Explore the Cultural Heritage
Sri Lanka is an island nation with a rich cultural heritage that dates back over 2500 years. With a diverse and colourful history that followed, many battles and kingdoms have risen and fallen in the dynasties of Kandy, Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and Jaffna. The ruins that remain of ancient kingdoms and other archeological discoveries provides fascinating insights into a sophisticated civilization which possessed advanced knowledge and skill of design and architecture, science and technology and arts and crafts. A significant event in the history of Sri Lanka was the introduction of Buddhism in the 3rd century B.C. which then became an integral part of Sinhalese culture and civilization on the island. Today Sri Lanka is a kaleidoscope of religions and ethnicities with deep rooted traditions influenced by its past history.
This beautiful ancient land is blessed with a plethora of sites which have immense historical significance. There are seven World Heritage Sites in Sri Lanka according to UNESCO and these attractions have emerged as a focal point of fascination for tourists from around the world. Take a cultural heritage tour deep back into the past of Sri Lanka and gain a better understanding of the islandâ€™s remarkably rich cultural and religious history. This type of journey would give you an insight into the rich Buddhist heritage and ruined ancient kingdoms of this island. Be enthralled by entire townships, palaces, fortresses, temples and monasteries etc. Top favorites on the list are the ancient kingdoms of Anuradhapura & Polonnaruwa, the magnificent Sigiriya Rock Fortress, the cave temples of Dambulla, and the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy.
Seasons in the Sun
Being a tropical island, the Pearl of the Indian Ocean is endowed with over a thousand miles of beautiful golden beaches, which provides the idyllic setting for a truly memorable getaway. The soft sound of waves lapping on the shore, endless strips of white sandy beaches contrasting with deep blue waters, coral reefs that are home to many types of tropical fish best describe what to expect when you visit the coastal lines of this veritable paradise. The beaches of Sri Lanka provide a plethora of options for travelers. Are you the active type, looking for action? A range of water sports from snorkeling, windsurfing, sailing, scuba diving, surfing, kite surfing and much more await to satisfy the adventurer in you. Exploring coral reefs, the beautiful underwater flora & fauna is a must when you travel to Sri Lanka. Or venture out on a whale or dolphin watching expedition.
Enjoy the beautiful sunsets on the north and south coasts, while sipping a tropical drink or a chilled beer, kicking back on a hammock under the shade of palm trees. Take a trip to the east coast to watch the sun rising in the morning. Yes, you can witness both the sunset and the sunrise on this island. These beaches are a paradise for honeymooners, where the environment is so romantic one could smell love in the air! Sri Lankaâ€™s beach life is very seasonal. To bask in the full glory of this island in the sun, the peak season for the south-west coastal areas is from November to March and March to October in the east coast.
Sporting life in Sri Lanka is a significant part of the Sri Lankan culture. Though Volleyball is the national sport, Cricket is the most popular - drawing world recognition after Sri Lanka brought home the 1996 World Cup. Blessed with many striking cricketers, Sri Lanka never fails to produce more aspiring talent. Cricket is one thing carried in the hearts of all Sri Lankans which transcends any form of difference. School level cricket is also extremely popular and celebrated in most parts of the country where schools battle it out in big matches with their main rivals to bring glory to their alma mater. Streets are garnished with different school flags and colours during the big match season.
The next popular sport in the island is Rugby. Although mainly popular in the school level, Sri Lanka is now being recognized for their performances in the international level. The school level rugby season is almost as popular as the cricket season and thereâ€™s a lot of cheering and revelry on the streets as schools scrum down against each other. Other popular sports include tennis, rowing, athletics, basketball, waterpolo etc. Sri Lanka has garnered a lot of attention internationally as a location for both cricket and rugby. Many foreign school and club teams visit the island to face Sri Lankan teams on home turf. The games are exciting and always leave you wanting more. Sporting events in Sri Lanka are regular. While you are here in Sri Lanka, immerse yourself into the wide range of sports and recreational options the country provides for its locals and international visitors.
Team Building & Adventure
Sri Lanka as a land is still quite unexplored by tourists. As of recent, the potential of this island being a premium destination for adventure sport has been realized and more people are looking to experience an adrenaline pumping visit. With the post-war safety of the East Coast, the adventure season in Sri Lankacovers almost the entire year. Due to the varying nature and geography of the island, it is perfect for a large range of adventure activities. From high rise mountains, beautiful beaches, swift rapids and deep jungles - the island caters to a wide mix of sports which include trekking, hiking, camping, mountain biking, white water rafting, hot air ballooning and much more.
