Sep 16, 2023

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Marvels Of Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is a land of mythology, history legends, and cultures. It serves tourists and adventurers of all kinds. If you are someone who loves steady walks through the trails while enjoying the serene solitude of nature or the sun kissing your face with a cool breeze coming from the sea on a beach. Sri Lanka will give you more than just a good time. You can also enjoy the nightlife of Sri Lanka and satisfy your craving for a little gambling at a casino. Whatever be your thrill, Sri Lanka will unquestionably satisfy all your urges for a vacation.

Sri Lanka is a small country, but don’t be misguided by its size. It has 8 UNESCO World Heritage sites, religious sites, national parks, verdant tea estates, and beautiful beaches. You can take a stroll through the plantations and hills while enjoying local dishes.

The central highlands are covered with Emerald tea plantations scattered with occasional waterfalls. The island contains ruins from several ancient kingdoms, majestic tanks, rock caves, sacred temples, and ancient architecture. These all features make Sri Lanka heaven for people who loves getting a taste of the past.

Well, after reading this tiny bit, we can comprehend that Sri Lanka is rich in culture, beauty, architecture, and history. It is a complete travel destination that will fulfill all your vacation needs.

Now that we have learned this much about the auspicious location, let’s take a look at some certain activities one can do while in Sri Lanka.

Ancient Cities Of Sri Lanka

The Kingdom of Anuradhapura is one of the longest-serving capitals and one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. It is also one of the sacred cities of World Buddhists. It was the capital of Sri Lanka from the Fourth Century BC to the eleventh century BC. It was one of the most stable and durable centers of political power and urban life.

Sigiriya is a fortress built in the fifth century AD that displays some of the most futuristic elements of landscaping. It also features a garden that displays some of the oldest murals documented in history.

Polonnaruwa is the second most ancient kingdom of the country. It has ahead-of-its-time irrigation systems that are so reliable that they are still used to provide water to farmers in Polonnaruwa and some of the surrounding areas.

Makaraya

Makaraya, or the Dragon mouth in Sinhala is a whirl created by water flowing into a natural tunnel, where Gal Oya River falls to the Senanayaka Samudraya Reservoir at Inginiyagala.

The best view of Makaraya can be seen while crossing the Senanayake Samudraya on a boat. It can be considered as an alternative path to access the Gal Oya National Wildlife Park. There is a bird island amidst the reservoir that is used by birds for nesting.

You can also catch sight of elephants braving the waters of Senanayaka Samudraya to reach the islands for feeding at dusk in the dry season.

Makaraya is one of the four main camping sites at Gal Oya Wildlife Park that is the first love of passionate bird and elephant watchers. You can enjoy the wildlife, bird watching, photography, camping, and boat rides.

Delf Dutch Fort

Delf Dutch fort used to be a Portuguese stronghold and a feared prison. Today this fort stands in ruins and is a wonderful tourist destination. Tourists from all across the world come here to experience history with their own eyes.

It is full of long narrow corridors and little square-shaped rooms. There used to be a dungeon in one corner of the fort. It was a small square room located below the ground level without any door. It only had a window that gave a view of the interior.

The prisoners were pushed in through this little opening and could be brought back up only by using a rope. Many prisoners lost their lives in this prison.

Neelagiri Stupa

This is the largest stupa in the eastern province of Sri Lanka. It was built in the third century BC with the support of King Kawanthissa.

It is hidden in the jungles of the Lahugala forest reserve surrounded by wild elephants. The stupa and the monastery were called ‘Uttara Seevali Pabbata Viharaya’ during its glory days.

It is also said to be the legendary Maha Nuggala Stupa, where King Kawantisaa asked his generals and the maha sanga to be impartial in case a dispute for the throne arose between his two sons.

According to archaeological excavations, the Neelgiri Stupa is part of a larger monastery complex, which flourished in the eastern province during the times of the Tamil takeover of Anuradhapura.

Pettah Market

If you want to get some souvenirs for yourself or for your family and friends, Pettah Market will be the most suitable place for you. It is one of the largest markets in Sri Lanka. You can find different choices for one single item. Be it watches, jewelry, bags, suitcases, cell phones, toys, spices, and the list just goes on.

This market alone will give you so many options to choose from that you need not visit any other market after this. You can find cheap electronics like watches, blow dryers, etcetera for a minimum price, however, keep in mind that these are not branded items.

You will not have any guarantee for the products, but they will work for a year or two, making them worth the price. If you are good at bargaining, you will definitely get yourself a sweet deal in the market.

Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya will give you one of the best experiences you ever had in your life. You can go to the World’s End on Horton Plains and enjoy the mesmerizing view of the never-ending sea.

