Known as the ‘Pearl of the Indian Ocean’, Sri Lanka charms travellers with its ancient cities, tropical interior, idyllic palm-fringed beaches and friendly
Sri Lanka was called Serendip by the Arab traders who chanced upon the island as they explored the shores of the Indian Ocean in the 10th-century. Defined as "a happy accident or pleasant surprise; a fortunate mistake”, it is said the word Serendip was derived from the famous Persian fairy tale The Three Princes of Serendip, whose heroes were always making happy discoveries by accident.
Few islands in the world offer the diversity that exists in Sri Lanka : ancient cities, rich religious festivals, colonial memories, rolling tea plantations, an astonishing variety of bird and animal wildlife and the best beaches in the Indian ocean. Sri Lanka showcases a bustling and chaotic way of life yet intoxicates its visitors with a potpourri of cultures, religions, races, customs and its sheer natural beauty.
"The island of Ceylon is a small universe: it contains as many variations of culture, scenery and climate as some countries, a dozen times its size. What you get from it depends on what you bring, if you never stray from your hotel bar or the dusty streets of westernized Colombo, you could perish of fulminating boredom in a week, and it would serve you right. But if you are interested in people, history, nature and art – all the things that really matter – you may find, as I have, that a lifetime is not enough." The Sea of Sinbad, By Arthur C Clarke
Why we like it
- Golden beaches
- Epic wildlife
- Intoxicating culture & festivals
- Exotic culinary delights
- A plethora of UNESCO World Heritage sites
- Misty mountains & acres of tea