Why Visit Sri Lanka?


 The country boasts six archaeological UNESCO World Heritage Sites. From the sacred city of Anuradhapura with its enormous dagobas (domes) to the golden temple of Dambulla and the dramatic rock of Sigiriya, to the colonial grandeur of Galle, Sri Lanka’s rich history is evident everywhere. 




The island is home to a wonderful and diverse range of flora and fauna, many species of which are endemic or rare. The highest concentration of Asian elephant is found in Udawalawe National Park, and if you head to Yala National Park you may be lucky enough to spot a leopard along with crocodile, sloth bears, jackals, toque monkeys and a dazzling array of birdlife. The world’s largest populations of blue and sperm whales are also found here – take a boat from Mirissa to see these majestic mammals. 


You’ll find some of the Indian Ocean’s finest beaches around the very long Sri Lankan coastline. Fringed with swaying palms, there are beaches for lounging on or surfing, long and deserted stretches where each morning you’ll see fishermen return with their catch, or lively, beach bar lined ones. 





One of the most spectacular ways to see the island is by train. Dissecting the island, from the coast to the highlands, through rainforest, tea plantations, over vast gorges, or along the coast, these journeys are wonderfully slow and very evocative.  





With its colonial influences, fertile lands rich in spices and tropical fruit, the country enjoys a delicious and varied cuisine. Fresh seafood is the staple of many a menu, along with delicately spiced curries.