Stunning beaches with Enlivening Sunsets
Endless beaches, timeless ruins, welcoming people, oodles of elephants, rolling surf, cheap prices, fun trains, famous tea and flavourful food make Sri Lanka irresistible.Known affectionately as ‘The Pearl of the Orient’ and ‘Resplendent Isle’ it was also given the name of Serendib by early Arab traders, which came to mean “a happy, unexpected surprise” in English. Go walking along verdant paths through rice terraces, temples, plantations and high mountain scenery. Take a leap from the coast to the finest cultural icons in the heart of the island such as the Temple of the Tooth and Lion Rock at Sigiriya. From the lush landscape that cradles exquisite ancient ruins, to the bustling modern cities and the serene coast, the ‘Resplendent Isle’ truly states all the senses. See the lively, remarkable temples of Dambulla and Kandy and enjoy the wildlife of several national parks.
Sri Lanka is the place to get lost in incredible frescoes, water gardens, and ancient ruins of fantastic rock fortress. Further, do not miss the bravura view from the top of the rock with rolling hills, and a jungle in all directions. Fritter your vacation basking in the sun on a hammock at the small village of Mirissa. Nestled in the Indian Ocean in southern Asia, the tropical island country Sri Lanka has a history dating back to the birth of time. A place where the original soul of Buddhism is still alive and where Mother Nature remains abundant and untouched. Very few places in this world can offer travellers a spectacular combination of picturesque landscapes, pristine beaches, amazing cultural heritage and truly unique experiences.
Shaking hands is the customary greeting. Tea will always be offered to you if you visit someone. Refusing it is considered impolite. Punctuality is appreciated. Western wear is allowed at all places except in temples and religious sites.
Sri Lanka hosts a number of festivals, such as Navam Perehara, Hot Air Balloon festivals, Music festivals and Film festivals, Beach festivals, Fashion festivals and religious festivals such as Sinhalese New Year.
Sri Lankan food is spicy with rice and curry as a staple food. But you can always ask for less spicy options when you are ordering your food. Thambili, the juice from King Coconut, is very refreshing. It's sold at the side of streets throughout the island.