Nuwara Eliya is often referred to as “Little England”. The British-country-village is so beautiful, you can actually feel a charm in the air.

You can roam around the town and enjoy its Tudor-styled hotels, colonial-era bungalows, and pretty gardens. It is advised that you spend a couple of days in this beautiful township to feel relaxed in the peaceful atmosphere.

Trekking On Adam’s Peak

Sri Lanka is not only a land of beauty and history, but it serves the urges of adventure enthusiasts as well. You can start a trekking expedition to Adam's Peak which is located in the lush green forests of Sabaragamuwa province.

You can climb the top of this mountain which is situated at 7360 feet. It is also known as an important pilgrimage site in every religion. The peak of the mountain is said to have a sacred footprint of Lord Buddha. The footprint is known as Sri Pada.

Once you reach the top, you can visit the Summit’s temple where the footprint is preserved. You will witness a spectacular view of the valley drenched in light.

Water Sports

The beaches of Hikkaduwa are famous for three things; mouth-watering cuisines, vibrant nightlife, and a whole range of watersports. This auspicious spot is located in the Galle district which is in the southwestern part of the nation.

The beautiful location is well known for its coral reefs. The Hikkaduwa Coral Sanctuary has the largest coral reefs which makes it an ideal location for enjoying scuba diving and snorkeling.

You can also experience surfing on the beach which is said to be the best in Sri Lanka.

Climbing The Sigiriya Rock

If you wish to experience the thrill of climbing rocks, the Sigiriya Rock will leave you speechless. You will have a wholesome experience as you climb up some steep and rocky areas to reach the Sigiriya rock.

You can see the best views if you start climbing the rock early in the day. You will encounter the most spectacular view of the surrounding areas as you climb up. Once you reach the top, you will see the Sigiriya Rock, also known as the Lion Rock, an ancient fort. Currently, it is declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

The walls are covered with beautiful paintings that are the main attractions of the fort. You can also visit prominent landmarks of the fort such as the Lion Gate, Mirror Wall etcetera. After checking out the beauties you can stroll through the beautiful gardens surrounding the fort.

Whale Watching At Mirissa

Well now you must be tired from doing all the different activities. Now you might be looking for an activity where you don’t have to do anything.

Whale watching at Mirissa has got you covered. You will be excited to join the venture of whale and dolphin watching. This activity is loved by children as well as adults and why shouldn’t it be?

Watching these sea creatures swim and play in their natural habitat makes for an amazing experience. To reach there you will have to take a boat early in the morning when the weather is pleasant.

When you reach the location, you can see whales and dolphins swimming around you. The adrenaline rush when you see a giant whale going under your boat cannot be compared to any other experience. You can also witness dolphins jumping out of the water and splashing water all over you.


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Places To Visit In Mauritius

Museums

The National History Museum is a sweet spot to discover rare and fascinating artifacts that present the stories of the bygone ages. It is built inside a French colonial mansion that once belonged to the Robillard family. The museum itself is a charming structure that safeguards various interesting pieces of art and history.

You will discover gold coins that were used in the Ottoman Empire, silver rupees used in Aurangzeb’s rule, beautiful ceramics from Emperor Wan Li’s reign, and beautiful possessions of Napolean Bonaparte’s personal collection.

Port Louis also features a Blue Penny Museum that provides a rare sight of the island's explorations and settlements. You get to see the iconic one-penny and two-pence stamps from the year 1847. These are considered to be the nation’s most beloved memorabilia.

Heritage Buildings Of Mauritius

An ideal grey and white colored mansion are set against the backdrop of post-cards mountains and sky. This delightful Creole mansion is a charming lookbook into the past. The mansion shows off its antique furniture, ancient maps, and small stone cottages.

You can also visit St Aubin plantation home. 18th-century architecture is antique, elegant, and inviting. Although the estate does not produce sugar anymore, it still houses a cozy rum distillery and a beautiful nursery full of vanilla and anthurium flowers.

Parks And Reserves

SSR Botanical Garden is a place that will explain the meaning of enchantment to you. The beautiful emerald palms shade the exquisite pond in the center of the garden filled with Victoria amazonica water lilies.

The lilies are shaped like tea trays that open and close with dual shades of white and red. Frankly speaking, it does not seem real at all.

The Garden of Eden is brought to life at François Leguat Reserve. This vast expanse of teal and lime green provides shelter to hundreds of tortoises and 100,000 native species of trees.

You can go around and see the mystical caves and museums to learn more about the extinct Rodrigues solitaire.

Markets

If you are someone who loves lip-smacking local food, the Monday market will be your best choice. You can go around the food stalls that prepare delicious delicacies such as gâteaux piments (chili cakes), dhal puri (lentil pancakes), and samosas.

After treating your tummy, you can visit the various silk and textiles shops.

