Welcome to Sri Lanka - Make the most of your visit!
Ayubowan (which means, may you be gifted with a long life)
If you are looking for a tropical paradise to escape to during your holidays, Sri Lanka is surely the place for you. Home to some of the most wonderful locales, beaches and people on earth, Sri Lanka is truly a dream come true for any tourist. No wonder we can always find people digging for information on Sri Lanka to know it better. This wonderful country has lots to offer to tourists who will have the time of their lives during their visit. In fact, the tourist attractions in Sri Lanka are so many, that it becomes an uphill task to mention all of them together.
For a small island, Sri Lanka has many nicknames: Serendib, Ceylon, Teardrop of India, Resplendent Isle, Island of Dharma, Pearl of the Orient. This colourful collection reveals its richness and beauty, and the intensity of the affection it evokes on its visitors.
Sri Lanka was the ideal stopover of the Ancient Sea farers sailing in the Indian Ocean to East Asia and pacific. The Archaeological evidences prove that Sri Lanka had even has diplomatic relationships with Rome before BC. The Chinese, Arabian, Persian, South and North Indian, and Malay were the first traders followed by Portuguese, Dutch and British.
Marco Polo, who arrived in Sri Lanka in 1265 considered Sri Lanka the finest island of its size in all the world, and you'll likely agree after exploring the country's fabled delights.
Pliny (45 A.D), one of the greatest Roman Historians, wrote about Sri Lanka in his encyclopaedic work: ''It had been of long time thought by men in ancient days that Taprobane (Sri Lanka) was a second world"
The ‘Pearl of the Indian Ocean’, as it’s often called, thrives with natural beauty and the remains of a widespread ancient civilization. This island country being so small in size offers a diversity no other island can offer - from varied landscapes, climates, cultures and wildlife. Sri Lanka is a true paradise for the tourists with a whole lot of tourist attractions in Sri Lanka from sunny beaches, wonderful ancient cities, beautiful fauna and flora, to fine handicrafts, world famous gems, colourful festivals, smiling people and mouth-watering Sri Lankan cuisine. Sri Lanka is one of the most beautiful countries in the world, a great tourist destination and a tourist's paradise. Sri Lanka has everything that a tourist can imagine. With its attractions, it has something to offer to everyone. Sri Lanka is a land of astonishing diversity and no major destination is more than a few hours’ drive away.
Although a small island, Sri Lanka is resplendent with captivating natural beauty that has mesmerized generations of visitors. It is also acknowledged for its rich culture and natural resources and has been left with the imprints of a number of settlers and colonists such as Indians, Dutch and the British.
Sri Lanka is in the south of Indian subcontinent in the Indian Ocean. The country has a rich and diverse history, where you would see a peaceful coexistence of Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism and Christianity. Tourist attractions in Sri Lanka range from Hindu temples, Buddhist stupas, monasteries, Buddhist temples, forts, relics of ancient dynasties and civilizations, marine sanctuaries, underwater ecosystem, botanical gardens and parks and the trappings of a modern society.
Sri Lanka is home to six world heritage sites: Galle, Kandy, Sigiriya, Anuradhapura, Polonnaruva, Dambulla cave temple and the recently designated Central Highlands as a super bio diversity hotspot. Sri Lanka's many beaches are often visited by tourists. The historical city of Colombo is considered the "Commercial capital of Sri Lanka" which attracts many tourists from the Asian region for business. National parks in Sri Lanka are also popular visitor attractions. Natural beauty of Sri Lanka also attract tourist.
Sri Lanka has such a diverse range of tourist attractions and visitors are often spoilt for choice. But it is comforting to know that all major tourist attractions in Sri Lanka are no longer than a few hours drive away from each other. But nevertheless, some of the most popular tourist attractions in Sri Lanka include the cities of Kandy and Colombo, which are a perfect mix of history, culture and modernity. If you want a peep into Sri Lanka's ancient history, you can visit some of the historical cities like Anuradhapura, Mihintale, Sigiriya, Dambula and Aluvihara.
Some of Tourist activities Sri Lanka could offer include; Tours, Bird Watching, Cycling, Scuba Diving, Snorkelling, Mountain Climbing, Butterfly Watching, Expeditions, National and State Parks, Safaris, Camping, Hiking, White water rafting, Boating, Golf tours, Wind surfing, etc
Best Season, Climate and Clothing:
Sri Lanka is located between 5 and 10 north latitude resulting in Sri Lanka climate being typically tropical with the average temperature hovering around 27°C. It is cooler on the higher altitudes. As the climate Sri Lanka is normally bright, sunny, warm days even during the height of the monsoon there is no off-season here. The country receives south west monsoon mainly in the months from May to July to the western, southern and central parts of the island. The north-east monsoon brings rain to the northern and eastern regions during the December and January months. The country has the month of January as the coolest one, making people, especially those in the highlands, to wear woollens. The month of May is the hottest.
 Marco Polo Arrived in Sri Lanka (1265 A.D) as the escort of the princess Kukhachin the granddaughter of Kabulai Khan on her way to espouse the great Khan of Persia. Marco polo writes "This, for it's actual size, is better circumstanced than any other island in the world .. the island produces more beautiful and valuable rubies than found in any other place in the world .." "In this island there is a very high mountain where the tomb of Adam, our first parent, is supposed to be found"
2011 is Visit Sri Lanka Year
Sri Lanka has declared the year 2011 as ‘Visit Sri Lanka Year’ with a view to achieve the aim for 2.5 million arrivals by the year 2012.
Sri Lanka Cuisine
Sri Lanka food made with mixing Sri Lankan spices is an absolute delight. A typical Sri Lankan meal comprises of rice and curry and fish (alternatively-meat) laced with Sri Lankan spices. For many westerners food in Sri Lanka is a gourmet delight. The curries are usually made hot but can be mellowed to suit the pallet. If you like something light, try dishes such as hoppers, string hopers and roti which can be had in combination with curries. One very popular type of food in Sri Lanka is roti stuffed with fresh chilies, onions and cooked eggs and grilled cooked meat or fish. For people in a hurry there is the special “Kotu” roti which is chopped with onions, vegetables and meat.
Sri Lanka food has adopted Ayurveda in its cooking as it is a philosophy of healthy living. Ayurveda is broken up into two parts: ‘ayur’ meaning life and ‘veda’ meaning wisdom. The Ayurvedic philosophy considers that one’s general well-being depends on one’s choice of diet, lifestyle and habits. If one keeps this philosophy on which the food in Sri Lanka is based, one will be able to minimize stress and its associated health problems