This mango-shaped Indian Ocean island is a bountiful and spirited nation, overflowing with natural wonders, abundant wildlife, sumptuous cuisine, ancient UNESCO World Heritage sites and a rich cultural legacy. From the cool colonial tea country and cultural triangle in the country’s interior, to the curvaceous golden sands on the coast, and the plentiful national parks home to some of the best wildlife in Asia.
Sri Lanka simply has it all, few places in the world offer such diversity. Formerly known as Ceylon, Sri Lanka’s relatively small belies its enormously varied landscape, and our Sri Lanka custom-made tours can be as busy or as relaxed as you wish. A Wildlife holiday will take you through the dense jungles of Yala or Kumana National Park, home to shy leopards and wild elephants. Explore the empty caramel beaches with beautiful boutique hotels on the southwest coast, perfectly secluded for a relaxing Sri Lankan beach holiday or discover the monasteries and temples in the north, peopled by saffron-clad monks, followed by the cool misty mountains in the hill country, contoured with tea and dotted with the bright saris of pickers for an alternative luxury honeymoon. The picturesque 17th century Dutch walled fort town of Galle, described by some as the St. Tropez of Asia, offers a slower pace of life,combined the busy city of Colombo is home to brilliant shopping, world-class restaurants and a bustling art scene makes for an excellent city break. Such great variety on such a small island means Sri Lanka is the perfect destination for a family adventure, with plenty to occupy all the brood. For those looking for a cultural break, a Sri Lankan bespoke tour can seamlessly combine colonial history, the legacy of the Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa, the ancient cities of Polonnaruwa, Dambulla and Anuradhapura – which form Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle – the old capital of Kandy and the hill station of Nuwara Eliya.
Sri Lankans are incredibly warm and friendly, and bright smiles are everywhere-don’t be surprised if a stranger invites you home for tea or to a family meal, it’s quite normal!
|Capital||Colombo | Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte, or Kotte|
|Official Language||Sinhala & Tamil|
|Currency||Sri Lankan rupee|
|Area (km2)||65,610 km2|