The serene beaches, golden sands, deep blue sea, long stretches of coconut tree and a beautiful countryside beckons you to a paradise on earth, Sri Lanka. Located in South Asia, Sri Lanka is a teardrop shaped island surrounded by the Indian Ocean and Bay of Bengal. Colombo is the capital city and the business and commercial hub. The places of visit are Buddhists Temples, archeological sites, museums, beaches, national parks and forests.
The ancient cities and the historical ruins dating back over two thousand years proves the ancient civilizations of Sri Lanka. Anuradhapura was the ancient capital and was the world trade centre. Polonnaruwa houses some of the oldest monuments built by the Cholas. Sigiriya Lion Rock, also called Simha-giri built on top of a mountain reveals the glorious Sinhalese civilization era. It is one of the best preserved archeological sites and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The preserved remnants showcase the complex engineering skills and irrigation works of the yesteryears. Dambulla is known as the city of cave temples, that encompasses 153 statutes and paintings of Lord Buddha and murals of Hindu Gods and Goddess. Kandy was the last royal capital of Sri Lanka and is famous for the Sacred Temple of the Tooth.
Sri Lanka today has emerged as one of the most favoured destination because of its exotic location. Explore the rainforests, coral reefs, National Parks, the beaches, wildlife and more. Enjoy the breath taking view of the rolling hills, the lush green landscape or trek along the mountain range. The island is known for its eco-tourism and abundant flora and fauna. The Yala National Park is home to the largest population of leopards. Other animals that can be found include the Asiatic elephant, deer, sloth bear and crocodiles. Sri Lanka is also a bird’s paradise and a treasure-trove for the bird watchers. Winter brings in the migrants from as far as Siberia.
Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage approx. 55 miles from Colombo is an orphanage and captive breeding ground for Asiatic elephants. It is known to have the largest herd of elephants in the world and is one of the greatest tourist attractions. Watch the huge elephants being bathed, baby jumbos bottle-fed and splashing in the pool.
The beaches in Sri Lanka promises peace, tranquility and serenity. Walk bare-foot along the stretches of the indigo-blue water of Unawatuna Beach and unwind yourself. Surf along the picturesque location of Arugam Bay known to be the best destination for surfers. Visit Hikkaduwa beach for beach-biking, scuba-diving and discover the lovely and colourful coral reefs. Visit the luxurious spas and the Ayurveda massage centers for rejuvenation of mind and body.
The cuisine in Sri Lanka is influenced by the South Indians, the Dutch and the Portuguese. Rice is their staple food and you can find a variety of dishes made up of rice. Fish and coconut is widely used in most of the dishes. Taste the hot and spicy local delicacies that will leave you wanting for more.
Sri Lanka is famous for authentic gemstones and jewelry. Ceylon gems are known for its clarity, colour and durability. You can find a variety of gemstones like moonstones, topaz, sapphires, Rubies, Aquamarines and Cats Eye. The island is also famous for producing the finest aromatic Ceylon tea. Also, shop for silverware, brassware, clothing, antiques, crockery set and goods handmade by the local craftsmen. Sri Lanka is famous for authentic gemstones and jewelry. Ceylon gems are known for its clarity, colour and durability. You can find a variety of gemstones like moonstones, topaz, sapphires, Rubies, Aquamarines and Cats Eye. The island is also famous for producing the finest aromatic Ceylon tea. Also, shop for silverware, brassware, clothing, antiques, crockery set and goods handmade by the local craftsmen.