About Sri Lanka
Set in the Indian Ocean in South Asia, the tropical island nation of Sri Lanka has a history dating back to the birth of time. It is a place where the original soul of Buddhism still flourishes and where nature’s beauty remains abundant and unspoilt.
Few places in the world can offer the traveller such a remarkable combination of stunning landscapes, pristine beaches, captivating cultural heritage and unique experiences. Within Sri Lanka lie 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, 1,330 kilometres of coastline and pristine beaches and 15 national parks showcasing the abundance of wildlife, half a million acres of lush tea estates, 250 acres of botanical gardens, 350 waterfalls, 25,000 water bodies, to a culture that extends back to over 2,500 years.
This is an island of magical proportions, once known as Serendib, Taprobane, the Pearl of the Indian Ocean, and Ceylon. Grand Holidays will help you discover refreshingly Sri Lanka!
Sri Lanka has a documented history that spans over 3,000 years. Its geographic location made it of great strategic importance from the time of the ancient Silk Road through to World War II.
Sri Lanka is a diverse country, home to many religions, ethnicities and languages. It is the land of the Native Sinhalese, the Sri Lankan Tamils, the Moors, Indian Tamils, Burghers, and Malays.
Sri Lanka has a rich Buddhist heritage, and has the first known Buddhist writings were composed on the island.
The capital Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte is a suburb of the largest city, Colombo. Sri Lanka is famous for and is an important producer of Tea, Gemstones, Coconut, Rubber, and the native Cinnamon. No Wonder then it has the nickname of “the Pearl of the Indian Ocean” because of its natural beauty, its shape and location, and “the nation of smiling people”.
Politically and in the international arena Sri Lanka has a long history of international engagement, being one of the founding member of SAARC and a member of the United Nations and the Common Wealth Nations, the G77 and the Non-Alignment Movement.
One of the first written references to the island is found in the Indian (Hindu) Epic Ramayana, which provides details of a kingdom named Lanka that was created by the divine sculptor Vishwakarma for Kubera, the Lord of Wealth. It is said that Kubera was overthrown by his demon stepbrother Ravana, the powerful emperor who built a mythical Flying Machine named Dandu Monara. The modern city of Wariyapola is described as Ravana’s airport.
This is an island of magical proportions, known as serendib… Grand holidays will help you discover Sri Lanka