For the traveller, the north and east coast offers a fascinating opportunity to explore a region emerging from over twenty years of civil war. A mirror image of its south and west – the far north and eastern coast remains

The sublime green heights of the hill country are a world away from the sweltering coastal lowlands – indeed nothing encapsulates the scenic diversity of Sri Lanka as much as the journey by road or rail to the cool altitudes

Hidden away amid the hills at the heart of the island, Kandy is Sri Lanka’s second city and undisputed cultural capital of the island, home to the Temple of the Tooth (Sri Dalada Maligawa), the country’s most important religious shrine.

Sigiriya has it all — a history full of intrigue, astonishing frescoes of bare-breasted maidens painted 15 centuries ago, a wall covered in graffiti that is more than 1,000 years old and, to top it all, Asia’s oldest surviving landscape

Galle is known for its Dutch walled fortress, today a world heritage site. Wandering the old walls and streets yields one architectural surprise after another as you explore the amazing collection of structures dating back through the centuries.

Dating back to the 1st century BC, the Golden Temple of Dambulla has been the centre of pilgrimage for Buddhists and Hindus alike for 22 centuries. It’s spectacular beauty and religious importance have given much pleasure to thousands of visitors,

Founded around 5th Century BC, Anuradhapura was the greatest monastic city of the ancient world and the heart of Sri Lankan civilisation for over a millennium. In its heyday, tens of thousands of people lived in a city of royal

Polonnaruwa was established as the capital after Anuradhapura had been invaded in the late 10th century. Under King Parakramabu, who ruled in the late 11th century, Polonnaruwa became a magnificent walled city. He built the vast reservoir and ordered the

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