From palm fringed, sundrenched shores to emerald mountains blanketed in mist, Sri Lanka is a tropical escape like no other. Part of the island’s charm is its diversity not just in terms of landscapes, but its multicultural communities that are interlinked to the country’s identity. Holidays to Sri Lanka can be as adventurous or as laidback as travellers want them to be, with something new to discover each time you visit.
The South Coast is famed the world over for featuring some of the world’s best beaches where there is plenty of fun in the sun along with an array of water sports. A drive from the coast to Sri Lanka’s central region will see you soon making an ascent to cooler climes. Mountains covered in lush tea plantations, cascading waterfalls, colonial charm and breathtaking vistas abound in this hilly hideaway.
The country’s Cultural Triangle is steeped in a rich history and heritage from kingdoms of ages past. Grand palace ruins, awe-inspiring temples and remarkable Buddhist monuments are to be found at the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa, while the monumental Sigiriya Fortress is a stunning architectural marvel shaped out of a towering rock.
A walk on the wild side awaits those who venture to Sri Lanka’s National Parks where exotic wildlife roam. The Sinharaja Rainforest is a Biosphere Reserve which is rich in endemic flora, while thrilling leopard safaris at Yala and Wilpattu, the renowned “Gathering” of elephants at Minneriya and witnessing majestic blue whales swim wild and free are amongst the unforgettable wildlife experiences in this enchanting isle.