SRI LANKA - PEARL OF THE INDIAN OCEAN
Sri Lanka has endless beaches and world heritage sites, friendly people and tasty food, wildlife and rain-forests, surfing and whale watching, train rides through rolling hills, waterfalls and tea gardens. With so many things to do and see all packed in such a small country, distances are short and travel time is reduced. If you had enough of lazing on the sandy beaches, surfing or whale watching and ready to escape the tropical climate of the coast and lowlands, head for the hills, with their temperate, green charms and rolling meadows. Verdant tea plantations and rain-forested peaks beckon walkers, trekkers and those who just want to see it on a spectacular train ride.Safari tours of Sri Lanka’s national parks can result in encounters with elephants, leopards, water buffaloes, variety of birds and primates. If culture and heritage is what you are after ancient traditions are still practiced at holy sites scattered across the island. The Kandyan dance is a must see. “Lanka” also has a variety of World Heritage sites, from the picturesque hill town of Kandy to the Portuguese fortifications of Galle and monastery-strewn ruins of Anuradhapura.