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SRI LANKA – A LAND OF RICHNESS

Thank you for choosing Sri Lanka as your dream destination. You are warmly welcome to Sri Lanka – the destination for all – where you could have a wonderful vacation without doubt. The stunning natural beauty of this paradise in the tropics will undoubtedly make you amazed and mesmerized.

Lying off the southern tip of India, the tropical island of Sri Lanka has attracted visitors for centuries with its natural beauty. Sri Lanka was the ideal stopover of ancient seafarers sailing across the Indian Ocean to the Orient. Marco Polo, a great seafarer, who arrived in Sri Lanka in 1265, said “Sri Lanka is the finest island of its size in all the world”. Pliny (45 AD), one of the greatest Roman historians wrote: “It had been of long time thought by men in ancient days that Taprobane (Sri Lanka) was a second world”.

A glorious history, a rich culture, age-old ruins, the world’s most hospitable people, a rich biodiversity, endless tropical beaches, breathtaking coral reefs, verdant valleys of tea plantations, lush virgin rainforests, ranges of mist-clad mountains, splashing waterfalls, oodles of proboscideans in the wild, pods of giants in the blue, priceless gemstones beneath, mouthwatering spicy foods, delicious tropical fruits and what more to call Sri Lanka “A Land Like No Other”. Home to eight world heritage sites, Sri Lanka though a small island, has much more to offer. In terms of diversity, Sri Lanka is incomparable and unbeatable. The tropical paradise is blessed with varied landscapes – flat to hilly, climates – hot to mild and cool, cultures – Buddhist to Hindu, fauna – vertebrates to invertebrates, flora – algae to blackwood and so on.

Lying between 5o and 10o north latitudes resulting in an average temperature hovering around 27°C, Sri Lanka is quite a year-round tropical destination; when it’s rainy in the East, it is sunny in the West and vice versa. The climate is normally bright, sunny and warm and the country receives monsoonal rains; the southwestern monsoons from May to July to the West and the northeastern monsoons from December to January to the East.
Explore serendipitous Sri Lanka at its finest and enjoy your holiday at its best. Have a wonderful holiday!

Culture & heritage

Museums

A museum is a great place where we can have a glimpse of the past or bygone days of a country. It provides insights into glory of what our forefathers … read more Museums

Indigenous People of Sri Lanka

Native to Sri Lanka, Veddas alias Wanniyala Aetto as they call themselves are a small community descending from the island’s original inhabitants of the Neolithic era dating from at least … read more Indigenous People of Sri Lanka

Religious attractions

Sri Lanka has an incredible religious heritage created and passed down over 2500 years since Buddhism was introduced to the country. Wonderful Buddhist temples, Dagobas, statues and various other monuments … read more Religious attractions

Nature

Beaches

Since ancient times, Sri Lanka has been well known for its golden beaches, with the island earning the name ‘Thambapanni’, meaning copper red sand, nearly 2,500 years ago when the … read more Beaches

Bentota

Yet another celebrated beach of Sri Lanka, Bentota beach with the river, lagoon, palm groves and a number of hotels and resorts is one of the most-visited tourist destinations in … read more Bentota

Hikkaduwa

Hikkaduwa is a small coastal town in the south situated 99 kms south of Colombo and 20 kms north of Galle – the largest city in the south Sri Lanka. … read more Hikkaduwa

Kalpitiya

Blessed with a wealth of stunning golden beaches, island Sri Lanka is world-renowned as a paradise for tourists. A best place to watch dolphins and whales without sailing out to … read more Kalpitiya

Negombo

Located 35 kms north of Colombo and 6 kms from the island’s main International Airport, Negombo is famous for its gorgeous sandy beach and the old fishing industry. Being a … read more Negombo

Mount Lavinia

The closest to the Colombo City being located 12 kms south of Colombo, Mount Lavinia is since colonial times famous for its beautiful beach. The house of the governor, Sir … read more Mount Lavinia

Kalutara

Known for the long golden sandy beach and the Buddhist Temple, Kalutara is located 42 kms south of Colombo. Kalutara across which the River Kalu flows was an important spice … read more Kalutara

Beruwala

Beruwala is known for its pristine golden sandy beach well-sheltered by coconut trees that spread along the coastal stretch. There are a lot of water sport facilities such as jet … read more Beruwala

Unawatuna

Unawatuna, described as most wonderful beach location by the nature, and it is a celebrated beach for Scuba Diving, Surfing and Sea Food in Sri Lankan Style. The Jungle Beach, … read more Unawatuna

