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Top 15 Places in the world for Solo Travel

Solo travel can be one of the most rewarding experiences. Travelling alone has got a lot of benefits. You don’t have to wait for friends to venture out and explore the world but can do it alone. Meet lots of incredible new people and discover a sense of freedom that you never knew existed. More and more people are choosing to travel solo each year which allows them to explore the best of everything on their terms. Whether you want to spend your time on a desert island or explore a frenetic new city, here is our list of the best solo travel destinations you must visit!

1. Thailand

Thailand is a great place to start for young and inexperienced solo travellers. Affordable, easy to travel and a hub of backpackers, it is the perfect spot to test the waters. There are multiple daily flights from London to Bangkok, the country’s capital taking you on an epic journey. Start from Bangkok as you explore the best of this city or you may also begin from Chiang Mai in the north. There are so many things to do here, taking up culinary lessons, visiting temples or playing with elephants. Next, you can head south to explore the many gorgeous beaches and try scuba diving. Thailand has a way of making you feel adventurous especially if you’ve never been to Asia before. But at the same time, it’s an extremely popular tourist destination and hence, you don’t have to worry about travel logistics much. There are backpacker’s hotels and cosy hotels within every budget across the country.

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2. Malaysia

Malaysia is often overlooked as a tourist destination in favour of its neighbours which is quite baffling. It is one of the most developed countries in Southeast Asia and a great solo travel destinations for any age. The country has got incredible rainforests and canopy walks, buzzing cities with lively nightlife and culinary scene. Since Malaysia is a multi-cultural country and most people speak perfect English, it is a lot easier to connect with the locals than many other countries. Malaysia is not a very touristy destination unlike Thailand so it’s a great choice in Asia for travellers who are looking to get to know about the culture and heritage. Start from the capital city of Kuala Lumpur and easing yourself to the different environment before venturing out to more offbeat places in the region.

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3. Iceland

There are plenty of reasons why Iceland is one of the hottest solo travel destinations. It is also one of the safest places in the world where you can do so many things by yourself. Iceland is home to over 30 active volcanoes, hot springs and geysers to name a few natural attractions. From soaking in the Lue Lagoon to driving through the Golden Circle, you’ll not run out of things to do here. Iceland is also famous for sites like the largest glacier in Europe and ice caves that can only be explored in the winter and there are the world-famous Northern lights, of course. You’ll love everything about Iceland irrespective of what time of the year you choose to travel, winter or summer.

4. Oman

It is hard to imagine Oman as a tourist destination. Many people have no information about Oman but it is one of the best places to travel alone. You’ll find the locals friendly and can walk down the streets without being stared at. Roads are in great condition and renting a car is quite easy. From sparkling blue wadis and dunes to sea cliffs and the Grand Canyon of the Middle East, the nature and impressive scenery are the highlights of this country. You can also hire a local guide to show you around.

5. Australia

Australia is known for its laid-back culture and some of the world’s friendliest locals. There is no language barrier for you but you’ll just have to brush up on your Aussie slang knowledge. It is an incredible country to explore whether you’re looking for a city escape or some sunbathing by the beach. Trace over than 20,000 years old outlines of rock art in Kakadu National Park, float in the azure waters of Rottnest Island or perhaps admire the iconic sites of Sydney Harbour, there is so much to do and see on this indigenous island. Walk into a pub alone and you’ll end up sharing beer with the locals or walk by the beach and you’ll be invited over to join a summer barbeque. Australia recently went through a devastating bushfire season and if you want to help, a great way to do so by visiting the island.

6. Grand Canyon, Arizona

Solo hiking is an amazing way to escape into nature and enjoy the solitude that you find there. The Grand Canyon is one of the most popular solo travel destinations for solo hiking. Vast and inarguably beautiful, it is easily Arizona’s most distinguishable landmark that everyone should see at least once in their life. It is a natural wonder that you’ll have to witness to believe. Stretching 277 miles, its rocky walls go downhill over more than a mile to the canyon’s floor, where the wild Colorado River flows across a swift course southwest. You get a stunning perspective travelling down into the canyon and match no other hiking experience. It is a popular trail and hence, you’re likely to meet plenty of other hikers if you want to chat and make friends. Last year in 2019, the Grand Canyon celebrated its 100th birthday as a national park.

7. South Island, New Zealand

South Island of New Zealand is a great solo travel destination you must visit. We understand it is on the edge of the world, which means a long flight, jet lag and an expensive ticket. But the joy it brings with road tripping around the beautiful South Island is immense. Find a place to watch the sunset and enjoy wine alone in the woods. It is an experience worth having and that’s what you want to achieve through a solo trip, anyway. You can surf on the East Coast, drive for one-half hour and be in the Southern Alps to go snowboarding or hiking. The fact that there are no snakes or notorious animals here will make the idea of hiking in the wilderness a pleasant one.

