Sri Lanka Tourism: Introduction –
The Indian Ocean is home to several beautiful tropical islands but none match the diversity, rich history, and culture of Sri Lanka. This serene, unspoilt and refreshing island nation has a history that goes beyond 2000 years. Its culture is diverse and rich – a mix of Theravada Buddhism, Hindu Tamilians and cultural influences of Arabs, Malayan, Portuguese, Dutch and British. The island is blessed with unspoilt scenic beaches, lush rainforests, verdant hills, flourishing tea gardens and a picturesque countryside dotted with traditional villages.
Sri Lanka’s coastal cities are still underdeveloped, resulting in a peaceful experience for tourists. Up north, the end of the Sri Lankan civil war has opened up destinations like Jaffna. Anuradhapura and Kandy are the two spiritual and cultural centres of the country. Dambulla in the hinterland has several amazing UNESCO World Heritage Sites like the famous Sigiriya rock fortress and Dambulla Cave Temple.
Down south, Nuwara Eliya is a blissful destination with a cooler climate and landscaped tea gardens. Galle has amazing Portuguese and Dutch architecture including a picturesque lighthouse, while Trincomalee is ideal for whale watching, snorkelling and water sports. Sri Lanka is also blessed with scenic national parks featuring rich biodiversity comprising of precious native flora and fauna like the Udawalawe National Park, Yala National Park, Horton Plains National Park, and more. Short traveling distance within the cities, budget-friendly accommodation, delicious food, pristine beaches, and plenty of tranquillity make this beautiful Indian Ocean island one of the best destinations of 2017!