Being an island country, Sri Lanka, also known as Ceylon, is an important center of the ancient Buddhist religion and culture and is one of the few remaining upholders of Buddhism and Hinduism in South Asia. It is located in the path of major sea routes and consequentially represents a strategic naval link between the West Asia and South East Asia. The most remarkable fact about Sri Lanka is that it is the first Asian nation to have had a female ruler in the I century BC - Queen Anula, and in the modern times it has also had the first female Prime-Minister - Sirimavo Bandaranaike. The name of the country ‘Sri Lanka’ is translated from Sanskrit as ‘Venerable Island’, and it seems to be completely fair. Its outstanding history, as well as valuable export products, has led to the world renown of this small piece of dry land in the Indian Ocean. Sri Lanka villas are now a convenient way to arrange your stay on the island.
There is much to see, taste and experience in Sri Lanka, but still an adjusted journey will provide the best impressions, so read on to learn some interesting details about this country.
One of the main attractions of Sri Lanka is its beaches. Totaling about 1340 km of the coastline, there are beaches for every season in the country. So no matter what time you prefer for your visit, you can still choose a place to enjoy the ocean! By the way, there are many ways you can diversify your beach vacation. The wide coral reef surrounding the shoreline provides a lot of opportunities for diving and snorkeling. You may even come across some historic wrecks at the bottom of the ocean. The waves are great for surfing, and if you seek for the calm waters, you may like windsurfing in such places as Bentota and Negombo. The main tourist destinations include the southern beaches, but there are less visited (and nevertheless attractive) territories to the East and North.
The island is very rich in abundant nature. Hills, parks and waterfalls are a wonderful place to get away from the urban noise. The spellbinding hill country is situated at the distance of 125 km from Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka. It rises over 2500 meters in the central region of the island. Charming little villages and tea plantations can be found there. The waterfalls of Sri Lanka are much varied. There are more than 100 of them, and yet some can remain undiscovered. The tallest is Bambarakanda (263 m). And the exclusive biodiversity of the country can be observed in its 12 National Parks and 52 Sanctuaries. Along with seven UNESCO World Heritage sites all this makes Sri Lanka a magnetic region for tourists.
You can find the sweetest cinnamon in Negombo – The village of honey, according to the Sinhalese. It has been the main place for cinnamon growing from the early centuries, and the town often was an object of dispute and even conflict between the nations. Nowadays Negombo is the biggest fishing market in the country. A lot of vessels bring their catch to the port in the early morning. You can even arrange to go out to the sea in one of the boats! Just browse our Negombo vacation rentals section to find a nice accommodation. There is also a plethora of wonderful shrines and churches in Negombo, since the great part of its population is Catholic.
The diversity of Sri Lanka is unique without exaggeration. You can observe every kind of landscape and enjoy almost any activity you like.