Stunning beaches, culture, and awesome natural beauty – time to visit Sri Lanka?

Sat idyllic in the Indian Ocean, known for some of the best beaches in the world, Sri Lanka (formerly known as Ceylon) has year-round temperatures of 28°c, with monsoon seasons. The north-east wet season is October-January, and the south-west in May-August.

Flights head to Colombo in the south-west regularly, with great deals available. Combine airport extras to save time and money. Try Manchester airport parking for great deals.

Flying from the midlands? Try Birmingham airport parking for a stress-free start to your journey.

Sri Lanka is famous for its mixture of idyllic paradise and culture, with many white-sand beaches, indigo blue sea, and a wonder-world to explore on coral reefs. Add to that, temples and ruins, waterfalls, national parks and peaceful gardens – you’re bound to find something for you.

Colombo is the largest city, home to a large harbour and beach with many water-sports. Shop for the famous blue sapphire, well-known for its unique colour and clarity – what a souvenir to take home!

The area is also famous for toddy, an alcoholic drink made from refreshing coconut nectar – perfect whilst soaking up the sun.

I should point out that the island was also known as Serendib, based around serendipity. Time to let go, relax and be at one with nature. Visit a world-class spa for a relaxing massage, surrounded by fragrant lotus flowers.

For adventure, get your boots on and head into the countryside, through misty, green highlands. There are many botanical gardens too, with fragrant, exotic flowers, such as frangipani and hibiscus.

Many organised trips take you safely to the island’s ancient areas, including mysterious Sigiriya. Known as ‘lion rock’ because of the giant pair of lions’ paws at the steps to the summit, it was once a royal palace, and an amazing visit for fans of architecture and history. The ancient remains of a city sit inside, with moats and gardens to explore. A hot-air balloon trip is particularly jaw-dropping.

Huge, imposing Buddha statues are everywhere – amazing for photographs. Dambulla Cave Temple is a great example. Located east of Colombo, this is one of the largest cave complexes, with many statues and paintings of Buddha himself. You’ll look up and feel tiny in comparison – a ‘wow’ moment.

The ancient city of Kandy is home to the famous Temple of the Tooth Relic – important to the Buddhist community for spiritual reasons. Many trips are available.

Nature lovers are not forgotten, with the scenery enough to make you stand in awe. Mahaweli River is fantastic for rapids! Too energetic? Head to Udawalawa National Park, a huge game park, famous for elephants, buffalo and monkeys, to name a few.

A sunset stroll offers stunning views, with fishermen waiting patiently in the bays, birds over your head and the island winding down for the evening. If you’re not ready for bed, there’s plenty of entertainment, generally in hotels with traditional dancing and music. Colombo itself offers many bars and restaurants.

Due to the mixture of cultures, there are many tasty dishes to sample. Be sure to try some traditional Sri Lankan food. Rice and curries are popular, with delicious spices and coconut flavours.

Whatever you’re looking for, you’re sure to find it, as well as appreciating the mystical and spiritual nature of the island. Save yourself money and time with airport parking, giving you the perfect start to your break.

Convinced yet? Head to Sri Lanka for a truly memorable holiday.

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