A rich culture built on 1,000s of years of history, and best explored from your Sri Lanka tea plantation hotel with a cup of refreshing tea on hand
Written history for Sri Lanka goes back over 3,000years with the many different peoples that have called Sri Lanka home enriching the cultural experience for visitors to Sri Lanka today. The Sinhalese, travelling here from Bengal, established a home in Sri Lanka in the 6th century B.C., and have given Sri Lanka its official language of Sinhala and still make up the largest ethnic group today with approximately 70% of the population of Sinhalese descent. European nations were quick to spot the advantages of Sri Lanka too, with first the Portuguese in the 16th C, then the Dutch, and finally the British establishing colonies on the island. Then, in 1815, the British drew Sri Lanka, or Ceylon as it was then known to us, into the British empire where it remained until independence was agreed, over a pot of tea no doubt, just after the second world war in 1948.
Tea has long been synonymous with both the British and Ceylon and offers the visitor a great way to explore the island with a stay in a Sri Lanka tea plantation hotel. Tea was introduced to Ceylon by the British in 1824 when the first tea bush, imported from China, was planted in the Royal Botanical Gardens, Peradeniya, Kandy. Tea remains today one of Sri Lanka’s most important exports and can be enjoyed in all the best small luxury hotels in Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka, a land of diversity
At just 270miles long and only 150miles wide it is not a big island but crossing the central highlands makes traversing the island rather a slow and steady journey. Sri Lanka is a tropical island rich in flora and fauna thanks in part to the wet monsoon climate and the diverse geography, from the cool and temperate highlands with year round temperatures between 5 - 20 degrees celsius to the steamy south of the island where temperatures soar to the high 30s. Set between the Arabian Sea to the west, the Indian Ocean to the south, the Bay of Bengal to the northeast and the Gulf of Mannar separating Sri Lanka from the Indian subcontinent, Sri Lanka offers some fantastic options to beach lovers. Nilaveli Beach and Pigeon Island for scuba and snorkeling on the coral reefs, to Kalpitiya Beach for whale watching with February to March the best time to catch sightings of sperm whales breaching. Or excellent surfing from the point break at Arugam Bay to the perfect beach for a Sri Lanka family holiday at Passekudah Bay and Kalkudah Beach. Secret Retreats can tailor your Sri Lanka package to include the best of the Sri Lanka beach resorts to match your holiday style.
Sri Lanka wildlife holidays are, I am sure, on many a nature lover’s bucket list. Secret Retreats hoteliers and concierges are ready to assist you with planning the perfect tailormade holiday just for you and your family with a choice of Sri Lanka boutique resorts to suit every occasion. Known as one of the world’s top 25 biodiversity hotspots, Sri Lanka offers something to suit every kind of nature lover, from big animals to small, rainforest to grasslands, birds to insects, you are guaranteed a rich diversity of natural wonders with every trip out.
Sri Lanka Luxury Holidays with Secret Retreats
Secret Retreats hoteliers and concierge teams are keen to share their Asian homes with you, the visitor, to provide you with a unique perspective, a sense of place and a sincere local experience during your stay at a Secret Retreats boutique hotel, lodge or yacht, and Sri Lanka is no exception. A Sri Lanka luxury holiday with Secret Retreats can be tailored to suit your preferences. Perhaps camping or glamping in Sri Lanka on a wildlife holiday or staying at one of the Ceylon tea plantations in Kandy, the central highlands. Or if history is one of your interests then a stay in one of the perfectly placed small boutique hotels in Sri Lanka will get you close to this islands most interesting historical sights. A short journey 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 of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa, the incredible Lion’s Rock in Sigiriya and the cave-temple complex Dambulla that date back over 2,500 years. All are UNESCO World Heritage sites. Additionally a visit to the historic city of Galle in the southern province of Sri Lanka has to be on your list, and while in the southern province a chance to visit one of Sri Lankas most popular national parks, Yala, famed for its variety of wildlife. Of course no visit to Sri Lanka would be complete without a trip to the beach, with some stunning beaches on both the east and west coasts offering experiences from whale watching to surfing to simply sunbathing and safe family fun in the calm waters of a reef protected shallow bay. A Secret Retreats Sri Lanka package can be tailored to suit and offers nothing short of variety.