, the island nation is also a twitcher’s dream with a huge diversity of wild and wonderful birdlife”.
It highlights Tea Trails, “the world’s first tea bungalow resort and renowned for its beautiful position in the mist-draped hills of the tea country”, which has introduced the region’s first-ever night safari.
This allows guests to “get up, close and personal with the nation’s mountain-dwelling critters … the lucky few might even capture a glimpse of the region’s most illusive resident, the Sri Lankan leopard, as it slinks into the darkness…”
Sri Lanka’s South Coast Beaches – Worth Visiting In Low Season?
The benefits of visiting Sri Lanka in the tourist low season, roughly May to September, are lauded by The TRVL Blog in its report on Tangalle, “where the beaches are beyond beautiful”.
“Not a cloud in the sky, kilometres of deserted golden sand, lined with picture perfect, idillic palm trees, with the rough low-season waves crashing onto the shore. Add a very quiet, near-deserted low-season beach, and in my eyes that’s the recipe for a perfect few days.
“A night spent drinking a couple of ice-cold local Lion Beers and indulging in fresh, flavoursome seafood… A few well needed, lazy, faultless beach days and relaxed nights, is very much how our time in Tangalle could be described.”
Sri Lanka is an unlikely eco-paradise for nature lovers
Travel Wire Asia cites Sri Lanka’s ancient cities, colonial towns, and world-class surf spots as the reasons we are “emerging as a choice destination for nature- and culture-oriented travellers in search of something a bit different”.
These “gifts of nature – beautiful beaches, gorgeous scenery, a diverse tropical eco-system and even a rich and fascinating human culture” are “contributing to this economic growth is the tourism industry, especially the increasing number of foreign tourists who have been flocking to this multicultural, but largely Buddhist island”.
“As far as ecology, Sri Lanka is one of the 25 biodiversity hot spots, with the highest biodiversity per 10,000 square kilometers in Asia, with a remarkably high rate of endemic species – 27 percent of flowering plants and 22 percent of mammals.”
The five most popular beaches of Sri Lanka
Joyful Travelpie list the five most popular beaches of Sri Lanka, staring with Mirrisa, “love at first sight, my first beach stay in Sri Lanka and my most favourite beach”.
Next up is Unawatuna, “like a vibrant clothes line from which hangs resorts, lodges, shops and restaurants of different size, theme and style, some of them distinctly European. A lot of hustle bustle, snorkeling trips to close by beaches and islands”.
Meanwhile, Hikkaduwa is famed for its “golden Sands and blue-green waters, and it is one of the best beaches for surfing in Sri Lanka. It is about 17km away from Galle Town implying you can lounge at the beach all day and in the evening head towards Galle for gastronomic and shopping delight”.
12 awesome reasons to visit Sri Lanka
Travel Me Sri Lanka starts the post with a list of how the world’s media has ranked Sri Lanka as a tourist destination, and it makes impressive reading:
Dream trips 2016 (Lonely Planet magazine); The Top 16 Places to Go in 2016 (Condé Nast Traveller); Where to go on holiday 2016 (The Guardian UK); 63rd out of 144 countries in the travel and tourism competitive index, according to World Economic Forum.
This is because “Sri Lanka is a tropical island offers all in one package, including a beautiful coastline with lagoons and bays, a variety of geographic features, rain forests, plains, mountains, wildlife and biodiversity, and amazing history and heritage”.