Top highlights of Sri Lanka
This little pearl amidst the Indian Ocean is truly a paradise to visit as there’s plenty to explore from stunning beaches, ancient ruins, fun train rides to delectable cuisine. It’s a place that you must visit if you haven’t yet and here are some irresistible highlights of Sri Lanka that you ought to explore,
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- Just about a three-hour drive from Colombo, you will come to this serene highlands of Kithulgala offering an array of exhilarating experiences such as white water rafting in Kelani River, towering cliffs and lush forests. Some of these adventure-packed activities are perfect for the entire family and you can even choose to trek through the river and witness hidden waterfalls. There are plenty of places to stay such as Halal-friendly eco lodges and retreats and places to indulge in Halal food.
- There’s a heaven out there for the wildlife enthusiast at the Udawalawe National Park, one of Sri Lanka’s treasured National Parks which is home to Elephants, Wild Buffalo’s, Sambar, Spotted Deer, Jackals, water monitor lizards, Crocodiles, Sloth bears and a wealth of birdlife. You get plenty of excursions to choose from and a park guide to take you through the trails. If you’re looking for places to stay, fret not as there’s budget-friendly safari lodges to some well-appointed hotels around the area and they’re Halal-friendly too!
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- World’s end which is located in the Horton Plains is a fantasy-like cliff which is 880m deep where you will also witness the famous Baker’s Fall after a 2km walk. The best time to visit this natural landscape would be during the non-rainy season so best to avoid April to September as it could get a little misty. There are some lodging options with Halal-friendly amenities around Horton Plains and places to eat for the Muslim traveler.
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- For those who love the ocean, Passikudah beach is the place to be with the turquoise blue waters to wake up to and tranquil surroundings of Sri Lanka’s East Coast to enjoy an uninterrupted holiday in the island. You will be spoilt for choice when it comes to the number of resorts and hotels to stay around the area and Halal-friendly ones too. If you’re looking for places to pray, there are couple of mosques open to the public. You can swim in the ocean, take long walks on those insta-worthy shores and take up a few excursions to try something new.
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- Feel like a local for a day in the outskirts of Habarana and Hiriwaduna Village in the Anuradhapura District. You can take a simple bullock cart ride to the serene countryside or enjoy the waters of the lake on a canoe style boat. You can enjoy a traditional Sri Lankan meal on the way made by the locals and head to Dambulla to explore ancient series of caves from the 1st century BC housing five separate caves, which contain a large number of Buddha images and sculptures of Hindu Gods.
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- This national treasure which has also been declared as the 8th Wonder of the World by UNESCO is a must-visit. Sigiriya is an ancient rock fortress feature ruins of a palace and an extensive network of gardens and reservoirs. On your way up this gigantic rock, you will witness murals of the famous Sigiriya Damsels and panoramic views of the countryside from the top. You get some great places to stay which are Halal-friendly and a few mosques in close proximity.
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