Travel Wire Asia spotlights why Sri Lanka was voted Asia’s top adventure tourism destination
Rock climbing, surfing and diving are three of the amazing activities that helped Sri Lanka win the award for Asia’s Leading Adventure Tourism Destination at the World Travel Awards this year.
Travel Wire Asia reports that “the island offers visitors a chance to explore the highest regions at the top of its mountains, all the way down to the deepest depths of the warm Indian Ocean”.
Expert climbers can discover new and challenging pitches and rock faces throughout the island, including the Knuckles and Ella ranges, Habarana, Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa, Horton Plains and Buttala.
Adventurers without a head for heights can head for the depths of the Indian Ocean to explore the wrecks and reefs that are easily accessible from many of the island’s coastal resorts.
And if that doesn’t appeal, riding the crests of dozens of well-known surf breaks, especially along the southern and eastern coasts, has helped establish Sri Lanka as a must-visit surfing paradise.
Says TWA: “The island is known for its incredible surfing conditions as well as scuba diving and snorkeling … has sea beds full of coral gardens, home to curiously colorful fish, accompanied by ancient shipwrecks once crewed by treasure hunters and fishermen”.
Other adventure activities, such as whitewater rafting, kayaking, and canoeing “have all recently gained popularity on the island, with many tour operators running tried and tested as well as bespoke on-the-water tours”.
Meanwhile, our amazing biodiversity is also a major attractions. “Sri Lanka boasts one of the world’s most diverse and healthiest ecosystems, including both animals and plants, the island has one of the highest rates of biological endemism.”
All of which makes Sri Lanka a haven fro walkers and trekkers. “Explorers can walk the footsteps of prowling leopards and watch over the treetops where the birds can be found whistling.”
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