8. Cinque Terre, Italy

This beautiful cluster of Italian villages, a romantic getaway for couples, is a destination added to many travellers’ bucket list and this is the right time to go. You will find affordable accommodation, such as an apartment or homestay quite easily. Spend over a week and take time to explore the place on your solo trip. Cinque Terre comprises five villages connected by footpaths and trains and is easy to navigate. And if you get lost here, there are English speaking tourism ambassadors at each station to help you. The towns are small and it’s easy to plan the trip. When it comes to food, you can’t go wrong ordering pizza or pasta at restaurants. Summer is the busiest season and the best time to go alone when you won’t stand out in the crowd. Take as many pictures as you can.

9. Dublin, Ireland

Dublin is a great city to see as a solo traveller, especially if you’re a female traveller. Dublin has a captivating history with a cosmopolitan character. Stay at the city centre from where you’ll be able to walk to everything with ease. If you don’t love walking, go for Dublin’s public transport including buses, trams and trains which are in great condition. The city is quite safe for women. Historic attractions such as Dublin Castle or The Book of Kells offer a glimpse into Dublin’s ancient roots. The Temple District is vibrant and a reminder of great Dublin beer. There are great pubs that offer traditional Irish food. Visit to meet new people and make friends as the Irish are some of the warmest and friendliest people on the earth.

10. Kenya

If you’ve always wanted to go for African jungle safari, Kenya is the perfect place for you. With its diverse ecosystem and population of the “Big Five” (elephant, black rhino, buffalo, lion and leopard), you’re likely to witness a myriad of animals in the wilderness. Join a big group or arrange for a guide to explore the jungle. The country has a decent infrastructure and it’s quite easy to get around. Remember to take great care of your belongings, especially in Nairobi. It doesn’t mean that you’ll have to hide away in your hotel after dark. Go out and discover the city’s flourishing nightlife scene. Avoid public transport at night and hire taxis between venues.

11. Rajasthan, India

Rajasthan is a wonderful one of the solo travel destinations in India travellers. It is packed with forts and palaces and is quite easy to travel between the major tourist sites of Udaipur, Jaipur, Jodhpur and Jaisalmer. You’ll feel like a princess or a Maharaja when you visit these ancient cities and its palaces. Embark on a camel safari in Pushkar, enjoy the view of the blue houses in Jodhpur or take a boat ride on the massive Lake Pichola. You’ll be spoilt for choices for things to do in Rajasthan. Don’t miss the camel fair in Pushkar if you visit in November.

12. Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik is an historical walled city located in the deep blue waters of the Adriatic and has plenty to offer to the solo travellers. Whether you’re visiting this incredible city first time or hundredth time, the sense of awe that you feel on seeing the old town is inexpressible. Try to avoid high summer months when cruise ships dock and you just see a sea of passengers spilling out into the narrow streets. The ideal times to visit are April and September when the weather is warm and pleasant. When here, walk through the city walls, visit the islands by ferry and go kayaking around the striking bay.

13. Hokkaidō, Japan

Japan is an extremely friendly country and a great place for those who are travelling alone. Hokkaidō is located in the northern part and is the least developed of the country’s four main islands. Although the capital city of Hokkaido hosted the 1972 Winter Olympic Games and most famous for Sapporo beers, the place is best known for the great outdoors. Hiking, skiing and birdwatching are top activities here if you want to make the most of this remote and unspoiled landscape. 

14. Cuba

When one thinks of Cuba, the images of crumbling colonial architecture, vintage cars, salsa and cigars come to mind. However, with the shift in the political scene inside Cuba, private enterprise is being encouraged with small businesses expanding across the country. If you’ve always wanted to visit Cuba, this is a great time to do that. Visit the tiny back street restaurants for authentic food and explore the artisan shops to take back home tiny souvenirs. Homestays have always been a speciality of Cuba travel. The country also has low crime rates which means, travelling alone is safe and rewarding.

15. The Netherlands

The Netherlands is truly one of the safest places to travel alone where you’ll find some of the friendliest locals in the world. It is home to gorgeous tulip fields, winding canals and legalised marijuana, of course. A favourite amongst travellers, The Netherlands will forever be one of the classic solo travel destinations in Europe that one can visit any time of the year. With a laidback atmosphere, you’ll find yourself blissful in simple things like cycling around Amsterdam or just admiring the rather unusual architecture of Rotterdam. It is the best places to travel alone, meet new people and open up to new experiences.

