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Popular Sri Lanka Luxury Holidays in 2019

Are you looking for opulent holidays and retreatsaway from your hometown? Try Sri Lanka, the land of beauty, enclosed by the Laccadive Indian Ocean. Often called “pearl of the Indian Ocean”, Sri Lanka is the dwelling fortropical rainforests, luminous green tea plantations, serene beaches, British influenced colonial towns, significant world heritage sites, bustling capitals, elevated mountainsand diverse wildlife.The vibrant attractions and assorted lands of Sri Lanka welcome voyagers across the globe while remaining as the top-visited travel destinations of the South Asian Savannah.With the country’s unlimited highlights, let’s discover most admired Sri Lanka luxury holidays for the year 2019.

  1. City night in Colombo

Boasting as the heart of the country, Colombo is the financial capital and prevalentholidaymakers’ destination of Sri Lanka. Although it was the seaport of prehistoric east-west trade directions, now the city has emerged as a commercial centre of this island. No more a city covered by colonial architectures and dull flaunts, it has become a must-see tourist hotspot at the beginning or end of your luxury holiday. The allures of this compact city are boundless and give multiple spots to stopover and entertain.

What to see in Colombo:Gangaramaya Temple, Floating market, National Museum of Colombo, Independence Memorial Hall, Dutch hospital, Amusement Parks, Pettah Bazaar, Galle face Green, Independence square, old parliament building, Seema Malaka, Khan clock tower, Dehiwala Zoological garden and glossy building rising above the city skyline.

What to do in Colombo: Wander in the Galle Road, find cut-rate deals at well-trodden streets of Pettah, shop at leading shopping malls, fill the bellies at world-class hotels, hunt for street food at local food shacks and mingle in the nightclubs of Colombo.

Where to Stay in Colombo: The city is booming with a number of classy hotels encompassing Cinnamon grand Colombo, The Kingsburry, Taj Samudra, Galadari, Movenpick hotel, Shangri-La, Cinnamon Lakeside, Jetwing Colombo, Hilton and Tintagel.

  1. Dig the history ofthe Cultural Triangle

The three great Sinhalese capitals of Sri Lanka: Kandy, Polonnaruwa and Anuradhapura have plentiful world-famous Buddhist architecture and paintings to showcase. So, why is it called a triangle? Because, it includes three main spots from each Province that form a triangle – Anuradhapura towards the north, Polonnaruwa towards the East and Kandy towards the Central. Sigiriya and Dambulla are the other sites involved in between the triangle. Each place holds significant values, world heritage sites; visited by thousands of pilgrims and voyagers every year.

What to see in the cultural triangle: Kandy–Temple of the tooth relic, Royal Botanical Garden, Udawattakele Forest Reserve, Kandy Lake, National Museum of Kandy, Bahirawakanda Vihara Buddha Figure, Hanthana mountain, British Garrison Cemetery and the spice garden.

Polonnaruwa–Sigiriya,Minneriya national park, Gal Vihara, Parakrama Samudra (a large reservoir built by the King Parakrama), Hetadage (Ancient shrine), Stupa, Nissanka Latha Mandapaya, Thivanka image house, Gal Potha, Angammedilla national park, Polonnaruwa Vatadage, The temple of marbles (Pabalu Vihara), Thuparamaya and Kiri Vehera. Anuradhapura–Mihintale, Ruwanwelisaya, Isurumuniya, Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ( The sacred bo-tree), Jetavanaramaya, Thuparamaya, Kuttam Pokuna, Lovamahapaya, Mirisawetiya, Lankarama, Samadhi Buddha statue, Sandakada pahana (moonstone), Tissa Wewa, Ranmasu Uyana, Kalu Diya Pokuna, Vessagiriya, Naka Vihara, Sela Cetiya and Abhayagiri Vihara.

What to do:Hop on a hot air balloon tour or heli tour,climb the lion rock fortress and Pidurangala rock (be mindful to dress modestly and not to capture nudesnapshots), hike through the Hanthana mountain range,visit the ancient and historical places of the cultural triangle, visit the Dambulla golden cave temple, worship at the temple of tooth, see the elephants and jugglers atKandy Esala Perahera (during the Esala Perahera season), encounter diverse wild animals at national parks, stroll beside the Kandy Lake, watch various plantations at the Royal Botanical garden, learn about spices and herbs, sightsee artificial water ponds (alien green wateris not for bath) and reservoirs.

Where to Stay: Kandy –Find the perfect five-star amenityat the Grand Kandyan hotel, The Hermitage by Edwards Collection, Earl’s Regent hotel, Viyana Boutique hotel, OZO Kandy, Cinnamon Citadel Kandy, Amaara Sky hotel, Kandyhotel, Golden crown and Amaya Hills.
Dambulla – Heritance Kandalama, Jetwing Lake, Jetwing Vil Uyana, Habarana Village by Cinnamon and Wild Grass Nature Resort.
Anuradhapura – Heritage hotel, Rajarata Hotel, Ulagalla by Uga Escapes and Heritage Hotel Anuradhapura.

