Sri Lanka is one of the most exotic getaways in the world. Surrounded by the azure Indian Ocean, this island paradise has contrasting landscapes, stretches of golden sandy beaches and a wealth of wildlife and culture to discover. It is home to 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, 15 national parks showcasing spectacular wildlife and nearly 500,000 acres of lush tea estates. The island is blessed with waterfalls, rivers, jungles, rain forests and fertile lands for an abundance of rice fields. Sri Lanka is a year-round destination. The best time to experience the south-west coast, where most beach resort are found is from November to April. The ancient city areas as well as the eastern coastal regions are usually visited from April to September, whilst the central highlands are pleasant and cool from January to April.
Sri Lanka is world's tea capital, where the famous Ceylon Tea grows in the central highlands. Although the hill country is a few hours away from the rest of the country, it is a striking contrast to the general landscape. Here, there are imposing mountain vistas all around, plunging waterfalls, misty hill tops, sloping green valleys and stunning plains. It has the perfect altitude to grow some of the finest tea in the world and has a number of tea estates stretching far and wide. The north central province of the country is a treasure trove of ancient cities, monuments, ruin of palaces, temples and preserved Buddhist stupas. It contains two thirds of the Cultural Triangle of Sri Lanka, an area marked with heritage sites of paramount interest. There are many places of religious significance including the Enlightenment Tree.
The south-west, south and eastern coasts of Sri Lanka have a remarkable tropical coast. Discover the 'surfing capital of the world' at Arugam Bay, whale and dolphin watching at Mirissa, watersports at Tangalle, an old sea fort at Galle and scuba diving at Hikkaduwa. Be spoilt for choice on your beach holiday in Sri Lanka with sun, waves, sights and aquatic pleasures.