When considering the sheer diversity of the island it comes as no surprise that Sri Lanka is a preferred destination for incentive and team building tours for many multinational companies. You can plan your team building event as an adventure in the jungle, a deep reflection in an ancient city, kayaking on swift rapids and be part of an experience that you will value forever. Whether you are an adrenaline junkie or just want to give something a go; there is something for you. Be one with nature and explore the thrill of an island paradise of adventure. If you feel that is too wild and daring for your liking, you can venture on something that is more relaxed and soothing nonetheless exciting, like dolphin and whale watching or a bout of golf at the golf club. In a varied island culture, the possibilities are endless.
The wildlife in Sri Lanka is as varied as the island itself. From elephants, sloth bears and leopards to reptiles and amphibians to birds and butterflies and more. Safari parks and wildlife sanctuaries, more often found in the southern and central zones of the island, offer the easiest way to experience a taste of Sri Lankan wildlife in their natural habitat. Yala National Park is the favoured location for the sightings of a plethora of species. Stay alert for an exhilarating sighting of the leopard, most often seen at Yala, or witness the great elephant gathering in the Minneriya National Park during July to October. Did you know that Sri Lanka is home to a staggering 92 species of mammals, over 440 species of birds, 190 reptiles and that overall, about 22% of Sri Lankaâ€™s amphibians, birds, mammals and reptiles and 27% of our flora and plants are endemic to the island?
Indulge yourself in luxurious comfort and personalized service of some of the finest luxury hotels, resorts and boutique hotels that Sri Lanka has to offer. Complemented with a touch of the famous Sri Lankan charm and hospitality, these luxury accommodation options are meant to provide unrestrained comfort as you give yourself a well deserved pampering. Perfect for honeymooners, discerning business travelers, and those who just love pure indulgence of the body, mind and soul - these luxury hotels come with a myriad of special services. From personal plunge pools, to private dining experiences and luxury in-room amenities to much more, the luxury and boutique hotels and resorts of Sri Lanka are set to provide the best experience you will have on this beautiful paradise island.
Colours of Colombo
Colombo is the vibrant and cosmopolitan capital of lovely Sri Lanka, and is a unique blend between the old and the new. Bustling with beaches, temples, monuments, museums, shopping centers and markets, those who come to the city will enjoy soaking up the atmosphere and the constant buzz of activity. Lively with commerce, the city also has delightful oases of calm and serenity everywhere. Take a stroll on Galle Road. Visit malls and complexes for your shopping needs or hit the Pettah market for bargain shopping and witness the bustle of trading in the heart of Colombo. Visit the Galle Face Green for a sunset combined with delicious â€˜isso wadeâ€™. Business travelers will be spoilt for choice for ideal locations to hold meetings or conferences. The five star hotels provide state of the art facilities to ensure your business needs are met. As night comes, head out to a night club or casino, or dance till dawn at a raving party on the beaches of Mount Lavinia. Whether itâ€™s shopping, dining, entertainment or just simply business, Colombo has it all.
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The Eden Resort & Spa
The Eden Resort & Spa, 56 km from Colombo and 96 km from the Airport, strives to provide you with an out of this world experience while you kick off your shoes, sip on a delicious cocktail and lounge under the warm sun with a clear view of the beautiful blue Indian Ocean. Pamper yourself at this ultimate beach paradise nestled on the golden coastline of Beruwela. The tasteful and elegant architecture of our rooms are infused with all facilities and modern amenities which will help you materialise your idea of a perfect getaway along the beautiful coastline of Beruwela.
The Paradise Resort & Spa
Nestled away in the jungles of the ancient city of Dambulla, The Paradise Resort & Spa offers the utmost luxury to all its guests whether itâ€™s by dining above the trees, relaxing by the pool or in the comfort of your villa. The resort is in very close proximity to world heritage sites, letting you discover some of the greatest ancient civilisations of Sri Lanka and their architectural brilliance at the Dambulla Cave Temple, Sigiriya Fortress and many more locations that would take your breath away.
Dickwella Resort & Spa
Located along Sri Lankaâ€™s southern coastline, Dickwella is known for its immaculate beaches and the coral reef which is found beneath exquisite turquoise waters. Amidst such picturesque beauty, Dickwella Resort and Spa, a 3-star property, is tucked away on the peninsula bordered on either side by the Indian Ocean. The Dickwella Resort & Spa, a landmark in Dickwella, is a tropical paradise for those who are weary of the bustling city and wish only to enjoy the tranquillity of a seaside setting.
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