With nearly 1600 km of palm fringed coastline baked to perfection surrounding the country, Sri Lanka is the ideal destination for beach bums worldwide. May it be windsurfing, kayaking, yachting, water skiing, scuba diving or just lazing around for the perfect tan, Sri Lanka offers it all.
With a history spanning over 3000 years, Sri Lanka is home to some of the world’s most ancient cities including Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa, with their once glorious townships, palaces, temples, monasteries, hospitals and theaters intricately carved and modeled out of stone lying abandoned and forgotten in time amidst the soaring jungles.
With varying climates and geography packed into a small island, Sri Lanka offers a range of adventures from the top of the mountains to the depths of the oceans. With a multitude of roads winding through expanding mountains, lush green forests, paddy fields, parks and sleepy villages, Sri Lanka also offers many opportunities to keen hikers and trekkers. Trail blazing through the tracks and paths on horse or elephant back is a novel experience.
Despite its small size, Sri Lanka boasts of one of the highest rates of biological endemism and biodiversity in the world whether in plants or animals, and is included among the top five biodiversity hotspots in the world.
Sri Lanka has continued to inspire and heal many who travelled to its shores ever since its existence was known to the world. Many who set foot on the island had considered it part of a divine existence. Sri Lanka still continues to wrap its charm around its visitors, capturing their imagination with sights, sounds and flavors. Sri Lankan cuisines are a hidden treat to many, while Ayurveda and meditation continues to heal the bodies and minds worn out with the cares of life.
Sri Lanka is filled with romantic landscapes, governed by rising mountains, lush forests, ocean like tanks and gushing waterfalls, so much so that it was considered the lost paradise by many a globe trotter, who fell upon the country. The golden beaches of the country have been praised for their picture postcard views since eternity. The dusk and dawn and many human activities connected to these times of the day creates a vibrant picture along the coasts of Sri Lanka.
Despite its fame as the resplendent island and a leading tourist destination, the secret of Sri Lanka’s attraction lies in its people. The people of Sri Lanka are famed for their big smiles and even bigger hearts. With a culture enriched with three thousand years of knowledge, spirituality, Buddhism and many a colonial tradition, Sri Lankan society is a potpourri of religions and races different yet similar in many ways.
One of the most prominent features of this beautiful island country is its colourful festivals, which is one of the main tourist attractions. With a population composed of many races and religions, Sri Lanka is never short of festivals and celebrations. Every month brings a celebration of either religious or cultural importance, making Sri Lanka a country with the highest number of celebrations and festivals.