Sri Lanka Travel Blog

Tourist destinations in sri lanka

Menu Close

Tag: Food

Enchantingly Hikkaduwa – Travel to Sri Lanka

With golden sand adorning the coast and energetic waves splashing about, Hikkaduwa is one of the most beautiful beaches in all of Sri Lanka. With tall palms swaying in the breeze, and the sun shining through the soft white clouds, this truly is paradise in the tropics. Hikka is known for its coral reefs, of vivid colors painting the world under the sea. Home to schools of vibrantly colored fish, the reef provides an incredible diving experience that you’ll fall in love with.

Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka.

Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka.

With a reputation for surfing, and a safe haven to the water sport freaks, Hikkaduwa is certainly one of the best spots for you to dance in the water! Diving into the turquoise waters, and swim with the incredibly beautiful fish! Find turtles that glide by you, and get ready to be mesmerized by the corals! Go parasailing, kayaking and even sailing!

Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka - diving

Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka – diving

Weather and Distance to Hikkaduwa

Hikkaduwa is blessed with a blissful sun that’ll give you an incredible tan any time of the year! The warmth of the sun and the breeze along with the cool water of the sea shall be a great combo!

Route from Colombo to Hikkaduwa

Route from Colombo to Hikkaduwa

Hikkaduwa proudly stands in the south of Sri Lanka, 98 km away from the current capital, Colombo. It’s a 1. 45h drive from Colombo via the Southern Expy/ E01.

What to do in Hikkaduwa

                1.Jump into the gorgeously turquoise ocean!

Hikkaduwa is home to a beautiful coastline that you’ll fall in love with! Try surfing in these beautiful waves that’ll carry you on! Have a glorious bath in the ocean! You’ll love this incredible beach! It has a slightly warm temperature and it is perfect for swimming even for beginners as it’s not that deep. Try kayaking, parasailing, head off in a glass bottomed boat and explore the coral reefs!

Hikkaduwa beach

Hikkaduwa beach

                   2.DIVE!

Hikkaduwa is most renowned for its stunning coral reefs that adorn the destination! With corals of different amazing colors, it shall be an incredible experience for you! Swim with turtles and the schools of vividly colored fish that’ll pass through you! You might even get to swim the dolphins and the whales if you are lucky! There are special islets that specialize in this and you’ll definitely fall in love and probably wouldn’t want to come back up!

Diving in Hikkaduwa

Diving in Hikkaduwa

               3.Rent a bike and explore

One of the best things you can do is ride a bike into the sunset. It’s one of the most popular things to do, and there are many places that rent out bikes so you can explore! While this is fun, it is also really educational as you ride around the town learning about the livelihoods of the people.

                 4. Get a massage!

What’s a tropical holiday without a message to relax and unwind?! Hikka offers a range of places that specializes in Ayurvedic massages. With Sri Lankan herbs and techniques, this shall be a very unique experience for you! There are head massages and full body massages with oils of the tropics you probably didn’t even know existed!

                  5.Visit the coral sanctuary

Hikkaduwa is loved by many because of incredible corals that grow here! With bright colors that stretch over the reef this is a sight that’s special to this place. Sure you wouldn’t want to miss that!

Corals- Hikkaduwa

Corals- Hikkaduwa

 

Places to stay

There’s a wide range of hotels and resorts in Hikkaduwa considering this was one of the oldest, and most popular tourist sites of Sri Lanka. There’s a wide range of prices, and you can choose whatever you please that goes from as cheap as 10$ to a 5 star resort according to your budget! There are plenty of places which offer amazing accommodation for a cheap price!

Citrus, Hikkaduwa

Citrus, Hikkaduwa

Food

This amazing destination features some of the best seafood in all of Sri Lanka. Enriched with the spices of the country, you will fall in love with the incredible food that is offered here. Not only authentic Sri Lankan food, several resorts feature international cuisines that you can choose from!

Food, Hikka

Food, Hikka

Hikkaduwa is one of the most beautiful places you could ever visit in this world, so hurry and book a flight to Sri Lanka now and have your dream tropical vacation!

Check out Ella for a more chilled out adventure!

