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Bursting with myriad treasures and lush interiors, Sri Lanka’s vivid scenery is a story waiting to be told. From exhilarating wildlife safaris and verdant tea plantations, to pristine sandy beaches and ancient Buddhist temples, this tropical tear-drop island will captivate your senses.
Jade green tea plantations add to the charming beauty of the Sri Lankan landscape. Taste the blend of tea and culture in Sri Lanka and take one of the world’s most scenic rail journeys through misty hills and tea plantations, tumbling streams and plunging waterfalls.
Gain a powerful insight into Buddhist beliefs in the island's ancient but tranquil Buddhist temples. With a history dating back to the birth of time, you’re never far from a piece of history. Go back in time and explore its fascinating past as you explore ruins of ancient and sacred cities, rock temples and fortresses and artefacts of a colonial age.
Peaceful, wild and easy-going, Sri Lanka holidays are enchanting and fascinating. Explore the many UNESCO World Heritage Sites and encounter wonderful wildlife up close. Look out for native animals on your jeep safaris in Yala National Park and catch a glimpse of wild buffalos to upturned sloth bears.
Travel your taste buds and taste the fresh flavours or Sri Lanka’s exotic cuisine, which has been shaped by its rich, present history and culture.
Captivating and enigmatic, a holiday to Sri Lanka with Newmarket Holidays is one that will stay in your memory. Its tranquil temples, stunning sunsets and spectacular scenery paint a picture that’s not easily erased.
With a never-ending coastline, tropical jungles and towering mountain peaks holidays to Sri Lanka offer plenty to see and do. Whether you wish to explore its many natural and historical sites or relax at the beach, it can still be hard to decide what to include on your tropical trip. Here’s a lost of our top must-do things in Sri Lanka.
With diverse landscapes and cultures spread across the different regions of Sri Lanka, the taste of Sri Lankan cuisine is a combination flavours from around the world. With influences from Indian, Indonesian and Dutch cuisines, Sri Lankan food still has its own authentic taste.
Taking influences from India, Sri Lankan cuisine thoroughly delights in spices, with many of its dishes bursting with flavour. The curries come in an array of colours and flavours. Rice, fish and curry are staples. Sri Lanka curries are known for their fiery hot spicy flavours and coconut milk is very dominant feature of Sri Lankan cuisine.
For breakfast, try kiribath, a milk rice dish served with lunu miris, a fiery hot mix of red onions and chillies. Walk through streets of Sri Lanka and you’ll find kottu closeby. This spicy stir-fry of shredded roti bread with vegetable, meat or cheese is a go-to fast food when craving something tasty and greasy.
Many different regions of the country specialise in different types of dishes from coconut. But hoppers are popular throughout the country. Based on a fermented batter, usually made of rice flour and coconut milk, sometimes coconut water and a hint of sugar, hoppers are the Sri Lankan version of the pancake.
For a more handson experience, visit the Isiwara Spice Garden to uncover the secrets of Sri Lankan flavours, or enjoy a cookery demonstration with Newmarket Holidays at an Ayurvedic centre. Whatever you choose to eat in Sri Lanka, your taste buds are going to rejoice with happiness.