An island paradise full of unexpected surprises, Sri Lanka provides an enchanting getaway that offers a whole new perspective on the world we live in. Destinations within the island are unique from one another, be it local traditions, natural landscapes, wildlife or even beaches, all offering one of a kind escapes that provide an insight into what has made this nation the “Wonder of Asia”.
One of the few countries practicing Theravada Buddhism, Sri Lanka has a rich history and heritage that is very much a part of the country’s culture. The Cultural Triangle where you will find three UNESCO World Heritage Sites namely the iconic Sigiriya Rock Fortress and the ancient kingdoms of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa with their stunning monuments, temples and palace ruins.
Of course part of Sri Lanka’s charm is its dazzling coastline where one will find pristine beaches that provide an idyllic getaway with plenty of fun in the sun, sand and surf. Take part in thrilling water sports in South Coast beaches, catch magical sunsets along the West Coast and wake up to the sight of a captivating sunrise in the bewitching East Coast.
Moving further inland will bring you to the country’s majestic Hill Country where you will be greeted by breathtaking vistas of mountains and lush green tea plantations. Amidst this awe-inspiring scenery one will find the ancient hill capital Kandy, home to the famed Temple of The Tooth. Afterwards, head to the town of Nuwara Eliya with its old world colonial charm.
Sri Lanka is also known for its exotic wildlife which can be observed at the country’s National Parks; enjoy leopard safaris in Yala, witness the famous elephant gathering in Minneriya and take part in some bird watching in Bundala. Nature lovers and thrill seekers have much to look forward to with everything from white water rafting in Kithulgala to trekking along the Knuckles Mountain Range providing adventures to last a lifetime.