Sri Lanka is a green jewel of an island which fuses together Western and Asian influences from throughout the ages. Steeped in rich cultural and archaeological heritage, Sri Lankan’s are proud of their history and traditions. It bears the hallmarks of a country which has seen colonization and integrates some of the modern learnings and trades with their deep-rooted historical beliefs and practices.
Sri Lanka’s ancient artefacts and temples have been very well preserved throughout time by the peaceful inhabitants of this island. The amazing tea plantations which were founded during the British Empire are still a flourishing part of their economy and play a vital part to their bustling tourist trade. Sri Lanka is home to a varied mix of religions with Christians, Buddhists and Muslims able to coexist side-by-side within the same communities and praying in their respective places of worship.
The food has heavy Indian influences with ‘curry and rice’ on almost every menu across this land. The mountainous landscape provides a large variety of options for tourists who are keen to experience different things within a limited time frame. You can go trekking in the lush mountains and kite surfing one day, then elephant riding and sun-bathing the next. The locals are pleasant and the booming tourist based economy means that its safe to wander off the beaten track. As it’s only a short hop from the relentless summer sun in UAE, this low-cost tropical haven is the perfect destination for a long for anyone living in the UAE.