Every country has their off-the beaten track hidden jewels that are not found in books. Sri Lanka is a country which has a history that dates back to thousands of years. Its no surprise that Sri Lanka is renowned as the pearl of the Indian Ocean. The island hides amazing places inside and without a shadow of a doubt, Sri Lanka contains many famous world heritage sites. Being a diverse island, Sri Lanka has many experiences to offer for both visitors and locals, even though its hard to believe that this small island has many hidden gems to be discovered. Anyone would go back to their nation with mind-blowing collection of memories to cherish since Sri Lanka is one of the most exciting and interesting place to visit with a mind bending melting pot of culture and History. Lets take a look at some of the hidden jewels in this oceanic island.
And Here it is, the top picks of interesting spots you must not miss. Imagine spending your vacation or day in a private island just off Sri Lanka’s South coast. The ideal place for your preference is the Taprobane Island which was built in the 1920’s by the romantically named but self styled count de Maunhy-Talvande. The island hides a very colorful history which anyone can now share. The mesmerizing 2 ½ half acres island can be reached only by one of the two ways. Either by a ride on the back of an elephant or by wading through knee deep waters. The view around the island is certainly attractive and eye-catching and inside it, there is a stunning infinity pool.
When it comes to the accommodation of Taprobane Island, it consists of 5 spacious ensuite bedrooms with each having an amazing view of the sea. There are 4 double rooms and 1 twin room giving enough space up to 10 people with full comfort. Spacious living areas, Verandahs, balconies, infinity pool and tropical gardens make it the ideal spot for anyone who is looking to spend some peaceful time away from the city. Their staff of five will cater to any need of the visitors ensuring visitors get the maximum service.
When it comes to the food, you will have your own private chef to provide mouth watering foods. The ideal time period to visit Sri Lanka would be between the main green seasons however guests are welcome all year round to this magical island. You can relax and enjoy in the infinity pool anytime that the mood grabs you giving you the feeling of being king and queen of your own island in paradise.
Visitors have to pay a 30% deposit for all bookings with the balance paid at the end of their stay. Venture off the Island, you will find many activities to take part in including dolphin and whale watching, mountain biking trails, visit to white tea plantation where you will learn how rubber, tea and cinnamon is produced and many more adventurous activities. Indeed, it will be a memorable vacation if you can visit the Sri Lanka’s only privately owned Taprobane Island.
As anyone would know Sri Lanka ended a 30 year old civil war, due to it Jaffna has been one of the main untouched spots by travelers who visit Sri Lanka. Jaffna is renowned as a home to a large percentage of tamils along with signs of tamil identity dotting the city. Its worthwhile to witness ruins of the war and other memorials inside Jaffna. If you are planning to visit Jaffna, make sure to visit the unspoilt islands in order to get a complete experience of diverse personalities with some of the best sceneries you can ever spot.
Glimpse of Delft Island!
Delft island is the name given by the Dutch while the island is famous as Nedunthivu or Pasuthivu amoung the natives. The island covers approximately 4700 hectares and is the area between Northern part of Sri Lanka and India’s state of Tamil Nadu. Delft is an isolated and small island that was out of bounds for many years to both tourists and locals due to the civil war. Fortunately, it remained mostly unaffected by the war. One of the iconic feature here is the population of wild horses which were left on the island by the Portuguese. They roam freely in the island making it a unique sight to see these herds in their natural habitat and Delft is the only ground to hold horses in Sri Lanka. A visit to Delft island is a 3 hours boat ride from Jaffna. When you further step into the island you will find many highlights such as Portuguese Fort, Baobab Tree, Quindah Tower and more. Portuguese fort is a small fort made from coral and currently in ruins. You can also witness a Baobab tree on your way, which is known as the longest lived species on earth and the tree is eye-catching for many people for its strange looking bottle shape. Continuing the journey into the island, you will find a sight of a giant footstep which is close to one metre in length. Along the way visitors can witness attractive white sandy beaches of delft. Try visiting this untouched island in your vacation to explore the hidden beauty in Jaffna.
