DETAILED GUIDE TO SRI LANKA TOURISM

Tourism in Sri Lanka is no more a new topic to the world tourism industry. Sri Lanka is a renowned destination in the world for nature lovers. As per the travel experts Sri Lanka has been ranked among top destinations around the world and as a result it became a place not to be missed by travelers.

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Central HighlandMore than two years after the end of 30-year civil war, the tourism in the island is now on track to recovery with several development projects under way. Despite the global financial downturn and ensuing ups and downs, the underperforming tourism industry in Sri Lanka has shown strong signs of pickup over the last two years. White sandy beaches, Hill Stations, Art & Culture, Wild life, Bird Sanctuaries, Water Falls, Whales and Dolphins, Sports, shopping etc draw more modern day travelers and add value to the tourism industry and Sri Lanka in no doubt to offer a good product that scores on all counts. For sure Sri Lanka is the destination for travelers of all age groups; all taste types, all income levels and all classes from anywhere and any culture around the world.

Tourism in Sri Lanka is being promoted under eight main themes namely Thrills, Wild, Pristine, Scenic, Heritage, Bliss, Essence and Festive. All these themes together cover all aspects of tour interests in the country which are identified till date.

 


1 THRILLS

For Sports and Adventure, Sri Lanka is the ideal location. With ragged mountains and dense forests, raging rivers and calm seas, this enthralling island provides the perfect playground for thrill seekers. Adventure tourists and sports buffs. Whether you enjoy arduous jungle treks, invigorating surf sessions, hot air ballooning or golfing, a trip to Sri Lanka grants you the luxury of experiencing a new thrill each day.

 

White Water Rafting Surfing Snorkeling  Diving
 White Water Rafting  Surfing & Water Sports  Snorkeling & Diving
 Golf Hot Air Ballooning Horse Riding
 Golf  Hot Air Ballooning  Horse Riding
Trekking  Hiking Cycling  
Trekking & Hiking  Cycling  Tennis

 


2 WILD

Home to a vast variety of endemic species, flora and fauna, the natural beauty of Sri Lanka is astounding. Ranging from majestic elephants to regal leopards and a rainbow of birds and butterflies, the wildlife in and around the shores of Sri Lanka is diverse and abundant. In an effort to safeguard and preserve Sri Lanka's nature and wildlife, 15% of the country is currently protected within wildlife sanctuaries and nature reserves. These sanctuaries allow you to observe wild Sri Lanka in its natural habitat and reserves that have gained prominence on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites are the magical Sinharaja Rainforest Reserve, The peak Wilderness Protected Area, Horton Plains National Park and Knuckles Conservation Forest.

 

Bull Elephants1 Bull Elephanta         Sri Lanka Bull Elephants

The Sri Lankan Elephant is the prominent figure in Sri Lankan wildlife and this is a rightful honor for the majestic and intelligent beast crowned the largest of the Asian Elephants. The current elephant population in Sri Lanka stands at 5000.

 

        Sea Mammals and Whale Watching

Situated within the International Whaling Commissions protected zone, Sri Lanka is one of the world's main spots for Blue Whale and Sperm Whale Sightings.

Sea Turtle Whale Watching

 

Wild Safari Wild Safari Deer         Wild Safari

Sri Lanka has a healthy and diverse population of wildlife, boasting 92 species of mammals, 16 of which are endemic. Home to a range of National Parks, Sri Lanka strives in its efforts to conserve and protect rich species diversity.

 

        Bird Watching

Sri Lanka is without a doubt, a bird watchers paradise. More than 440 Species of resident and migrant birds thrive on this island including 33 endemic birds such as Sri Lankan Blue Magpie and White-throated Flowerpecker.

Bird Watching Pea Cock Bird Watching

 

 


3 PRISTINE

The tropical Island of Sri Lanka boasts numerous beautiful beaches. Surrounded by the glimmering waves of the Indian Ocean, our sandy shores are the perfect retreat for a relaxing holiday in the sun. Coconut trees sway in the cool ocean breeze, inviting you to take a dip in the refreshing turquoise waters and soak up the sun on the endless stretches of warm white sand.

 

West Coast

Dolphin Watching 

Kalpitiya

Predominantly a fishing village, Visitors can watch the fishing boats return to the shores in the early hours of the morning. Visitors can take their pick of the succulent selection of fresh seafood. Best known for being located on the migration path of Spinner Dolphins and Blue Whales, Kalpitiya offers reputed Dolphin and whale watching tours to wildlife enthusiasts.

 

Negombo

Negombo is a charming fishing village, close to Bandaranayke International Airport. A seafood lovers' realm, Negombo offers the finest in fresh seafood, available at the numerous restaurants in the area. Get a Boat Ride along the Dutch canals or out into the open sea.

