Found just to the southeast of India, this island nation is high on beauty, beaches, and centuries of culture. Sri Lanka gained worldwide notoriety as a part of the ancient Silk Road trading route, and today remains a source of tea, coffee, and native spice cinnamon among other goods. Alive with tropical jungles and arid grasslands alike, the biodiversity found on the island is quite impressive – the highest density of any Asian country. The country has established 24 wildlife reserves to protect a variety of deer, Asian elephant, leopard, primates, and some 250 types of resident birdlife. Sri Lanka luxury travel with Ker & Downey allows you to experience this splendor for yourself.
Human history on the island can be traced back as far as 543 BC, and a number of impressive temples and monuments from antiquity still stand today. Sri Lanka hosts eight UNESCO World Heritage sites within its borders. Visit the ancient cities of Anuradhapura and Kandy, hike the flawless lowlands of the Sinharaja Forest Reserve, and marvel at the rock fortress of Sigiriya. The beaches of the country remain virtually pristine, with diving and surfing among the many water adventures possible along the shore.
Sri Lanka’s southern half encompasses both its signature coastal beauty and the astonishing central highlands of the island. Cloud forests rich in wildlife surround the plateaus of the rugged hill country, an area punctuated by gorges, valleys, and peaks including the nation’s highest point, Pidurutalagala. In the center of the island find the colonial city of Kandy and the Temple of the Tooth, aptly named as it shelters the relic of Buddha’s tooth.
Located on the west coast, Colombo is the country’s largest city and was the capital during the era of British colonization. Today it is a bustling, modern hub of industry and culture. Further south the beaches and azure waters tempt visitors to explore. Snorkel and dive through practically pristine reefs, seek out fresh seafood, or simply soak in the sun along stretches of sand. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Galle Fort, a former Dutch compound which is home to a unique blend of European architecture and varied history. Explore this wondrous place with our Sri Lanka vacation packages.