Anuradhapura, a trip to paradise – Travel Sri Lanka

Ancient vivacious kingdom second to none. Anuradhapura resonates the rich culture and heritage that  ancient Sri Lanka holds. Furthermore, with its archaeological importance as well as cultural significance it is now a UNESCO World heritage site renowned by the world. Established from the 4th century BC, Anuradhapura has stood as the political and cultural center of the Sinhalese kings who ruled over Sri Lanka. In addition to that, Anuradhapura is a beautiful travel site that many tourists visit for its remarkable ruins and architectural wonders.

Watadagaya. Anuradhapura

Ruins of Anuradhapura; Watadagaya.

Weather and Distance To Anuradhapura

Anuradhapura holds a sunny weather so its perfect for a tan any time of the year! This beautiful city of ruins lays 205 kms (127 miles) north of Colombo, the capital.

 Map to Anuradhapura
Route  from Colombo.

Places to visit in Anuradhapura

First of all, there are many activities you can embark on this journey to Anuradhapura. There are so many historical and religious places to examine,

1. The Archaeological Museum.

mu
Stone carving at the palace, archaeological museum.

This holds many interesting artifacts from this ancient civilizations. Since its full of amazing creations of the Sri Lankans, the museum is a very popular tourist attraction. Sri Lankan wood carvings and stone carvings are specially noteworthy. The ruins of the royal palace can  also be found  here. As a result archaeologists and architects visit here to study the artifacts.

2. Sri Maha Bodhi.

sri-maha-bodhi

Sri Maha Bodhi.

Anuradhapura was a center for Buddhism, and that is resonated by the Bodhi tree under which is the Lord Buddha is believed to have attained Enlightenment. This attracts many Buddhists for a spiritual cleanse as well as to pay homage to this ancient tree. Brought from India as a sapling due to the vast number of Buddhists who pay homage, it receives as much veneration as the mother tree does in India.

3. Dagabas.

These creations are massive temples built by the Sinhalese kings for worship, hundreds of years ago. These magnificent domes stand strong reflecting the craftsmanship of the ancient civilizations. Hence it’s a very rewarding experience to see the beautiful creations of the city and in addition you learn so much about the history of Sri Lanka as well.
(1) Ruwanweliseya.

Ruwanwalisaya
Ruwanwalisaya.

Giant amount giants, that stands on the sacred grounds that are worshipped by thousands. Built by King Dutugemunu, the marvel among kings. This dagaba is sacred to Buddhist of Lanka due to its magnificent size as well as its historical importance for being erected after the victory over Elara, the king of of the North.
(2) Jetawanaramaya.

Jetawanaramaya
Jetawanaramaya.

Another magnificent creation that stands in Anuradhapura created by King Mahasena is also another sacred veneration site.
(3) Isurumuniya.

isurumuniya-lovers
Isurumuniya lovers.

Known for its amazing stone carvings in the temple, which are the Isurumuniya lovers, Elephant pond and the Royal Family. This destination seems like something you wouldn’t want to miss!

4. Tanks

 

tank
Anuradhapura is known for its abundance of man-made tanks. They were created to support the self sufficient ways of ancient Sri Lanka. These tanks were the spine of Sri Lankan agriculture and recreation, and the beauty of these giant water vessels shines through the city of Anuradhapura.

5. Ruins.

kp
Kuttam pokuna. A magnificent creation of two identical ponds to bathe in with a underground tunnel system that is of amazing technology.

l

Lankarama Dagaba in ruins.

moo

Moonstones. They stand as a welcome in front of entrances and the amazing carvings represent the Buddhist way towards enlightenment. 

ruins

Ruins of the Royal park.

 

You can witness the ruins of an entire civilization that flourished many years ago. The well preserved ruins are open for tourists to examine and learn of heritage and culture therefore you can experience this amazing trip while learning about Sri Lanka. Seems like the best way to learn and relax in the beautiful island, yes?

Places to stay

Anuradhapura also has a range of amazing hotels and hostels to accommodate you. Prices range from as low as 10 dollars to 5 star hotels at around 200 dollars, so you do have a wide range to choose from to fit your budget!
h

Ulagalla Walawwa Resort, starting from low rates.

Food

Anuradhapura also has a most noteworthy range of beautiful Sri Lankan food that would take your taste buds on an ancient flavor profile you wouldn’t want to miss!
food

In conclusion, Anuradhapura is certainly one of the most beautiful and rewarding travels you can embark on. So book your tickets with Travel Sri Lanka and head on an adventure to the ancient times!

© 2019 Sri Lanka Travel Blog. All rights reserved.