Forget Africa, says Aussie website The New Daily—Sri Lanka is the place for bucket-list safari adventure!
Australian lifestyle website The New Daily says forget that bucket-list African safari and discover the wildlife wonders in Sri Lanka’s many nature reserves.
Writes Elissa Doherty: “A luxury African safari is a bucket-list mainstay for many travellers, but now there’s a new place where you can go wild – for a fraction of the price.
“Sri Lanka, the tear-shaped tropical island in the Indian Ocean, has shed its civil war past to become one of the world’s most desired travel destinations.”
She notes that our national parks “are home to about 5000 elephants, as well as sloth bears, leopards, crocodiles, water buffalo, spotted deer and birdlife, which are attracting a growing wave of high-end adventure seekers”.
Although we might lack lions and rhinos, “Sri Lanka makes up for with verdant tea plantations, ancient temples, breathtaking train rides and intricately-spiced cuisine”.
Best of all, she says, “it’s only about 10 hours’ flight from Melbourne. Last year, Sri Lankan Airlines re-introduced direct daily services to the capital Colombo after a 15-year hiatus”.
She highlights Minneriya National Park, “just a short drive from tourist-friendly towns and one of the country’s biggest attractions, Sigiriya Rock fortress”.
Yala National Park, where “leopards leave prints in the sand, is packed with wildlife and—on the outskirts—there’s a burgeoning range of stylish stays”.
And at Udawalawe National Park, an hour north, “this pachyderm paradise is a magnet for elephants and less choked with safari jeeps than Yala”.
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