S R I L A N K A also called the N A T U R E S T R E A S U R E C H E S T is the home to one of the oldest civilizations in the world. Sri Lanka’s written history exceeds 2550 years. Its pre-history consist of planned cities, magnificent palaces, and expansive man made reservoirs, stunning temples and monasteries, green gardens, hard to believe monuments and works of art are characteristic of the rich and jubilant lives the celebrated monarchy of Sri Lanka lived. Sri Lanka is situated to reach in a few hours from any part of the world. It is one of the most delightful destinations in the world to visit.
Sri Lankan’s are always hospitable, smiling, friendly and helpful people.
Sri Lanka has ideal tropical weather all year-round.
Sri Lanka possesses the most beautiful scenery.
Sri Lanka has authentic history with eight world heritage sites.
Sri Lanka is most likely the most bio-diverse Island of its size in the world.
Sri Lanka’s wildlife; Leopards, Bears, Elephants, Wild Buffaloes and Birds.
Sri Lanka’s nature sites of rolling hills carpeted with tea bushes and lush forests.
Sri Lanka has the finest golden sand beaches over 1400 kms in the world.
Sri Lanka has Asia’s most wonderful pageant, the Kandy Esala Perahera.
Sri Lanka has many more colourful festivals throughout the year.
Sri Lanka has eight UNESCO world heritage sites.
Sri Lanka has been able to preserve certain aspects of the performing arts, architecture and religious practices of by-gone civilizations, providing an opportunity for present and future generations to gain some insight into Sri Lanka’s great engineering achievements and ideas and understand why they are still with us today.
The National Flag of Sri Lanka has been designed with great care and purpose. It not only represents the country and her heritage, but is a rallying device that integrates the minority races with the majority race.
The island has its own indigenous scheme of traditional medicine (Ayurveda). This system has been practised for many centuries and developed its own Ayurvedic system based on a series of prescriptions handed down from generation to generation since pre-history. The ancient kings, who were also prominent physicians, sustained its survival and longevity.
Sri Lanka has many sites that are some of the world’s best bird watching sites. They are protected by law and are the purview of Forest Department or the Department of Wild Life Conservation. It also has two distinctly different climatic zones. Any bird watcher has to visit different bird watching sites to watch different species living in the two.
The Island of Sri Lanka is extremely diverse in terms of its flora and fauna. Though the Island has in general tropical climate, there are arid pockets as well. A botanical garden is a place where plants, especially ferns, conifers and flowering plants, are grown and displayed for the purposes of research, conservation, and education.
In Sri Lanka there are many types of wetlands, as estuaries, lagoons, sea grass beds, mangroves and marshes and ecological farms. These areas are of immense environmental, economic and social importance, yet not appreciated by most. There are national parks which are the biodiversity hotspots in Sri Lanka and have international significance.
The island is a sacred place with stunning picturesque background! Once you get to the lushy island, you never want to go back!
Sri Lanka also boasts with Siddhartha Gautama, who attained supreme enlightenment & became Buddha in the 6th century BC. He was brought there by Buddhist nun Sanghamitta, as a gift from her father Mauryan Buddhist Indian Emperor Asoka in the 3rd century BC. Today, the huge specimen of this Ficus religiosa has no rival to the claim of being the oldest historical tree (i.e. having the longest recorded written history) in the world. It has been protected by an uninterrupted series of Buddhist monks since it was planted.
The world’s first museum was built in Sri Lanka 2200 years ago. It housed the parts of the ship that brought the Bodhi sapling to Sri Lanka from India in 3rd century BCE. Sri Maha Bodhi (Sacred Bo-Tree).
Waterfalls are the most charming natural creations there. They have captivated the human beings from their beginnings. This Island Sri Lanka in judgment to its size has possibly the largest number of water falls in the world! Go to Sri Lanka and never forget this trip…it’s gonna be legendary!!!
Enjoy Sri Lankian paradise thought this great collection of images: behind them stay ADRIAAN LOUW!