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Overview
Set in the Indian Ocean in South Asia, the tropical island nation of Sri Lanka has a history dating back to the birth of time. It is a place where the original soul of Buddhism still flourishes and where nature’s beauty remains abundant and unspoilt. Few places in the world can offer the traveller such a remarkable combination of stunning landscapes, pristine beaches, captivating cultural heritage and unique experiences within such a compact location. Within a mere area of65, 610 kilometres lie 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, 1,330 kilometres of coastline - much of it pristine beach - 15 national parks showcasing an abundance of wildlife, nearly 500,000 acres of lush tea estates, 250 acres of botanical gardens, 350 waterfalls, 25,000 water bodies, to a culture that extends back to over 2,500 years. This is an island of magical proportions, once known as Serendib, Taprobane, the Pearl of the Indian Ocean, and Ceylon. Discover refreshingly Sri Lanka!

Culture

The traditional way of life is still very much an integral part of the Sri Lankan society. Artisans, musicians and craftsmen offer life-long commitments to carry on the skills of the traditional Sri Lankan communities whilst religions especially Buddhism and Hinduism reinforce the basic precepts that are the very essence of Sri Lankan life. And yet Sri Lanka’s essence is also that of a myriad of influences of three colonial rulers. The Portuguese, Dutch and the British interacted with Arab, Chinese and Malay merchants – a combination that is amply reflected throughout the country by way of customs, cuisine and architecture.

Beaches
A single line of footprints crosses the golden sand towards the Indian Ocean, which spills softly onto the beach. Beyond the stretch of calm, indigo-blue sea, a line of breaking waves marks the coral reef where recreational divers discover vividly coloured tropical fish and living corals. Sri Lanka offers over 1,300 kilometres of idyllic sandy beaches. With its year-round summer and two different weather systems, whatever the time of year, there’s always a beach with sunshine and a choice of calm seas or steady surf depending on what you feel like. There’s a beach for all tastes, budgets and seasons in the lovely island of Sri Lanka.

Wildlife
Closely following the Buddhist tradition of conservation that dates back over 2,000 years, Sri Lanka features no fewer than nine national parks and seven bird sanctuaries. Among the 12, 259 endangered species listed by the World Conservation Union, 43 can be found in the island’s national parks. Sri Lanka though small in size is one of the few places on earth where the world’s largest land and sea mammals can be seen in a day. Home to the inimitable Asian Elephant, Sri Lanka’s southern Ocean waters are the playground to the giants of the sea- the docile Blue Whales.

Festivals

Sri Lanka is a land of celebration. The many ethnicities and the pervasive acceptance of each other’s traditions and religion mean that Sri Lanka is a land of continual festivities. From magnificent pereheras (processions) to religious ceremonies, cultural festivities and harvest festivals, the list of things to see and do is endless.

(Original information sourced from Sri Lanka Tourism Dept)


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Aditiya Boutique Hotel Galle

The Seduction Of The Soul - Aditya , one of Sri Lanka’s finest and most distinctive boutique hotels. We strive to provide the utmost in discreet personalized service, a tastefully luxurious e...

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Amangalla Boutique Hotel

Amangalla is an integral part of the 400 year old Galle Fort. Here the narrow streets are lined with old houses, displaying their Dutch heritage with their pillared verandas.

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Amanwella Boutique Hotel Tangalle

Sunsets streak the evening sky with an orchestra of fuchsias and gold, a spectacular performance witnessed through a display of gently fluttering palms on a platform of long white beach. Amanwella ...

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Blue Water Resort Wadduwa

Offering spectacular views of the Indian Ocean, The Blue Water, Wadduwa nestles amongst wild coconut groves, the tall palms swaying in the evening breeze, lit by the last streaks of the setting sun...

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Browns Beach Hotel Negombo

Spectacular golden sand fringed by a turquoise tropical sea Nestling amidst the palm groves of the quaint fishing village of Negombo, Browns Beach with its unspoiled private beach is the most popul...

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Club Hotel Dolphin Waikkal

At Club Hotel Dolphin, there's fun for the whole family. Guests are free to catch some sun, take part in games in the activity pool, enjoy the sports, horse-riding or theme shows, or just kick back...

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Eden Resort & Spa Beruwela

Relax on a beach chair with a tropical cocktail and watch the sun set over the Indian Ocean. Walk on miles of pristine beaches as the sky and water merge as crimson and gold. Let our experienced ma...

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Jetwing Beach Hotel

Whether you are coming alone or bringing your family; tots and all, here everyone is equally assured of a royal welcome and good times galore. Take playful days and restful nights aplenty, with equ...

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Jetwing Lighthouse Galle

One of the top properties in Galle, as well as Sri Lanka, with all the facilities guests would expect of a deluxe property. For leisure, guests can choose from the fitness centre, two fresh water p...

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Kani Lanka Resort & Spa Kalutara

Kani Lanka Resort & Spa, situated on the tip of the Kalu Ganga River mouth, Kalutara, Sri Lanka, is truly in a spectacular setting, where two opposite forces of nature, "Karadiya" (se...

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Royal Palms Hotel Kalutara

Lush comforts, modern facilities, fine cuisine and leisurely days of sunshine wait to be treasured on a heavenly tropical holiday where every need will be taken care of, and a wide range of recreat...

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Serene Pavilions

The exotic Serene Pavilion, nestling in picturesque landscape gardens within a coconut grove and kissed by the rolling Indian Ocean, lends itself admirably for all round enjoyment with lazing in th...

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The Fortress Boutique Hotel

The hotel is fashioned in the style of a powerful fortress. Rising next to the beach, the resort's walls enclose verdant gardens and water features, a spa featuring Ayurvedic treatments, a fre...

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The Reef Villa & Spa Wadduwa

Reef is a truly spectacular and luxurious villa, set in three acres of exotic tropical gardens with palm fringed pavilions and reflection pools that create the romance and grandeur of Sri Lanka.

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The Sun House Boutique Hotel

This glorious house has been renovated to maintain its colonial charm and elegance. The large central living area is the heart of the house. A place where, at the end of the day, our guests can bro...

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Vivanta by Taj

A fantastic resort on one of Sri lanka's most beautiful beaches. The hotel has all of the facilities one expects from a first class hotel including a large freshwater pool, gym and health club and ...

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