The small island of Sri Lanka lies just 50 miles across the tip of southern India, separated from the subcontinent by the Palk Strait. Belying its size, this island country has astonishing geographical and cultural diversity. With history dating back to the 4th century BC, the historical cities and UNESCO World Heritage archaeological sites offer deep insights into Sri Lanka’s antiquity.
The inland city of Kandy was won by the British in the 19th century with the defeat of the Sinhalese and showcases the regions traditions and is the location of the holy Temple of the Tooth as well as an exquisite botanical garden, said to be Asia’s largest. The tea-growing regions of Sri Lanka are also a stone’s throw away from Kandy, with quaint colonial towns set in the highland reaches of the area. Visitors can go searching for exotic wildlife in the national parks of the island or just take maximum advantage of the country’s beautiful coastline of deserted beaches.Read More