Mad about Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka’s travel and tourism industry will see a major boost with the opening of Grand Hyatt Colombo for the December season next year – it will raise the bar in the luxury city hotel market in Sri Lanka. Grand.... Read More
Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) launched its first roadshow in Australia from Melbourne, on 17 May with great success. Following the first show in Melbourne two more roadshows were conducted in Brisbane and Sydney. The roadshow in down under...Read More
Why visit Sri Lanka
"I've been homesick for countries I've never been, and longed to be where I couldn't be."
We can wax lyrical about our island and give you a 1001 reasons to visit but the fact that you are reading this indicates that your heart has perhaps heard a call to visit the land which legendary explorer Marco Polo called the finest island in the world. And he should know ... he explored the world.
But if you are still unsure of whether to listen to your heart, we urge you do not doubt or have second thoughts. You will not be disappointed. Sri Lanka is an amazing country. It was in the past, it is right now and we hope it will remain so in the future - for she has natural resources and riches that are beyond measure and which her people are again learning to cherish and treasure.
A long long time ago in the 12th century - a long time before conservation of water became a world cry- a wise ruler of Sri Lanka, King Parakrambahu 1, concerned lest one drop of water falling to the ground should go waste, built a tank (lake) so huge it was called the Parakrama Samudraya or Sea of Parakrama: it was so large you could not see the distant shore.
This tank and the excellent irrigation systems he built in Polonnaruwa remain an engineering marvel to this day and is just one numerous other monuments and archaeological remains of a civilisation that traces recorded history to the 4th century BC.
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