Why Sri Lanka
From tropical, soft-sand beaches and warm inviting seas, a four hour journey by road or rail leads to breath taking mountain scenery, tea covered slopes and temperate climes in the south central hills; to the proud immensity of historical Ancient Cities once metropolises of great civilizations; to fabled mines of sapphires and ruby, moonstone and topaz; or to Game parks rich in wildlife.
All along the way are rustic villages, exotic flora, panoramic views, temples and sanctuaries, cottage industries and traditional arts and crafts centres; the unique way to life of people whose charm is irresistible.
A fertile Island warmed by the tropical sun and watered by monsoon rains, has been moulded by it’s position and shape. Sri Lanka’s ancient chronicles stretch back into a far distant past where history melts entertainingly into myth. The diverse peoples that make-up Sri Lanka have produced a kaleidoscopic variety of cultures.
Brightly dressed elephants, fireworks, pageantry and frenzied worship are all part of a land with surfeit of celebrations. Sri Lanka’s food is as colourful as it’s festivals. Look out for tropical fruits, fine spices, unrecognizable vegetables, over-sized fish and gargantuan prawns. The variety of crafts on offer is of remarkably high quality. The precious stones found in Sri Lanka have been attracting covetous and open-mouthed admirations for thousands of years. With habitats that range from rainforests to hill-top plains, the wild places of Sri Lanka are teeming with fascinating flora and fauna. To explore the Island, you can choose between diving in coral reefs, snorkeling with turtles, trekking through tea estates, whistling through white water, whale or dolphin watching, or deep water fishing. For golf lovers, Sri Lanka has a prestigious paradise in the hills- Victoria Golf and Country Resort. Nestled amidst the cool climes of Digana is a paradise way beyond your imagination. A 520 acre golf course is one of the most beautiful golf courses in the world and number one in Asia sub continental. The land is vast and the number of activities you would like to do may vary. You can choose from horse riding, badminton, tennis, herbal spa, mountain hiking, hiking, a nature walk or dip in the infinity pool. Accommodation facilities range from chalets to luxury villas. You can find privacy of total luxury in a beautiful serene environment. Sri lanka’s ancient medicines are more popular than ever today, whether in treating disease or maintaining health and fitness.
City of Colombo
Sri Lanka’s hot and bustling capital is shared by affluent business people. Hotels, government offices and some private organizations are in this area. Remnants of Dutch colonial architecture can still be glimpsed among the British constructions and more modern buildings. The Galle Face green and the promenade is a fascinating place to take a walk at any time of the day, especially at sun-set. Galle Face hotel (one of the oldest hotels in SL) at one end of the green and the Hilton, Galadari, Kingsbury and Cinnamon Grand hotels at the other end, Taj Samudra, and Ramada also nearby, it is a convenient spot to spend your day. You could also visit the old Dutch hospital which is situated opposite the Twin Towers and now transformed into a shopping complex with restaurants and a very popular spa (Spa Ceylon) where you could have herbal treatment and also purchase Spa Ceylon products. Banks, the main train station, bus station are all in close proximity in the city of Colombo.
Life is leisurely on the beaches for locals and tourists, occasional fishermen pulling in their nets and baby turtles making their first splash. Several restaurants and bars catering to tourists have sprung up bordering the beaches in Negombo. Negombo’s proximity to Colombo’s International Airport at Katunayake brings many people here, both Lankans and foreigners. Accommodation is convenient in Negombo’s many hotels and guest houses.
This last outpost of the Northern- Hemisphere has unexpected inhabitants, including stilt fishermen and Hindu swamis plus long expanses of tantalizing unspoilt beaches. New town Galle jostles with old Fort. Once you are within the Fort, the place slinks back through the centuries and the surprising calmness is delectable. The other attractions are the Cultural Museum, New Oriental Hotel (the oldest hotel in SL), Grooke Kerk (great church), oldest protestant church in SL and the National Maritime Museum. PTO
East side of the Galle harbour is the Closenburg Hotel. A few kilometers south of Galle is a suburb called Unawatuna, over-looking the bay. Here the reef can be reached from the shore or you can sail further in a traditional Catamaran. This reef shelters more species of fish than the Great Barrier Reef. Snorkeling equipment and scuba diving gear can be hired. Golden beach, clear blue waters and offshore reef have been discovered by younger tourists and it is now peppered with a rash of guest houses and beach front cafes. Beruwala, Bentota, Hikkaduwa just before Galle, are popular places for the tourists. The south is well known for traditional handcrafts, masks, locally woven mats, batik clothes, brass-ware of high quality, traditionally manufactured ornaments and jewellery.
Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage provides most visitors with the best chance of seeing a large number of elephants at close quarters. To watch the elephants bathe in the river is a mesmerizing experience
The road to Kandy, a journey through spectacular scenery to the famous city of Sinhalese history, culture, religion and pageantry, reaches the heart and soul of the country. As you leave Colombo, the first stop could be at the Kalaniya Raja Maha Vihara. The architecture of the temple and paintings inside reflect Sinhalese art forms. The city of Kandy nestles in a wide plain surrounded by a ring of mountains, with quaint names – Bible rock, Lion rock, Ship rock, Camel hill, Tuber rock and Balloon rock. The Botanical Gardens is a walker’s paradise. The old fashioned Queens Hotel is in the middle of town with a colonial bar over-looking the street. Many visitors, Lankans and tourists come to Kandy in July-August for the Perahera. Dozens of caparisoned elephants, dancers, drummers come together to parade the sacred tooth relic.
Up country, Low country
A tour of the highlands holds the promise of encounters with pilgrims, waterfalls, tea pluckers and assorted wildlife and ends in lowland landscapes studded with gems.
The cultural triangle
This popular tour takes you deep into the past of Ancient Lanka to find sacred caves, ruined temples and entire lost cities. Soaring above the surrounding plains to towering heights, the cloud hugging rock of Sigiriya is regarded by many, as one of the wonders of the world.
Sri Lanka’s enchanting eastern seaboard stretches for more than 300km (200 miles), providing solitude and superb scenery. Trincomalee’s famous harbour, one of the largest and best sheltered in the world, lying completely land-locked, it forms a glassy lake surrounded by hills covered with the waving foliage of coconut trees and palms of great variety. Golden sand beaches, sea water warm and clear, the skies as pink as paradise, and jungles where wild elephants roam. The Nilaveli Beach, Kalkudah, Passikudah are also very popular for tourists. Arugam Bay is well known to the surfers.
Whale and Dolphin watching
You can catch a spectacular view of the world’s largest blue whale colony in SL. As many as 26 species of whale and dolphin have been recorded in SL waters including the Blue whale, Sperm whale, Bryde’s whale and Cuvier’s beaked whale, plus numerous dolphin species including spinner, spotted, common Risso’s and Fraser’s dolphins. One of SL’s most fascinating and precious natural resources- whales and dolphins living in its waters. Whale watching cruises off north eastern coast of Trincomalee and in the east coast could be operated.
All of this and much more could be made possible for you to savour by our experienced reservations staff, licensed drivers and tour guides.