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Sri Lanka, formerly Ceylon, is a tropical paradise located just south of India. Sri Lanka has a three thousand year old history; it’s famous for it’s tea, spices and precious stones. You also have the possibility to go on a safari in a national park to see elephants in the wild, and if you're lucky, maybe a leopard. Sri Lanka remains a unique destination for both adventurous travelers and honeymooners.
Despite being long and rich, Sri Lanka’s history is not commonly known. You can marvel at the ruins of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa, and you’ll learn about the different religions that coexist in communities on the island. You’ll discover the Dutch walled port city of Galle and the famous mountain of Sigiriya. Finally, you’ll experience some unique moments of relaxation on the heavenly beaches in the uncharted East and South regions.
Situated far away from mass tourism, the eastern coast of Sri Lanka offers visitors white sandy beaches, turquoise blue waters and lagoons with multicolored coral reefs. This part of the island is still fairly unknown because of a decade of civil war in the 80s, which meant that it was closed to visitors. Today, the people of Sri Lanka live in harmony and friendliness. The Tamil communities are surrounded by the natural beauty of the beaches, the most beautiful of which are located near Trincomalee, which is reputed to be one of the finest natural harbors in the world.
It’s easy to stop and visit the main historic sites of Sri Lanka such as Polonnaruwa or Sigiriya. Further north, you’ll discover the Jaffna peninsula, located in the heart of the Tamil region and the many islands that surround it. The beaches are not crowded and provide a home to many seabirds. This offers a rare change of scenery to visitors.
The plains in the north have always been the home of the great civilizations of Sri Lanka. Their remains form the Cultural Triangle, composed of Buddhist temples, monasteries, palaces and fortresses that sparkle in the eyes of the visitor. These three ancient kingdoms represent the points of Sri Lanka’s cultural triangle and the rich vestiges of greatness from the glory days. Anuradhapura was the first capital of Sri Lanka and held this role for approximately 700 years. It was a big city with thousands of people living in palaces and monasteries, they’d live among the ornate temples, parks and pools, which would offer them rest and relaxation. Polonnaruwa (the second ancient kingdom) was a fortified town that was technologically advanced with a reservoir and irrigation system that is still used today. The moat surrounded the park, which was rich in temples, palaces and Buddhist statues. The last point forming the triangle is Kandy, which was the seat of the last kingdom of Sri Lanka before the arrival of European colonizers, who would significantly change the country. The Portuguese burned the city several times, but the palaces and temples still survived. The Temple of the Tooth is the sanctuary where Buddha’s tooth is preserved; it’s located in Kandy. Nowadays it’s considered the holiest shrine of the country, visited by tourists as well as by the Sinhalese pilgrims. Inside the triangle, you’ll also find the Golden Temple of Dambulla, as well as famous cave temples decorated with frescoes and Buddha statues. Sigiriya "The Lion Rock" is a major archaeological site, well known for becoming Sri Lanka’s national symbol. Located 160 kilometers from Colombo, Sigiriya is Sri Lanka’s former royal capital. This place is classified as a world heritage site by UNESCO. King Kassapa built it in the late fifth century. The Citadel of Sigiriya overlooks the top of a rocky area spanning over 200 meters that overlooks the plains. To reach the fortress you must pass the imposing claws of lions that guard it’s access, extended by a series of galleries and staircases. The path to the summit takes you through the gardens of "Royal pleasures" and some vestiges of the ancient city lying below. You can admire the frescoes of the "Demoiselles Sigiriya" painted on the sides of the rock. Legend says they were the courtesans of King Kassapa. Once at the top, you’re rewarded with a spectacular view of the region and it’s surrounding jungle.
With its 1,600km of coastline bordered by the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka is a paradise for beach holidays. Tourism is only beginning to redevelop itself, so the beaches are still wild and unspoiled. Sri Lanka's beaches have a lot in common with the beaches in the Maldives: the turquoise waters in coral reefs, coconut palms rooted in the white sand, fauna and aquatic flora. In Sri Lanka, tourism infrastructure is rarely directly on the beaches. Like in a few places in the world, it is still common to see fishing boats on the sand without seeing a tourist in sight. The most popular beaches are located near the capital, with the southwest and south coasts having the most tourists. Thanks to the motorway, they are the most easily accessible beaches from the international airport, and they are also the ones that do not experience monsoons during the period from November to March. Unawatuna, 20 minutes away from Galle, is a charming little beach on which there are many bars and restaurants. Far from the paradise of the jet set, you’ll be able to find tranquility and savor the local cuisine at very affordable prices. The beaches in the East (by their distance from the international airport) are less accessible. This area has the most favorable climate between April and September. The beaches around Trincomalee are deserted and still wild. En route to the east coast, you can visit the cultural riches of the island, such as Sigiriya and Polonnaruwa. Moving down south, Arugam Bay is a paradise for surfers. Small guesthouses spread out along the beach road, away from the tourist resorts. Framed by the jungle and rocks, Mirissa is undoubtedly one of the prettiest beaches in the south. Here the restaurants set up their tables right on the beach. It’s also possible to take a boat from the port and go whale watching. This is available from December to April. But no matter where you go, culinary delights, pristine beaches and smiling locals will welcome you and give you the desire to stay longer.
