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When we visit another country for a holiday or a business purpose, we become a “tourist.” In other words, tourism is traveling to other countries for pleasure or business purposes. Anyway, as a tourist; you must comply with the rules and regulations of the country you are visiting. Well, it should come from within your heart. You are traveling to a country with a different culture. The people in “that” country has different values and beliefs. So, as a “responsible tourist,” you should respect their beliefs and values.

OK, you are planning to visit Sri Lanka (the amazing island) for a  memorable holiday experience. How can you become a responsible tourist in Sri Lanka? As you already know, Sri Lanka is a traditional country with a very long history. The island’s culture is enriched with Buddhism and Sinhalese traditions. Even though this article focuses on “Environment Protection in Sri Lanka,” we must say to all the tourist (as a request,) “Behave Decently in Sri Lanka.”

OK, now let’s see the way you can protect the environment of the pearl island by practicing “RESPONSIBLE TOURISM.” Be the tourist who minimizes the environmental impact (negative impacts.) Protect the environment for the people living in this country. Well, it’s very sad to say that the people in Sri Lanka also pollute the heavenly places in the island. Even though strict rules and regulations are set to minimize negative environmental impact, you will see some places in the island have plastics and polythene destroying the natural beauty and threatening the lives of the animals.

It’s true that Sri Lanka generates a lot of income through tourism (the pearl island is a world-famous tourist destination for many reasons.) So, as a tourist; you are a part of the Sri Lankan economy growth. As Sri Lankans, we are thankful to every traveler who brings money to our country through tourism. At the same time, if you can become a part of protecting the precious environment of Sri Lanka; how responsible you are then as a tourist.

You can be the “perfect example” to loving the nature even to the local community in Sri Lanka. As a foreigner, show the local community that “I love Sri Lanka, and I want to protect its environment.” Even though the government of Sri Lanka with the wildlife department take many actions to protect the environment and animals, still; pollution is a great threat to the wildlife and the environment of the island. So, as a tourist; you can make a positive contribution to protecting the nature-rich environment of the country. Setting up that “ultimate example” in protecting the environment is the best thing you can do as a tourist.

As a person living on this planet, you have the right to witness the beauty of the other countries. Anyway, at the same time, you are bonded to protect the environment of a country. That’s what the article-7 (Global Code of Ethics for Tourism) of the World Tourism Organisation says. Let’s protect the precious environment of Sri Lanka. If we don’t; on the next time you visit this paradise island – you would get “sad tears” of frustration.

References:

1) http://ethics.unwto.org/en/content/global-code-ethics-tourism-article-7

2) http://www.rtplk.org/responsible-tourism.html

3) http://traveltips.usatoday.com/meaning-sustainable-tourism-2297.html

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It’s a land like no other. It’s the pearl in the Indian ocean. 33% of the country has a forest coverage. Because of the sandy beaches, scenic beauty, ancient culture, tropical sunshine, and the cool climate in the hill country; it’s reputed as one the best tourist destinations in the world. How about visiting this heavenly island for a camping trip? Trust us; it would be one of your most memorable holiday experiences forever.

Well, many other countries are there for you to consider for a camping holiday trip. But Sri Lanka has it all from the wildlife, the hikes, ancient cultural sites, mountain climbs, greenery, amazingly endemic creatures, and the jungle trails. That’s why Sri Lanka is regarded a “true wonder” in Asia. Sri Lanka has many villages bordering the jungles, so you can have a memorable “forest border jungle village experience” like in no other lands.

Luxury Camping in Sri Lanka

How about spending a few nights in a jungle at the same time, experiencing luxury comforts? It’s the pure dream of any traveler who wants to witness the unique beauty of Sri Lanka. Well, it’s dead simple. All you have to do is booking a hotel in the wild to have a great camping experience while enjoying the authentic Sri Lankan cuisine for that wonderful “village feeling.”

If you want your camping trip to be more adventurous (without luxury comfort,) packages are available to fulfill your deeper cravings too. How about waking up to the sound of birds when golden sunlight entering your tent through the blinds? You would definitely feel like “oh, am I in heaven.”

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Camping Sites in Sri Lanka

Well, it’s not just one great camping location in Sri Lanka. What do you prefer; a camping location closer to a National park, Nature reserve, or in a breathtakingly beautiful landscape? Sri Lanka is a small island with a nature-rich environment, so a camping location is ready to fulfill your every nature craving. See below:

1) Horton Plains: Ideal for the ones who wants to camp in a hilly/cold environment. Visit the website (http://www.dwc.gov.lk/library/Np_Hotonplains.html) for more information.

