Sri Lanka
Welcome to Sri Lanka! This land has a great history of more than 2500 years, so here we have many cultural heritage sites.  There are 8 UNESCO World Heritage sites within the country including:  the hill capital Kandy, the sacred city of Anuradhapura, the Dutch fort of Galle, the ancient city of Polonnaruwa, the rock fortress of Sigiriya, the golden rock temple of Dambulla, the beautiful Horton plains and the Singharaja rain forest. In addition to these famous sites there are hundreds of other heritages sites on the island worth exploring for tourists. The climate is ideal year round. Sri Lanka is a year round beach destination where you can enjoy sandy beaches, sunshine and cool breezes. When the seas are rough on one some of the island it is calm on the other side so there is always a desirable beach location to experience.


Heritage Sites

With a recorded history of more than 2500 years Sri Lanka has a rich heritage. There are 8 world heritage sites within the country which include; the hill capital kandy, the sacred city of Anuradapura, The Dutch fort of Galle, The ancient city of Polonnaruwa, The rock fortress of Sigiriya, The golden rock temple of Dambulla, the beautiful Horton plains and the Singharaja rain forest. Apart from these famous sites there are hundreds of heritage sites in the island which are frequented by tourists.

Anuradapura - Ancient Kingdom
Sigiriya - Ancient Kingdom & fortress
Polonnaruwa - Ancient Kingdom
Kandy - Ancient Kingdom with temple of tooth relic
Galle - Fortress
Dambulla - Rock cave temple
Maligawila - Ancient Monastery with largest statue of Lord Buddha in Sri Lanka
Yapahuwa - Fortress

 

 

Beaches

Being an island Sri Lanka is surrounded by sea and a perfect destination for a beach holiday. When the seas are rough on one side of the island it is calm waters on the other side. So it is a year round beach destination.

Negombo
Mount Lavinia
Kalutara
Bentota
Ambalangoda
Hikkaduwa
Unawatuna
Weligama
Mirissa
Matara
Tangalle
Arugam Bay
Nilaveli & Uppuveli
Trincomale

 

Wild Life Parcks

For a small island the biodiversity of the country is most impressive. Sri Lanka is home for a wide variety of mammals, birds, fish, butterflies and snakes. Three big five of Sri Lankan wildlife are the elephant, the leopard, the sloth bear, the blue whale and the sperm whale.

Yala National Park - Most visited, and second-largest in Sri Lanka
Udawalawe National Park - Famous for Elephant watching
Kumana National Park - Famous for Bird watching
Bundala National Park - Famous for Bird watching
Wasgamuwa National Park - One most attractive national park
Wilpattu National Park - Largest in Sri Lanka, famous for leopards
Minneriya National Park - Famous for Elephants
Horton Plains National Park - Only national park in hill country and famous for sambar
Udawalawe Elephant Transit Centre-Rehabilitate orphanage for baby elephants.

Singharaja rain forest - World heritage site. Only rain forest and important as wild life hot spot.

 

 

Spices

Sri Lanka is famous for its spices and spices gardens. These spice gardens offers tourists memorable visits to various spice plantations in Sri Lanka. In order to promote and uplift spice growing and spice gardens of Sri Lanka a spice council was established with all key industry private and public sector stakeholders.

Cinnamon (kurundu)
Cloves (karabunati)
Cardamom (karadamungu)
Black pepper (gammiris)
Gambog (goraka)
Turmeric (kaha)
Curry leaf (karapincha)
Mustard (abba)
Coriander (kottamalli)
Lemon grass (sera)
Nutmeg (sadikka)
Cumin (suduru)
Sweet cumin (maduru)
Fenugreek (Uluhal)
Red dry chillies (viyalimiris)
Mace (wasawasi)

 

 

Tea

Tea production in Sri Lanka is of high importance to the Sri Lankan economy and the world market. The country is the world's third largest producer of tea and the industry is one of the country's main sources of foreign exchange and a significant source of income for laborers, with tea accounting for 15% of the GDP, generating roughly $700 million annually. In 1995, Sri Lanka was the world's leading exporter of tea, (rather than producer) with 23% of the total world export, but it has since been surpassed by Kenya. The tea sector employs, directly or indirectly over 1 million people in Sri Lanka, and in 1995 directly employed 215,338 on tea plantations and estates. The humidity, cool temperatures, and rainfall in the country's central highlands provide a climate that favors the production of high quality tea. The industry was introduced to the country in 1867 by James Taylor, the British planter who arrived in 1852

Ceylon black tea
Ceylon white tea
Ceylon green tea

 

 

Gems

The precious stones such as rubies and sapphires frequently found in Ratnapura and 90% of the rocks of the island are of Precambrian age, 560 million to 2,400 million years ago. The gems form in sedimentary residual gem deposits, eluvial deposits, metamorphic deposits, skarn and calcium-rich rocks. Other gems are of magmatic origin.

Blue Sapphires
Star Sapphires
Rubies
Pink Sapphires
Yellow Sapphires
Orange Sapphires
Padparadschas
Cats Eye
Alexandrite
Chrysoberyls
Garnets
Spinets
Moonstones
Aquamarines
Topazes

 

 


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