My next trip (1-month itinerary) is to Sri Lanka (and possibly the Maldives). I’m leaving on Saturday, June 20th, and am definitely excited about it since it’ll be my first time there. It looks like an incredibly fascinating country with so much to offer…I have a feeling I’m going to love it!
Why Sri Lanka?
I’ve always been curious about Sri Lanka and drawn to it for some reason. I think it’s because I’ve never been to a country quite like it.
Some might ask–why not India?
Well, India, so massive and exotic, looks fascinating–but it feels overwhelming to me at this time (that could change in the future). Sri Lanka, on the other hand, seems handleable to me. I know they’re not the same (different cultures, religions, etc.), but there’s just enough influence from India to make it intriguing while it’s its own country, of course.
Here’s what I’m considering checking out/doing (all subject to change, of course; see Considerations section below):
- Negombo (reviews on this town are mixed, but for me, it’s a good place to begin since it will be an easier transition than Colombo when I first arrive and am exhausted)
- Hill/Tea Country
- Kandy/Cultural Triangle
- National park (not sure which one yet; depends on weather; would love to see elephants and especially leopards–the reason is that I saw many elephants in South Africa, but not one leopard)
- Jaffna and the North (yes, it’s edgy and will mean passing through military checkpoints, but it does intrigue me)
- Homestay with a family or two