2) Udawalawa National Park: Ideal for the elephant fans. Visit the website (http://www.dwc.gov.lk/library/Np_udawalawa.html) for more information.

3) Yala National Park (Block 1 and 2.): The most visited national park in the island. Visit the website (http://www.dwc.gov.lk/library/Np_Yala.html.)

4) Wilpattu National Park: Another great camping location in Sri Lanka. (http://www.dwc.gov.lk/library/Np_wilpattu.html.)

5) Galoya National Park: One of the lesser known, but a wonderful attraction in Sri Lanka. (https://web.archive.org/web/20091105004116/http://www.sltda.gov.lk:80/lesser_known_attractions_in_sri_lanka)

6) Kumana National Park (Yala East): The best camping location for bird watchers. (http://www.dwc.gov.lk/library/Np_Yala_East.html)

7) Bundala National Park: Another internationally-recognised location (for bird watchers) in the pearl Island. (http://www.dwc.gov.lk/library/Np_bundala.html)

8) Kaudulla National Park: Recognised as an important bird area. (http://www.dwc.gov.lk/library/Np_Kaudulla.html)

The Sinharaja rain forest, Knuckles mountain range, Minneriya national park and Wasgamuwa park are the other locations for a great camping experience. So, if you were dreaming of visiting this amazing island for a camping tour, your time is here now.

References:

1) http://www.lakdasun.org/forum/index.php?topic=2099.0

2) http://www.dwc.gov.lk/library/

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Have you ever wondered about engaging with the local community for life experiences and sharing the culture of Sri Lanka? Well, the Sri Lankans are known for their hospitality and friendliness, so engaging with the local community would be a pleasant experience for anyone. Life experiences you will get in this beautiful island would be different from the ones you get in other countries.

When talking about the culture of Sri Lanka, the history is the major fact to consider. Our history runs for over 2500 years, and Theravada Buddhism has polished the culture to a greater extent. Anyway, Indian, Portuguese, Dutch, and British elements have created the modern culture in Sri Lanka. OK, the majority of the population is Sinhalese, so you will mostly notice a culture packed with Sinhalese and Buddhist beliefs. As a foreigner, you will see Sri Lanka as a traditional and religious country. Across the country, you can see thousands of Buddhist temples and other religious structures that prove religious orientation of the people and culture.

When engaging with the local community, you will notice unique qualities in Sri Lankan people. They are open, hospitable, friendly, and helpful. So, when a random person smiles with you; don’t consider it as an “odd thing.” The community will help you anytime when you need it.

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Sri Lanka has a unique culture and a great history to share with the rest of the world. There’s a strong relationship between the family members. The father of a family is the controller of everything. Anyway, the Sri Lankans treat the mother as the “god” of the family. Men and women both have equal rights to learn. No child marriages and “widow burnings.” These facts prove the gender equality within the community members, which is a great cultural factor for sharing with the rest of the world.

The villagers have a set of traditional beliefs. Even though you can’t give scientific explanations for these beliefs, they have a deep meaning. As a foreigner, you will enjoy knowing about these beliefs, and to share them with your community.

Cultural celebrations in Sri Lanka is another unique factor to consider. Sinhalese new year is a top celebration to talk about. “Aluth Avurudhdha” (On 13th or 14th of April) is the given name for this wonderful traditional celebration. The month April (Bak) is the festival month in Sinhalese calendar. Also, the Vesak festival. If you come to Sri Lanka between April-May, you can experience these amazing traditional celebrations. It’s a great way to know about the Sri Lankan community and to learn new traditions.

Sri Lanka is a country with a unique artistic tradition. Sri Lankan visual arts, dance, and music are among the finest creative forms in the world. Sri Lankan cuisine and historic medicine practices are internationally appreciated. As a foreigner, you can be the person who shares these traditional creative forms with your community. In summary, if you are interested in engaging with the local community for life experiences and share the culture of Sri Lanka, go for it. You are opening doors to a great new world full of new adventures.

References:

1) http://www.cultural.gov.lk/web/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=68&Itemid=73&lang=en

2) http://mahavamsa.org/

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As a person born and raised in Canada, I thought Canada is the best place to live on earth until I visited a small country in Asia. I lived in that country for 04 months. When everybody said, “it’s the pearl in the Indian ocean,” I thought they were just exaggerating, but now I know they weren’t. Many factors proved me the that it’s the country that I should make my “second home.” Well, my dream second homeland nothing else other than the beautiful and wonderful Sri Lanka. During my 4-month stay, I fell in love with this beautiful island. OK, some cons are there, but the pros outweigh the cons making it a wonderful second “Homeland.” Let’s see the cons of making Sri Lanka your second home.