 

Mount Lavinia

Mount Lavinia is the closest beach to the city of Colombo, convenient for day trips and out of the city for shopping excursions and sightseeing, with a wide beach, cool waves and a multitude of restaurants.

 

Wadduwa and Kalutara

Wadduwa and Kalutara offer quality beach holidays with un-spoilt beaches and serene atmosphere. Contains a number of Resorts and unique boutique hotels for a relaxed holiday and are convenient bases for excursion to Sinharaja Rainforest.

South Coast

Kalpitiya

 

 

Bentota

One of the biggest and most beautiful beaches on the South Coast offers a comprehensive range of Water sports and Boat Tours. Take a river cruise through the lagoons and mangroves or visit the local turtle hatcheries.

 

Hikkaduwa

Offering excellent conditions for surfing attracts surfers and holiday makers from all over the world. Be sure to visit the nearby moonstone mine in Mitiyagoda and the traditional mask carving museum in Ambalangoda during your stay.

 

Unawatuna

Voted one of the world's top 10 beaches, Unawatuna Bay is a charming semi circular bay fringed with greenery, protected by a double reef, making the sea ideal for swimming and snorkeling.

 

Galle

Galle crowned as a UNESCO world heritage site, renowned for its colonial charm and impressive Dutch Ramparts. The Galle Fort and enclosed area were developed by the Dutch from 16th to 18th Century.

 

 

 

East Coast

 

 

Arugam Bay

Listed as one of the top 10 surf spots in the world, Arugam bay offers a wide variety of Holiday activities from snorkeling, diving and kite surfing to simply relaxing by the beach.

 

Trincomalee

Trincomalee is a natural deep water harbor which is a famed sea port in the trading history of Sri Lanka. Home to the beautiful beaches of Nilaveli and Uppuvali, as well as the remarkable Pigeon Island.

 

Nilaveli

Nilaveli is one of Sri Lanka's most remote and beautiful beaches. Well known for its serene atmosphere. Nilaveli is also a playground for water sports such as snorkeling, scuba diving and wind surfing.

 

Pasikuda

Pasikuda is famous for its secluded beaches and calm, clear water. For a relaxing holiday away from hustle and bustle, Pasikuda is your dream escape.

Water Sports

Club Bentota

With warm 27 C waters, Sri Lanka is perfect for indulging in your favorite water sports and the options are endless. Surfing, Banana Boat Fun, etc. The two seasonal monsoons that effect either side the islands at different times make sure that the Sri Lankan waters are ideal for water sports all the year round.

 

Whale & Dolphin Watching

Whale Watching MirissaExperience an encounter with nature by booking a Dolphin or Whale watching tour in Sri Lanka. Catch a glimpse of the largest mammal in the world during the moths of December January an April in Dondra Point, the main port for Blue Whale and Sperm Whale sightings. Kalpititya offers a sight of around 1000 dolphins during on one boat trip in the peak months of November to March

 

 

 

Diving and Snorkeling

DivingThe Sri Lankan waters are home to an abundance of vibrant coral, marine life and shipwrecks, making it ideal location for deep sea diving and snorkeling. A wide range of reliable registered dive schools exist along the coast, enabling you to explore on underwater paradise under safe and secure condition. Hikkaduwa, Weligama, Bar Reef, Tangalle and Nilaveli are all magical spots for Scuba Diving and Snorkeling.

 

 


4 SCENIC

Few destinations offer such diversity in scenery and habitats as Sri Lanka and as you journey through this charming tropical paradise you will understand why. Escape to the cooler climes for a lush realm of rolling hills carpeted with tea plantations and scattered with gushing waterfalls. Roam the grassy plains and relish the vibrant flora and fauna. From sunrise to sunset, we welcome you to a picturesque wonderland of scenic treasures.

Scenic Highland Scenic Beach Scenic Hills  The Scenic Mountainous Landscapes

Central Highlands and Tea Country

 

Scenic Birds Scenic Hills Scenic Wild

 Jungles, National Parks, Sanctuaries

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Sri Lanka Wildlife & Waterfalls

 

Scenic Lakes Scenic Farming  Rivers and Lakes & Paddy Fields

 

Scenic Weligama  Urban Landscapes

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Charm of the Village

 

 


5 HERITAGE

The fascinating land of Sri Lanka, described as the finest island of its size in the world by Marco Polo, is endowed with several attractions that have immense historical and archaeological significance. These spectacular attractions have been declared World Heritage Sites in Sri Lanka by UNESCO and continue to amaze visitors from all parts of the globe. In addition to these glorious sites, Sri Lanka is also home to a mesmerizing array of religious landmarks, Buddhist and Hindu Temples, Churches and Masjids.

