The Captivating Natural Beauty And Treasures Of Sri Lanka Left The Legendary 13th-Century Explorer Marco Polo Entranced.
A small island nation located south of India in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, is a land of rainforests, diverse wildlife and boundless beaches. It’s famed for its ancient Buddhist ruins, including the 5th-century citadel Sigiriya, with its palace and unique frescoes, and the famous sacred city of Anuradhapura. Its fulfilling cuisine reflects its history as a maritime hub and cultural melting pot.
The land of tropical beauty and a thousand breathtaking views, Sri Lanka is a feast for the eyes. Sri Lanka offers a nature’s bounty in abundance with the never ending stretches of coconut fringed beaches, the stunning underwater coral sea-scapes and cascading waterfalls. Add to this, the colourful festivals and magnificent ancient cities, Sri Lanka is a tropical paradise waiting to be explored.
Sri Lanka is the ideal destination for those wishing to savour the exotic delights and lush landscape of the Indian sub-continent. For fantastic cooking, exciting wildlife and well tended national parks, Sri Lanka is hard to beat.
- Sri Lanka was the first country in the world to have a democratically elected head of state who was a woman.
- Sri Lanka is often known as the Pearl of the Indian Ocean.
- There are plenty of waterfalls in Sri Lanka, and the majority of the country’s electricity is hyrdro-powered.
- Kandy’s Temple of the Tooth (where the relic of the tooth of Buddha is housed), is the most sacred Buddhist site in the world.
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Sri Lanka Has A Warm Temperature All Year-Round. December To March Is The Most Popular Time To Visit.
Rain tends to be experienced off and on during April and June, and again in October and November generally across Sri Lanka. With temperatures of between 20C and 27C for most of the year, the Sri Lankan climate is reliably warm. A sunny beach somewhere on the island is virtually assured.
Another factor governing the decision of just when to go is the timing of the Kandy Esala Perahera.
This festival, lasting for ten days, falls in July/August. A Buddhist celebration, both it and its companion festival in the south – the Kataragama festival – put considerable pressure on accommodation.
Sri Lanka's National Parks Thrive With Fascinating Wildlife, Including Hundreds Of Elephants And The World's Most Dense Population Of Leopards.
World Class Diving
Sri Lanka is a must for those who enjoy diving. Divers are served by a the substantial coral reef surrounding most of Sri Lanka, making it ideal for diving.
Activities & Accommodation
All over Sri Lanka, a range of activities can be enjoyed, from mountain biking, jeep safaris and hot air ballooning trips, to white-water rafting, canoeing, horse-riding and rides on elephants.
Accommodation choices range from boutique resorts and luxurious romantic retreats to family-friendly and budget conscious options.
Whale & Dolphin Watching
Take to the ocean and go in search of the magnificent Blue Whale, Sperm Whales and pods of acrobatic spinner Dolphins.
One of Sri Lanka’s prime pilgrimage sites, this soaring summit bears the revered impression of what is said to be the Buddha’s own footprint, and offers the island’s most magical – and enigmatic views.
Yala National Park
Sri Lanka’s most popular and enriching national park, home to a huge range of biodiversity, including birds, monkeys, crocodiles and elephants, as well as the island’s largest population of leopards.
This vast and mysterious ruined city bears witness to the great Sinhalese civilization that flourished here for some two thousand years.
Climb the towering rock of Sigiriya. Home to the fascinating remains of one of the island’s former capitals, complete with ancient graffiti and intricate water gardens.
Quite simply the island’s magnificent and finest collection of ancient Sinhalese art and architecture.
- Cinnamon originated in Sri Lanka and was discovered by the Egyptians.
- Sri Lanka is the largest exporter of tea in the world.
- One of the best ways to see Sri Lanka is to jump in a traditional tuk-tuk and ask the driver to take you to his favourite places and the countries hidden gems.
- Sri Lanka achieved independence from Britain in 1948, and did away with its colonial name, Ceylon, in 1972.