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If you’ve read anything about Sri Lanka in the past year, chances are it’s not good news. From protests, political uprisings, power cuts and food shortages, the country has been going through a difficult time recently. In addition to daily hardships, the people of Sri Lanka suffered economically from loss of income due to almost non-existent inbound travel during the upheaval. The good news is that after many canceled trips in 2022, the start of the new year proved that things are looking up to travel to this island nation.
If you need proof that people are willing to travel to Sri Lanka again, just look at the data. So far in 2023, Sri Lanka has welcomed over 100,000 tourists, an increase of nearly 25% from last year. A recently installed government has worked to stabilize the country’s previously fragile economy, and daily life, as well as tourism, is returning to normal. THE US State Department lowered its travel advisory to level 2, urging travelers to be extra careful.
Sri Lanka seems to have noticed the attention it is getting from travellers, and it is responding by offering more activities and things to enjoy for those making the trip.
An exciting new addition is The Pekoe Walking Trail, allowing travelers to weave their way through the lush, tropical tea country of the island. Covering 22 routes over 185 miles of Sri Lanka’s tea region, the train connects many of Sri Lanka’s highlights, such as Adam’s Peak and Nine Arch Bridge, while introducing travelers to new, lesser-known hidden gems.
If it’s adventure you’re looking for, turn to Sri Lanka and the multiple opportunities for thrills it offers. Having been named one of Top 10 adventurous destinations in 2023, there is no shortage of ways to get your heart pumping in this island nation. A surefire way to get moving is to head to the beach. Grab a board and access great surfing waves at one of the country’s many popular beaches. Notable surf beaches include Ahangama, Hikkaduwa and Weligama, each offering great swells for everyone from beginners to professionals. Surfing aside, the hiking possibilities in Sri Lanka’s lush highlands are endless, with treks ranging from beginners to multi-day excursions.
For those embracing the sustainability trend in travel, Sri Lanka offers multiple reasons to visit. From newly built eco-lodges to immersive cultural experiences, this is the country where you can truly give back to the community. With unique accommodation available to suit all budgets, many new properties are being introduced to encourage the preservation of the land and local heritage, while providing guests with exciting ways to spend their holidays.
More for your money
With the cost of living crisis and inflation weighing on us, it’s no surprise that price is a primary factor when booking a trip for 2023. Luckily, Sri Lanka shines in this regard, with lower than average flight prices and a higher exchange rate. favorable than usual for travelers coming with US dollars or British pounds. Although not as economical as its neighbor India, Sri Lanka is still much cheaper to visit and explore than many other countries.
If travel trends in 2023 continue as they began, then wellness-focused travel is only going to increase. It seems to improve the health and mind is at the top of travelers’ wish lists this year, and Sri Lanka is a perfect place to do it. Having been named one of the best wellness destinations for 2023, the country offers many programs and retreats aimed at helping you reset. For those looking for more active options, yoga, surf and fitness retreats are plentiful here. But of course, if you are really looking for a relaxing getaway, there are several choices for that as well. While there is no lack of things to do in sri lankait’s also the perfect place to do nothing at all.
Boost your flow
Another list that Sri Lanka made recently is based on her social media popularity, naming her in the Top 10 popular destinations on TikTok and Instagram right now. With over 16.4 billion views on TikTok and over 12 million Instagram hashtags, Sri Lanka is definitely trending this year. If you’re looking for a trip that not only rejuvenates you, but also your social media feed, Sri Lanka might be just what you need.
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