Sri Lanka has seduced travellers for centuries. Marco Polo described it as the finest island of its size in the world, while successive waves of Indian, Arab and European traders and adventurers flocked to its palm-fringed shores, attracted by reports of rare spices, precious stones and magnificent elephants. A land rich in culture and history, home to some ancient kingdoms that date back as far as 3000 years such as the Kingdom of Anuradhapura, one of the oldest and still inhabited cities in the world. Sri Lanka also posses a wealth of stunning landscapes ranging from cascading waterfalls, lush forests, glistening beaches and jagged mountain peaks.
Each region within the country offers a different appeal where you’ll find natural wonders in the central highlands, colorful temples scattered across the north and colonial heritage in the west. Adrenaline junkies will be spoiled for choice with a full range of activities from watersports to trekking through exotic lands. Elsewhere the forests of Yala, Udawalawe and other national parks teem with monkeys, leopards and wild elephants, while sea turtles, dolphins and blue whales can be spotted around the coast. With a passion for the spices and tea that the land is famed for, the locals exude a sense of warmth and welcome to travelers from all over the world, adding a perfect finishing touch to your already otherwise fantastic vacation.
Things not to miss in Sri Lanka
Watch a cricket game (or play it)
Hike Adam’s Peak
Yala National Park
Eat rice and curry
Whale and Dolphin Watching
Best time to travel to Sri Lanka
Nov – May