If you are a meat lover, you should definitely visit the Saturday market. It offers some of the best and freshest meats full of flavor.

The Flacq market seems like a rainbow. It is dizzyingly colorful and striking. If you are up for a little walk, you will come across tropical fruits, tender sweets, and Creole apparel.

Falls Of Mauritius

You would have seen some astonishing images of the underwater waterfall on the internet, however if you want to see some of the best waterfalls, it can be found in the deep forests and spectacular national parks.

Let's take a look at some of the most prominent falls in Mauritius.

Tamarin Falls

It is located in the Black River Gorges National Park. You will come across various waterfalls depending on time. If you want to get the sight of more waterfalls, you will have to go hiking in the park. If you gather enough courage, you can also enjoy the natural showers created by the waterfalls.

Cascade De Chamarel

You will need special permission if you want to get up close to the majestic ribbons of water. It is the highest waterfall in Mauritius. If you want to see the beauty from a distance, you have the option to visit the Chamarel 7 Coloured Earth Geopark. There are multiple viewing points from where you can enjoy the beauty.

You can also catch sight of giant tortoises and see multi-colored dunes.

Eau Bleue

Eau Bleue is a paradise hidden in the southeastern part of a Mauritius village namely, Cluny. It is at a distance of 45 minutes from the capital Port Louis. The main waterfall is located behind a thick forest and tangled tree roots. Once you reach the fall, you will understand why it is called “Blue Water”

There are other waterfalls connected if you want to catch sight of the beauties of nature.

Cascade Leon

This is one of the favorite locations for tourists. It is situated on the south of the island close to Souillac. The journey there is not very difficult. You just have to follow a lush path stepping over rocks and you will see a mesmerizing view of the waterfall.

It is an excellent picnic spot where you can also swim behind the waterfall and access the caves.

Activities To Do

Mauritius is not only famous for its waterfalls but also for the activities that are in the basket for tourists. Let's go through some of the fun activities you can do while in Mauritius.

Parasailing

If you want to get a birds-eye view of the beautiful beaches, parasailing is the sport for you. It involves being secured to a specially designed parachute that is towed by a speed boat. This motion lifts the parachute in the sky and within minutes, you will be flying in the sky. Rising to a height of about 60 meters, you will never forget the view and perspective that you get when parasailing.

Wakeboarding

If you want to experience the thrill of going fast on the water, wakeboarding can fulfill your desire. There is no place better than Mauritius for experiencing wakeboarding. The rider will stand on a wakeboard which is attached to a speed boat. The wakeboard is then pulled along the motorboat and your ride has started. The riders may even fall a lot of times, but it is all part of the experience. Your well-being will be the first priority of the speedboat rider.

Blue Safari Submarine Experience

Have you ever thought about how the ocean would look when you dive deeper? Well, diving is a very popular sport, however, if you want to experience the aquatic life in the deep sea, Blue Safari Submarine will be the best choice for you. The fleet of two submarines will dive to 35 meters where passengers can peek out at the colorful aquatic life deep in the ocean.

You will have a well-experienced guide cum pilot who will tell you about different forms of life underwater as the tour moves forward. You will also get a chance to visit the shipwreck of Star Hope which is now dominated by marine life.

You can book these vessels for an exclusive tour too. One vessel has a capacity of five people, while the other can accommodate ten people easily.

Hire E-Bikes

Mauritius is famous for its beaches and serene waters; however, these are not the only wonders of the nation. There is a fabulous coastline to explore for the tourists. You can hire E-bikes and roam around the coastlines soaking in the beauty that surrounds you.

You can discover deep villages, sugar cane fields, and spectacular views on the bike. You will find multiple locations renting out E-bikes. Some of them do not serve children but if you are there with adults, it is not going to be an issue.

Wanna Travel To Mauritius?

Learning so much about the beautiful destination must have triggered the traveler inside you. You might be wondering how you can get there.

Well do not worry, Unify Holidays has a complete travel package for all the tourists around the globe. If the package does not suit you, we can always create a tailored package with the locations you want to visit. We will make sure that you make fond memories during your vacation.

Unify Holidays will do the planning for you. All you have to do is pack your bags and enjoy your vacation.

Vibrant Experiences

Maldives has a lot of different locations for sightseeing, trying new delicacies, and even finding peace. We will learn about some of these places in this blog.

Ithaa Restaurant

Ithaa restaurant is a concept restaurant that is open to the general public. It looks like something born out of sweet imagination and flawless determination. It is an underwater restaurant that you might have seen online. It is located at a depth of 16 feet below the ocean.

It is the first underwater restaurant that is totally made up of glass. In 2014 New York Daily announced Ithaa as the world’s most beautiful restaurant. The restaurant offers a 180-degree panoramic view of the coral reefs. You will get to experience a 6-course contemporary cuisine while enjoying a peak in the marine ecosystem.

