Sinharaja: An Amazing Rainforest of Sri Lanka – Combing Lush Green Terrains

If you possess an unquenchable thirst to meet and greet endemic animal species, head over to the Sinharaja Rainforest in Sri Lanka for an enthralling experience. Do read on to know more facts.

Overview

Staying true to its name, the Sinharaja Forest which means the ‘Lion Kingdom’, is an important biodiversity reserve in Sri Lanka. It is home to more than 50% of endemic species including mammals, butterflies as well as many kinds of insects and reptiles. In 1988, this forest became a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its exceptional geological features. Many tourists tend to experience and explore this treasure trove bursting with diverse species of flora and fauna.

Greenery and scenery

It’s amazing to see how scintillating beams of sunlight fall dramatically through the canopy of dense trees and over rugged rocks. The huge trees that are clad in exotic ferns and winding lianas wrapped around the base of trees add extra charm and beauty to the forest. This natural wonderland is alive with the incessant chirpings of birds, gurgling creeks and the rustling sound of leaves.

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Николай Максимович, Sinharaja Rain Forest, Sri Lanka – panoramio (1)CC BY 3.0

Location

Before commencing your journeys in this part of the country, do take note of the available accommodation options. Among the many Sri Lanka luxury resorts the likes of Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort, you will come across as an excellent venue from where holidaymakers can map out an escape to discover the hidden natural wonders of this breathtaking rainforest.

Going in

During your tour around the forest, you are ensured to fall in love with the astounding nature. Whether it is for bird watching or Sinharaja Rainforest camping, you are ensured to gather memories for a lifetime.

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Incredible things to do in Sigiriya – A historic wonder with ethereal energy!

Any traveller who visits Sri Lanka will definitely include Sigiriya top in their travel plans. These are some of the incredible things to do when you visit Sigiriya.

The Lion Rock

Shashi Shekhar, The Lion Rock, Sigiriya, Sri Lanka, CC BY-SA 3.0 Via Wikimedia Commons

Shashi Shekhar, The Lion Rock, Sigiriya, Sri Lanka, CC BY-SA 3.0 Via Wikimedia Commons

In fact, when it comes to the best things to do in Sigiriya, heading to Sigiriya Rock Fortress is recommended. The hike to the top of this rock is an exhilarating journey. Once you reach the summit, you’ll see one of the breathtaking panoramas in Sri Lanka. The ‘Sigiriya Damsels’, one of the most renowned iconic paintings of the country is painted in a cavity inside the rock.

Pidurangala Rock

Ji-Elle, Pidurangala Rock depuis Sigiriya (2), CC BY-SA 3.0 Via Wikimedia Commons

Ji-Elle, Pidurangala Rock depuis Sigiriya (2), CC BY-SA 3.0 Via Wikimedia Commons

Catch stunning views of Sigiriya atop the Pidurangala Rock! It is better to climb the rock early in the morning to avoid the heat. Once you reach the summit of the rock, you can enjoy the 360-degree views of surrounding valleys as well as the Sigiriya Rock. If you’re looking for some of the best hotels in Sigiriya, do consider options such as Sigiriya Jungles, from where visiting the rock will take 26 minutes.

Elephant Back Safari

shankar s. from Dubai, united arab emirates, Sigiriya Rock (7567460204), CC BY 2.0 Wikimedia Commons

shankar s. from Dubai, united arab emirates, Sigiriya Rock (7567460204), CC BY 2.0 Wikimedia Commons

Sigiriya is located in close proximity to many cultural attractions. When holidaying in Sigiriya, you should not miss an elephant ride because it is one of the most thrilling safari experiences in the country. These safari rides are not only about viewing exotic birds and wildlife around, it will also give you an opportunity to spend an awesome day with the gentle giants.

The Dambulla Temple

PIERRE ANDRE LECLERCQ, Dambulla Temple d'or (3), CC BY-SA 4.0 Wikimedia Commons

PIERRE ANDRE LECLERCQ, Dambulla Temple d’or (3), CC BY-SA 4.0 Wikimedia Commons

This temple is located 24km from Sigiriya and it’s known as the largest cave temple in Sri Lanka. The amazing rock paintings of vivid colours capture the minds of tourists who visit the temple.

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Exploring the City of Dubai – Experience the City’s Many Souks

Looking to have a more authentic shopping experience in Dubai? Check out its many souks. They offer a welcome respite from the ultra-opulent and futuristic mega malls.

Just what is a Souk, Exactly?

Souks are traditional-style Arabian marketplaces. Some specialise in certain items such as gold, while others sell all and sundry ranging from fruits, perfumes and spices, to clothing and jewellery.

Deira Gold Souk

Check out the planet’s largest ring at the Deira Gold Souk! The Najmat Taiba, which translates to the ‘Star or Taiba’ is a behemoth of a 21-carat gold ring, and weighs probably as much as you! At a whopping 64 kg in weight, it’s worth over an estimated USD 3 million in value; perhaps that explains why there’s a ‘not for sale’ sign plastered next to it. The Deira Gold Souk is located about a 10-minute drive away from international accommodation options such as AVANI Deira Dubai Hotel.

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Madinat Souk

This is quite a touristy souk, which puts it on the pricey side; however, there are some baubles and trinkets which are to die for. If you fancy grabbing some beautifully-crafted lighting fixtures and lamps to take home, you’ve got to stop by this souk which is within easy reach of hotels in Dubai Deira.

Deira Spice Souk

Pay a visit to the Spice Souk in Deira in order to experience a more authentic version of the hustle and bustle that is common in popular local markets. It’s a good place to pick up fragrant spices as well as dried fruits, figs and nuts.

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