Holidays Sri Lanka
by Peter Sylvester
HOLIDAYS SRI LANKA
What a wonderful collection of nicknames!
Serendib - the Teardrop of India - Pearl of the Orient - Resplendent Isle.
Holidays Sri Lanka provide the warm waters of the Indian Ocean with a near perfect climate.
Plus Holidays Sri Lanka give you endless white sand beaches which are transforming into a sophisticated playground with increasingly easy international flight arrivals.
SIGHTSEEING FOR HOLIDAYS SRI LANKA
Sri Lanka has been described as the most perfect island of its size in the world, so beautiful and varied in it's culture, architecture and terrain.
The island, once the British colony of Ceylon, bears many reminders of its colonial history from the buildings, railways and tea plantations to the quaint hill stations with their English cottages.
It is ideal for your holidays. Sri Lanka boasts a tremendous cultural heritage.
There are magnificent Buddhist temples, including Sigiriya, the dramatic temple cut from a solitary rock towering out of the plain, the botanical gardens of Kandy, tea factories, wildlife parks with elephant and leopard and the rescue centre of Pinnawela for orphaned elephants.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR IN HOLIDAYS SRI LANKA
Head for the rolling hills to escape the heat of the plains. The cool tea plantations await.
Holidays Sri Lanka bring you the exotic birdlife, animals like elephant and leopard and a truly friendly people.
HOLIDAYS SRI LANKA - TOWNS AND CITIES
Colombo is a truly eccentric city. With snarled traffic and power cuts the islanders mastery of ‘no problem’ gives you an indication of just what to expect and how to deal with it.
Lakeside Polonnaruwa houses excellently preserved remains in a compact site.
And Holidays Sri Lanka recommends you visit Kandy - the hill country capital - with Dalada Maligawa - the Temple of the Tooth. It’s a beautiful city set on the side of a peaceful lake and filled with a collection of markets , old shops and colourful bustle. And their ceremonies happen daily.
HOLIAYS SRI LANKA - WHERE TO STAY
There are miles of unspoilt beach with many different hotels, resorts or private villas to choose from.
Many of these are very cheap by western standards.
While inland the green of the hills and the colonial atmosphere of the villages provide a break from the heat of the coast and have many small hotels to choose from.
Sri Lanka is a gem waiting to be discovered.
Peter Sylvester is a seasoned UK journalist (NUJ 020267) who has worked with BBC Radios 4 and 5 Live, World Service, The Natural History Programme, Today, The Afternoon Shift, Farming Today, On This Day, and more. He produced "Class Five" for Sybil Ruscoe for three years.
Mr. Sylvester has written for such magazines as The Field, My Weekly, The Woodworker, and Radio Times. In previous successful careers, he has been an actor, teacher, and trader of gold, silver, and precious stones. He lives near Evesham in Cleeve Prior.