Are you craving for a dose of winter sun and also want to have a beachy vacation with calm seas and clear sky? Then the ideal destination is Sri Lanka, the budget-friendly island which offers an exotic sun-soaked up winter vacation.
Travellers who are willing to trade snow for sunshine and have a perfect warm winter beach vacation, here is the exotic island that has endless beauty to offer every visitor in the country. With stretches of pristine beaches, azure ocean waters and seemingly endless horizon, Sri Lanka is well suited for a family vacation. Some of the best winter vacations experienced by travellers to South East Asia have been in the southern region of Sri Lanka where it doesn’t rain and have calm seas, clear skies and breezy weather. Hikkaduwa, Mirissa and Weligama are home to some of the best surfing spots. Hikkaduwa particularly is a preferred spot for a getaway from the hustle and bustle of Colombo. For a luxury accommodation along with unique excursion, Hikka Tranz by Cinnamon is the place where you can expect to experience the island in all its glory.
Whale watching expedition
As travellers are always on a look out for something new, in Sri Lanka one can enjoy a holiday rich in unique experiences, like watching whale and dolphin without breaking bank. Hotels like Trinco Blu by Cinnamon offer more personalised excursions guided by Cinnamon naturalists to spot spinner dolphins, sperm whales and blue whales up, close and personal during the stay there. The south of Sri Lanka is a whale highway of sorts during winters.
Island’s toasty weather avails you to a spectrum of adrenaline- boosting activities like many shipwreck diving spots, waves for surfing and winds for kite surfing in the island’s endless coastline. One can also travel further inland into hill country, particularly to Kithulgala and Ginigaththena, and can experience white water rafting, kayaking and waterfall free jumping.
Where beach meets adventure
If you are not a beach person, Sri Lanka has the perfect sunny and sandy safari in Yala for those who thirst for adventure. One can pamper themselves with outdoor camps with luxurious accommodation at resorts like Cinnamon Wild Yala, where specialized naturalists take guests on guided nature walks, infrared night drives or safaris and bird watching tours. Your adventurous vacation in Sri Lanka will be incomplete without exploring the country’s wild side that is home to leopards, elephants, crocodiles and hundreds of bird species.
A trip from Ella to Kandy
The train trip from Ella to Kandy in Sri Lanka, or the other way around, is considered to be one of the most picturesque train trips in the world. Winters being the ideal time, the seven hour long journey will take you through stunning landscapes of green and lush tea plantations, mountain views, charming villages, waterfalls and bridges with seemingly huge drop-offs. Hop onto this ride and visit the scenic city of Kandy with a stay at Cinnamon Citadel Kandy located on the banks of Mahaweli River.
Nuwara Eliya is a city in the tea country hills of central Sri Lanka. The place is few hours from Colombo, has eternal temperate winter and is charmingly called “Little England”, due to it being where British settlers built their holiday bungalows and spent their down time. “Nuwara Eliya in Sri Lanka to me is a drop in a colonial ocean. Suddenly you get out and see, there is a bustle of Colombo, its religious, frenzy and candy. And then you reach here and you find complete peace and serenity. There is this beautiful lake, you can stroll around, its fascinating to me. The place gives me images from Lake District in England. Nuwara Eliya is a lovely break from the frenzy that otherwise Sri Lanka is – whether it is religious overload, cultural overload or sensual overload. But this place is the pocket of serenity,” said Anand Parameswaran, owner of Beyonder Experiences, Bangalore, who is also a Sri Lanka specialist.
Along with these activities, Sri Lanka caters to many hotels, eateries, shopping malls and excursions that makes it an ideal destination for those desiring to experience a winter vacation with an exclusive offering.