With the new year nearly upon us it’s time to make some serious decisions about your travel wish list for 2020.
As always, to help you make your travel plans, we’ve come up with our top five places to visit in Sri Lanka in 2020. These are the places which we think are “must visit destinations” next year and are based on current travel experiences (and the more than two decades we have spent living, working and travelling in southeast Asia with particular focus on India and Sri Lanka). This list though, we have complied after our most recent research trips, group tours and personal travel in 2019. These are some of our favourite places to visit, places we think are lesser-visited but are worthy of travellers’ attention, might feature a standout new place to stay that is reason enough to visit there or we’ve discovered new activities and met interesting local people we’d like to share with you.
So where are the must see places in Sri Lanka in 2020? Drumroll please…….
Our top five places to visit in Sri Lanka in 2020 are (in no particular order):
#1 Splurge on an all-inclusive stay
Three gourmet meals a day, a butler serving bed tea, an open bar and leisurely afternoons in elegant surroundings, afternoon teas served in manicured gardens…..have we got your attention now? Across Sri Lanka there are a number of luxury all-inclusive stays from tea plantation stays to bespoke wildlife lodges in Sri Lanka to new boutique hotels in Sri Lanka’s tea country. All offering you all-inclusive stays with incredible service, some of the best meals we have savoured in Sri Lanka, and nothing to worry about (or pay for!) once you arrive. For the ultimate in holidays splurges we love to include one of these stays in your private tour itinerary in Sri Lanka. Some of our favourites include Leopard Trails, Chena Huts by UGA Escapes and the newly opened Nine Skies. Contact us directly to find out more about our new itinerary Boutique Sri Lanka itinerary which includes an all-inclusive stay.
#2 Sri Lanka’s lesser-known national parks
While Sri Lanka’s leopards are its best-known animal inhabitant and arguably its top drawcard for visitors to Sri Lanka’s national parks, there’s more to the country’s natural beauty and wildlife than leopards in the popular parks such as Yala. The country is home to a range of wildlife from sloth bears to elephants, as well as a vast range of birdlife and flora. We strongly recommend spending time in its lesser-visited parks where the focus is on the all round natural beauty of the park and not just its large mammals. Our 20-day suggested itinerary Wild Sri Lanka showcases Sri Lanka’s best national parks, with unique wildlife experiences and accommodation. Add it to your travel wish list for 2020.
#3 The best beaches along the south and west coast of Sri Lanka
With seemingly endless coastline and beaches to choose from, we’ve recently revisited and fallen in love again with the coast and beaches in the west and south of Sri Lanka. Our recent travel has included an extensive exploration of Sri Lanka’s coast from Colombo all the way to Tangalle. What we discovered is a beach stay in Sri Lanka to suit everyone – private villas in Sri Lanka for personal stays, contemporary boutique properties, five star resorts, great surfing and swimming spots and some seriously interesting upmarket dining coming up along the coast. What does this mean for you? In 2020 we recommend a beach stay in Sri Lanka for everyone and we’ve got just the right place to suit you! For more details about the beaches of Sri Lanka – visit our latest travel blog with detailed travel tips about some of the best beaches in Sri Lanka.
#4 A few days in Galle
While we are along the south coast, time and time again we love to encourage our travellers to visit Galle Fort. This charming, world-heritage listed city is one of our favourite places in Sri Lanka. We love to spend a few days staying at one of the boutique hotels in Galle, meandering along its cobbled streets and exploring its contemporary boutiques and inviting cafes. There are a range of wonderful upmarket luxury hotels in Galle including the elegant Amangalla by Aman and Rampart St by Taru Villas. You can easily spend a few days in Galle and it’s a great place to end a private tour of Sri Lanka. Galle features in our Quintessential Sri Lanka private tour and you can read more about shopping in Sri Lanka here.
Known world over for its UNESCO world heritage-listed Buddhist temple, the much-revered Temple of the Sacred Tooth, the hill town of Kandy draws visitors from across Sri Lanka and the globe who come to pay homage and see the temple. However, beyond the temple, there’s much for you to see and explore in Kandy, from unique street eats and local markets to churches, historic buildings and botanic gardens. Kandy makes our list of must visit places in Sri Lanka in 2020. You can find out more about things to see and do in Kandy here.
Sri Lanka Unbound crafts tailor-made itineraries for private touring in Sri Lanka which features these and many more remarkable places, people and experiences.
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