1) Sri Lankan people

During my 4-month stay, I experienced the priceless hospitality of the Sri Lankan people. They are waiting to welcome you with a warm smile. I haven’t seen that friendliness in many countries I have visited. Sri Lankan people never consider you as a “Stranger.” It doesn’t matter whether they saw you for the first time, they will invite you to their homes for a refreshing “world-famous” Sri Lankan tea. Moneywise they may not be the richest in the world, but they are very rich with precious human qualities. As you already know, Sri Lanka is a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, and multi-religious country. The civil war is over, so people can live in harmony.

2) Sri Lanka is a gorgeous island

This country is full of breathtakingly beautiful sceneries. The up-country side is the heaven on earth. I spent a month in the capital city of the island, and you can see the greenery in there as well. Golden beaches; mountains, wildlife; national parks, rainforests, historical places, and hiking trails make Sri Lanka a paradise to live. Well, it has a history that runs over 2500 years to be proud of.

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3) Education and health sector in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is a country that values free education and health services. Anyway, both the sectors have many downsides. The national hospital in Colombo is one of the best in Asia, but it lacks in facilities due to the high number of patient admissions. The schools in rural areas also lack in facilities. Anyway, private hospitals and education institutions provide a quality service for a high cost.

4) Public Transport

OK, I must say something about the public transport. Simply, it’s not reliable. On my first days, I felt that the private bus drivers are homicidal. Sri Lankan driver’s road discipline is poor, making driving in the roads a nightmare, but now I am used to that.

Anyway, I love this beautiful island. It has cons, but I see more of the positive side. Just like in every other country, some negative sides are there to overcome. It’s a safe country though. It’s crowned as one of the best tourist destinations in the world for many positive reasons. So, at the end of the day, I like to retire in Sri Lanka.

So, if you are interested in making Sri Lanka your second home, visit the following websites to know more about the visa process and settling:

1) http://www.immigration.gov.lk/web/index.php?lang=en

2) http://workinsrilanka.lk/

3) http://www.mfa.gov.lk/

4) http://www.gic.gov.lk/gic/index.php?option=com_org&Itemid=4&id=136&task=org&lang=en

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This 65,610 km2 island is the pearl of the Indian ocean. It’s also one of the world’s 25 Biodiversity Hot Spots. What does that mean? Well, it means; despite its small size, Sri Lanka is a paradise with a nature-rich environment. That’s not all. Per each 10,000 square km, this paradise island has the highest Biodiversity in Asia. So, why can’t we rank it as the “Best Place” to visit in Asia? Yes; we could, and let’s see why.

Sri Lanka’s Biodiversity

This is a top factor which proves Sri Lanka is the best place to visit in Asia. This relatively small country has 4000 species of flowering plants; 59 species of amphibians; 07 species of freshwater fish; 435 species of birds; 174 species of reptiles; and 140 species of mammals. Well, that’s not all; we have several thousand invertebrates within this 65,610 km2 island. 27% of the flowering plants and 22% of the mammals are endemic to Sri Lanka, which is a remarkably high proportion. 24 wild reserves make homes for these amazing creatures and plants. Visit these reserves to experience plants and creatures that you have never seen before. The “Asian Elephant,” sloth bears, leopards, a variety of deer, the unique small loris, wild boars, the purple-faced langur, and porcupines are the icons of Sri Lankan endemic mammals.

Forests of Sri Lanka

Well, the World Bank report (Forest area % of land area) says that as of 2015, 33% of the Sri Lankan land had a forest cover. This percentage proves that Sri Lanka is an island with a nature-rich environment. The lowland rain forests coverage in Sri Lanka is 2.4% of the total land. Out of all the forests in Sri Lanka, the Sinharaja (Lion Kingdom) holds the top spot, and it’s a designated World Heritage Site and a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. These forests are the kingdoms of many animals endemic to Sri Lanka.

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Waterfalls and rivers in Sri Lanka

The number of heavenly waterfalls and amazing rivers in Sri Lanka is a wonderous factor. Most of the waterfalls exist in the hill country. The rivers are spreading to the four corners of the island. These waterfalls create breathtakingly beautiful sceneries. The dense forests in the country make some waterfalls difficult to find and totally inaccessible. Anyway, world famous waterfalls (Bambarakanda, Diyaluma, Bopath Ella, Devon, Ravana, Dunhinda, Bakers, Hunnas, St Claire, and Ramboda Falls) are easily accessible.

