Sri Lanka is an island gem lying south of India which has become an extremely popular holiday destination over the years. Its magical appeal entices not only the exotic beach holiday seeker, but also those wishing to explore the range of sports on offer, as well as those wishing to absorb themselves in its culture and landscapes too. Boasting magnificent waterfalls, lagoons and rivers, the breathtaking landscape is complimented further by its impressive mountains.
Sri Lanka`s mass appeal is that it has something for everyone. A popular wedding location, Sri Lanka appeals to newlyweds from around the world, who flock here to start married life with intoxicating adventures and enjoy the scenic delights that it has to offer. Check out the relaxing Ayurvedic spas, take in the sights or just relax on a golden sand covered beach.
There is a population of just over twenty one million inhabiting the island. Regardless of their cultural and religious backgrounds, Tamil, Muslim and Sinhalese locals will give you a very warm welcome. They are extremely proud of their country and of all it has to offer including their national cricket team, delicious cuisine, national parks and wildlife.
There are many major cities within Sri Lanka and they are all have their own major attractions. Visit the ancient cities of Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and Sigiriya to discover relics from Sri Lanka`s golden age. Anuradhapura contains architectural and artistic examples of exquisite beauty, including the mighty structure of the dagobas. Archaeological excavations here have also revealed that the earliest settlers in Anuradhapura arrived circa 500BC.
Ella is one of Sri Lanka`s most picturesque villages situated in a valley. It offers beautiful temples, waterfalls, tea plantations and exhilarating walks surrounded by hills.
Hikkaduwa attracts sun lovers and surfers and other water sports enthusiasts. It is a popular surfer`s destination as well as diving and snorkelling haven. The best time to go diving and snorkelling is between April and November when underwater visibility is at its best. If you prefer to keep your feet dry, there is the alternative way to view the marine life via a glass bottomed boat ride.
On the south east coast you will find Yala National Park. Many visitors think that a visit to the park is a must whilst in Sri Lanka. You can see reptiles, birds, herds of elephants, leopards and an array of other animals here.
Colombo is Sri Lanka`s capital city and is an eclectic mix of the grand and the modest. It is bursting with cultural and historical attractions to intrigue and charm your senses. The main road running through the city is the Galle Road, contemporary buildings sprawled along its length. To the north of Colombo you will find the Fort which was once dominated by Dutch and Portuguese inhabitants, however, nowadays the Fort is the main banking and commercial sector within Colombo. The area of Pettah tempts with a variety of shops and is a bustling part of the city. There is a tourist market by the railway; for the more adventurous, meandering through the network of small streets, each one displaying its own special fare.
Travel to Sri Lanka, via cheap flights to Colombo as it is the international gateway for the island. The main bus and rail networks flow from here. The domestic airport is at Ratmalana Air Force Base, south of Mt Lavinia.