Flying the new normal way with British Airways

British Airways has updated its routes for long and short-haul journeys across the globe, whilst adding new destinations to the list. The streamlining is in the account for new take-offs starting this October 2020 from London City, Gatwick and Heathrow Airports.

Short and Long Operational Routes

Here are some of the major announcements for the resumption and the addition of new routes:

  • Flights have been resumed to Bahrain, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Kuala Lumpur, Montreal and Tokyo Haneda. Also, a new route has been launched to Lahore at London Heathrow.
  • At London Gatwick, flights to Grenada will be resumed, with additional route introduced to Montego Bay.
  • Short-haul flights to be started this month to Brussels, Gothenburg, Luxembourg, Milan Linate, Stuttgart, Reykjavik and Valencia.
  • Routes such as Bilbao, Jersey, Kos, Lanzarote, Madeira, Naples, Porto, Seville and Tenerife will continue to be operational.
  • Service in place to Edinburgh, Glasgow, Belfast City, Dublin, Amsterdam, Berlin Tegel, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Zurich, Nice, Florence, Palma de Mallorca and Ibiza from London City.
  • New routes up in the list are to Newquay, San Sebastian, Rhodes, Perugia, Podgorica, Pristina, Milan Bergamo and more.

The routes majorly are operations from London Heathrow and only a few, in particular, are from Gatwick.

Here is the list of long-haul flights to various destinations, along with the frequency of flights mentioned in accordance.

Toronto – 7x weekly
Montreal – 3x weekly

New York JFK – 14x weekly
Chicago O’Hare – 12x weekly
Boston – 7x weekly
San Francisco – 7x weekly
Los Angeles – 7x weekly
Miami – 7x weekly
Orlando – 7x weekly (Gatwick provisionally from 12 October)
Washington Dulles – 7x weekly
Dallas / Fort Worth – 7x weekly
Seattle – 3x weekly
Houston – 3x weekly
Atlanta – 7x weekly
Philadelphia – 2x weekly

Sao Paulo – 7x weekly
Buenos Aires – 3x weekly
Cancun – 3x weekly (Gatwick provisionally from 17 October)
Mexico City – 4x weekly

Barbados – 7x weekly (Gatwick from 2 October & Heathrow from 17 October)
Bermuda – 4x weekly (Gatwick)
Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands – 2x weekly (Gatwick provisionally from 25 October)
Mauritius – 3x weekly (Gatwick provisionally from 15 October)
St Lucia – 5x weekly (Gatwick)
Antigua – 5x weekly (Gatwick)
Kingston – 3x weekly (Gatwick)
Montego Bay – 2x weekly (new route at Gatwick provisionally from 13 October)
Grenada – 2x weekly (Gatwick from 15 October)
Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago (POS) – 5x weekly (Gatwick provisionally from 25 October)
Trinidad & Tobago (TAB) – 1x weekly (Gatwick provisionally from 26 October)
Saint Kitts – 1x weekly (Gatwick provisionally from 28 October)
Punta Cana – 3x weekly (Gatwick provisionally from 27 October)
Cayman Islands – 0.5x weekly (Heathrow)

Accra – 7x weekly
Abuja – 7x weekly
Lagos – 7x weekly
Nairobi – 5x weekly
Cairo – 7x weekly
Johannesburg – 7x weekly
Cape Town – 7x weekly

Tel Aviv – 7x weekly
Dubai – 7x weekly
Kuwait – 3x weekly
Riyadh – 3x weekly (delayed to 15 October)
Bahrain – 3x weekly

Mumbai – 5x weekly
Delhi – 7x weekly
Bangalore – 4x weekly
Hyderabad – 4x weekly
Chennai – 3x weekly
Islamabad – 7x weekly
Lahore – 4x weekly (new route from 12 October)

Seychelles – 2x weekly (from 10 October)
Mauritius – 3x weekly (Gatwick provisionally from 15 October)
Male – 3x weekly (transfers to Heathrow from 16 October)

Hong Kong – 7x weekly
Singapore – 4x weekly
Tokyo Haneda – 3x weekly
Shanghai – 2x weekly
Kuala Lumpur – 4x weekly

Safety and Precautions

British Airways have been stringent in following strict health protocols to make sure your safety is not compromised.

  • Every seat, screen, seat belt and tray tables are cleaned and disinfected after every flight, along with the cleaning of aircraft all over thoroughly.
  • The air in the cabins gets replaced every 2 to 3 minutes through HEPA filters.
  • At the airport, face masks are mandatory at all times, self-service check-in, minimal contact, hand sanitizers throughout the airport and self-scanning of boarding passes.
  • Amendments in foodservice, thus making sure that you have reduced physical contact with the crew.