Are you a fan of the beaches? Well, Sri Lanka is an island, so golden beaches exist around the country. Sri Lanka is relatively a small country, which makes it a complete and compact nature-rich tourist destination. In other words, a small island, but a big holiday. Sri Lanka is a complete package of national parks, botanical gardens, mountains, waterfalls, rivers/lakes, wildlife, and nature. So, your memories in Sri Lanka guaranteed to last forever. It will be a mesmerizing holiday that will fulfill your nature-rich environment cravings. All within a 65,610 km2 “pearl island” with a history runs overs 2500 years.

References:

1) http://environmentlanka.com/

2) http://data.worldbank.org/indicator/AG.LND.FRST.ZS

3) http://www.dwc.gov.lk/index.php/en/national-parks

4) http://www.sltda.lk/home

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A good vacation should rate by the amount of amazement you’ve experienced- not by the pile of cash you’ve spent.

To enjoy a good (unforgettable) vacation in Sri Lanka, you need a list of amazing activities to do in the island. Keep reading this to find out 5 amazing activities to do in Sri Lanka that can add extraordinary experiences to your holiday in Sri Lanka, apart from ‘visit Sigiriya’,’Go to Kandy’.

Go on a Tuk-Tuk

You’ve been on trains and busses. How about Tuk-Tuks ?

Enjoy a bumpy ride and feel the wind in your hair while exploring the city. A Ride on a Tuk-Tuk is a rare experience you only can enjoy in few Asian countries including Sri Lanka. Giving you a unique and jolly transporting experience, a Tuk-Tuk is the best way to travel short distances. Especially, when you stay in the same city for few days.

Feed an elephant in Pinnawala

If you have plans to visit Kandy from Colombo, make sure to stop by the Elephant orphanage in Pinnawala. Being a home to orphan baby elephants and lost elephants in the wild, the orphanage rehabilitates wild elephants until they are ready to live in the wilderness again. Apart from presenting these majestic giants of the wild at close quarters, the place gives you the opportunity to feed them with fruits -an amazing privilege you can’t refuse.

Go on a safari wildlife tour 

Explore the pristine nature in a 4 x4 jeep and capture the incredible sights of the wildlife in its untamed grandeur in a National park in Sri Lanka. Proudly owning more than 20 national parks, Sri Lanka is a paradise for nature lovers, animal enthusiasts and bird watchers. With a diverse of wildlife including Elephants, leopards, peacocks, crocodiles and more, a safari in Sri Lanka is one of the most exciting activity to do in Sri Lanka that can add picture perfect memories to your trip in Sri Lanka.

Go whale watching in Mirissa

Capture the rare sights of these endangered giant mammals of the ocean that disappears into water splashes while sprouting water from their heads. Get on a boat ride to visit these amazing creature of the Ocen.At Mirissa you can witness different types of huge whales along with dolphins who jump up right in front of the boat!

Take a selfie with a flawless fall in Nuwara Eliya

The effortlessly flowing waterfalls in the hill country in Sri Lanka complement the beauty of the island and provide valuable water sources for the hill country ecosystem.If you have plans to visit Hill country in your holiday in Sri Lanka, taking a selfie in the background of a breathtaking view of a waterfall and its surrounding landscape is an ‘absolute must’, so you can refresh that fascinating moment again and again in your life.

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A perfect beach vacation in Sri Lanka depends on finding the perfect beach of your preference. Whether you are travelling solo or en famille, an adventure or a peace seeker, we put together 5 best beaches in Sri Lanka to help you find the beach of your dream.

Hikkaduwa

One of the best beach spots on the southern coast of Sri Lanka, full of corals with colour vividness and schooling of beautiful fishes. Offering you glass bottom boat rides around the reef, Hikkaduwa provides you with a world of opportunity to capture beautiful small fishes wandering around the corals. This is also a great place to go on a snorkelling adventure.

Unawatuna

Enter the azure Indian Ocean from Unawatuna overlooking the palm tree fringes and the green tropical jungle and find yourself amid of crystal clear water. Opening doors for a peaceful beach holiday, it’s one of the best beaches in Sri Lanka that offers you paranomic views of the sea. Located near to Galle, Unawatuna is a beach you should never miss to pay a visit if you are visiting Galle.

Arugambay

Offering you year-round curling waves perfect for surfing, Arugambay is the number one beach for surfing in Sri Lanka. If you are looking for a beach to ride some untamed waves, don’t think twice and add Arugambay, which is located 320 kilometres away from Colombo, to your itinerary in Sri Lanka.

