Until 500 years ago Sri Lanka was linked by land-bridge to mainland India!
Today you’ll need to fly or sail to find pristine beaches, tropical weather, spectacular wildlife, natural wonders plus colonial and ancient architecture.
A great way to see the island is on an organised tour - discover exciting options here
So where should you visit on this irresistible island?
The ancient city of Sigiriya is a must-see for its insight into Sri Lanka’s history and its captivating views.
Dambulla - a Buddhist cave monastery and sacred pilgrimage site for 22 centuries. It covers 2,100sqm and has a staggering 157 statues.
Anuradhapura – this sacred city is home to a cutting from the 'tree of enlightenment', the Buddha's fig tree, dating back to the 3rd century B.C. see ancient palaces, monasteries and monuments.
Nuwara Eliya - ‘Little England’ is a genteel highland community with its British-country-village feel – think colonial bungalows, Tudor-style hotels, pretty gardens and neat hedgerows and of course, afternoon chai!
Yala National Park - combines a strict nature reserve with a national park with a protected area of 130,000 hectares. Nature and wildlife enthusiasts will find light forest, scrub, grassland and lagoons.
Elephant transit home at Udawalawe - takes care of orphaned elephant calves until they are independent and able enough to be released back to the wild. Witness heart-warming devotion.
Experience full moon festivals, jungle treks, tea plantation tours, hilltop temples, lazy beach days, aromatic and bustling markets – dive and snorkel in the clear home waters or spot whales and dolphins further offshore. And this is just for starters – twice the size of Belgium, but with broader diversity, Sri Lanka is now popular with families and honeymooners. It is a magical marriage destination, and attracts an astounding number of return visitors
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