British Airways has come up with new solutions and measures in place, with upcoming and looming new uncertainties.

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Aspire for a Brighter Fly – #TakingYouPlaces

The world might be going through a difficult time right now but it is important to hold on to hope in the face of chaos and uncertainty. We know all you want is to escape to some far off place. Life is too short to be living badly. Keep dreaming about that perfect beach holiday or jungle adventure you’ve always wanted to go. This too will pass and the world will be yours to explore. We hope that our blogs offer an escape from everything and keep you inspired. We’re here for you when you’re ready to travel the world again.

Fun & Adventure in New Zealand

From glaciers to beaches, world-class cities to calm landscape, whale-watching to wine-tasting, New Zealand has so much to keep you engaged. It proudly nurtures its native Māori culture and exhibits a rich history with the potential to outrun the world’s pace.

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There’s Nothing Quite Like Australia

An entire continent in itself, Australia is unexpected with iconic cityscapes, marine wildlife and the world’s oldest cultures. The magical beauty of the country isn’t limited to natural paradises but also include manmade wonders like Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, St. Pauls Cathedral, Victoria Harbour and Story Bridge.

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Sri Lanka: A Beach Lover’s Paradise with a Vibrant Culture

With endless beaches, magnificent temples and welcoming people, Sri Lanka is irresistible and waiting to be discovered. The religion has been a vital part of the culture and history of the island nation and that is why several Buddhist temples are found throughout the country. Read all about it here.

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Time to Fulfil Your African Safari Dream

There’s nowhere like Africa on the planet for wildlife. Millions of travellers escape to this beautiful continent to spot the surreal sight of a wide range of wild animals. Prepare to fall in love!

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Guide to Dubai Expo 2020: Everything You Need to Know About This Mega Global Event

Dubai is set to be the first country in the Middle East to host a World Expo event. Starting in October 2020, this will be a celebration of human brilliance, innovation and achievement. A total of 192 countries will be participating and millions of visitors from across the globe are expected to descend on the UAE for this event. It will be your chance to experience the best of art, culture, technology and invention from different corners of the world and set in motion new thoughts and ideas that will impact our lives in the coming years. Every major city across the globe can be easily reached from Dubai, making it a major hub and the perfect hosting nation for the Expo 2020. Dubai will be putting on quite the show, come at the end of 2020. There are three main sub-themes to the event: Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability. Dubai expo 2020 will commence on 20th October 2020 and will end on 10th April 2021. Here is everything you need to know about the Dubai Expo 2020.

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What is Expo 2020?

Expo 2020 Dubai is a world fair or mega international event to showcase and explore the ideas and achievements of nations all around the world. It is a platform where people from every corner of the world come together, connect and share ideas, learn and innovate. A festival is a mega event in terms of size, scale and visitors, promoting progress and innovation. It is also a place where you can come, learn and have fun. Dubai Expo 2020 is the first World Expo to be hosted by an Arab nation and first ever to be held in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region.

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Where in Dubai is the Expo Being Held?

The Expo 2020 site is located in Dubai South, close to Al Maktoum International Airport. It is spread over 4.38 square kilometres of area and has four main entrances. Dubai South holds numerous high-profile exhibitions and events, but Dubai Expo 2020, undoubtedly will be its crowning glory. The Dubai Metro route 2020 will be transferring 46,000 passengers per hour to and from the Expo site in under 16 minutes from Dubai Marina.

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How Can You Reach the Site?

You can reach the Expo site by car in 40 minutes from Downtown Dubai or you can take Dubai Metro to reach the Dubai Metro Station dedicated to Expo 2020 on the route 2020 line.

 Site Opening Hours

  • Weekdays: 9 am-1 am
  • Weekends and special days: 10 am-2 am

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What to Do at the Expo 2020 Dubai?

There will be a variety of things to dazzle you, from music, technology and architecture to gastronomy and entertainment. Get to know Rashid and Latifa, the Expo 2020 Dubai mascots as they embark on an exciting new journey led by Salama the Ghaf tree. A day is not enough to discover the magic of the largest event ever held in the Arab world. This will be a journey where you’ll get to visit 192 different countries and learn all about their history and culture.

Start your day at the Al Wasl Plaza and admire the artwork and interactive installations from local and international artists. You’ll find cutting-edge architecture at every turn including the world’s biggest 360-degree projection surface on the steel dome and the all-natural Opportunity Pavilion made from 2,500 tonnes of stone and 111 km of rope. Enjoy live shows, from operas to pop-up theatres, flash mobs to sports events and enough to make you keep coming back here. For tech enthusiasts, there is a whole new world waiting with autonomous vehicles, robotics, augmented reality and space explorations.

