|Stunning Sri Lanka - offers a huge amount in the way of things to do and see.
I’m Kyra and I review holidays. If you want to visit one of the friendliest most welcoming countries in the world, Sri Lanka must be your next stop. With incredibly beautiful landscapes, white sandy beaches, lush mountains and amazing sightseeing hotspots, your memories of this holiday will last a lifetime.
I booked a tour, as you really need an English speaking escort to make the most out of your trip. The best way to explore the country is by car and with road signs and names lacking, a tour guide that doubles as a chauffeur is a great option.
My first stop was the Elephant Orphanage Sanctuary in Pinnawala, Kandy. Immediately you are in awe of these beautiful animals. You can help bathe them in the shallow pools, and for the brave, take a bareback ride around the sanctuary – this will make any jet lag vanish! Then I went onto do a city tour of Kandy which included the peaceful Buddhist Temple of the Tooth, where many Buddhists come to do their pilgrimages and the Royal Botanical Gardens filled with wonderful scents of exotic flowers. In the evening at my hotel, we were treated to a Cultural Show with classical Sri Lankan dancing. Set against a starry sky, with a home made style meal, it was an unforgettable start to my trip.
The rest of my visit included climbing the famous Sigiriya Rock, a sixth century fortress perched 200m above ground, offering beautiful views. I also visited several Tea and Spice Plantations, including one in Matale with cinnamon, pepper and nutmeg. I purchased some Batik presents after I saw them being handmade, to go with my tea gifts! On my way back to Colombo, I also visited the Ancient city of Anuradhapura, and then after doing a city tour of Colombo, spent my last couple of days relaxing at a beach resort. The Beaches are still unspoilt and a haven for relaxing with unforgettable sunsets and white sand so soft your feet will just melt into the sand.
My holiday was arranged by Brightsun Travel who offer a helpful and friendly service, answering all my questions such as providing several tour options including shorter stays or longer ones to see as much of the country as possible, with both budget and luxury options.
Brightsun Travel offers a price match promise on worldwide flights and holidays so you will get the best deals. To book your dream holiday or cheap holidays to Sri Lanka all inclusive, call Brightsun Travel on 0208 819 0486 or visit www.brightsun.co.uk