“To establish Sri Lanka as Asia’s most treasured island, highlighting its beautiful beaches, warm and friendly people, with a strong nature, culture and adventure offering, raising its profile to that of an Asian tourism icon”
Sri Lanka, the pearl of the Indian Ocean welcomes every visitor to the island with a smile and gracious gesture of greeting and with the wish for a long and happy life. This is a reflection of country’s age old tradition of hospitality.
Legend, as well as history records that Sri Lanka has always delighted visitors to its shores. For countless centuries its fragrant spices, priceless gems and pearls, its legendary beauty, sublime culture and friendly people captivated princes, poets, traders, empire-builders and admirers.
The island’s beauty and culture earned for it, much praise and many admiring names. Ancient Moorish merchants called Sri Lanka the “Isle of Delight”. To early Arab traders it was ‘Serendib’, the land of happy surprises and to the medieval explorer Marco Polo, ‘the finest island in all the world’. American novelist Mark Twain called it ‘beautiful, and most sumptuously tropical’. Mahatma Gandhi of India was convinced that Sri Lanka’s natural beauty was ‘unsurpassed on the face of the earth’.
Sri Lanka, the best Tourism Destination in the Region
Golden beaches washed by a blue green sea, beautiful mountains speckled with natural waterfalls, national parks with an amazing variety of wildlife, ruins of an ancient civilization, native ayuvedic spa’s that provide total revitalization: this is Sri Lanka, one of the worlds best finest emerging tourist destinations. in the region.
From the cool misty mountainous -home of Sri Lanka’s famous tea gardens -down to the golden palm-fringed beaches and brilliant blue seas, the island is considered a tourist paradise. Apart from sunny beaches Sri Lanka is known for its rich cultural heritage, beautiful nature and wildlife reserves.
Many major airlines fly into Colombo making Sri Lanka a convenient tourist destination. Sri Lanka offers a wide variety of entertainment from its theaters, cinemas and night clubs which are located throughout the country. Numerous hotels, restaurants, cafes and pubs offer a range of both western and eastern cuisines. The island also offers a wide range of hotels ranging from 1 star to 5 star accommodation to charming and elegant boutique hotels
Nature has endowed Sri Lanka generously – its small dimensions, harbour the world’s tenth richest biodiversity, a magnet for eco-tourists.
Natural riches abound. Gems in dazzling variety – sapphire, ruby, cat’s eye, alexandrite and over 60 semi-precious beauties. Geographical diversity gives Sri Lanka rich wild life resources. Conserved in 13 national parks and over hundred protected areas. The Pinnawala elephant Orphanage is a unique sanctuary for elephants displaced from wild habitats. Sri Lanka has 86 species of mammals of which 16 are indigenous to the island. From the 427 recorded species of birds 250 are resident and 26 are indigenous to the country. Some of the popular nature reserves are Sinharaja forest, Udawalawe Reserve, Yala National Park and the Wilpattu National Park. Majestic elephants can be found in almost all the nature reserves.
The Beaches of Paradise
Sri Lanka is girdled 1,600 km of beautiful tropical beaches on its southern, western, eastern and northern shores. A well-rostered rainfall pattern keeps half of the island’s beaches rain-free the year round.
Prime resort beaches stretch from beyond Waikkal to Negombo, Mount Lavinia, Wadduwa, Kalutara and Beruwela in the west and south west, and to Bentota, Ahungalle, Hikkaduwa, Dikwella, Tangalle and Hambantota in the South.
Whatever the location, the magic is everywhere. Sparkling surf and golden sands bathed in tropical sunshine and coral wonderlands jeweled with tropical fish. Many beach resorts, especially in the south and west have superb leisure and recreational facilities and professional services for wind surfing, water skiing, scuba diving, snorkeling, sailing, surfing. Boating, jet-scooter and fun tube riding and deep sea fishing.
Hill country road and rail routes cross picturesque landscapes, making travel in Sri Lanka exhilarating and adventurous.
The highlands are the source of some of Sri Lanka’s most renowned products. A visit to a tea plantation is a part of the great Sri Lankan experience.
Colombo, a modern city is a blend of old and new, the East and West. It also has many reminders of its European colonial past. Buddhist and Hindu temples and mosques contrast with high rises, smart modern shopping malls and multinational chain hotels. Ethnic diversity enriches the Sri Lankan heritage and life endowing unique and fascinating facets.
Shopping in Colombo and in tourist resorts is exciting and rewarding. Among the best buys are gems, jewellery, brass of silver rush handicrafts, tea, spices, porcelain, export garments and batiks.Sri Lanka has a well developed network of hotels, managed and operated to international professional standards. The range includes large luxury multi-national and Sri Lankan chain hotels, small luxury safari and eco-lodges. Resorts, clubs hotels etc.
Sri Lanka’s diversity and abundance endows it with a vast range of enjoyable holiday leisure options. Apart from the extensive choice of conventional vacations and sightseeing possibilities, the island’s assets include infrastructure facilities for adventure.
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