DISCOVER SRI LANKA
A Tiny Island with Miraculous Views!
Sri Lanka is a gorgeous mélange of golden sandy beaches, warm tropical climate, azure blue waters, and lush greenery all around. Popularly known as ‘One of the Most Scenic Countries in the World’, this island country is in South Asia is perched atop the Indian Ocean, positioned to the southeast of the Arabian Sea and the southwest of the Bay of Bengal, and separated from peninsular India by the Palk Strait.
It is a densely populated country with a majority of its population dependent on agriculture for their livelihood. A wide-ranging physical environment with remnants of history makes Sri Lanka one of the world’s most scenic countries. The list of must-visit places like Kandy for the “Tooth relic”, Galle-the fortified old city on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka which was founded by Portuguese colonists in the 16th century, Trincomalee, Hikkaduwa, Unawatuna, Beruwala for its beautiful beaches, Nuwara Eliya renowned for its tea plantations- the list is endless and they will all leave you enthralled.
This country is also the home of many ethnic groups, each carrying a distinct and different heritage established in varied cultural landscapes.
CULTURAL TOURS IN SRI LANKA
The ancient cities of Dambulla, Polonnaruwa, and Anuradhapura, with their significant colonial history, form a cultural triangle and act as a major tourist destination of Sri Lanka.
Anuradhapura, recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was Sri Lanka’s first capital. Founded in 5th Century B.C., this great civilization was mathematically advanced with accurate hydraulic irrigation feats, large reservoirs, irrigation canals & waterways, massive tanks, and ornamental ponds- attractions that speak volumes about the ancient engineering capabilities of Sri Lanka. It is also filled with architectural marvels like colossal dagobas (Buddhist shrines), palaces, and rock palaces.
The Polonnaruwa Kingdom, another UNESCO World Heritage Site, is famed for its ancient arts and water features. Other places to visit in Sri Lanka include Parakramabahu Samudraya – the massive tank in Polonnaruwa, Nissanka Latha Mandapaya – the King’s Council Chamber with floral stone pillars, and Kiri Vehera – an unpreserved stupa.
Dambulla, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has unique attractions like the Golden Temple which is an ancient rock temple with beautiful wall paintings, frescoes and many statues, located near Sigiriya. This place holds the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex on the island, having around 80 (known) caves. Sigiriya’s (meaning Lion’s Rock) famed Rock Fortress of King Kashyapa was once a royal citadel; it is where you can feast your eyes on the world-renowned Sigiriya Frescoes and observe intricate waterway systems and many architectural feats. Its main attractions include Cobra Hood Cave, the Frescoes, the Mirror Wall, Terraced Gardens, the Lion’s Mouth & the Palace atop the rock.
WILDLIFE TOURS IN SRI LANKA
Sri Lanka enjoys varied climatic conditions and rich biodiversity. It is one of the world’s 25 biodiversity hotspots and has 24 declared wildlife reserves which act as the habitat for a wide range of native species.
For over 2000 years, the wildlife has been protected by the nationals with the world’s first reserve called Mihintale, which was created in 3rd century BC. As of now, the most popular Wildlife Reserves in Sri Lanka include the Yala West National Park- popular for Leopards, sloth bears, sambar, Indian palm civet, Golden Jackals, Toque, Langur monkeys, mongoose, and wild elephants; Uda Walawe National Park– popular for wild elephants & different birds species like the changeable hawk eagles and grey-headed fish eagles; Horton Plains National Park- popular for large herds of Sri Lankan sambar deer & many endemic bird species like like Sri Lankan whistling Thrush and Bush Warbler.
BEACH TOURS IN SRI LANKA
The coastline of Sri Lanka is filled with numerous golden beaches. One of the most quintessential experiences in this country is to spend some time lazing on these stretches of sands, enjoying the vibrant rural atmosphere, and basking in the hesitant shade of palm trees.
While many coastal areas are bustling with the regular hub-bub of life, many others are lined with uniquely appealing upmarket resorts and villas, to help the tourists experience the serenity of Sri Lanka’s tangled waterways and breezy waves in peace. Some of the most popular beaches in Sri Lanka include Bentota-renowned for being the island’s sports hub, Unawatuna, Mirissa- popular for Whale-watching, Hikkaduwa- where unspoiled nature casts a magic spell on all, and Beruwala- famous for its surfer-friendly waters.
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