For a small island, Sri Lanka has many nicknames: Teardrop of India, Pearl of the Orient etc. This colourful collection reveals its richness and beauty, and the intensity of the affection it evokes in its visitors.
Consequently this small island state contains an exotic mixture of languages, cultures and religions.
Sri Lanka, the Isle of Serendipity is a tourist paradise with an abundance of tourist attractions like the sunny beaches, glorious ancient cities, salubrious hill country, beautiful fauna and flora, exquisite handicrafts, world renowned gems, traditional dance and drama, colourful festivals, smiling people and not forgetting the mouth-watering Sri Lankan cuisine.
Santha @ Travelserv is our Sri Lanka specialist and she can use her extensive knowledge to plan your perfect visit and suggest some local tours which you may not find advertised elsewhere.
We have our own ground agents in Sri Lanka so that we can provide the best holiday experience for our clients.
Below are some of the ‘must see’ places in Sri Lanka, but please Contact Us with your exact needs.
- The Rock fortress of Sigiriya, rising almost 370 metres above sea level with the ruins of a palace dating back to the 5th century AD found on the summit of the rock.
- Sight seeing in Polonnaruwa – the statue of the great Sinhalese King Parakramabahu,. the Ancient ruins including the area known as the Quadrangle, Thuparama Image House, Gal Vihara – the fine detailed granite sculptures of the Lord Buddha, Lankathilaka and the 12th century Lotus bath just to name a few
- The rock cave temples of Dambulla, where 5 caves have been converted to shrines
- Matale known for the Spice Gardens which give interesting insights into the spice production in Sri Lanka
- Kandy, where by day you can explore its colourful and busy Market place, visit the Sri Dalada Maligawa Temple of the Tooth Relic and Peradeniya Botanical Gardens, and in the evening you can see Sri Lankan traditional dances in the form of the Cultural show
- Nuwara Eliya or ‘Little England’ as it was known to the British, who established a hill station and a convalescence centre for their military in the 19th century here, will show you some interesting buildings of mock Tudor and Georgian architecture
- The Ella area, which is blessed with the most beautiful views you could find in Sri Lanka, including the Ella Gap, Ravana Ella Falls, Little Adam”s Peak and Bambaragala Peak
- The Yala National Park, the second largest in Sri Lanka, with 44 species of mammals including Elephant, Leopard (the highest density found in the world), Monkeys, Sloth bear, wild water Buffalo, Toque Macaque, Golden Palm Civet, Red Slender Loris, and Fishing Cat and about 215 Bird species
- Galle, the best example of a fortified city built by Europeans in South and South-East Asia, showing the interaction between European architectural styles and South Asian traditions
- Turtle Hatchery, between Galle and Colombo, where you can see how to conserve the local nesting sites in Sri Lanka
- Colombo. the National Capital, where you are spoilt for choice of what to see and do – walk along the promenade of the Galle Face Green, visit the Dutch Hospital complex which is now a heritage building and a shopping and dining precinct, experience the hustle and bustle of the commercial area of “Fort’ and the noisy bazaar area of ‘Pettah’.