Although a small island, Sri Lanka, formerly called Ceylon, is resplendent with captivating natural beauty that has mesmerized generations of visitors. It is also acknowledged for its rich culture and natural resources and has been left with the imprints of a number of settlers and colonists such as Indians, Dutch and the British. As quite aptly pointed out by Marco Polo, Sri Lanka is one of the best islands of the world characterized by palm-fringed beaches, lush green mountains and a typical tropical climate. The important cities of Sri Lanka are Colombo, Anuradhapura, Jaffna, Kandy, Negombo, Nuwara Eliya and Polonnaruwa. Get ready to set out for a spectacular journey that will remain etched in the sweetest of your memories.
Colombo is the capital city as well one of the prime tourist destinations of Sri Lanka offering a number of tourist attractions including National Museum of Colombo which is a must visit place in the city. This city was under the influence of the Portuguese, Dutch and the British and still retains its colonial ambience at many places. There are also a number of other things to watch in Sri Lanka that include the UNESCO-listed Sigiriya Rock Fortress, which is a stunning fifth-century palace-fortress perched on top of a rocky outcrop. Temple of the Tooth is also a UNESCO recognized tourist attraction. The other attractions include the Dambulla Cave Temples, the Dutch Fort of Galle, ancient capital of Anuradhapura, statue of reclining Buddha at Polonnaruwa, Yala National Park and Negombo (a fishing village).
The festivities and celebrations of Sri Lanka are also the indicators of its rich culture and heritage. Sinhala and Tamil New Year Festivals are gala occasions celebrated by the Sinhala and Tamil people. Esala Perahera (A-suh-luh peh-ruh-ha-ruh) is the splendid festival of Esala, which is held here with numerous ceremonies. The people are clad in impressive costumes, and the atmosphere is full of revelry. Don’t miss out to be a part of these festivals when you travel to Sri Lanka.
To provide accommodation to tourists, the key towns of Sri Lanka have a number of hotels in all the major categories to cater to the various demands of the tourists. Whether you are looking for a luxurious accommodation or a reasonably priced one, you can get them all in Sri Lanka. The hospitality and warmth extended by the committed and caring staff is par excellence and your sojourn will certainly be a pleasant experience. Sri Lanka can only be reached by by air and the most important access point into the country is the capital city Colombo, offering connections to the various global destinations such as Europe, Asia, Australia and the Middle East. Sri Lanka is also well connected with the Indian towns such as Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Trichy, Thiruvananthapuram and Mumbai.