Sri Lanka at a Glance

Spanning an area of just over 65,000 sq km (25,097 sq miles), the island nation of Sri Lanka offers much to see, owing to its long history and pristine natural beauty. While the remains of ancient cities, such as Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa, attest to the country's cultural and religious heritage, the grand old hotels of Nuwara Eliya and the fascinating Galle Fort evince its Colonial legacy. The country is noted for a number of national parks and nature reserves, such as Yala West and Udawalawe, which form secure habitats for a diverse variety of flora and fauna. The coastline is fringed with beautiful beaches that offer a wealth of activities for water sports enthusiasts, while the Hill Country rewards trekkers with trails meandering through manicured tea plantations peppered with waterfalls.

Sri Lanka Regions


Colombo Region

With its skyscrapers, chock-a-block traffic and frenetic pace of life, Sri Lanka’s dynamic capital is markedly different from other Sri Lankan cities. For most visitors, Colombo is.....


Kandy and Hill Country

The third point of the Cultural Triangle that also comprises Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa, Kandy is the cultural capital of Sri Lanka with a rich heritage of music, dance and.....


The Cultural Triangle

The Cultural Triangle has a wealth of attractions, including five UNESCO World Heritage sites. The ruins of Anuradhapura and Polannaruwa, along with the town of Kandy form the.....


The South

Sri Lanka’s South Coast is primarily a rural religion, made up of somnolent fishing villages and towns, where stilt fisherman can commonly be seen perched above the surf. The.....


The East

After being isolated for long periods during the Civil War and battered by the 200 tsunami, the East Coast is welcoming visitors once again. Although the scars of both still remain.....


The West Coast

Sri Lanka's West Coast was once a land of extremes, with the north a diverse yet isolated area barely visited by tourists during the Civil War, and the south offerin beach resorts.....


Jaffna & North

The northernmost district of Sri Lanka is only a few miles from India and similarities to the Indian Tamil culture are obvious in this part of the island.The province is a de facto.....