Sri Lanka, also known as “Pearl of Indian Ocean” is an island country located in the Indian Ocean. It is one of the top tourist destinations of the world.
Inspite of being a small Island, Sri Lanka has truly amazing things to offer to its visitors. The country is flared with incredible history and culture, golden and white sand beaches, tea plantations, stunning landscape, amazing waterfalls, wildlife, thrilling water sports and much more. Sri Lanka is one of the best places for viewing wildlife in Asia. This tiny island has abundance of wildlife from Asian elephant to leopard including 43 endangered species listed by World conservation union.
This fascinating country has plenty of national parks treasured in it. Some of the most important national parks are Wilpattu National park, Yala National park, Sinharaja and many more. One can also enjoy viewing dolphins, whales and experience some of the water sports in the country. Exploring this nation of smiling people is truly an amazing experience.
The Sri Lanka mystique perseveres, unfurling before the senses as soon as you arrive: the heavy warm air, the rich green foliage, the luxuriant swirls of the Sinhalese alphabet, the multicoloured Buddhist flags, and the kaleidoscope of saris, fruits, jewellery and spices on display in the markets. For a small island, Sri Lanka offers a truly amazing variety of attractions. The coasts are studded with palm-lined beaches, some with excellent surf breaks. The Kandyan dances, elephant-led festival processions or any temple on poya (full moon) days will delight culture hounds, as will viewing the stone-cut Buddhist art and towering dagobas (stupas) of the ancient capitals of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa.
Sri Lanka has spectacular beaches all along it's west coast. Bentota, Hikkaduwa, Galle, Unawattuna are some of the popular beach destinations.
Sri Lanka has become a major spot for watching Whales and Dolphins. Sri Lanka is situated within international whaling commission’s protected zone in Indian Ocean. West coast in locations from Alankuda beach in Kalpitiya, Mirissa or Dondra Point of down south, east coast of Trincomalee is the main ports of Whale and Dolphin watching in Sri Lanka.
If you want to see happy elephants who are absolutely not being ridden by tourists you can visit the Elephant Freedom project. They aim to give captured elephants the best life possible.
The Galle fort is one of Sri Lanka's most popular tourist destinations. The impressive fort stands by the sea and has a wide variety of shopping options as well as incredible local and international cuisine.