SRI LANKA IS ONE OF THE WORLD’S HIDDEN GEMS.
It has everything a gem ought to have – sparkle, authenticity and an aura of beauty that is irresistible. It has a rich history and culture with an added mixture of Dutch, Portuguese and British influences. You can go from verdant landscapes to sandy beaches, a cosmopolitan party capital in Colombo to sacred sites, atmospheric luxury villas to earthy tea plantations, World-Heritage-listed colonial Galle to new-age, cutting-edge boutique hotels – all of which are contained in this tiny teardrop.
Then there’s the cuisine that can range from burn-in-your-mouth local food to world-class fusion on par with anywhere else. There’s leopard-spotting and unspoilt elephant sanctuaries. It holds no less than eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites. And more than 2,000 years of culture can be discovered at the ancient capital cities of Anuradhapura, Sigiriya and Polonnaruwa.
Sri Lanka can show you dive sites comparable to any in the world. It can evoke the raging shopaholic in you – for nowhere in the world are art, craft, design, fabric, tea and antiques so original and so reasonable. But more than anything, it’s the island’s natural beauty that has withstood so much and still remained unspoilt that will strike the right chord.