Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka, ‘Splendid Land’, packs sweeping beaches, cool green mountainsides, busy cities, spice gardens and historic tea plantations into what is a very tiny island nation. With an ancient culture first documented as early as 543 BC, Sri Lanka is home to seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

The 11th-century capital of Polonnaruwa, and Sigiriya, an ancient rock citadel, are highlights for any visitor, as is the cultural centre of Kandy, the island’s last mountain-kingdom centre and historical bastion of Buddhist power. The more recent influences of Western colonizers and Eastern traders are evident in the beautiful colonial architecture in nearly every city, the mix of religion, agricultural practices and language.

Marco Polo considered Sri Lanka the finest island of its size ‘in all the world’. It is not difficult to see why: staggeringly beautiful, with warm, smiling people, Sri Lanka is hard to beat as a destination.

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