Sri Lanka’s cultural depth is recognized by UNESCO, which has declared six archaeological World Heritage Sites in the country. Polonnaruwa, Anuradhapura, Yapahuwa, Dambulla cave temples, Sigiriya are some of the few of the historical attractions that will add unforgettable moments to your holiday in Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka possesses a high degree of biodiversity with 13% of Sri Lanka conserved as national parks, reserves, sanctuaries and jungle corridors. From mighty elephants, elusive leopards to exotic birds, Sri Lanka is a haven for animal enthusiasts.
Sri Lanka’s ancient civilization endows the island with a legacy of colourful festivals relating to the Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim and Christian religions. Furthermore, these festivals are commemorated with the flair for pageantry and ritual.
Sri Lanka has always been a place that refreshes not just the mind and body, but also the soul and spirit. And for thousands of years, the most popular method used to restore and rejuvenate tired
bodies and weary souls has been Ayurveda.
The vibrant and unique culture of Sri Lanka is a beautiful mingle of several cultures including Sinhala, Tamil, Muslim and Christians. The 2,500-year-old history and influence of several religions, invasions and colonization of three different nations have strengthened the identity of Sri Lanka’s culture. Rituals and traditions play an important role in declaring the identity of the culture while unique aesthetics such as traditional dancing, music, arts and sculptures enhance the beauty of it.
The cultivation of many types of rice, spices, vegetables and fruit, coupled with past foreign influences, ensures that Sri Lanka enjoys a varied and select cuisine. The staple food of the island is rice and curry, which is the number one dish you should try in your visit to Sri Lanka. Apart from that, Hoppers, Pittu, String Hoppers, Koththu Roti and Wade are some of the must eats you should try, to catch the true tastes of Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka is an island that promises all kinds of adventures. This little nation of the magnificent vistas and awesome adventures has something for all the adventurers that go seeking their adrenalin fix to Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka has something for everyone in terms of adventure – be it surfing, diving, snorkelling, white water rafting, canoeing, skydiving, bungy jumping, trekking or hiking – Sri Lanka has got you covered.
With nearly 1,600 kms. of palm fringed coastline baked to perfection surrounding the country, Sri Lanka is the ideal destination for beach bums worldwide. The two monsoon winds providing rain to the two corners of the country at various periods makes Sri Lanka’s beach holiday a year round prospect. Lush green mountain ranges enveloped with mist, cascading waterfalls with rainbows, tea plantations blanketing lands that run till your eyes can see, the cool climate of the hill country screaming mysteriousness, beauty and serenity at the same time, makes another great reason to visit Sri Lanka.
Shopping in Sri Lanka can take many forms: haggling with a handicraft-seller while sunbathing on the beach; choosing fruit from the traditional village store, checking out the bargain-priced latest international fashions while enjoying the ambience of a luxurious shopping centre in Colombo or admiring longingly at craftsmanship of the Noritake Lanka Porcelain company’s porcelainware that has earned a reputation in international market for standard and quality.
Sri Lanka is known for its rich Buddhist culture and history and offers many places of religious and historic significance.
Sri Lanka was considered the lost paradise by many a globe trotters who fell upon the country, because it is filled with romantic landscapes, with pictures of stirring mountains carpeted with lush green tea gardens, roaring waterfalls mingling with the clouds and highlands shimmering in sunlight and disappearing under the rising mist.