Sri Lanka may look like a dot and a teardrop at the end of the Indian Subcontinent, but it is a treasure trove of adventures waiting to be discovered by anyone who cares to look closer.
From sandy beaches that fringe the island to the rising mountains in the center and the Majestic Valley of the Royals in North-Central Sri Lanka are some of the wonders that continue to mesmerize the visitors to Sri Lanka. Packed into a small island about the size of the State of Florida, each attraction and city of interest is just a hop and a skip away from each other.
Beaches are the main attraction of Sri Lanka and the most favorite are the ones found in the Southern corner of the country. The best strip of beaches starts at Beruwala with the Golden Mile Beach of Sri Lanka and spreads all the way around the bottom of the country connecting with the Eastern beaches at Okanda.
The Golden Mile Beach which spreads between Bentota and Beruwala offers adventures in the ocean from scuba diving and snorkeling to kite surfing, water skiing, and surfing. With the deepest wreck dive and some of the scenic diving location situated near to a selection diving supplies and training centers, make the Golden Mile Beach a convenient location to fulfill your need for water adventure.
However, if you are an ardent fan of surfing and looking for a location that offers surfing around the clock and around the year, Weligama Bay is the place for you. The shallow sandy beaches of Weligama Bay is an ideal location to catch your first wave. Protected from the wind and rough weather, surfing at the bay can still be manageable although the rest of beaches are all blown out.
With a comparatively longer season that spans between October and April, newcomers can start at the first light of the day when the tide is just right and carry on surfing until the daybreak with a continuous flow of uncontended waves that hardly rise above 2.5 meters.
If you are a fan of wildlife there is plenty to go around including Udawalawe and Yala National Parks, and Sinharaja, a haven for birds and rare amphibians which are nearly three-hour drives from the Southern Coast.
Not a beach bum? No problem, Sri Lanka’s own Valley of the Royals is a collection of ancient cities with wild ruins that are as old as three millennia. Spreading between Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa the valley is home to giant stupas, temples, palaces, and fortresses which continue to amaze the world by their size and craftsmanship, including Sigiriya, Ruwanweliseya and Dambulla Cave Temple.