Sri Lanka is a lush, tropical island paradise
, famously described by Marco Polo as "undoubtedly the finest island of its size in the world
This is a culturally rich and environmentally diverse
country, with nine World Heritage Sites
(the oldest dating back to the 3rd Century BC); 86 species of mammals (including elephant and leopard) and more than 400 bird species (including 26 endemics); a colorful array of flowering plants and trees, and a Hill Country famous for tea; 14 National Parks out of 100 areas protected by the government; and an Indian Ocean coastline boasting palm-fringed and sandy tropical beaches.
Visit their ancient sites and marvel over their legendary temples
, or see the sacred home of the world’s oldest living tree, Anuradhapura. Take a safari tour in one of Sri Lanka’s national parks to encounter elephants, leopards, water buffaloes, and exotic birds, or spend the day relaxing on the dazzlingly white, often untrodden, beaches. Try your hand at a little surfing or retreat up into the Sri Lankan hills to experience a more temperate climate and the lavish greenery of the tea plantations
. And if you can even trek through the rainforests with an experienced guide or just take in the breathtaking vistas on a spectacular train ride
With fabulously flavoursome food and a vast array of culturally rich experiences to delve into
, Sri Lanka promises to be one of your best-loved travel destinations, and the charm of the people will simply enchant you.