They call it the jewel of the Indian Ocean and if you have visited the small island nation of Sri Lanka then you will agree with the people who have awarded it with this title. Small does not always mean limited and certainly not in the case of Sri Lanka because within this small country you will find such a huge diversity and natural beauty that it will make you gasp. It has every thing that you can ask for in a complete travel destination ranging from its soft sandy beaches to the lush hill stations in its northern parts. The uncertain security situation of the country was the only hurdle in the path of Sri Lanka’s becoming the major tourism hotspot of the Indian Ocean as a bloody civil war was raging in the southern parts of the country but it has all ended in the last year and the peace has returned to this tropical paradise. Even during the years of country’s civil war the tourist traffic continue to flow through the country but with the recent peace many more tourist attractions have opened up for the visitors and Sri Lanka is witnessing a boom in its tourism industry.
Most tourists prefer to take a cheap flight to Colombo the capital and also the economic and commercial center of the country. Colombo is a beautiful city and it will be a wise idea to spend a couple of days in the city to acclimatize your self with the local climate and also to relax on the white sandy beaches just outside the city. There are a number of decent hotels in the city that also include a five star hotel that provides world class facilities at a lower price if you compare it with the prices charged by the hotels in the other regional countries. If you are looking for a relaxing vacation in lush surroundings and soft sandy beaches then head to Arugam Bay that is considered as the most tourist friendly destination of the country with some of the best hotels and resorts of Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka has a very long and rich history attached to it that can be traced back to more than two millennia and the remnants of its past are also a great attraction of the country. Anuradhapura was the historical capital of the Sinhalese kings of Sri Lanka and the forts and palaces of the city attract thousands of tourists each year. The grandeur of the artificial lakes of Anuradhapura that use to act as the reservoirs for the city will amaze you and give you an idea of just how advance the Sinhalese architecture and engineering was considering the fact that they were built more than a thousand years ago. Kandy a city in the northern part of the country is considered as one with the mildest climate and acts as a favourite hill station for locals and tourists alike. With its tea plantations and lush forests it provides some awesome hiking and trekking experience.