Why Visit Sri Lanka

The island of Sri Lanka is one of the largest islands in the Indian Ocean, located nearly 32 kilometers off the southeast tip of India between a chain of tiny islands known as Adam's Bridge. You can see the Bay of Bengal to the south west part of Sri Lanka, and the Arabian Sea on the south west. Covering a total land area of 65,610 square kilometers, Sri Lanka is home to more than 20 million inhabitants. It is a tourist paradise with an abundance of tourist attractions like the sunny beaches, glorious ancient cities, salubrious hill country, beautiful fauna & flora, exquisite handicrafts, world renowned gems, traditional dance & drama, colourful festivals, smiling people and not forgetting the mouth watering Sri Lankan cuisine.

Sri Lanka has glorious, golden beaches that lead to the shimmering, turquoise Indian Ocean but it also has so much more. This island is filled with breathtaking landscapes that vary so drastically it may seem as if you are in a completely different country. Within hours of each other, visitors to Sri Lanka can travel between warm, breezy beaches, cool, misty climates and dense virgin rainforests.

The combination of cultures which influenced Sri Lanka’s past has made it a hub for a variety of foods, religions and arts. Colombo, the capital city, brings together many of these aspects as people from various cultures and religions combine to live and work together, creating a unique culture in its own. Buddhist shrines and temples can be seen throughout the island as a mosque towers in the background and the bells of a church ring in the distance.

We are also blessed with abundant natural beauty including ten UNESCO World Heritage sites – the Sigiriya Rock Fortress, the Galle Fortifications, Knuckles Mountain Range, the Dambulla Cave Temples, the Sinharaja Forest Reserve, Adams Peak, Horton Plains National Park, the ancient city of Pollonaruwa, the regal city of Anuradhapura and the sacred city of Kandy. These sites are scattered throughout the island and each of them has a unique history which gives a more in-depth understanding of Sri Lanka.