Often referred to as the Pearl of the Indian Ocean Sri Lanka has earned this name from its unique teardrop shape, a precious jewel home to serene beaches, lush forests, a rich heritage and above all, the most hospitable people, making it a popular tourist destination in the South Asian region. Sri Lanka was ranked the #1 destination for travel in 2019 on Lonely Planet’s annual publication, “Best in Travel” and as stated by the Lonely Planet spokesperson Chris Zeiher, “Whether you’re a family traveller or an adrenaline junkie, a wellness seeker or a foodie, in Sri Lanka you’ll find all the magic you’d expect from South Asia bundled into a resurgent, medium-sized island-nation that’s friendlier and – with improved tourism infrastructure and transportation – more accessible in 2019 than ever before.” With a multicultural population of 22 million, Sri Lanka is known for its smiling, happy people; a trait renowned the world over.
Our pristine beaches around the island from Trincomalee, Arugambay, Kalpitiya, Hikkaduwa and Mirissa have much to offer from snorkeling to whale watching to surfing and even just relaxing. The cooler climes of the central part of the island are dotted with picturesque mountain ranges, waterfalls and botanical gardens that have the power to mesmerize the beholder of all this natural beauty. Some of our key heritage sites include Buddhist temples that are over 2000 years old and ruins of ancient kingdoms in Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and Kandy. Of these locations, the Sigirya rock fortress is a UNESCO ratified heritage site often proclaimed as the 8th Wonder of the World for its advanced architectural features and famous paintings. Our island nation also boasts of its verdant forests rich in biodiversity and endemic flora and fauna as seen in the Sinharaja Rainforest and the wildlife sanctuaries in Yala, Wilpattu, Udawalawe and Wasgamuwa. Additionally, Colombo, our commercial capital, is home to high quality hotels and restaurants that serve a varied cuisine, vast shopping malls all of which to suit any budget and of course, a buzzing nightlife if you’re a party animal!
With three international airports in Katunayake, Mattala and Jaffna, a good internal transport system and the availability of many knowledgeable tour guides across the country, Sri Lanka is the ideal destination for your next vacation.