Within a tiny area of 65,610 sqkm2 is a package of varied interests. From Colombo on the West Coast you may travel to the salubrious hill country through breathtaking scenery in 3 to 5 hours. Each turns unfolding a different visual tapestry.
The world renowned photographer Roloff Beny had once said that he had never seen such a variation of greens anywhere in the world. Sri Lanka is often called the ‘Emerald Isle’. It is not only the scenery which would captivate you. Sri Lanka’s ancient cities with stupendous monuments, sculpture, cravings and huge man- made lakes; landscaped gardens, have taken pride of place among the treasures of the ancient world. Eight of these sites are listed in UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. A grand list of fauna and flora, gem mines yielding precious and semi-precious gems, including the spectacular blue sapphire. And above all, a smiling, simple, hospitable people are a delight to any visitor to our shores.