Sri Lanka, a teardrop-shaped island in the Indian Ocean, unfolds its diverse regions. Colombo, the vibrant capital, showcases a blend of colonial and contemporary charm. Kandy, nestled in the hills, resonates with cultural richness. The beaches of Galle beckon with historic allure, and the lush highlands of Nuwara Eliya captivate. From the ancient wonders of Anuradhapura to the wildlife haven of Yala, Sri Lanka weaves a tapestry of history, nature, and vibrant landscapes.
Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka, is a bustling city and a great entry point for the country’s beaches along the west and south coast. It is also a destination in itself with a rich history behind it and a heritage that is reflected throughout the city.
The Cultural Triangle’s most southerly point is the City of Kandy, Sri Lanka’s second largest. Situated around a vast lake, surrounded by the peaks of Sri Lanka’s hill country and looped by Sri Lanka’s largest river, the Mahaweli.
Sri Lanka’s enchanting hill city is renowned for its cultural splendour. Immerse yourself in the sacred Temple of the Tooth Relic – it is believed that whoever holds the relic governs the country.
Sri Lanka’s South Coast is filled with endless dreamy beaches with a unique charm to each of them. Less than 2 hours from Colombo, the Galle district in Southern Sri Lanka is home to the turtle-watching bay of Kosgoda, a little further South is the family-friendly Bentota resort.
The main attraction of this side of the island, apart from the string of small towns such as Kalutara, Bentota, Ahungalla and Hikkaduwa, are the tropical beaches and lagoons lined with mangroves. The west coast also offers guests a vibrant cultural heritage including folklore, music and dance as well as architectural influences from the Dutch period.
The abundant rainfall combined with Sri Lanka’s year round sunshine offer the perfect climate for producing world famous tea.No trip to Sri Lanka would be complete without a visit to any number of the historic tea plantations that are distributed throughout the island, however some of the most dramatic are located around Kandy and central Sri Lanka.
The Yala National Park is Sri Lanka’s most well-known wildlife park. It is famous for the variety of animals that can be seen, including elephants, crocodiles, sloth bears, eagles, but most famously leopards.
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