If you’ve seen enough of the Expo 2020 from the ground, get a bird’s eye view of the place from the top of the rotating observation tower. You’ll find Arab-style vistas throughout the site with desert scenes, palm groves, jasmine trees and wadi figs. When tired of all the explorations, sit under the shaded canopies of the Ghaf tree, which is also the national tree of the UAE.

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What to Eat at the Expo 2020?

There are over 200-plus ways to treat your taste buds at the Expo 2020 with food offerings from Dubai and the 190 participating nations, joining this global mega event. Taste dishes from every corner of the world with a variety of options – from street food, haute cuisine and family-friendly meals to sustainable dining and unique culinary dishes prepared from locally-sourced produce that promotes wellness.

You can expect to see the food of all shapes and sizes with cultural influences from around the planet, suiting different budgets. There will be over 200 different restaurants celebrating more than 50 different cuisines from every part of the world.

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Can Kids Visit the Expo Site?

Yes, you can take children to the Expo site. There are two parks – Al Forsan and Jubilee – where children can play.

How to Buy Tickets for Expo 2020?

Tickets will go on sale in April 2020 and you can buy tickets through the Expo 2020 website and at the Expo 2020 gates during the event. However, monthly and season passes are available right now. So if you’re planning to visit Dubai during the Expo 2020, you can easily buy your passes from the website.

How Much are the Tickets?

To access this once-in-a-lifetime experience, you’ll have to shell out Dh120 (USD 33) for a single-day entry ticket, whereas a three-day pass is priced at Dh260 (USD 71) and can be used on any three days during the 173 days of the Expo.

Children under the age of five and seniors over 65 years have free access to the Expo. Youngsters from 6 to 17 years of age and students of any age will receive a 50 per cent discount on the ticket. People of determination or those with special needs will be granted complimentary access, with their carers entering for half price.

Where to Stay for the World Exhibition in Dubai?

It’s a good idea to stay in a hotel that is close to a metro station if you are visiting Dubai during Expo 2020 so that you can directly access the Expo 2020 Pavilion using the metro. This 6-month mega event will be from October 20, 2020, till 10 April 2021, and over 25 million visitors are expected to visit. There are more than 200 international participants, including 190 nations, businesses, non-government organisations and educational institutions. It is a once-in-a-lifetime kind of opportunity where you’ll get to witness the most exciting technology projects and innovations that are happening around the world. The theme of Expo 2020 is “connecting minds, creating the future” and it will attract some of the smartest minds in the world to Dubai. It would be a good idea to have long term accommodation and rent an apartment in Dubai during this period to take full advantage of the Expo 2020.

Is There Any Dress Code for Visitors to Expo 2020 Dubai?

There is no dress code for visitors. Any light, casual and comfortable clothing keeping in mind the sunny weather of the UAE is good. However, you might need slightly warmer clothes such as a jumper during the winter in December and January, or in a place of powerful air conditioning (for example, a cinema or a hotel lobby). Avoid revealing clothes when out in public especially in family-friendly environments such as malls and restaurants and cover your head when you enter a place of worship. Make sure to wear comfortable shoes.

11 Must See Buddhist Temples in Sri Lanka

Buddhism is a major religion in Sri Lanka and approximately 70 per cent of its population practices Theravada Buddhism. The religion has been a vital part of the culture and history of the island nation and that is why several Buddhist temples are found throughout the country. Here, we focus on 10 must-see Buddhist temples in Sri Lanka that speaks about the country’s rich culture and heritage.

1. Dambulla Cave Temple, Dambulla

The Dambulla Cave Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site featuring more than 80 caves in one location is a good preserve and the biggest temple complex in Sri Lanka. It is also known as the Golden Temple of Dambulla. Numerous murals, carvings, statues and paintings depicting the life of Buddha are spread across the five caves. It is estimated that the entire temple complex contains 153 Buddha statues and murals.

Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit this temple is from January to April.

How to Reach: Board a flight to Colombo and from there, take a train to Habarana and finally hop on a cab to Dambulla.

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2. Pidurangala Royal Cave Temple, Pidurangala Village, Matale District

The Pidurangala Royal Cave Temple gets its name from the massive rock named Pidurangala, on which the temple is built. It is an ancient temple in Sri Lanka constructed by King Kashyapa for Buddhist Bhikkus for meditation purposes. Besides, the surrounding scenic views of this ancient Buddhist temple make for a great escape. Due to this, the region is also famous amongst hikers and nature enthusiasts.

Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit this temple is from May to September.

How to Reach: Take a flight to Colombo and from there, board a train to Sigiriya. Stay in Sigiriya and from there you can hire a tuk-tuk to reach Pidurangala Vihara.

