Sri Lanka packs an amazing diversity of landscapes and ecosystems into a relatively small area. Within a couple of hours you can drive from the airport to hill stations and ancient cities, or from one of 26 national parks to the fabulous tropical beaches that ring the island and offer sunshine all year round. Wild elephants roam on land alongside leopards, bears, crocodiles and numerous other big mammals as well as a breathtaking variety of bird life. Off shore, you’ll find dolphins and Blue, Sperm, Humpback and Bryde's whales, as well as many places to swim, snorkel and surf.
It’s not just nature that draws visitors, but the richness of Sri Lankan history and culture that goes back at least to the establishment of the city of Anuradhapura around 400 B.C.E. Centuries of Buddhism are overlaid with the legacies of Portuguese, Dutch and British colonisers, still very apparent today in the architecture and vast plantations that produce some of the best tea in the world.
With something for almost anyone, Sri Lanka is justifiably popular, especially with families, but there’s so much more to it than the package tour destinations. With your own driver-guide by your side, you’ll be able to mix must-see highlights with some more unexpected treats, so let us take you on personalised, hassle-free trip of a lifetime.
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