Enchanting Sri Lanka and Maldives

 

The Teardrop Island or Sri Lanka is a heart-warming place that gifts countless fond lifelong memories. The people here are easily amongst the most friendly and helpful folks in the world. The scenery borders on the surreal – pristine palm-fringed beaches, emerald forests, acres and acres of serene tea gardens, and lofty mountains together connive to cast a spell. Being a vibrant melting pot of different cultures, Sri Lanka’s social fabric is a colourful one and visitors may look forward to lots of exciting cultural insights and experiences. There is also no dearth of historical attractions with some of the most popular ones being the ‘Temple of the Tooth’, Galle Fort, Dambulla Cave Temple, Adam’s Peak and the astounding Sigiriya to name just a few. The wildlife is spectacular as well and some of the best places for jungle buffs are Yala, Wasgomuwa, Wilpattu and Sinharaja amongst many others. In a nutshell, the myriad attractions of Sri Lanka are spread across the country’s different regions – East Coast and Cultural Triangle, Kandy and the Hill Country, Jaffna and the North, West Coast, and the South.

Ritigala

Ritigala

The highly atmospheric Ritigala Monastery has many legends and myths. Almost, each meticulously laid granite step and stone of the building whispers stories of the past, those long-ago days, when holy monks and ascetics ventured deep into the jungles to meditate.

Jafna

Jafna

For almost 30 years, Jaffna in North Sri Lanka was cut off from travellers because of the civil war. The majority of the population comprises Sri Lankan Tamils who have a different language, different religion and a different cuisine. Today, with the return of peace,

Wilpattu Park

Wilpattu Park

The largest national park in Sri Lanka, Wilpattu covers a humongous area of roughly 1085 square kilometres and is almost eight times the size of Yala National Park. This offbeat jungle destination has a more  wild character as visitors are few…

Cultural Triangle

The northern plains, traditionally called Rajarata or ‘The King’s Land’ comprise the Cultural Triangle. The thorny scrub jungles and mountainous outcrops are dotteds

Kandy

Tucked away into the southern heartlands of the teardrop island, the hill country offers a refreshing escape from the blistering heat of the coastal lowland.

East Coast

The east coast exudes an altogether different vibe. As the region has not yet been fully commercialised from a tourist perspective, it largely retains its own authentic character.

West Coast

Sri Lanka is perhaps at its urban best on the west coast. Pulsating with life, the west coast has a much westernised character than the other regions of the Teardrop Island.

Jaffna

The north is largely much different from the rest of Sri Lanka. Situated in closer proximity to South India and having witnessed years of bloody strife, it is limping back

The South

The traditional appeal of Sri Lanka is at its charming best in the south. Full of sleepy villages, life in the south is still largely about fishing, coconut farming and rice cultivation.

Baa Atoll

The northern plains, traditionally called Rajarata or ‘The King’s Land’ comprise the Cultural Triangle. The thorny scrub jungles and mountainous outcrops are dotted

North Male

The North Malé Atoll offers options galore for water sports enthusiasts. If you are a diving aficionado, take your pick from numerous exotically named dive spots and enjoy countless

25C – 30C

April-September

Maldives enjoys temperate weather in Summer with temperatures ranging in the comfortable. Sri Lanka is a year-round destination with consistently warm temperatures and lots of sunshine. There isn’t one perfect month and it can shower any time. The southwest waters are rougher than usual in April, followed by increased humidity in May. It is recommended that the months between April & September should be spent further north and on the east coast. The central hills remain cooler all year and the only months we’d recommend avoiding are October and November, when rainfall is less predictable.

Cultural Triangle

The northern plains, traditionally called Rajarata or ‘The King’s Land’ comprise the Cultural Triangle. The thorny scrub jungles and mountainous outcrops are dotted

East Coast

The northern plains, traditionally called Rajarata or ‘The King’s Land’ comprise the Cultural Triangle. The thorny scrub jungles and mountainous outcrops are dotted

Baa Atoll

The northern plains, traditionally called Rajarata or ‘The King’s Land’ comprise the Cultural Triangle. The thorny scrub jungles and mountainous outcrops are dotted

West Coast

Sri Lanka is perhaps at its urban best on the west coast. Pulsating with life, the west coast has a much westernised character than the other regions of the Teardrop Island.

25C – 29C

October-March

The winter months in Maldives are ideal because the temperatures do not drop below… making it a perfect destination for visitors to enjoy the beach and get some sun. Sri Lanka’s position is close to the Equator which keeps the temperatures fairly constant year-round. The southwest coast and central hills are best between December and April, which is also an ideal time for whale and dolphin watching.

Kandy

Tucked away into the southern heartlands of the teardrop island, the hill country offers a refreshing escape from the blistering heat of the coastal lowland.

West Coast

The east coast exudes an altogether different vibe. As the region has not yet been fully commercialised from a tourist perspective, it largely retains its own authentic character.

Jaffna

The north is largely much different from the rest of Sri Lanka. Situated in closer proximity to South India and having witnessed years of bloody strife, it is limping back

The South

The traditional appeal of Sri Lanka is at its charming best in the south. Full of sleepy villages, life in the south is still largely about fishing, coconut farming and rice cultivation.