Sri Lanka, a patch of land in the Indian Ocean just 65610 sq. km in extent and located at a latitude of 5.55g- 6.59g and longitude of 79.42g- 81.52g is indeed a Tangible Paradise. The pioneer seafarers amazed by its beauty and magic, described Sri Lanka in numerous ways, such as pearl of Indian Ocean.
The civilization of Sri Lanka ranges back to the 5th century BC and evidence of its richness in culture, the skills and techniques of its inhabitants of the bye gone eras are evident by the existing artifacts in the form of monuments, Ancient shrines, ruined cities, incredibly large artificial lakes, exquisite granite carvings and much more. Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa which were the first and second capitals of Sri Lanka draw many international scholars of archaeology and tourists due to their importance as world renown archaeological sites. There are many more such sites of interest in the region such as Ritigala, Lion Rock Fortress of Sigiriya , Medirigiriya, Cave Temples of Dambullaare some of them and many other interesting sites are found in other parts of the island.
As an island, Sri Lanka possesses some of the best beaches in the world. The sun kissed palm fringed golden beaches that surround the island are indeed an oasis to those who thirst for relaxation. There are two types of beach resorts to choose from and one is the busy type where one could enjoy aquatic sports such as Water Skiing, Water Jet Scooter Riding, Scuba Diving, Snorkeling, Deep sea Fishing etc. while the other is the quaint tucked away resorts where the stressed and pressurized could absorb tranquility, revitalization and also acquire a Tan by lazing under the Tropical Sun.
Typical of the Tropics, most of Sri Lanka is clothed in lush green vegetation and its topography of varying altitudes attribute to the incredible variation of temperatures between the low lands and hill country. The gushing rivers and cascading waterfalls that spring from the central hills gracefully flow down to their resting place, the Indian Ocean. The scenic beauty of the hill country of Sri Lanka is not to be expressed but to be viewed.
Most of the central hills appear to be smoothly carpeted in green due to tea cultivation that covers most of the terrain. Both Kandy (mid country) and Nuwara Eliya (up country) are two of the most popular Hill Stations of Sri Lanka. Star class accommodation is available at both stations and for those who wish to experience the lifestyle Srilankans in deeper manner bungalows and guesthouses are available.
Lanka Holiday Dreams
Highlights / Things to see in Sri Lanka
Bliss out beachside in Down South Benthota, Galle,Tangalle
Learn the secrets of Sri Lankan cuisine in Up Country towns in Bandarawela ,Ella, NuwaraElliya
Shop up a storm in Colombo.
Walk the ramparts of Galle.
Witness elephants bathing in the river in Pinnawella & Kandy.
Visit the sacred Bo Tree in Anuradhapura.
Feast on fresh seafood on Negombo beach.
Work up a sweat trekking to Sigiriya rock.
Cycle through the ancient Polonnaruwa ruins.
Sri Lanka is an island situated at the southern tip of india in the Indian Ocean.
From North to South – 432 km From East to West – 224 km Total area – 65, 525 sq. km
The majority of Sri Lankans are Singhalese and Buddhists, but the total population is a mixture of Tamil,
Moor, Burgher (people of european descent). Sinhala, Tamil and English are the national languages.
English is spoken throughout the island.
Sri Lanka is +5 ½ Greenwich Mean Time.
The south-west monsoon brings rain to the western, southern and central regions from May to July, while the north-eastern monsoon occurs in the north and east in December and January. The weather is finest in the coastal regions and hill country of the south-west from October to March. The temperature in the lowlands averages 27 degrees Celsius. However, temperatures fall rapidly with altitude. In Kandy the temperature on average is around 20 degrees Celsius and in Nuwara Eliya it is often below 15 degrees Celsius.