Sri Lanka is an island geographically located in the Indian Ocean in South Asia. Few places in the world can offer the traveller such a remarkable combination of stunning landscapes, pristine beaches, captivating cultural heritage and unique experiences within such a compact location. The tropical island nation of Sri Lanka has a remarkable ancient history. It is the place where the original soul of Buddhism still flourishes and where nature’s beauty is magical. There are not many places in the world that can offer the traveller such a remarkable combination of stunning landscapes, gorgeous beaches, captivating cultural heritage and unique experiences within such a small location. In a mere area of 65,610 kilometers lie 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, 1,330 kilometers of coastline – most of it beach – 15 national parks with an abundance of wildlife, nearly 500,000 acres of tea estates, 250 acres of botanical gardens, 350 waterfalls, 25,000 water bodies, and a culture that extends back to over 2,500 years. This is an island of magical proportions, once known as the Pearl of the Indian Ocean.
Sri Lanka is well known for its idyllic and beautiful beaches. That is one of the reasons why it is such a popular destination amongst tourists. It has an endless number of high end beaches, some considered the most beautiful of the world.
Whether you are looking for beaches to surf, white sand, palm trees or romantic sunsets, Sri Lanka is the place to visit.
Wild Life in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka’s wildlife is as varied as the island itself, ranging from elephants and leopards to marine life as well as a vast number of different birds. Sri Lanka is one of the best places in the world to see whales, including the mighty blue whale. Namely Yala, Wasgamuwa, Wilpattu, Udawalaw, Bundala, National Parks, as well as the Kaudulla nature reserve, Maduru Oya National Park and Minneriya National Park are beautiful places to visit.
History of Sri Lanka
Home to one of the oldest civilizations in Asia, the Ancient Cities of Sri Lanka are a must see for anyone visiting this paradise island where the earliest remains where found about 35,000 years ago. Places such as The Sigiriya Rock Fortress, the ancient city of Polonnaruwa, the sacred city of Anuradhapura and many more, are examples of the historical beauty of Sri Lanka.
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