Maybe it is Sri Lanka’s diverse culture and places to visit that make it one of the most popular countries in South Asia for backpackers to travel. From tea terraces in Nuwera Eliya to the Dutch Fort and the long sandy beaches of Galle, Sri Lanka have some of the most diverse landscapes in South Asia. You could likely be trekking in the mountains one day and sunbathing on a sandy beach the next! If you’re planning a backpacking vacation to this beautiful tropical country, you’re in for a treat! Here are a few reasons why Sri Lanka has something to suit every backpacker…
  1. Mountain Trekking:
Sri Lanka’s Kunckles Mountain range is most famous for trekking. There are also many other wildlife sanctuaries and National Parks as well, such as Sinhgharaja & Yala. Also worth visiting are the beautiful central highlands, known as the Horton Plains where you can set up camp and explore this area on foot. Many other activities such as white water rafting, surfing, etc can also be enjoyed in Sri Lanka.
  1. Beach Lounging:
Tropical white sandy beaches instantly come to mind when you think of Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka has long coastlines filled with incredible beaches that will satisfy any beach bum. From the white sandy beaches of Trincomalee to the golden shores of Bentota – Sri Lanka is a great place to enjoy sun, sand and sea!
  1. City Buzz:
There’s nowhere quite like Sri Lanka’s former capital: Colombo, for its intoxicating atmosphere. From the time you arrive you will be amused by its pulsating vibe and energy. The buzzing street life, the smell of spicy street food, great architecture and a million three-wheelers (also known as tuk-tuks) make this city an assault on all of the senses. Enjoy a chilled beer from a local pub in one area of the city and treat yourself to a delicious meal at a hip restaurant in the next!
  1. Culture, Museums, Art and Food:
Sri Lanka is one of the most culturally rich islands in Asia, which has a history dating back to over 2550 years. Wander through the country full of UNESCO World Heritage sites, appreciating beautiful art and historic monuments, such as the Dambulla cave temples, Sigiriya Rock fortress, Sri Dalada Maligawa in Kandy and so much more. If you are lucky, you could also enjoy beautiful cultural performances by local dancers at night. In addition to the above, below are some of our tips which will help you in planning your backpacking trip to Sri Lanka. 5. Logistics Devote some time to decide the logistics for your backpacker trip. This means, roughly plan out which destinations you want to visit and for how long you plan on staying there. 6. A GPS tracking device This will always be useful when it comes to finding the route to be taken in case you get lost. 7. Weather Conditions An understanding of the weather conditions in Sri Lanka is a must. You are likely to encounter very hot & humid weather right throughout your trip. Pack suitable clothing and gear based on this. 8. Rent a car to make traveling around the country easier Save money on lodging and accommodation by renting a car on your backpacking trip to Sri Lanka. Most backpackers travel from one location to another using public transport. However, considering that the Sri Lankan public transport system is not the greatest, and accommodation is not the cheapest, you may be able to save lots when the time comes for an over-night stay. Renting a car in Sri Lanka may save you lots of money as you will be able to take a quick nap in the vehicle and it would also enable you to go from one place to the other at ease and comfort.

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