A teardrop-shaped island cast adrift in the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka is filled with cultural and natural treasures. Indians, Portuguese, Dutch and British have all left their marks here, making for a delightful mix of ancient cities, monuments and atmospheric colonial architecture.
At the same time, palm-fringed beaches are never far away and mountainous greenery beckons inland. It's clear to see why Marco Polo proclaimed Sri Lanka to be one of the best islands in the world.
Whether it’s a trail elephant crossing the highway, a literary festival in Galle, leopard sighting in Yala National Park, tasting an exceptional cup of tea at a plantation, stumbling upon vast ancient ruins in the middle of the jungle or discovering a deserted beach, Sri Lanka is a series of unexpected delights.
Sri Lanka has known its fair share of political turmoil and natural disasters in recent decades; however the country is finally finding political stability once again - marked by the Foreign Commonwealth Office removing travel restrictions across the entire country in mid 2010.
From its lush mountainous regions, to its perfect beaches, from its incomparable wildlife population to its peerless historical monuments, Sri Lanka is again becoming a holidaymakers’ favourite destination.