Hanging like a teardrop below India, Sri Lanka is a country of World Heritage sites, sugar-white beaches and bucolic beauty..
While Sri Lanka’s future revolves around upmarket hotels and lovely beaches, it’s the country’s past that interests so many travellers who come to its shores. On this small island there are eight World Heritage sites to explore, but the legacy of the country is so much more than ancient monuments.
The really fascinating aspects of Sri Lanka are the traditions and customs that have been handed down. It’s a place to learn and be enthralled by what you’re learning.
Sri Lanka’s history and culture reflects its proximity to India. You’ll find a strong appreciation for tea and an emphasis on the customs of the past. The majority of the country is Buddhist, with large minorities of Hindus, Muslims and Christians.
Why visit Sri Lanka?
There are eight UNESCO World Heritage sites each worth setting aside some time to see
Sri Lanka takes pride in its festivals, the most famous of which is the Kandy Esala Perahera, a parade showcasing dancing, drumming and Buddhist traditions
Sri Lanka’s abundance of elephants means you can get the opportunity to experience a ride on the back of one of these magnificent creatures
Lovely resorts set on fine beaches that are easy travelling distance from incredible cultural sites – the south west coast is truly stunning and makes for a perfect tranquil beach holiday
Many choose to experience Sri Lanka in two parts; usually a fascinating tour allowing you to take in all the sights of the north, followed by a beach break on the east, west or south coasts.