Another island in Jaffna that is similar to Delft Island is a 20 minute boat ride from Jaffna. It is renowned as one of the 16 pilgrimage sites of Sri Lanka and is home to the Naga clan which is a community of ancient snake worshippers. When you go further into the island, you can witness the Nainativu Hindu Temple which hides a history of more than thousand years. On your way, you will come across several islands and temple’s architectural works with colorful sculptures that is attractive to watch. Nainativu island is one of the impressive islands that have still not been visited by both tourists and locals and are extremely filled with beautiful sceneries and interesting sites that are worth to visit.
Nagadeepa Buddha Temple is another iconic element in the history of Sri Lankan Buddhism. It’s the sacred temple where Lord Buddha once visited. You will be able to witness this holiest Buddhist shrine on your way in the Nainativu island. You can spend sometime reading the history of Sri Lankan Buddhism while capturing photographs of Nainativu kovil which is the island’s chief Hindu Temple and the sacred Nagadeepa Purana Vihara which are known as vibrant photography subjects.
Sri Lanka is renowned as a home for many best and picturesque beaches in the world. Here we are going to unveil a hidden gem in the North of Sri Lanka. Casuarina Beach is known as the North’s favorite beach among natives though Jaffna Peninsula is blessed with number of good beaches. Casuarina Beach is about 20 kilometers far from Jaffna situated at the far end of Sri Lanka, in the Karainagar island which is the largest island in Jaffna. Casuarina beach is one of the most isolated yet best beaches you will come across in Sri Lanka and it has got its name due to Casuarina trees which line the shore. One can walk a long way far into the blue waters with no worries due to the shallow nature of the sea. Casuarina beach attracts the eyes of visitors for its sand that has a unique color and also the shallow water, no waves make it a very safe place to have a bath. If you are looking for some shade from the Northern sun and a peaceful nature to spend your day then Casuarina beach is the ideal place since the beach itself is different to normal beaches in Sri Lanka. If you want to spend your night here in Jaffna, its about an hour drive to Jetwing Jaffna since there are no luxury hotels very close to the Casuarina beach. Needless to say, alcohol on the beach is strictly prohibited and you will not find much of a happening nightlife here but Casuarina beach makes an excellent spot for a morning swim. If you ever visit Jaffna, make sure to visit here to relax your mind.
Japanese Peace Pagoda in Rumassala
Rumassala is famous as Buona Vista to colonialists and is the subject of many legends. Being famous as the home of the beautiful queen sita in Ramayana, Rumassala has won many hearts for its natural beauty. Rumassala is filled with a great history of Sri Lanka. Japanese peace pagoda is located on the hillside of west of Unawatuna which was built by Japanese monks of the Mahayana sect in 2005 as a part of their scheme to built peace temples in conflict zones (as Sri Lanka had a civil war during the period). The Japanese peace pagoda is situated on the headland between Galle and Unawatuna and its just a 2km or 20 minutes hike from the west end of Unawatuna beach. Unawatuna is another iconic element in Ramayana, the monkey warrior Hanuman was sent back to India to fetch four medical herbs to cure Lakshman who was wounded during the battle with Ravana. Hanuman was unable to identify the herbs therefore he has uprooted the mount and later a chunk of that has fallen down forming the Rumassala Hillock and as a result Unawatuna has got its name from Unna-Watuna meaning felldown. The impressive Rumassala Sama Ceitya or Japanese Peace Pagoda is being built in between Unawatuna and Galle. When looking across the water from Galle Fort in Sri Lanka, Japanese Peace Pagoda resembles a giant marshmallow rising out of the rainforest. The view around the Pagoda is a must see sight at sunset. This amazing shrine offers a 360 degree view of the bay and Jungle. Try visiting this amazing pagoda when you visit Unawatuna during your vacation in Sri Lanka.