Discover Sri Lanka

Maintaining such a pristine natural beauty, it’s hard to believe that Sri Lanka has a heritage that spans back more than 2,000 years.

Home to endless beaches, age-old ruins, awe-inspiring landscapes, exciting wildlife, flavourful food and friendly communities, post-war and post-tsunami Sri Lanka is a magnificent holiday hotspot.

Verdant and flanked by the blue waters of the Indian Ocean and the Bay of Bengal, Sri Lanka is home to a spectacular landscape. A land of dewy highlands, tea plantations, thick jungles, national parks and exquisite beaches, Sri Lanka is a thrilling natural playground.

Enlist on a wildlife safari in Minneriya National Park, and marvel at elephants as they assemble in the sun. Experience firsthand the world’s oldest living tree, the sacred Bo Tree, in the ancient district of Anuradhapura. Trek into the hills to the religious city of Kandy, discovering beautiful botanical gardens and lush tea plantations along the way.

Relax on one of the many stunningly white and virtually unspoilt beaches that fringe the country. Snorkel the reef off Nilaveli and encounter marine life like turtles and sharks. Discover the secret surfing spots of the south and east coasts  surfers from around the world flock to breaks between Arugam Bay and Hikkaduwa.

Maintaining such a pristine natural beauty, it is hard to believe that Sri Lanka has a heritage that spans back more than 2,000 years.

Owing to millenniums of history, Sri Lanka features eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites  a great number considering the small size of the country. Mystery and intrigue surrounds ancient constructions like the castle of Sigiriya and the city of Polonnaruwa. The ruins of Anuradhapura offer insight into the country’s Great Civilization. While Sri Dalada Maligawa is revered and regarded as the foremost sacred place of worship in the Buddhist world; home of the most venerated object of worship for Buddhists, the left canine tooth of Buddha.

Elements of Sri Lanka’s ancient traditions and customs are still alive today, as reverent locals have managed to keep the nation’s long-established culture alive and vibrant, even in emerging and cosmopolitan cities like Colombo and Galle.

Discover Sri Lanka

Words by Alice Nash - Published 29 October 2012
Quick Facts 
Population Approx. 700,000
Area 675 km2 (Colombo District)
Time Zone GMT + 5:30
Languages Sinhala (official and national language), Tamil (national language)
Currency Sri Lankan Rupee (KRW)
Electricity 230V 50Hz
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