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Sri Lanka is a tropical island paradise that is full of surprises. Blessed with groves of coconut palms, teaming rainforests, picturesque mountain ranges, the inviting waters of the Indian Ocean and incredible wildlife including its very own Big Five. An Island steeped in history and culture, with exquisite beaches, extreme nature, mesmerizing landscapes, and amazing cuisine that will change your life.

Traditional fishing in Sri Lanka

History

With a history that dates back almost 40,000 years, this island may be small, but boasts some of the oldest well preserved cultural and archaeological ruins that literally transports you back to a time of powerful Kingdoms, fortified palaces in the sky, royal baths, ancient Buddhism, and irrigation marvels.

Elephant in Sri Lanka

What to Do

While coming in at around a quarter the size of the UK, the island of Sri Lanka packs a powerful punch when it comes to wildlife. Having the highest density of leopard per square kilometre in the world, and amazing year-round whale sightings, this in itself is a rare treat. The island is also blessed with majestic elephants, sloth bears, incredible and diverse birdlife, dolphins, turtles, and stunning underwater snorkelling sanctuaries – Sri Lanka is a wildlife enthusiasts dream.

Sigiriya Lions Rock

Scenic Inland

Sri Lanka’s Hill Country is the island at its most scenic, a mist-wrapped land of emerald peaks and fabulous views, of hillsides carpeted with tea plantations and dotted with spectacular waterfalls. With an incredibly varied landscape changing every few hours, it arguably makes for some of the most scenic rail adventures around the world. The rainfall, combined with tropical sunshine, cold nights and mists, the Hill Country is a land unto itself, pulsating with adventure and charm.

Beach in Sri Lanka

Why Sri Lanka?

From the warm and friendly locals, to the amazing selection of international cuisine and delicious local food, to a refuge of wellness coupled with centuries old indigenous natural Ayurvedic healing… Sri Lanka is truly an experiential destination. Captivating and awakening all your senses with experiences around every corner, ticking all the boxes for anyone seeking to find adventure, to get back to nature, to find inner peace or to just relax and rejuvenate!

Sri Lanka Train

The Best of Sri Lanka - 11-day itinerary

Discover the absolute best of the Pearl of the Indian Ocean on this diverse and action-packed 11-day itinerary. The tour packs in all the big-hitting Sri Lankan experiences – history, culture, food, wildlife, adventure, and epic scenery – while keeping comfort levels high throughout and without ever breaking into an overly-rushed pace. Your stay will encompass the many treasures of the Cultural Triangle, Kandy and the stunning Hill Country, safari drives in two national parks, and a final 3 nights on the alluring south coast around Galle.

 

Luke Stapylton-Smith, Asia Expert

“It’s an obvious choice but I just can’t see past Galle – I’d go so far to say it’s outright one of my all-time favorite travel destinations. The atmospheric For isn’t all that big but you could still spend days pottering about, dipping in and out of shops and cafes. Hotel options are charming; on my last visit I was lucky enough to stay at the highly attractive Fort Bazaar which is one of several excellent boutique properties. A typically brilliant Galle day was spent cycling in the rural backwaters in the morning, lunch and lazing at the gorgeous Talpe Beach Club in the afternoon, then back to the Fort for cold beers and crab curry at Elita in the evening.”

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Read more travel insights in Issue 3 of Unforgettable Travel

This article was first published in issue three of the Unforgettable Travel Magazine.

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