Susri Samarasinghe is a friendly married man who grew up and studied in the city of Colombo. If he could go anywhere in the world, it would be somewhere very familiar to us – the UK! He has over twenty-five years experience in the travel and tourism industry so he has some advice to those wanting to travel to Sri Lanka..
“Sri Lanka is a paradise with beauty, culture and fresh air. People can enjoy a new experience by visiting as there are a lot of wildlife parks and friendly people. I would recommend the famous rice and curry served in banana life as a traditional dish of Sri Lanka. When visiting, people should remember to pack cotton garments, sun cream, medicine and a good camera.”
DilanJan Fernando is fifty-two years old and grew up in Negombo, one of the major cities in Sri Lanka, located on the west coast of the island. DilanJan has more than sixteen years experience in the tourism industry and is qualified as a chauffeur guide. Here are his thoughts on those wanting to visit Sri Lanka..
“Since Sri Lanka is a tropical island six degrees above the equator, people can enjoy different climates within a few hours of travelling. There are several different reasons why people should visit Sri Lanka and they include the beaches, the heritage sites, the wildlife, the sport, the scenic beauty, the bliss and essence of the country and the festivals of the country.
A traditional meal I can recommend are hoppers which are wafer-thin pancakes made from a fermented batter of rice flour and coconut milk served for breakfast or dinner and are often accompanied with a mix of red onions and spices. People should bring cotton clothing and sun tan lotion to Sri Lanka, in order not to burn in the sun. If I could go anywhere in the world, I would love to go to the UK.”
Next is Senaka Ambepitiya, an ex-lieutenant of the Sri Lankan army who grew up and studied in Colombo, where he still lives with his wife and son. He now works in the travel and tourism industry and has done for fifteen years. He speaks English, Sinhalese and a smattering of Tamil. He is a really solid character and a great ambassador for his country. Here’s why he thinks people should visit Sri Lanka.
“Sri Lanka, being a paradise island, offers you different climates whilst driving through beautiful landscapes and nature in just a short time and the best thing about travelling in Sri Lanka is the good hospitality of the people and the warm welcomes. Visitors should bring trekking shoes, mosquito repellents and a good camera to capture the trip!”
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