HIGHLIGHTS OF SRI LANKA
Festivals. It’s claimed that Sri Lanka has the most festivals in the world, and if you’re lucky enough to visit during one of these ‘peraheras’ (including the famous Buddhist Festival of the Tooth in Kandy) you’ll be treated to a vibrant parade of ornamented elephants, drummers, and fire dancers.
Colonial history. We love soaking up the faded colonial grandeur in Galle: the Dutch colonial peninsula which has a 17th-century fort at its heart, and has seen multiple occupations over the years from the Persians, Arabs, Chinese, Malays, South Indians, Portuguese, Dutch and English.
Ancient architecture. Sri Lanka’s cultural triangle is real Indiana Jones territory, boasting the 5th century Sigiriya Rock Fortress, and four other UNESCO world heritage sites.
Beaches. From the family friendly beaches of the west, to the unspoilt Robinson Crusoe enclaves of the north, there’s nothing nicer than lying back on Sri Lanka’s idyllic shores whilst watching locals play cricket in the surf.
Tea. Green and refreshing, Sri Lanka’s hilly tea country offers a tranquil blend of colonial history, beautiful views, and the chance to trek the tea trails past colourfully sari-d tea pickers.
Wildlife. You’ll be amazed at the diversity of wildlife in Sri Lanka's National Parks, with the world’s largest population of leopard in Yala National Park, the legendary elephant gathering at Minneriya, and whales to be spotted off the Kalpitya and Mirissa coasts.
Food. Sri Lanka’s delicious cuisine is often compared to that of southern India, with plenty of fresh seafood, deliciously spiced veggie offerings – and of course, the eponymous king coconut to wash it all down with.