Sri Lanka Travel Guides for Backpackers

Wilpattu National Park: Leopard Country

The country of Sri Lanka, also known as the ‘pearl of the Indian Ocean’, has a surprising number of national parks for a small island – 26, to be exact. While major sanctuaries like Yala (a park situated in the south) and Sinharaja (a tropical rainforest near the central highlands) get all the attention, people tend to neglect the country’s oldest national park: Wilpattu. Not only is it the oldest sanctuary, but it’s a haven for Sri Lanka’s top predator: the leopard. So, if you are a wildlife photographer or enthusiast dying to see a wild leopard, Wilpattu might be […]
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Sri Lanka South: Where To Eat Vegan, Chinese & More

Sandy beaches and coconut trees are a dime a dozen on Sri Lanka’s south coast. Many praise the ‘Wonder of Asia’ for its verdant jungles, luscious flora and elephantine fauna. Indeed, there is something to suit every person, every taste: romantic lagoon retreats for couples, backpackers’ hostels for the solo traveller, five star hotels for the affluent and honeymooners. However, the beaten path is well trodden. Kite surfers go to Kalpitiya, surfers to Weligama or Arugam Bay and history seekers flock to Anuradhapura and Sigiriya. For less than a day’s salary in some parts of the world, you can find […]
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Top Veggie Restaurants in Mirissa, Sri Lanka

As a newfound vegetarian, and a lover of eating fresh, local food, I was determined to find the best veggie options which Mirissa has to offer. With lots of restaurants and cafes to choose from and the luxury of staying in Mirissa for ten days, I had plenty of time to explore and try out each restaurant to find the best vegetarian options. Here are my top five favourites: Zephyr Restaurant and Bar This was definitely my favourite spot! So much so that the staff actually got to know me. Although that might have had something to do with me […]
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Colombo: A Quick Travel Guide to an Urban Jungle in Sri Lanka

Greetings and welcome to Sri Lanka. The commercial capital of the paradise island is Colombo. If you are in the city for a short stay or a long vacation, in and around Colombo is a must. A holiday in Sri Lanka is incomplete without a tour amongst the skyscrapers, the sights of colonial architecture, the blend of a cultural diversity and many more. I’ll be taking you through the best places in Colombo – top things to do, recommended eateries, sights and landmarks, whilst sharing tips and tricks to get through this concrete jungle. Travel in Colombo Before anything, sorting your […]
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Perfect 9 Days Itinerary in Sri Lanka + backpacker advice

Last month I visit Sri Lanka for 9 days and it was absolutely amazing, I fell in love with the places, the people and the food and I totally recommend it to everyone who is looking for adventure but at the same time a place with a lot of cultural history. This is my itinerary: I did a circular route and decided to see the most important cities, even though a didn’t say everything I think I did a good job in seen the most important stuff. This was an exciting trip because we planned almost one different city every […]
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My Top 5 Favourite Destinations in Sri Lanka

Top Travel Destinations in Sri Lanka Haven't been to Sri Lanka yet? Why not travel to somewhere different for your next trip and explore the pearl of the Indian Ocean for an exciting trip like no other! I was in Sri Lanka for almost two months for a volunteering project last summer, and visited many towns all over the beautiful country during my off days. Travelling around the country is quite convenient and easy, with numerous transport options to choose, from trains, buses and mini taxis that are known as 'tuk-tuks'. Here are my top five travel destinations in Sri […]
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Sri Lanka: The Lush Land from the Tales of Sinbad the Sailor

The Pearl of the Indian Ocean: An Overview The famed land Sinbad the Sailor visited on his sixth voyage, Sri Lanka has provided the scenic yet mysterious backdrop for a variety of situations, ranging from historic epics, sanguinary wars, romantic movies, exhilarating adventures, mysterious quests, and breathtakingly beautiful holidays. The Many Names of Sri Lanka 'The Pearl of the Indian Ocean', as it is fondly known, has piqued the interest of many since ancient times where Indian lore suggests that Queen Sita was held captive in the mystical mountains of Lanka by the villainous Ravana. History tells us magnificent tales […]
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THE TRUTH ABOUT LOW SEASON IN THE SOUTH OF SRI LANKA

Sri Lanka, the tear-shaped island, has a tropical climate. The south coast has its main and low season due to climate, tourism, and surfing conditions. What you will find in the main season (European winter) is flocks of tourists, endless sunshine, crystal clear waters, and consistent and clean swell. The low season, on the other hand, has a few misconceptions attached to it. Thus, affecting the tourism industry during this period. It does not mean bad weather with rain, onshore winds and un-surfable waves. As a matter of fact, one can surf and travel all year round in the South […]
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TOP 05 THINGS TO DO IN ELLA, SRI LANKA.

