SOME HIGHLIGHTS OF A HOLIDAY IN SRI LANKA
Take a break and Tour Sri Lanka. You will be smitten by the delights of this Country. Invite your partner or friend to join you on an adventurous journey. This tropical Island often known as the Pearl of the Indian ocean will continue to amaze you. Some travellers have been so fascinated by this Country that many have decided to tie the knot. Weddings in Sri Lanka are very popular along the Southern coastline as Sri Lanka continues to remain a favourite destination to tie the knot. Anyone lucky enough to visit the Island will find a re-visit worth it. Your best memory will be the broad smiles and warm welcomes you will receive throughout your journey. You will also realise that Sri Lanka is a nation that remains friendly and very welcoming to visitors.
Sri Lanka is blessed with amazing wildlife. You will be able to spot leopards, elephants, sloth bear, monkeys, crocodiles, reptiles, deer, wild buffalo, many species of bird life and much more. A wildlife safari is a must when you visit Sri Lanka.
The ancient capitals of Sri Lanka are seen in the cultural triangle. Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Dambulla and sigiriya are places to visit. You will see ancient temples, Dagobas, similar in structure to the ancient pyramids, monasteries, colossal buddha statues and places of worship are among the highlights. The best way to visit the ruins will be to walk around or cycle and take in the serene atmosphere and peaceful surroundings.
A marvellous lion rock standing 200 metres in a forested terrain is another place of historic significance. The climb to the summit could be quite taxing but is most definitely worth it. Keep your energy levels up before you begin to climb.The view from the top to the landscape below is breathtaking. You will be left wondering what it was like to be in a palace in the sky during the 5th century surrounded by water gardens and swimming pools.
A trip to the highlands from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya is a perfect way to cool down and relax. The temperature is moderate and soothing after a day's drive. You can sip a fine cup of the world's best Ceylon tea on the verandah overlooking the sprawling tea plantations or even trek through the tea bushes in Nuwara Eliya.
Kandy is another fascinating town to stay over. A sacred temple which houses the tooth relic of the buddha is of great significance to the buddhists of this country. The lakeside walk is a good way to keep yourself fit if that's what you want. Kandy is a very picturesque town. You will find a couple of days stay here quite relaxing. There are cultural shows held every evening. The botanical gardens in Peradeniya and the Pinnawela elephant nearby are places to visit when in Kandy.
A scenic train ride from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya is a "must do" It's an experience of a kind. You will be very busy with your camera as your train meanders through breathtaking views..
The southern coastline is a tourist's paradise. You will marvel at the sights and experiences that come with it. From Kalutara to Yala the beaches are a major attraction. You can watch fishermen trawl their night's catch ashore as you unwind in the golden sand beaches.. You will come across stilt fishermen between Galle and Matara. You will fall in love with the surroundings wherever you decide to stay. Blue Whale watching, snorkeling amongst the colourful coral reefs, scuba diving to exploring ship wrecks and boat rides along the rivers and a host of water sport activities will keep you busy during your stay.
The historic town of Galle with its Dutch Fort still standing reminiscent of the colonial legacy is an interesting place to visit. The fort is packed with old Dutch buildings and English style houses along the narrow streets of the fort. The architecture along the alleys and the old Dutch church are ideal for photography enthusiasts.
This tiny bayside town was once voted one of the best beaches in the world. It was destroyed by the recent tsunami. Locals still continue to talk about the loss of loved ones and property. This tourist mecca was rapidly built to its former glory by the strong resolve of its locals. The perfect way to enjoy your trip before you leave our shores is to stay a couple of days relaxing at Unawatuna beach.
Sri Lankan Cuisine
"Variety is a spice of life" in regards to Sri Lankan cuisine. string hopper, kotthu roti, plain hopper, & egg hopper served with delicious spicy curries of fish, prawns, lamb, chicken, beef and curried vegetable topped up with coconut sambol will tantalise your palate. You can opt for international cuisine if you so desire. However, it would be best to taste the local cuisine before you leave. If you didn't, your taste buds would have missed out on something very exotic.
There are many cookery classes conducted at a variety of venues in the Island. Talk to your guide or travel agent if you are interested in participating in a cookery class. This is another amazing experience you can take back with you when you when you return to your homeland.
If you feel inspired by some of these highlights why not make a booking with Leisure Travel Sri Lanka. We will be delighted to arrange a bespoke tour for you.
Travel agents fail to gain the attention from affluent consumers when selling luxury holidays to the affluent market. They simply overlook the fact that 10% of the population are self-made millionaires who have little in common with the rich and famous as seen on TV.
When marketing Luxury Holidays to these affluent consumers Travel agents should be mindful of the fact the a significant percentage of affluent consumers are either ill informed or shy away from luxury brands, Hence the attitude and behaviour of the wealthy must be taken into account when selling luxury brands.
Agents need to educate their clients about the value of luxury brands they can easily afford in order to travel in style.
The perception that luxury brands are mainly for celebrities is created by the media. In differs in reality. The affluent are not celebrities, famous athletes or high flying businessmen. These groups are self-made millionaires. These groups form an essential market that remains untapped.
Few have ever heard of many luxury brands like Four Seasons, Ritz-Carton hotels, Intercontinental, Hilton, Accor, Hyatt, Starwood etc., Perhaps about 1% of wealthy people know these brands intimately. Most likely they believe that luxury brands are overrated and meant for elite seekers only.
It is a good idea to keep this in mind. People will maintain this perception unless they experience first-hand the difference. Promotions and special offers will lessen this perception and it is paramount that Travel agents and hotel operators get together to find a way to sell their products.
Take note that luxury brand marketing campaigns will go wrong if they don’t take into consideration that the majority of millionaires have had little or no exposure to luxury.
The big question remains unanswered. How do you educate them? How do we make these luxury brands more appealing?
Historically agents have viewed their role as enabling customers to save money. There is a catch 22 situation here. I think most agents can sell their luxury products if they are knowledgeable about their products. Understanding the different needs of individual customers is paramount to the industry. Affluent consumers do enjoy quality once they have experienced it.
Once travellers experience the difference in quality they will realise that luxury brands are not overrated and that they deliver value for money. Herein lies the secret.
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