Sri Lanka has been considered “up-and-coming” for a few years. And as a destination is relatively untouched and unspoiled. But this beautiful island has recently made it onto many of the “Top Travel Destinations in 2017” lists and articles – this means that it is going to become increasingly popular. Why not beat the crowds and get a whole stretch of beach to yourself? With tourism rates projected to explode over the next few years, now is the perfect time to visit!
Here's a list of more reasons why Yogis are flocking to Sri Lanka:
Beachside yoga studios: Sri Lanka has a wealth of beautiful yoga studios, and a huge majority are on the sunkissed shores of beautiful beaches to utilise the regular fair weather and soft sandy shores.
Direct Flights: We all love to explore far-flung shores, but the easier it is to get to, the better! You can fly direct to Sri Lanka in 10hrs. Once you arrive in Sri Lanka, transportation is also cheap, reliable and safe with a sprawling train network and brand new highways connecting cities and towns as well as a domestic air taxi services from coast to coast. Most visitors will need to apply for a visa (except for nationals of Singapore, Maldives and Seychelles) but this is easily done online for a small fee.
Culture & History: Sacred buddhist temples, monasteries and meditation centres. Sri Lanka boasts a vibrant and unique cultural heritage with 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and many colourful festivals hosted through the year. Sri Lanka has a diverse and rich cultural history and was a Dutch, Portuguese and British colony from the early 1800s to 1900s, so expect splashes of European influence to be reflected in the architecture, food and drink.
Nature & Wildlife: Sri Lanka is home to a variety of species which include elephants, leopards and majestic peacocks. Enjoy the natural beauty of the island, Sri Lanka is wonderfully lush and offers blissful sunshine all year round: love drinking straight out of a coconut and hanging out on pristine beaches? Sri Lanka is the perfect place immerse yourself in all nature has to offer!
Deepen your Yoga and Ayurvedic Study: Yoga is a way of life in Sri Lanka (it’s just a stone’s throw away from India), more Yoga centres and retreats are being established in Sri Lanka which makes it a perfect Yoga destination to deepen your practice.
Ayurveda and Yoga share many philosophies and practices: if you’ve always been interested in learning more about the art of Ayurveda, Sri Lanka is one of the top countries in the world to experience the ancient practice. Many therapists complete years of training to obtain a Bachelor of Ayurveda Medicine degree from the university, before going on to treat patients at Ayurveda centres and clinics. If you’re interested in learning more about Ayurveda while practicing Yoga.