Mirissa

Apart from the sun, sea and sand, Mirissa is renowned for spotting giant whales and cheerful dolphins. Being a perfect getaway for a beach holiday filled with calmness and serenity, Mirissa is another best beach in Sri Lanka worth paying a visit to. If you are keen to snap some shots of whales and dolphins, don’t forget to visit Mirissa in your holiday in Sri Lanka.

Nilaveli

Located near Trincomalee, Nilavali is a quintessential beach for those who are looking for calm turquoise crystal clear waters and a silky sand stretch. Escape from the hustle of your own life and enjoy the rolling waves under the sea breeze and rejuvenate your mind and body.

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The tropical climate with the right dose of sunlight, refreshing beaches with crystal clear waters, pristine nature and friendly locals… There is no single word that can sum up Sri Lanka. But here are 6 reasons to visits Sri Lanka now.

One of the Best Islands ever

Being a tropical island enriched in nature, culture, heritage and locals with kind hearts, Sri Lanka is one of the best and the cleanest island in South East Asia. Deposit of its size, Sri Lanka offers you a huge variety of unique experiences, making your holiday in Sri Lanka is one of the best island vacation you’ve ever had.

Beaches

Unbelievably vivid turquoise waters… A long stretch of white sand…Magical sunsets and soothing sea breeze…

No matter, what beach you are visiting in Sri Lanka, you will find your own slice of heaven filled with peace and relaxation. Sit by the beach and gaze at the horizon. Go for a refreshing swim and enjoy a perfect beach vacation.

Wildlife and nature

The unspoilt nature of the island saturated with a diverse of wildlife is another reason, you should consider spending your next vacation in Sri Lanka. Majestic elephant, exclusive Leopard, Wild boar, Whale, a lot of birds and a verity of a flora life await to add precious moments to your holiday in Sri Lanka.

Food

Apart from the enchanting sights and experiences, Food is next thing Sri Lanka charms travellers with. The Sri Lankan cuisine which has blended with Indian, Tamil, Dutch and Portuguese culinary, owns unique and tasty dishes you can only taste in Sri Lanka, opening new taste experiences for your taste buds.

People

Well known for its people who welcome travellers with open arms and hearts, Sri Lanka is a multi-ethnic and multi-religious country which present you a fascinating mixture of cultures. “They are the nicest people in the world.” is a thought you think over and over again, in your holiday in Sri Lanka with all the friendly faces, you notice at every turn.

Best Value for money

For sure, it is less expensive than to the most countries in the world. Yet travelling Sri Lanka can be slight expensive compared to travelling other South Asian countries. But unlike other countries of the region, Sri Lanka offers you the best value for your price. It may be food, accommodation or transport. Almost every service in Sri Lanka will offer you the best service possible for your budget making your holiday affordable and comfortable.

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Finding the best sites to visit in Sri Lanka during your holiday is essential, so you won’t miss the best experiences. Here you’ll find top 5 best places to visit in Sri Lanka that are good to visit regardless the month you’ll be visiting the island.

Sigiriya Lion Rock

Offering one of the best landscape and historical spectacles of Sri Lanka, the majestic ‘Lion rock’ in Sigiriya is a UNESCO world heritage. Surrounded by a lush tropical forest, the 660 feet tall rock that enchants local and international visitors, still preserves the magnificent ruins, buildings and artwork of the outstanding fortress of King Kashyapa.

Temple of the tooth

The most sacred temple of Sri Lankan Buddhists, the Temple of the tooth houses the sacred left canine of Lord Buddha attracting hundreds and hundreds of devotees and tourists each day to the place. Offering you a unique cultural experience the best time to visit the sacred temple of the tooth is during the Esala perahera festival in August.

Dambulla cave temple

Located 177 kilometres away from Colombo, the Golden temple in Dambulla is one of the oldest rock cave temples in Sri Lanka. The rock ceiling decorated with traditional patterns and the huge statues of Lord Buddha are some main highlights of the place that amaze travellers.

Pinnawala Elephant orphanage

For those who are interested in elephants, the elephant orphanage in Pinnawala is one of the best places to visit in Sri Lanka .Offering you exciting sights of playful baby elephants, elephant bathing by the river and more, the orphanage is a home to more than 80 Sri Lankan elephants. Make sure to get closer to the wild elephants and feed them with fruits -which is an amazing experience you can’t enjoy elsewhere.

Galle

With an exotic beauty that leaves many tourists around the world speechless, Galle is a fabulous beach town in Sri Lanka. The delightful old Dutch colonial buildings and its authentic beach vibes along with tourists attractions in Galle, rates the place as one of the best place to visit in Sri Lanka.

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