Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka

This island has been known by several names in the past. It was originally known as Tambapanni in the 5th century when Prince Vijaya arrived with the Sinhalese people from Indian to create his Kingdom. Named Ceylon, the island became a British Crown Colony in 1802 but finally became independent in 1948. Famed for having the world's first female Prime Minister (Mrs Bandaranaike) in 1960, the island nation was renamed Sri Lanka in 1972.

There's a lot to see and do here. The island has a wonderful climate of course so is excellent for sun-seekers, but it has diverse wildlife with several wildlife parks, rainforest, ancient temples and remnants of the colonial days.

In the past Sri Lanka has had its share of internal troubles, and for a long time tourists were reluctant to travel here. Most recently though the island has become a peaceful place, and with a few exceptions this is now a perfectly safe destination.

Sri Lanka

Travelling in Sri Lanka can be slow. The road system is tremendously congested and most roads are only single carriageway. We would not recommend driving yourself unless you are really brave: the drivers here will make a third lane down the centre of the road and drive with the horn on all the time. There are four types of vehicle on the roads: trucks, cars, tuc-tucs and bikes and none give way to any of the others. It might be fun for some, but it's terrifyingly chaotic for most. Lighting is poor and you should allow a lot of time to get around and if driving you will be lucky to average 20km in an hour.

So, allow lots of time for your sight-seeing. It's a full day's drive to other side of the island even though it is only 150 miles.

The island is rich in wildlife and we recommend the Pinnawala elephant orphanage, and the elephant safari (at Kegalla) which offers the opportunity to ride on an elephant and have an elephant bath. There are also wonderful rainforests and a long slow drive through the southern province will be very rewarding with views of tea and rubber plantations. The Temple of the Tooth is perhaps the most famous of the attractions in Kandy and a must see destination.

There is an abundance of wildlife - visit one of the national parks to see many species of birds and if you are very lucky perhaps a leopard.


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