Nestled in the Indian Ocean just below India, Sri Lanka is a welcoming place with a rich cultural heritage. Immerse yourself in the history of the country and explore the Cultural Triangle at the island's centre. Stretching between Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and Dambulla, this region is home to several UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
It's a treasure trove of spectacular ruins with ancient cities and temples as impressive as the Egyptian pyramids. Be sure to visit the historic sites at Anuradhapura, Dambulla, Kandy, Polonnaruwa and Sigiriya. You'll also find wonderful safaris in this region and lots of exotic wildlife.
In Galle, on the southwest coast, discover immaculate beaches and perfect dive spots with technicolour coral gardens, a shipwreck site, and waters teeming dolphins, whales, and over 1,000 species of tropical fish in the South.
In the city itself, wander museums and traditional art galleries, then stop by Galle Fort, another UNESCO site, and catch a breathtaking sunset whilst walking the impressive 16th century Portuguese fortification. In Colombo, the capital city, high-rise skyscrapers tower above an ornate tapestry of Buddhist temples, cathedrals, colonial buildings, Hindu shrines and mosques. It's an architectural feast for the eyes with a perfect blend of the past and the present. Enjoy several art galleries, museums, open-air bazaars, upscale malls, and vast parks. You'll find lots of nearby beaches too.