Sri Lanka  - An Island Country with a rich history

Replete with ancient monuments, thick forests, and long sandy beaches, the island country of Sri Lanka provides a wonderful experience to the visitors. The unique culture and rich history of the country are fascinating. There is evidence of human settlements in the place before at least 125,000 years. Since the advent of Buddhism, which flourished in the country from 250 BC, temples and statues started being established in Sri Lanka. They still stand as testimony of the artistic brilliance of Sinhalese people. The wildlife reserves, with a variety of rare and endangered species, are another attraction in Sri Lanka.

The small country houses eight of UNESCO’s World Heritage sites. These include palaces, temples, wildlife sanctuaries, and other wonderful destinations in Sri Lanka. The ancient sculptures, made by carving into massive stone boulders, will make you flabbergasted. Some other monuments proclaim the colonial past of the nation.

Sri Lanka, which spans over 65,600 square kilometers, is the 25th largest island country in the world. Located in the Indian ocean, the country has a diverse landscape filled with dense jungles, steep mountains, and sandy beaches. Because of the rarity of flora and fauna, it is estimated that about 13% of the land surface is declared as a wildlife protected area (WLPA). Many jungle reserves like the Yala National park, Sinharaja Forest Reserve, Udawalawe National Park, Wilpattu National park, and so on were established to preserve the wildlife in the country. The parks are open for safari and trekking trips. Tourists really enjoy such expeditions and hence they form the best part of Sri Lanka tour.

Sri Lanka has a long and rich history; the first reference of which is seen in Indian Epic Ramayana. Buddhism flourished in the country from 250 BC and many temples and monasteries were established throughout the land. The Anuradhapura period (377 BC – 1017AD) was the golden age of artists and sculptures who created astounding statues, temples, and palaces by carving into stone. There are still many monuments in Sri Lanka that are reminiscent of the era.