5 experiences for seasoned travellers in Sri Lanka
Travel may get a bit difficult as the years progress, but it certainly doesn't get boring. The world is big and vivid enough for one to experience it no matter the age. And if you think we’re talking nonsense, then read on to discover five experiences that would still be as fun, insightful and adventurous.
Put together a Sri Lankan meal
How about joining a hands-on cooking class to whip up a local meal? Needless to say, there’s immense satisfaction in preparing a meal from scratch, and learning about the island’s bounty of veggies, exotic spices and local cooking techniques only adds to the experience. Whether it's a traditional rice and curry lunch, special biryani or famous Sri Lankan hoppers, this is a chance to enjoy an entertaining interactive session.
Set sail in luxury
Sail into the Indian Ocean to witness private coves, pods of whales and a beautiful sunset. Catch up with the captain for perhaps an opportunity to take the helm and learn some basic sailing. When you’ve had enough of seascapes, laze about on the deck and enjoy the warmth of the sun beaming down. Chill, dine and enjoy stunning views throughout the cruise.
Discover the art of tea
Known as one of the world’s finest brews, Ceylon tea is a tale that must be explored while in Sri Lanka. Stroll through a tea plantation in the hill country and try your hand at plucking and rolling some tea leaves. You can even take a guided tour to a tea factory and see how leaves are processed and packaged in exquisite tea boxes, ready for the market. Top it off by enjoying a tasting session to try out various blends of Ceylon tea.
Soak up the sun
Beautiful beaches, smiling people and delicious cuisine: a tropical holiday doesn’t have to be action-packed. With sun-baked terraces, infinity pools and striking views, the coastal belt of the island is dotted with resorts and boutique hotels waiting to pamper you. Head for the spa and indulge in a rejuvenating treatment. There are water sports on offer, but we recommend lying back on a sunbed - refreshing cocktail in one hand and your favourite book in the other.
Uncover ancient sites
Sri Lanka's Cultural Triangle covers the towns of Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya and Dambulla where extensive archaeological remains, protected as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, provide a glimpse into the island’s history. It is here that Sri Lanka’s kings developed remarkably advanced civilisations which captivate the world even today. Take your time to learn about its incredible history and witness the marvels of Sri Lankan architecture.