Shaped like a teardrop on the southeast tip of India in the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka is filled with unexpected wonders. Previously known as Ceylon, the island country is dotted with fertile plains, mangroves, and spice gardens containing cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, sandalwood, jasmine and citronella. In the centre of the island, the highlands are laden with gorgeous rolling hill tea plantations, waterfalls and streams, an ideal spot for trekking amid the verdant tropical scenery. The southern coast is popular with surfers and Beruwela in the Western Province is known for its lovely beaches.
Away from the country’s capital Colombo, lies the sacred city of Kandy, the last ancient capital of kings. Known as the cultural triangle, the North Central Province is home to the ancient kingdoms Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa that date back over 2,500 years, Lion’s Rock in Sigiriya, and the cave-temple complex Dambulla. All are UNESCO World Heritage sites. Besides the historic city of Galle, the Southern Province has several national parks including the most visited park in the country, Yala National Park, which has one of the largest leopard densities in the world. From culture to nature, adventure sports and beaches—unforgettable Sri Lanka.