Home to some of the region’s best beaches and cultural landmarks, Sri Lanka is on the bucket list of countless travelers. Here are some other reasons why the island is so popular.

The Beaches

Negombo Beach | Image via Unsplash

As the main reason why most travelers head to the island paradise in the first place, it is difficult to discount the stunning beaches surrounding Sri Lanka as a part of its charm. From Hikkaduwa, Koggala, Unawatuna, and Bentota to east coast beaches such as Pasikudah and Trincomalee, the sun-kissed nation is a beach lover’s dream come true while resort hubs close to the capital including Amagi Aria and many other hotels in Negombo, Sri Lanka, also make it a hit with visitors.

The Wildlife

For an island so small, it is hard to believe that Sri Lanka is home to nine national parks including dedicated wildlife sanctuaries that are perfect for a safari adventure. Some of the main highlights include Yala National Park and Udawalawe National Park where leopards and gentle giants are frequently spotted.

The Heritage

Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle is home to some of Asia’s most breathtaking UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The Sigiriya Rock Fortress and the Dambulla Cave Temple are just some of the points of interest in this area, which also contain two ancient capitals, Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa.

The Activities

Whether it’s white water rafting down rapids in Kitulgala or enjoying a surfing safari in Arugam Bay, Sri Lanka offers tourists a wealth of exciting and adventurous activities. Hikers can head up to the Horton Plains National Park while water sports lovers will find the island is perfect for scuba diving, snorkeling, windsurfing, and kayaking.