Sri Lanka is an ancient land famous for its seemingly endless beaches, rolling surf and the most refreshing beverage in the world – Ceylon Tea. Travel to Sri Lanka with Qatar Airways and you’ll find stunning scenery, delicious cuisine, and friendly and genuine local people.
Sri Lanka is a country with plenty to offer in the way of natural beauty, deep history and a colourful and outgoing culture. Sri Lanka boasts an enviable location sandwiched between Southeast Asia and India, contributing to its unique fusion of cultures and influences. New generations of travellers are discovering just how exciting this ‘stepping stone’ can be.
There are no fewer than eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites packed into this relatively small island nation, which gives you an idea of the natural and cultural riches to expect when you visit. Sri Lanka’s history goes back over 2000 years, and ancient temples and crumbling forts bear testament to the relatively peaceful status the country enjoyed over the centuries.
Sri Lanka is especially rich in natural landscapes and wildlife. There are regular safari tours of the country’s national parks, where you can see a whole range of exotic wildlife including water buffaloes, leopards, brightly coloured birds, and elephants. Sri Lanka also has some of the best sandy beaches if you just fancy a relaxing time.
When you are done exploring the attractions of Colombo, such as the Dutch Period Museum, National Museum and the Pettah Markets, head out to the rural areas to see what Sri Lanka packs beyond the walls of the capital. Tour the vast tea plantations and enjoy a few samples of the best tea in the world, or go trekking in the rainforests. For shoppers, Colombo has some excellent modern malls as well as the more traditional markets, which are best for hand-crafted souvenirs.