Best known for its beaches and cultural monuments, Sri Lanka also has remarkable flora and fauna. Conscious of this wealth, the government protects the precious environment within its beautiful national parks. The Yala National Park is the most known and visited natural park on the island. The explanation for this is simple: it has the highest density of wildlife, including many predators. For this reason it’s not possible to enter the park in a 4x4 accompanied by a ranger driver. You can admire sloths, deer, mongooses, crocodiles, monkeys, buffalo and especially leopards – about 50 live there! This is the highest density of leopards in the world. Beyond the flora and fauna, this region of Sri Lanka is very rich, with swamps and lagoons teeming with wading birds. You can observe more than 200 species, including storks, pelicans, peacocks, ibises, etc. The park is also the cradle of the kingdom of Ruhunu, its monastery, the Situlpahuwa and two Buddhist shrines: the Asaka Chetiya and the Maha Vihara Magul. The Uda Walawe National Park is located in southern Sri Lanka. It also has rich fauna, attracted by a waterhole where wild animals come to drink, including buffalo and deer, nearly 200 species of birds, crocodiles and other lizards. But this reserve is best known for its 500 elephants, which you can have a good look at. Note that the elephants that are either sick, wounded or without parents are collected and given a home in the orphanage near Pinnewala. That most definitely deserves a visit. You’ll attend a bath in the river and feel the love of an elephant, which is unforgettable.
The southern coast of Sri Lanka is where you’ll find the most beautiful beacheson the island. On Unawatuna beach guests can comfortably relax thanks to the reef that protects the bay from dangerous currents. The monsoons begin by mid-April and last for only about four weeks. Galle (pronounced "Gawl") is one of Sri Lanka’s oldest cities and it’s rich in colorful history, which was impacted by its strategic positioning in the south of the island on the ancient spice route. Goods were transferred between Europe and Asia right through its port: mainly spices, but other precious trade goods as well. In the 16th century, Galle suffered its first colonization, where the origin of its name was born (galo means cock in Portuguese). There is another version that says that the name comes from the word gala, meaning rock in Sinhalese. The city was then conquered by the Dutch, who built up the place and transformed it into a fortress for protection against any potential invaders, of which there were many at the time. The city and its preserved colonial style is now a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site.
This archipelago consisting of hundreds of islands grouped together is located in the Indian Ocean, about 600km southwest of Sri Lanka. The islands with sandy beaches are peppered with hotels at different price levels but all with excellent service. A stay in the Maldives will take you to a place with breathtaking nature, adapted to the pleasures of water sports. Each island is surrounded and protected by coral reefs, which are still preserved. The mere mention of the name Maldives calls for swimming and snorkeling in the middle of an underwater fauna and flora ecosystem. You’ll be dazzled by the intensity and variety of colors. On these small islands, underwater nature reigns and marine parks offer a whole world of splendor coral reefs, colorful fish, sharks, dolphins, sea turtles and giant rays that will welcome you. If you are new to the world of underwater activities, all-island hotels have dive schools with modern equipment. The water is so hot that it’s often possible to dive without a wetsuit. These islands also offer beautiful beaches, fringed with white sand, coconut trees and crystal clear warm water all year round. Many hotels are only accessible by seaplanes, which operate as taxis in this country without roads. Take advantage of your stay in the Maldives to discover the gastronomy of the islands. Fish is ubiquitous in the kitchens of the Maldives. Freshly caught, it’s eaten grilled. At dusk, you can dance on the beach under the stars in the warm ambience of your hotel. If you choose to make a circuit in India or Sri Lanka, at the end of your trip you can come to relax on the Maldives by extending your holiday for a few days. Check out our hotels and expansion possibilities and discover this extraordinary archipelago.