The National Geographic Channel has in an exclusive report categorized Sri Lanka as the second best place on earth to visit. Referring to the first world traveller Marco Polo’s description of his ‘favourite island’, as the ‘Jade Pendant in the Indian Ocean’, the commentators state that this is exactly what Sri Lanka is and that it has got ‘basically everything for a tourist’.”
In its list of “Best New Trips for 2010″, National Geographic said, “after the tsunami of 2004 and resolution of a decades-long civil war, Sri Lanka is finally starting to look like its old self, a peaceful destination where surf line-ups are non-existence despite world-class waves and centuries old tea estates are lined with mountain bike-ready trails.”
The National Geographic Channel emphasizes the fact that the island has “absolutely everything in a small space”. The island has beaches, wildlife, historical places, world heritage sites, primary forests, waterfalls and rivers for rafting.
You may even have a ‘beach to yourself’, and the report adds that the country has hundreds of miles of ‘amazingly undiscovered beaches and coral marine life’. ‘It is arguably one of the greatest islands for beaches’, it states.
Sri Lanka has a wonderful history and culture in a really small space and state that Sigiriya is a place not to be missed because of its scenic beauty. You don’t get to number two without some must-see sights’, it adds.
Sri Lankan wildlife is a ‘major highlight’ and the report refers to the availability of elephants and leopards, making a special reference to the Pinnawala Elephant Sanctuary. Pinnawala is now the largest herd in captivity with 65 elephants. It opened with seven elephants in 1975. They also comment on the ‘lovely food’ and point out, ‘if anyone wants to taste spicy curry then, definitely, Sri Lanka is the place to go’
Tourist arrivals for the first five months last year amounted for 157,000 and compared to this number the tourist arrivals during the first five months this year amounted to 233,000 showing an increase of 48.5% compared to the same period last year.
Without a doubt, Sri Lanka offers “just a little bit of everything” and one could not “be bored in a million years”.
National Geographic lists Sri Lanka 2nd best island destination.
First came the New York Times accolades and now National Geographic has brought Sri Lanka into the tourism spotlight again announcing that Sri Lanka was rated their second best island destination in the world this year. The accolade puts Sri Lanka ahead of St. Lucia, Hong Kong, Seychelles, Bali, Sicily, Manhattan island, Mauritius, and even exotic Zanzibar. In an interview, Jill Crawshaw, travel writer for The Times and Lyn Hughes, editor of Wonderlust magazine, highlights Sri Lanka’s secluded and unspoilt beaches, exotic wildlife, ancient heritage and spicy cuisine – all this within a relatively small space that is easily accessible.
Yes, Sri Lanka is an island nation that is blessed with so much – especially a colourful mix of culturally diverse people that have the precious ability to smile from their hearts and share their unhurried lifestyles with others. Having the best surfing beaches (Sri Lanka is listed as one of 10 best surfing spots in the world); the best locations to spot the largest land mammal (elephant) as well as the largest marine mammal in the surrounding Indian Ocean waters (Blue whale); ruins of kingdoms that tells of a an ancient and sophisticated civilization; treasures of precious gems, tea and cinnamon; and a myriad of breathtaking landscapes that change within minutes of travel…., one is truly spoilt for choice on which direction to head on your holiday in Sri Lanka. No wonder most travellers come to this island and never want to leave.