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3. Mihintale Temple, Anuradhapura

Mihintale Temple is said to be the place where a Buddhist monk Mahinda and King Devanampiyatissa met and announced the presence of Buddhism in Sri Lanka. The temple has now become a major Buddhist pilgrimage site featuring numerous religious monuments and abandoned structures. Buddhist devotees and tourists from across the world visit this ancient structure. Like most of the Buddhist temples across Sri Lanka, this temple is also a great amalgamation of history and beautiful nature. It is one of the most famous temples in Sri Lanka.

Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit this temple is from April to September.

How to Reach: Take a flight to Colombo, then again a flight to Anuradhapura. The temple is easily accessed from Anuradhapura by hiring a tuk-tuk.

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4. Sri Dalada Maligawa (The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relics), Kandy

Sri Dalada Maligawa temple also known as the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is situated in the city of Kandy, Sri Lanka. The temple is said to contain a tooth of non-other than the Buddha himself. Kandy was also the last capital of the Sinhalese kingdom and is listed into the UNESCO world heritage site, partly because of the presence of the temple. It is one of the most ancient temples in Sri Lanka, attracting a large number of devotees. A visit to the temple is full of excitement as it is filled with numerous statues and relics. Besides the temple, the region is also hailed for its scenic beauty, which attracts nature enthusiasts.

Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit this temple is from December to April.

How to Reach: Board a flight to Colombo to take a train to Kandy, where the temple is located.

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 5. The Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara Temple, Peliyagoda

The Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara Temple is situated 7 miles from Colombo in Viharaya. It is believed that Buddha visited this temple during his third and final visit to Sri Lanka. This is also considered to be the oldest temple in Sri Lanka dating back to 500 B.C. The 18-feet long statue of the Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara is a major attraction. It is said that the original temple was destroyed by Indian invaders and it was later restored to again be destroyed by Portuguese in the 16th century. Later in the 18th century, it was the Dutch who restored the temple.

 Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit this temple is from January to March.

 How to Reach: The temple is located in Colombo and is easily accessible by local means of transport. 

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6. Hendeniya Rajamaha Viharaya, Kandy

Sri Lanka is full of ancient Buddhist rock cave temples and the Hendeniya Rajamaha Viharaya is no exception. This ancient rock temple situated in Udu Nuwara also known as ‘Galgane Vihara’ is 12 km away from Kandy. According to a local mythological story, the temple was constructed by the King Wickremabanhu III for his consort Henekanda Biso Bandara. Again, this temple offers a glimpse of the ancient Buddhist heritage and culture in Sri Lanka.

 Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit this temple is from December to April.

 How to Reach: Board a flight to Colombo, from where you can board a train to Kandy.

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 7. Lankatilaka Vihara, Kandy

Lankatilaka Vihara located in Kandy is encircled by soul-stirring scenery. The temple showcases the brilliant architecture from the 14th century of the Gampola era. Constructed on a natural rock, the temple consists of three sections – the Temple building, the Stupa and the Bo tree. The Buddha Image part of the temple features a wall filled with paintings. The temple also houses a giant golden statue of a sitting Buddha located right at the centre. All the buildings are constructed on a giant rock called Panhalgala Rock.

Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit this temple is from December to April.

 How to Reach: Board a flight to Colombo, from where you can board a train to Kandy.

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 8. Isipathanaramaya Temple, Colombo

The Isipathanaramaya Temple is the most recent one, built-in 1916, spread over 4.9 acres of land. Located on the Isipathana Road, Colombo, the temple is famous for several Buddha statues and carvings on the walls. This modern-day temple also features a fresco, which distinguishes it from other Buddhist temples. It is the calmness and tranquillity which attracts devotees and tourists to this temple.

 Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit this temple is from January to March.

 How to Reach: Take a flight to Colombo and the temple is located on Isipathana Road, Colombo.

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 9. Buduruwagala, Wellawaya

Buduruwagala temple consists of seven Buddha statues carved on a giant rock wall. All these carved statues belong to the Mahayana school of thought and date back to the 10th century. These statues still carry the fine and intricate details offering a glimpse into the rich Buddhist culture and heritage. The largest Buddha statue measure from head to toe is 51 feet (16 m) and is one of the biggest standing Buddha on the island.

 Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit this temple is from June to September.

 How to Reach: Board a flight to Colombo and the closest airport to Wellawaya is Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport.

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10. Embekka Devalaya, Embekka

Embekka Devale temple is yet another magnificent built by the King Vikramabahu III. This shrine is segmented into three sections the “Sanctum of Garagha”, the Digge and the “Hevisi Mandapaya. Every section of this temple is filled with statues, paintings and magnificent wooden carvings. Apart from spirituality and reverence, the temple is also a treat for art enthusiasts.

 Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit this temple is from December to April.

 How to Reach: Take a flight to Colombo and from there, you can board a taxi or a bus to reach Embekka.

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11. Sithulpawwa Rajamaha Viharaya


This is an astonishing Buddhist monastery in Sri Lanka, situated in Hambantota district offers a glimpse of the ancient Anuradhapura-era architecture marvels. The temple derived its name from the word “Chiththala Pabbatha”, which translates into the hill of the quiet mind. It is said that King Kavantissa built this in the 2nd century B.C. WIth its history of over 2200 years, the temple was a vital place of worship amongst devotees and a centre of Buddhist education. Several paintings, images and carvings from the Anuradhapura era can be found in the monastery premises.

Best time – December to March is the ideal time to travel to the ancient Buddhist monastery.

How to reach: Board a flight to Colombo, from there travellers can hire a taxi, bus or car to reach the Buddhist temple. Train services are also available to reach the Sithulpawwa Rajamaha Viharaya.

Sri Lanka is a beautiful melting pot of spectacular natural scenery and old cultural heritage. The best way to experience it is by visiting Buddhist pilgrimage sites in Sri Lanka, as these are wonderful amalgamations of old Buddhist heritage and natural splendour.

10 Best Things to Do & Tourist Attractions in Perth, Australia

Think Australia and the images that come to our mind are of the Great Barrier Reef, Sydney and Melbourne, all of which are on the east coast. Most travellers tend to flock to the east coast but the west coast also has its charm. Perth, the largest city on the west coast is where nature and modern life coexist together. The fourth-most populous city in Australia has no shortage of tourist attractions and if you give it a chance, you’ll be surprised by the variety it offers. From gorgeous beaches to a lively nightlife, you’ll be amazed by the list of what to do in Perth. The city has restored over the years with a series of cafes, restaurants, a waterfront development that looks like the Darling Harbour in Sydney and a great bar scene. With an attractive setting by the Swan River, you’ll find several stunning beaches with tremendous appeal and a lot less crowd than its east coast counterparts. The best time to visit Perth is during the shoulder seasons, spring (September to November) and autumn (March to May).

Here are the top 10 things to do in Perth that should not be missed during your trip to this part of Australia.

1. Enjoy a Cruise on the Swan River

Often called the sunniest capital, Perth is situated along the Swan River linking the suburbs, hills and the ocean. With cultural and environmental significance, the city has been awarded Western Australia’s first heritage icon. On a sunny day, jump on a cruise down the Swan River to see a different side of Perth. You’ll be mesmerised by the magnificent views as you cruise between Perth and the Port of Freemantle. It is also a chance to see the significant attractions of the city such as the soaring glass spire of the Bell Tower, the restored Swan Brewery, Kings Park and many more. Most of the cruises include a wine tasting, a complimentary lunch and some even pay a visit to the winery. A river cruise definitely should be on your list of things to do in Perth when planning a visit.

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2. Meet Baby Kangaroos at Heirisson Island

Located right in the centre of the city in the middle of the Swan River, Heirisson Island is an unexpected treasure and offers a much-needed escape from city life. It is a spot filled with solitude, an array of birds and its population of kangaroos. You’ll have to go through a gate on the western side of the island to get to the roos where you’ll find a fence to stop them wandering to the nearby road. These kangaroos can be difficult to find during the day when they’re usually sleeping, especially when it’s hot outside. When the weather is cool, you can often find them grazing and hopping around. It strange that most people have never heard of this hidden treasure just minutes away from the city. Situated on the Swan River, between East Perth and Victoria Park, this is the place where you can witness kangaroos in their natural habitat. While at this tourist attraction in Perth, don’t forget to take lots of photographs!

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3. Evening Out in Northbridge

Five minutes’ walk away from central Perth, Northbridge is a kaleidoscope of food, arts and vibrant nightlife. It has an eclectic mix of shops, cafes, restaurants and some of the best bars in Western Australia. Home to Perth’s Chinatown, it offers great coffee and brunch options, vintage stores, homewares and small bars, and is a great place to spend time out drinking, dining or simply wandering around. A popular tourist attraction in Perth, Northbridge is also home to Perth’s Cultural Centre which houses the new WA Museum, the State Theatre of Western Australia and the Art Gallery of Western Australia showcasing over 1,000 pieces of national and international art pieces. Spend your days exploring the museums and your evenings eating out and enjoying the lively nightlife.