  1. Explore Mirissa

A tropical paradise, coastal hamlet and popular surfing point – sitting on the South coast of Sri Lanka. It boasts of palm-fringed white sandy seashores and cobalt saltwater lakes. Breezy Mirissa becomes much alive at dusk for night time mingles. Although a small beach town, it has everything you are looking for – water sports, luxury accommodation, great bars and bistros. It is a holiday paradise shouldn’t be neglected during your luxury tour.

What to see in Mirissa:Spot whales, dolphins and other sea creatures,visit the Mirissa beach, Taprobane Island, surrounding villages and Dondra head lighthouse.

What to do in Mirissa: Enclosed by beaches, you will smell and feel sea breeze everywhere in Mirissa. Go on private or group whale watching tours, surf in the azure waves, dive in to the deep sea, pamper in water sports, walk along the coast to find the secret beach, parrot rock (don’t judge by the name – no parrots only rocks, if you are a hygienic individual, then stay away) and the coconut tree hill to witness the glorious sun setting moment (As you focus on the sunset, keep an eye on the coconuts falling off from the trees), chill at the beach by sipping a cocktail or coconut water, party at night with great vibes and earn more calories by tasting verities of food.

Where to stay in Mirissa:Mandara Resort,Sri Sharavi Beach Villas & Spa, Weligama Bay Marriott Resort & Spa, Villa Saltasia, Lantern Boutique hotel and Weligama Bay Marriot Resort & Spa.

  1. Wander in legendry Galle

Witness the Dutch-influenced colonial style town relaxing on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka. During the 16th century, the old city of Galle was initially set up by Portuguese settlers and then developed by Dutch and British rulers. Even today, the town represents colonial style buildings of the bygone era while certain parts have been restored with contemporary glimpses.

What to see in Galle: Galle Fort and its fortifications, Galle Lighthouse, Dutch reformed church, National museum of Galle, Unawatuna beach, jungle beach, Japanese Peace Pagoda, Galle harbour, Galle Fort clock tower, Rampart street and Rumassala (the mythical hill of Galle).

What to do in Galle:Start with wandering in the streets, jump for a cycling tour to explore the town, enjoy your evening coffee at a beach-front cafeteria, walk beside the Indian ocean, catch the sunset at the Flag Rock, visit the upmarket boutiques at the Dutch hospital and watch a live cricket match at the Galle international cricket stadium (during the cricket season)

Where to stay in Galle:Jetwing Light House Club, Deco On 44, Jetwing Kurulubada, Galle Fort Hotel,  Amari Galle, Tamarind Hill, Le Grand Galle by Asia Leisure and Thambili House by Edwards Collection.

  1. Freeze in languorous Nuwara Eliya

The chilly climate of Nuwara Eliya gives a luxury stay for the visitors in the hunt for a great hideaway in Sri Lanka. The misty green mountains, verdant tea farms and comfy accommodations offer an impeccable holiday in the hill country state. Nestled in the highly elevated landmass, no wonder they call it Little England – sleepy little England is an entirely different place on earth like no other.

What to see in Nuwara Eliya:Adam’s Peak, tea plantations of little England, Ceylon tea factories, New Zealand farm called Ambewela farm, Devon Falls, Hakgala Botanical garden, Horton Plains, Sita Amman Kovil Bomburu Ella and Lake Gregory.

What to do in Nuwara Eliya: Walk along the green tea trails,hire a swan on the Gregory Lake or go on jet skiing, stroll in the Victoria Park, visit the lover’s leap waterfalls, Devon Falls and St. Claire’s waterfalls, play gentlemen’s game at the Nuwara Eliya Golf Club, see floras and faunas of Galway’s Land National park, taste a mouthful of freshly brewed Ceylon tea at a tea factory, hike the Horton Plains, meet its national park and moon plains, gaze at the world’s end, go on a train journey to Ella passing eye-catching backdrops, Adam’s peak pilgrimage and go for horse racing.

Where to stay in Nuwara Eliya: Jetwing St. Andrews, Heritance Tea Factory, Araliya Green Hills Hotel, Jetwing Warwick Gardens, Grand Hotel, Araliya Green city, Hill Rise Nuwara Eliya by Edwards Collection, Stafford Bungalow, Governor’s Mansion and Mas Villa by FOX Resorts.

Author Bio: Philipp Muller is the founder of and Director of GetGo tours. With his experience in the travel industry, he contributes great travel content to help explorers for planning their holidays.

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