Welcome to the Mountains of Sri Lanka.. When anyone says Sri Lanka, your mind will automatically run to perfect blue water, extensive beaches and coconut trees. But guess what? Sri Lanka also has a flip side to it! The hills of Sri Lanka are an unexplored world altogether. I spent my last summer digging up the nooks and crannies of the Sri Lankan up country, and I would call it a shame if you visit the country and leave out the hills! My little exploration was to the new tourist hotspot “Ella”. It is about a six hour drive from […]
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Top 5 Things To Do in Matara

A few towns in Sri Lanka possess the glory and activity like the town of Matara does. Town of Matara is situated in the southern coast of Sri Lanka (further from Galle) which is about 160km away from Colombo. If you are a lover of history, culture, nature and beaches, Matara is a town you must visit during your stay in Sri Lanka. In this article, we look to give you the top 5 things you can do in Matara. How to get to Matara Town of Matara is located in the southern-most tip of the coast of Sri Lanka. […]
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Living like a Local in Sri Lanka

Welcome to Colombo! As a traveller who loves to explore new places, I believe that the true essence of a place lies in enjoying the local flavour, which includes its food, music, stay and culture. Since I was staying with my sister and her husband, it was easier to start living like a local than as a tourist who only gets to experience the fancy stuff reserved for foreigners. Soon after landing at the Bandaranaike International Airport, I got a local SIM card which only cost me around  1200 LKR and made travelling in Colombo a lot more comfortable. I was staying at […]
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Surf Sri Lanka: Arugam Bay

Any Sri Lankan beach looks gorgeous, but they all have characteristic differences. So, a question to ask yourself before planning a beach trip in Sri Lanka would be, what would you like to experience? If you are looking for a new spot to surf at or if you are simply looking for a place to learn surfing at, Arugam Bay is a great place to start. While there are many Sri Lankan beaches more than appropriate for surfing, Arugam Bay stood out to me during my search due to its surf schools (since I was a beginner), the beautiful location, […]
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5 Things To Do in Kandy- Sri Lanka With Limited Time

  I know most travelers have scheduled time table for each and every trip unless you are vagabonding and has abundant the whole concept of time. Not that much of a rare scenario though. I’ve met quite a few Vegabonders who absolutely has no To-Do-List what so ever. Anyways I think I’m qualified to give you some insights about Kandy as I’m a Kandyan myself and have gone tours around the city with my foreign friends few times. Even though I live in Colombo, Western Province, my hometown is Kandy. I’ve notice Kandy people to be nicer and “innocent”. So […]
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Galle : The Top 06 Things to do

  Welcome to Galle! This the first sight you get to see and feel that you are in Galle if you are coming down from the southern expressway. The initial feeling of you trapped on a fishing island and the sea breeze which brushes all your exhaustion away is the ideal welcome that any city could ever give. At first, it might seem a bit busy if you take a right from this junction since you are traveling towards the city. But if you have no choice, you might as well enjoy the busy city movements. First, you will be passing […]
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Sri Lanka: The Town of 'Ella'

Ella (rough translation to English from the native language Sinhala, meaning ‘waterfall’) is a small town located about 3400 ft above sea level on the South Eastern Slopes of Sri Lanka’s Central Mountainous regions. One of the most sought after destinations for tourists on the island, Ella offers a spectacular view of the Southern Plains of Sri Lanka through the Ella Gap through many of its viewpoints. Getting to Ella Located 200 Km from the Capital City of Colombo on the Western Coast of Sri Lanka, Ella is roughly a 5-7 Hour Drive following a climb up the southern slope of […]
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Sri Lanka for foreigners: Dambulla

From millenary temples to giant elephants crossing the road a few meters from you, Dambulla is definitely a must-see city if you are traveling to Sri Lanka. Here is a selection of the top 4 must-see places near Dambulla. (in order of cultural relevance). 1. Golden temple Situated in central Dambulla, the golden temple (also known as cave temple) preserves hundreds of Hindu and Buddhist statues and paintings carved/drawn on the surface and ceilings of 5 beautiful caves that were carved thousands of years ago below a 150 meter-high rock. It is considered a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Apart […]
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Weekend in TRINCO

Everyone talks about Horizon at Sunset. How often have you seen the Horizon at Sunrise? The best way you could start your day is with a cup of coffee in hand looking at the horizon watching sunrise. Well Trincomalee (or Trinco for short) is a place that you could wake up to this amazing view. Horizon at Sunrise   THE PLACE This is THE PLACE you should go to if you are in love with the SUN, SAND & SEA. Being born in a tropical island these are very common sight to everybody here in Sri […]
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Discovering Sri Lanka with elephants, whales, pineapples and tuk tuk''

''Discovering Sri Lanka with elephants, whales, pineapples and tuk tuk''    My journey started last December when I got the chance to visit Asia for the first time. I booked my flight to Sri Lanka early and I was flying from Budapest to Colombo. I had to change at Doha International Airport, which was great because there were the most comfortable chairs for relaxing between flights. I couldn't sleep at all I was checking from my little window in the plane how landscapes change and I could see dessert and suddenly parts of light, Dubai marina was easy to be […]
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Trincomalee: Sri Lanka's East Coast

Why Trincomalee? Upon my arrival in Colombo, the capital city of Sri Lanka, I was made aware that the time I am traveling is “Not Season”. This came to be a phrase I heard Nationwide. Sri Lanka is divided into various seasonal regions and Colombo, on the island's West Coast is affected by the south west monsoon, which happened to be during my stay in May. A brief time in Mt Lavinia During my stay in Colombo it didn't seem like monsoon season at all. Perhaps it was the relaxation and my four days under the Mount Lavinia sun, soaking […]
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Sri Lanka : Charming paradise

SRI LANKA – country filled with with romantic landscapes, lush forests, golden beaches and beautiful ocean, is considered as paradise. All of this started when me, my mum and my sister (living in Shanghai) decided to meet up „somewhere“ in Asia. I came up with an idea to visit Bali, my dream destination. What can be better then to rent out a small house on the beach, practising joga at the sunrise and exploring that beautiful place. Unfortunately we didnt have enough days to fly to Bali (which is very far from Mid Europe). We all agreet to visit Sri Lanka. For […]
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