The Jewel of the Indian Ocean: Sri Lanka

 

White Sand Beach at Sri Lanka

Trees in lake Tissa Wewa, Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Fruit Market

Indigenous Sri Lankan Tea Picker

Traditional Stilt Fishermen in Sri Lanka

Family of Indian elephants in Yala National Park, Sri Lanka

Crocodile and chameleon in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka, the jewel of the Indian Ocean, is a teardrop shaped island at the foot of the Indian subcontinent. Previously known as Ceylon till 1972, Sri Lanka has a documented history of over 3,000 years.  Bridging the subcontinent and the ocean, this country used to be a strategic part of the ancient Silk Road, and is now home to many ethnicities, languages, and religions.  


Sri Lanka is blessed with beautiful beaches, rain forests, rivers and highlands.  It produces an abundance of high-quality tea, rubber, and cinnamon.  It also has the highest biodiversity density in Asia.  In famous national parks such as Yala and Wilpattu, guests can see a variety of wild animals - from elephants and leopards, to crocodiles and water birds.  Along the white sand beaches, surfing, snorkeling, scuba diving, whale and dolphin watching are among the most popular activities.  When visiting the southern coast during sunset, noon or sunrise, tourists may have the chance to experience stilt fishing, a unique but rapidly vanishing fishing practice. 

 





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