An island with an oversized punch
surf the waves, jet ski and snorkel explore the vibrant city of Colombo head into the forested hills and go white-water rafting climb rocks and mountains to visit fortresses and temples attend street festivals and eat exciting foods explore the historic city of Kandy go on safari and see some of the world's most illustrious large game and more! It was my most active holiday yet, from exploring Sigiriya’s natural beauty, the charm of Kandy, or the beaches surrounding the stunning Galle Fort - there was so much to experience.
In 1972, the name Sri Lanka was adopted in place of Ceylon. The word sri means "blessed" in Sinhalese, and Lanka is the name of the island.
What is the culture like?
What is the architecture like?
Sigiriya Rock Fortress
What festivals are there in Sri Lanka?
Full moon poya day
Esala Poya Perahera
What can I expect from the landscape?
I am amazed at the vast array of geographic topography in Sri Lanka as well as the beauty each one possesses. It would be difficult for me to identify a favourite since all were distinct and wonderful in their own right!
Epic train journeys!
The train ride from Ella to Kandy through Sri Lanka's hills and mountains is possibly the most beautiful rail journey in the world!
Ceylon tea comes from Sri Lanka, as the island was known as Ceylon under British rule.
What are the beaches like?
Where to head in different seasons
Fun beach activities
go kite-surfing on the windy shores of Kalpitiya party on the west coast of Hikkaduwa admire dolphins and whales in Mirissa surf the waves of Aragum Bay relax on the pristine sands of Batticoloa swim with sharks in the turquoise waters of Trincomalee
What wildlife will I see in Sri Lanka?
Sri Lanka's national parks
Sri Lanka is a small country, yet it has 26 national parks spread out over its area, including a couple on its smaller islands.
Best national parks for a safari
Udawalawe National Park in the south Yala National Park on the southeastern coast Sri Lanka is such a varied destination that really surpassed my expectations when it came to the variety of adventure, culture – and amazing food! I really wanted to see the elephants and get close to nature – the elephant safari was my fave!
What is Sri Lankan food like?
Eating with your hands
Popular local dishes
Over the traffic and noise at a Sri Lankan market, you'll likely hear the clanking of metal on metal and know kottu isn't far away.