KEY HIGHLIGHTS

Sri Lanka’s diversity is limited only by your client’s imagination: everything is possible, even skiing - but on water not snowy slopes.

Sri Lanka can be easily described through its convenient division into seven areas: Colombo, the Cultural Triangle, the East, West, North and South, and the Hill Country.         

Colombo is its principal city and port, just 20 minutes drive by expressway from the airport. Other cities are Kandy, once the medieval kingdom, and Galle in the south with its formidable colonial Fort. In the north, the bustling city of Jaffna retains ruins of an ancient Hindu civilisation while Trincomalee in the east has the world’s finest natural harbour. Nuwara Eliya in the hill country has many bungalows and mansions resembling those of the English countryside, while Matara in the south is a hub of commerce; Ratnapura in the interior is the city of gems.

Sri Lanka is blessed with superlative beaches.Negombo near the airport has a beach shared with fishermen; just south of Colombo at Mount Lavinia the beach is popular with city folk. The west coast has three beach areas dedicated to tourists, at BeruwelaBentota andHikkaduwa. There are beaches and coves along the deep south coast with those at Unawatuna,Mirissa and Tangalle being popular. On the east coast, there is the surfers’ paradise ofArugam Bay and broad beaches lapped by shallow water at Passikudah and the mature stretch of beach just north of Trincomalee.