CEYLON TEA TRAILS - GALLE
COLOMBO - SIGIRIYA - ANURADHAPURA
MINNERIYA NATIONAL PARK
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POLONNARUWA
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FROM CEYLON TO PARADISE, ACCORDING TO NATIVE TRADITION, IS FORTY MILES; THERE MAY BE HEARD THE SOUNDS OF THE FOUNTAINS OF PARADISE. – OLD LOCAL BELIEF
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 which is irresistible. It has a rich history and a culture which is a curry made from 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, a 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 2000 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.