Sri Lanka known as the pearl of the Indian Ocean is a part of South Asia. Lying amidst the sun soaked waters of the Indian Ocean; this idyllic island has attracted visitors for thousands of years. The nation Sri Lanka has a history dating back to the birth of time. It is a place where nature's beauty remains abundant and unspoilt.
Sri Lanka is one of the few blessed places in the world that can offer the traveller such a remarkable combination of stunning landscapes, pristine beaches, cultural heritage and unique experiences within a compact location. This mere area of 65, 610 kilometres holds 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, 1,330 kilometres of coastline, 15 national parks showcasing an abundance of wildlife, nearly 500,000 acres of lush tea estates, 250 acres of botanical gardens, 25,350 aquatic life, and a culture that extends back over 2,500 years. There are impromptu games of cricket on the beach or in the street to join in with, the wonderfully atmospheric Victorian-era tea factories and plantations of the highlands to explore; the bustling bazaars of Colombo; some of the most spectacular hotels; not to mention the island's unique and mouth watering spicy cuisine. Sri Lanka is a one of the Asia's best kept culinary secrets.
In the lowlands the climate is typically tropical with an average temperature of 27°C in Colombo. In the higher elevations it can be quite cool with temperatures going down to 16°C at an altitude of over 2,000 meters.
Bright, sunny warm days are in abundance and are common even during the height of the monsoon. Climatically Sri Lanka has no off season. The south-west monsoon brings rain mainly from May to July to the western, southern and central regions of the island, while the north-east monsoon rains occur in the northern and eastern regions from December to January.
Sri Lanka is a multi ethnic country and celebrates a wide range of Buddhist, Hindu, Christian and Muslim festivals. The Kandy Esala Perahera (July/August) is one of the country’s most important and spectacular pageants. 10 days of vibrant processions bring together torch-bearers, whip-crackers, Kandyan dancers, drummers, colourfully dressed Elephants, throngs of devotees from all over the country and spectators from around the world.