Sri Lanka is truly an island like no other that is rich in cultural, ethnic and natural diversity. Whether you’re looking to have your taste buds tingled, experience the country’s culture or heritage, seeking some much-needed TLC or simply, want to make memories in a new place with your loved ones, Sri Lanka in December 2018 is the place to be!
Give in to the call of the wild
When in Yala safari, sun and sand are the only orders of the day. Those who thirst for adventure and desire to journey into the unknown are in for a treat with the plethora of exotic flora and fauna they are availed to here. Whether you choose to camp outdoors or have the best of both worlds with luxury accommodation such as the Cinnamon Wild Yala resort, Sri Lanka December holidays would be incomplete without exploring the country’s wild side that is home to leopards, elephants, crocodiles and hundreds of bird species.
Frolic by the ocean
One of the perks of vacationing in an island like Sri Lanka are the stretches of pristine beach, azure ocean waters and seemingly endless horizon. Hikkaduwa is a notable favourite and the preferred spot for a getaway from the hustle and bustle of Colombo. With a range of accommodation options to choose, from motels to resorts of the likes of Hikka Tranz by Cinnamon, eateries, surf spots, and water sport activities, it’s no wonder that Hikkaduwa is the go-to spot for holiday-goers seeking to relax, unwind and relinquish all inhibitions.
The train ride of all train rides
The 5-hour journey by train from Kandy to Ella is widely considered to be the most picturesque by travellers to Sri Lanka in December. Expect to pass by tea plantations, cruise through myriad local villages and cross bridges with seemingly huge drop-offs. The views on either side of the rail are mesmerising as the train passes through stretches of greenery that are as verdant as they are ever-changing.
Be you a nature enthusiast, culture vulture or simply, someone with wanderlust, mountain-climbing in Sigiriya is an experience that isn’t to be missed. Expect to see acres of unblemished countryside, clean air and clear skies as you make your way to the top of Sigiriya. Sigiriya is enjoyed by all for its cultural and historical importance as well as its intrinsic beauty. Be sure to catch a glimpse of the frescoes and immerse yourself in the tranquility of the 360-degree view you are afforded from the summit of Sigiriya.
Experience a first of its kind Broadway musical in Sri Lanka
Many consider the best time to travel to Sri Lanka to be December because of the scale Christmas in Colombo is celebrated on. Of the exciting things to do this season is experiencing Mamma Mia, the award-winning and globally renowned, feel-good musical that will make its debut in South Asia for the first time at the Nelum Pokuna Mahinda Rajapaksa Theatre. The musical, presented by Cinnamon Life, is one of the highlights of Christmas 2018 for both residents and travellers to Colombo and will run for 8 days from the 22nd to the 30th of December as part of their internationally sought-after tour.
Adventure enthusiasts and thrill seekers will find many opportunities awaiting them in Sri Lanka’s diverse and verdant hill country. Haputale and Diyatalawa are two preferred destinations for one to try out various hiking and trekking tours through jungles, up mountains and across tea plantations. Hikers and trekkers can also have a refreshing dip here with many rivers and waterfalls along the way. Horton Plains National Park is another unusual environment that is compatible with hiking with its grasslands, high altitude vegetations and myriad forest patches.
Christmas in Colombo
Christmas is celebrated on a grand scale in Colombo with the entire city partaking in the festivities. Hotels such as the Cinnamon Grand Colombo are known to revamp their interiors, immaculately decorating them in keeping with the season. This, in itself, is considered one of the city’s many attractions. With so many new restaurants, cafes and eateries popping up along with a selection of themed events, there’s no shortage of places to visit, things to do or people to see during Christmas, regardless of whether you’re a traveller to Sri Lanka or reside here.
December is a month of much festivity and fan fare in both Sri Lanka’s commercial capital and out of it and a wonderful time to experience everything Sri Lanka has to offer. With so many unique things to do and see, the island is an idyllic paradise for those seeking the perfect blend of cosmopolitan living, nature, culture and tradition, with there being something for everyone.