ENTICING SRI LANKA
Sri Lanka is another beach country that sits beside the tip of the Indian Peninsula. Highly influenced by Buddhism, this region is yet to become a commercial beach destination. Hence, you can still drop by and enjoy its quiet surrounding, unlettered beaches, great sightseeing locations and more. The island is a part of the Indian Plate and is separated by the Gulf of Mannar. The land elevates as you go inside, with the presence of mountains in the central part of, with the highest point being Pidurutalagala. The island is drained by a network of 103 rivers, 45 estuaries, 40 lagoons, and a 7,000-hectare vast mangrove system.
The culture of Sri Lanka is influenced by its neighbors, invaders, and visitors. One will find Indian, Buddhist, Portuguese and Dutch, even British influences in the lifestyle, architecture, and cuisine of Sri Lanka. Inhabited by the Sri Lankan Moors & Tamils, Burghers, Malays, Chinese, as well as Sinhalese, the region is multi-ethnic. They mostly dine on steamed rice and flavorful curries prepared with coconut milk, cashews, nutmeg, cinnamon and more.
History of Srilanka
The mention of Sri Lanka is famously mentioned in the epic Ramayana. Lanka was a great kingdom said to have created by Lord Viswakarma for Lord Kuber. He was overthrown by his brother Raavan who was a ten-headed demon. The island is said to have reached by the island of Lord Rama through a bridge created entirely out of miraculously floating stones with his name inscribed on it. Sri Lanka is said to have been ruled by Asia's first female ruler, Queen Anula of Anuradhapura.
Places to Visit
Spot exotic collection of flora along with the Giant Bamboo of Burma that grows up to 12 inches in a single day.
Great steamer rides that take you to spot killer whales, dolphins, and pilot whales from a close proximity.
Hop in the hot air balloon ride to enjoy the Sri Lankan view from the bird’s eye view.
Kitugala Forest Reserve
Excellent location to set up camps and arrange bonfires coupled with trekking & rafting.
Great location to indulge in some scenic scuba diving through the shallow shores and warm currents.
Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage
Spend quality time with orphaned elephants of all ages, feed them and take pictures.
Good To Know
Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte
65,610 km2 (25,330 sq mi)
Sri Lankan Rupee