Sri Lankan cooking has evolved mainly around rice. The national staple meal is referred to as “rice and curry”: a mountainous plate of rice generally accompanied by assorted meat and/or vegetable curries, various pickles, sambols, and a handful of tiny pappadums.
More than 15 varieties of rice are grown on the island, from tiny white translucent varieties to long-grained basmati and the nutty red brown rice. Locals will take balls of cooked rice and rub the highly spiced accompaniments into them, massaging the mixture gently between the fingers to blend the flavors.
Sri Lanka’s ancient medicines are more popular than ever, whether in treating disease or maintaining health and fitness.
According to the legends Ayurveda, the science of life (Ayur = knowledge, science; Veda = life, longevity), was a gift of the Hindu God Brahma to humankind as a token of his compassion.
This Holistic approach to health has for millennia used Sri Lanka’s prolific herb and plant life to cure and revitalize. Its origins can be traced back more than 5,000 years to the Vedas of India – and it has had a profound influence on Chinese and Tibetan medicine, and even Western surgery.
Sri Lanka’s festival calendar holds a rich diversity that reflects the socio-cultural and religious diversity of the country. And you will notice that Sri Lanka has more festivals than any other country, and though it’s difficult to prove the veracity of this claim, there’s no mistaking the number and importance of the religious celebrations and other festivals which regularly bring life on the island to a standstill. The famous national festivals including various religious festivals celebrated by the island’s Buddhists, Hindus, Christians and Muslims, the Sinhala Tamil New Year etc.
The undeniably enjoyable, Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage is home to the world’s largest troupe of captive pachyderms, from majestic old tuskers to the cutest of newborns.
Sri Lanka’s foremost wildlife destination is the home to the world’s highest concentration of leopards, alongside elephants aplenty, fabulous birdlife and skittish monkeys – plus a wonderful landscape of unspoiled jungle and salty lagoons.
The hill country at its most dramatic: the sheer cliffs of World's End fall away beneath one’s feet for the best part of a kilometer, offering heart-stopping views over the distant plains & surrounding ranges.
The mighty rock fortress of Sigiriya towers high over the surrounding plains as one of Sri Lanka’s most sought after natural sights with fascinating historical interest.
Polonnaruwa is the place where you’ll find Sri Lanka’s finest collection of ancient Buddhist art and architecture - from the magnificent rock-carved statues of the Gal Vihara in the exquisitely decorated ancient temples.
A perfectly preserved colonial resemblance, the quiet streets of Galle Fort ooze old-world atmosphere, with Dutch-era mansions encircled by a venerable chain of the ramparts and bastions, and the crashing waves making it a breathing sight to capture.
Southern Sri Lanka (famously Mirissa) offers arguably the best place in the world to see both blue and sperm whales together, along with lots of friendly dolphins.
The capital of Sri Lanka during the ancient years, its enormous dagobas and jungle-swathed ruins are among the island’s most magnificent and atmospheric, ancient remains that have globally significant.
The cultural capital of Sri Lanka has a vibrant traditional arts scene, the array of Buddhist temples and palaces which encircle the ancient tradition and its allies.
For the truly native flavor of Sri Lanka, savor an authentic Sri Lankan rice and curry, a miniature banquet of contrasting ingredients and flavors – with a fair bit of spice thrown in.