Sri Lanka has always delighted visitors to its shores as per Legend as well as history records.
For centuries its fragrant spices, priceless gems and pearls, legendary beauty, sublime culture and friendly people captivated princess, poets, traders, empire-builders and admirers.
In Sir Arthur C Clarke’s words “the Island of Sri Lanka is a small universe; it contains as many variations of culture, scenery, and climate as some countries a dozen times its size . . . I find it hard to believe that there is any country which scores so highly in all departments - which has so many advantages and so few disadvantages." Lovely beaches, beautiful landscapes, impressive ruins, a vibrant culture and charming people. – no wonder Sri Lanka is a small miracle.
Sri Lanka is an island with smiling people who are well known for their hospitality. It has something to offer everyone. The highly developed tourism sector presents a wide variety of attractions/choices to the discerning visitor to the country.
Among them Seductive beaches and tempting water sports, magnificent landscapes featuring lazy lagoons, fertile wetlands, ecologically-wondrous types of forest, imposing mountains, bounteous rivers and waterfalls, an abundance of wildlife - much of it endemic - unique ecosystems, inspiring heritage sites from ancient cities to colonial forts, a vibrant culture including fine arts and crafts and grand festivals are outstanding.
Contemporary tourist attractions such as luxurious Ayurveda spas and broad-based shopping opportunities have evolved, and Sri Lanka has become one of the world’s most popular destinations to get married and enjoy a honeymoon.
Culture and Heritage
The most important historical religious attractions with ruins which relates the stories of ancient civilization are Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya, Mihintale and Kandy. From Ancient Cities in Anuradhapura to Ayurvedic Spars at coasts, includes 07 World Heritage Sites like Sigiriya.
Nature and Environment
Nature lovers can enjoy from misty mountains and hill areas such as Pidurutalagala and N’Eliya to tropical rainforests such as Sinharaja to wildlife sanctuaries such as Yala, Wilpattu, Wasgamuwa, Udawalawa and Kumana to lush waterfalls such as Diyaluma, Bambarakanda, Ramboda, Aberdeen, Devon, St. Clair, Dunhinda and Rawana Ella, to the Aquatic Life in Passikudah. Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is also one of the tourist attractions in Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka is an island which surrounded by unspoilt beaches on the southern, western, eastern and northern tropical shores stretched within 1600 km.
Horton Place, Knuckles forest reservation, Peradeniya Botanical Gardens, Hakgala Gardens, Tangamalai, Udawaththekelle, Kelaniweli forest reserve are rich bio diversity sites with picturesque landscapes.
White Water Rafting in Kithulgala, Whale Watching at Mirrissa & Wind Surfing at Arugam Bay to Wild Safaris at Yala.
Sri Lanka being an adventure lover’s dream, she offers a wide choice of outdoor activities such as mountain climbing, biking, trekking/camping, hiking, cycling, cave trek, white water rafting, sailing, skiing, deep sea fishing, canoeing/kayaking, diving, bird watching, wild life viewing (bird, wildflower & botanical treks, butterfly watching)
Sri Lanka has made its mark in the international arena for cricket. In addition to cricket; facilities are available for Tennis, Golf: Water Sports, Motor Racing and many other sports.
Sri Lanka Ayurveda comes from a 3000-year old tradition of health and healing. Meditation, medicated massage, herbal saunas, lotus spa, steam baths, herbal therapy & diet, are available at Tourist Hotels.
Being a multi-religious country, the festivals of the four main religions are celebrated in Sri Lanka. The Sri Pada pilgrimage, Thai Pongol, Duruthu Perahera (Kelani Raja Maha Vihara perahera), Navam perahera (Gangaramaya temple) Sinhala Tamil New year, Wesak, Poson, Kandy Esala perahera (Asia's grandest traditional pageant parade for 10 nights to honour the sacred tooth relic of the Buddha), Bellanwila (Bellanwila Rajamaha Vihara), Kataragama Festival, Vel, Munneswaram Udappuwa and Nallur Festival, Devinuwara (Dondra) Festival, Deepavali, Ramazan, Christmas, Madhu and Thalawila Festivals.
Shopping, fun & entertainment
Sri Lanka is attracted as a shopping destination. Designer clothes manufactured in Sri Lanka are available at reasonable prices in and around Colombo. Plenty of souvenir shops selling wood carvings, ceramic, handlooms, colourful batiks, gem stones - blue sapphires, rubies, alexandrite, amethyst, garnets are also available island wide. With the rapid westernization of the city many kind of entertainments, can be seen.
“Nagenahira Navodaya” and “Uthuru Wasanthaya”
With the defeat of the LTTE, the Government has launched “Nagenahira Navodaya” (Eastern Revival) and “Uthuru Wasanthaya” (Flourishing North) paving the way for tourists to experience visiting cites of tourist attractions without any restrictions.