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4. Shopping at Downtown

When it comes to shopping, Perth has a lot of things to offer. It is home to numerous shopping outlets, from extensive markets to stylish malls. Murray and Hay Street malls are the two main shopping malls in the city which are pedestrian malls and closed to traffic, with a wide range of speciality stores. Myer and David Jones are two main department stores you’ll see in downtown and the suburbs. With several shopping avenues, the question of what to do in Perth does not even exist. Whether you are looking to buy something particular or just want to wander around the clean city, there are plenty of options for everyone and paths to walk along.

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5. See the Bell Tower (Swan Bells)

One of Perth’s most stunning tourist attractions, the Bell Tower overlooks the Swan River and is an important landmark in the city. This is a set of 18 bells hanging in a specially built 271 ft. high copper and glass campanile. It is the second-largest set of ringing bells in the world, the largest being Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, with 19 bells. Dating back to 14th century, it’s worth noting that the bells are not rung by machine but instead by the volunteer members of the St. Martin’s Society of Change Ringers Inc. The bell tower is located at Barrack Square, just a short five-minute walk from the city centre.

6. Explore Kings Park

Kings Park is another place to visit in Perth, where the city meets the nature, offering unique opportunities to its residents and tourists to connect with nature in the heart of Perth, overlooking the Swan River. It is also popular for being home to the Western Australian Botanic Garden. From lovely gardens and walking trails to kid’s playgrounds and picnic spots, you’ll find here something for everyone. Climb the 202 steps of the spiralling DNA Tower to enjoy the spectacular views from the top. You’ll be able to enjoy the views of Kings Park, Botanic Garden and the Swan River and over to Rottnest Island. DNA tower that resembles the DNA molecule was inspired by a staircase in a Chateau at Blois in France. To see the park in full bloom, plan your visit in spring or summerKings Park played a great role in preserving not only European but also Aboriginal heritage. It is extremely significant in the fields of horticulture and quite renowned for its conservation efforts.

7. Explore The Historic Fremantle

The historic seaside port of Fremantle is a suburb of Perth located just 30 minutes from downtown and dotted with numerous cool cafes, bars and seafood restaurants. Renowned for its street buzz and an eclectic mix of art and culture, it is one of the world’s best-preserved examples of a 19th-century port streetscape complete with its heritage buildings and fascinating maritime history. Experience the wonderful nightlife by visiting its clubs and bars that play live music until the early hours. If you still have energy left dancing through the night, drop at one of the cafés for morning coffee.

8. Caversham Wildlife Park

Situated just 25 minutes East of Perth, Caversham Wildlife Park is easily accessible by car and offers a chance to get up close to some of the extraordinary Aussie Wildlife. One of the top places to visit in Perth, this park is home to over 2,000 distinctive animals and over 200 species of fauna. Here, you can feed kangaroos, stroke a koala and click photos with a wombat. You get to see the animals that you probably haven’t even heard of such as flying foxes, kookaburras, cassowaries, quokkas, echidnas and more. A visit to Caversham is incomplete without a visit to Molly’s Farm, which is an interactive farmyard where one can feed the animals. Also watch the farm show where you get to witness sheep shearing, sheepdogs mustering the sheep and also get to meet a stockman on a horse.

9. Hit the Gorgeous Beaches

Beaches are one of the best perks of living in Perth. One not only gets to enjoy the crystal-clear blue waters and white sands but do it without the huge crowds that you see elsewhere. Perth is one of the world’s most isolated cities and a great place to enjoy the laidback lifestyle. Cottesloe Beach, Mullaloo Beach, Scarborough and City Beach are some of the popular beaches in the city.

Cottesloe Beach or as the locals refer to it ‘Cott’, is only 20 minutes away from the city and extremely popular because of its laid-back surf culture and crystal-clear waters. The beach is ideal for swimming, dolphin-spotting and snorkelling. Mullaloo Beach and Scarborough are favourites amongst families. With barbeques and sheltered benches for a picnic, it is ideal for families and kids. There is even a kid’s playground. City Beach is fantastic for surfers with constant strong waves. There are plenty of open-air cafes and seafood restaurants overlooking the ocean.

10. Day trip to Rottnest Island

Located 18 kilometres off the coast of Perth City, Rottnest Island is an incredible beach getaway with over 60 picturesque beaches and bays. Also called Root by the locals, it is best explored on a bicycle as there are no cars on the island. The island earned its name in 1696 from the Dutch explorer Willem de Vlamingh, who visited the island and mistook its strange marsupial population for common rats and named it Rottnest meaning ‘rat’s nest’. Today, one of the main attractions for visitors to this island is having a photo taken alongside the ‘rats’, known as Quokkas. Other activities on the island include tennis and golf as well as fishing, snorkelling, kayaking and diving.