Ever since the very early days of travel, Sri Lanka has been known as one of the worlds most beautiful and diverse exotic holiday destinations.
This is reflected in the many nicknames Sri Lanka has acquired over the centuries: Serendib (the origin of the word "serendipity"), Ceylon, Teardrop of India, Resplendent Isle, Island of Dharma, Pearl of the Indian Ocean; just to name a few.
Colombo, Sri Lanka's commercial capital is cosmopolitan and filled with many-starred international hotels, shopping centres and surprisingly westernised; yet with its own unmistakable Sri Lankan character.
As the commercial and political heart of Sri Lanka is a fascinating mix of old and new, with a central cluster of high-rise office blocks and hotels overshadowing red-tiled colonial-era buildings and sprawling street markets which overflow with high piled fruit and vegetables, colourful silks and cottons, and deliciously fragrant spices.
While opinions differ here, we define the West Coast of Sri Lanka as the coastal area between Puttlam and Mount Lavina, the residential beach area south of Colombo.
The West Coast was one of the first areas to be developed when Sri Lanka was on the 'hippy trail' in the 1970's and is still a favourite holiday destination due to it's easy access to the International
Airport and the city of Colombo.
The South Coast of Sri Lanka was the first region to offer touristic facilities when the Hippies "discovered" Sri Lanka in the 70's.
Starting initially in Bentota, visitors soon went further south to
put Hikkaduwa and Unwatuna on the travelers map. Today the whole of the
South Coast is fully developed and offers some of Sri Lanka's finest beaches.
The crystal clear water is excellent for swimming, diving and surfing.
If you are looking for beautiful white sandy beaches, colourful coral islands and clear blue seas, Sri Lanka’s East Coast should be your first pick. Especially since is, apart from Arugam Bay in the surf season, never over-crowded and still very peaceful! Called also Sri Lanka’s equivalent of the Maldives, the East Coast is distinctly different from the coastal areas of the rest of the island.
The touristic interests of inland Sri Lanka are basically divided in the Cultural Triangle with it's amazing selection of lost cities, ancient temples and holy sites and the Tea Country, a showcase for all the natural riches and exotic beauty Sri Lanka is known for. Waterfalls, Cloud Forests, Colonial Architecture and, of course, the endless tea plantations growing the world famous Ceylon Tea. All this combined with some of the finest National Parks in Sri Lanka, makes a trip through the hill country an experience of a very special kind.