Koggala

The longest in Sri Lanka, the Koggala beach is very beautiful and good for windsurfing. The road passes a domestic airport and nearby is a small turtle hatchery, which buys … read more Koggala

Weligama

Yet another tourist hotspot in the south, Weligama is a unique bay beach and popular for scuba diving and surfing. It is a fantastic experience to see stilt fishing just … read more Weligama

Mirissa

Mirissa is a beautiful small rocky beach which is calm, relaxing and almost private. Whale and dolphin watching, river trips, snorkelling and bird watching are some of the activities you … read more Mirissa

Polhena

Polhena beach which is very popular among local tourists is located in close proximity to the Matara town. This is an ideal place for scuba diving, surfing and sunbathing. It’s … read more Polhena

Tangalle

35 kms from Matara, Tangalle is a paradise for swimmers and divers. It has a natural palm-fringed sea bay and a fishing harbour offering great seafood. The long sandy beach … read more Tangalle

Trincomalee

Trincomalee is one of the world’s finest natural deep-water harbours that attracted great seafarers like Marco Polo, and sea-traders from China and East Asia in the ancient times. This is … read more Trincomalee

Nilaveli

A place that you should not miss out, if you travel in Sri Lanka. Nilaveli beach is one of the purest white sandy beaches in Asia. The pristine beach which … read more Nilaveli

Batticoloa

Batticaloa is in the east coast of Sri Lanka with a picturesque lagoon and beach. Good for snorkelling and diving, this serene gorgeous beach would undoubtedly make your holiday fantastic. … read more Batticoloa

Passekudah and Kalkudah

Passekudah and Kalkudah are two separate beautiful beaches in the east coast. These stunning sandy beaches that are very popular among tourists are ideal for bathing, windsurfing and water skiing. … read more Passekudah and Kalkudah

Arugam Bay

World-renowned as a paradise of surfing, Arugam Bay is ranked 3rd among the best 20 beaches for windsurfing in the world. It is located in the southeast coast of the … read more Arugam Bay

Casuarina

The best beach in the Jaffna Peninsula located in Karainagar about 20 kms northwest of Jaffna. If you travel to Jaffna, this is a place you should visit without fail.

Wildlife

Yala National Park

Yala National Park is the most visited and the second largest national park in Sri Lanka. Actually it consists of five blocks, two of which are now open to the … read more Yala National Park

Wilpattu National Park

Wilpattu National Park (Vil-pattu; Land of Lakes) is a park located in the island of Sri Lanka. The unique feature of this park is the existence of “Villus” (natural lakes) … read more Wilpattu National Park

Kumana National Park

Kumana National Park in Sri Lanka is renowned for its avifauna, mainly its large flocks of migratory waterfowl and wading birds. Kumana is contiguous with Yala National Park. Kumana was … read more Kumana National Park

Horton Plains National Park

Horton Plains National Park is a protected area in the central highlands of Sri Lanka and is covered by montane grassland and cloud forest. This plateau at an altitude of … read more Horton Plains National Park

Bundala National Park

Bundala National Park is globally important wintering ground for migratory water birds in Sri Lanka. Bundalaharbours 197 species of Birds, the highlight being the Greater Flamingo, which migrate in large … read more Bundala National Park

Gal Oya National Park

Gal Oya National Park was established in 1954 and it serves as the main catchment for SenanayakeSamudraya, the largest reservoir in Sri Lanka. SenanayakeSamudraya was built under the Gal Oya … read more Gal Oya National Park

Lahugala Kitulana National Park

Lahugala-Kitulana National Park is one of the smallest national parks in Sri Lanka. Despite its land area, the park is an important habitat for Sri Lankan Elephant and endemic birds … read more Lahugala Kitulana National Park

Minneriya National Park

Minneriya National Park is in the midst of three agricultural towns: Habarana, Polonnaruwa and Minneriya. This is a heavenly area for elephantscomming from the neighbouring jungles to enjoy the lush … read more Minneriya National Park

Udawalawa National Park

Udawalawa National Park lies on the boundary of Sabaragamuwa and Uva Provinces of Sri Lanka. The national park was created to provide a sanctuary for wild animals displaced by the … read more Udawalawa National Park

Wasgamuwa National Park

Wasgamuwa, another national park in the island plentiful of large herds of elephants, offers ample chances to view Elephants, Leopards, Sloth Bear, Sambhur, Deer, Wild Buffalo, Purple-Faced Leaf Monkey and … read more Wasgamuwa National Park

