Sri Lanka (formerly known as Ceylon during the British settlement from 1796 to 1948), is astonishingly diversified island located to the South of the Indian subcontinent with a total land area of 65,610 sq km which encompass palm fringed tropical beaches, exciting ancient monuments, picturesque nature which begin from the sea level and goes way above to the sky limits with highly diversified wildlife and further thousands of delights to please all tastes
'The Finest Island in the World’-in his own literature the famous explorer ‘Marco Polo’ has described Sri Lanka in 1292 AD. Ceylon is renowned for its high quality tea and ranks as the 3rd largest tea producing country in the world where today it has become a popular tourist attraction gifted from the British colonization in the Island. While Sri Lanka was recognised as one of the well-known sacred Buddhist centers in Asia, it was also an important stopover -hub within the ancient Silk Road. Even historically, Sri Lanka has always taken the limelight from travel & leisure world as a perfect paradise to collect memorable moments in life and renamed as ‘The Pearl of the Indian Ocean’.
Destination Sri Lanka is gifted with amazing historic monuments and cultural artefacts those are spread around the island. Sri Lanka’s famous eight world heritage sites are Anuradhapura- the capital of the first Kingdome, Polonnaruwa- the second capital of the kingdom, Kandy- the city of the temple of scared tooth relic of Lord Buddha, Dambulla- the city of the temple of golden cave temple, Sigiriya- city for the ancient rock fortress, the walled colonial city of Galle, the Sinharaja Rain Forest which is Amazonian rain forest and the Peak Wilderness also known as ’ Siri Pada ‘or Adam’s Peak.
Diversity of various geographical regions (from uphill mountains to golden palm beaches) those are located within vary short distances , not only offer high level of a bio diversity but also high peaks, deep chasms, rugged terrain, mountain gaps, waterfalls, lakes and rivers are ideal locations to satisfy extensive range of holiday seekers from around the globe. If you are an adventure seeker for hiking, trekking, biking, canoeing, Surfing, mountain climbing, mystery exploration or a luxury holiday seeker who lookout for palm beaches to exclusive villas on top of the highlands Sri Lanka will be the ideal location you must start with.
Despite of being a compact tropical island, Sri Lanka also has been gifted with many wildlife attractions such as dozens of national parks (ex: Yala , Udawalawa, Minneriya, Wilpttu) where each offer unique safari experience. Sri Lanka is popular for its large population of Leopards (Panthera pardus kotiya)) and Elephants (Elephas maximus maximus). But there are many other species like Sloth Bears, Crocodiles, Deers and around 400 verities of Birds which over 26 are endemic. Sri Lanka is also becoming a major spot for watching Whales and Dolphins and throughout the year there are high chances of spotting Sperm Whales, Blue Whales, and different types of dolphins.
Accounting only 18,969 tourist arrivals in the year 1966, Sri Lanka Tourism industry has progressed dramatically over five decades to receive an all-time high of 1.8 million annual tourist arrivals at the end of the year 2015. Previous year total arrivals showed 17.8 percent year on year growth and that will be expected to continually improve over the upcoming years by financially strengthening the nation. Having a rich historical background and limitless natural resources to boost the Travel and Leisure sector, today Sri Lanka is one of the top immerging destinations where has taken the global attention for, untouched beauty of the nature, ancient ruins, rich cultural values of the local community, excitement offer through wildlife, adventure & sports and a place that offer well-being & bliss via meditation and indigenous medicine. With all these exciting factors, destination Sri Lanka is the island to be explored by every passionate holiday seeker in the world.
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