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Sri Lanka: Resilience and Beauty

“Where exactly is Sri Lanka?” “Is Sri Lanka a part of India?” “Why should I travel to Sri Lanka?”  “Is Sri Lanka safe?”  “What makes Sri Lanka so special?”  Why should I travel to Sri Lanka?” These are some of the most common questions that I get when I talk about my beautiful “second home.” The pearl of the Indian Ocean, SRI LANKA. A place where my family and I have fallen in love with, not just because the island nation is absolutely …

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Making Sense of Star Ratings in Sri Lankan Hotels and Boutiques

Spoiler alert! It’s impossible to make sense of star ratings in just about any place in the world! Why?  Because there are no international regulations governing them, and in the United States there is not even a group who monitors these star ratings or checks them for compliance. What this often leads to is motels, hotels and guest houses labeling themselves, and don’t we always think better of ourselves than we should? In a country like Sri Lanka, some standards …

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Is Sri Lanka Safe to Visit? 6 Critical Issues to Consider!

Concerned about your safety?  Here’s some great insight from an American couple currently living in Sri Lanka along with their 4 young children! The question everyone wants answered is, “will I be safe visiting Sri Lanka?”  The concern of safety should always be a paramount consideration for the discerning traveler.  As a husband and father of four young children, I can assure you that this American expat places a high value on the safety of those I love.  While danger …

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The Best Way to Take Sri Lanka Home with Me

I’m sure as you visit this beautiful country you will be looking for something to take back with you that will remind you of your time in paradise. There are a myriad of things you can take back with you and we’re here to get you started, from Tea, to the porcelain you’re going to drink it in! Tea Tea for her, tea for him, tea for all of them! Almost every traveler who has come to Sri Lanka buys …

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Top 10 sites in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka, formerly known as Ceylon, island of the Chera Kings, gained independence in 1948 from England, and Ceylon’s name was finally changed to Sri Lanka in 1972 when they became a Republic. Ceylon Tea is a staple grown on the island, and the name Ceylon gives it an ancient title that is filled with timeless history. Named as an “Isle of Serendip”, with a chance for a happy time, it is a very fitting name for this island, and …

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Top 5 Do’s and Don’ts in Sri Lanka

With so many new sights, sounds, aromas and people you will encounter, how will you avoid making disastrous cultural mistakes? Here are my top 5 Do’s & Don’ts! Do respect the “way of life” The majority of Sri Lankans are Buddhist numbering over 70%, and the majority of them practice Theravada Buddhism which is viewed as the “lesser vehicle” of Buddhism. This type of Buddhism is more conservative than Mahayana or the “greater vehicle” version of Buddhism. We should also …

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A Guide to Sri Lankan Food

Some people say, “variety is the spice of life” but Sri Lankan’s live by it. Their cuisine has been largely shaped by the surrounding countries such as Indonesia and India but also from the Dutch and British during their reigns of the island. Different areas in Sri Lanka have dishes they specialize in, so when you journey around this beautiful land, don’t miss an opportunity to try as much as you can! Many of our curry dishes contain no less …

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7 Simple Reasons Why Sri Lanka Is Not India!

Many people wonder, “What are the actual differences between Sri Lanka and India?” In this blog post I will give you 7 Reasons Why Sri Lanka Is Not India. So many people know about India, yet there are far more people that don’t know about Sri Lanka or the many gems which it has to offer that are different from India. Think of Sri Lanka as a hidden gem that is overlooked by others because it is a smaller nation …

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5 Adventure Excursions That Won’t Disappoint!

If you have a passion for adventure, then Sri Lanka is the place for you! This small, yet diverse island is loaded with a variety of excursions ranging from beach activities, to spectacular mountain climbs and exhilarating river rafting. Here are my top 5 with tips that won’t disappoint! Adam’s Peak I’m starting you off with the one I’ve done most recently. Adam’s peak is Sri Lanka’s fifth tallest mountain and has a moderate 5,500 steps to traverse on your …

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Best Times To Visit Sri Lanka

When is the best time to visit Sri Lanka? Whether you knew it or not, the weather is the top factor to consider before setting out on your 3-hour tour or cross-world flight. With two separate monsoon seasons in play, here’s all you need in order to plan your incredible getaway with the perfect weather tailored to your preference. Unlike most other Asian destinations, Sri Lanka boasts the unique claim to being a year-round holiday destination. The amazing thing about …

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