Maduru Oya National Park

MaduruOya National Park which is 58,849 hectares in content is located in the dry zone and 314 kms from Colombo. It is situated by KudaSigiriya, a great eco location yet … read more Maduru Oya National Park

Kudulla National Park

Kaudulla National Park is located in the North Central Province of Sri Lanka. It was designated a national park in 2002 becoming the 15th such area on the island. Along … read more Kudulla National Park

Waterfalls

Travelling inland into the Central, Uva and Sabaragamuwa provinces brings one into contact with the picturesque waterfalls the country has to offer. Due to the extensive network of natural waterways, the small island is home to over 100 waterfalls, a majority of them located in the Hill Country and the Central Highlands. Some of the most famous waterfalls in Sri Lanka include St. Claire, Devon, Ramboda, Hunnas and Dunhinda. It is quite difficult to reach the base of some waterfalls due to rugged terrain and dense forestation, while numerous ones are completely hidden from oft-travelled routes.

MOUNTAINS

Adam's Peak is perhaps the most well-known mountain in Sri Lanka. Located in the Sabaragamuwa Province with an elevation of 2,243m, it is a place of worship for all of Sri Lanka's major religions. However, in the very heart of the island; the Central Province, lies the hill country, which is a land of verticals. Sri Lankans, centuries ago, used the mountains as a natural defence against the colonizing British, with choke points and rolling boulders to protect the last kingdom of Kandy. Travelling through the roads that wind around the mountains presents breath-taking scenery, with tea estates than seem like miles of green carpet, waterfalls, and mist-covered peaks. Mount Pedro, with an elevation of 2,524m is the highest mountain of Sri Lanka, and is located here, close to the city of Nuwara Eliya. The Knuckles Mountain Range, Horton Plains, and Kirigalpoththa, Hakgala and Thotupola mountains are some of the other main attractions in Nuwara Eliya.

BIRD SANCTUARIES

The tiny island is home to over 430 species of birds, 26 of which are endemic to Sri Lanka. Different seasons also bring in different migratory birds to the country. The best way to experience this diverse offering is to travel to the multitude of bird sanctuaries located across the island. From the mangroves and sand dunes of Bundala to the rolling plains and dry forests of Kumana and the lush rainforests of Sinharaja, the different ecologies of the dozens of bird sanctuaries in Sri Lanka offer unique bird watching experiences. The Field Ornithology Group of Sri Lanka is the apex association related to the conservation and study of birds in the country.

BOTANIC GARDENS

The Botanic Gardens of Sri Lanka represent a significant national asset of the country. Being established in the early nineteenth century, the National Botanic Gardens have now become major tourist attractions in Sri Lanka. Over 2 million people visit these botanic gardens annually for relaxation, entertainment, recreation, education, botany and horticulture.

Botanic gardens of Sri Lanka have a collection of over 6,000 diverse living plant species on display arranged in attractive, systematic and exciting ways. The gardens are oasis of beautifully cultivated flowers and trees of carefully designed and meticulously maintained environments.

Currently, there are five botanic gardens and one medicinal plant garden in Sri Lanka. Three of the botanic gardens were established by the British; i.e. Royal Botanic Gardens in Peradeniya, Hakgala Botanic Gardens and Gampaha Botanic Gardens. The botanic garden in Mirijjawila is the first botanic garden developed by local experts after 130 years and opened in 2013. Another new botanic garden is being established in Avissawella for ex-situ conservation of Wet Zone plants and will be opened soon.

ELEPHANT ORPHANAGES

Established in 1975 with five orphaned elephants in an area of 25 acres of land at Pinnawala, a village in the Kegalle District, the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is the only orphanage of elephants which cares for the worlds largest herd of captive elephants that accounts for nearly 90 orphans. The orphanage which serves as a conservation and breeding centre as well as a place of informal education on elephants and their conservation is a world famous attraction due to its unique way of maintaining such a large free herd of jumbos. The orphanage is a worth-seeing place for anyone into these pachyderms, their conservation and ecotourism. Visitors have opportunity not only to observe the entire herd bathing in the Ma-Oya River but also to feed them with fruits and milk.

Time Table of the Activities

-09.15 a.m. - Bottle feeding baby elephants and fruit feeding
-10.00 a.m. - Parade to the river
-12.00 noon - Herd returns from the river
-01.15 p.m. - Bottle feeding baby elephants and fruit feeding
-02.00 p.m. - Parade to the river
-05.00 p.m. - Bottle feeding baby elephants

Other Tickets

Volunteer Programmers - Same as at the Colombo Zoo, The Elephant Orphanage is open from 8.30 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. on all days of the year.

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