Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is an island of enormous diversity which is sure to reward you with many delightful experiences. Whether you are looking to immerse yourself in the island's fascinating history, learn about the tea industry, watch for wildlife or relax at a beach resort, you can find them all here.

Historical Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka has a long and rich history with many well preserved sites across the island. Lion’s Rock Fortress in Sigiriya was built by King Kasyapa in the 5th century and is perched precariously atop a sheer-sided rock that rises abruptly from the surrounding plain. Nearby is the Dambulla Rock Temple built in the 3rd century BC, which has five caves containing numerous statues and paintings of Buddha.

Visit Kandy to discover the Temple of the Tooth which is said to hold a tooth from Buddha that was rescued from his funeral pyre. Also see the remains of the Royal Palace and explore the botanical gardens.

National Parks

One of the most important national parks in Sri Lanka is at Yala on the south coast. This reserve is noted both for its elephant population and also having one of the highest concentrations of leopards in the world. Also look out for spotted deer, wild boar, crocodiles, water buffalo and monkeys. Nearby is Udawalawe Elephant Transit Home which specialises in elephant welfare and conservation including caring for orphaned animals.

At Sinharaja Forest Reserve a small part of the virgin rainforest has been preserved. This is an important biosphere reserve that protects the endemic species and the original vegetation.

Nuwara Eliya

This town in the hill country is sometimes referred to as Sri Lanka’s Little England. It is here that the British could relax in the temperate climate and create a piece of home, with many of the original colonial buildings still remaining today.

Nuwara Eliya is the centre of the tea industry in Sri Lanka and to discover more visit a tea plantation and factory.

Beach Stays

As an island, Sri Lanka offers a lot of opportunity for staying by the sea. There are numerous sandy shores and also the opportunity to combine with other activities.

At Bentota you can explore the wetlands and mangroves, while in Galle you can discover the historical Dutch Fort and maybe see the famous stilt fishermen. But we understand if you just want to relax on the beach.

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