About Sri Lanka

The finest island of its size in all the world

In the 13th century, explorer Marco Polo described Sri Lanka as “La più bella isola delle sue dimensioni in tutto il mondo” – the finest island of its size in all the world.

8 UNESCO world heritage sites, mountainous tea country, spectacular wildlife, epic food, and breathtaking coastlines combine to form a tapestry, filled with intriguing characters that bring the story of today’s Sri Lanka to life.

Known as Ceylon until 1972, Sri Lanka means Resplendent Island. Just off the southern tip of India, the island is about the size of Ireland and home to 20 million people.

The country has a rich cultural heritage with its strategic location along the ancient silk route. Ancient Greeks called it Taprobane, Persians and Arabs referred to it as Serendib, the origin of the word “serendipity”.

The small island packs in a continent’s worth of attractions and 8 World Heritage sites, all within a few hours of each other. The Ceylon Tea highlands, the Cultural Triangle; cradle of an ancient Buddhist civilization, and probably the best wildlife parks outside Africa with leopard, elephant, bear and blue whale offshore. Not forgetting tropical beaches, great surfing and Ceylon Blue Sapphires, which have adorned the crowns of royalty for centuries.
Sri Lankan cuisine is very distinctive, using cinnamon, coconut, and myriad spices the country is famous for. The best Cinnamon is also grown here.

Sri Lanka is one of Asia’s most underrated gems. On the Resplendent Ceylon Sri Lanka Journey, experience the best of this paradise isle, with exceptional accommodation and superlative service.

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The Best Times to Visit Sri Lanka

Cliches aside, our island can be viewed as ideal to visit throughout the year. Regardless of what the weather is like in one part of the country, another part would offer a great experience in likeness or kind.

Five Reasons Sri Lanka is Perfect for Family Vacations

Ours is a land that offers experiences that connect you with nature and wildlife, culture and heritage, traditional cuisine and communities of diverse ethnicities.

The Sri Lanka Reading List

Are you the type to read all about a place you are about to visit? Regardless of whether you’ll be traveling anytime soon, here are some great selections of reads you could order online and dive right into on Sri Lanka’s rich history, culture, heritage, community and wildlife.

The Sri Lankan Safari Guide

With diverse biodiversity and the numerous national parks, Sri Lankan safaris are quite unlike any other safari experience. In this blog, we share a few tips and suggestions for travellers looking to explore the Sri Lankan wilderness.

Five reasons why you should choose Sri Lanka for your honeymoon

With miles of powdery golden beaches, incredible wildlife and plenty of secluded guest houses and beautiful boutique hotels, a honeymoon in Sri Lanka is sure to be packed full of memories to last a lifetime.

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