Sri Lanka presents a variety of destinations to choose from depending on the type of traveler you are. However, in the post-COVID era, safety regulations need to be kept in mind and this condition is bound to govern your itinerary to a great extent. But never fear, Sri Lanka is able to offer wide open urban spaces, deserted beaches and green-hued forests and mountains unpolluted by crowds.
The beautiful Nilaveli beach in Trincomalee, with crystal clear waters, white sandy beaches and corals seen by the naked eye while you swim, snorkel or dive. Stretching long and wide, the sheer size of this beach makes social distancing easily achievable. The beach and waves at Nilaveli are at their best in July/August. While you are here, don’t forget to explore the many islands in the vicinity including Pigeon Island, popular for snorkeling and glorious underwater sights.
Next on our list is the beautiful, misty Knuckles Mountain Range, fittingly named so as these similarly proportioned mountains resemble the knuckles on a fist. Staying in the area is a beautiful experience with stunning views. There are waterfalls to visit along with a Mini World’s End on the south side and“Hulang Kapolla” in Riverston is a windy gap that also draws travelers. which can be visited depending on the time of year. This chilly part of the country is popular among hikers, but depending on the level of experience of each person, it is recommended that you take a guide along these trails. In terms of COVID safety, these areas are not too densely populated and visitors can maintain safe distance from each other in the great expanse this mountain range offers.
A visit to the deep green jungles of Sri Lanka is an experience that could transport you to a realm far removed from civilization, and more importantly safe from COVID. The Sinharaja Rainforest is designated a Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage Site by UNESCO which is open to visitors. This place is teeming with wildlife of different varieties and it is one of the only remaining virgin forests left in the world. It is an awe-inspiring experience with nature which can be enjoyed by youth and adults alike. A few hours away from the central hub of Colombo, Sinharaja Forest can be experienced as a day trip or a longer excursion by staying within or closer to this reserve.
As you plan your next trip to Sri Lanka, be assured that the best parts of your travel could be far away from pandemic-related fears. Don’t hesitate to be adventurous with your itinerary and prepare to be enthralled by what this little island has to offer.