 

       

 

        Sacred City of Anuradhapura

Situated in the North-Central part of the Island, Anuradhapura was the first Capital of Sri Lanka established by King Pandukabaya.

 

The Ancient City of Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa was declared the Island's Second Capital by King Vijayabahu. Polonnaruwa contains fabulous ruins of the beautiful garden city created in 12th Century.

 

The Ancient city of Sigiriya

The City of Sigiriya is one of the best preserved ancient cities in Asia and the Sigiriya Rock Fortress is no doubt one of the most astounding spectacles.

 

Old Town of Galle & Its Fortification

The Characteristic seaside town of Galle remains a prime example for a truly fortified city constructed by Europeans in South East Asia. Galle was founded by Portuguese in the 16th century.

 

Sacred city of Kandy

Kandy was the last Capital city reigned by the Sinhalese Kings and to this day Kandy remains the religious capital of Buddhism in Sri Lanka.

 

Sinharaja Forest Reserve

The Sinharaja Forest Reserve is a unique tropical lowland rainforest and eco tourism destination situated in south west Sri Lanka.

 

The Central Highlands

The Central Highlands of Sri Lanka are made up of 3 picturesque mountain locations, namely the peak Wilderness Protected area, Horton Plains National Park and Knuckles Conservation Rain Forest.

 

 

 

 


6 BLISS

From the calm seashore to the emerald mountains, Sri Lanka is a haven of Bliss. Wherever on this Magical Island you may be, you will be sure to come across a peaceful retreat that relaxes and rejuvenates. Indulge in ancient Ayurvedic healing or surrender your senses to a calming spa sojourn.

 

 

      Ayurveda

Ayurveda is an old-age method of healing used to repair, restore and maintain balance throughout the body, Spice and herbal remedies are used to improve wellness and state of mind through massages and baths.

        Yoga

Yoga means to join and unites mind, body and spirit. Yoga techniques include breathing exercises, postures, meditation and practicing healthy habits/ aimed at making you feel more harmonious and centered

     Spas

Sri Lankan Spas offer a nourishing range of top to toe treatments to rejuvenate your senses. Spas are present at most luxury hotels within the country and exclusive boutique spas can be found in most tourist areas.

        Spice Trails

Apart from taking pride of place as the world's largest exporter of fragrant and flavored cinnamon, this tropical haven is abundant in cardamom. cloves, nutmeg, black pepper, turmeric and vanilla, A visit to Sri Lanka is incomplete without and insightful tour of the beautiful spice gardens in Sigiriya, Kandy, Matale and Mawanella.

      Herbal Tea

Sri Lanka is one of the world's largest exporter of tea and black tea said to have powerful antioxidants which enhance overall heath including reduction of high blood pressure and improvement in cardiovascular health.

 

 

 


7 ESSENCE

Owed to its multicultural heritage, the island of Sri Lanka is enriched with a vibrant and adverse way of life. The friendly people of Sri Lanka are more than happy to introduce you to the mouthwatering cuisines, magnificent arts, captivating dances, toe tapping music and dazzling parades and festivals. Immense yourself in the lively surroundings as you explore the characteristic and happy go lucky wonderland that is Sri Lanka

 

Cuisine

The Melting pot of diverse cultures that make up Sri Lanka contribute to an immense array of gastronomic delights

Arts & Crafts

Sri Lanka Claims a rich and extensive cultural heritage inspired by longstanding traditions and influences. Paintings, Sculptures and architectures of years past exhibit, refined beauty and creative brilliance.

Cultural Dance

The Merging of South Indian influences Sri Lanka folk dancing, gave rise to the three unique styles of Dance that Sri Lanka is renowned for, Kandyan, Low Country and Sabaragamuwa each varying in style, costume and drum type.

Community Tourism

Community Tourism in Sri Lanka aims to involve and benefit local communities, the rural areas, in particular. Tourists get the opportunity to immerse themselves in the culture.

Gems & Shopping

With a Gem industry that dates back over 2500 years, Sri Lanka to a dazzling 40 varieties of gemstone is appropriately named "Land of Gems". Sri Lanka is a treasure trove of souvenirs and gifts and you can be sure to pick up an authentic piece of Sri Lanka to take back with you. 

 

8 FESTIVE

In the ancient past Sri Lanka, due to its strategic location at the crossroads between East and West, has been greatly influenced by the different visitors to the country. These visitors brought with them their diverse cultures and customs and with time these got absorbed into the Sri Lankan way of life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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