The restaurant has strict dress codes. You are expected to dress appropriately. The restaurant is open to children for lunch but not for dinner. The prices are a bit high but the location, taste, and experience makes it worth it.

Just Veg Restaurant

After spending a day in the Maldives, the craving for authentic Indian veg food will definitely hit you. Even if you are not craving Indian food, there is one guy in every group who is strictly against non-veg food.

Just Veg is a vegetarian-only restaurant in Maldives that can take care of your vegetarian food requirements. It has received lots of appreciation and recognition. It is a one-of-a-kind restaurant in Maldives that will serve you authentic vegetarian food.

You will see a mix of Arabic, Mediterranean, and Indian cuisines along with special menus for Jains (no onion or garlic). The chefs here keep on experimenting with the dishes to bring out more flavorful cuisines. The food here is so great that it can turn any non-vegetarian into vegetarian.

The restaurant offers salads, noodles, samosa, vegetarian soups, and even paneer tikka masala. It could easily be declared as a paradise for vegetarians. However, it is part of a big resort which means you have to stay there to enjoy all of its delicacies and pampering.

Seaside Grill

This restaurant is located in Dhigga Magu Male. It is a perfect alternative to other fancy restaurants in terms of pricing. However, the quality is not compromised at all. It is the first priority for this restaurant.

Seaside Grill has the most authentic delicacies in Maldives. It is a perfect place for families and couples who want to take time out of their schedules and have an immersive experience of good food with good conversations.

There are multiple specialties of the restaurant that include coffee, cheesecakes, pies, hamburgers, and a range of non-alcoholic beverages. The restaurant is also famous for its lobster and hot dogs.

The ambiance is very hygienic and the service is super-friendly. Ethnicity brought in the flavors of the dishes is a key feature that makes the restaurant so unique.

They make their own baked buns and gourmet sausages. It adds to the fulfilling experience and makes every meal perfect.

White Night Party

Maldives is quiet and calm during the day. On the contrary, the nights are full of wild parties and loud music everywhere. If you want to feel the extravaganza of these parties and music, White Night Party is the perfect place for you.

You must be wondering why it is called a White Night party. Well, the party has a dress code of white attire, hence, White Night Party. Feel the groove and dance to the tracks while the DJ spins their deck for you.

The party is held every Friday night at the Babuna Bar in Kuredu Resort. The bar is famous for its cocktail recipes so you will not have to worry about the booze.

Nautilus Bar

It is located at the Vilu Reef resort. The bar features a folklore program, where the locals sing and dance to their traditional songs.

An event known as Bodu-Beru is hosted there. Bodu-Bera translates to a big drum in English.

Crab Racing

Yes, you read that right. You can indulge in Crab racing. It is an experience you will never forget. As exciting as it may seem, it gives you the thrill of participating.

The rules are pretty simple. You select a crab from the provided choices and take part in the race. Place the crab on the starting line and compete with other participants. The first crab who gets out of the circle wins.

The thrilling part is that the crabs are not guided by anyone. They are on their own. The game can be changed upside down at any moment.

A bar in Velingadu features a crab race every Saturday night. You can buy yourself a drink to enjoy the thrill and motivate the crab to get out of the circle.

The National Museum

The people of Maldives are known for preserving and taking care of their art, culture, tradition, and history. The National Museum is a proper example of how serious people are here about their history and traditions.

The museum is located in Sultan Park in Male. It is part of the Maldivian Royal Palace compound, which dates back to the 17th century. The museum was built and designed by the Chinese government in 1952. Later on, it was gifted to Maldives by the Chinese in 2010. The museum hosts some intricate wall cravings of the Holy Qur’an. It also includes a collection of artifacts from the pre-Islamic eras such as thrones, coins, shoes, armor, royal costumes, ornaments, and a lot of other historical items.

The museum is also very famous for showcasing the head of Lord Buddha carved out of a coral stone that dates back to the 11th century. The three-storied museum faced an incident of vandalism during which several priceless pieces of artifacts broke down.

These are some of the places you can go for amazing new experiences. However, there are an endless number of activities and places that tourists can cover for a fun vacation.

How To Go There?

Fortunately, Maldives is connected to almost all the major airports in the world. If you are planning to go on a vacation from India, you can board a flight from any prominent city.

If you are not satisfied with the above-mentioned places, you can call Unify Holidays and we will make a special package that will suit your requirements. We will make sure that you have the best vacation of your life without compromising with any experience.

Unify Holidays envisions a fun and memorable trip for all our customers. We will take care of all your requirements. All you need to worry about is packing your bags and deciding the travel medium.