Sri Lanka Travel Guide
Sri Lanka is a very, very old isle with records found in literature going as far back as the Pharaohs of Egypt to the West and the age-old empires of Asia to the East. It is a magical place of golden beaches, tropical rainforests, towering mountain peaks, iridescent rice paddies, glittering flowers, roaring waterfalls, fleeting fireflies, flitting butterflies, languid elephants, shy leopards and rare birds of paradise. It is a veritable Garden of Eden with one of the richest concentrations of species of animals and plants on the planet. Its history of civilisation stretches back thousands of years. As far back as 500BC there were already well established cities, palaces, reservoirs and temples.
Throughout its long history Sri Lanka has gone by many names emanating the magic of this isle – Serendib, Taprobane, Cellao and Ceylon.
But beside its incredible natural beauty and age-old history, it is the Sri Lankans themselves that give this island a special place in the hearts of all who are fortunate enough to traverse this land. After leaving the hustle and bustle of the capital Colombo you enter an air of relaxed calm and peacefulness among the people who are welcoming, hospitable and refreshingly friendly.
Predominantly Buddhist, the island is multi-ethnic and multi-religious and all live together in exemplary peaceful community.
Travelling around the island can be slow going because of the narrow roads, but each way you turn en route is a feast for the senses.