The train journey from Kandy, capital of Sri Lanka’s famed Hill Country, and Ella, a magnet for hikers and adventure travellers, is regularly named by the travel trade as among the best in the world. With good reason. If you want to see the full magic and mystery of our epic landscapes, this is the way to do it.
Sri Lanka is the third most popular destination for ‘experiential’ weddings and honeymoons in the world, reports Indian lifestyle website News18. Notes writer Shifa Khan: “Sri Lanka is a magical combination of pristine beaches, alluring islands, breathtaking gardens and impressive caves.”
The amazing story of a Malaysian Buddhist family’s 8-day pilgrimage to Sri Lanka is told on the Tsemrinpoche website, complete with stunning photographs of their experiences. Lew Kwan Leng, his wife and three children began by visiting Sigiriya, Dambulla, Polonnaruwa and Anuradhapura in our Cultural Triangle.
A fight to the death between a crocodile and a huge deadly snake is captured by the UK’s two top tabloid newspapers, the Mail and the Sun. The epic struggle was recorded on camera by amateur photographer Dr Rishani Gunasinghe at a waterhole in Yala National Park, home of our famed leopards and elephants.
Sri Lanka has reinforced its determination to stop wildlife trafficking and species smuggling, which is estimated to be worth at least $19 billion annually. The government-owned SriLankan Airlines launched a new corporate policy in May to strengthen its numerous initiatives to combat the illegal trade.
Clear seas, remote beaches and new resort hotels are making Trincomalee, a stunning natural harbor of on Sri Lanka’s east coast, a must-visit tourist destination. Not to be missed is Koneswaram Kovil, known as the ‘Temple of a Thousand Pillars’.