Srilanka is a land of exotic locations. It was described as a finest island by an Italian Traveler and the explorer Marco Polo. In olden days itself, it is known for its natural beauty, historical heritage, range of spices, serene beaches fringed by palm trees, gigantic Elephants. It became a famous tourist land by the traders from European and Asian countries.
The Major vacation spot is beaches, as it is an island and fully covered by the Indian Ocean. Some of the west coast beach destinations include areas like Negombo, Mount Lavinia and Kalutara. The south coast area includes Bentota, Hikkaduwa, Ambalangoda, Mirissa, Matara, Tangelle. East coast area includes Arugam Bay, Pasikudah. The North east coastal area includes Nilaveli and Uppuveli, Triconmalee. Many private resorts are available for tourist accommodation in coastal areas. Surfing, Diving, water rafting, boating are the tourist attractions in these areas. Large and sandy beaches are used for sunbathing.
With the history of more than 2500 years, this country has a remarkable Historical Heritage. This country was ruled by many kingdoms. Some of the kingdoms include Anuradapura known as sacred city, The Dutch fort in Galle, The Rock fortress in Sigiriya, The Singharaja rain forest, the golden rock temple in Dambulla, Seetha Amman temple at Nuwara Eliya.
Srilanka is a home of a wide range of biodiversity. Wilpattu National Park situated near puttalam is the largest wildlife Sanctuary in Srilanka. The most visited national park here is the Yala National Park. Kumana National Park and Bundala National Park are famous for Bird Watching. Udawalawe National Park, Minneriya and Mullaitive National Parks are proposed for Elephant watching.
Tourist Attractions in Srilanka
Srilanka is a perfect destination for tourists who travel for adventurous sports activities like Surfing, Diving, Rafting and Canoeing, Hot Air Ballooning, Fishing, Scuba Diving, Hiking, Trekking, Cycling and Rock Climbing. Boating is famous at places like Bentota, Madhu Ganga, Koggala and Bolgoda. Surfing and Diving is popular in Arugam Bay. Trekking is famous at hill ranges like Knuckles Mountain Range, Hortan plains, Adam’s Peak.
Some adorable waterfalls in Srilanka are Bambarakanda falls, Ramboda falls, Ravana falls, Diyaluma Falls, Laxapana falls, Dunhinda falls, St. Clair’s falls, Devon falls, Baker’s falls. Beautiful Botanical gardens of Srilanka are Hakgala and Royal Botanical Gardens. Essential and precious gems like rubies and sapphires are found in Ratnapura. Apart from these many gems like blue, pink, orange, star sapphires, Moonstones, Topazes, Aquamarines, Garnets, Chrysoberyls, Spinets, Cats Eye, Alexandrite, Padparadschas, etc.., It is famous for variety of spices like cinnamon, cloves, cardamon, peppercorns, cumin, curry leaves, nutmeg, mace, lemon grass, Dill seeds, coriander, fenugreek, mustard, sweet cumin, gambog, turmeric, etc., It is also famous for tea production as it is the third biggest tea producing country in the world. Different types of handicrafts are also available in Srilanka like wood carving, ceramic ware, bamboo products, pottery, ivory products, hand looms, coir goods, etc.,
Srilanka is an extraordinary place to be visited and it is an ideal place for holiday, vacation, as people of all ages can enjoy in this country. Government of Srilanka provides a secure leisure for the tourists and Srilanka visas can be applied easily through some procedures and tourism visas are easily provided. Many private centers are available for the Srilanka visa services and are got before or on arrival in the country.